All posts by Martin Kelly

Rakesh Hegde, Head of Travel, Sonata Software

Rakesh Hegde, Rezopia and Sonata SoftwareRakesh Hegde, currently heads the Travel Vertical for Sonata Software which recently acquired Rezopia – a cloud based travel ERP system founded by Rakesh.

Rakesh has been the driving force behind Rezopia and XYKA Travel Platforms.

He has been responsible for the product vision, design and architecture of the cloud based Rezopia Travel Platform and growing successful companies focused at innovation for the travel industry.

He has more than 16 years of experience in the Travel Technology Industry where he has worked with brands like STA Travel, Virgin Atlantic, OAG, Disney, STA Travel, Papillion, Virtuoso, Mark Travel Corporation.

In his two decades of working career he has worked with iXL, Saba, HSD and Sonata Software in different roles as Software Architect, development manager, database engineer and product specialist.

He has a computer science engineering degree from India.

Apart from being a technology geek, he is an avid runner and has more a dozen marathons under his belt and is a RRCA certified running coach.

He is also the president of School-Force a Silicon Valley non profit Education Foundation.

He lives in Redwood shores, California with his wife and 2 boys.

Rod Bishop, CEO and co-Founder, Jayride

Rod Bishop, JayrideRod Bishop is CEO and co-founder of, a world leading e-commerce platform for passenger trips and the number one source of bookable transport information in 7 countries.

Expert in passenger transport and marketing, Rod is an award-winning presenter including "Best Pitch Sydney" (SSW 2014) and others. Rod is based at Jayride HQ in Sydney.

Brad Gurrie, Managing Director, Travelzoo

Brad Gurrie, TravelZooTravel industry veteran Brad Gurrie has a career spanning more than 20 years, five of which have been spent at the world’s number one travel deals publisher Travelzoo.

In January 2014 he re-joined Travelzoo as Managing Director of Travelzoo Australia, having previously served as Managing Director across Southeast Asia and Australia.

Brad also spent time as Chief Executive Officer of an ASX-listed media and events company, headed up the hotels department at, served as the Asia Pacific Sales Director for Pegasus Solutions and worked with Stamford Hotel and Resorts as Group IT Manager.

A hands-on industry expert, Brad is also personally passionate about travel, having visited 30 countries, staying at more than 450 hotels and checking into more than 500 flights.

He has extensive experience across hotel properties, online travel media, travel technology and services.

Jen Young, Senior Product Manager, Travel and Lifestyle, Fairfax Media

Jen Young, Young is the Senior Product Manager for Travel & Lifestyle at Fairfax Media.

She has more than 7 years experience in digital product management having worked on a number of leading lifestyle websites such as Daily Life, Life&Style, Executive Style, Essential Baby and Domain.

More recently she has lead the launch of – a brand new consumer website for Fairfax Media in partnership with TripAdvisor.

The site is designed to help Australians seek travel inspiration and features in-depth destination guides, curated holiday deals, reviews from travel experts and user reviews.