Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

April 2020 | United Arab Emirates

2020 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

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Sohail Al Ali photo

Sohail Al Ali

Taiba Holding Company

Sohail Al Ali

Director of Investment and Development – Taiba Holding Company

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

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Ismail Al Kamal photo

Ismail Al Kamal

AlKamal International

Ismail Al Kamal

Director – AlKamal International

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Sultan Bader Al-Otaibi photo

Sultan Bader Al-Otaibi

Dur Hospitality

Sultan Bader Al-Otaibi

Chief Executive Officer – Dur Hospitality

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Hassan Ahdab photo

Hassan Ahdab

Dur Hospitality

Hassan Ahdab

President Hotels Operations – Dur Hospitality

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Khalid Anib photo

Khalid Anib

Abu Dhabi National Hotels PJSC

Khalid Anib

Chief Executive Officer – Abu Dhabi National Hotels PJSC

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Luca Bandecchi photo

Luca Bandecchi

SBK Holding Hospitality Committee

Luca Bandecchi

General Manager and Vice Chairman – SBK Holding Hospitality Committee

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Rene Beil photo

Rene Beil

Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Rene Beil

Managing Director – Beaufort Global Partners LLC

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Dr Martin Berlin photo

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC

Dr Martin Berlin

Partner & Global Deals Real Estate Leader – PwC

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Michael Byron photo

Michael Byron

SSH

Michael Byron

Resident Director - UAE – SSH

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Ossama El Batran photo

Ossama El Batran

Hadia Abdul Latif Jameel Real Estate Investments

Ossama El Batran

Chief Executive Officer – Hadia Abdul Latif Jameel Real Estate Investments

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Selim El Zein photo

Selim El Zein

Deyaar Development

Selim El Zein

Vice President – Hospitality – Deyaar Development

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Abdellah Essonni photo

Abdellah Essonni

Abdellah Essonni

Chief Hospitality Officer, Maad International Co.

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Mariano Faz photo

Mariano Faz

The First Group

Mariano Faz

Head of Asset Management – The First Group

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Giuliano Gasparini photo

Giuliano Gasparini

ALDAR

Giuliano Gasparini

Senior Vice President – Asset Management, Hospitality & Leisure – ALDAR

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Alison Grinnell photo

Alison Grinnell

RAK Hospitality Holding LLC

Alison Grinnell

Chief Financial Officer – RAK Hospitality Holding LLC

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Zoltan Kali photo

Zoltan Kali

OMRAN Hospitality

Zoltan Kali

Senior Vice President – OMRAN Hospitality

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Carlos Khneisser photo

Carlos Khneisser

Hilton

Carlos Khneisser

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

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Ziad Khoury photo

Ziad Khoury

Abjar Hotels International LLC

Ziad Khoury

Chief Operating Officer – Abjar Hotels International LLC

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Marloes Knippenberg photo

Marloes Knippenberg

Kerten Hospitality

Marloes Knippenberg

Chief Executive Officer – Kerten Hospitality

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Christophe Landais  photo

Christophe Landais

Action Hotels

Christophe Landais

Chief Executive Officer – Action Hotels

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Gerald Lawless photo

Gerald Lawless

World Travel & Tourism Council

Gerald Lawless

Ambassador – World Travel & Tourism Council

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Panos Loupasis photo

Panos Loupasis

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Panos Loupasis

Vice President Development, Middle East, Eurasia & Africa – Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

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Christopher Lund photo

Christopher Lund

Colliers International

Christopher Lund

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

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Tara Marlow  photo

Tara Marlow

Al Tamimi & Company

Tara Marlow

Partner & Head of Real Estate, Hotels & Leisure – Al Tamimi & Company

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Hala Matar Choufany photo

Hala Matar Choufany

HVS

Hala Matar Choufany

President-Middle East, Africa and South Asia – HVS

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Haitham Mattar  photo

Haitham Mattar 

Haitham Mattar 

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Elie Milky photo

Elie Milky

Radisson Hotel Group

Elie Milky

Vice President Development – Radisson Hotel Group

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Chris Nader photo

Chris Nader

Shaza Hotels

Chris Nader

Vice President Development – Shaza Hotels

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Amit Nayak,CHA photo

Amit Nayak,CHA

HAMA

Amit Nayak,CHA

Vice President and Executive Board Member – HAMA

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Chris Newman photo

Chris Newman

EMAAR Hospitality Group

Chris Newman

Chief Operating Officer – EMAAR Hospitality Group

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Raki Phillips  photo

Raki Phillips

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Authority (RAKTDA)

Raki Phillips

Chief Executive Officer – Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Authority (RAKTDA)

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Ranjit Phillipose photo

Ranjit Phillipose

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai

Ranjit Phillipose

Area Director – Middle East and General Manager – Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai

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Tea Ros photo

Tea Ros

Strategic Hotel Consulting

Tea Ros

Founder & Managing Director – Strategic Hotel Consulting

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George Saad photo

George Saad

Al Marjan Island

George Saad

Sales & Marketing Director – Al Marjan Island

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Jad Shamseddin photo

Jad Shamseddin

Al Hokair Group

Jad Shamseddin

Managing Director - Hotels Division – Al Hokair Group

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Gaurav Sinha photo

Gaurav Sinha

Insignia

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO – Insignia

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Filippo Sona photo

Filippo Sona

Drees & Sommer

Filippo Sona

Managing Director, Global Hospitality – Drees & Sommer

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Richard Thompson photo

Richard Thompson

MEED

Richard Thompson

Editorial Director – MEED

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Matthew Tripolone photo

Matthew Tripolone

IHG

Matthew Tripolone

Vice President Development – Middle East & Africa – IHG

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Costas Verginis photo

Costas Verginis

Marriott International

Costas Verginis

Regional Vice President Lodging Development - Middle East – Marriott International

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