Arabian & African Hospitality
Investment Conference

20-22 September 2021 | Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, U.A.E

Programme

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

Day One - Monday 20 September 2021

PRE-EVENT NETWORKING - TENNIS

07:30 – 11:00

LOCATION: Madinat Jumeirah Al Qasr

Showcase your tennis skills on the courts of the Madinat Jumeirah and the first Mouratoglou Tennis Center in Dubai, launched by Patrick Mouratoglou, one of the most influential coaches in tennis. Nicknamed “The Coach”, Patrick is considered the gold standard on the international circuit and has been the official coach of Serena Williams since 2012.

The members of the winning team will each be awarded a Vertuo Deluxe machine courtesy of Nespresso live on stage at AHIC on 20th of September.


Pre-registration is required to reserve your spot and will be available shortly.

AHIC 2021

WORKSHOP

09:00 – 10:45

ROOM: AHIC Chat

HAMA ASSET MANAGEMENT MEMBERS' WORKSHOP

Hosted By:

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René Beil
President, HAMA MEA

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Amit Nayak, CHA
Vice President and Executive Board Member, HAMA MEA

GRIF INSIGHTS

08:45 – 09:00

ROOM: AHIC Studio

Welcome by Jennifer Pettinger-Haines

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Jennifer Pettinger-Haines
Managing Director Middle East, Bench

09:00 – 09:25

ROOM: AHIC Studio

Global overview - what are the key trends shifts and changes? Looking at innovation and inspiration in hospitality from around the globe

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Benjamin Calleja
Chief Executive Officer, Livit Design

09:25 – 10:00

ROOM: AHIC Studio

What changes have operators and investors from around the world seen in their own businesses and how have they innovated?

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Emma Banks
Vice President, F&B Strategy and Development EMEA, Hilton

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Antonio Gonzalez
Chief Executive Officer, Sunset Hospitality Group

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Jillian MacLean
Founder & CEO, Drake & Morgan

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Chris Miller
Founder, White Rabbit Projects

10:00 – 11:30

ROOM: AHIC Stage

THE SUSTAINABLE HOSPITALITY CHALLENGE

How Innovation Can Drive The Future Of A More Sustainable Hospitality Industry?

The SHC has challenged students from leading international hotel schools to address a real-life case study "The Future of Hospitality 2050“ based on the sustainable challenges that the industry is currently facing. This year, finalists will pitch their innovative ideas to a prominent jury of senior industry leaders with the finalists being acknowledged on stage at AHIC on 21 September.

Jury Members:

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Marloes Knippenberg
Chief Executive Officer, Kerten Hospitality

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Dirk Bakker
Head of EMEA Hotels & CEO Netherlands, Colliers

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Tim Cordon
Senior Area Vice President Middle East & Africa, Radisson Hotel Group

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Haitham Mattar 
Managing Director, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG

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Wolfgang M. Neumann
Chairman, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

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Jochem-Jan Sleiffer
President Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Hilton

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Morgan Tuckness
LEED-AP Design & Architecture, NEOM Hotel Development

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Sandeep Walia
Chief Operating Officer Middle East, Marriott International

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Mark Willis
Chief Executive Officer, India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Accor

Participants:

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)

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Lukas Lauber
Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

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Stefano Abedum de Lima Hanzawa
Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

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Eve Mignot
Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

Hotel Institute Montreux (HIM)

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Mara Constantin
Hotel Institute Montreux (HIM)

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Felix Linnarinne
Hotel Institute Montreux (HIM)

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Chen (Lott) Tian
Hotel Institute Montreux (HIM)

Hotelschool The Hague

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David Eggink
Hotelschool The Hague

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Anja Metzler
Hotelschool The Hague

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Nicolas Schultze
Hotelschool The Hague

Ryerson University

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Michelle Novotny
Ryerson University

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Raina Patel
Ryerson University

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Brian Riback
Ryerson University

Université de Cergy-Pontoise Paris Seine, School of International Hospitality Management

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Yahya Maghrebi
Université de Cergy-Pontoise Paris Seine, School of International Hospitality Management

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Inès Manamperi
Université de Cergy-Pontoise Paris Seine, School of International Hospitality Management

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Thi Hanh Nguyen
Université de Cergy-Pontoise Paris Seine, School of International Hospitality Management

Zuyd Hotelschool Maastricht

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Fei Duindam
Zuyd Hotelschool Maastricht

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Aafke Goetheer
Zuyd Hotelschool Maastricht

GRIF INSIGHTS

10:00 – 10:30

ROOM: AHIC Studio

A Changed Mindset Has Emerged for Dining

Where will we see the shift from concepts, design and the bottom line?

