Meet Our Speakers

Speakers

Ideally what is required in a permanent forum or standing conference is a large number of invited stakeholders globally, who can share the identity of being global citizen. World Tourism Forum’s high-level speakers share their ideas in order to ensure sustainability in tourism all around the world.
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President Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

President, Republic of Turkey

With roots in Rize, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was born in Istanbul on February 26, 1954. He graduated from Kasımpaşa Piyale Primary School in 1965 and completed his high school education at Istanbul Imam Hatip School in 1973.

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Jose Manuel Barroso

Jose Manuel Barroso

President, European Commission (2004-2014)

Jose Manuel Barroso is a Portuguese right-wing politician who was the 11th President of the European Commission, serving from 2004 to 2014.

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Aıt Voncke

Vice President Account Management EMEA, Expedia

16 years of international experience in leading growth projects, organizational change, and setting up green field business.Currently, running Hotel Sales/Account Management for all Expedia brands in EMEA.

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Başak Erel

Coordinator, MLP Care GroupCoordinator

Being responsible in different positions of tour operators (flight management, mice, sales & marketing) and of hospitality in national and international fields of business for the last 23 years, I’ve earned a wide experience in how to be a brand in those divisions and how to insure the satisfaction of investors.

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Bora Aydınlı

Hospitality and Media Sector Manager, Samsung

Bora Aydınlı has been holding a position as Enterprise Sales Manager (Hospitality & Media) sector in Samsung Electronics Turkey since 2011.

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Cem Kınay

President of Executive Board, Steinberger Hotel İstanbul

Dr. Cem Kinay earned several accolades for his work, including the “Man of the Year” award in 1997 by Austrian economic publication Trend Magazine; “Tourism Manager of the Year” in 1996 by Hotel and Touristik Magazine and the “State Honor” given by the President of Austria in 2006.

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Cengiz Aydın

Deputy General Manager of Promotion, Ministry of Culture and Tourism

He has 6 years of working experience in Culture and Tourism at Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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Eyüp GÜMÜŞ

Eyüp Gümüş

Undersecretary of Ministry Health for Republic of Turkey

He is a member of Turkish Urology Association and Eurasian Urooncology Association Board and Head of Robotic Surgery Association.

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Florıan Sengstschmıd

Executive Director, Azerbaijan Convention & Visitors Bureau

He has been an executive director in Azerbaijan Convention Bureau since 2014. Before that he worked as Direct Key Account Manager of Austrian National Tourist Office in Moscow and Vienna for 5 years.

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Fredrık Reınfeldt

Former Prime Minister, Sweden

Reinfeldt is the longest-serving non-Social Democratic Prime Minister since Erik Gustaf Boström in 1891–1900.

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Ken Jemieson

Ken Jamıeson

General Manager, Qatar National Convention Centre

A British national who has lived in the Gulf region for over 20 years holding various Director, senior management and advisory positions with Informa Plc, IIR Middle East, Dubai World Trade Centre and the ITP Publishing Group.

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Martin Verdon Roe

Martın Verdon Roe

Vice President Global Display, TripAdvisor

Prior to working at TripAdvisor, Martin was a Group Head at AOL UK and has worked for Classic FM, IIR Exhibitions, BBC Worldwide as well as having a shorter than planned but fun motor racing career.

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Marty Markowitz

Marty Markowıtz

Vice President, Borough Engagement and Promotion NYC & Company

Marty Markowitz (born February 14, 1945) is a former Borough President of Brooklyn, New York City. He was first elected in 2001 after serving 23 years as a New York State Senator. His third and final term ended in December 2013.Marty Markowitz, Vice President, Borough Promotion & Engagement at NYC & Company, was named to the Brooklyn Board of Directors at the American Heart Association this month.

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Mesut Yar

Mesut Yar

Famous Turkish News Personality and Journalist

Today Mesut Yar is still writing ın his section that is named “Televizyon Hastası” column for Posta Newspaper. His various stories, poems and interview books were published. He presents “Burada Laf Çok Show” in CNN TÜRK channel every weekend.

