The Speakers

Speakers

Ideally what is required in a permanent forum or standing conference is a significant number of invited stakeholders globally, who can share the identity of being a global citizen. The World Tourism Forum’s high-level speakers exchange their ideas to ensure variety in tourism around the world.
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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

President, The 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

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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Bınalı Yıldırım

Prime Minister, The Republic of Turkey

Binali Yıldırım born (20 December 1955) is a Turkish politician who is the 27th and current Prime Minister of Turkey and the leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) since May 2016.

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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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Neşet Koçkar

Chairman of the Executive Board, ANEX Tour

Born in 1973 in Kars, Neşet Koçkar is the founder and owner of ANEX Tourism Group companies. The group celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016.

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Cem Kınay

President of the O Innovations 360 and Founder of Magic Life AI Hotels

Dr. Cem Kınay 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

Undersecretary of Ministry Health, The 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 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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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 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

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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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

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


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

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

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 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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Zelıha 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

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 Çetıntürk

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

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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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 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

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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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 Özbılgı

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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Salıh 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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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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Alı 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

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

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

President, TÜRSAB

Born in 1949 in Trabzon, Ulusoy, graduated from İstanbul Economical and Commercial Science Academy in 1970. He had been working in other fields such as construction, shipping, transportation, and insurance before taking a step into tourism.

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

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

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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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 Pırınçcıoğlu

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 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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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

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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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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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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Dıdem Özyığıt

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. Hanfrıed Harıng

President of European, Equestrian Federation

Session: BIG GAMES: INTERNATIONAL SPORT ORGANIZATIONS

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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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Fatıh 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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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 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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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

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

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

CEO, Denizbank

Hakan Ateş was born in 1959. He completed his studies at TED Ankara College and obtained his undergraduate degree at Administrative Sciences, Faculty of Economics, Middle East Technical University. He embarked on his career as an Inspection Board Inspector at Isbank in 1981.

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Ibrahım Halıl 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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Inan Ekıcı

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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Inanç 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 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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Irfan Önal

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

Since 07.05.2013 has been the Acting Director General for Promotion.

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Ismaıl 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 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 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 Çetınkaya

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

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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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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Kerım Sıpahıler

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

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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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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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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Mahır Ünal

Minister of Culture and Tourism, The 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

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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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 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

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

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 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

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

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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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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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 Demır

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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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

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 Halısdemır

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

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 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 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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Sanı 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 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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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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Sınan Özedıncık

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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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 Vıvıan

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.

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Alex Zaretsky

CEO, TRAVELATA.RU

Alex is a manager and an entrepreneur with experience in corporate and start-up environments. He co-founded Travelata in 2011 and has been acting CEO since then. Prior to that, he served as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company for 2 years in their Moscow office.

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Alexıs Delaroff

Chief Operating Officer Accorhotels Russia, Georgia and the CIS, General Director for “Russian Management Hotel Company” LLC

Mr. Delaroff first came to Russia through an appointment by the Intercontinental Hotel Group in 1997 to open the first Holiday Inn in Russia (Holiday Inn Vinogradovo) before moving back to France and joining Disneyland Paris.

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Alper Özkan

Counsellor / Director, Turkish Embassy-Moscow

Dr. Alper Özkan is Culture and Tourism Counsellor at the Embassy of Turkey in Moscow. He is responsible for promotional activities of the Republic of Turkey in Russia and Belarussia. He has more than 6 years of experince of being reponsible for promotional and cultural activities in Russia and Belarussia. Before holding this position, he was Head of the Department of at the General Directrate for Promotion of the Turkish Culture of Tourism Ministry where hehas been working more than 15 years.

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Anatolıy Kuryumov

General Director, IBC Corporate Travel

Started his career in Lufthansa, took part in international projects of the airline as a Talent in Sales, continued in IBC Corporate Travel in Vladivostok where received the award ‘Chief of the year 2010’. Now based in Moscow Mr. Kuryumov focuses at implementing break-through technologies for Business Travel and MICE on CIS markets.


