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NICKY STYRIS

NICKY STYRIS

Media Presenter & Reporter

MC of the day

James Doolan

James Doolan

Strategic Director

Hotel Council Aotearoa

LANI HAGAMAN

LANI HAGAMAN

Chair

Hotel Council Aotearoa

RUTH HOGAN

RUTH HOGAN

Editor

HM magazine

JAMES WILKINSON

JAMES WILKINSON

AHICE global Chair and Convenor; Editor-In-Chief

HM magazine

JACQUI PAURINI

JACQUI PAURINI

National Talent Acquisition Manager

Accor New Zealand

MEL ALEXANDER

MEL ALEXANDER

General Manager – Hotel Operations

Scenic Hotel Group

Sophie Beever

Sophie Beever

Design Principal

Furnz Group

Scott Armstrong

Scott Armstrong

Director, Development ‑ AUS/NZ

Choice Hotels Asia-Pac

Norman Arundel

Norman Arundel

Director – Hotel Operations

EVT

ARMAND BEZUIDENHOUT

ARMAND BEZUIDENHOUT

National Sales – New Zealand

Dormakaba

CRAIG BINNEY

CRAIG BINNEY

Head of People & Culture

Scenic Hotel Group

CHRIS WAITE

CHRIS WAITE

Head of Corporate Affairs, JAPAC

IHG Hotels & Resorts

Toni Brandso

Toni Brandso

Co-Founder & Creative Director

Material Creative

JODI BROWN

JODI BROWN

General Manager

QT Wellington

Cameron Burke

Cameron Burke

Director of Development, Australasia & Pacific

IHG Hotels & Resorts

Matthew Burke

Matthew Burke

Regional Director – Pacific, Japan and Central South Asia

STR

Annabel Burgess

Annabel Burgess

Founder and Chief Sustainability Officer

Third Era Sustainability Consulting

Anthony Capuano

Anthony Capuano

President and Chief Executive Officer

Marriott International, Inc

BEN CHARLTON

BEN CHARLTON

Commercial Director

Mews

VICKI CHOW

VICKI CHOW

Executive Director

Stonewood Group

Tristan Cooper

Tristan Cooper

Director, Hotel Development – Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

