09:00 - 13:00
*Only for AHIC 2018 VIP Pass holders
14:30 - 15:00
Most companies will wake up too late to disruption. Established interests, change-blindness, set ways of working make it nearly impossible for incumbents to survive. However, there are ways for leaders to improve their odds of success. Former CEO of Starwood and author of The Disruptor’s Feast challenges industry leaders.
Frits van Paasschen
Former President & CEO Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Author of The Disruptor's Feast
Frits van Paasschen is a seasoned global executive and the author of The Disruptors’ Feast, an Amazon bestseller. His thirty years of experience inside global companies affords him a unique perspective on the trends that are reshaping the global economy. Frits shares his deep understanding of the forces of disruption in order to help businesses thrive in times of accelerating change. Frits spent more than a decade as a Fortune 500 CEO, ﬁrst at The Coors Brewing Company and then at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. He also held several management positions at Nike, ultimately becoming Nike’s President of Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to joining Nike, he worked in ﬁnance in Disney's Consumer Products Division. His career began at The Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company, where he primarily served retail and consumer clients. Frits is a frequent keynote speaker and advisor with a focus on disruption and strategy. He is a Senior Advisor at the private equity ﬁrm TPG Capital. He also serves on the Board of Directors for two public companies, Williams-Sonoma and Royal DSM, as well as two private companies, Apollo Hotels and Convene. He is an investor and advisor for citizenM Hotels. He has also been a Non-Executive Director at Barclays, Jones Apparel, and Oakley. Frits has also served numerous other boards: The EuropeanAmerican Industrial Council (as Chairman), The U.S.-India and U.S.-China business councils, and The Center for Environmental Leadership in Business at Conservation International. He is currently a member of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Authority advisory board. Frits holds a BA in Economics and Biology from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. At Harvard, he was a Teaching Fellow in Economics. Originally from the Netherlands, Frits holds dual U.S. and Dutch citizenship. A passionate traveler, he speaks ﬁve languages and has visited 115 countries. In his free time, he enjoys endurance sports, including marathons and triathlons. He has been married since 1990 and has three children.
15:00 - 15:40
Business models are looking to upend the status quo and bring a certain, special type of mindset and approach to growth. Hear from the few challengers - how they bring change to their industry and what we can learn (or embrace).
Executive Director, London, VaynerMedia
Eric Fulwiler is a sought-after expert, contributor, and speaker on key developments in and the future of social media and communications. Eric is executive director of the London office of digital agency VaynerMedia, whose clients include General Electric, Pepsico, Unilever and Anheuser-Busch InBev, among others. Previously, Eric worked at Mullen Lowe Group, an international full-service agency headquartered in NYC and London, which works with brands including Google, JetBlue Airlines, American Honda Motors, and Bose Audio.
Managing Director, OC "Organizational Consultants"
Maha Abouelenein is one of the MENA region’s top communications executives. From working with tech giants like Google and Netflix to homegrown regional brands like Careem and Orascom, Maha has built her career advising Fortune 500 companies, high growth tech startups, and top government bodies in the USA, UAE, and Egypt. She is the founder of Organizational Consultants, and founder of DigitalandSavvy.com a blog about communications in the Middle East. Raised and educated in Minnesota (USA) to Egyptian parents, she is home in both West and Arab worlds. She thrives on storytelling, building scalable campaigns, and thought leadership. Maha is a Mentor in Residence for TechStars and works with start-ups across the region to learn how to maximize their reputation currency and communicate better.
