Arabian & African Hospitality
Investment Conference

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

Programme

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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Anne-Marie Hannan
Vice President of Human Resources Middle East and Africa, Marriott International

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

Participants:

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)

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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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Mary Pratt
Founder, The Caviar Spoon

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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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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
Emerging Markets Real Estate Private Equity, 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 Hotel Management Corporation

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Sandeep Walia
Chief Operating Officer Middle East, Marriott International

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.

Day Two - Tuesday 21 September 2021

08:15 – 09:00

Breakfast with the bankers

An opportunity to have an off the record discussion and ask your questions.

Pre-registration on the event app/registration required.

09:00 – 09:15

Investing with confidence in the return of travel

Acquisitions, refurbishment and new markets. How Jumeirah is placing its confidence and cash in the hotel sector?

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José Silva
Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts

09:15 – 09:45

What is the regional tourism outlook and how is the public and private sector innovating to jumpstart the industry

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Issam AbdulRahim Kazim
Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM)

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Kashif Khalid
Regional Director - Africa & Middle East, IATA

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Amine Moukarzel
President, Louvre Hotels Group/Golden Tulip MENA

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

09:45 – 09:55

The New Normal: How COVID-19 Has Changed the Hotel Operating Model?

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Michael Grove
Chief Operating Officer, HotStats

09:55 – 10:30

The new normal for profitability - is it different to the old normal?

How is the operating model shifting and are owners and operators expectations around profitability shifting as well?

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Alison Grinnell
Chief Executive Officer, RAK Hospitality Holding LLC

In conversation with:

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Hassan Ahdab
President of Hotels Operations, Dur Hospitality

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Hamid Sidine
Chief Operating Officer MEA, Millennium Hotels & Resorts

10:30 – 11:00

Networking Coffee break

11:00 – 11:25

Hard Talk with Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, Accor

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Nick van Marken
Managing Director, van Marken Limited

In conversation with:

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Sébastien Bazin
Chairman & CEO, Accor

11:25 – 11:45

Sustainable Hospitality Challenge

Winner Presentation & Award Giving

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Sébastien Bazin
Chairman & CEO, Accor

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Marloes Knippenberg
Chief Executive Officer, Kerten Hospitality

11:45 – 12:15

How is the industry responding to the “Changing Sustainability Dynamics"?

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Wolfgang M. Neumann
Chairman, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

In conversation with:

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Inge Huijbrechts
Global Senior Vice President Sustainability, Security and Corporate Communications, Radisson Hotel Group

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Brune Poirson
Chief Sustainability Officer, Accor

12:00 – 12:45

AHIC off the record: 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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Ian Arnott
Senior Counsel, Al Tamimi & Company

12:15 – 12:30

The Future of Resorts

Key emerging consumer trends that are driving innovation

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Tim Peck
Chairman, OBM International Limited

12:30 – 13:00

Regenerative Tourism and partnerships which enable it to be a reality

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John Pagano
Chief Executive Officer, The Red Sea Development Company and AMAALA

13:00 – 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 – 14:30

Development Bright Spots in the Middle East & Africa

Where are the opportunites and who has the money? What types of brands and products are proving popular?

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Aboudi Asali
Senior Vice President, Hotels & Hospitality MEA, JLL

In conversation with:

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Jerome Briet
Chief Development Officer - Europe, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International

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Carlos Khneisser
Vice President, Development, Middle East & Africa, Hilton

14:30 – 15:00

How African Numbers have changed?

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Thomas Emanuel
Director, STR

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Olivier Petit
Partner, In Extenso Tourisme, Culture & Hôtellerie

AHIC Interactive

14:30 – 15:00

Design Workshop

From a design and brand prospective, with expectations moving so quickly, how do you design a hotel that is going to be competitive in five years’ time? How do you know what a consumer wants before they do? How do you build in increased flexibility?

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Christian Merieau
Managing Director / Partner, MMAC Design Associates

14:30 – 15:15

Covid as a transformative force for asset management

What has changed and how has technology been embraced?

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René Beil
President, HAMA MEA

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Omar Issa
Director of Strategy, Dur Hospitality

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Jalil Mekouar
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, inHovate Solutions

AHIC Interactive

15:00 – 15:40

What are Possible Outcomes of the African Hospitality Market following Covid 19?

Consumer preferences and behaviors have changed, what are the concepts to invest in?

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Philippe Doizelet
Director, Hotels and Real Estate, Voltere by Egis

In conversation with:

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Farhan Charaniya
Director, CHIC

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Hamza Farooqui
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Millat Investments

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Ramsay Rankoussi
Vice President, Development, Africa & Turkey, Radisson Hotel Group

15:00 – 16:00

Refurbishments vs revenue management vs project programming vs budget

Looking at case studies across hotels and F&B outlets.