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Avşar Koç

Chief Commercial Officer & Senior Partner
River Rock Hotels & Resorts

Mr. Koc most recently spearheaded Kempinski’s India, Middle East & Africa commercial operations with annual revenues crossing EUR 420 million.

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Ekaterına Bezhanova

Director of strategic development
Online Travel Agency OnlineTours.ru

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS

Touroperator Neva Travel Company | from 04.2003 to 03.2009

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Grach Muradyan

Head IT Projects @ Amadeus ACO RUSSIA

After graduating from Moscow Aviation Institute, Grach participated in “Buran” Space Shuttle and a number of other projects as an IT engineer.

He was leading Sales IT support team in Transaero Airlines starting from 1993.

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Hüseyın Dırıöz

Ambassador, Turkish Embassy in Moscow

Hüseyin Lazip Diriöz is a Turkish ambassador, and the current Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Defence Policy and Planning.

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Krıstına Ionıtskaıa

Deputy of Head of Representation, Catalan Tourist Board

Graduated as an economist, specialized in foreign relations, from Moscow State University of Foreign Affaire (MGIMO) in 2000 has started her career in tourism. Since 2004 passed to the position of deputy director of Eastern Europe offices of Catalonia Tourist Board. Since 2005 is an active member of ANTOR Board.

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Tatıana Spournova

Owner/CEO, Max MedIum

The owner and CEO of MaxMedium Creative MICE Agency, author of the first specialized books «MICE IS» in Russia, member of the Organizing Committee of the NAEM (National Association of Event Managers), the Creator and Producer of “Corporate Run” project.

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Borıs Iskrıtskıy

Yandex, Head of Performance Sector

Boris started working at Yandex in 2011 as a client services manager. In 2016, he took over as Head of the Performance Sector within the industrial department, which includes major advertisers from various industries like finance, tourism, and retail.

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Leonıd Marmer

General Director, Intourist Thomas Cook

Having graduated from the faculty of informatics at Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, Leonid Marmer has started his career in IT and Hi-Tech companies. Leonid has worked as VP Sales & Business Development in subsidiary of leading Hi-Tech holding “Matrix Group” (Israel).

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Rajeev Jaın

Director, Rashi Entertainment

My motto in life is LIVE LIFE KING SIZE…. BE DIFFERENT – DON’T FOLLOW THE QUEUE WHICH WORLD FOLLOWS…

Running a successful organization from past 17years with all over 300 clients who believe in Rashi Entertainment is my strength.

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Sabbas Joseph

Director, Wizcraft World

He has been actively involved with media from the beginning of his career. Sabbas Joseph has spearheaded and managed several mega corporate events for the company, as well as lending his strategic foresight for some of the company’s biggest brand launches and corporate events.

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Vıjay Arora

DIrector, Touchwood Group

Vijay Arora,the power house of Touchwood,beautifully going through his journey of passion for creativity strongly believes in the African philosophy of UBUNTU, “We are because of each other”!

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Wıllem Isbrucker

Product Owner, Booking.com

Willem has spent the past 8 years leading teams developing e-commerce and m-commerce products for companies such as Microsoft, Walmart, and the National Retail Federation. He currently oversees all landing pages at Booking.com across mobile, tablet, and desktop platforms, servicing millions of customers per day.

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Alı Bora Işbulan

General Manager, TAV Operations Services

Ali Bora İşbulan, graduated from Boğaziçi University Mechanical Engineering in 1998. He received his MA degree in Business Administration in 2000 and his master’s degree in Industrial Engineering in 2002 from University of Texas.

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Baher Badr

Head of Marketing, Attar Travel

Marketing Section Head
“ATTAR TRAVEL” One of the 4 Key Players in KSA of 65 years history in the Travel and Tourism market and has more than 50 branches kingdom wide. (From October 2013 till Now).

