Digital Travel Connect 2019

16 - 17 October, 2019

Le Meridien Ra Beach Hotel

+44 (0)207 368 9516

2018 Speakers

Alan Coates
Alan Coates
Head of Planning and Delivery
Ryanair

Alan leads the team responsible for planning and executing Ryanair’s highly successful digital strategy – with a focus on rapid delivery of complex technical projects.  With over 20 years’ experience transforming delivery in the Airline, Automotive, Financial and Online Education industries Alan will share his ideas and experience on how to implement a cutting-edge digital strategy to transform business models.

Julien Lechat
Julien Lechat
eAcquisition Director, Digital Marketing
Air France

Julien has over 18 years  experience in Airline Business Digital Marketing, Commercial Director, Revenue Management Pricing and Network Planning 7 Management positions Work experience in France, Italy, Caribbean and UK. At Air France/KLM, Julien works within the Digital Marketing Department, managing e-Acquisitions Strategy and team, a centralized team of 24 staff, managing all 80 markets worldwide. His team is specifically responsible for:
- Display (including internal trading desk for RTB)
- Search
- Emailing
- Metasearch
- Affiliates

Zaida Salie
Zaida Salie
Director Media Services
eDreams ODIGEO

Zaida Salie, Director Media Services,  eDreams ODIGEO. 17 years of media experience; 3 in print, 7 in television broadcasting and 7 in digital marketing. 12 of those years were in management roles specialising in operational management and strategy. Particularly strong at shaping complex structures and processes, navigating complex personalities and implementing sustainable solutions successfully. Very strong at strategic management and passionate about building successful teams.

Michael Lee
Michael Lee
Head of Content Operations
HolidayPirates Group

Michael joined HolidayPirates Group as a Head of Content Operations in January 2018. In this position, he oversees the company’s content strategy in the ten different markets where HolidayPirates Group has established its presence. Prior to this role, Michael accumulated experience in various management positions throughout several verticals of the travel industry at American Airlines, Expedia and KLM. He also worked in brand and product management for several big consumer services like Starbucks and FTD. 

Ikenna Uzoh
Ikenna Uzoh
Global Head Of Analytics & Data Science
VisitBritain

Ikenna is a data and project management professional with years of experience in data analytics, business intelligence, data science and IT project management. He has implemented multiple data management and analytics solutions around the world. He has worked for companies like Ogilvy UK (WPP) and Konga and has consulted for both internal and external clients in countries like Belgium, France, United States, and Switzerland. He is currently the Global Head of Analytics and Data Science at VisitBritain; the number of visits to the UK in 2017 grew 4% to a record 39.2 million and the value of spending increased by 9% to £24.5 billion.

Dr. Zhihang Chi
Dr. Zhihang Chi
Vice President & General Manager, North America
Air China

As Vice President and General Manager for North America, Dr. Zhihang Chi currently manages all aspects of Air China’s business in the region from the company’s headquarters in Los Angeles, California. He is responsible for more than 175 U.S.-based Air China employees and oversees marketing and operations for all passenger flights between North America and China. Dr. Chi joined Air China in 2004 and has since led North America’s growth initiatives, investments and various contributions across the local economies the company services. Prior to his promotion to Vice President in April 2008, Dr. Chi was General Manager for the Western U.S. region for two years until November 2006. Before that, he was responsible for Air China’s Los Angeles operations.

Julio Alejandro Gamero
Julio Alejandro Gamero
Chief Commercial Officer
Interjet

Julio Gamero joined Interjet in 2017 as Chief Commercial Officer. He has 14 years of airline management experience, overseeing all commercial, operational and P&Lfinancial aspects of multiple airline companies in 5 different countries in LATAM. He has extensive Revenue Management and Commercial experience. He also served serving also as Head of Itineraries, Market Development and Distribution departments in TACA Airlines. In AVIANCA, he was appointed as Vice-President of Regional Airlines and most recently as Vice-President of Business Units in Ecuador and Executive President of Airlines Galapagos (AeroGal). His experience includes specialized proficiency in business turnarounds, processes optimization and strategic planning.

