Digital Travel Summit APAC 2018

April 17-April 19, 2018

Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore

Contact Us: 65 6722 9455

Speakers

Advisory Board

Lillibeth Bishop
Lillibeth Bishop
Head of Marketing
Air China Limited
Akira Mitsumasu
Akira Mitsumasu
Vice President, Marketing & Strategy
Japan Airlines
Wilfred Fan
Wilfred Fan
VP - Global Partnerships
Agoda

A member of Agoda founding team and worked in various areas of the company over the years, Wilfred currently leads partnership development on a wide variety of online and offline brands that Agoda has developed since the inception, covering travel trade partners, leading ecommerce players, digital media, financial institutions, and mobile operators.  In addition a strong focus in the strategic markets in Asia, Agoda has access to an extended partnership network throughout the Priceline group of companies

Dilpreet Singh
Dilpreet Singh
Head of CRM and Business Analytics
The Oberoi Group
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.
John Sinke
John Sinke
Director, Marketing
Hong Kong Disneyland

John Sinke is an experienced (Digital) Marketing and e-Commerce Professional having worked with various businesses in Travel, Telecommunications, Finance, Recruitment and Automotive over the past twenty years in Singapore, London and Amsterdam. He is currently CEO and Founder of The Mind Shift Consultancy & Training, an Expert Speaker for Squared Online (Google's Digital Marketing Course) and a trainer/facilitator for Avado Learning. Before setting up his own consultancy, John was AVP Digital Marketing & e-Commerce for Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore. John has worked for several other blue-chip companies, including CMC Markets, lastminute.com, easyCar.com, France Telecom, Manpower Recruitment and KPMG.

Airlines

Suren Ratwatte
Suren Ratwatte
CEO
SriLankan Airlines
Steven Greenway
Steven Greenway
CEO / Board Director
reward-U (HK Express) / Zuji

Steven has 20+ years of airline, loyalty and advisory experience with particular emphasis on Low Coast Carriers (LCC’s).  Having worked across the world with start-ups, turnarounds and established leading airlines, Steven is adept at building “something from nothing.”  

With a range of C-Level and Board roles undertaken, Steven’s areas of expertise range from sales and distribution to planning and revenue management, ancillary revenue, E/M-Commerce, Loyalty and Commercial Strategy.

More recently Steven was a founding member and Head of Commercial for Scoot, Singapore Airlines’ successful long-haul LCC and is now CEO of reward-U, the pioneering LCC loyalty/everyday program of Hong Kong Express, and Board Director of Zuji, one of Asia’s leading Online Travel Agencies (OTA’s).

Steven has a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Political Science.

Christophe Chavry
Christophe Chavry
Head of Digital Customer Experience - eCommerce
Cathay Pacific
Mehmet Bütün
Mehmet Bütün
Vice President, Digital Services
Turkish Airlines, Inc
Yoga Samsugiharja
Yoga Samsugiharja
Head of Digital
Air Asia
Christina Nastassia Templin
Christina Nastassia Templin
General Manager Marketing
Fiji Airways
Kavi Chaurasia
Kavi Chaurasia
VP of Marketing
Air Costa
Kavi Chaurasia comes with over 14 years of rich corporate experience. He is currently associated with LEPL Projects Ltd. - Air Costa as Vice President - Marketing and  Brand Communication, also heads the Customer Care Management and Ancillary Business for the Airline. He has worked in domains ranging from FMCG, Media and Infotainment, IT & ITES, Business Consulting and Aviation. He has worked extensively in building and managing brands like MapmyIndia and has been associated with diversified business groups such as Times Group and IT services facing both B2C and B2B.He has been instrumental in positioning the brands where they should be for the organisations he worked with. 
Zaeem Shaukat Mirza
Zaeem Shaukat Mirza
Global Head of Online Marketing
Qatar Airways
Guoxiang Wu
Guoxiang Wu
SVP, Marketing Division
China Southern Airlines

Mr. Guoxiang Wu became SVP of the Marketing Division of China Southern Airlines in September,2015. Since joining the company in 1997, Mr. Guoxiang Wu has taken various management roles with China Southern Airlines, including President of the Japan Branch and Vice President in Hubei. Prior to these postings, Mr. Guoxiang Wu held a number of marketing roles and flight scheduling positions with China Southern Airlines. Mr. Guoxiang Wu holds a bachelor degree in computer science from Civil Aviation University of China and a master degree in business administration from Beihang University.

