01 - 03 April, 2019
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Big Idea Speaker
Ex-CEO and Speaker
Air Asia X & iflix and TEDx
As someone who has built, and continues to build, ‘attacker’ businesses and lead teams from start-up to IPO, Azran passionately believes that organisations and corporations can deploy similar structures, focus, and creativity that single-minded entrepreneurs have used, to create breakthrough business models and innovative products and services.
He is currently active in the internet technology space as a co-founder, investor and advisor, bringing to bear his expertise in mass-market consumer marketing and scaling organisations across Southeast Asia. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Naluri, a health technology start-up. He is also an investor and advisor to i¬ix, MoneyMatch, Cognifyx, and YellowPorter. He was previously the CEO of i¬ix in Malaysia and its Group COO – a disruptive internet television video-on- demand service that was launched in Kuala Lumpur in May 2015, and now operates across over 20 markets across Asia, Middle East and Africa with 650 employees after only two years from launch.
VP Digital Innovation
Mr Thil serves as Vice President Digital Innovation at SIA, bringing to the job a proven track record of entrepreneurship and innovation spanning both start-ups and multinational organisations in Europe and Asia.
He was CEO of a number of start-up firms, which he founded, grew and ultimately sold to companies like France Telecom/Orange and Travelport. In 2006, Jerome founded Sprice.com, the first major Travel Meta Search website in Southeast Asia and India, which became Travelport’s hotel aggregation platform in 2010.
While being CEO of Sprice, he was appointed Vice President Innovation for Travelport in 2013. He joined Wildfire in Shanghai in 2015 as its CEO & President, growing the Big Data business in China before selling off the company to an Internet major.
Most recently, he served at Amadeus and Sabre, driving product innovation, marketing and digital transformation at the GDS (global distribution system) leaders.
As Vice President Digital Innovation, Mr Thil’s key responsibility will be to drive and implement the Company’s digital innovation blueprint aimed at making SIA the world’s leading digital airline.
Head of Digital
Peter Pohlschmidt is the head of the digital department at Malaysia Airlines at a pivotal moment to help turnaround the business to be a profitable and stock-listed airline by 2019. Digital @ Malaysia Airlines encompasses the entire digital customer journey, including e-solutions, digital marketing and merchandising, innovation and digital transformation and a newly established data sciences unit. He has spent nearly 20 years in e-commerce and online travel. Having started with Microsoft MSN and Expedia in Germany, he was part of launching two online travel agencies, Opodo in Europe and Zuji in Asia. He then headed off for 10 years to the Middle East, starting-up the e-commerce department for Qatar Airways before taking up the role with Malaysia Airlines.
Chief Commercial Officer
Vinod currently oversees commercial at Scoot – this involves areas such as Sales, Marketing, products & ancillaries, Revenue Management, Route Planning and Customer Service. The Scoot commercial team has launched a number of initiatives in the recent past to leverage technology to improve efficiencies and elevate the top-line, e.g. : launch of a transactional chatbot on the FB messenger platform, implementation of a customer satisfaction measurement tool, implementation of more payment channels like WeChat etc.
Before his appointment to Scoot, Mr Kannan was Vice President Network Planning at Singapore Airlines, responsible for strategising the airline’s long-term growth plans and fleet deployment. Prior to that, Mr Kannan held General Manager roles in Indonesia, Italy and the Middle East. He was also posted to Kolkata in India, as Manager Eastern India, and held various commercial roles in head office before that.
AirAsia BIG Loyalty & Travel360
Spencer is the Chief Executive Officer of BIG Loyalty, AirAsia’s award-winning loyalty programme and Travel360, the digital expansion of AirAsia’s inflight magazine and a content-driven online travel agent (OTA).
Spencer has over 10 years of experience in the aviation industry from serving AirAsia in several positions since he joined the company in 2006, culminating in his appointment as Commercial Director of AirAsia Malaysia in 2015. He led the entire Malaysia commercial functions including product development, revenue management, marketing, sales and distribution, ancillary, government relations, partnership and customer relationship management and has received numerous industry awards. Innately innovative, he has pioneered a number of projects in the group, including the setting up of AirAsia BIG Loyalty programme and ancillary income department.
Spencer is an advocate of talent development through effective leadership. With the backing of a solid work culture, he champions openness, innovation and a ‘can-do’ spirit in the workplace and has led the growth of the airline to be a leader in the region.
He is a member of the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) and Malaysia Advertisers Association (MAA). When not conjuring new marketing strategies, the Commerce grad from Curtin University of Technology, Perth, supports Manchester United FC.
VP of Marketing & Distribution
Candice has been instrumental in Cebu Pacific’s digital evolution, from being the first airline in the Philippines to introduce e-ticketing in 2003, to establishing Cebu Pacific’s social media platforms back in 2009, to introducing online self-service channels to cater to 20 million passengers yearly. She was also the driving force in consolidating all customer care touchpoints into one team, which brought forth the launch of the first 24/7 customer command center by a low-cost carrier in Asia in 2017. She continues to drive digital transformation initiatives within the airline, as it serves as the pioneering business unit within the JG Summit conglomerate.
In 2007, she successfully launched the low cost airline’s “Go Fares” or year-round low fares, and the airline’s re-fleeting campaign. She was recognized by Mansmith and Fielders as a Young Market Masters Awardee for Service Marketing.
Prior to joining the airline, she served as the General Manager of Jobstreet.com Philippines, Inc. which brought the company to a No. 1 position in the Online Recruitment Solutions industry. In 1997, she was the Marketing Manager for Nabisco Philippines, Inc., where she spearheaded the company’s research for Philippine Biscuit Market Segmentation and successfully launched regionally sourced Nabisco Global brands, significantly growing segment value shares and profits. Her experience also encompasses Brand Management, as she was appointed Brand Manager for various food products of Universal Robina Corporation (URC), which is the Philippines’ leading branded convenience food and beverage company and one of the companies under the JG Summit conglomerate.
