Arabian & African Hospitality
Investment Conference

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

Programme

Day One

AHIC VIRTUAL INVESTMENT DEN

AHIC OFF THE RECORD

16:00 – 17:00

Live at the Mandarin Oriental - Session 1 Round Table

Owners off the record – Hosted by HAMA – Access to this session is by application and attendees must be owners, investors, appointed asset managers or owners’ representatives. Numbers are strictly limited and only those who have pre-registered will be admitted.

Hosted by

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René Beil
President, HAMA MEA, Managing Director, Beaufort Global

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Amit Nayak,CHA
VICE PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER, HAMA MEA

17:30 – 18:30

LIVE AT THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL - SESSION 2 ROUND TABLE

Owners off the record – Hosted by HAMA – Access to this session is by application and attendees must be owners, investors, appointed asset managers or owners’ representatives. Numbers are strictly limited and only those who have pre-registered will be admitted.


Hosted by

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René Beil
President, HAMA MEA, Managing Director, Beaufort Global

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Amit Nayak,CHA
VICE PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER, HAMA MEA

18:00 – 18:10

WELCOME REMARKS

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Jonathan Worsley
Chairman & CEO, Bench

18:10 – 18:35

THE INVESTORS’ PERSPECTIVE: ‘AFTER THE APOCALYPSE’ HOW HAVE INVESTORS CHANGED THEIR BUSINESSES AND WHAT HAVE THEY LEARNED?

The industry has experienced unprecedented times. According to the owners, how has the industry shifted in the short and long term? What changes have they made and what lessons have they learnt? What is their view on the asset class moving forward?

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Nick van Marken
Managing Director, van Marken Limited

In conversation with

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Adeeb Ahamed
Managing Director, Twenty14 Holdings

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Rahul Chaudhary
CEO & MD, CG Corp Global & CG Hospitality Holdings

18:35 – 19:00

IS THE PANDEMIC IMPACTING THE WIDER INVESTOR PROFILE OF THE SECTOR?

Are there investors checking in or checking out and what is driving these decisions? What does a shift in players mean and what opportunities does it open up as a result?

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Andrew Sangster
Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

In conversation with

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Charbel Boutros
Senior Director Strategy & Hospitality Advisory, Ròya International

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Lissa Engle
Founder & Managing Director, Berkeley Capital Group

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Ramsey Mankarious
Chief Executive Officer, Cedar Capital Partners

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Tea Ros
Founder & Managing Director, Strategic Hotel Consulting

19:00 – 20:30

HOTEL INVESTMENT OUTLOOK 2020 AND BEYOND: YEAR-TO-DATE CHARACTERISTICS AND PATH TO GLOBAL RECOVERY

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

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Nihat Ercan
Managing Director, Head of Investment Sales Asia Pacific, JLL Hotels & Hospitality

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Gilda Perez-Alvarado
Chief Executive Officer Americas, JLL Hotels & Hospitality

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Patrick Saade
Senior Managing Director EMEA Capital Markets, JLL Hotels & Hospitality

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Mark Wynne-Smith
Global Head, JLL Hotels & Hospitality

20:30 – 20:50

ONE-ON-ONE WITH KENNETH MACPHERSON

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Nick van Marken
Managing Director, van Marken Limited

In conversation with

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

21:00 – 22:00

THE TRANSFORMATION OF MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS - WORKSHOP

In the post – Covid19 world what is the new normal? How have owners and operators reacted to the new landscape and what impact is this having on existing and future agreements? What can you expect to see in the marketplace in the future?

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

In conversation with

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Hala Matar Choufany
President-Middle East, Africa and South Asia, HVS

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James Donald
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Accor

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Giuliano Gasparini
Senior Vice-President, Aldar Properties

21:30 – 21:50

THE FUTURE OF RESORT DESIGN

The future for urban leisure developments.

