Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

April 2020 | United Arab Emirates

AHIC Advisory Board

Our annual Advisory Board meeting is an essential component of the programming for AHIC, and we are very grateful for the input of all members. Every year, the discussion is different and this debate was dominated by a clear focus on the costs of development versus the reality of returns. There was a thirst for knowledge around issues such as risk adjustment and returns, supply and security, facilitation of foreign investment, ownership models and even exit strategies for distressed assets.

Louis Abi Abboud photo

Louis Abi Abboud

Accor Middle East

Louis Abi Abboud

Vice President Development – Accor Middle East

Bio
Abdullah Al Abdooli  photo

Abdullah Al Abdooli

Marjan

Abdullah Al Abdooli

Managing Director & CEO – Marjan

Bio
Muhammad Al Amir photo

Muhammad Al Amir

Riyada International Hotels & Resorts Co. Ltd

Muhammad Al Amir

Managing Director – Riyada International Hotels & Resorts Co. Ltd

Bio
Dr Badr Al Badr photo

Dr Badr Al Badr

Dur Hospitality

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer – Dur Hospitality

Bio
​Abdulbasit Al Hai photo

​Abdulbasit Al Hai

WASL Hospitality

​Abdulbasit Al Hai

General Manager – WASL Hospitality

Gasem Al Maimani photo

Gasem Al Maimani

Taiba Holding Company

Gasem Al Maimani

CEO – Taiba Holding Company

Bio
Saad Ahmed Al Qahtani photo

Saad Ahmed Al Qahtani

Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage

Saad Ahmed Al Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager – Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage

Bio
Khalid Anib photo

Khalid Anib

Abu Dhabi National Hotels PJSC

Khalid Anib

Chief Executive Officer – Abu Dhabi National Hotels PJSC

Bio
Mohamed Awadalla photo

Mohamed Awadalla

Time Hotels

Mohamed Awadalla

Chief Executive Officer – Time Hotels

Bio
Ignace Bauwens photo

Ignace Bauwens

Ignace Bauwens

Regional Vice President Middle East and Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group

Bio
Rene Beil photo

Rene Beil

Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Rene Beil

Managing Director – Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Bio
Dr Martin Berlin photo

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC

Dr Martin Berlin

Partner & Global Deals Real Estate Leader – PwC

Bio
Michael Byron photo

Michael Byron

SSH

Michael Byron

Resident Director - UAE – SSH

Bio
Alain Debare photo

Alain Debare

Equitativa Group

Alain Debare

Group Head of Real Estate Portfolios – Equitativa Group

Bio
Oliver Ebner photo

Oliver Ebner

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Oliver Ebner

Executive Director - Institutional Banking Group – First Abu Dhabi Bank

Bio
Selim El Zein photo

Selim El Zein

Deyaar Development

Selim El Zein

Vice President – Hospitality – Deyaar Development

Bio
Stuart Etherington photo

Stuart Etherington

Dubai Holding

Stuart Etherington

Vice President Hospitality Asset Management – Dubai Holding

Bio
Jean Faivre photo

Jean Faivre

Damac Hotels & Resorts

Jean Faivre

SVP Hospitality – Damac Hotels & Resorts

Bio
Mariano Faz photo

Mariano Faz

The First Group

Mariano Faz

Head of Asset Management – The First Group

Bio
Rabih Feghali photo

Rabih Feghali

Ròya International

Rabih Feghali

Vice President - Business Development & Investor Relations – Ròya International

Bio
Pascal Gauvin photo

Pascal Gauvin

IHG

Pascal Gauvin

Managing Director - IMEA – IHG

Bio
Alison Grinnell photo

Alison Grinnell

RAK Hospitality Holding LLC

Alison Grinnell

Chief Financial Officer – RAK Hospitality Holding LLC

Bio
Olivier Harnisch photo

Olivier Harnisch

Emaar Hospitality Group

Olivier Harnisch

Chief Executive Officer – Emaar Hospitality Group

Bio
Simon Hasdell photo

Simon Hasdell

IFA Hotels & Resorts

Simon Hasdell

Vice President Asset management Hospitality – IFA Hotels & Resorts

Zoltan Kali photo

Zoltan Kali

OMRAN Hospitality

Zoltan Kali

Senior Vice President – OMRAN Hospitality

Bio
Carlos Khneisser photo

Carlos Khneisser

Hilton

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development, Middle east, North Africa & Turkey – Hilton