Founder of Data Labs
Mr. Xuewu(Shawn) Wang is the founder of MU Data Labs at China Eastern Airlines. From 2009 to 2015, he successfully built the core business intelligence platform and the data warehouse for China Eastern Airlines, China Cargo Airlines and China Eastern Logistic. Mr. Wang focuses on data strategy, data governance, big data, machine learning, Natural Language Processing and AI. He is building a big data analytics and application ecosystem through data technologies, data platform and innovative collaboration to empower all business fields in the China Eastern Airlines Group.
The MU Data Labs he founded won the IDC DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AWARDS: The Leader of Information and Data Transformation in China, 2018
VP of Products & Services Planning
Akira joined Japan Airlines in 1989, and has previously been responsible in the company for passenger services, business and network planning, international affairs, business development in China, internal auditing, marketing and strategy in APAC, before taking on the role from November 2017 as VP of Products and Services Planning, where he oversees customer experience management and innovation.
He is working on exciting new ways to innovate personalised customer experience through blending their core competencies in hospitality and precision with advanced digital technologies. He understands that air travel is just part of a wider customer journey, all of which are unique to each traveller. They, therefore endeavor to be a platform that supports the full journey in a more personalised and relevant way.
VP of Sales, APAC
Shane Hodges joined American Airlines on July 1, 2017 as the senior commercial representative in the region and will represent the company to corporate customers and agency partners as well as support all general commercial activity in Asia Pacific in close co-operation with key industry stakeholders.
With more than 22 years of experience within the travel industry, Shane recently occupied the role of Vice President, Global Group and Emerging Sales Platforms at Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Prior to this role Shane held several other senior leadership roles at Starwood Hotels & Resorts leading teams that developed global strategies in the corporate, leisure, online and distribution connectivity segments. Prior to these global leadership positions, Shane spent 17 years of his career leading sales and marketing teams at various Starwood properties throughout the world.
An Australian, Shane brings a truly global perspective to American Airlines having lived and worked in numerous locations in Asia Pacific, Europe & the United States. His leadership strengths include developing strong strategic relationships with senior internal & external stakeholders, being well versed in the latest technology platforms, successfully executing broad change management & being a strong advocate of global team development.
VP of Marketing & Strategy Research, Asia & Oceania Region
Yoguichi has nearly 30years of experience in Japan Airlines, executing duties in vast area of airline managements (always in Japan Airlines), such as corporate strategy, corporate planning, domestic sales and planning, schedule planning and management in the cabin crew division, or in the administrative sector of the overseas branch. He recently moved to Singapore, focusing more on marketing and strategy research around Asia and Oceania region.
Head of eCommerce Marketing & CRM
As Head of eCommerce Marketing & CRM at Finnair, Mrs. Ruusa Koskelainen has responsibility for a global digital and performance marketing actions, personalized customer dialogue, customer lifecycle strategy and loyalty program marketing. Mrs. Ruusa Koskelainen’s team holds responsibility for reaching a broad global audience both in paid online media and in Finnair’s own channels. Additionally Finnair Plus loyalty program marketing and engagement actions secure highly valuable customer relationship management towards the loyalty program members.
Mrs. Ruusa Koskelainen joined Finnair 4 years ago and she has a broad, over 10 years’ experience within the aviation and travel industry in general. Mrs. Koskelainen has held various positions linked to digital marketing, ecommerce, customer dialogue, CRM and loyalty at both airlines and tour operators
Former Head of Digital Analytics
Alan currently spearhead Asia Miles’ digital personalisation and data partnerships. From onboarding first / second / third party audience data onto their DMP (data management platform) to optimising conversion rates across digital touchpoints, his team ensures marketing spend is performance driven.
In his career to date, he has successfully built several teams that leverage data and analytics to understand customers on an individual level, and further personalise their digital experiences across owned and paid channels using multiple marketing technology platforms in conjunction.
Previously, he co-founded Kites, where his team developed technology to integrate dozens of datasets in real time.
His specialties include marketing automation, programmatic media, multivariate testing, dynamic creative, multitouch attribution, and integrating online with offline data through cookie / device mapping.
Head of IT Project Management, Commercial
Benjie today leads a team that drives technology at the Commercial Group of Philippine Airlines – the country's first and only airline to have a 4-Star rating that flies to 77 international and domestic destinations in 18 countries.
He works with a range of projects in customer experience, network planning, revenue management, marketing, ancillary business, sales and distribution.
He has logged 21 long years in the airline industry accumulating knowledge in airport operations, financial services, commercial aviation and information technology.
He is the forerunner in the development of e-commerce and m-commerce solutions at PAL.
Benjie introduced acceptance of alternative payments that drive further e-commerce growth. He also enabled online reservations for the unbanked customers by offering payment through ticket offices, banks and collecting partners.
As more customers transact across multiple channels and devices, Benjie reinforced fraud management with data insights — increasing payment acceptance while mitigating fraud loss.
Eric Thain is the General Manager of HK Express, overseeing all aspects of brand, marketing, digital, social media & PR for HK Express. As the modern chief marketer, Eric led the step-up efforts across the whole corporation in this accelerating pace of change in response to evolving consumer behavior, with a wide range of potential new priorities, including shaping the company’s public profile, manage complexity, and building new capabilities.
Eric is a hybrid experienced business leader with profound mixed discipline experience in developing Integrated Marketing Strategies and leading Digital Transformation projects across APAC (including a decade of in-market experience in China).
Eric is also President of Artificial Intelligence Society of Hong Kong, pushing the role & integration of AI in the modern brand space. He also sits on the Board of Advisors in various Marketing Associations, advising issues that affect the marketing industry. Eric is a recipient of numerous personal & team awards in marketing, including APAC Brand Communicator of The Year.
