Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo is leading the business expansion of Travelstart in the Middle East. Previously Remo was part of the team that founded Africa Internet Accelerator (one of Naspers' investments), which launched three of the fastest growing e-commerce businesses in South Africa. Prior to this, Remo was part of Rocket Internet Australia & South East Asia where he was a member of the founding team that launched leading e-commerce companies such as TheIconic.com.au, Zalora.com and Lazada.com.
Nelson Allen is currently Senior Director of Marketing at Hotels.com Asia Pacific, an Expedia Inc. company. Based in Hong Kong, he is responsible for driving regional business growth via strategic marketing activities across 12 key markets, as well as leading the company’s initiatives in brand, communications, social media and mobile engagement.
Prior to joining Hotels.com, Nelson held a number of regional and international roles for some of the world’s leading consumer technology multinationals. He brings to Hotels.com two decades worth of experience in the sales and marketing field.
His previous role as Regional Marketing Director (APAC) for Microsoft’s Xbox gaming business saw him lead the team to establish Xbox as the leading game console min Asia. Before Microsoft, Nelson was Senior Global Strategist and Regional Marketing Director (Europe) for Samsung Electronics, where he spent 10 years contributing to the ‘underdog story’ rise of the company worldwide. He began his career as an investment banking analyst for Price Waterhouse in the United Kingdom
Akuila has over 7 years’ experience in digital, social media and marketing. Prior to joining Fiji Airways in 2014, he worked as the Senior Information Officer - Social Media for the Government of Fiji. Akuila is actively involved in all things digital, ancillary revenue and marketing in Australia, New Zealand, The USA, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan, Singapore, India, the UK and Fiji & the Pacific Islands.
Since Q4 2009, Jessica Chuang has been responsible for online and offline marketing activities at Hotels.com for the Greater China, Southeast Asia and India. Since her relocation to Singapore, she has worked closely with various channels to strengthen the brand’s presence and promote the tactical campaigns. She also plays an instrumental role in the company’s business development opportunities, formulating initiatives and collaborating on key partnership programs.
Jessica commenced her career in the internet industry by joining eBay Taiwan in 2003 as Marketing Manager, where she formulated on-site merchandising strategies and supported the introduction of PayPal TW project. She then led the customer acquisition team at HSBC Taiwan’s Direct Banking department from 2006-2008, launching its activation program and firmly establishing its service offering.
Prior to her appointment at Hotels.com, Jessica headed the web marketing team at Mio GPS Technology, one of the industry leaders in GPS manufacturing. During her tenure, she revamped the company’s corporate, community and country websites.
With years of experience in the digital space, Jessica continues to gain regional market exposure with Hotels.com.
Andy Clark is a digital technology veteran, with nearly 20 years of building and leading teams in Asia Pacific for dynamic, growth-oriented technology companies. Prior to Tealium, Andy served as Group Vice President, Asia Pacific for Limelight Networks, providing cost-effective, multi-channel digital content delivery platform technology. He has also held senior positions at Crossbeam Systems and RightNow technologies in Japan, as well as led the integration software efforts for IBM in the region. Andy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Literature from the University of Washington, and studied Japanese Language and Literature at Keio University in Tokyo.
Prior to joining KAYAK, Imbert was the Director of Strategy for AirAsia-Expedia (Expedia Asia). His previous experience includes managing retail teams in Asia with Apple and LVMH. Imbert began his career as a strategy consultant advising retail banks across North America.
A strong advocate in the field of B2C marketing automation, personalization and retargeting. Ben has 10 years’ experience working for various organisations, developing solutions across categories from Mobile Payments to Marketing Automation. He is now responsible for overseeing the growth of EMARSYS throughout SEA as well as the daily operations of the business in Singapore. With both a passion for technology and data driven marketing, Ben has successfully assisted many blue chip organisations in implementing successful customer engagement strategies, receiving global acclaim for solutions that he has designed.
Leanne is a global sales and marketing leader supported by 15 years’ experience in the luxury hotel and tourism sector. Working across Australia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Thailand with leading brands that include Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Jumeirah Group, Trisara Phuket and Emirates Airlines. A dynamic globetrotter having travelled to over 88 countries, a MBA graduate and is currently the Director of Sales & Marketing for The Siam in Bangkok.
Andy Khen currently serves as the Executive Director with L Hotels & Resorts and Shanti Collection. Previously, he was the Group Director of E-Commerce and Distribution with Swiss-Belhotel International responsible for the online revenue of the group. Prior to his assignment with Swiss-Belhotel International, Andy was the Corporate Director of Global Revenue Management and Distribution with Santika Indonesia Hotels and Resorts. Andy's expertise includes hotel e-commerce & distribution, revenue management, loyalty program, digital marketing & social media, and Website & booking engine development.
Prashant Kirtane is HomeAway’s Vice President, Emerging Markets, leading the development and operations of the company across Asia and other emerging markets.
Prior to joining HomeAway, Kirtane was the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Travelmob, one of Asia’s pioneer social marketplace for booking accommodation and room rentals, during which time he was instrumental in the evolution of the company’s local market positioning before it was acquired by HomeAway in 2015.
An experienced and well-respected leader in his field, Kirtane spent 12 years in various roles at Yahoo! Inc. where led the development of game-changing mobile solutions and technical platforms for the company. In his last role as the Senior Director of Engineering for Yahoo!’s video division, he was instrumental in leading a team of over 40 engineers in a global revamp of consumer video experiences. Kirtane started his career in India at Tata Infotech.