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Milena Djuricic

Mılena Djurıcıc

Chief Operations Officer, Yandex Turkey

Milena Djuricic holds a position as Chief Operations Officer at Yandex, Turkey. Since 2014 Djuricic is responsible for product development, efficiency development, sales, marketing and brand communication departmens.

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Murat Baş

Senior Vice President Marketing And Sales, Turkish Airlines

Murat Baş holds a position of Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales at Turkish Airlines specifically in II. Region. He was responsible for America & North Europe and Middle East & Cyprus regions for around 3 years.

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Nedret Apaydın

Director, Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism

After having held various positions as a teacher, coordinator, director and vice president in National Education Ministry, Domestic Affairs Ministry and Municipalities, he started working in Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism and Culture and Tourism Ministry.

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Özgül Özkan Yavuz

Özgül Özkan Yavuz

General Manager, Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau

Since 2014 she has been holding a position as General Manager in Istanbul Convention & Visitor Bureau.
Before that from 2011 till 2014 she was a Deputy Director at Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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Svend Olav Leırvaag

Vice President Industry Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility, Amadeus

Svend O. Leirvaag is currently serving as member of the Steering Committee of TAP TSI and the Amadeus-led All Ways Travelling Consortium, and in his capacity also heavily involved in projects like Shift2Rail and the Full Service Model, an EU industry initiative to develop new standards for rail distribution, and ETTSA Chairman.

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Terry Kane

Terry Kane

Head of Travel, Instagram & Facebook

Terry Kane has developed recognized expertise in multiple disciplines, including; brand and strategic marketing, digital communications, research, and software development to name but a few.

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Timur Bayındır

Timur Bayındır

President, Touristic Hotels & Investors Association

Being a member of SKAL and TÜRSAB, he also has membership in Galatasaray Community and Kalamış Sailing Club.

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Todd Benjamin

Todd Benjamın

Financial Editor, CNN International

Benjamin now devotes much of his time to speaking and moderating conferences and events for businesses and organizations around the world.

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Zeliha Saraç

Director of Economy, Economist, Reviewer Presenter and Financial Editor, 24TV

Zeliha Saraç working as moderator presenter, seminar and conference speaker in national and international events.

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Bas Lemmens

Bas Lemmens

CEO, Roomlr

With its database of 1.6 million locations, Roomlr aims to change this and offer a Marketplace for finding, comparing and booking a holiday home or apartment anywhere in the world.

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Cem Çetintürk

Vice President, Travel Click

Cem has 29 years marketing and sales experience in leadership roles at Hospitality and Life insurance companies like Swissotel, AIG, Commercial Union.

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Chara Georgıadou

Country Manager of Mediterranean, Trivago


Currently member of trivago’s International Department, managing the Greek, Turkish, Serbian, Slovenian & Croatian team 
Specialties: Marketing Strategy, Business Development, Digital Marketing, Market Research, Market Analysis, Competitive Analysis, Team Management.

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Damıan Cook

Founder & CEO, E-Tourism Frontiers

After working as, a consultant in both the public and
private sector developing destination websites and
online marketing campaigns he formed E-Tourism
Frontiers taking a practical, business driven
approach to assist emerging markets around the
world.

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Eoghan Corry

Eoghan Corry

Journalist, Travel Extra

He began his journalistic career as a sportswriter with The Irish Times and Sunday Tribune where he won several awards and became sports editor.

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Eric Adams

Erıc Adams

Borough President, Brooklyn

Prior to his election to the New York State Senate, Adams served as a police officer in the New York City Police Department for 22 years.

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Erkut Özen

Blogger

Started his professional career in local tourism where he has acted over years as senior manager of incoming tourism departments of major tourism companies. Has worked on Germany, Holland, Poland, Russia & CIS markets and concentrated on improving tourism services.

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Gıanluca Laterza

Territory Manager Southern and Eastern Europe

He began his TripAdvisor career in the London office as a senior sales executive for the EMEA markets, having previously worked as key account manager for companies operating in different industries.