Manager of Travel Retail Sales
Eerika is responsible for leading the Travel retail sales & development at Finnair. She has a background in CX development and management consulting. Before this position, she was responsible for driving customer experience initiatives forward and ensuring all relevant stakeholders (internal & external) were involved, one of the main focus areas being personalised customer experience. She contributed to customer experience concept development, customer dialogue throughout the customer journey and loyalty building.
Chief Commercial Officer
Marc Cavaliere joined the team in May 2017. In his role at Fiji Airways, Cavaliere is responsible for all commercial activities including Sales, Marketing, Global Alliances, Network Planning, Pricing and Revenue Management. His airline industry experience spans thirty-seven years with numerous international expatriate assignments, leading airlines in various regions of the world as well as in the United States. Cavaliere’s areas of concentration cover commercial development, marketing, sales management, e-commerce, distribution, and collaborative tourism expansion. His background has a strong emphasis in airline global alliances, strategic partnerships and network optimization through expanding partner-carrier networks and maximizing revenue opportunities. During his career, Cavaliere held senior management positions with South African Airways, Spirit Airlines, American Airlines and Pan Am.
VP of Brand, Marketing & Digital Innovation
Ms. Mindy Teo is the Vice President of Brand and Marketing for The Ascott Limited, taking care of the company’s online and offline marketing efforts, including the online customers’ Digital Experience. In addition, Ms. Teo leads Ascott’s newest serviced residence brand, lyf, which was launched in late 2016 as a co-living brand for the millennials and the millennial-minded.
Ms. Teo joined CapitaLand Limited in 2005 as the pioneer batch of the Graduate Development Programme, gaining broad-based exposure through several department rotations over an 18-month period.
She was deployed to The Ascott Limited in 2006 and over the past 10 years held key responsibilities in various departments. She was previously head of the Strategic Planning department which works closely with Ascott’s senior management in areas of Strategy Formulation, Communication & Execution, Research Support & Environment Scan and Corporate Planning. She also has experience in Talent Management & Organisational Development and Asset Management.
Ms. Teo has a Master in Science (Engineering) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Michigan.
General Manager of Research and Technology
The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels
Born in Hong Kong and educated in Canada, Christopher worked in multi-media design, digital signage, IPTV, music and guest control systems before joining The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels in 2011 as Engineering and Maintenance Manager overseeing the global system support for guestroom control systems. He then became Manager of New Development and Senior Manager, Research and Development before assuming his current role as General Manager, Research & Technology, where he oversees a group of 26 engineers, project staff and software developers engaged in the development and implementation of the latest in cutting edge guestroom technology for new and existing developments globally.
Global Head of Digital Marketing & 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.
VP of Digital Marketing, eCommerce & Distribution
Minor Hotel Group
With 14 years of digital experience and innovation worldwide Marcos Cadena is today the Vice President of Digital Marketing, Distribution and CRM at Minor International where he leads the strategy and implementation of the technologies for digital, ecommerce and distribution for all Minor Hotel brands.
During his career, he managed the Corporate Digital marketing department of Kempinski Hotels worldwide and led his own consulting company key projects in digital for Mandarin Oriental, Accor, Campanile and many independent hotels. He received his MBA at IE business school and Berkeley University in Digital Marketing and recently completed his executive training in Innovation of Products and Services: MIT’s Approach to Design Thinking at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management.
Marcos has a passion and a focus for innovation management and design thinking and specializes in the areas of change management and how to influence the organization to accept and drive change. He is also very passionate about Triathlons and the challenges of pushing yourself to the limits.
Chief Marketing Officer
Marc is leading the group marketing strategy, brands and product developments expanding the overall hospitality portfolio to over 40 properties as of 2018. During his tenure, Marc has been leading the development of award winning lifestyle brand: Hotels G, the conception of trendy shared accommodation concept: Hostel G, the revival of luxury brand in Myanmar: The Strand Hotel & Cruise, the launch of Campus Student Co-living hubs and the in-vogue dining concepts operated by leading restaurant and bars platform R&B Lab.
In his previous Senior Executive roles, Marc was instrumental in the launch of several brands including Accor’s first Pullman Hotel in Asia, Hotel G pioneering the lifestyle market in China and overseeing the worldwide rebranding of Europ Assistance Group to name a few.
Marc received his Master’s Degree in Marketing with Honors and cumulates over 15 years marketing experience gained in Europe and Asia including spells with internationally recognised branding agencies, institutional firms and hospitality groups.
He is part of the Advisory Board of the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association.
Vice President, Hotel Marketing, Asia Pacific
Jocelyn Phi is the Vice President, Hotel Marketing – Asia-Pacific for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Based in Singapore, she leads a team that manages brand marketing and revenue growth strategies to deliver optimal performance for Four Seasons properties across the region.
Jocelyn joined Four Seasons in April 2017, bringing over 20 years of international marketing experience from global luxury fashion and consumer goods leaders focused on brand and business development through driving symbiotic internal relationships and external partnerships, and connecting across the ever-changing consumer touchpoints seamlessly.
Group Director of Distribution & eCommerce
Li Peng has over 15 years working experience in the hospitality industry across Europe, North America and Asia. Currently he is Group Director of Distribution & E-Commerce at Six Senses Hotels Resorts & Spas. Prior to Six Senses, He was Corporate Director of Distribution and Revenue Management for Regent Hotels & Resorts where he had implemented new Central Reservations System and had built new distribution strategy for the group after the brand’s acquisition. His previous experience includes Regional Director of Business Development for TRAVELCLICK and Regional Account Manager Revenue Optimization for WORLDHOTELS. Li Peng holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Thammasat University and Bachelor’s degree in International Hospitality Management from Ecole Hotelier de Lausanne in Switzerland.
AVP of Digital & eCommerce
Indian Hotels Company Limited
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.
