14:30 - 15:00
Most companies will wake up too late to disruption. Established interests, change-blindness, set ways of working make it nearly impossible for incumbents to survive. However, there are ways for leaders to improve their odds of success. Former CEO of Starwood and author of The Disruptor’s Feast challenges industry leaders.
Frits van Paasschen
Former President & CEO Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Author of The Disruptor's Feast
Frits van Paasschen is a seasoned global executive and the author of The Disruptors’ Feast, an Amazon bestseller. His thirty years of experience inside global companies affords him a unique perspective on the trends that are reshaping the global economy. Frits shares his deep understanding of the forces of disruption in order to help businesses thrive in times of accelerating change. Frits spent more than a decade as a Fortune 500 CEO, ﬁrst at The Coors Brewing Company and then at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. He also held several management positions at Nike, ultimately becoming Nike’s President of Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to joining Nike, he worked in ﬁnance in Disney's Consumer Products Division. His career began at The Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company, where he primarily served retail and consumer clients. Frits is a frequent keynote speaker and advisor with a focus on disruption and strategy. He is a Senior Advisor at the private equity ﬁrm TPG Capital. He also serves on the Board of Directors for two public companies, Williams-Sonoma and Royal DSM, as well as two private companies, Apollo Hotels and Convene. He is an investor and advisor for citizenM Hotels. He has also been a Non-Executive Director at Barclays, Jones Apparel, and Oakley. Frits has also served numerous other boards: The EuropeanAmerican Industrial Council (as Chairman), The U.S.-India and U.S.-China business councils, and The Center for Environmental Leadership in Business at Conservation International. He is currently a member of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Authority advisory board. Frits holds a BA in Economics and Biology from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. At Harvard, he was a Teaching Fellow in Economics. Originally from the Netherlands, Frits holds dual U.S. and Dutch citizenship. A passionate traveler, he speaks ﬁve languages and has visited 115 countries. In his free time, he enjoys endurance sports, including marathons and triathlons. He has been married since 1990 and has three children.
15:00 - 15:30
Business models are looking to upend the status quo and bring a certain, special type of mindset and approach to growth. Hear from the few challengers - how they bring change to their industry and what we can learn (or embrace).
Executive Director, London, VaynerMedia
Eric Fulwiler is a sought-after expert, contributor, and speaker on key developments in and the future of social media and communications. Eric is executive director of the London office of digital agency VaynerMedia, whose clients include General Electric, Pepsico, Unilever and Anheuser-Busch InBev, among others. Previously, Eric worked at Mullen Lowe Group, an international full-service agency headquartered in NYC and London, which works with brands including Google, JetBlue Airlines, American Honda Motors, and Bose Audio.
Managing Director, OC "Organizational Consultants"
Maha Abouelenein is one of the MENA region’s top communications executives. From working with tech giants like Google and Netflix to homegrown regional brands like Careem and Orascom, Maha has built her career advising Fortune 500 companies, high growth tech startups, and top government bodies in the USA, UAE, and Egypt. She is the founder of Organizational Consultants, and founder of DigitalandSavvy.com a blog about communications in the Middle East. Raised and educated in Minnesota (USA) to Egyptian parents, she is home in both West and Arab worlds. She thrives on storytelling, building scalable campaigns, and thought leadership. Maha is a Mentor in Residence for TechStars and works with start-ups across the region to learn how to maximize their reputation currency and communicate better.
Regional Manager, Innovation & Accelerators, Nestle
Falak Jalil is a marketer with over a decade of brand and innovation management experience at global FMCG giants like Nestle, Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser. Her experience ranges in complexity from Personal and Home Care to Foods brands, leading iconic global brands like Dettol, Nesquik, Dove & Magnum.
Career highlights include winning 2 global awards for Lifebuoy, a Regional Marketing Excellence award for launching a new brand, and a myriad of local advertising excellence awards. She was also a judge in the 2017 Campaign Asia Awards for South Asia.
In her current role, she is responsible for leading innovations for the breakfast cereal category in Nestle for 10 markets in GULF & LEVANT.
Founding Partner, enhance; Co-CEO, joigifts.com
Ritesh Tilani is a serial entrepreneur and investor, with venture capital, blue chip MNC and top-tier global consulting experience. Ritesh is currently Founding Partner at 'enhance', a holding company consisting of online businesses that provide life-enhancing services to consumers. enhance has also formed strategic alliances with leading international VCs to support their portfolio companies with growing their businesses in the Middle East. enhance's current portfolio includes joi (www.joigifts.com), the leading online gift platform in the Middle East and Medigo (www.medigo.com), a global disruptor in the medical travel space. In addition, Ritesh is as a mentor, advisor, angel investor and board member to multiple startups and accelerators, a regular speaker and judge at various events and startup competitions, and the former Head of UAE at iMENA Group, making him an active player in the region’s startup ecosystem. He has also been a consultant with Bain & Company’s Singapore Office, and the Head of Strategy for MENA at Nokia. Ritesh is a native of the UAE with over 25 years of experience in the region. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from INSEAD.
