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Matt Luscombe

Chief Commercial Officer, Europe, IHG

Irina Sheshero

President, National Investment Association

Yury Sapozhnikov

Commercial Director, Volgatransstroy

Artem Shashkin

Deputy General Director, North Caucasus Development Corporation

Gottfried Hart

Senior Director, Energy Optimisation, , The Rezidor Hotel Group

Chris Weafer

Senior Partner, Macro Advisory

Andrey Murga

Deputy Governor, Stavropol Krai

Alexander Klyachin

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Azimut Hotels

Marina Smirnova

Partner, Head of Hospitality Services, Cushman & Wakefield

Olga Grigorieva

Head of Structured and Project Finance Division, Managing Director, Raiffeisen Bank

Vladimir Ilichev

Development Director - Russia & CIS, Hilton Worldwide

Ken McLaren

Executive Vice President, International Operations, Interstate Hotels and Resorts

Sonny Lundqvist

Scandinavia, CEO

Maria Dvorman

Area HR Director Eastern Europe, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Denis Sokolov

Head of Research and Strategic Advisory, Cushman & Wakefield

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Russell Kett

Chairman, HVS – London Office

Anastasiya Kremenchuk


Mike Collini

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

Svetlana Bats

Head of Hotel interiors Department, Smart Company

Georg Folian

Chief Financial Officer, Warimpex Finanz u Beteiligungs AG

Jean-Marc Farini

General Manager Rosa Khutor, Compagnie des Alpes

Natalia Tischendorf

European Director, Head of Corporate Finance , JLL Capital Markets

Anatoly Kondratenko

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

Alexis de La Palme

SVP – Head of Development Europe , Accor

Evgeny Makarov

Vice-President, ProfEstate , Director, Commercial Real Estate Department, Rosa Khutor LLC

Marina Usenko

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

Alexander Timokhov

Deputy Chairman, Moscow City Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning

Jonathan Faiman

Chairman, Tempest Capital AG

Christian Karaoglanian

Chief Development Officer, Accor

David Jenkins

Executive Vice President, Russia & CIS, JLL, Hotels & Hospitality Group

Frédéric Marion

Deputy CEO - Flaine, Compagnie des Alpes

Stepan Smitienko

Director Department of Investor Relations & Financial Institutions, OJSC Northern Caucasus Resorts

Dirk Bakker

Head of EMEA Hotels, Colliers International

Olga Arkhangelskaya

Partner, Head of the Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction sectors in the CIS, EY

Evgeny Bezel

Managing Partner, URBANE Group LLC

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Senior Vice President Development - Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Stefano Carosi

Head of Unit Financing, Real Estate Finance, UniCredit Bank

Sven Versteegh

Executive Director of Theme Park, Sochi-Park JSC

Sergey Shpilko

Chairman , Moscow City Committee on Tourism and Hotel Industry

Viacheslav Romanov

Head of Research, Bank of Moscow

Vladimir Poddubko

Head of Hotel Business, A.N.D. Corporation

Ivan Kiseev

Vice President, JLL

Markus Lehnert

Vice President, International Hotel Development, Marriott International, Inc.

Sven Osmers

Director - KPMG in Russia, Head of Real Estate Advisory practice in Russia and CIS, KPMG

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR Global

Stephane Meyrat

Managing Director, Bevelia Hospitality Group

Georgy Gakhariya

Business Ombudsman, Georgia

Daniel Thorniley

President, DT-Global Business Consulting

Petr Chitipakhovyan

President, CH-Group

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Deborah Haines

District Director Radisson Blu Russia, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Arild Hovland

Senior Vice President Business Development, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Alexander Skoblo

Partner, Head of European Hotel & Leisure Practice, Dentons

Sergey Degtyarev

Managing Director, Degtyarev Club Georgia

Elena Lysenkova

Chief Executive Officer, Hospitality Income Consulting

Anton Protsentov

Chief Executive Officer, GOST Hotel Management

Ara Aramyan

Deputy General Director, MC Dynamo

Sergey Vladimirov

Head of Development Projects, Airport Development

Sergey Vereshchagin

Chief Executive Officer, Northern Caucasus Resorts

Inna Shalyto

Chairwoman, Committee on Tourism Development of St. Petersburg

Tatiana Veller

Hospitality Relationship Advisor, Questex / D2

Sergey Egorov

Development Director Russia and CIS, Wyndham Hotel Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Aidar Utkelov

Director, Astana Property management

Ivica Čačić

Regional Vice President, Marriott International, Inc.

Marius Gomola

Managing Director, Horwath HTL Hungary & Russia

Dmitry Tetiouchev

Partner, Hospitality Industry Leader in the CIS, EY

Igor Romanov

Member of the Board of Directors, AZIMUT Hotels

Alexey Korobkin

Associate Director, Development, Russia, CIS and Georgia, IHG

Robert Kempton

Hotel Segment Director, Western & Central Europe, Schneider Electric

Andrea D'Amico

Regional Director - Italy, Eastern Europe and Middle East Africa,

Michael Johnston

Chief Executive Officer, Regional Hotel Chain LLC

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Vadim Prasov

Managing Partner of Alliance Hotels & Vice President, Restaurateurs and Hoteliers Federation, Russia

Luc Gesvret

SVP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty Russia Georgia & CIS , Accor

Aron Libinson

Vice President Development, Russia, CIS & Georgia, IHG

Alexis Delaroff

Chief Operating Officer Russia, Georgia & CIS, Accor

Dates and Venue announced for RHIC 2015

We're delighted to announce the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC), the premier meeting for the region’s hotel and tourism investment community, will return to Moscow 26-28 October 2015 hosted by the Azimut Moscow Olympic Hotel.

Russia is going through a tough time right now, both economically and politically. The decline in the country’s economic performance has had a serious impact on tourism and the hotel market, and the immediate future is far from optimistic. However Russia is a huge market and for some companies represents up to 60% of greater CEE business in terms of sales (CEE/CIS and Turkey). Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of Bench Events, commented that “we must carry-on in the short term to secure our future in the long term”.

Last year was a huge success with more than 390 top-level executives from all areas of the industry in attendance. 75% of the audience, which included investors, hotel owners, financiers, developers, brand representatives, operators, lawyers, advisors, architects and government officials were from Russian companies, a staggering 20% increase in the number of Russian participants since 2012.

  Click here to be kept up to date on the developments for RHIC 2015.

 Click here to view Dr. Daniel Thorniley's latest report on Russia Business News (16 March 2015)



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"Having attended conventions and conferences of all sizes and types for the past 2 decades, one of the most memorable was RHIC 2104 – kudos to bench events for the organization."
Noyan Konnolu, Prekon

"A great venue to meet old friends and welcome new partners."
Anatoly Kondratenko, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.s

"The only hotel investment event in the region where you can meet all the key decision makers in the Russia & CIS hotel business."
David Jenkins, Jones Lang LaSalle

"A must for industry insiders and newcomers interested in building a successful hotel business in Russia and the CIS."
Alexander Skoblo, Dentons

"The most representative event for Russia & CIS hotel development community."
Mikhail Kolesnik, Marriott International

"With such a robust pipeline, and so many untapped regional markets across the country, RHIC is a must attend event."
Thomas Emanuel, STR Global