Head of eCommerce, Asia
Movenpick Hotels & Resorts
Mark is focused on maximising the potential of digital marketing and online sales to modernise business practices - creating thriving organisations. He helps a lot of their individual hotels run programmatic campaigns targeted towards mobile as a supplement to their larger brand campaigns so he can lend some foresight into how to use these tactics on mobile to generate business.
VP of eCommerce & Revenue Management
Sunish has worked with several hotels and resorts chain for the past 18 years doing revenue management and e-distribution at property as well as corporate levels, for which his primary job scope was to maximise overall hotel revenue; while balancing profitability through implementation of an effective revenue management process and data driven fact based business decisions. He has held area distribution level positions with Anantara as well as Amari Group. He has pre-opened two hotel chains located in Dubai and Philippines leading the revenue, eCommerce and reservation sales teams. He has also successfully set up revenue management systems including ideas and EZRMS in his previous companies with hands on training experience in building the revenue management culture.
Regional eCommerce Manager, Asia
Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Nantaporn oversees e commerce activities including social media, promotions and website analytics. She is managing the rate structures for Best Western Hotels and ensure parity throughout all online channels. Regional websites management by using Joomla and WordPress, regional online advertisement in term of Google Search, Youtube and Facebook Advertising are also part of her remit. Not only that, she also oversee Best Western Rewards program within the region.
Executive Director and SVP, IT, eCommerce & Distribution
More than 20 years of experience as an Information Technology specialist and has held senior management positions in New Zealand, Japan, Russia, Philippines and Indonesia. He pent 12 years in Japan, Russia and the Philippines as Senior Vice President for ValueCommerce (TYO:2491), one of the largest online affiliate and performance marketing companies in Japan and now a subsidiary of Yahoo Japan. With E-commerce Team, he was awarded Presidential Award by Swiss-Belhotel International last 2015. He is globally in charge of eCommerce, Distribution and Information Technology for Swiss-Belhotel International.
Director of Digital Marketing & Online Distribution, Asia
Millennium Hotels and Resorts
Kiran is responsible for digital marketing and online distribution 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.
Head of Digital & CRM
The Discovery Leisure Company
Blessy has 17 years of experience in Digital Marketing and successful portfolio in SEO, PPC, E-Commerce, Social Media, and Online Reputation. Single-handedly managing the group’s digital campaigns in-house, she launched SEO-friendly and mobile compliant websites in 2015 and achieved 100% growth in Book Direct production for two consecutive years; relaunched websites with sustained Google ranking and increased direct booking revenue by PHP61M in 2017. YTD Book Direct initiative contributes 31% of revenue outperforming OTA’s 26%. Before joining Discovery, Blessy was Director of E-Commerce at Sofitel Manila launching the property’s SEO campaigns and social media accounts, which were the strongest in Sofitel network worldwide.
Senior VP & Commercial Director, APAC
Ben George is Senior Vice President & Commercial Director, Asia Pacific for Hilton. A member of the Asia Pacific Executive Committee, he leads a team of more than 60 people, performing the revenue management function for over 120 hotels across the Asia Pacific region. Ben manages 5 key brands in the Hilton portfolio- Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts,Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn.
An experienced leader within the travel and tourism industry, Ben specialises in Revenue Management, Pricing, and Driving Market Share. In his role, he is primarily responsible for maximising market share, driving revenues, and bringing new hotels to the market successfully across the region, by having the right individuals in place to drive hotel performance while ensuring the appropriate commercial strategies are adopted.
Corporate Director of Revenue & Distribution
PMG Hotels & Resorts
Andy currently holds the position as a General Manager with the Bandha Hotel & Suites and Corporate Director of Revenue & Distribution with PMG Hotels & Resorts in Bali. Prior to this appointment, Andy was the Executive Director with L Hotels & Resorts, the Group Director of E-Commerce & Distribution with Swiss-Belhotel International, and the Corporate Director of Global Revenue Management & Distribution with Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts.
Andy's expertise in travel industry includes hotel sales & marketing, e-commerce & distribution, revenue management, and digital marketing & social media.
OTAs & Metasearch Platforms
VP of Corporate Affairs
Victor is Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Ctrip. Victor accumulated deep experiences in the Internet and TMT space for the last 17 years. He has been involved in a couple of startups in the last couple of years. Most notably he was Chief Financial Officer of Lianjia, China’s largest real estate agency, helping them raise a series B capital of about RMB 6 billion. He was also Chief Financial Officer at Anjuke, China’s leading online real estate platform, helping drive the US$267 million M&A deal with Nasdaq listed 58.com. Previously Victor was also Director at Baidu, China’s leading search engine. And Vice President and Lead China Internet Analyst at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong where you covered Ctrip and online travel industry 10 years ago. Victor obtained his International Master of Business Administration degree, a joint program from Tsinghua School of Economics and MIT Sloan. He obtained his Bachelors of Science degree from University of California at Los Angeles.
Head of International Marketing
Rotsen is the strategy and marketing manager who has launched new products in the tech industry for 10 years across different countries in Southeast Asia and Latin America. Rotsen is building and executing the marketing strategy to acquire new customers and to accelerate the adoption of new Traveloka products using Digital Channels and partnerships.
VP of Product Management
Filip is VP of Product Management at Skyscanner, where he leads a range of teams focusing on the supplier side of the marketplace.
Prior to this, Filip was Director of Skyscanner for Business, an independent unit within Skyscanner offering a customizable suite of tools that are designed to power the travel internet. Filip as responsible for overseeing the planning, growth and development of the affiliate and data analytic products.
With an extremely strong understanding of the travel arena and an avid traveller himself, Filip has contributed to our Future of Travel whitepaper and has been instrumental in in Skyscanner’s move into the word of Bots with Facebook, Skype and Amazon. He is a much sought after speaker at international travel and technology events, having spoken previously at Phocuswright and Web in Travel, amongst others.
Filip has also held a variety of senior management positions in a wide range of industries and areas, including Travel Capitalist Ventures where he was responsible for evaluating start-up opportunities in the travel industry and Everbread Limited, where he was Deputy COO of the business’ airfare pricing engine.
