Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

09 – 11 April 2019 | AHIC Village, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates


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Day One - Tuesday 9th April 2019

At-a-glance →

10:00 - 13:00

Workshop: GRIF in RAK

Invitation only

Spotlight on Hotels; New concepts, trends & business models


14:00 - 14:20

Innovating for tomorrow, identifying the truly white space

It is all very well to understand what the consumer wants today and perhaps in the next 12 months but how do you anticipate their desires well into the future?  Dr Khosro Ezaz-Nikpay is the founder of the World's first vegan and lowest calorie ice cream and invention of first Halal alcohol-free wine substitute.  

Dr Khosro Ezaz-Nikpay Director, Zendegii

14:20 - 14:40

How is the Coca-Cola Company innovating, disrupting and playing the long-game?

Julie Hamilton Senior Vice President, Chief Customer and Commercial Leadership Officer, The Coca- Cola Company

14:40 - 15:00

Looking at how a smarter adoption of technology can future proof the hospitality business?

Bilal Kabbani Industry Head, Travel, Google UAE

15:00 - 15:30

Could blockchain revolutionise the hospitality industry?

What applications are working and will blockchain provide transparency, trust, accountability and credibility?

Jess Houlgrave Founder & Trustee, Foundation for Art and Blockchain

Menelaos Petrovas Digital Marketing Manager, Airport Hotel Basel AG

15:30 - 15:50

Designing the future hotel – Every hotel can and should be a design hotel

Thinking out of the box in terms of design and development.

David Daniels Director of Architecture, SSH

15:50 - 16:10

How to be at the leading edge of technology adoption

What will owners likely see in the next 3-5 years and how can you differentiate your brand with technology?

David Sjolander Chief Operating Officer, HTNG

Ted Horner Owner, E Horner & Associates and Information Technology and Services Consultant

16:10 - 16:40

Disrupting traditional lifestyle luxury – Changing the business model

Nick van Marken in conversation with Sam Nazarian founder of SBE Entertainment Group on how he created a brand based around experience from hotels to restaurants to nightclubs.  Sam is joined by Gaurav Bhushan of Accorhotels to discuss why they purchased SBE and how they intend to grow the brand.


Nick van Marken Global Advisory Board Member, Bench Events

In conversation with

Sam Nazarian Founder & CEO, SBE

Gaurav Bhushan Global Chief Development Officer, AccorHotels

16:40 - 17:00

Nutrition – The future protein for the planet

In a world where food and nutrition insecurity abound is sustainable insect farming the answer to food production?

Mohammed Ashour Co-Founder and CEO, Aspire Food Group & Winner of the Bill Clinton Foundation Award

17:00 - 18:00

The Five Minute Pitch – Innovation

Call for innovators! Do you have an innovation that is going to be a game changer for the hotel industry? Submit your application to for the opportunity to pitch to our audience of investors and industry leaders.

The recruitment platform for Generation Z
Dirk Haro
Chief Executive Officer, Hocaboo

Over 30% of rooms are never sold - How do you create value from unused capacity
Preben Vestdam
Founder & CEO, HotelSwaps

Using your data to boost direct bookings
Charlie Osmond
Chief Tease, Triptease

New revenue from unsold rooms
Fergus Paton
Head of EMEA, HotelFlex

The decentralised hotel exchange and borderless hotel currency
Rana Mukherji
Founder and CEO, Hotelier Coin

Personal skin care for the spa industry
Oliver Worsley Ph.D
CEO and Co-Founder, Sequential

18:00 - 19:00

Speed networking

Speed Networking is a great way to break the ice and ensure you go into AHIC already knowing your fellow attendees.

19:00 - 21:00

AHIC Opening reception