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Laurel Robbins

Laurel Robbıns

Managing Director, Monkeys and Mountains Media

Laurel loves travel and social media and combines both of her interests into her two businesses.

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Martın Skelly

President, Irish Travel Agents Association

Martin has been active in the ITAA at various times over the last 25 years. In 2012 he became Treasurer of the ITAA and successfully managed the finances of the association during his two-year term.

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Martın Wıdenka

Social Media Manager & Creative Lead, Thomas Cook

Before joining Thomas Cook in 2012, Martin Widenka worked as a brand consultant/ creative strategist at BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi in both Germany and Indonesia.

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Menderes Türel

Menderes Türel

Mayor, Antalya

During and under his membership of the Assembly of ATSO, Vice Chairmanship of the Board of Directors of ATSO, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ATSO and Mayor of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality; Menderes Türel launched many projects and organized seminars

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Michael Collini

Mıchael Collını

Vice President, Hilton Hotels


His priority lies with the implementation of Hilton’s ambitious expansion strategy for its Family of Hotels, with a focus on rolling out new brands like Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton and Doubletree by Hilton throughout the region.

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Murat Zafer Özbilgi

Founder, Gezimanya

Still working as, a sales manager in a multinational company. Published a book in 2007 on motorbiking lifestyle: `Motorbiking is life’.

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Nadejda Popova

Senior Analyst, Travel and Tourism, Euromonitor International

Nadejda has responsibility over the content and quality of Euromonitor’s Travel and Tourism research for the MEA region, providing strategic analysis and in-depth coverage of the travel and tourism industry in this region.

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Nıcholas Montemaggı

Digital PR & International Online Media Manager, Emilia Romagna Tourist Board

He has been a member of the Tourist Board’s Web Strategy & Marketing department since 2010, and is in charge of the International Digital & Online Media Relations.

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Olıvıa Opoku Adomah

Director of Research, Statistics and Information at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Ghana

Started his professional career in local tourism where he has acted over years as senior manager of incoming tourism departments of major tourism companies. Has worked on Germany, Holland, Poland, Russia & CIS markets and concentrated on improving tourism services.

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Salih Çene

Former President, Skål International

In 2011 he was elected the Director of Skål International. Then in 2013 he was elected the Vice President and in October 2014 during the World Congress in Mexico City he is elected to the most honorable and prestigious office of Skål International to become the Skål World President.

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Tuğçe Yılmaz

Founder, Gezimanya

Based on her experience as a traveller since childhood, Tugce started Gezimanya.com, the largest Turkish travel content online. Visited and promoted over 90 countries.

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Abulfaz Garayev

Minister of Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Azerbaijan

From 1994 to 2001, Garayev was Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan. He was briefly appointed as Minister of Youth, Sports and Tourism in a cabinet reshuffle in 2001 and later was appointed as Minister of Culture and Tourism in 2006.

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Afşin Avcı

Afşın Avcı

Managing Partner, Afi Digital

Between 2009 and 2014, he worked as country director of Berlin based global in-game advertising company SponsorPay in Turkey. The company, which later took up the name Fyber, was sold to RNTS Media in October for 190M $.

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Alejandro Bernabe

CEO, Kempinski Hotels

He is known for his practical, hands-on experience in city and resort hotels, and an inspirational and rigorous management style.

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Alexander Mayrhofer

Business Unit Manager, Thüringer Tourismus GmbH

The Thüringer Tourismus GmbH (TTG) is the tourism marketing organization of the Free State of Thuringia. Central tasks are the positioning of Thuringia as an attractive destination for both leisure and business travel as well as the bundling of all tourist marketing activities at a competitive appearance of the Thuringian tourism at home and abroad.

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Ali Nuhoğlu

Ali Nuhoğlu

President of Executive Board, Istanbul Akvaryum

Nuhoglu Construction has been established since 1986. Mr. Ali Nuhoglu was elected to be on the Board of Directors.

