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Jeff Lewis, VP Technology & Strategic Initiatives, TripAdvisor

By |2018-10-05T12:18:06+10:00October 5th, 2018|Speakers|

Jeff’s current role is Vice President of Technology Strategy of TripAdvisor. This involves searching the globe for the best technology, ideas and businesses to complement or extend TripAdvisor Experiences’ mission of helping people around the world plan and have the perfect trip.  Jeff was previously Vice President, Engineering for Viator More ...

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Nigel Benton, Publisher, Australasian Leisure Management

By |2018-10-03T10:41:44+10:00October 3rd, 2018|Speakers|

Nigel Benton is the co-owner and publisher of Australasian Leisure Management, Australia and New Zealand’s only magazine for professionals in all areas of the leisure industry. Nigel established the magazine in 1997, shortly after his relocation to Australia, and has managed its readership rising to over 11,000 and its acceptance More ...

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Vasso Zographou, Director, Savills Hotels

By |2018-10-03T10:11:15+10:00October 3rd, 2018|Speakers|

Vasso Zographou is a Director for Savills Hotels, Australia & New Zealand. His responsibilities encompass Capital Market activities and overseeing the broad range of advisory services which the team provides to its clients. As a Chartered Accountant, Vasso has spent the last 28 years across virtually all aspects of the More ...

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Michael Simpson, Managing Director, Savills Hotels

By |2018-10-03T10:07:02+10:00October 3rd, 2018|Speakers|

Michael is responsible for the management and development of the Savills Hotels business in Australia and New Zealand, and its integration with the Asian and global Savills Hotels platforms. He has a particular focus on investment sales, capital raising, joint ventures and advising on and structuring hotel and mixed use More ...

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Josh Oaks, Founder, The Sunshine Tribe

By |2018-10-03T09:48:59+10:00October 3rd, 2018|Speakers|

In 2007 Josh and his wife started a day tour company in Melbourne, Australia.  They had no experience in tourism, no  business experience, no networks or support and no funds.  After two years  of 60 hour weeks, they were taking home $20,000 a year and had nearly thrown in the More ...

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Quirin Schwaighofer, Co-Founder & COO, MadeComfy

By |2018-10-02T14:59:52+10:00October 2nd, 2018|Speakers|

Quirin is an entrepreneur, innovator and strategy enthusiast and Co-Founder & COO of Australia's sharing economy innovator MadeComfy. MadeComfy, launched in 2015, is Australia's first performance-based home sharing partner and a fast-growing disruptor in the Real Estate and Travel markets. MadeComfy enables property owners to participate in the sharing economy boom More ...

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Anthony Hayes, Chief Operating Officer, SeaLink Travel Group

By |2018-09-24T15:01:35+10:00September 24th, 2018|Speakers|

Anthony Hayes is the Chief Operating Officer of SeaLink Travel Group, one of Australia's largest tourism and travel companies.  With more than 1600 dedicated team members around Australia, SeaLink serves over 8.5 million customers annually across the maritime, guided holiday, day tour and accommodation sectors.  In addition to the SeaLink More ...

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Anthony Moulder, Head of Transport & Infrastructure Research, CLSA Australia

By |2018-09-05T09:33:49+10:00September 5th, 2018|Speakers|

Anthony Moulder joined CLSA  Australia in 2017 as senior analyst covering the transport and infrastructure sector. Anthony has covered the Transport sector for the last 16 years. Starting with Credit Suisse in 2002, and then moving to Citigroup in 2012, Anthony has consistently been a Top 3 ranked analyst in More ...

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Rachel Wiseman, Chief Investment Officer, NRMA Group

By |2018-09-05T17:11:13+10:00September 5th, 2018|Speakers|

Rachel Wiseman was appointed Chief Investment Officer in November 2016. Rachel is responsible for the NRMA Group's commercial interests, including corporate development, investments, partnerships and growth, public policy and research, community investment as well as the corporate legal and company secretariat functions. Before joining the NRMA, Rachel held the role More ...

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Darrin Grafton, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Serko Limited

By |2018-09-04T09:30:01+10:00September 3rd, 2018|Speakers|

Darren Grafton, who is speaking at Travel IQ 2018,  has 25+ years’ experience in the travel technology industry and is a highly experienced innovator. He has been responsible for leading major changes in the corporate travel industry throughout his career and was recognized as one of the top 25 most More ...

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Sue Badyari, Chief Executive Officer, World Expeditions

By |2018-09-03T15:05:39+10:00September 3rd, 2018|Speakers|

Sue Badyari, who is speaking at Travel IQ 2018, is CEO of the World Expeditions Travel Group, operator of small group adventure tours all over the world.  World Expeditions is Australia’s longest established adventure travel company and offers more than 500 stand-alone itineraries, escorted by expert leaders and meticulously designed More ...

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Bob East, Chair Tourism Australia; Chair Experience Co

By |2018-09-04T09:34:57+10:00September 2nd, 2018|Speakers|

Bob East, who is speaking at Travel IQ 2018, has more than 20 years’ experience in the tourism industry, most recently as CEO of the Mantra Group. Bob and a passionate group of private investors created the Mantra Group and over a period of 12 years shaped the group to be More ...

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Anthea Hammon, Managing Director, Scenic World; Director Hammons Holdings

By |2018-09-02T12:14:29+10:00September 2nd, 2018|Speakers|

Anthea Hammon, who is speaking at Travel IQ 2018, is the Managing Director of Scenic World, a third-generation family business which has been operating in the Blue Mountains for over 70 years. As Australia’s most visited privately owned tourist attraction that welcomes over one million visitors annually, Anthea has led the company More ...