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Danıela Hupfeld

Commercial Director, Thomas Cook Hotels & Resorts

Jan 2016 – now
Commercial Director, Thomas Cook Hotels & Resorts, Palma de Mallorca, Spain Total number of direct reports: 6, total staff 13, dotted line to Brand Marketing. Reporting to the CEO of Thomas Cook Hotels & Resorts. Part of the Thomas Cook Hotels & Resorts Senior Management
Yearly revenue ca €140 Mio

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Erıka Garcıa

CEO, Cancun for a Cause

Erika Garcia is Chief Executive Officer of Marketing for Sunset Group and Vacacionante, a company working in Latin America she is also President and Founder of Yucatan Holidays Limited in the United Kingdom.

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Menderes Türel

Mayor, Antalya Metropolitan Municipality

Menderes Mehmet Tevfik Türel (born 11 July 1964, Antalya, Turkey) is a Turkish politician of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). He was the mayor of Antalya from 29 March 2004 until March 2009, and once again since 30 March 2014.

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Maxım Grıshakov

Director of Commerce, Yandex

As Chief Customer Officer, Maxim Grishakov leads the company’s efforts to drive sustainable revenue growth through developing and executing solid customer strategies, delivering sales plans across channels, driving geographical reach, and building strong commercial and selling capabilities in his teams.

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Kamıl Yanıkömeroğlu

Chairman of the Board, Rönesans Real Estate Investment Group

During his career from 1996 to 2003, he served at Tepe Group of METRO AG Joint Venture as the General Coordinator of Shopping Mall Development. Joining Rönesans in 2003 as the Chairman of the Board at Rönesans Real Estate Investment Group, he has been in charge of all real estate development operations in both Turkey and Russia.

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Kerım Sıpahıler

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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Murat Ersoy

Chairman, Turkish Tourism Investors Association

Born in İstanbul in 1968, Murat Ersoy, graduated from Istanbul German High School in 1987 and then moved to the business world by establishing Etstur in 1991 with Mehmet Ersoy, his twin brother. Starting their tour operator business from scratch, Murat Ersoy and his brother Mehmet Ersoy succeeded in taking Etstur to top in a short period while continuing to grow in the hotel management and tourism industries.

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Alejandro Bernabe

CEO, Kempinski Hotels

Alejandro Bernabé was appointed Chief Executive Officer at Kempinski Hotels in October 2014, aged 44, and brings renewed vigour to Kempinski’s Management Board. Bernabé is a Kempinski success story, having been groomed for senior management over the course of 16 years with the company.

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Dmıtry Rogulev

Managing Director, ADA Symposium

Founder and Managing Director at ADA-Symposium, professional organizer of complex integrated international events for big brands over more than 10 years, former National Manager at a majour global FMSG company for more than 15 years, happy husband and proud father of two little clever boys, charismatic leader of ambitious and talented team of specialists, constant traveler, passionate ducatista, big lover of “doing it right even when no one is looking”

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Edwın Broers

Regional Vice President Central and Eastern Europe Wyndham Hotel Group

Development for Continental Europe. His remit was expanded in 2009 in the role of Senior Director, Operations & Support, Continental Europe and again in 2012 as he was appointed Vice President Operations Europe.

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Emın Çakmak

Founding and Honorary Chairman, GHTC

Mr. Cakmak ’s experience also includes acting as founding partner for multinational companies through his skills as an industrialist. In 2005 with 32 stakeholder members, Mr. Cakmak established the Turkish Healthcare Travel Council (THTC) and became founding chairman.

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Ferzan Çelıkkanat

General Manager, Er Yatırım

Ferzan Çelikkanat graduated from Akdeniz University, the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management in 2002 and continued his education by doing a master in business administration (MBA) in Southern State University in USA. Çelikkanat started his professional career in New Orleans Marriott hotel in USA as operation assistant manager.

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Glen Gılmore

Forbes Top 20 Social Media Influencer

A Forbes Top 20 Social Influencer, Glen Gilmore is an author, attorney and digital marketing strategist who provides consultations and customized training to members of the Fortune 500.