Preyanan Mongkolsri
Preyanan Mongkolsri
Director, Digital Marketing Management
Thai Airways
Joey Faust
Joey Faust
Head of Customer Shared Services, Digital
Air New Zealand

Joey Faust is the Product Manager of Customer Shared Services at Air New Zealand. He is responsible for growing, maintaining, and exposing Air New Zealand's capabilities across all customer touchpoints. This includes core APIs through which Air New Zealand integrates with various channels and partners, as well as new cross-channel and AI-enabled technologies to support customer needs such as its chatbot Bravo Oscar Tango - Oscar for short.  Oscar has been an early foray into artificial intelligence for Air New Zealand and was launched in early 2017 as an industry-leading customer service bot, supporting more than 350 topics and available on Air New Zealand’s website and mobile app.

Anni Ahnger
Anni Ahnger
Head of Ancillary Sales
Finnair

As head of ancillary sales at Finnair, Ms. Anni Ahnger has responsibility for taking Finnair's digital ancillary sales dialogue to the next level, ensuring highly advanced personalization of all customer interaction and world class offer management. Finnair has a strong focus on widening its ancillary sales window to reach all relevant touchpoints and ensure that the ancillary offering is sold in the most optimal way and Ms. Anni Ahnger's team is responsible for executing this bold vision.

Ms. Anni Ahnger joined Finnair in beginning of 2016 from Unilever and is a newcomer to the aviation industry. Prior to joining Finnair, Ms. Anni Ahnger's focus was in FMCG with product management responsibilities at Unilever and previous experience from management consulting at Ernst & Young with strong focus on retail companies. 

Ms. Anni Ahnger holds a master degree with major in industrial engineering and minor in process engineering and physics.

Chris Amenechi
Chris Amenechi
Vice President, Pricing and Revenue Management
Copa Airlines
David Arcidiacono
David Arcidiacono
Head of Marketing Effectiveness
Qantas
Trevor Spinks
Trevor Spinks
Head of Sales & Distribution
Scoot
Izra Izzuddin
Izra Izzuddin
Marketing Vice President
FlyFirefly

Izra is responsible for Firefly’s Marketing, Branding, Advertising, PR, Social Media, Digital Marketing, Media Buy, Events and Ancillary Revenue activities across the network regions. The efforts include initiations, creations, development, partnerships, sponsorships and Corporate Social Responsibility serving the market and stakeholders’ needs. She places a key priority on further developing Firefly’s market demand via activations, market trends, value proposition, promotions and engagement exercises. She strongly believes in consumer engagement and connection, beside the needs of highlighting on travelling smart through ancillary offerings. The team has received multiple awards including the recent The Malaysia Book of Records and SuperBrands Malaysia’s Choice Awards 2017.

Tran Thi Lan  Phuong
Tran Thi Lan Phuong
General Manager, Ecommerce
Vietnam Airlines
Chloé  Marchand
Chloé Marchand
Global Head of Social Media
Air France

Based in France, Mrs Chloé Marchand is responsible for Air France social media : servicing travelers and customers on social platforms, develop brand awareness and preference, engage and inspire social communities into travel, promote Air France destinations and offers to contribute to overall digital sales. 

Prior to coming back to France, Chloé was appointed as Country Manager for Air France KLM in Poland from 2013 to 2016 and before that Air France KLM’s Commercial Director for Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand, based in Singapore from 2009 to 2013. 