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Donald Bordui
Managing Director, MENA & Asia, OBM International

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Tim Peck
Chairman, OBM International

21:50 – 22:10

ADAPTING PROPERTIES UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR THE NEW WORLD

Looking at white-labelled examples of actual projects in the final stages of completion which have been successfully adjusted. What can be done for existing properties?

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Ismail AlKamal
Director, AlKamal International

22:10 – 23:00

HOW SUSTAINABILITY WILL TRANSFORM TOMORROW AND EMBEDDING SUSTAINABILITY IN THE EARLY STAGES OF HOTEL DEVELOPMENT

Quick baseline understanding of the talks on sustainability; presenting the systemic challenge of how hotel development is done in practice vs. how hotel operators manage sustainability and best practices for bridging the two.

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Eric Ricaurte
Founder & CEO, Greenview

Followed by a conversation with:

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Anton Bawab
Executive Director, Hospitality, The Red Sea Development Company

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Khalifa Bin Braik
Managing Director of Hotels, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

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Cedric Sala
MEA Hotel Segment Director, Schneider Electric

22:30 – 23:00

A FOCUS ON INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN SAUDI AND HOW THEY CAN BE ACCESSED - WORKSHOP

Looking at the emerging projects and how international investors are able to enter the market.

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Majed AlGhanim
Managing Director of Tourism and Quality of Life Sector, Ministry of Investment Saudi Arabia

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Hammad AlBalawi
General Manager of Tourism Investment, Ministry of Tourism

23:00 – 01:00

LIVE AT BURJ AL ARAB & BROADCAST AROUND THE GLOBE

GRIF @ AHIC: A FOCUS ON THE FUTURE OF HOTEL F&B

How are hotels transforming their F&B offering to be COVID compliant and also compete with the ever evolving and sophisticated demands of today’s guest to ensure maximum ROI for owners?

23:00 – 23:10

WELCOME REMARKS

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Jennifer Pettinger-Haines
Managing Director Middle East , Co-Founder, GRIF, Bench

23:10 – 23:30

ONE-ON-ONE WITH JOSÉ SILVA

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José Silva
Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts

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Richard Dean
Presenter at Dubai Eye Radio, Director of Roar Interior Design

on how and why Jumeirah has put culinary excellence as one of its key pillars; the impact of COVID on their F&B strategy and how they are moving forward.

23:30 – 23:50

VALUE CREATION FOR REAL ASSETS IN THE NEW NORMAL

How has COVID-19 impacted the real estate and hospitality industry and what are the long-term implications? What are the emerging trends? In this session, we look at the news 'baseline' for the industry, discuss working capital and business protection as well as F&B digitisation and other significant trends.

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Richard Dean
Presenter at Dubai Eye Radio, Director of Roar Interior Design

In conversation with

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

23:50 – 00:10

INTERVIEW WITH EMMA BANKS

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Emma Banks
VP F&B Strategy & Development, EMEA, Hilton International

In conversation with

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David Singleton
Partner, Socius Group

on how she is planning for the future across her portfolio.

00:10 – 00:30

HOTEL F&B STRATEGIES FOR THE FUTURE

In the new world, what are some options when your hotel F&B tenant leaves and re-leasing is not an option. How can you re-think space that has become available? What are some cost effective ways for a re-launch.

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Helen El Mettouri
Regional Director, Middle East, Africa & SEA, Keane

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Hamed Parnian
Associate, Compass Project Consulting

00:30 – 00:40

DUBAI RESTAURANT GROUP UPDATE

Through the formation of the Dubai Restaurant Group under the Dubai Chamber, F&B has been recognised by the government as one of the key drivers of Dubai’s economy and an important pillar of its appeal as a destination. What is the vision for its role in the industry moving forward?

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Naim Maadad
Board Member, Dubai Restaurant Group, Chief Executive & Founder, Gates Hospitality

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Kunal Lahori
Managing Partner, Palmon Group, Board Member, Dubai Restaurant Group

00:40 – 01:00

CREATING A CULTURE OF CULINARY EXCELLENCE

How does a hotel company create and grow a culture of culinary excellence for today’s world? What structures and measures can be put in place to attract and retain world class talent? What adjustments have had to be made for the new world and guests?