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Aslıhan Çörtük

Director of Marketing and Business Development, TAV Airports

Aslihan Cortuk is the Director of Business Development & Marketing at TAV Airports. She has six years of network, alliance and hub management, route and fleet development experience at Delta Airlines in its Atlanta headquarters.

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Elıf Dağdevıren

Producer, Communication Consultant, Antalya Film Festival Director

Elif Dagdeviren has started to her career as a film translator for national Turkish television, TRT and continued her career in media in various roles as a reporter, editor in chief, television producer and moderator. She founded netbul.com; the first major online content company in Turkey.

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Badr Al Badr

CEO, Dur Hospitality

Dr. Badr bin Hamoud Al Badr is the Chief Executive Officer of Dur Hospitality Company, a Saudi Joint Stock hospitality company established in 1976, recognized for its extensive record in managing, developing and operating a wide portfolio of hotels and residential compounds across the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and was one of the first hospitality companies to introduce five-stars hospitality services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


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Bhavnesh Sawhney

Director, Wedniksha

Mr. Bhavnesh Sawhney, Director, Wedniksha Wedding Planners, hails from a lineage of Businessmen and is now crafting magical weddings. Wedniksha, the wedding division of Wizcraft, India’s premier personal and business event creation entity, has managed some of the most reputed weddings in the recent years.

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Buğra Berberoğlu

CEO, President & Founder
River Rock Hotels & Resorts

Mr. Berberoglu is formerly the CEO of Rixos hotels, and prior, the Senior Vice President Operations for Kempinski’s India, Middle East & Africa Region, after successfully helming the landmark Abu Dhabi hotel, Emirates Palace, one of the most expensive hotels ever built.

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Bülent Akarcalı

Former Health and Tourism Minister, The Republic of Turkey

While Turkey has great potential in Health Tourism, neither from Health nor from Tourism side there is no any institutional structure in this fields. Current legislation is insufficient and no guaranty is provided to the foreign patient on price and quality of the services.

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Christophe Draye

Vice President, Business Development Global Sport and Special Events, FiveCurrents

Christophe Draye has more than 16 years of experience working with the world’s leading event production, content and management companies. Christophe specialises in brand development and international strategy, helping grow companies like Production Resource Group (PRG), GL Events, Filmmaster and Cirque du Soleil into the international powerhouses they are today.

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Clement Wong

CEO, BeMyGuest

Clement Wong is the Founder and CEO of BeMyGuest, a travel technology provider to Activities, tours and attraction operations. Prior to that, he has worked with the top travel companies in the world, airlines, hotels, online travel agencies, tour operators, car rental companies, helping them with their strategies and market research.

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Darren Dunn

VP of Travel & Tourism, ADARA

Overseeing Destination, hospitality, and analtyics divisions at ADARA, Darren brings over 17 years of travel industry experience working for such companies as FarePortal, WorldMate, Orbitz, and Expedia/Trip Advisor as part of Interactive Corp (IAC).

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Davıd Mılıband

The President and Chief Executive of International Rescue Committee (IRC)

David Miliband is currently the President and Chief Executive of International Rescue Committee (IRC), the New York-based non-profit humanitarian organisation. IRC employs 16,000 people around the world and works in 40 countries where lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster.

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Demet Sabancı

President of Executive Board, Demsa Group

Demet Sabancı Çetindoğan founded MEDIASA YAYINCILIK A.Ş. in 1996 to offer new thematic channels to viewers in Turkey. She started her career at TEKSA A.Ş. in 1988, then continued working at BOSSA and YUNSA until 1996. She is also the co-founder and vice chairwoman of DEMSA A.Ş., and MARINSA DENIZCILIK.

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Adıtya Motwane

Director, Motwane Entertainment and Weddings

With his zestful take on Mega-Events in one of the world’s fastest-growing markets – India!