Earlier in her career, Chloé was responsible for commercial and digital projects at Air France KLM in France. She has been with Air France KLM since October 2001 and worked as Marketing Manager for Internet start-ups before that in New York and Paris.

Johannes  Walter
Johannes Walter
Head of Distribution, Global Market
Lufthansa Group

Johannes is responsible for the global go-to-market of new, interactive distribution solutions and display management in the B2B segment for the Lufthansa Group Hub Airlines (Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS). Since 2016, he has been driving Lufthansa Group Hub Airlines Distribution implementation for Lufthansa Group.

Hotels

Stephen Ho
Stephen Ho
Chief Executive Officer, Greater China
Marriott International
Emilie Couton
Emilie Couton
Vice President of Digital Marketing, APAC
Accor

Emilie has been engaged in the ACCORHOTELS adventure for the past 16 years with different roles in the Sales & Distribution, Guest Experience and more recently as head of the Digital Marketing for Asia Pacific. Her passion for travel has led her from Paris to Asia where she settled 12 years ago. Bangkokian at heart, she now calls Singapore home

Prasad Iyer
Prasad Iyer
Associate Vice President - Global eCommerce & Digital Marketing
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Prasad manages all the direct revenue streams on IHCL’s (Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris) digital points of sale, digital marketing, mobile platforms, social media & ORM and new innovations in the digital space. He is also responsible for collaborating with cross functional partners to manage all aspects of the eCommerce business including - content and strategy development, brand campaigns, customer-service, web analytics and web technologies.

Prasad brings over 16 years of experience with more than a decade in the digital space which includes international work practice and senior management position across e-Commerce, e-Business marketing, business development and managing alliances. Articulate, self-motivated and savvy, Prasad brings foresight and vision to his role as AVP – Digital Marketing & eCommerce. Prior to joining IHCL, Prasad headed the eCommerce, Digital services and Online Sales & Marketing efforts for all operational Marriott International Inc properties across 7 brands in South Asia. His professional footprints span across global travel giants such as Cox & Kings, ClearTrip.com and the Australian Cruise Group – Australia.

Kiran Girija
Kiran Girija
Director of Digital Marketing - Asia
Millennium Hotels and Resorts

Kiran is responsible for digital marketing and strategy across all Asia hotels which comprises of multiple brands and different stakeholders. The vision and strategy are to drive the value proposition of the properties, developing product positioning and messaging that differentiates the product in the Market. He leads a digital team who specializes in SEO, Paid Media, Programmatic, Display, Search, Mobile, Affiliate Marketing, Analytics and Website content management.

Elizabeth Yong
Elizabeth Yong
Cluster Director of Digital Marketing
Grand Hyatt Singapore

Elizabeth started her career in Hyatt in 2006 as Reservations & Revenue Manager. She then moved to her present role as Director of Digital Marketing in Grand Hyatt Singapore in 2012 and manages Grand Hyatt Singapore, Andaz Singapore and a few other Hyatt properties in South East Asia.

Timothee Semelin
Timothee Semelin
Corporate Director Digital Marketing and Transformation
Rosewood Hotel Group

Timothee is responsible for building the hotel group’s digital culture and exploring emerging trends in the technology space to enhance the digital guest experience. He brings over ten years of experience in sales and marketing strategies, with a high level of competency in partnership marketing within the digital space. Prior to joining Rosewood Hotel Group, he was regional account director for marketing solutions in China, Hong Kong and South Korea at Linkedin. Previously, he served as vice president of sales and marketing at YouFu Media in China and client director at Posterscope China, part of Dentsu Aegis Network China. A native of France,Timothee holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing and he speaks French, Mandarin and English.

Cherry Koay
Cherry Koay
Digital Marketing Director
Shangri-La
Stephan Keschelis
Stephan Keschelis
Vice President eCommerce & Digital Transformation
NH Hotel Group

Stephan leads eCommerce and digital tranformation and recently has driven an online revenue generation , through great success in managing complex transformation projects, generating new business and leading international cross-functional teams.