VP of Air Business
Balu manages the P&L for the air business. He is responsible for leading the distribution efforts for Cleartrip that comprises solutions for corporate travel, small and mid-sized travel agencies as well as API and whitelabel solutions for various partners in the ecosystem.
In this role, Balu manages and maintains relationships with all airline partners. He plays a vital role in driving the strategy for the air business to grow Cleartrip’s web and mobile footprint in India.
Prior to Cleartrip, he has worked with BMR Advisors, Nokia Siemens and Tech Mahindra primarily in corporate development roles driving business growth through inorganic investments and alliances. Balu has an engineering degree from Cochin University, and an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
Balu enjoys parenting and reading fiction in his spare time.
Director of Experiences, APAC
Parin leads the Airbnb Trips business in APAC which covers Experiences, Concerts and Restaurants. Airbnb Experiences are activities designed and led by inspiring locals. He and his team are focused on acquiring hosts and helping them become successful on the Airbnb platform.
Parin has grown both small startups and large global sales organisations across APAC, EMEA and the US. He previously worked for Google in Singapore, California and London to help superscale products such as Chrome, Android, GMail and Google+. Prior to joining Google, Parin was a management consultant and a teacher in rural Japan.
Parin advises and coaches several start-ups and entrepreneurs around the world.
Head of Marketing
Takashi is responsible for marketing at Rakuten Travel, which is part of Japan’s largest e-commerce company “Rakuten”. The Rakuten Ecosystem is formed by various services offered by Rakuten Group, which is a one-of-a-kind member-based business model that connects Rakuten services through the Rakuten Super Points reward system. The Ecosystem includes ICHIBA, Travel, Internet Finance (Card, Bank, Securities), Digital Content (Kobo), and Digital Services (Viber, Ebates). In his role as general manager for Marketing, he manages all Rakuten Travel’s marketing actions (Brand, Online marketing, Membership, Partnership, Content marketing). Under his leadership, Rakuten Travel keeps continuous growth.
SVP & Head of Domestic Holidays
An executive with more than 12 years’ experience in the online industry across Asia Pacific, Vaibhav is currently Senior Vice President, heading the domestic holidays business at Yatra. During his time at Yatra is has been responsible for a wide product portfolio including Hotels, Homestay, Activities, along with CRM, Customer Support automation, SEO and Marketing automation solutions. Prior to Yatra, Vaibhav co-founded Vliv, a startup in the social video space, and worked for Yahoo! in a number of roles in both Asia Pacific and India related to mobile offerings.
Global Head of Mobile App Marketing & APAC Head of Marketing
Gabriel Garcia is Global Head of Mobile Apps Marketing for Expedia. He is responsible for Brand Expedia’s Mobile App growth and adoption strategy across their 33 markets and helping define Expedia’s investment plans across new app ecosystems. Besides his global remit, as part of the Asia leadership team he is responsible for defining Expedia’s marketing channel strategy and identifying growth opportunities for Brand Expedia in Asia Pacific. Prior to this role, Gabriel was Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development.
Prior to joining Expedia, Gabriel spent six years at Newscorp in Australia holding several roles, including Product and Strategy Director, Director of Strategy and National Sales Director for Newscorp’s joint venture with Monster.com. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of the Latin American subsidiary of Monitoring Systems Technology, a leading European technology provider for the outdoor media industry.
Global VP of Partnership
A member of Agoda founding team and worked in various areas of the company over the years, Wilfred currently leads global 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 Asia Pacific, Agoda is expanding its strategic partner network in Europe, Middle East and North America.
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.
Head of OTA's, Asia Pacific
Scott is the Head of the Asia-Pacific OTA account acquisition and management team. He has revenue and management responsibility for a portfolio of OTA key accounts in the APAC region. Scott's role involves leading and coaching a team of Account Managers whose primary focus is acquiring, establishing and managing relationships with advertisers and their agencies. He is a proactive, passionate and organized employee who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team-oriented and entrepreneurial environment.
Prior to TripAdvisor, Scott worked for over 6 years at Virgin Australia as the Partnership Manager and Business Development Manager for their Velocity Frequent Flyer program. Scott was instrumental in the launch of the program and acquiring and developing program partners such as Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, American Express, Europcar, Virgin Money, Hilton Hotels etc.
General Manager, Japan
Peter Yoshihara is the General Manager of Trip.com Japan. His primary responsibility is to promote the Trip.com brand throughout Japan and drive the usage of its Japanese-language site. Previously, he worked as Regional Director of Marketing for Hotels.com, looking after Japan and Korea markets.
Co-Founder & CEO
LINE TRAVEL jp & Trip101
Kei co-founded and runs Venture Republic, a global online travel company that owns Japan’s largest online travel metasearch & content media “LINE TRAVEL jp” (formerly known as "Travel.jp"), Singapore based travel enthusiast generated online travel guide media “trip101,” and “allstay,” a leading mobile hotel search apps in Korea. In 2018, company made a strategic partnership with LINE Corporation, one of the leading messaging apps in Asia.
As CEO, he took the company public in 2008 (2177. JASDAQ) after 7 years in operation.
Angel investor in travel & tech. MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Head of Travel
Travelko by OpenDoor
Over 20 years experience in the travel industry both domestic and international. Initial career started as a DMC in the U.S. for the Japanese market both Inbound and Outbound travel. Now in sales and marketing for the Taiwan and Korean markets as well. A pioneer in online booking for inbound travel from around the world to Japan. Objectives are to utilize experience in both domestic and international travel, establish a solid concept and platform which will penetrate the market of travel components.
OpenDoor is a metasearch site with multi products such as flights, hotels, packaged tours, and more.
His job includes all international contracts for all products that they have, and to provide the customer all online products to compare from around the world.