Of course, all inspiration stemmed from his unwavering belief in one simple idea – the immortalization of ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ memories & experiences!


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Anna Olekheyko

Department Manager, MICE Unifest Travel

Anna Olekheyko is MICE Department Manager with UNIFEST, with responsibilities of overall managing of the department (over 1400 projects per annum year), driving a shared vision across the company in the areas of project management and product development in the fiend of corporate event management.

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Hıcran Özbük

General Manager, Istanbul Shopping Fest & Istanbul CVB

She graduated in Geophysical Engineering from Istanbul University and took her masters’ degree both in Contemporary Management Techniques from Marmara University and European Integration from the Middle East Technical University (METU).

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Yeşım Sanal

General Manager, AMC International

I have my expertise on Start-ups, Sales Performance Management, Direct Sales. I am a Professional Coach and Consultant concentrating on Sales, Strategy and Customer Experience.

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Tomas De Bruyne

International Floral Designer

Tomas has won several medals in Belgium and abroad. At the 2002 World Cup, Tomas ended fifth and also w on the exceptional “Quality and Freshness Award” for best technical w ork. Tomas is a judge at national and international floral competitions, giv es seminars and demonstrations all ov er the w orld and has realised many prestigious projects worldwide.

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Thomas Andersson

CEO, Visit Stockholm

Education: Bsc Economic History, University of Lund
Birthplace: Halmstad, in the southwest of Sweden
Residence: Danderyd, close to Stockholm, Sweden
Family: Wife Madelein and five children (born between 1999 and 2008) “Patchwork family”

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Vıvek Sınghanıa

Producer, Picture Perfect

Vivek is a London Business School MBA who forayed into the movie production business after spending time in the Automotive (JK Industries Ltd) and Retail (Future Group) businesses and after actively promoting and marketing Cricket (Sri Lankan Cricket Board) and Motorsport (JK Tyre).

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Süha Derbent

Professional Photographer

Born in Istanbul in 1963, Süha Derbent has been working as a professional photographer for 30 years. Having begun his career as a journalist at Cumhuriyet newspaper, Derbent’s professional life continued as a photographer-writer at Atlas and Marie Claire magazines.

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Sphılko Sergey Pavlovıch

President, Russian Union of Travel Industry

Mr. Shpilko had been appointed the Chairman of the Moscow City Committee for Tourism and Hotel Industry in 2010. Following the reorganization of the Committee in 2015, he had been acting as the First Deputy of the Head of National Policy, Trans-Regional Relations, and Tourism Department in the Government of Moscow.

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Tarek Sakık

Managing Partner, Hadath International Group

Tarek has over 16 years of experience in the region working with multi-national communication agencies, including Burson-Marstellar, Edelman, JWT, APCO Worldwide across the UAE, KSA, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain.


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Shubhra Bhardwaj

Founder & Creative Director, Ferriswheel Entertainment

Shubhra Bhardwaj, Founder and Creative Director, Ferriswheel Entertainment, comes with an expansive experience of over 2 decades in the industry.

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Shen Zeyou

Director of Market Research, China Southern Airlines

SHEN, Zeyou, with over 20 years’ experience in civil aviation industry, has worked in core positions of marketing, operation analysis and strategy planning.

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Sharron Lıvıngston

Managing Editor, The Travel Magazine

She has edited a variety of publications over the years and has been a publisher of a series of Channel Hoppers Guides.
She is often consulted as a travel expert has been heard on Talksport Radio, Traveltalk radio, LBC and Play Radio UK.

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Roberto Alvarez

Director of Strategic Accounts, Social Bakers

Roberto Alvarez is Director of Strategic Accounts for the DACH, CEE, BENELUX & Turkey for Socialbakers, the pioneer in social media analytics.

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Ralph Radtke

General Manager – Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, Regional Director of Kempinski Residences Turkey

Throughout his illustrious career, Ralph Radtke has become a sought-after hotelier expert for international hotel establishments seeking success and transformation.