Managing Director & Founder, Augustus
Richard is Managing Director and Founder of Augustus, a ‘new media’ company, publishers of Lovin Dubai and Lovin Saudi. He has worked in the media advertising space for the past 12 years at agencies in Ireland, England and the UAE. He successfully built a regional Social Media department at Mindshare before becoming Managing Director of a creative technology start up. In 2016 he launched Augustus. Richard is fascinated about changing media consumption habits, and passionate about creating effective brand communications through native adverting,
Founding Partner, enhance; Co-CEO, joigifts.com
Ritesh Tilani is a serial entrepreneur and investor, with venture capital, blue chip MNC and top-tier global consulting experience. Ritesh is currently Founding Partner at 'enhance', a holding company consisting of online businesses that provide life-enhancing services to consumers. enhance has also formed strategic alliances with leading international VCs to support their portfolio companies with growing their businesses in the Middle East. enhance's current portfolio includes joi (www.joigifts.com), the leading online gift platform in the Middle East and Medigo (www.medigo.com), a global disruptor in the medical travel space. In addition, Ritesh is as a mentor, advisor, angel investor and board member to multiple startups and accelerators, a regular speaker and judge at various events and startup competitions, and the former Head of UAE at iMENA Group, making him an active player in the region’s startup ecosystem. He has also been a consultant with Bain & Company’s Singapore Office, and the Head of Strategy for MENA at Nokia. Ritesh is a native of the UAE with over 25 years of experience in the region. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from INSEAD.
15:40 - 16:00
Big picture talk on the state of the global economic, regulatory and geopolitical landscape. Identifying key global trends, risk and opportunities that are overlooked.
Co-Founder, Global Risk Insights; Consultant, SET Advisory
Basim Al-Ahmadi is a thought leader, political risk consultant and co-founder of a leading publication.
Basim manages the Middle East & North Africa practice at SET Advisory, a leading boutique business intelligence firm based in London. SET Advisory provides due diligence, corporate investigations, political risk assessments and market entry studies across Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Western Europe.
Basim is also the co-founder of Global Risk Insights (GRI), a world leading publication providing political risk analysis for the business community. GRI have over 200 analysts on their team, ranging from former presidential advisors, diplomats, industry experts to professors. The publication has been widely referenced, including by leading think-tanks, financial institutions, military generals, former foreign ministers and major media outlets such as BBC World, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Politico and many others. Basim was also previously the Editor of Bonds & Loans, a leading debt market publication based in London, read by bankers, investors and lawyers worldwide.
He is a regular speaker at conferences and universities around the world and has been hosted on various media outlets, including CNBC Arabia and Reuters. He holds a Masters degree in Theory & History of International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE). At the LSE, he was the first President and co-founder of the LSE Political Risk & Investment Society, which has since won the Gold Stars Award.
16:00 - 16:30
In an age where IoT is integrated into the every-day life of the guests and hotel staff alike, it’s critical that Cybersecurity is on top of the priority list. The question you need to ask yourself is: do I feel safe in Cyber-Space? What’s at risk, my money, my brand, or both?
Chief Executive Officer, RANt Consultants
From the first batch of true digital natives, Richard has grown up with technology as part of his everyday life. Solving real world problems and improving the lives of others has been a constant source of fascination and reward for him.
A natural-born solution-provider and entrepreneur, Richard naturally took to Business and Technology early in his career. Following a solid 12 years in network engineering and security, he co-founded his first start-up in 2009 which specialised in the, at the time, nascent genres of Cloud computing, Enterprise Mobility and Mobile Device Security.
He went on to be instrumental in a number of successful start-ups within 'People Analytics' and Cybersecurity, culminating with RANt; a managed service provider that takes a fresh, risk-based approach to Cybersecurity. The ultimate goal of RANt is to protect your most precious asset; your Brand.
Partner, RANt Consultants
As a brand specialist, most recently with Condé Nast International Restaurants, Simon understands important business challenges in an ever-changing world.
Hospitality uses the online space to operate and is ever more reliant on technology. It presents a new challenge for the industry to protect our hard earned work from cybercriminals.
With over 20 years in hospitality and brand development, Simon has moved into the world of ‘Brand Diligence in Cyberspace’, bringing a common-sense knowledge to working and protecting hospitality today. He ensures the cybersecurity world is simplified and accessible for the CEO and Hospitality Pro to protect the brands we love in Cyberspace.
16:30 - 16:50
Modern Leadership positions demands that you spend a large chunk of the year travelling around the globe. Take it from an expert who has trained and conditioned a World Champion F1 racer, there are better ways to do it
Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist to F1 driver Kimi Räikkönen
Mark Arnall is a world renowned health and fitness professional with 21 years of experience working in Formula 1. Over the past 16 years Mark has been a Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist to F1 driver Kimi Räikkönen and prior to that worked with Mika Häkkinen and David Coulthard. Mark has worked at Ferrari, McLaren and Lotus and won 3 World Championships with his Drivers.