Olivier Plaitin
Olivier Plaitin
Head of Digital Delivery
Brussels Airlines

With 20 years of airline technology experience, Oliver currently serves as Head of Solution Delivery at Brussels Airlines. Having lead key areas of IT delivery, from solutions architecture, development and to infrastructure and operations. Well acquainted with the struggles that both IT and the business face. Believer that to deliver fast and in quality, close collaboration between development and operations is a must. With a formidable passion for innovation, combined with his vision, strategic thinking and charisma, bringing inspiration and motivation to the teams.

Rob Muir
Rob Muir
Chief Digital Officer
National Express
Rob is Chief Digital Officer at National Express Group, a leading transport provider operating bus, coach and rail services across the UK, Continental Europe, North Africa, North America and the Middle East; over 921 million journeys are made on our services each year. He is responsible for the development and implementation of digital and data strategies across the Group, driving both customer focus and operational excellence. Rob is an experienced customer centric marketer, covering local and international aspects of business strategy and integrated digital marketing strategy, working extensively across digital marketing, technology and business transformation.
Santiago Garcia Solimei
Santiago Garcia Solimei
Global Director of Social Media
Meliá Hotels International

Santiago has over 10 years marketing and communications experience in the travel & hospitality and software industries for multi-national organisations. He is a digital marketer with expertise in ATL and BTL marketing campaigns, brand management, Social Media & PR. Before his current role, he was the Head of Marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Meliá Hotels International  and was responsible for a portfolio of 79 hotels across 6 Brands in the Luxury, High End and mid Market segments.

Frippe Stenberg
Frippe Stenberg
VP Brands, Customer Journey, Digital Development and Innovation
Scandic Hotels

Frippe is VP Brands, Customer journey, Digital development and Innovation at Scandic Hotels. Scandic is the definite market leader in Nordic hospitality with an unbeatable network of almost 230 hotels run by 14,000 committed team members. We are the ‘best hotel brand’ in the Nordics (BDRC) and enjoy a following of 1.6 million Scandic Friends members.

Riko van Santen
Riko van Santen
VP Digital Strategy & Distribution
Kempinski Hotels

Riko oversees distribution, e-Commerce, revenue management, and loyalty at Kempinski's headquarters, and is directly responsible for the strategic direction of digital marketing, pricing and guest engagement initiatives.  Riko’s main goal through his role is to constantly embrace the rise of technology deployment in the hospitality industry –successfully translating technical advances into market growth.

Pelayo Pando
Pelayo Pando
Director of e-Commerce Business Development & Market Strategy
NH Hotel Group

Pelayo started his career within the Telco sector, first as a business consultant and later as a product manager focused on growth strategies, go-to-market and strategic projects management. 3 years ago he decided to accept the challenge of being part of the digital transformation NH Hotel Group leading the e-Commerce Business Development area. Founded in 1978, NH Hotel Group is a consolidated trusted operator and one of the leading urban hotel companies in Europe´s business segment with a wide presence in America. The Company operates close to 400 hotels with almost 60,000 rooms in 30 countries, hosting more than 16 million guests a year.

Annalisa Salvadori
Annalisa Salvadori
Director of World Wide New Channels
Costa Crociere
Cathy Thompson
Cathy Thompson
Head of Customer Experience
Hostelworld

Cathy specializes in customer experience management with a diverse background in hospitality, retail, and the online banking and travel sectors. She joined Hostelworld in 2012, having previously worked in senior roles with brands such as Fairmont, Marriott, HSBC, and Walmart. Her focus is to embed new customer insights across the business and develop new ways of engaging Hostelworld customers in their online and offline journeys with the brand. She holds an MBA from Seattle City University, an Honours Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University, and is a native of Vancouver, Canada.

Dr Torsten Wingenter
Dr Torsten Wingenter
Former Senior Director Digital Innovations
Lufthansa
Florian Pautot
Florian Pautot
Lead Blockchain Developer
Air France – KLM

Florian is the Lead Blockchain Developer of the AFKL Blockchain Program. He has been working around innovations for several years. First as one of the finalists of the first hackathon organized by Air France, focusing on improving the travel experience in case of irregularity. As a follow up he became one of the first intrapreneurs at Air France to continue working on his project with his team. Passionate about new technologies and innovations, he discovered Blockchain and Bitcoin around 2011. He really started digging into it mid-2017. After several month of self-training and hours of research, he became Air France-KLM Blockchain Lead Developer in May 2018. His mission is to study, benchmmark, and analyze Blockchain protocols to support the Air France-KLM projects, and to create a Blockchain competence center to make the group a leader in the Blockchain space. He is involved in all aspects of the Blockchain: IT integration, Monitoring, Supervision, Delivery, Development, etc.