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Pınar Tımer

General Manager, Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah

Following her education in St.George’s Austrian High School and after majoring in Tourism and Hotel Management in Bosphorus University, Pınar Kartal Timer started her career at the Hilton İstanbul in Revenue Department in 1988.

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Özlem Avcıoğlu

Founder & Owner, travelmodus.com

Ozlem Avcioglu has worked for 15 years in leading international advertising agencies such as Leo Burnett, DMBB, Lintas and Ogilvy and was responsible for multinational accounts like P&G, Unilever, Microsoft, Siemens, Kraft, Ford, Fiat and Pfizer.

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Nurdan Tekeoğlu

Producer and Academician, Istanbul Ticaret University

She was alsoaccepted to EFA,European Film Academy withreference.

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Naveen Rızvı

Regional Director – India and Indian Ocean, Pacific World

Part of Pacific World Management Board representing India, Nepal, Bhutan, South Africa, Middle East, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and the Maldives
Executive Director, ICE- Integrated Conference & Event Management

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Munthır Al-Ansarı

Tourism Advisor, Member of Panel of Experts, UNWTO

Strategist, Speaker, Trainer, Writer, And dynamic result oriented leader, with accomplished of an exceptional nature in the field of information, research, KPI’s and national tasks to support decision-making for national development strategies for more than 18 Years.

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Mohamed Elnaggar

Tourism Expert at Ministry of Economy, Government of UAE

Before working for the Ministry of Economy of the United Arab Emirates in January 2016 as a Tourism Advisor, Mohamed was representing the Egyptian Tourism Board as a Tourism Attaché and Marketing Director in UK, Ireland and Nordic countries for almost 4 years as a diplomate in the Egyptian Embassy in London.

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Mıckey Mehta

Global Leading Holistic Health Guru

Global Leading Holistic Health Guru Dr. Mickey Mehta— A Life coach, Philosopher, Author, the Poet, the Institution, the brand…presenting you the legendary visionary Mickey Mehta. He will get you energized, maximized, optimized, and get you Mickeymized !!! ”

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Mıchael Frenzel

Special Ambassador of UNWTO and Former Chairman of World Travel & Tourism Council

Dr Michael Frenzel was born in Leipzig on 2 March 1947. After matriculation, he studied law at Ruhr University in Bochum, and successfully completed his doctorate (Dr. jur.) whilst working at the University as a scientific assistant.

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Zach Kıng

Viner / Youtuber

Zach King (born February 4, 1990) is an American Vine star, film-maker and YouTube personality based in Los Angeles. He is most known for his “magic vines” – six-second videos digitally edited to look as if he is doing magic.

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Yetkın Özer

Manager of PR & Promotion Department, Thrace Development Agency

Mr Ozer, worked as a management trainee at headquarters of Yapı Kredi Insurance Co. for one year, has commenced his duty at Trakya Development Agency as a planning specialist in 2011.

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Nılsun Tümer

Managing Partner, Hotel & More

Dr. Nilsun Tümer is the Managing Partner of Hotel&More, a boutique consultancy firm providing advisory for real estate investment projects.

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Mustafa Solak

Rector, Afyon Kocatepe University

Solak completed his PhD degree at Eskişehir Anadolu University, Medical Genetics, 1985. He was assigned as assistant professor, 1986 and had associate professor degree in 1992. He was assigned to Afyon Kocatepe University, Medical Sciences as professor, 1999.


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Mustafa Demır

Mayor, Fatih Municipality

He was born in Dicle in 1959. He started his university education at the Faculty of Dentistry of İstanbul University in 1979 and graduated in 1983. He completed the postgraduate program of Urban Studies and Management at the Architecture Department of the Science Institute of Sabahattin Zaim University.

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Mehmet Şımşek

Deputy Prime Minister, The Republic of Turkey

He previously served as the Minister of Finance from 2009 to 2015, serving in the cabinets of Prime Ministers of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Ahmet Davutoğlu. As a member of the Justice and Development Party, he was elected as a Member of Parliament for Gaziantep in the 2007 general election and for Batman in the 2011 general election.


