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2014 Speakers

Costas Verginis

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

Filippo Sona

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Animesh Pandey

Senior Manager Commercial Development, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Frits van Paasschen

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Bernard Forster

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

President & Managing Director, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA)

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Rui Barros

SVP & Managing Director Europe, Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group

Bani Haddad

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Elie Younes

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

Andrew Clough

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Nenad Pacek

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Selim El Zein

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Pascal Gauvin

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Norman Forsyth

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Christoph Härle

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Gordon Drake

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

Taras Ettl

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Tom Hasker

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Rami Moukarzel

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

Simon Hage

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Neil George

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

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.

We hosted our Advisory Board meeting on the 17th September at the Emirates Academy, a forum at which the 2015 event was discussed in terms of key topics, trends, opportunities and issues. To view the STR Global report presented at the meeting by Philip Wooller, please click here.

We will soon release full details of our Regional Briefings Series for 2015, including locations to be visited, confirmed dates and topics up for discussion. However our initial briefing will be held in Oman on Sunday 26th October at the Al Bustan Palace, Muscat, in conjunction with MEED's Oman Projects Forum.


AHIC 2014 Round-up


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