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Arden Agopyan

Arden Agopyan

Founder&CEO, Hotel Runner

His areas of expertise also include international team management, business execution, strategic marketing and financial management.

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Arkın Kol

Arkın Kol

Regional Director, Dolby

Arkin has more than 20 years of international experience in globally renown companies such as Dolby and SONY where he led their activities for the Media and Entertainment industries.

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Başaran Ulusoy

Başaran Ulusoy

President, TÜRSAB

Session: Opening Ceremony

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Brad Kıng

Vice President, Global Sales Sojern

His experience also includes five years of strategic sales leadership at Yahoo!, and management and analytics in the travel sector at Hotwire, WorldRes, VailResorts, and Northwest Airlines.

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Carol Hay

Carol Hay

Director of Marketing, Caribbean Travel Organisation

Carol has also held senior positons with The Jamaica Tourist Board, BWIA International Airways and the Jamaica Promotions Corporation.

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Carolyn Pearson

Carolyn Pearson

Director, Maiden Voyage

Carolyn launched maidenvoyage.com in 2008 and it was soon to be widely covered by the global press including the New York Times, the Guardian, CNN and BBC.

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Catharina Fischer

Catharına Fıscher

Consultant and Partner, Tourismuszukunft

She developed at GNTB the worldwide Social Media Strategy for more than 12 international markets, designed several international Online- and Social Media campaigns with influencers worldwide and has built and planned the Social Media department.

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Ceylan Pirinçcioğlu

Executive Chariman, VIP

Founder of the Young Executives and Businessmen Association in 1986, where he served as a board member for over three terms; YPO where he served on board for three terms and President for one term.

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Cezar Dumitru

Cezar Dumıtru

Travel Blogger

In 2009, he launched Imperator Travel blog (http://www.imperatortravel.ro) which depicts various destinations around the world that he visited, but also provides information and tips for thousands of readers.

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Chrıstıan De Barrın

CEO, HOTREC

In addition, Christian’s professional background includes working for an EU Think-Tank and delivering trainings on communication and EU lobbying at the European Training Institute.

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Christina Holt

Chrıstına Holt

Owner, Wedding Concepts

Respected as an industry innovator with a keen eye for international trends Christina intuitively understands and values different cultures and is hugely passionate about promoting true 5* service excellence and uniquely tailored, stylish celebrations with a strong focus on each individual client and an eagle eye for detail.

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Zehra Öney

Zehra Öney

CEO, Blippar Turkey

Öney,is also President of 360+ Media Interactive, a digital marketing agency she founded in 2011, and is now a board member of Turkey’s Mobile Marketing Association (MMA).

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Christopher Rodrigues

Chrıstopher Rodrıgues

Chairman, Visit Britain

He has also held senior roles in organizations including American Express, where he spent nine years, and the FSA, where he was Non-Executive Director from 1997 to 2003.

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Daniel Silke

Danıel Sılke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Daniel Silke is an Independent Political Analyst, Author and Keynote Speaker specializing in South African and International politics

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Didem Özyiğit

Didem Özyiğit

General Manager, Harmonia Surgical Tourism

Working in international companies and being in multi- cultural teams motivated her to start her own project of establishing a medical tourism company in Turkey to welcome people from all over the world to offer the best medical practices as well as introducing the Turkish
hospitality and culture.

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Ece Tonbul

Executıve board member and Managing Director, Paloma Hotels

Prior to her current position, she was the Director of Sales & Marketing of Paloma Hotels for 5 years. She was the Managing Director of the group from May 2010 – January, 2014, responsible for entire operations, finance, business planning and development

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Dr. Hanfried Haring

Dr. Hanfrıed Harıng

President of European, Equestrian Federation

Session: BIG GAMES: INTERNATIONAL SPORT ORGANIZATIONS

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Elie Berchan

Elıe Berchan

CEO, Elie Berchan Wedding & Events Creation

Elie Berchan is an award winning, internationally acclaimed event creator. He is frequently quoted in newspapers and magazines in his capacity as a wedding expert.