15:30 - 16:00
In an age where IoT is integrated into the every-day life of the guests and hotel staff alike, it’s critical that Cybersecurity is on top of the priority list. The question you need to ask yourself is: do I feel safe in Cyber-Space? What’s at risk, my money, my brand, or both?
Chief Executive Officer, RANt Cyberscurity
From the first batch of true digital natives, Richard has grown up with technology as part of his everyday life. Solving real world problems and improving the lives of others has been a constant source of fascination and reward for him.
A natural-born solution-provider and entrepreneur, Richard naturally took to Business and Technology early in his career. Following a solid 12 years in network engineering and security, he co-founded his first start-up in 2009 which specialised in the, at the time, nascent genres of Cloud computing, Enterprise Mobility and Mobile Device Security.
He went on to be instrumental in a number of successful start-ups within 'People Analytics' and Cybersecurity, culminating with RANt; a managed service provider that takes a fresh, risk-based approach to Cybersecurity. The ultimate goal of RANt is to protect your most precious asset; your Brand.
16:00 - 16:20
Modern Leadership positions demands that you spend a large chunk of the year travelling around the globe. Take it from an expert who has trained and conditioned a World Champion F1 racer, there are better ways to do it
Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist, Kimi Räikkönen
Mark Arnall is a world renowned health and fitness professional with 21 years of experience working in Formula 1. Over the past 16 years Mark has been a Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist to F1 driver Kimi Räikkönen and prior to that worked with Mika Häkkinen and David Coulthard. Mark has worked at Ferrari, McLaren and Lotus and won 3 World Championships with his Drivers.
16:20 - 16:50
Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies are changing the way governments and financial entities are doing business. What change does it hold in store for hospitality and your investment?
Chief Executive Officer, Winding Tree
Maksim Izmaylov is an entrepreneur with background in software engineering and law. He thinks that blockchain and other technologies can help us create a better world, e.g. reduce inequality.
He founded two travel startups, Roomstorm and Winding Tree, and Travel Tech Con, a conference for startups and software engineers from the travel industry. Currently, Maksim is working on Winding Tree, a decentralized marketplace for the $7T travel industry that is dominated by just a handful of large corporations.
16:50 - 17:10
Creating products and experiences which tap into this fast growing, affluent millennial segment. Should you adapt your business model
Tim Sae Koo
Chief Executive Officer, Tint
Tim Sae Koo is the CEO and co-founder of TINT, a content marketing platform that has helped over
5000+ active brands in 172 countries collect their best community content and display it dynamically
onto any marketing channel to increase marketing performance.
Tim built the company to be profitable within 4 months of launch and has helped TINT grow to 35
employees in five locations around the globe. Working with brands like Krispy Kreme, Atlantis, T-Mobile,
iHeartMedia, and more, TINT has extensive experience to help brands create authentic storytelling
experiences. When he’s not putting out fires in the company, he focuses most of his time on creating a
unique company culture, which has led his team to be the most profitable, least funded company in the
space. Outside of work, he enjoys diving onto the floor while playing volleyball, sitting on the floor
practicing meditation, and laying on the floor reading while people watching at parks.
17:10 - 17:30
In a world where it is increasingly difficult to cut through the noise and foster customer loyalty, what can the hotel world learn from high-end retailers?
Thuy Tranthi Rieder
Group Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Rosewood Hotel Group
In her role, Thuy is responsible for creating and driving innovative branding, communications, marketing and sales strategies to increase awareness, capture market share and build profitable growth for the group. She has over 20 years’ marketing, sales and general management experience leading global teams in consumer, luxury and hospitality brands.
Prior to joining Rosewood Hotel Group, Thuy held chief global marketing leadership roles and was a member of the executive boards of two luxury goods and fashion subsidiaries of the Richemont Group, Chloé and Lancel where she led all advertising, PR, events, digital, social media, publishing CRM, architecture and visual merchandising teams to define and implement results-driven global brand strategy.
Thuy started her career in the finance industry with Wall Street. After stints with Disney and Elizabeth Arden, she subsequently spent nearly a decade with LVMH, Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, commencing in corporate strategic planning and e-commerce before taking on several senior management positions, including U.S. President of Céline, U.S. President of Thomas Pink and General Manager Hawaii of Louis Vuitton, where she spearheaded the development of profitable retail networks and creative brand awareness campaigns.
Thuy received her Bachelor of Arts in economics from Barnard College, Columbia University. She subsequently earned her M.Phil. in development economics from Cambridge University and her MBA from Harvard University.
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