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Kiren is the Co-founder and CEO of ZENRooms.com, Asia’s largest budget hotel network operating in 5 core countries and over 1000 properties. Started in 2015, ZEN Rooms enables the fast-growing segment of cost-conscious budget traveler, to discover, book and enjoy quality budget accommodation across the region. Every room and property on the platform has been thoroughly audited to guarantee quality stay experience. ZEN Rooms has raised USD 24M in funding to date including latest Series B growth round from Korea’s biggest accommodation company Yanolja
A veteran of the Internet startup space in South East Asia since 2007, before ZEN Rooms, Kiren was founder & CEO of Rocket Internet portfolio company FoodPanda.com (exited to DeliveryHero in 2016) starting the company from scratch in 2012 and growing it to the biggest food delivery company in Asia and the most recognizable brand in the space. After FoodPanda, Kiren was the CEO of Rocket Internet in South East Asia through APACIG, their investment joint venture with Indosat-Ooredoo. Kiren is also active on the startup scene in South East Asia as mentor and investor.
Before entering the startup world with Foodpanda, Kiren was a Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company in Singapore serving clients across Asia in banking, telecommunications and logistics on a range of corporate finance and strategy issues. Kiren grew up in India, where he graduated top of his Engineering Class from Mumbai University and top of his MBA class from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
Head of Growth Marketing Asia
Ravish Doctor leads Growth Marketing in Asia for Luxury Escapes, one of Australia’s fastest growing travel companies, and is currently focused on building the brand in the region.
Ravish has over 12 years of experience across a spectrum of marketing and sales roles with startups as well as large scale corporations in travel, telecom and consumer goods. His expertise ranges from performance marketing, content marketing, social media and affiliate marketing to brand building via traditional channels like integrated campaigns, public relations and partnerships.
Chief Financial Officer
Warren Wang has fruitful experiences in finance, accounting, internal control and capital market. Before he joined Tujia.com, he was the chief finance officer of a Chinese AdTech company and a China-based, US-listed company in food and consuming industry. He worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers as an auditor before that. He graduated from China Europe International Business School with Master of Business Administration degree. He is a qualified China CPA and US CPA.
CEO & Founder
AsiaYo is one of the largest Asia-focus vacation rental platform providing travelers with more than 60,000 distinguishing accommodations among 60 cities in Asia including Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Hong Kong etc. To create better user experiences, AsiaYo provides user-friendly customer services (multilingual, multichannel, quick responses and amiable services) and also applies machine learning technologies to offer predictive recommendations to our customers.
With a focus on special and distinguishing accommodations, AsiaYo expects to offer the most rewarding experiences to travelers with best services. AsiaYo also expects to innovate travel industry with technologies
AsiaYo's vision is to be a platform to inspire travelers to step out experiencing different things, exploring different aspects of the self, and discovering the beauty of Asia
Prior to AsiaYo, CK was Head of Research at CLSA specialising in the high-tech sector and also served as Investment Manager in AsiaTech Ventures. Closely observing the evolution of the industry and noticing a growing need, CK founded AsiaYo in 2013.
Anton joined the Group as VP Products in Mar 2015. He was responsible for all the new product development from idea and design to production and marketing, as well as making all the existing products work smoothly. Starting from Aug 2018 Anton became Chief Operating Officer of the Group.
In the previous 5 years Anthony worked in Sports.ru LLC — Russian online sports media as Product Director and co-owner, making it the most popular sports media in Russia and CIS.
CEO & Founder
Winnie is the founder of TripZilla.com, Southeast Asia’s leading digital travel media company which reaches an audience of over 20 million travel consumers every month. TripZilla inspires the wanderlust in its audience with authentic travel stories, guides and tips, and helps the audience make these travels a reality by connecting them to the travel suppliers.
A “doer” by nature, Winnie is passionate about pulling limited resources together to create something of much greater value. She enjoys making things happen and constantly moving her business forward. Having built and sold off two businesses, she understands the importance of building a sustainable business – one with real users, paying customers and a clear revenue model. With TripZilla, she continues to focus on building a useful product, and growing TripZilla into a recognized travel brand in South East Asia
As an entrepreneur and startup founder, she has been involved in many functions within the business, including product, finance, business development, marketing and sales. Developing new opportunities and the ability to sell TripZilla’s vision and products are her strong suits.
Regional Manager and Head of Southeast Asia
Whey Han is Regional Manager and Head of Southeast Asia at KAYAK where he leads and manages the brand’s growth and business across the region. He joined KAYAK in 2017.
Prior to KAYAK, Whey Han was Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group and co-founded his own F&B concepts in Singapore. He started his career as a management consultant at Deloitte in the United States. Whey Han holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and also a Bachelor in Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Head of Loyalty & Product Owner of Go-Points
Michael is responsible for the design, execution, and lead of the GO-POINTS and GO-DEALS product-tech and business streams of GO-JEK which include its growth, strategy, business development and operations.
Director of Business Development and Partnership, Payment and Loyalty
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.
Prior to RADIUS, Alan was based in Singapore with Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) where he was Director of Global Strategic Planning. At CWT, he had global responsibilities for the strategic planning and prioritization of the Traveler and Transaction Services group. He has also worked for Travelport and Worldspan in business development capacities since 2004. Additionally he has worked within the financial services industry with significant experience in investment banking having worked for global institutions such as Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. Alan has sound international business experience having previously been based in Hong Kong and New York.
Theme Parks, Tours & Activities
Chief Marketing Officer
Yuki Huang (Huang Chao-Ying) leads KKday’s global sales and marketing teams in executing creative marketing programs, developing strategic brand management, and driving local markets’ sales. Prior to joining KKday, she was at the industry-leading retail company, VF Corporation, serving as Timberland Taiwan’s youngest-ever General Manager. Also notable is her nine-month tenure as the Brand Head for Kipling Taiwan, where she spearheaded the sales for Taiwan market to be champion amongst all Asian countries.
