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Andrey Yakunin

Co-Founding Partner, VIY Management LLP

Tatiana Veller

National Director, Head of Hotel & Hospitality Group Russia & CIS, JLL

Scott Antel

Hospitality and Leisure Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Daniel Thorniley

President, DT-Global Business Consulting GmbH

Aron Libinson

Associate Vice President Operations and Development Russia & CIS, IHG

Dimitry Tetiouchev

Partner, Hospitality Industry Leader in the CIS, EY

Michael Johnston

Chief Executive Officer, Regional Hotel Chain LLC

Michael Collini

Vice President Development – Turkey, Russia and Eastern Europe, Hilton Worldwide

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR

Michael O'Hare

Managing Director, Horwath HTL Hungary & Russia

Alexander Kaltykov

Chief Executive Officer, Osnova Group

David Jenkins

Vice President Business Development Russia, CIS & Baltics, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Alexander Skoblo

Partner, Head of European Hotel & Leisure Practice, Dentons

Philippe Bone

Head of Development Russia, Ukraine, Georgia & CIS, AccorHotels

Vladimir Ilichev

Development Director - Russia & CIS, Hilton Worldwide

Petr Chitipakhovyan

President, CH-Group

Vladimir Poddubko

Head of Hospitality Department, A.N.D. Corporation

Vadim Prasov

Managing Partner, Alliance Hotel Management

Cuneyt Baltaoglu

Managing Director, Akfen REIT

Imad Barrakad

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR

Marina Usenko

Independent Hotel Advisor

Anatoly Kondratenko

Senior Director, Acquisitions & Development, Russia, CIS & Baltics, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.

Press Release

11 Aug 2008

Influential Hotel and Investment Leaders to Participate as Speakers at Russia & CIS Hotel Investment

Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States have enormous potential for hotel investors, developers, operators and consultants. The Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC) scheduled for 21-22 October 2008 at Ritz-Carlton in Moscow will be a networking forum like no other for hotel and investment professionals interested in doing business in Russia and CIS.

A conference programme led by a powerful line-up of more than 60 speakers is the cornerstone of this one-of-a-kind networking event. A selection of speakers, which includes Prince Michael of Kent, is as follows:

  • Mayor Yuri Mikhailovich Luzhkov, Mayor of Moscow
  • Arthur de Haast, Global Chief Executive Officer, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels
  • Erkan Erkek, Chief Executive Officer, Capital Partners
  • Jennifer Fox, Chief Operating Officer, InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Robert Gaymer-Jones, Chief Operating Officer Sofitel Worldwide, Sofitel Luxury Hotels
  • Kurt Ritter, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Rezidor Hotel Group
  • Mark Wynne-Smith, Chief Executive Officer Europe, Middle East & Africa, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels
  • Marina Zoob, Managing Director Ukraine & Russia, Dawnay Day
  • Michael Cooper, Vice President Strategic Development Russia & CIS, InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Mary Gostelow, Editor and Publisher, Gostelow Report
  • Georg Folian, Chief Executive Officer, Warimpex AG
  • Peter Gee, Partner - Hotels & Leisure, King Sturge
  • Marius Gomola, Managing Director Horwath HTL, Hungary & Russia
  • Alexander Gusakov, President, Heliopark Group
  • Arild Hovland, Senior Vice President Business Development, The Rezidor Hotel Group
  • Simon Hudspeth, Director - Head of International Hotel Advisory Services, Christie + Co
  • Vladimir Ilichev, Development Director Russia & CIS, Hilton Hotels
  • Haluk Kaya, Chairman, Ãœcgen Insaat ve Ticaret A.S.
  • Anatoly Kondratenko, Director, Acquisitions & Development Russia & CIS, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc
  • Elena Litvinova, Area Director Human Resources, Interstate Hotels and Resorts
  • Elena Lysenkova, Member of Board of Directors, Azimut Hotels Company, Development Director, Hotel Projects, Gleden Invest
  • Christian Michel, Regional Vice President Development, Wyndham Hotel Group International
  • Simon Naudi, Executive Director, International Hotel Investments plc
  • Alexander Skoblo, Partner & Head of Russian Hotels and Hospitality, Salans
  • Gianni van Daalen, Managing Director and Regional Vice President, Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow
  • Tatiana Veller, Managing Director, HVS Executive Search Moscow
  • Howard Wolff, Senior Vice President, WATG

"We are very excited about the prospect of bringing together industry stakeholders to meet new investment partners and allowing them to explore the region through the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference 2008," said Jonathan Worsley, RHIC conference co-organiser. "By joining us at this year’s event you will be placing your company at the forefront of this renewed market, full of old gems and new ventures awaiting development and investment."

To access a full list of participating speakers and review the conference program in detail, please visit:

The Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference will run from October 21-22, 2008 at the Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, and is jointly organised by The Bench and Questex Media Group, Inc.