Nina Kubik-Cheng is VP Partnerships at Roomorama, a short-term and vacation rental platform that focuses on instantly bookable, professionally-managed properties, providing alternative accommodation options to travelers who want the comfort and amenities of home when they travel while at the same time, maintaining their privacy by having a place that is exclusively theirs during their stay. At Roomorama, Nina is responsible for identifying and managing partnerships that enable partners to provide the choice and convenience of highly sought-after alternative accommodations through plug-and-play solutions that allow partners to instantly access the largest network of professionally-managed vacation rentals.
In his current role, You Teck helps the HotelQuickly team scale user growth through building ROI driven mobile paid acquisition campaigns and has launched user activation programs through marketing automation platforms to increase user engagement for HotelQuickly app. As a seasoned mobile marketer, he has been through the phase of building user acquisitions campaigns for both pre-smartphone and smartphone era. He has been part of the several venture-backed startup teams in SEA focusing on user growth in mCommerce, gaming and travel.
Dan has spent most of his career building online travel businesses. He is currently the co-founder of ZUZUHOTELS. ZUZUHOTELS is a soft-chain budget hotel company in the Asia Pacific region, that offers budget hoteliers high-value services to boost their RevPar, and offers travellers certainty of a great value budget hotel stay at a high quality. Prior to ZUZUHOTELS, Dan built the HomeAway APAC business, turning around an acquired Stayz.com.au in Australia, and bringing Bookabach in New Zealand, and HomeAway Asia into the family of sites to grow the business across the region.
Michael joined Infinite Luxury in 2016 as Director of Marketing. Infinite Luxury is the development firm behind the ultra-luxury Kata Rocks Resort (Phuket) and the award winning Infinite Luxury Spa. Prior to that, Michael has worked with numerous luxury hotels including Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, where he was the Director of eCommerce & Digital Marketing (2012-2016); InterContinental Resorts and Indigo Pearl, a leading design resort based in Phuket, Thailand.
AnilPereira is based in Silicon Valley where he serves as senior advisor/boardmember to a number of high-growth startups around the world. Anil hassignificant experience in marketing, revenue generation, brand building and newproduct development at leading companies including American Express, VeriSignand Classmates.com.
Starting his career at Air Mauritius in the IT Department on 2nd March 1998, Youvraj made his first steps into the aviation industry. During his 18 years+ of service, I have acquired considerable know-how and work experience in different areas of the business, from IT Training & user empowerment, Managing IT projects, Marketing, Airline Loyalty Marketing, Frequent Flyer Programme partnership, Customer Relationship Management, to highly specialist functions like Airline E-Commerce, Digital Marketing, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), , Online Sales Strategy, E-Products, Internet Booking Engine, Web & Business Analytics, Attribution Modeling, Domain Management & Registration, Content Marketing, Marketing Automation, Airline Mobile Strategy, Airline Distribution, Airline & non-Airline Ancillary Sales, Airline Social Media Strategy.
Dilpreet is a senior professional with 10 plus years of experience in the field of CRM, Marketing analytics and Customer Insights across varied industries. Currently he is heading the CRM and analytics vertical for The Oberoi Group managing both the brands Oberoi and Trident. Dilpreet’ s area of expertise lies in using data and insights to drive Customer engagement and retention by mapping customer journey and lifecycle.
Pallav has spent many years travelling and living across Asia. For now he is settled in India. He heads digital marketing at Cleartrip, one of the largest OTAs in India, where he is driving strategic thinking in digital and mobile marketing. In the past Pallav has worked with companies such as Oracle and Infosys.
John Sinke is an experienced (Digital) Marketing Professional having worked with various businesses in Travel, Telecommunications, Finance, Recruitment and Automotive over the past twenty years in Asia and Europe. He is currently the AVP Digital Marketing & e-Commerce for Resorts World Sentosa (rwsentosa.com) in Singapore. At Resorts World Sentosa, John’s role is to provide strategic leadership and guidance for the development and execution of Digital Marketing Campaigns and e-Commerce Projects. In this capacity he is also responsible for managing Resorts World Sentosa’s Websites, Mobile Apps and e-Commerce Platforms. Before Resorts World Sentosa, John worked for several international blue-chip companies, including CMC Markets, lastminute.com, easyCar.com, Renault, Wanadoo (France Telecom), Manpower Group and KPMG.
Russell has worked in the online travel and tourism industry for over fourteen years. As APAC managing director, he leads Sojern’s APAC sales and account teams, expanding Sojern’s footprint in the Asian-Pacific market and developing global travel partnerships. With experience in a variety of progressive leadership roles, Russell has a proven track record of building deep sales and account competency and increasing revenues and profitability across a matrix environment.
Prior to joining Sojern, Russell was the media director for lastminute.com, where he was responsible for strategy development, agency sales, and media in the UK, Ireland, Germany and the Nordics.
Imran Younis is an active public speaker with a career spanning over 15 years in the field of User Experience and Service Design. He has produced award winning user experience strategies for world-class brands and fortune 500 companies. He is currently shaping the next generation of innovation and modern product design within The LateRooms Group by challenging the status-quo with disruptive thinking and innovation. He’s focused on building evidence-based hypotheses and data-driven design, ultimately producing a truly continuous omni-channel customer experience.
Franc brings 18 years of Senior Marketing and Consumer, Brand, Retail, Digital, Direct and Loyalty experience with trusted global and boutique brands including Fiji Airways, Flight Centre Limited, Virgin Australia and ebookers.co.uk
(part of Orbitz Worldwide). Outside of the travel sector he worked as Head of Marketing for Australia’s largest independent wine distributor, Wine Selectors, where he established their digital and online channel share of the Australian wine retail sector, the second largest growing online retail sector in Australia.