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

07:30 – 11:00

PRE-EVENT NETWORKING

We are finally meeting in-person! Our philosophy has always been to facilitate networking and what a better way than through outdoor experiences and activities. So join us and bring out the best in networking on the golf course or on the tennis court.

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

TENNIS

Showcase your tennis skills on the courts of 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.

GOLF

Compete like a champion! JA The Resort Golf Course, designed by the famous Peter Harradine, is a champion-standard 9-hole PAR 35 golf course spread over 50 acres and set within the grounds of JA The Resort. Each hole is uniquely landscaped with exotic trees, shrubs and original desert flora. The course has established itself as one of the most prestigious spots for golf in Dubai playing host to legends including Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Greg Norman.

09:00 – 11:30

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

10:00 – 12:00

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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Milan Arandelovic
Chief Operating Officer Hotel Division, Aroundtown SA

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Dirk Bakker
Head of EMEA Hotels & CEO Netherlands, Colliers

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Puneet Chhatwal
Chief Executive Officer, Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL)

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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:

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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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Ines 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

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Fei Duindam
Zuyd Hotelschool Maastricht

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Aafke Goetheer
Zuyd Hotelschool Maastricht

12:00 – 13:00

The AHIC Innovation Den

Business Start-ups That Are Transforming The Industry

Participants:

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James Asquith
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Holiday Swap

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Jalil Mekouar
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, inHovate Solutions

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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

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Khaled Talhouni
Managing Partner, Nuwa Capital

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

13:00 – 13:15

Welcome to AHIC 2021

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Jonathan Worsley
Chairman & CEO, Bench

13:15 – 13:45

Shifting Sands on the Future of Investment

Examining what the future holds for investors and looking at new opportunities

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Pat Thaker
Editorial and Regional Director, MEA, The Economist Intelligence Unit

13:45 – 14:00

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

14:00 – 14:40

Follow on discussion with:

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Aradhana Khowala
Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Aptamind Partners

In conversation with:

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Rahul Chaudhary
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, CG Corp Global & CG Hospitality Holdings

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Andrew Humphries
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Katara Hospitality

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

14:40 – 15:15

Where is investment heading?

Where do investors see the opportunities moving forward? How is the asset class of hospitality and tourism viewed by investors? Looking long term, where would investors put their capital?

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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 Hotels Desk, JLL

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Philipp Klohr
Vice President - UAE Diversified Assets, Mubadala

15:15 – 15:30

Navigating the New Landscape and How Trends are Shaping Investment Thinking

Hard Talk with:

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Samih Sawiris
Chairman, Orascom Hotels and Development

15:30 – 16:00

Networking Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:20

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

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 – 17:10

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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Olivier Harnisch
Head of Hospitality, Public Investment Fund

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Guy Hutchinson
President & Chief Executive Officer, Rotana

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Sandeep Walia
Chief Operating Officer Middle East, Marriott International

17:00 – 17:30

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

18:30 – 21:00

Opening Day Evening Reception - Zheng He’s at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam

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.