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Marc Aeberhard

Owner, Luxury Hotel and Spa Management

He is a freelance consultant to the Gerson Lehmann Group USA, the Swiss Hotel Association, Switzerland and the ITB Berlin, Germany as well as visiting lecturer at the hotel schools of Lucerne and Thoune in Switzerland.

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Juan March

Partner, ECIJA

1986 Degree on International Relations by the Spanish Diplomatic School
1985 Entry in the Spanish Diplomatic Service
1984 Studies of European Community Law. London School of Economics (LSE)
1981 Degree in Law. University of Barcelona

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Denız Akkaya

TV Host, Presenter & Former Model

Deniz Akkaya (born 3 August 1977) is a Turkish top model, presenter, occasional fashion editor and disc jockey, entrepreneur, businesswoman, and actress who won Best Model of Turkey 1997.

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Egemen Bağış

Minister of EU Affairs and State (2009-2013), The Republic of Turkey

Egemen Bağış was born in Bingöl, Turkey in 1970. His family originates from the neighboring province of Siirt, where he started his elementary school education.

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Fıkret Öztürk

President, BETUYAB

Fikret Öztürk was born in Nizip in 1949. He completed elementary school in Nizip, passed the Boarding Teacher’s School exam and entered Haruniye Elementary School. A hardworking student, he was chosen by the school and sent to Izmir Bornova Higher Teacher Education School. One year after, he moved to Istanbul’s Çapa Higher Teacher Education School.

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Orkun Saıtoğlu

COO, IYZICO

Following his graduation from Galatasaray High School, he completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Université de Montpellier and the Department of Computer Engineering at Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), respectively.

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Jaydeep Mehta

Founder, True Events

16 Years of journey as Founder and Chief Managing Director that has created True Events and World Wide Weddings as a Technology driven premier entertainment Company of India.

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Aşkım Kapışmak

Behavioral Sciences Specialist & Author

Following his graduation from Marmara University, he completed his Psychology BA in Behavioral Sciences at the Newport International University. Taking Body Language Expertise and Communication Skills training for two years, Mr. Kapışmak started to hold seminars across Turkey.

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Hande Tıbuk

Executive Board Member & General Coordinator, Net Holding Inc

Executive Member of Board & General Coordinator Net Holding Inc.
Hande Tibuk is Executive Member of Board and General Coordinator for Net Holding Inc ., responsible for the Northern Cyprus operations, including eight hotels, five casinos, and real estate development projects as well as business development.

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Hermant Kale

Director, Swaaha Wedding Management

Founder Director of Swaaha Wedding Management Co. , started his career as a core member of the team that started Wedding and Events at One of Asia’s largest venue ‘s , spread across 10,000 acres of land, Aamby Valley.


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Iran Monroy

Global Brand Communications, Deer Jet

Born in July 2, 1985, and Mexican citizen. Before joining HNA Group in 2013, Iran Monroy served for different positions in the Mexican public and private sectors during different periods, including Trade Official for the Ministry of Finance, and Economic and Commercial Liaison for the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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James Charısıou

Chief Investment Officer, Amaryllis Capital

James Charisiou over 25 years experience working with private equity & institutional investment firms on developing new growth businesses, across Europe & the Asia- Pacific region.

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Yusuf Acıbıber

Security Director, IGA Operation Services

Yusuf Acibiber was born in 1959. Developing a background in security at the Police High school in Ankara, Mr. Acıbiber graduated from the Policy Academy in early 1980. He served in several roles in the institution starting with his first post in Kahramanmaraş.

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Salım Özdemır

Chairman of the Board, HalalTourism.com

Salim Özdemir was born in 1977 in Çankırı. He studied Engineering at the Zootechnics Department, Faculty of Agriculture of Selçuk University in Konya, where he arrived in 1995.

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AIT 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.