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Fatih Akbulut

Fatih Akbulut

President of Board, Turkish African Business Association


Caya Events has organized many conventions, forums and business collaboration events in Turkey and Africa. In 2012 with a group of businessmen, they have found TABA (Turkish African Business Association) which he serves as President today,while he is still the CEO of Caya Group.

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Filippo Sona

Fılıppo Sona

Head of Hotels MENA, Colliers International

Filippo is an investment and development professional with 20 years of hotel operational and advisory experience gained from the UK, Europe, USA and MENA regions.

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Furkan Cako

Furkan Çako

Minister, State at the Government of Republic of Macedonia

His academic research areas are Visegrad 4 Initiative, Diplomacy, Security Studies and Integration of the Western Balkans to the EU. His research of interest regions is the Central and Eastern Europe, Balkans and Turkey. Mr. Çako speaks English, Slovak, Turkish, Macedonian, Albanian and Serbo-Croatian and Russian languages.

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Ganire Pasayeva

Ganıre Paşayeva

Member National Assembly, Azerbaijan

Since 1998, she worked as a reporter, correspondent, editor, leading editor, senior leading editor, Deputy editor-in-chief, and Deputy editor-in-chief of the news service and Deputy editor-in-chief of the news section at the ANS Group of Companies Television Company.

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Gordana Plamenac

Gordana Plamenac

CEO, The National Tourism Organisation of Serbia

The European Travel Commission is an international, non- profit making organization, with its headquarters in Brussels. Its members are the 39 national tourism organizations of Europe, whose role is to market and promote tourism to Europe in general, and to their individual countries in particular.

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Greg Webb

Greg Webb

Vice Chairman, Sabre

Greg’s prior roles include senior vice president of global product marketing for Sabre where he managed the product and technology portfolio for Travel Network and Sabre Airline Solutions.

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Hakan Ateş

Hakan Ateş

CEO, Denizbank

Mr. Ateş worked as Executive Vice President for Financial Affairs and Operations at Bank’s Express between 1994 and 1996 and led the bank’s restructuring project with Bank of America.

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İbrahim Halil Korkmaz

President, Investment Holding of Knowledge

Always enjoying being one of the firsts to enter diverse fields, Korkmaz started Tour Operation and Travel Agencies in Moscow and Antalya simultaneously, two enterprises he successfully managed until 2012.

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İnan Ekici

Assistant General Manager Otokoç Automotive (Avis&Budget&Zipcar)

He runs a growing business within a geography covering Turkey, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Kazakhstan and Northern Iraq with a leading fleet size of almost 35. 000.

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İnanç Kabadayı

İnanç Kabadayı

President of Executive Board, Ege Yapı

Inanc Kabadayi still holds the position of Chairman of the Board of ISGID – Istanbul Young Entrepreneurs Association, Board of Directors of ENV – Power Efficiency Association, Board of Directors of KONUTDER – Housing Developers and Investors Association and member of INDER – Istanbul Constructions Association.

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Inga Hlin Palsdottir

Inga Hlın Palsdottır

Director, Promote Iceland

Inga has been an integral part of branding and promotion for Iceland for the last decade, the last five years as the head of the division for tourism and creative industry at Promote Iceland.

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İrfan Önal

İrfan Önal

General Director Promotion Office, The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey

Since 07.05.2013 has been the Acting Director General for Promotion.

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İsmail Ertuğ

İsmail Ertuğ

Member European Parliament-Committee on Transport and Tourism

Ismail Ertug is member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism as well as of the Joint Parliamentary Committee EU-Turkey.

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Jambu Palanappian

Jambu Palanıappan

Regional General Manager, UBER

Growing up in the Silicon Valley, Jambu’s passion for technology innovation began at an early age. He studied Public Policy and Economics at Vanderbilt University.

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Juergen Steinmetz

Juergen Steınmetz

Co-Founder and Publisher, eTN (eTurboNews)

Since the inception of Hawaii-based eTN in 1999, it has become one of the most formidable and influential global travel and tourism publications today.

