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2014 Speakers

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Simon Hage

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Taras Ettl

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Bernard Forster

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Elie Younes

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Yousuf Lootah

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Alexandre Sogno

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Selim El Zein

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Rui Barros

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Nicolas Mayer

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Filippo Sona

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Costas Verginis

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Gordon Drake

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Frits van Paasschen

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Andrew Clough

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Tom Hasker

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

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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