Bio
Ziad Khoury photo

Ziad Khoury

Abjar Hotels International LLC

Ziad Khoury

Chief Operating Officer – Abjar Hotels International LLC

Bio
Gerald Lawless photo

Gerald Lawless

World Travel & Tourism Council

Gerald Lawless

Chairman, World Travel & Tourism Council; Chairman, Irish Business Network; Honorary President, Jumeirah Group – World Travel & Tourism Council

Bio
Cyril Lincoln photo

Cyril Lincoln

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Cyril Lincoln

Head of Real Estate Finance – Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Bio
Christopher Lund photo

Christopher Lund

Colliers International

Christopher Lund

Head of Hotels – Middle East & North Africa – Colliers International

Bio
Hala Matar Choufany photo

Hala Matar Choufany

HVS

Hala Matar Choufany

President-Middle East, Africa and South Asia – HVS

Bio
Haitham Mattar  photo

Haitham Mattar 

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority 

Haitham Mattar 

Chief Executive Officer – Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority 

Bio
Jalil Mekouar photo

Jalil Mekouar

Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Jalil Mekouar

Chief Executive Officer Hotels – Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Bio
Elie Milky photo

Elie Milky

Radisson Hotel Group

Elie Milky

Vice President Development – Radisson Hotel Group

Bio
Amine Moukarzel photo

Amine Moukarzel

Louvre Hotels Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, MENA Region – Louvre Hotels Group

Bio
Benjamin Oppl photo

Benjamin Oppl

Benjamin Oppl

Development Director Middle East and North Africa, Meliá Hotels International 

Bio
Tea Ros photo

Tea Ros

Strategic Hotel Consulting

Tea Ros

Founder & Managing Director – Strategic Hotel Consulting

Bio
George Saad photo

George Saad

Al Marjan Island

George Saad

Sales & Marketing Director – Al Marjan Island

Bio
Jad Shamseddin photo

Jad Shamseddin

Al Hokair Group

Jad Shamseddin

Managing Director - Hotels Division – Al Hokair Group

Bio
Gaurav Sinha photo

Gaurav Sinha

Insignia

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO – Insignia

Bio
Rutger Smits photo

Rutger Smits

The Red Sea Development Company

Rutger Smits

Executive Director, Hospitality – The Red Sea Development Company

Bio
Filippo Sona photo

Filippo Sona

Drees & Sommer

Filippo Sona

Managing Director, Global Hospitality – Drees & Sommer

Bio
Sumair Tariq photo

Sumair Tariq

R Hotels

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director – R Hotels

Bio
Shaji Thomas photo

Shaji Thomas

Shaji Thomas

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Norman Vaz photo

Norman Vaz

wasl Hospitality & Leisure

Norman Vaz

Head of Operations – wasl Hospitality & Leisure

Bio
Costas Verginis photo

Costas Verginis

Marriott International

Costas Verginis

Regional Vice President Lodging Development - Middle East – Marriott International

Bio
Jonathan Worsley photo

Jonathan Worsley

Bench Events

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman and Founder – Bench Events

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Simon Wright photo

Simon Wright

TGP International

Simon Wright

Managing Director – TGP International

Bio
Philip Wooller photo

Philip Wooller

STR

Philip Wooller

Area Director - Middle East and Africa – STR

Bio
Dr. Adam Wu photo

Dr. Adam Wu

China Invests Overseas by CBN

Dr. Adam Wu

Chief Operating Officer – China Invests Overseas by CBN

Bio
Talal Yousif photo

Talal Yousif

HVS

Talal Yousif

Director – HVS

Bio