Praveen Anupame
Praveen Anupame
Group Director - E-Commerce
Swiss Bel-hotel International

Praveen began his e-commerce and digital marketing journey in Asia during the early days of the Internet. He is now responsible for group online sales performance at Swiss-Belhotel International which includes setting the e-commerce & distribution strategy for 80+ hotels across APAC, Middle East and Eastern Europe

Hemant Mediratta
Hemant Mediratta
Senior Vice President, Sales
The Oberoi Group

Hemant is responsible for overseeing sales operations of iconic Leisure Hotels for the brand.

With over 25 years of experience in the hospitality business, Mr. Mediratta is a seasoned professional with experience ranging across hotel operations and sales and marketing in both India and international markets. He has worked for various Indian and international hotel brands and being a passionate believer in the India story, has worked relentlessly towards the growth of Indian tourism.

Mr. Mediratta also serves on the board of several tourism industry associations.

Farhat Jamal
Farhat Jamal
Senior Vice President
Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris
Puneet Mahindroo
Puneet Mahindroo
Senior Director of Hotel Marketing and Revenue Management - APAC
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

In his role with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Puneet provides leadership, support and guidance to the sales and marketing teams in Asia Pacific region and also oversees the overall revenue management and distribution programs for the region. In a career spanning 18 years in the hospitality industry Puneet Mahindroo has worked in various hotel and regional level roles in Marketing, Revenue Management and Distribution. Puneet has been responsible for implementing a wide range of projects including Automated Revenue Management System, Revenue Leadership Training Programs, Pricing Reforms and Next Generation Distribution Platforms.

Catherine  Gilvarry
Catherine Gilvarry
Head of Asia
Hostelworld Group

Catherine joined Hostelworld in 2001 when the company was still very much in start-up mode.  In the intervening years she has held several key roles in the business including Head of Online Marketing for over eight years.  In 2013 Catherine took up the role of Head of Asia. The role was put in place to capitalise on the significant growth the business was seeing in demand coming from the region at the time. Her key focus markets are Korea, China and Japan and although based in Dublin, Catherine spends a significant amount of time in the company's Shanghai and Seoul offices.  Her current role focuses on localising and marketing a western product to an Asian audience.

Tony Gothard
Tony Gothard
Senior Director Revenue, Sales & Marketing
Wyndham Hotel Group
Paul  Stocker
Paul Stocker
Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Revenue Management
Oakwood Asia

As Vice President Sales, Marketing & Revenue Management, Mr. Stocker oversees all regional strategies spanning the three functions across Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd.’s growing portfolio of serviced apartments and products. As the group’s footprint continues to expand in Asia Pacific, Mr. Stocker plays an important role in driving revenue-generating initiatives amongst the properties.

Mr. Stocker has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry with a strong background in sales. Prior to joining Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd, Mr. Stocker was the Vice President, Revenue Management and Sales of Galaxy Entertainment Group in Macau. During his time there, he was responsible for all sales and management channels as well as revenue management functions.

Tejveer Singh  Bedi
Tejveer Singh Bedi
Group Director Revenue
Park Hotel Group

Mr. Tejveer Singh Bedi, an MBA graduate from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad has been Group Revenue Director of Park Hotel Group since October 2014 and serves as the current President of HSMAI Singapore Chapter. He oversees performance and distribution strategy for the Park Hotel group's portfolio of hotels. He has extensive experience in yield and pricing strategy as well as distribution management and digital marketing. Mr. Bedi also serves as a trainer for Singapore Institute of Hospitality and has trained officers of Singapore Tourism Board as well as other senior executives.  Prior to joining Park Hotel Group, he held senior revenue and distribution management positions for various international hotel chains.

Adisak  Lamlaor
Adisak Lamlaor
Director of Revenue Management
Anantara Sathorn

Adisak currently serves as the Director of Revenue Management with Anantara and Oaks Sathorn overseeing revenue management, ecommerce, e-distribution, and social media. Previously, he was the cluster role for the various type of properties from upscale hotel, resident, resort, boutique, and budget hotel throughout major destinations of Thailand.