Marriott International

Sarah Derry

Sarah Derry

Chief Executive Officer – Pacific

Accor

Audrey de Filippis

Audrey de Filippis

Associate Director & Sector Lead

Ignite Architects

JUSTIN DE LILLE

JUSTIN DE LILLE

Group Chief Executive Officer

Liverton

Anthea Dimitrakopoulos

Anthea Dimitrakopoulos

General Manager – Brand and ESG

The Ascott Limited

JUSTIN DO

JUSTIN DO

Executive Assistant Manager

Sudima Auckland City

Nihat Ercan

Nihat Ercan

Chief Executive Officer Asia Pacific

JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group

Gavin Faull

Gavin Faull

Chairman

Swiss-Belhotel Hotels and Resorts International

Raymond Faulkner

Raymond Faulkner

General Manager

Sofitel Wellington

PATRICK LAYBUTT

PATRICK LAYBUTT

Vice President Operations & Development

Swiss-Belhotel International

Marcel Fuchs

Marcel Fuchs

Managing Director Global Sales

United Airlines

Lauren Joyce

Lauren Joyce

General Manager

Generator NZ

Leanne Graham

Leanne Graham

Executive General Manager

ahs hospitality

Peter Harper

Peter Harper

Managing Director – Head of Investment Sales Australasia

JLL Hotels and Hospitality Group

STUART HARRISON

STUART HARRISON

Managing Director

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels New Zealand

Leanne Harwood

Leanne Harwood

SVP & Managing Director – JAPAC

IHG Hotels & Resorts

Steven Higgins

Steven Higgins

Leader, Key Account Management – Australia & New Zealand LWT APAC

LIXIL Water Technology

Peter Hill

Peter Hill

Director of Development Hotels and Resorts

Event Hospitality

Matt Holmes

Matt Holmes

Vice President of Development – South-East Asia & Pacific Rim

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Craig Hooley

Craig Hooley

Chief Operating Officer

Minor Hotels

Ted Horner

Ted Horner

Managing Director

E Horner & Associates

Laura Cibilich

Laura Cibilich

Co-Founder & Creative Director

Run

EMMA HYNES

EMMA HYNES

Director of Operations, Premium and Essentials – Australasia & Pacific

IHG Hotels & Resorts

SUDESH JHUNJUNWALA

SUDESH JHUNJUNWALA

Founder

Hind Management / Sudima Hotels

VEE KESSNER

VEE KESSNER

Director

Space Studio

Benjamin Krieg

Benjamin Krieg

Area Vice President Strategic Accounts Asia Pacific

FutureLog

Lindsay Leeser

Lindsay Leeser

Chief Development Officer Pacific

Accor

 Phillipa Le Roux

Phillipa Le Roux

Design and Project Director – Architecture, Design and Construction, Australasia

Hilton

KARL LUXON

KARL LUXON

Chief Executive Officer

Scenic Hotel Group

DEBORAH MANNING

DEBORAH MANNING

Founder

KiwiHarvest

David Mansfield

David Mansfield

Managing Director

The Ascott Limited- Australia

DAVID S. MARRIOTT

DAVID S. MARRIOTT

Chair

Marriott International, Inc

LES MORGAN

LES MORGAN

Chief Operating Officer

Sudima Hotels

ROB NEIL

ROB NEIL

Director

Safari Group

RACHAEL NICHOLSON

RACHAEL NICHOLSON

Group General Manager Operations

Heritage Hotel Management

CHRIS ORMISTON

CHRIS ORMISTON

Sales Engineer – APAC

Agilysys

RODGER POWELL

RODGER POWELL

Managing Director

Tourism & Hospitality Services AustralAsia

Tushar Raniga

Tushar Raniga

Regional Director – Development, Australasia

Hilton

Marcus Reinders

Marcus Reinders

Chief Executive Officer

NZ Hotel Holdings

Antony Ritch

Antony Ritch

Chief Executive Officer

TFE Hotels

Mark Ronfeldt

Mark Ronfeldt

Chief Executive Officer

Nesuto – Daiwa Living Group

TIM KEELING

TIM KEELING

General Manager – Queensland, New Zealand & the Pacific

Encore Event Technologies

UDAI SARIN

UDAI SARIN

Chief Executive Officer

Sarin Investments

Ben Schumacher

Ben Schumacher

Vice President of Operations, South East Asia Pacific Rim

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

PAUL GORMAN

PAUL GORMAN

General Manager Business Development

Luxury Escapes

TIM SHERLOCK

TIM SHERLOCK

Managing Director

Pro-invest Developments

James Shields

James Shields

General Manager – Growth & Capital Strategy

The Ascott Limited-Australia

KAREN ORR

KAREN ORR

Sector Decarbonisation Programme Advisor

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)

ANTHONY STANLEY

ANTHONY STANLEY

Director of Performance & Revenue Management

Choice Hotels APAC

NEERAV GORASIA

NEERAV GORASIA

Operations Excellence Manager

Pro-Invest Hotels

RENAE TRIMBLE

RENAE TRIMBLE

Chief Commercial Officer – Pacific

Accor

Matt Tripolone

Matt Tripolone

Managing Director - Australasia & Pacific

IHG Hotels & Resorts

 LYNDA KEENE

LYNDA KEENE

Chief Executive

Tourism Export Council of New Zealand

Lynda Ugarte

Lynda Ugarte

Head of HR – Japan, Australasia and Pacific

IHG Hotels & Resorts

Nick Wayland

Nick Wayland

Founder and CEO

Travmedia

Simon White

Simon White

General Manager Hotel Operations New Zealand

EVT

KELLY WILLIAMSON

KELLY WILLIAMSON

Area Director of Sales and Marketing – New Zealand

IHG Hotels & Resorts

Sally Attfield

Sally Attfield

Head of Services

FIFA

ADRIAN WILLIAMS

ADRIAN WILLIAMS

Senior Vice President Operations

Accor

Jeffrey Van Vorsselen

Jeffrey Van Vorsselen

Regional Vice President, Operations – Pacific & South East Asia

Langham Hospitality Group

Geoff Ballotti

Geoff Ballotti

CEO

Wyndham Hotel Group

Franz Mascarenhas

Franz Mascarenhas

Managing Director

Cordis Auckland

Anne Gill

Anne Gill

Senior Vice President, Commercial

Accor Pacific

Shantha De Silva

Shantha De Silva

Chief Operating Officer – Hotels

Pro-Invest Group

Tim Alpe

Tim Alpe

Managing Director

TriO Capital

Raymond Otene McKay

Raymond Otene McKay

Ngaati Mahuta, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Pūkeko; Co-Founder & Creative Director

Run

David Perks

David Perks

Chair

Regional Tourism New Zealand

Julie White

Julie White

Strategic Advisor

Hospitality New Zealand

LUCY ACOTT

LUCY ACOTT

Head of Brand & Marketing

Rydges Hotels & Resorts

LISA HOPKINS

LISA HOPKINS

CEO

Business Events Industry Aotearoa

Ginni Post

Ginni Post

Managing Director

GP Communications

Christine Hurring

Christine Hurring

Director of Workplace Experience

Sudima Hotels

Nick Thompson

Nick Thompson

Director

JLL New Zealand Hotels and Hospitality

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