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Kaan Çetinkaya

Kaan Çetinkaya

Founder & Architect, SPACE Architects & Designers

He is designing different sizes of thematic hotels and creates a variety of concepts, by analyzing the realities of the industry and the target of the investments.

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Kach Jonathan

Kach & Jonathan

Travel Blogger

As well as showing others how they can also achieve a sustainable travel lifestyle, we love to find off the beaten track locations and DIY treks and tours for a little extra adventure!

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Kagisa Dumasi

Kagıso Duması

Commercial Manager Africa, BCD travel-accommodation

Throughout her career life she worked in sales and marketing in various positions covering South Africa and the rest of the Africa.

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Kerim Sipahiler

Kerim Sipahiler

Co-Founder, Sipahiler Events & Chairman of Site Turkey

Kerim Sipahiler is the Founding Partner and CEO of Sipahiler Events , since 1996 (www.sipahiler.com.tr). Sipahiler Events is an international event management company, where all phases of events are managed from A to Z, with tailor-made contents according to the demands of clients.

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Kıvanç Onan

Kıvanç Onan

General Manager Turkey, Middle East & North Africa PayPal

Kıvanç is also a member to AIESEC Board of Advisors, Board of ETICAD (E-Commerce Sites’ and Operators’ Association), Board of ODED (E-money and Payments Association) and Young Society Leaders of Turkish American Society.

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Kristin Francis

Krıstın Francıs

Travel Blogger

I’m a New York City attorney/consultant and creator of the site Souvenir Finder. I chose to write about shopping for fun things as I travel (and more importantly the cultural quirks and stories behind the physical things) because no one else was writing about them!

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Luigi Cabrini

Luıgı Cabrını

Chairman, Global Sustainable Tourism Council

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is an international partnership with the aim of fostering increased knowledge and understanding of sustainable tourism practices, promoting the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles and building demand for sustainable travel.

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Mahir Ünal

Mahir Ünal

Minister of Culture and Tourism Republic of Turkey

He has also worked as an election strategist for elections held in Iraq, Malaysia, Cyprus, Egypt and Lebanon, having served as an advisor to local administrations on the issues of political relations and local policies.

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Marc Aeberhard

Marc Aeberhard

President & Managing Director (EMEA), Luxury Hotel & Spa Management

He was General Manager of Thalassa for 2 years, Deputy General Manager of Six Senses Resorts & Spas, as well as Special Projects Manager at Amari Hotels & Resorts and General Manager at Hotel Stadthaus, Burgdorf, Switzerland.

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Mario Hardy

Marıo Hardy

CEO, PATA

Mr. Hardy is an entrepreneur and serial angel investor with close to 30 years of combined leadership, corporate development and change management experience.

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Mark Martinovic

Mark Martınovıc

CEO, Hotel Spec & Hotel Partners Africa

Since 2015 he has been also the CEO of Hotel Partners Africa, an alliance of the four leading hospitality consultants in Africa.

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Mark Tanzer

Mark Tanzer

CEO , ABTA

He has been Chief Executive of ABTA since September 2005. He is responsible for the strategy and direction of the Association.

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Markus Lehnert

Markus Lehnert

Vice President, International Hotel Development Marriott International

Markus Lehnert started his career in hospitality 30 years ago and he has been with Marriott International for the last 14 years.

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Martha Barcena Coqui

Martha Barcena Coquı

Ambassador, Mexico Consulate of Turkey

She joined the Mexican Foreign Service by exam in 1979, and in June 2013 she was appointed as Ambassador of Mexico to the Republic of Turkey and to Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan with residence in Ankara.

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Mehmet Burak Kutluğ

Mehmet Burak Kutluğ

Executive Committee Member Ağaoğlu Group of Companies

At Mobilera, Öney led Unilever’s interactive outdoor campaign for Cornetto, which won two prestigious global awards: Best Mobile Marketing and Advertising at the GSMA in Barcelona and Best Innovation EMEA at the Smarties in Los Angeles.