OTAs/Metasearch

Jane Jie Sun
Jane Jie Sun
CEO
Ctrip

Jane Jie Sun serves as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (NASDAQ: CTRP) from November 2016. Prior to that, she was the Chief Operating Officer since May 2012 and Co-President since March 2015, and Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2012. Ms. Sun is well respected for her extensive experiences in operating and managing online travel businesses, mergers and acquisitions, and financial reporting and operations. She was named as one of the most influential and outstanding business women by Forbes China. During her tenure as the Chief Financial Officer of Ctrip, she won the Best CFO Award by Institutional Investor and Best CFO Award by CFO World. Prior to joining Ctrip, Ms. Sun worked as the head of the SEC and External Reporting Division of Applied Materials, Inc. since 1997. Prior to that, she worked with KPMG LLP as an audit manager in Silicon Valley, California for five years. She is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and State of California Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Sun received her bachelor’s degree from the business school of the University of Florida with high honors. She also attended Beijing University Law School and obtained her LLM degree.

Simon Fiquet
Simon Fiquet
General Manager, South East Asia and India
Expedia

Simon Fiquet is the General Manager for Brand Expedia across Southeast Asia and India. As part of the Asia Pacific management team, Fiquet is responsible for growing Expedia’s business across seven point of sales in the region, and manages the operations, introduction of new products and the overall business results in each of these markets.

Prior to joining Expedia, Fiquet led the Global Accounts Travel Asia Pacific team for Google where his focus was to establish long-term, meaningful partnerships at a regional and global level with Google’s top 10 travel partners, and to drive execution on joint strategic priorities. He then went on to head the Online Travel team at Google Singapore, managing a team that directly supported Google’s largest online travel clients and partners across Asia Pacific to achieve some of their key business objectives online.

Before moving to Singapore, Fiquet was the EMEA Key Account Manager at Google France, working with partners like Amazon and L’Oréal. He joined Google France after many years as a strategy consultant.

Fiquet comes with a strong background in science and engineering, and is active Academic and Education Advisory Council member at the SHATEC, Singapore’s Hospitality leading professional school. He is an avid traveler, a very casual pianist and a father of two.

Peter Yoshihara
Peter Yoshihara
General Manager, Japan
Ctrip
Grant Colquhoun
Grant Colquhoun
Senior Director of Account Management, APAC
TripAdvisor

Grant Colquhoun is Director of Account Management for TripAdvisor in Asia Pacific. Based in TripAdvisor’s regional headquarters in Singapore, Grant is responsible for its click-based advertising business in Asia Pacific and manages the accounts of leading online travel agencies and hotels with a team of 15 staff.

With a career in travel spanning over 20+ years, Grant began working for Sabre Holdings in Global Accounts and Product Development. This was followed by Travelocity, which saw him leading a hotel contracting team of 40 staff. 

Grant has a passion for discovering new places and recently visited the Croatia & Montenegro. His next stop will be enjoying the history & culture in Tunisia & Algeria at the end of the year.

James Huang
James Huang
Head of APAC
Wego.com

James is Head of APAC at Wego, a search-driven online travel marketplace operating across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East and backed by top tier investors Tiger Global,Crescent Group and SquarePeg Capital. James is a veteran of the date-driven marketing having innovated marketing programs that triple the user base/ROI for multiple products he has worked with. James has been working with high growth e-commerce for the last 6 years in companies like ZALORA,CyberLink and Wego. At Wego, he leads market development in Asia and global marketing innovation.

