Group Editor - Hospitality Group, ITP
Devina Divecha is the group editor of ITP Business’ Hospitality Group and editor of Hotelier Middle East. The Hospitality Group includes: Hotelier Middle East, a B2B magazine for the Middle East hotelier industry; Caterer Middle East, a trade publication for the F&B industry in the Middle East; and, Hotelier Express, the essential guide for the region’s mid-market and budget hotels. Prior to her current role, Divecha was the editor of Caterer Middle East, and has written for a number of other magazines under ITP Media Group since April 2011, covering sectors such as interior design, architecture and facilities management. Previously a respected food blogger in Dubai, where she has lived since 1989, Divecha retains a significant online following and is also routinely ranked among the top 100 non-resident Indians on social media. She holds a BSc in Business from the London School of Economics and an MA in Magazine Journalism from the University of Sheffield.
Development Director, MENA, Hilton Worldwide
Feras Hasbini is Development Director for Hilton in the MENA region with a specific focus on North African markets. He is based in Casablanca, Morocco with Hilton now having five Moroccan hotels either trading or in the pipeline. Prior to his current position Hasbini worked in the Hilton development team in Dubai having joined the company from JLL where he worked in Hotel Advisory and Asset Management. A Lebanese native, Hasbini studied at Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne.
Alban Mabille de Poncheville
Manager Business Development, Radisson Hotel Group
Based in Dubai, Alban is supporting the Group’s strategic growth in the MENA region while recently taking more responsibilities in the company expansion across North Africa, which remains an area of focus for each of the core brands: Radisson BLU, Radisson, Park Inn by Radisson, Radisson RED and Radisson Collection.
In his current role, Alban is also in charge of the feasibility activities for the region and has proven strong ability to work on multiple project through feasibility studies, appraisals and strategic development outlines. Prior joining Radisson Hotel Group 3 years ago, he held different positions in France where his focus was on corporate and commercial real estate advisory.
A French national, Alban has a B.A in Hospitality Management from Glion Institute of Higher Education and holds a Master Degree in Real Estate from La Sorbonne University in Paris, France
Business Development Head- Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)
After obtaining a Master of Science degree (MSc) in Business and Finance from Reims Management School (France) in 2003, Salim Mikram began his career in investment banking as financial analyst for JP Morgan Chase Bank in London, UK for 4 years. In 2007 he joined Upline Corporate Finance, a boutique investment advisory firm based in Casablanca, Morocco as senior consultant advising prominent shareholders and investors in some of the largest merger and acquisition transactions in Morocco at the time. Upline Corporate Finance was due to become the investment banking arm of one of the largest banking institutions in Morocco, the “Groupe Banque Populaire”. In 2011, Salim joined SANAM, a cross sector holding company and one of his former clients as Business Finance Manager advising the top management on the overall strategy of the group and some restructuring programs in affiliated firms. Late in 2015, he joined the Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT MOROCCO) as Business Development Head, the Government body in charge of destinations development in Morocco and the promotion of tourism investment in the country.