With the outstanding performance, Yuki was promoted to be the General Manager of Timberland Taiwan, where she boldly led the team to kick-start an O2O (Online-to-Offline) retail revolution. By interconnecting online advertisement and offline in-store experience, and precisely targeting consumer groups with the use of digital monitoring tools, Yuki successfully drove an impressive revenue growth for Timberland Taiwan.
Before joining VF Corporation, Yuki worked at Yahoo Taiwan for nine years, attaining the position of Senior Sales Manager.
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 Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Amsterdam.
He is currently Director, Marketing at Hong Kong Disneyland, a leading international resort in Asia (hongkongdisneyland.com). John is also an Expert Speaker for Squared Online (Google's Digital Marketing Course) and trainer/facilitator for Avado Learning.
Before joining Hong Kong Disneyland in 2017, John was in charge of Digital Marketing & e-Commerce at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore. John has worked for several other blue-chip companies, including CMC Markets, lastminute.com, easyCar.com, France Telecom, Manpower Group and KPMG.
Chief Revenue Officer
As Klook’s CRO, Anita is responsible for widening Klook’s revenue sources. Her top priorities include scaling up marketing channels, furthering partnerships, and deepening overall presence with trade, tech collaborators, and consumers in APAC, as well as in the Americas and Europe.
Prior to joining Klook, Anita was the General Manager for the APAC business of Viator (a TripAdvisor Company) and Head of Marketing, APAC for Hotels.com, Expedia, Inc. In these roles, she was pivotal in growing the businesses through marketing, localization and globalization, user experience optimization, and bridging demand and supply. Additionally, she has worked for Link Asset Management, Asia’s leading REIT as the Head of Corporate Strategy & Digital Business Development, and McKinsey & Company in New York and Greater China, consulting for companies in travel and logistics, consumer goods, and retail sectors.
Head of Innovation Center
Chen Min-Huang (Mike Chen), the leader of KKday's Innovation Center, is an experienced engineer who is in charge of exploring the massive database and detecting insights. Skilled in analysing and identifying meanings behind numbers, Chen Min-Huang plays an important role in providing suggestions and evidences for the optimisation of the business development and marketing strategies of KKday.
Prior to joining KKday, Chen Min-Huang had served in TSMC, the leading technology company in Taiwan. He had also participated in the pioneering stage of several startups after TSMC. Experiences in both large enterprise and startups equipped Chen Min-Huang with encyclopedic knowledge of engineering and data mining, and also the ability to solve problems in a limited time.
Always eager to find out the core essence of everything, Chen Min-Huang is not only an excellent engineer and a talented data analyst, but also a curious traveler who loves exploring the world with an experimental spirit.
Co-Founder & CEO
Taro is an engineer by training, an entrepreneur by heart. He is currently a CEO & Co-founder of TakeMeTour, which is the largest peer-to-peer marketplace for local tours in Thailand. He takes a leading role in strategic planning, partnership, business developments, and marketing as well as managing the daily company’s operations. Prior to TakeMeTour, he was advertising & marketing specialist at Google Singapore where he has been coaching thousands of small & medium businesses (SMBs) to growth and success online. Taro was recently selected as Forbes 30 under 30 Asia 2018.
Felix is a traveller and co-founder of surprise trips curator Anywhr. From weekend getaways to exotic adventures, Anywhr sends travellers to personalised destinations that are usually off the beaten track. Anywhr was started with a vision to help travellers experience the joy of discovery that spontaneous trips bring.
With several startup experiences and a stint at venture capital, he eventually became Head of Operations at a Rocket Internet venture before being half of the founding team at Anywhr.
Zelia is the co-founder of surprise trips curator Anywhr. The Singapore-based travel tech startup sends travellers from everywhere in the world to anywhere in the world. Each trip is personalised and planned just for the unique traveller, to destinations away from the mainstream. Anywhr wants to empower travellers to discover journeys differently - in themselves, and the world around them.
With a background in luxury hospitality and eventually as Head of Marketing at Rocket Internet, Zelia still dreams of travelling the world while living out of a van. But for now she found her place in the world building the new travel movement that is Anywhr.
Regional Manager of Asia
Cruise Lines International Association
Jiali Wong is the first dedicated regional manager in Asia and responsible for establishing CLIA’s presence in this region. Based in Singapore, Jiali engages the industry in collaborative partnerships and actively grows the membership base for CLIA. Her role includes intensifying efforts in advocating, educating and promotion on behalf of the cruise industry.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest industry trade association with over 50 cruise lines, 340 executive partners and 25,000 travel agent members. CLIA offers a globally recognised online training and accreditation programme, specially designed for travel agents.
Brett Henry is a travel tech industry leader and a seed stage, angel investor. He brings a strong travel, travel tech, and VC/start-up executive network combined with 20 years of B2B travel technology industry experience across disciplines including product marketing, business development, strategy, planning and sales.
Managing Director & Travel and Hospitality Lead, AAPAC, ME & Turkey
Mike leads the Accenture Travel and Hospitality business across Asia Pacific, Africa, Middle East & Turkey that includes airlines, airports, hospitality and travel services organizations. Throughout his career, Mike has worked with some of the biggest travel companies such as British Airways, InterContinental Hotels Group, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Marriott International. Mike is passionate about practical innovation and how it can deliver the elusive genuine personalized experience that travelers crave.
Managing Director, APAC
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.
VP of Asia
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.
VP of Product, APAC
Chandler Nguyen is the Vice President of Product, APAC at Essence, a global data and measurement-driven agency which is part of GroupM.
Joining in 2014, Chandler played a critical role in growing Essence’s APAC operations from 1 office to 9 offices across Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, India, Japan and Korea. Starting as a biddable media and performance lead for APAC, he later headed the agency’s media planning practice across APAC, managing a team of more than 60 members and covering all clients in the region. As a leader, he is focused on setting his team up for success, from evolving the organisational structure, to building the right processes and tools, to coaching the next generation.