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David Hammon, CEO and Director, Hammons Holdings

By |2018-09-02T11:49:40+10:00September 2nd, 2018|Speakers|

David is currently CEO and a Director of Hammons Holdings, the company which owns Australia’s most visited privately owned tourism attraction, Scenic World. Under David’s leadership, Hammons Holdings was recently appointed to operate tourism activities on the Sydney Harbour Bridge following a rigorous tender process driven by the NSW State Government. The More ...

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Rob Smith, Divisional Director, Australia/New Zealand, Merlin Entertainments

By |2018-09-09T09:28:17+10:00August 29th, 2018|Speakers|

Rob Smith is the Divisional Director of Merlin Entertainments Australia and New Zealand, the second-largest attraction operator in the world. With over 17 years’ experience in the tourism and attraction industry across Europe, the US and Asia-Pacific, Rob leads the overall management, regional strategies and financial/non-financial responsibilities for Merlin’s 13 More ...

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Brett Mitchell, Regional Director Asia-Pacific, Intrepid Group

By |2018-08-21T09:37:16+10:00August 21st, 2018|Speakers|

Originally from Zimbabwe, Brett has always felt a connection to Africa, which has seen him travel across the continent entirely on public transport from London to Cape Town, which took over 9 months.   Brett is a Chartered Accountant and has a professional background in finance which included senior roles in More ...

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Robert Halfpenny, Managing Director, Aurora Expeditions

By |2018-08-20T15:08:51+10:00August 20th, 2018|Speakers|

  Robert took over the reins at Aurora Expeditions as Managing Director in February 2017, after 6 years as Director, Global Account Development & Asia Pacific with Rocky Mountaineer. He brings over 25 years experience of senior management in the travel industry in both North America and Australia, having overseen sales More ...

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Rod Cuthbert, Founder Viator, Former CEO Rome2rio

By |2018-08-20T12:47:44+10:00August 20th, 2018|Speakers|

Rod Cuthbert is the founder and former CEO of Viator, the leading online marketplace for tours and activities; and former CEO of Rome2rio, the multimodal transport search and booking engine. He is a frequent speaker, judge and panelist at industry conferences.

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Tammy Marshall, Founder & CEO, The B Hive

By |2018-08-20T12:07:28+10:00August 20th, 2018|Speakers|

Tammy Marshall is the Founder of The B Hive – a business transformation consultancy that specialises in the Travel, Tourism, Hospitality, Leisure and Entertainment sectors. Tammy has built her career around enabling global companies to pivot, transform and capitalise on rapid growth opportunities. She has held C-level positions and executive More ...

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Jamie Pherous, Managing Director, Corporate Travel Management

By |2018-08-20T11:33:47+10:00August 20th, 2018|Speakers|

Jamie Pherous, Founder and Managing Director, founded Corporate Travel Management in 1994. He built the company from its headquarters in Brisbane to become the largest privately-owned travel management company in Australia before listing it on the Australian Stock Exchange in late 2010. Today, the company employs more than 2000 FTE More ...

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Les Szekely, Managing Director, Grand Prix Capital

By |2018-08-20T11:34:45+10:00August 20th, 2018|Speakers|

Les Szekely B.A. LL.M. FAICD is the managing director of Grand Prix Capital (GPC). He functions as a board strategy consultant, a non-executive director and an angel investor focused on rapid growth businesses. He specializes in start-ups, privately owned and micro-cap listed businesses. Les is an active business angel, mentor, More ...

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Kurt Knackstedt, CEO, Troovo

By |2016-09-23T09:50:16+10:00September 23rd, 2016|Speakers|

In early 2015, Kurt was appointed CEO of Troovo, a newly launched technology company focused on virtualising and completely removing manual intervention within transaction-based industries. As CEO Kurt is responsible for all aspects of Troovo’s global expansion and is helping transform the way companies move to a fully virtual approach More ...

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Kelvin Ross, co-Founder, Dreamz.ai

By |2016-09-22T15:20:14+10:00September 22nd, 2016|Speakers|

For the past 20 years Kelvin has been an IT entrepreneur. He founded KJR, a specialist IT consulting firm focusing on technology risk and QA, and has launched several technology startups. Kelvin has a PhD in Safety Critical Software Engineering. His career began as a Defence Scientist working on avionics More ...

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Dr Ross Honeywill, Executive Director, Centre for Social Economics

By |2016-09-22T13:59:13+10:00September 22nd, 2016|Speakers|

Ross Honeywill is a social scientist and internationally published author. Working predominantly in North America and Australia he has spent 15 years measuring and mapping the evolution of consumer demand and the impact of disruptive innovation on the future of business and management. Through his leadership role at KPMG (Asia/Pacific) More ...

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Randall Deer, Managing Director, Ignite Travel Group

By |2016-09-21T10:07:15+10:00September 21st, 2016|Speakers|

Randall Deer – Managing Director of Ignite Travel Group – is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur who has yielded exceptional success and growth for his innovative travel and tourism marketing company as he continues to challenge traditional travel practices. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Accounting) at the University More ...

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James & Prue Woodford, Co-Founders, YouCamp

By |2016-09-20T16:17:24+10:00September 20th, 2016|Speakers|

James and Prue Woodford are the founders of YouCamp. James is an author of seven books and a journalist with over twenty years experience in both newspapers and radio, including Radio National's Background Briefing program and as an environment and science writer for the Sydney Morning Herald. Prue has twenty More ...

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Jon Beros, General Manager, Scoopon

By |2016-09-19T10:24:06+10:00September 19th, 2016|Speakers|

Jon is the General Manager of Scoopon, part of Australian owned e-commerce leader - Catch Group. Scoopon launched in 2010 where Jon has led the company from start-up, through a period of immense growth while pioneering this disruptive industry. With a customer first mantra his focus is on connecting people More ...

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