16:50 - 17:20
Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies are changing the way governments and financial entities are doing business. What change does it hold in store for hospitality and your investment?
Chief Executive Officer, Winding Tree
Maksim Izmaylov is an entrepreneur with background in software engineering and law. He thinks that blockchain and other technologies can help us create a better world, e.g. reduce inequality.
He founded two travel startups, Roomstorm and Winding Tree, and Travel Tech Con, a conference for startups and software engineers from the travel industry. Currently, Maksim is working on Winding Tree, a decentralized marketplace for the $7T travel industry that is dominated by just a handful of large corporations.
17:20 - 17:40
In an environment where even the financing of a hospitality project can be disrupted, pioneers in alternative investments open the doors to new possibilities
Founder & CEO, SmartCrowd
Siddiq Farid is a seasoned corporate finance executive with over 11 years of board-based experience in a variety of sectors, including at the Big 4 in Canada, Qatar and UAE. He is a Chartered Accountant as well as CFA charter holder. Siddiq is the founder of Smart Crowd, regions first regulated real estate crowdfunding platform. His experience includes but not limited to, M&A, business valuations, asset management, investor relationships, fundraising, and equity investments
Jake Wright has been working in the financial services sector for over ten years, primarily structuring real estate development and investment proposals in London. Jake was one of the early team members to help establish and grow Beehive Group, a FinTech start-up and the first regulated debt based crowdfunding platform in the United Arab Emirates. In recent years, Jake has been working with international hospitality groups and developers to identify and structure strategic development opportunities.
17:40 - 18:00
In a world where it is increasingly difficult to cut through the noise and foster customer loyalty, what can the hotel world learn from high-end retailers?
Thuy Tranthi Rieder
Chief Marketing Officer, Rosewood Hotel Group
In her role, Thuy is responsible for creating and driving innovative branding, communications, marketing and sales strategies to increase awareness, capture market share and build profitable growth for the group. She has over 20 years’ marketing, sales and general management experience leading global teams in consumer, luxury and hospitality brands.
Prior to joining Rosewood Hotel Group, Thuy held chief global marketing leadership roles and was a member of the executive boards of two luxury goods and fashion subsidiaries of the Richemont Group, Chloé and Lancel where she led all advertising, PR, events, digital, social media, publishing CRM, architecture and visual merchandising teams to define and implement results-driven global brand strategy.
Thuy started her career in the finance industry with Wall Street. After stints with Disney and Elizabeth Arden, she subsequently spent nearly a decade with LVMH, Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, commencing in corporate strategic planning and e-commerce before taking on several senior management positions, including U.S. President of Céline, U.S. President of Thomas Pink and General Manager Hawaii of Louis Vuitton, where she spearheaded the development of profitable retail networks and creative brand awareness campaigns.
Thuy received her Bachelor of Arts in economics from Barnard College, Columbia University. She subsequently earned her M.Phil. in development economics from Cambridge University and her MBA from Harvard University.
18:00 - 18:20
Partnerships Director - Travel & Tourism, what3words
After hitchhiking to Afghanistan from London, via an unplanned few months in the Greek Islands, Richard had caught the travel ‘bug’. He has now spent over 35 years in hospitality, media companies and service industries. He’s visited 87 countries - working in seven of them, including 11 years in the UAE. Senior roles: MD Preferred Hotel Group EMEA; VP CNN International; Director Le Meridien Hotels; CEO Best Western Hotels GB; CEO Whisper Hotels; and CEO Landmark Hotels. He has a deep understanding of Digital Transformation and Disruptive Innovation after helping to pioneer changing travel booking patterns with WorldRes in the late 1990s and launching Clickworker’s crowdsourcing platform in the UK in 2010. Along the way, he invented a word game, launched by Hasbro as Boggle Master!
18:30 - 19:30
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