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Michael Ellis
Chief Culinary Officer, Jumeirah Group

In conversation with

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Chef Marco Garfagnini
Executive Chef, Jumeirah Al Naseem and Head Chef of Sal

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Chef Kim Joinié-Maurin
Executive Chef, Al Mahara Restaurant

Day Two

START THE DAY WITH AN AHIC RUN, TENNIS SOCIAL OR YOGA

14:00 – 16:00

5KM RUN FOLLOWED BY BREAKFAST AT THE WYNDHAM DUBAI MARINA SPONSORED BY THE FIRST GROUP

15:30 – 16:30

YOGA WITH ZEE

16:30 – 17:30

OWNERS OFF THE RECORD - ROUND TABLE

Looking at getting the most from your asset and your operator. This is an invitation only session

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Rabih Feghali
Hospitality Director, The Red Sea Development Company

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Turab Saleem
Head of Hospitality, Al Rajhi Investments

17:45 – 18:00

WELCOME REMARKS

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Jonathan Worsley
Chairman & CEO, Bench

18:00 – 18:40

PRESENTATION OF THE 2020 AHIC LEADERSHIP AWARD TO H.E. HELAL S. K. ALMARRI

To be presented by

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

Followed by:

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H.E. Helal S. K. Almarri
Director General, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing

in a one-on-one conversation with

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Richard Dean
Presenter at Dubai Eye Radio, Director of Roar Interior Design

Presentation of AHIC 2020 Lifetime Achievement award to Rudi Jagersbacher

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Rudi Jagersbacher
Non-Executive Chairman, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Hilton

18:40 – 19:00

GLOBAL HOTEL PERFORMANCE UPDATE

A review of key performance indicators and a look at the regional pipeline.

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Robin Rossmann
Managing Director, STR

19:00 – 19:40

THE INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE ON THE NEW NORMAL

How are owners coping with the current reality, preparing for the future and planning to navigate the new levels of ADR and RevPAR? How do they see their relationship with operators evolving? How are owners structuring their businesses to cope with the current environment?

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Turab Saleem
Head of Hospitality, Al Rajhi Investments

In conversation with

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Khalifa Bin Braik
Managing Director of Hotels, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

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Kevork Deldelian
Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Hotels & Resorts Middle East and Africa

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Alison Grinnell
CEO, RAK Hospitality Holding LLC

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Omar Issa
Director of Strategy, Dur Hospitality

19:40 – 20:00

EXPO 2020 UPDATE

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Sumathi Ramanathan
Director – Market Strategy & Sales, Expo 2020

in conversation with

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Richard Dean
Presenter at Dubai Eye Radio, Director of Roar Interior Design

20:00 – 20:30

AHIC INSIGHTS CEO CHAT

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

In conversation with

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H.E. Eng. Essa Al Hajj Al Maidoor
Director General, Dubai Developments

on what they see in the future for the hotel market.

20:30 – 21:00

THE JOURNEY TO ALTERNATIVE MANAGEMENT: WHEN DOES FRANCHISE WORK AND WHAT OTHER OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?

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Hala Matar Choufany
President-Middle East, Africa and South Asia, HVS

In conversation with

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Khalid Anib
Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi National Hotels PJSC

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Bani Haddad
Founder & Managing Director, Aleph Hospitality

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Christophe Landais
Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Company

AHIC YOUR WAY BREAKOUT STREAMS – INCLUDES AHIC INTERACTIVE & AHIC OFF THE RECORD SESSIONS

21:00 – 21:20

IS THE HOTEL INDUSTRY FIT FOR A POST-COVID WORLD?

Embracing disruptive technologies

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Cyrus Mewawalla, MA, FCA
Head of Thematic Research, GlobalData Plc

21:20 – 21:40

CONVERSIONS, REBRANDS AND SOFT BRANDS: WHAT ARE THE DEVELOPERS SEEING IN THE MARKET? WHERE IS THE MOVEMENT IN THE CURRENT MARKET? ARE THERE OPPORTUNITIES?