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Eric Ullmann
Principal, OBMI

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Lynne Bellinger
Director of Food & Beverage Development, Marriott International

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Christian Abell
Founder and Creative Officer, Architaste

10:30 – 10:45

ROOM: AHIC Studio

Growing your concepts within and outside GCC, lessons learnt and things to consider


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Rabih Fakhreddine
CEO & Founder, 7 Management

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Fady Ghanem
Partner, Corporate Structuring, Al Tamimi & Company

10:45 – 11:00

ROOM: AHIC Studio

How communicating with your customer has evolved

How do you communicate now? Understanding the shift from the ME culture to community. Looking at the importance of immersive touch points as well as data when planning your communications strategy.

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Petra Boutry Spanko
Regional Director, Katch International

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Georgina Woollams
Founder & Managing Director, Katch International

11:00 – 11:20

ROOM: AHIC Studio

Innovating the traditional food hall model globally. What have they learnt from their operations around the world and how are they creating an appealing model for landlords?

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David Singleton
Partner, Strategic Advisor and Coach, Socius Group

In conversation with:

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Didier Souillat
Chief Executive Officer, Time Out Market

11:20 – 11:40

ROOM: AHIC Studio

Convenience, Choice and Community – why they are so crucial? How KRUSH Brands plans to cater to this need

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Ian Ohan
Founder & CEO, KRUSH Brands

THE AHIC INNOVATION DEN

11:00 – 12:00

ROOM: AHIC Chat

Business Start-ups That Are Transforming The Industry

Participants:

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Catalin Cighi
Managing Partner, Cain Group

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Noelle Homsy
Co-Founder, ENVI Lodges

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Hamza Khan
Co-founder, Letswork

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Jalil Mekouar
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, inHovate Solutions

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Jareer Oweimrin
Co-Founder, Fluidmeet

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Pascal Petit
Founder & CEO, Thynk

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Fuad Sajdi
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Toggle Market

Judges:

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Bani Haddad
Founder & Managing Director, Aleph Hospitality

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Michael Levie
Co-Founder, KUBE Ventures & CitizenM

To be considered for the AHIC Innovation Den, please send details of your start-up to jonathan@benchevents.com

11:30 – 12:30

Networking Lunch

12:30 – 12:45

ROOM: AHIC Stage

Welcome to AHIC 2021

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Jonathan Worsley
Chairman & CEO, Bench

12:45 – 13:10

ROOM: AHIC Stage

Global outlook – recent developments and opportunities for growth

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Khatija Haque
Chief Economist and Head of Research, Global Markets & Treasury, Emirates NBD

13:10 – 13:25

ROOM: AHIC Stage

Samih Sawiris on macro-economic environment and what can be done to support the ongoing recovery and development of the hospitality sector

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Aradhana Khowala
Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Aptamind Partners

In conversation with:

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Samih Sawiris
Chairman, Orascom Hotels and Development

13:25 – 13:40

ROOM: AHIC Stage

Where are we now and what are some of the key learnings from the last 18 months for the future?

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Robin Rossmann
Managing Director, STR

13:40 – 14:00

ROOM: AHIC Stage

Following on CEO perspective

How his regions have adapted over the last 18 months and what key lessons are he applying moving forward? Where are the bright spots?

Kenneth Macpherson

Kenneth Macpherson
Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East, Asia & Africa, IHG

14:00 – 14:45

ROOM: AHIC Stage

The investors' perspective

Where is investment heading? Where do investors see the opportunities moving forward? How is the asset class of hospitality and tourism viewed? Looking at the long term perspective.

