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2014 Speakers

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Taras Ettl

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

Neil George

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Bernard Forster

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

Gordon Drake

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Nenad Pacek

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Andrew Clough

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Christoph Härle

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

Bani Haddad

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Pascal Gauvin

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Tom Hasker

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Frits van Paasschen

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Simon Hage

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Yousuf Lootah

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Elie Younes

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Filippo Sona

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Oliver Ebner

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

Selim El Zein

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Nicolas Mayer

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

Rui Barros

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

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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