What (if anything!) is keeping development teams busy? What options are owners looking at?

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Neil George
Independent Advisor

In conversation with

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Louis Abi Abboud
Vice President, Development Middle-East & Lifestyle Lead Middle East & Africa, Accor

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Matthew Tripolone
Vice President Development – Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group

21:20 – 21:45

HOW WILL BIG DATA AND AI TRANSLATE INTO ASSET PERFORMANCE AND VALUE?

What can be done to prepare your business?

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Richard Thompson
Editorial Director, MEED

In conversation with

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Donald Bremner
Managing Director, Stirling Hospitality Advisors

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Olivier Harnisch
Head of Hospitality, Public Investment Fund

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Jalil Mekouar
Founder and CEO, inHovate Solutions

21:45 – 22:10

BUILDING BACK BETTER: REAL ESTATE EVOLUTION TO MEET THE CHANGING DEMANDS FOR COMMUNITY BUILD ONLINE AND IN REAL LIFE.

How can this transformation serve to assist in diversification & risk management? What are the keys to successfully building it into new and existing projects? Who are the ideal collaborators who can ensure the future-proof security of your investment? Communities, online and in real life, transforming real estate to meet new community demands, while diversifying & managing risk.

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Marloes Knippenberg
Chief Executive Officer, Kerten Hospitality

In conversation with

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Lynn Chouman
News Editor, LinkedIn

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Amro Nahas
Partner & Managing Director, Ritz Banc Group

21:45 – 22:15

HOW HAVE THE OPERATORS AND OWNERS EMBRACED TECHNOLOGY IN THIS PERIOD?

How are they leveraging technology to create a COVID compliant offering? How are they boosting traveller confidence? How has it been utilised to increase efficiencies?

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Floor Bleeker
Chief Information Officer Middle East & Africa and Global Strategic Programs, Accor

In conversation with

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Willem Both
EVP Information Technology, Kerzner International

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Waleid Ibrahim
Vice President, Global Information Technology - Middle East & Africa, Marriott International

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Sanjay Sharma
Head of Information Technology, Jumeirah Group

22:30 – 23:30

HOTEL INNOVATION: TECH TRENDS AND STARTUP SHOWCASE - POWERED BY PLUG AND PLAY ADGM

Now more than ever, innovation and tech startup solutions are a business imperative for hotels. Join us to listen in to some of the latest tech trends and hear from exceptional startup founders and disruptors that are bringing real value and innovation to hotels locally and internationally.

Presentation by:

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Lio Chen
Managing Director Travel & Hospitality (Silicon Valley), Plug and Play

Startup Innovation Showcase:

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Roy Azzi
CEO, HYBRID Installations/HYPERVSN

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Antonio Bustamente
CEO and Founder, Chekin

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David Phillips
Co-founder and President, Jurny

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Scott Long
Director, Go Moment

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Mohamed Nassar
COO & Co-Founder, FunDok

Day Three

14:00 – 18:00

THE AHIC GOLF TOURNAMENT HOSTED BY DUBAI GOLF

18:00 – 18:05

WELCOME BACK

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Jennifer Pettinger-Haines
Managing Director Middle East , Co-Founder, GRIF, Bench

18:05 – 18:30

BIG PICTURE MACRO ECONOMIST – WHAT IS THE OUTLOOK GLOBALLY AND FOR THE GCC?

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Richard Dean
Presenter at Dubai Eye Radio, Director of Roar Interior Design

In conversation with

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Simon Williams
Chief Economist, CEEMEA, Managing Director, Global Banking and Markets, HSBC Bank Plc

18:30 – 19:00

A FOCUS ON GOLF

Golf tourists are the highest average spenders in the world. How can golf tourism be leveraged for the benefit of a hotel? What operational adaptations need to be made for the new world? How can golf compliment real estate development and a hotel while enhancing the value of the business?

