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2014 Speakers

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Rami Moukarzel

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Nenad Pacek

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Drake

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Selim El Zein

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Simon Hage

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Pascal Gauvin

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Animesh Pandey

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Costas Verginis

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Filippo Sona

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Neil George

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Rui Barros

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Christoph Härle

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Yousuf Lootah

Executive Director Tourism Development & Investments , Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM)

Bani Haddad

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Bernard Forster

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

Taras Ettl

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Andrew Clough

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Elie Younes

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Muhammad Al-Amir

Founder and Managing Director, Riyada international Hotels & Resorts Co.

Norman Forsyth

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Frits van Paasschen

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Nicolas Mayer

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

Oliver Ebner

Executive Director at Project & Specialised Finance, National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD)

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

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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