A graduate from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Chandler’s previous positions include Digital Director at advertising agency Edge Asia, as well as Co-Founder and Managing Director at digital agency IDM in Vietnam. Given his experience, he has developed a keen grasp of client business challenges and an ability to solve them with innovative solutions
General Manager, APAC
Seasoned marketing technology expert who has helped advertisers in Asia Pacific, EMEA and Latin America adopt new technologies to make their advertising more relevant, personal and automated, i.e. more effective and efficient. Built Smartly.io APAC from nothing into partnering with leaders like Lazada, Shopee, Deliveroo, Go-Jek and looking to help more advertisers step up their online ads results with double digit improvements
VP of Customer Success
Hari Saini is a forward-thinking, data-driven and focused Digital Marketing and Technology leader with nearly 3 decades of experience. Hari has a deep background in technology and marketing with over 15 years working in High Tech technologies as well as another 15 years working in the email and digital marketing world.
Hari’s many varied roles such as Customer Success, Solution Consulting, Product Development and Partnerships, has always driven him to help customers succeed with the technologies they have invested in. Hari’s roles have also enabled him to gain unique experiences having lived and worked in the UK, Australia, India and USA.
In his spare time, he is a keen amateur photographer and a die-hard Tifoso Ferrari Formula One fan.
Senior Sales Director
Katy Gallagher has been in the digital travel space for over ten years. Starting her career in Chicago with Orbitz Worldwide, Katy nurtured digital campaign strategies for airlines, hotels, car hire and cruise lines and tourism boards. She grew and expanded into global role focusing on hotel chains, which eventually led her to Singapore in 2013. Over the last four years, Katy grew and developed partnerships throughout the APAC region. Katy joined Sojern in April 2016, bringing programmatic and data driven opportunities to the APAC region, and expanding her partnerships digital portfolios.
Vice President of Commercial Product Operations
Currently manage the ad operations, and sales strategy teams for iPinYou. Formerly worked at AOL/Advertising.com, one of the top DSPs in the US for 10+ years within various positions: General Manager International, Head of Operations West Coast US, and Product Manager. Stephen graduated from Johns Hopkins University with dual degrees in Economics and International Relations
General Manager of APAC
Nathan Salisbury is General Manager, Asia Pacific of Ingenico ePayments, overseeing the management, strategy and growth of the company’s Asia Pacific operations. Previously, he was Regional Sales Director of Asia Pacific where he was responsible for the new business expansion, sales strategy, execution and further growth of the global online and mobile payment services for merchants in the region.
With a 10 year track record in the payments industry, Salisbury and his team have enabled hundreds of merchants across multiple vertical industries to scale up their overseas business by optimizing online payment acceptance. Before moving to Asia, he oversaw business development for large volume international e-commerce merchants in the EMEA region and is a subject matter expert in the Digital Goods and Video Gaming industry.
Prior to Ingenico, Salisbury held sales and management positions in eCommerce and Fintech, and has worked in Europe, Australia, Asia and the US.
Chief Product Officer
Prasanna is the Chief Product Officer at GoQuo - a Travel Technology provider for enabling Airlines, Hotels & OTA’s sell all kinds of travel products that are not their core focus(like Flights, Rooms, Tours & Activities, Transfers etc.) and fulfill needs from all stages in travelers’ customer journey. He is responsible for the strategy and development of a portfolio of products - including some very cool direct customer facing products they are on the verge of releasing soon!
He has 20 years of experience in the tech industry working for companies like Microsoft and Intel - in multiple markets like USA, China, India, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan & Malaysia. In addition to being a successful software professional, he is an ardent traveler - having been to more than 500 cities in 229 countries- which has empowered him with hands-on insights & trends in all sectors of the Travel industry. The deep personal expertise around several tools and platforms in multiple markets – he managed to gain from his extensive travel research - combined with the strong technical background, has enabled him to successfully lead Product divisions at digital travel companies like Cleartrip, KKday etc. prior to this role.
Co-Founder & CEO
Cetin Sekercioglu is a hospitality and travel industry visionary. The enterprising leader is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Upgrading.cc , the world’s first online platform that increases Revenue Per Available Room (RevPar) gains through disruptive upselling technology. His professional hospitality expertise of over 30 years has seen him excelling in the roles of Executive Vice-President of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts for Southeast Asia and Oceania as well as Greater China on three separate terms, and President of Asia, Millennium Hotels and Resorts, the Asian arm of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels. For his roles, Sekercioglu was responsible for operations, business development and asset management for all the brands and hotels within the groups.
The achievements in his exceptional track record, leading companies in 12 countries across 4 continents, also include growing business through new hotel management contracts, franchising and acquisitions, creating value by maximizing operating assets, innovation of new concepts and processes, turning around underperforming business units, developing, launching and managing diverse hotel brands, attaining market leadership in Revenue Generated Index (RGI) and profit, while delivering supreme quality standards, digitizing businesses and processes, achieving unprecedented guest and staff satisfaction and generating USD 1 billion via commercialized ideas.
His wealth of experience also extends beyond the hotel arena, to include spending more than 3 years in the cruising industry with Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line and a stint marine training in the navy. The leader in strategic direction is also an innovation and technology advocate. Never one satisfied with the status quo, Sekercioglu has applied his forward thinking to harnessing technology to revolutionize traditional areas in the hospitality industry. In 2017, he led the way to introduce relay robot servicing at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway and Hotel Jen Tanglin in Singapore, a first for an international hotel brand in Asia in adopting this technology. The service robots are programmed to deliver amenities and in-room dining around the clock. Other innovations at five-star properties include digitizing food and beverage loyalty programs and the Bookers’ Club, an online booking membership program. Sekercioglu also served on the Board of Directors for the Shangri-La and Millennium groups, CEIBS Corporate Advisory Board and China Real Estate Association.