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Fiji Rugby Sevens
Ben Ryan is one of the most in-demand speakers of the year. Organizations and audiences around the world want to hear from the man who is fast achieving legendary status as one of the greatest coaches of his generation.
Associate Partner, Global Watson Leader
Kanishka Agiwal leads IBM's Cognitive Solutions, Watson, for the Travel & Transportation industry globally. His primary areas of focus are around personalization, deep cognitive behavior and next-gen analytical capabilities, omni-channel strategy, new revenue generation, mobility, loyalty solutions to create a differentiated experience for both T&T clients and their customers. He works extensively across global markets with significant stints in all geographies and major countries.
Charles (Chuck) Ehredt is a serial entrepreneur and has participated in 23 innovative companies as a business angel investor. Over the course of his career, he has focused on helping companies align the right technologies to achieve meaningful business objectives. As CEO and Co-founder of Currency Alliance, Chuck is leading the effort to help loyalty programs extend their platforms using cloud technologies and Blockchain to enhance the real value of loyalty currencies for customers in a more open ecosystem of trading partners.
E. Horner & Associates Pty Ltd.
In 1989, Ted Horner launched a consulting to the hospitality industry. He is now widely respected as Australia's leading consultant in this area. In 1996, he launched Australia's first dedicated hospitality technology exhibition and conference. Today this event is still going, and it is now called Hotel Operations Technology (HOT). In 2002, he was a founding member of HTNG and today he is an Executive Advisor to HTNG. In 2004, he was the first non-US person to be elected to the HITEC Technology Hall of Fame for his contribution to the advancement of technology in the hospitality industry. Since the early 90's he has traveled extensively throughout the world to speak at many hospitality technology conferences and has written many articles on technology that have been published all over the world.
A technologist who started his career writing video games, Brian has over 20 years of experience in travel technology. Having been heavily involved in SITA's Blockchain implementations and PoCs, he has knowledge of both the low level technical intricacies of teh technology as well as regulatory and industry implications of its adoption. As CTO of OpenJaw Technologies, his current focus is Asia and the rolling out of e-Commerce platforms at scale to the Chinese airline market.
Graeme has in excess of 20 years experience of technology within the hospitality industry. He is the founder of Veridicum, a company specialising in Assurance, Benchmarking and Consultancy with respect to hospitality technology. Having initially started in hospitality technology working in a finance role for Quadriga, he left to start as iBAHN’s first employee in EMEA and subsequently became Managing Director for the region building that division over a 14 year period before deciding to leave to found Veridicum. He has a particular interest in using the data available from hotel WiFi networks to improve the offering to guests. Graeme has a BSc. (Econ.) from the London School of Economics and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He has been a member of the Advisory Boards for both the International Hotel Investment Forum and the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference.
Hospitality Technology Network
Douglas Rice is an industry leader in the global hospitality technology industry. He advises hotels, technology providers, and investors on strategic technology planning, market development, funding, and mergers and acquisitions. He sits on boards of directors of two hospitality technology providers and on advisory boards of three others. Douglas was a founder of HTNG and served as its first chief executive from 2004 to 2015, following 15 years as a strategy consulting advising hotels and technology vendors. Douglas was the 2012 inductee into HFTP’s International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame; is the sole recipient of the Lifetime “Most Valued” Award from China Hospitality Technology Alliance; and was featured in a 2008 Hotel Business cover story as one of the most influential technology executives in hospitality. He has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences around the world and has authored dozens of published articles. Douglas earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics with honors at Dartmouth College and an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School.
Chris Ruff is an entrepreneur that has a passion for new technology and disruptive business opportunities. Chris has spent 20+ years, in various executive leadership roles in the software, mobile and IoT industries.
VP Travel & Hospitality
Andrew Sanders has held executive and sales leadership positions at global companies specializing in enterprise hospitality technology solutions for over 20 years. Andrew began his career at McDonnell Douglas Information Systems in the UK, leading sales, development and project management of a leading domestic hotel central reservations software platform. Still serving hospitality enterprise customers, he continued to lead the strategic development and large system sales of unified PMS-CRS solutions in the UK, eventually moving to the USA in 2000 with the acquisition of an NJ-based PMS solution vendor (M Corp).
Finn Schulz (64), Danish national, has a 43-year international career within Westin Hotels, SAS International Hotels, Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts and Carlson-Rezidor Hotels behind him. Originally educated as an engineer with low voltage systems as speciality, he joined Westin Hotels (then Western International Hotels) in Copenhagen during the opening of their first hotel in Europe.