David Boh
David Boh
Senior Vice President, China
AsiaTravel
Sarah Mathews
Sarah Mathews
Head of Destination Marketing APAC / Chairperson
TripAdvisor / Pacific Asia Travel Association(PATA)

Sarah leads the Destination Marketing Sales team at TripAdvisor, for the Asia Pacific region. The Destination Marketing team’s key focus is to work with and support all tourism boards in Asia Pacific, as well as help local hospitality businesses better understand the impact of digital to their business. Under her leadership, the Asia Pacific team launched the first TripAdvisor’s Destination Academy, a three-day Digital Boot camp for government organizations and the CEO Challenge, a campaign that supports the discovery of lesser known destinations She started her TripAdvisor career in the London office, where she was responsible for the European, Asian and African markets. During that time, she worked closely with key clients like South Africa Tourism and Greek National Tourism Organization, sharing best practices with all relevant industry partners. Her work with South Africa Tourism on the first global strategic partnership was featured in the recent UNWTO E-Marketing Handbook.

George  Zhang
George Zhang
Founder & CEO
iGola

Mr. George Zhang is Founder&CEO of iGola. George had worked for many years at companies such as Unisys, Cisco Systems, HDS, Google and Dimension Data, which required him to travel around the world for business. Ever since reading Adventure of Niles on the Goose as a kid, George had dreamed he could travel around the world and experience all the wonderful adventures with his friends. As one of the top frequent flyers in China, George fully understanding the pains of the international travelers and decided to start iGola in Guangzhou, 2014. Through iGola, George wishes to empower the travelers all around the world to spend less time in front of a computer and more time exploring the world. George holds a Bachelor's degree from the South China University of Technology.

Oliver  Dlouhý
Oliver Dlouhý
Founder & CEO
Kiwi.com
Kiren Tanna
Kiren Tanna
Co-Founder and Managing Director
ZenRooms

Kirenis the Co-Founder of ZenRooms, SE Asia's largest and fasted growing BudgetHotel network, present in over 300 locations in 10 cities and funded by RocketInternet, Ooredoo and APACIG. Before Zenrooms, Kiren was the CEO of APACIG(Rocket Internet SE Asia) managing the portfolio of 15 ventures in the APACregion and Co-Founder/CEO of Foodpanda, global leader in food delivery.

JoinKiren in the disruptor’s panel on the morning of 14th of April to findout how the ecosystem has evolved and what synergies exist for your business.You can also hear Kiren’s thoughts during the Indonesia Country Panel tounderstand how you can position your brand in an upcoming and crowded brandedmarketplace on the afternoon of the 14th of April.

Car Rentals/Cruise Lines

Joyce Bliss
Global Marketing Director
Enterprise Holdings (National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car)
Felix Chan
Felix Chan
Vice President of Sales, Asia
Norwegian Cruise Holdings

Felix Chan began his role as the Vice President of Sales Asia for Norwegian Cruise Line when he joined the company in November 2015. Soon thereafter in October 2016, Felix was promoted to Vice President of Sales Asia for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH)- encompassing Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. He is responsible for sales and operations in Asia’s fast growing markets. 

Felix brings with him several years of experience in the Travel Trade industry including Sales Director for Hong Kong Disneyland and held multiple management positions within the Hong Kong Trade Development Council including Manager of Sales at Exhibitions, Director of Tokyo and Osaka Branch Offices as well as Regional Director of Northern China based in Beijing. 

Alan Liu
Alan Liu
Regional Lead, Business Development and Partnerships
Grab

Alan joined Grab in 2015 and is currently Head of Regional Business Development for GrabRewards within GrabPay.  Alan has had extensive travel experience. Previously, Alan was the Director and Head of Sales, ASEAN at American Express.  He has a strong travel background with both GDS and TMC experience and a proven track record for growing businesses through client acquisitions. Prior to American Express, Alan was with RADIUS Travel where he held the position of Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific.  As a member of RADIUS’ executive management team, he was responsible for all the agency network, corporate client acquisition and supplier relationships. 