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Jocelyne Mangham
Senior Project Manager, Compass Project Consulting

AHIC Interactive

15:30 – 16:00

The rise of experiential eco-lodging in the Middle East

From luxury lodges and retreats, to glamping and eco-resorts

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Saurabh Rai
Global Brand Operations & Business Development, Beyond Green

In conversation with:

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Luca Franco
Founder & CEO, Luxury Frontiers

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Alison Grinnell
Chief Executive Officer, RAK Hospitality Holding LLC

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Chris Nader
Experiential Lodging Specialist

15:30 – 16:15

What is the ROI that wellness can add to your property?

What are the keys to creating a genuine wellness offering and how can you tap into this lucrative segment of the market? Why is it an increasingly attractive segment for investors?

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

15:40 – 16:00

Investment Hard Talk on Africa

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Wayne Godwin
Senior Vice President, Hotels & Hospitality Sub-Saharan Africa, JLL

In conversation with:

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Olivier Granet
Managing Partner & Chief Executive Officer, Kasada Capital Management

16:00 – 16:30

Valuation Index for the Middle East & Africa

Assessing values today and down the road

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

In conversation with:

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Lourie Kruger
Head of Transactions, Africa and Middle East, Westmont Hospitality Group

16:30 – 17:00

Best practice in debt restructuring and how will development financing go forward?

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Ifeoma Ezeokafor
Principal Investment Officer & Regional Sector Lead - Tourism, Retail & Property Investments Africa, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

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Norman Fon Sing
Head of Corporate and Domestic Banking, SBM Bank Mauritius

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Cyril Lincoln
Head - Real Estate, Investment Banking Group, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

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Zain Qureshi
Executive Vice President, Global Head of Real Estate Finance & Advisory, Mashreq

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

17:30 – 20:00

Day Two Evening Reception – Timo Restaurant & Terrace at Al Jaddaf Rotana

Timo restaurant and terrace at the all-new 5-star Al Jaddaf Rotana is a stunning venue offering indoor and outdoor spaces bringing authentic cuisine with a lively Mediterranean ambiance.

AHIC guests will have the pleasure to experience the ‘local’ offering of Rotana hospitality through an array of gastronomy dishes from around its renowned signature outlets, to enjoy inside or the outdoor lounge, with superb entertainment.

Day Three - Wednesday 22 September 2021

AHIC Interactive

08:30 – 09:30

Deep dive into the Future with TrendWatching

What are the travellers of tomorrow going to want? How are behaviours and preferences changing and how will it affect the hospitality industry?

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Victoria Loomes
Head of Premium Content, TrendWatching

09:00 – 09:45

Ròya Majalis Off the Record - by Invitation only

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Yousif Al Eid
Managing Director Saudi Arabia, Ròya International

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Walid Harouni
Chief Operating Officer, Ròya International

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Ahmed Ramdan
Group CEO, Ròya International

08:50 – 09:10

Opening of The Saudi Day

09:10 – 09:30

Morning Talk with

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Jerry Inzerillo
CEO, Diriyah Gate Development Authority

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Gloria Guevara Manzo
Chief Special Advisor, Ministry of Tourism - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

09:30 – 10:00

The Impact of Covid 19 on the Holy Cities and the Future

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Christopher Lund
Director, Head of Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers

In conversation with:

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Saleh Bin Habdan Alhabdan
Chief Executive Officer, Taiba Investments Company

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Khaled Al Amoudi
CEO, Jebal Omar Development Company

10:00 – 10:30

How the Saudi Government Supports Private Sector Investment?

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Qusai AI-Fakhri
CEO, Tourism Development Fund

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

10:30 – 11:00

Networking Coffee break

11:00 – 11:30

Experiential Luxury – The Future of Tourism?

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Amr AlMadani
Chief Executive Officer, Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU)

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Oliver Ripley
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Habitas

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

11:30 – 11:50

The Foundations of Developing a Future Destination with Sustainability at the Core of Investment

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Nicolas Mayer
Industry Leader Hospitality and Tourism EMEA; Managing Partner Global Center of Excellence Tourism & Hospitality, PwC

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Andrew McEvoy
Head of the Tourism Sector, NEOM

11:50 – 12:00

Heroes and “She”roes – work in progress or work not yet begun?

How the travel, tourism and hospitality sector can adopt gender diversity as part of their development agenda and demonstrate the politics of the possible.

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Aradhana Khowala
Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Aptamind Partners

12:00 – 12:20

The importance of culture and purpose to delivering great hospitality

One of the key issues the industry is facing globally is staffing. How can owners, operators and the broader industry work to create a culture that attracts a vibrant and diverse workforce?

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Simon Vincent
President EMEA & Executive Vice President, Hilton

12:30 – 13:00

Leading in a Crisis and Looking to the Future

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Adeeb Ahamed
Managing Director, Twenty14 Holdings

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

13:00 – 14:00

AHIC grand finale Operators' Pitch Den: Innovative Brands for the New Normal

14:00 – 15:00

NETWORKING LUNCH