Matthias Koch
Matthias Koch
Global Industry Lead for Travel
Productsup

Matthias Koch is Global Industry Lead for Travel at Productsup, the leading cloud-based solution for product data feed management. He has more than 15 years of experience in the travel industry, and even more in digital marketing. Matthias helps to enable some of the world’s most prestigious travel and hospitality businesses to stay agile in an ever changing and complex market environment, to be at the forefront of digital transformation, and to enable the capturing of new market opportunities as they appear. He also makes sure that these travel companies will have full control of the management and optimisation of their inventory feeds and creatives to build out custom promotions and campaigns via channels such as Google Hotel Ads, Facebook Dynamic Ads for Travel and more. Prior to Products up, Matthias held key roles in the area of digital marketing in travel companies like hotelbeds, Barceló Hotels or Meliá Hotels International. 

Cécile Nomdedeu
Cécile Nomdedeu
Head of Marketing, Communication and Digital
Transavia
Anni Ahnger
Anni Ahnger
Head of Digital Revenue
Finnair
George Ettiyil
George Ettiyil
Senior Director - Global Sales Products and Programs
Lufthansa Group Airlines

George Ettiyil is Senior Director - Global Sales Products and Programs, Lufthansa Group Airlines. His experience over the last two decades spans airport operations and projects, financial controlling, HR development, aircraft line maintenance business strategy, process orientation, organizational development, change management and global airline B2B sales & distribution. In his current role he is globally responsible for all offers towards B2B customers, such as corporates and travel agencies, as well as the IT infrastructure for all Sale and CRM tools, as well as B2B customer platforms, such the Lufthansa Groups SME Program ‘PartnerPlusBenefit’. 

Erik-Jan Ginjaar
Erik-Jan Ginjaar
Managing Director
Postillion Hotels Nederland

Erik-Jan Ginjaar, Managing Director of Postillion Hotels Nederland, obtained his diploma at Hotel School Maastricht at the age of 22. After having practiced almost every possible job within the hospitality industry, Erik-Jan started as General Manager at Postillion Hotel Utrecht Bunnik in 2012. He became Director Region West of the chain in 2014 and as of February 2017 he is to be called Managing Director of Postillion Hotels Nederland. Erik-Jan’s leadership style is characterized by being hands on in combination with courage and a touch of humor!

Mark Struik
Mark Struik
Commercial Director
Postillion Hotels Nederland

Mark Struik, Commercial Director of Postillion Hotels, graduated at the International Hospitality University Leeuwarden. Mark worked in several sales positions in and out side the hospitality industry. He made a transfer from Starwood Hotels & Resorts to Postillion hotels in 2014 and started as Director of Sales. Early 2017 he was promoted to Commercial Director and is supervising Sales, Marketing, Revenue, Reservations and Productions. Mark is specialized in commercial strategies and makes translations between ideas and implementations.

Minna Kärhä
Minna Kärhä
Head of Data
Finnair
Conor Holmes
Sales Director
[24]7.ai
Kunal Jogia
UK Lead & Enterprise Sales Manager
Relay42
Takafumi Maruyama
Takafumi Maruyama
Director Web Sales
Japan Airlines
Ana Prieto
Media Partnerships Strategy and Sales Manager
easyJet
Dan Gee
Dan Gee
Sales Director
WeTransfer

Dan leads the growth of local, regional and global advertising and content partnerships for WeTransfer in the UK. He has over 15 years experience of running national and international campaigns for a diverse range of clients in media and events. Dan is a passionate believer that advertising doesn't have to be an irritation, and done well it should delight and intrigue consumers as well as deliver performance and brand strength. Dan will share insights into the importance of creative thinking for brands. 

Ricardo Vidal
Head of Delivery Strategy
British Airways