Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

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

2019 Session

The World We Live In - Global Economic Prospects and Perspectives

Christof H. Rühl photo

Christof Rühl is Global Head of Research, responsible for creating and leading a global research function to provide economic, geopolitical and energy market analysis to the Fund. He assumed this role in 2014.Mr. Rühl has a distinguished track record as an economist in academia, policy making and business. From 2005 to 2014 he was Group Chief Economist and Vice President of BP plc. He served at the World Bank (1998-2005) as the Bank’s Chief Economist in Russia and in Brazil. From 1996-98 he held the position of Principle Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. Mr. Rühl began his career as an academic economist, first in Germany and from 1991 as Professor of Economics at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). Mr. Rühl held Visiting Professorships at academic institutions worldwide. His areas of specialisation are macroeconomics and energy economics. He is published and quoted widely in these fields.

Puneet Chhatwal photo

On the 6th of November, 2017, Mr. Puneet Chhatwal joined IHCL as the Managing Director and Chief

Executive Officer. He is a global professional with over three decades of leadership experience at highlyacclaimed
hotel groups in Europe and North America.

Prior to this, Mr. Chhatwal was the Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Executive Board of
Steigenberger Hotels AG – Deutsche Hospitality. He was also the Chief Development Officer of The Rezidor
Hotel Group – Carlson Hotels Worldwide. Mr. Chhatwal is a graduate of both Delhi University and Institute
of Hotel Management, Delhi. He has completed an MBA in Hospitality from ESSEC, Paris and an Advanced
Management Program from INSEAD.

Mr. Chhatwal has won awards including the prestigious Carlson Fellowship and was rated as one of
Europe’s 20 extraordinary minds in Sales, Marketing and Technology - HSMAI European Awards 2014. He
was also the First Alumni included in the ESSEC-IMHI Hall of Honor 2014.

Alex Kyriakidis photo

Alex Kyriakidis is President and Managing Director, Middle East & Africa (MEA), for Marriott International, Inc., with responsibility for all business activities for the Middle East & Africa Region (MEA), including development, brands, sales, marketing, finance, human resources, legal and operations.


Prior to joining Marriott International in January 2012, Mr. Kyriakidis served as Global Managing Director – Travel, Hospitality & Leisure for Deloitte LLP.  In this role, Mr. Kyriakidis led the Global Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry team, where he was responsible for a team of 4,500 professionals that generated $700 million in revenues.


Mr. Kyriakidis has 45 years of experience providing strategic, financial, M&A, operational, asset management and integration services to the travel, hospitality and leisure sectors.  He has served clients in 25 countries, predominantly in the EMEA and Asia/Pacific regions.


As President of the MEA region for Marriott International, Mr Kyriakidis leads the growth of Marriott’s business for the region. Mr. Kyriakidis was the MEA executive sponsor for the acquisition in 2013 of the South Africa based Protea hotel. Marriott’s portfolio of brands in the MEA region has experienced substantial growth and today comprises one of the largest hotel chains with 147 hotels and 24,647 operating rooms and a construction pipeline of 88 hotels and 20,000 rooms by 2024.


Mr Kyriakidis is a fellow of the Arab Society of Certified Accountants, the British Association of Hotel Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.


Mr. Kyriakidis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and mathematics from Leeds University in the United Kingdom.  He is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Mr Kyriakidis is fluent in English, Greek and Arabic. In his spare time, Mr. Kyriakidis enjoys training in Shotokan Karate in which he was awarded a third grade black belt in 2015.