Dyson Yu
Dyson Yu
Vice President, Digital Marketing
Dream Cruises
Dyson is a long-time digital veteran and pioneer with more than 20 years of digital experience, including extensive experience working with multinationals in the travel industry. At Dream Cruises/Star Cruises, he leads the overall development, execution and performance of a holistic global digital strategy. At Marriott International, he was responsible for formulating and executing online distribution strategies in the APAC region. Prior to Marriott, he spent 10 years with The Walt Disney Company in various managerial positions in APAC across functions such as e-commerce, theme parks and resorts, television and technology. He is a frequent speaker on e-commerce and digital marketing. His community work included being a Founding Member of the China Organizational Group at Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA), Vice Chairman of Policy Committee at Internet Professional Association, as well as an advisor to the IT legislator in Hong Kong.

Industry Expert Contributors

Clement Wong
Clement Wong
CEO
BeMyGuest

Clement Wong is the Founder and CEO of BeMyGuest, a travel technology provider to Activities, tours and attraction operators, connecting them to the various travel verticals such as airlines, accommodation providers, online and offline travel agencies. In a space of five years, he has brought BeMyGuest to be the global leader for Asian activities, tours and attractions content. BeMyGuest’s technology is now being used by 4,500+ operators globally, and the top airlines, hotels and online travel agencies are working with BeMyGuest as partners. Under his leadership, BeMyGuest has won the inaugural ChannelNewsAsia Startup Asia competition in 2014 out of 150+ companies across Asia, Best Tours & Activities Website in 2015 & 2016 at ITB Asia, became the first Singaporean company to be featured on the prestigious Fast Company’s “World's 50 Most Innovative Companies 2016” list, and winning the ‘Best Business Innovation’ award at the recent Singapore Tourism Awards 2016.

Mark Greedy
Mark Greedy
CEO
Destination Elite

Mark Greedy is the CEO and founder of Elite Resorts of Asia Pacific which evolved to DestinationElite by the end 2013. He is responsible for effective and rewarding marketing, sales distribution and administration of over 2,000 luxury hotels, resorts, cruises, high-end Fashion worldwide together with other travel products such as  F&J Air travel solution AirElite, Adventure Elite and Retreats Elite.

Also, Mark initiated Partnership development and maintenance with many successful global high-end brands such as Diageo, Bang &Olufsen, Tourism Australia and significant New Property Developments such as 35XV, New York and The Chedi, Andermatt, Switzerland to maximise their DestinationElite marketing programs and brands.

“I had a vision of a online retail ecosystem of all that was good and great throughout our world from Luxury Hotels, Resorts, Cruises, Villas & Residences,  to Real Estate, Fashion, Experiences, Foods, Beverages, Private Jets, Villas, a Luxury Lifestyle - all and everything showcased and sold in one wonderful Perfect Place. The finest, together.”

Daniela Llobet
Daniela Llobet
General Manager, Growth and Operations
Fave (Groupon)

Daniela Llobet is the General Manager of growth and operations in Fave Singapore. She joined the company in May 2016 as a strategy consultant and project managed the launch of Fave app and the integration of Groupon (Malaysia and Singapore) acquisitions. She supports the travel deals category by optimizing merchandising, supply and customer experience.

René Frey
René Frey
CEO
Insight Guides

René Frey is the CEO at Apa Publications, the people behind Insight Guides travel books. In the media and publishing industry since 1996, René was the Managing Director of magazines and a daily newspaper, prior to Apa.

With an MBA in digital media, René took over reins of the APA group in 2014 and transformed the business by leveraging the rich content & brand heritage of Insight Guides to form www.insightguides.com, an online marketplace for customizing and booking authentic, bespoke holidays. Just recently René acquired also Rough Guides www.roughguides.com and is planning to convert it in a similar direction as Insight Guides.

Having traveled across more than 125 cities in Europe, South & North America, Middle East and Asia himself, René is keen on helping travelers across the globe to embark on their dream holiday and is in Singapore for a few weeks to support his new online team at Insight Guides.

Vikram Malhi
Vikram Malhi
Co-Founder

Vikram Malhi is the Co-founder of ZUZU Hospitality Solutions, a Singapore based start-up that manages sales and online distribution for independent budget hotels across Asia. Before starting his entrepreneurial journey, Vikram was Managing Director for Expedia Asia and was instrumental in growing Expedia brand across 11 countries in Asia.

