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2014 Speakers

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Bernard Forster

Director - Asset Management (Hospitality & Real Estate), Rani Investment

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Frits van Paasschen

President and Chief Executive Officer, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

Executive Vice President- Head of Hotels & Hospitality, Middle East & Africa, JLL

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Neil George

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development Middle East & Africa, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Nenad Pacek

Co-Founder, CEEMEA Business Group, President, Global Success Advisors

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Pascal Gauvin

Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) 

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Alexandre Sogno

President, Hospitality Asset Managers Association Asia Pacific (HAMA AP).

Amro Attia Gomaa

Investments Principal, Holding Company for Tourism, Hotels & Cineama (HOTAC)

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Gordon Drake

Chief Financial Officer and Head of M&A, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer, Europe - Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Geoffrey Lipman

President & Managing Director, ICTP (International Coalition of Tourism Partners

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Norman Forsyth

Regional Director, Design & Engineering, MEA, InterContinental Hotels Group Asia Middle East and Africa (IHG)

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Lo’ai  Bataineh

DGM, Investment & Development, Head of Investment Management Group, Oman Arab Bank SAOC

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Tom Hasker

UAE Country Director & Head of Project Management ME, Faithful + Gould

Taras Ettl

Vice President Development - Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) 

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

Executive Chairman, SHUAA Capital and the Chairman of Dubai International Holding Company

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director Middle East & Africa, Marriott International, Inc.

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa , ACCOR

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

Deputy Secretary General - Investments, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Rami Moukarzel

Vice President, Development, Middle East & Africa , Fairmont Raffles Hotels International

Selim El Zein

Head of Hotel Asset Management, MENA, Colliers International MENA Region

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Filippo Sona

Director | Head of Hotels  (MENA Region), Colliers International

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Andrew Clough

Senior Vice President Development Middle East & Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Simon Hage

Associate Vice-President, Interior Design and Procurement, Design & Construction Department, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Costas Verginis

Senior Director of Lodging Development, Marriott International Inc. & Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Samer Abu Ayash

Senior Vice President Design,Construction and Real Estate, Kingdom Investments

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Elie Younes

Senior Vice President, Head of Group Development, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Bani Haddad

Regional Vice President – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group

Welcome to AHIC 2015

With 10 years under our belt, AHIC 2015 is on course to remain the Middle East’s annual meeting place for the region’s most senior hotel investors, developers, operators and advisors. Our advisory Meeting will be held at the Emirates Academy on the 17th September 2014, at which the 2015 event will be discussed, shaping the themes and content to be delivered.

In addition, we will soon release details of our Regional Briefings Series for 2015, including locations to be visited, confirmed dates and topics up for discussion.

Did you know.. AHIC 2014 delegates can still connect via our online networking platform through to September so take advantage and make contact with your peers!

Finally, Congratulations to our AHIC 2014 Leadership Award Winner  HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, President, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA).

AHIC 2014 Round-up


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