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Robbie Greenfield
Sports Presenter, Dubai Eye 103.8

In conversation with

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Mark Chapleski
President, Troon International Division

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Christopher May
Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Golf

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Tom Phillips
Head of Middle East, PGA European Tour

18:30 – 19:30

OWNERS OFF THE RECORD - ROUND TABLE

Looking at getting the most from your asset and your operator. This is an invitation only session

Antel Scott

Scott Antel
International Hospitality & Franchise Lawyer

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Anil Bhardwaj
Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises LLC

19:00 – 19:40

INVESTING IN WELLNESS THE RIGHT WAY TO ENSURE ROI

What factors you need to consider when developing your wellness offering to ensure it is in line with market needs as well as done in a way which ensures return for the investor.

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Kathryn Moore
Founder & Managing Director, Spa Connectors & Hall of Wellness Awards

In conversation with

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Leo Downer
Executive Director, TLC Health Travel Ltd, Co-founder of Harmony Sustainability Tourism

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Puczkó László
CEO & Co-Founder, Health Tourism Worldwide, Associate Global Wellness Research Director, TLC

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Nicki Page
Founder & ED, TLC

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Jean-Paul Riby
Chief Executive Officer, Sun Hospitality Group

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Daniella Russell
Spa and Wellness Consultant and Mentor, Daniella Russell Harper DRG / TCL

19:40 – 20:10

STRATEGIC ASSET MANAGEMENT PLAN: LOOKING AT THE LONG TERM AND HOW ARE OWNERS PREPARING FOR AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

How do you mitigate against the fluctuations of Hospitality Real Estate Life Cycles through economic and geopolitical uncertainties? How are asset managers preparing for a long-term sustainable future with risk adjusted return and strategic planning?

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René Beil
President, HAMA MEA, Managing Director, Beaufort Global

In conversation with

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Stuart Etherington
Vice President Hospitality Asset Management, Dubai Holding

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Simon Hasdell
Vice President Asset management Hospitality, IFA Hotels & Resorts

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B. R. Kiran
Chief Portfolio Officer, Miral Asset Management

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Amit Nayak,CHA
VICE PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER, HAMA MEA

19:40 – 20:15

THE (R)EVOLUTION OF HOTEL FITNESS: IS EXERCISE MOVING OUTDOORS OR INTO THE GUEST ROOM?

What are the ways to integrate fitness concepts into hotels now that guests are proactive about health and fitness?

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Jonathan Worsley
Chairman & CEO, Bench

Explore with:

Mark Arnall, Fitness Trainer at F1 Champions, who has been mastering the art of training on the road for 25 years and Tea Ros, Founder & Managing Director, Strategic Hotel Consulting

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Mark Arnall
Fitness Trainer of F1 Champions

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Tea Ros
Founder & Managing Director, Strategic Hotel Consulting

20:10 – 20:40

BUILDING BACK BETTER

Learning from the winners during the pandemic and what it means for your business

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Henry Mason
Evangelist at Large, TrendWatching

20:40 – 21:10

BUILDING BACK BETTER - RETHINKING YOUR HOTEL WORKFORCE

What has been learnt in last six months about operational efficiencies that can be carried forward for the future? How can we look at job roles and functions with a hotel differently when we think outside the box?

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Donald Bremner
Managing Director, Stirling Hospitality Advisors

In conversation with

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Hassan Ahdab
President of Hotels Operations, Dur Hospitality

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Giuliano Gasparini
Senior Vice-President, Aldar Properties

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Zoltan Kali
Senior Vice President, Omran Hospitality

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Clive Smith
Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

21:00 – 21:45

AOTR - ROUND TABLE WITH THE BANKERS - WORKSHOP

What are they really thinking? What can you expect and how should you go about it in the current market?

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Cyril Lincoln
Head - Real Estate, Investment Banking Group, ADCB

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Amro Nahas
Partner & Managing Director, Ritz Banc Group

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Zain Qureshi
Head of Real Estate, Mashreq Bank

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Richard Thompson
Editorial Director, MEED