He spent a total of 8 years at Expedia, taking on multiple senior level roles including marketing, customer loyalty, operations and general management. In addition to his deep expertise in the online travel and hospitality sectors, he has strong experience in technology and business consulting. He worked at IBM Consulting early in his career and received MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. 

Big Ideas Speakers

Andrew Bryant
Andrew Bryant
Global Expert in Self Leadership & Leading Cultures, Best Seller Author, TEDx Speaker and Executive Coach
Self Leadership International

Andrew Bryant is the past president of Asia Professional Speakers Association (APSS), Corporate Leadership Consultant, bestselling author of 4 books, including, ‘Self-Leadership: How to Become a More Successful, Efficient and Effective Leader from the Inside Out’.

Andrew has inspired audiences as large as 12,000 people, facilitated breakthrough learning sessions and transformed leaders through 1-to-1 coaching. 

Technology Vendors

Russell Young
Russell Young
Managing Director, APAC
Sojern
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.
Gareth Williams
Gareth Williams
Head of Sales APAC
Stackla
Michel Léger
Michel Léger
EVP Innovation
Ingenico
Michel Léger has over 25 years of international experience in electronic payments. He was appointed EVP Innovation in January 2015. He joined the Group in 2010 to take over management of the company’s EMEA segment and became EVP Marketing & Global Sales in 2013. He began his career with Schlumberger in 1985 where he was in charge of sales and marketing for the North American market. In 2003 he was named General Manager of the Payment Terminal Division for Axalto (ex Schlumberger) and held a similar position at Gemalto until 2009. He also helped develop Gemalto’s e-payment market on a global scale
Jonathan Hardy
Jonathan Hardy
VP Asia
ADARA
With 20 years of experience in the region, Jonathan Hardy is recognized for his knowledge and background in the Asian media industry. Jonathan currently leads sales strategy and operations in Asia Pacific for ADARA, the leader in leveraging global travel data to drive future business performance. Prior to joining ADARA, Jonathan served as Microsoft’s sales strategy lead in Asia, where he was responsible for developing multi-channel advertising sales strategies across several platforms and applications. Before his tenure with Microsoft, Jonathan was based in Hong Kong, where he founded the regional sales agency, Energy Media Networks and prior to that served as managing director at Dow Jones International Marketing Services.
Ben Glynn
Ben Glynn
Managing Director, SEA
Emarsys

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.

Peter Cassidy
Peter Cassidy
Founder & CMO
Stackla

After spending years as a sports journalist, sports editor, and director of content for sports brands, Peter Cassidy understands the inner workings, strategic importance, and, crucially, the challenges in creating truly great content. Then, as a product manager in Australia, he saw how tech was personalizing and scaling all aspects of marketing – except content. In 2012, he set out to change all that and co-founded Stackla. As chief marketing officer of the social content marketing platform, Peter helps the world’s leading marketers put their customers’ enthusiasm at the heart of their marketing. Peter is responsible for Stackla’s product and marketing vision, and its technology is used by more than 450 brands people love, including Expedia, AirFrance, Jetstar, Universal Music Group, and McDonald's. The company has expanded from its Sydney roots to open offices in London, San Francisco, Austin, and New York.

Paul Michio McCarthy
Paul Michio McCarthy
Director of Sales, APAC
Appsflyer

Paul has worked in the digital tech space for 15 years. He has previously worked for Google, LinkedIn, and PlayLab Games. At PlayLab, the creators of Juice Cubes, he was Head of Global User Acquisition, managing UA and Ad Monetization for 6 games. Nicknamed “speed racer,” he loves startups and mobile, making him a great fit for the fast past paced Asia mobile app ecosystem. 

He currently manages the Indonesia & Singapore region for AppsFlyer, the leading mobile attribution and analytics platform in the world. Paul and his team work closely with clients to help them understand the value of real time data driven optimizations of their mobile marketing campaigns.