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Neil George
Managing Director, InnSight Advisory

In conversation with:

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Karim Abdel-Latif
Investment Professional, Actis

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Fardan Al Fardan
Senior Executive Officer, Embassy Capital Limited

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Amr El Nady
Head of Hotels & Hospitality MEA and EVP, Global Hotel Desk, JLL

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Philipp Klohr
Vice President - UAE Diversified Assets, Mubadala

14:45 – 15:00

ROOM: AHIC Stage

Federico J. González, Global CEO, Radisson Hotel Group in conversation with Jonathan Worsley, Chairman, Bench on Innovation and Transformation - the necessity of constant evolution

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Federico J. González
Global Chief Executive Officer, Radisson Hotel Group

15:00 – 15:10

ROOM: AHIC Stage

Rethinking hospitality developments creating lifestyle destinations for today's consumer

Fusing media, flexible destination dining and memberships.

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David Singleton
Partner, Strategic Advisor and Coach, Socius Group

In conversation with:

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Stephen Valentino
Chief Executive Officer, The London Project

15:10 – 15:15

ROOM: AHIC Stage

Special announcement from KRUSH Brands

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Ian Ohan
Founder & CEO, KRUSH Brands

15:15 – 16:00

Networking Coffee Break

AHIC off the record

15:30 – 16:15

ROOM: AHIC Chat

Owner – operator agreements

What are some of the latest trends in the market and does there seem to be a shift in last 18 months from the standard management contract?

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Khalid Anib
Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi National Hotels PJSC

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Ian Arnott
Senior Counsel, Al Tamimi & Company

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Anton Bawab
Head of Operations, The Red Sea Development Company

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Paul Saba
Vice President & Senior Counsel, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International

16:00 – 16:20

ROOM: AHIC Stage

How do we foster transformation and change in hospitality?

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Marloes Knippenberg
Chief Executive Officer, Kerten Hospitality

In conversation with:

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David Keen
Co-Founder, KUBE Ventures

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Michael Levie
Co-Founder, KUBE Ventures & CitizenM

16:20 – 16:35

ROOM: AHIC Stage

Covid, a never before seen catalyst for innovation?

Historically with all previous major disruptions to travel and tourism we have seen a quick return to the status quo. Covid has sparked long and lasting change, what is the impact now and moving forward?

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Dr. Martin Berlin
Partner & Global Deals Real Estate Leader, PwC

16:35 – 17:15

ROOM: AHIC Stage

Discussion with industry leaders on innovation and changes occurring within their own businesses, operations and strategies moving forward

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Dr. Martin Berlin
Partner & Global Deals Real Estate Leader, PwC

In conversation with:

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Guy Hutchinson
President & Chief Executive Officer, Rotana

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Chris Miller
Founder, White Rabbit Projects

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Vijay Raghavan
Director, Golden Sands Hotel Group

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Sandeep Walia
Chief Operating Officer Middle East, Marriott International

17:15 – 17:45

ROOM: AHIC Stage

FDI investment funds - how are governments supporting and investing into the hospitality sector?

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Amit Nayak, CHA
Vice President and Executive Board Member, HAMA MEA

In conversation with:

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Imad Barrakad
Chairman & CEO, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

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Salvatore Lavallo
Head of Foreign Direct Investment, Abu Dhabi Investment Office

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Yousuf Lootah
Executive Director, Tourism Development & Investments, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing

17:45 – 18:00

ROOM: AHIC Stage

Closing Keynote Conversation: Leading in a Crisis and Looking to the Future

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Jonathan Worsley
Chairman & CEO, Bench

In conversation with:

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Adeeb Ahamed
Managing Director, Twenty14 Holdings

NETWORKING RECEPTION

18:15 – 20:00

LOCATION: Majlis A Salam Ballroom

We are delighted to be back home at the Madinat Jumeirah, a place where some of the most memorable moments have taken place including being the first event to take place at the Madinat Conference Centre over 15 years ago!

For the Opening Reception, we will be immersed into an experience that has been tailored by Jumeirah’s award winning chefs and signature services and showcasing charming Arabian hospitality and class that Jumeirah is well-known for.