Meet Our Speakers

Please note that session descriptions and speakers are subject to change.

Ahmed Al Khaja

Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism

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Aileen Crawford

Head of Tourism & Conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau

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Alistair Turner  

Managing Director at EIGHT PR & Marketing  

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Anita Mendiratta 

Strategic Advisor, Diplomat & Author in TOURISM & DEVELOPMENT / Founder & President of AM&A 

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Bradley Sutherland  

National Manager, Business Development, Air Canada

Caroline MacKenzie

Founder,Executive Director ISHA - The Hip Preservation Society, Managing Director The Conference Consultancy Ltd, Association Director OpenAudience

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Celine Converset

Logistics Officer at IUCN

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Chiara Corazza

Private Sector Representative for France within the G20 EMPOWER Alliance and Member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council

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Courtney Stanley

Chief Executive Officer at Courtney Stanley Consulting, LLC

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Dr. Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen

General Manager at Exhibition World Bahrain - presented by ASM Global

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Dr. Emma Delaney

Co-Director of Learning & Teaching (interim) & Senior Lecturer at University of Surrey

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Gary Grimmer 

Gayle McGuinn

Head of Associations at EICC

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Gea van Beek

Manager Global Meetings, Skyteam

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Genevieve Leclerc

Co-Founder and CEO #MEET4IMPACT

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Gloria Guevara

Chief Special Advisor at Ministry of Tourism of Saudi Arabia

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Guy Bigwood, FIEMA 

CEO and Chief Changemaker, Global Destinations Sustainability Movement ( GDS -Movement)

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H.E. Fatima bint Jaffer

Minister of Tourism, Kingdom of Bahrain

H.E. Saad bin Ali Al Kharji

Chairman at Qatar Tourism

H.E. Zurab Pololikashvili

Secretary General at UN Tourism

Heledd Williams

Head of Business Events at Event Wales, Welsh Government

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Isabelle Marie Haverly

Programme Leader BA (Hons) Event Management & Lecturer at University of Winchester

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Iyad Rasbey

Vice President - Destination Tourism Development at Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

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Julius Solaris  

Founder, Boldpush 

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Juan Jose Garcia

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Bco Congresos 

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Khalid Walid Al Zadjali

Director of the Oman Convention Bureau at the Ministry of Heritage & Tourism

Kit Lykketoft

Director of Convention, Wonderful Copenhagen 

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Lesley Sloss

Senior Technical Lead at EPRI International, INC.

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Lindsay Bowman Fraser

Leading Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions (MICE), Sport and eSport at Qatar Tourism.

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Loren Christie

Managing Director, BestCities Global Alliance  

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Lukasz Wysocki

Managing Director, Marketing & Sales Consulting, MediaSpurs; Director, Marketing & Business Development, Tongariro Releasing; Director, Marketing & Business Development, OUTtv Media B.V. 

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Mahir Abdulkarim Julfar

Executive Vice President at Dubai World Trade Centre

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Malik Shishtawi

Founder & CEO, Mangusteen; Founder & President, Arab Fintech Forum; Co-founder, Arab SportsTech Forum

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Maraika Black

Advocacy, Policy, and Public Health Coordinator at EASL

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Marta Gomes 

President, ICCA and Deputy Executive Director Sales Division, VIPARIS

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Melissa Riley 

Senior vice President, Convention Sales & Services, Destination DC

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Mubarak Al Shamisi

Director, Abu Dhabi Conventions & Exhibitions Bureau

Olaf Theuerkauf

Managing Director at KUKM

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Patrick M. Delaney 

Managing Partner, SoolNua


Said Salim Al Shanfari

Chief Executive Officer at Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre

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Senthil Gopinath 


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Susana Lau

President at IEEE Panama

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Suzanne Singleton

Head of Associations and Citywide Bids at London & Partners, ICCA UK & Ireland Chapter Chair

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Thomas Mauch

Business Development Manager, RAI Amsterdam

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Virginie De Visscher

Senior Director, Business Development - Economic Sectors, Destination Canada 

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