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Mehmet Ersoy

Mehmet Ersoy

CEO, ETSTUR

Mehmet Ersoy is also the owner and the Chairman of the Executive Board of the 5-star Voyage Hotels and 5-star plus Maxx Royal Resorts chains.

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Miha Kovacic

Mıha Kovacıc

Director, Slovenian Convention Bureau

As Chief of Convention Bureau he has over 60 stakeholders from Slovenia regarded as Convention Bureau partners and
together with them he has excellent results in destination development through business tourism concept.

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Nick Dariece

Nıck & Darıece

Travel Blogger

Travel Blogger
Session: BLOGGING

We are the architects of our own reality and we are here to inspire you to create a happier life for yourself. Happiness comes in many forms, but for us, we find joy through travel and eye-opening experiences.

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Mustafa Demir

Mustafa Demir

Mayor, Fatih Municipality

In 2013, he was deemed worthy of ‘Honorary PhD’ in the Faculty of Communication, Department of Interpersonal Communication, by the Senate of Istanbul University.

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Nicolas Mayer

Nıcolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader, Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PWC

In Switzerland, the Lodging & Tourism Clients Group services clients in the tourism, travel, lodging and destination management sector and comprises 11 full time consultants and an additional multidisciplinary team of around 40 professionals.

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Ömer Acar

Ömer Acar

Corporate Director, Asset Management Western Europe Katara Hospitality

Ömer Acar joined Katara Hospitality office in France in June 2014 after having worked closely with Katara Hospitality in his previous post of three years as the General Manager of Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris, one of the world’s best luxury hotels.

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Önder Halisdemir

Önder Halisdemir

CEO, Ağaoğlu Şirketler Grubu

Önder Halisdemir has worked as a top executive, general manager, and chairperson and member of board of directors in various finance institutions throughout his professional life.

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Prasant saha

Prasant Saha

CEO, CIMGlobal

During his stay at DTI (Department of Trade & Industries) London; with their international division, he was handling conferences & exhibitions for trade and industries.

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rolf schroemgens

Rolf Schromgens

Co-founder and Managing Director, Trivago

At Ciao.com Rolf was appointed Director of Product Development and Strategy, and successfully led the international product launch of the company.

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Saad Al Qahtani

Saad Al Qahtanı

Tourist Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage

Tourist Accommodation Sector Manager at Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage
Session: HOSPITALITY IN THE PAST VS HOSPITALITY TODAY

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Sani Şener

Sani Şener

CEO – TAV Airports Holding

In 2010, Şener was selected the “Investor Relations CEO of the Year in Turkey” by Thomson Reuters and Acclaro. Şener became the head of the TurkishFrench Business Council at Foreign Economic Relations Board in 2012.

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Serge Trigano

Serge Trıgano

Co-Founder & President, Mama Shelter

He held various positions, including Manager of GO Village, after that he became the head of the American subsidiary. In 1989 he became Director and CEO of the company.

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Simon Lewis

Sımon Lewıs

Founder, Travel Concept Solutions

I founded Travel Concept Solution in 2007 and we specialise in creative ideas for building brands online & offline. We created the first national South African blogger campaign in 2011 and continue to develop new concepts and ideas for international brands around the world.

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Sinan Özedincik

Sinan Özedincik

Journalist, Turkuvaz Media Group

I do interviews named ‘Lifestyle Economy’, for SABAH Economy every Sunday. Also I’m a commenter on a lifestyle-magazine show on national television channel Beyaz TV. I’m on live broadcast every weekday for three hours.

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Tim Leffel

Tım Leffel

Blogger

His stories have appeared in a wide variety of print and online publications, including Budget Travel, MSNBC.com, USA Today, Boston Globe, LonelyPlanet.com, Travel + Leisure, and the South American Explorer.

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Theuns Vivian

Theuns Vivian

Destination Development Manager, City of Cape Town

He was awarded the Good Samaritan Award by the then Minister for Tourism Dr Pallo Jordan for his dedication and commitment to tourism and the people of South Africa.