MARCH 28-30, 2017 RAI AMSTERDAM CONVENTION CENTRE
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

2018 COMING SOON!

 

HITEC AMSTERDAM 2017 SPEAKERS & PANELISTS 

Carson Booth, CHTP

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Carson Booth, CHTP
Former VP, Global Property Technology

Booth is a former vice president of global property technology, and the current chairman of the HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council.

Fergus Boyd

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Fergus Boyd
VP/Director of Digital & IT
YOTEL Ltd

Boyd is the vice president of digital and IT at Yotel Ltd, the innovative hotel start-up in the new “affordable luxury” sector. He has 20 years of experience in the airline world and the digital media sector. Fergus has been nominated into the CIO 100 list for 2016 and 2017. Prior to YOTEL, Fergus headed up eBusiness for Virgin Atlantic, and was responsible for sales optimisation on the market leading and award winning www.virginatlantic.com web site which generated over £300m pa, and for the mobile channel, live chat, web analytics, voice of the customer and the global affiliate programme. Fergus held senior roles in British Airways and headed up projects in BA’s Brands & Product Development department who created the market changing flat beds in business class. He also was one of the founding members of “eBA”, BA’s dotcom startup in 2000 which later transformed into BA.com which now turns over £2B pa.

Marco Correia

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Marco Correia
Head of IT
Belmond 

Correia is head of IT at Belmond. 

Anthony Ganjou

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Anthony Ganjou
CEO
Meshh 

Ganjou is CEO at Meshh.
 

Chris Garland

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Chris Garland
Consultant

Garland is a consultant as well as a current director on the 2016-2017 HFTP Global Board.

Alvaro Hidalgo

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Alvaro Hidalgo
Managing Partner
First Logic Consulting 

Hidalgo is managing partner at First Logic Consulting as well as a member on the HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council.

Jan Jaap van Roon

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Jan Jaap van Roon
CEO
IreconU

Jaap van Roon is CEO at IreconU.

Timo Kettern

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Timo Kettern
IT Director
Lapithus Hotel Management 

Kettern is director of information technology at Lapithus Hotel Management GmbH as well as a member of the HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council. At LHM he is responsible for all aspects of information technology at hotel and corporate level. He is also responsible for all guest-facing technologies at hotels and all back-of-house systems. Kettern looks after the corporate networks including their security. Most of his time is spent integrating newly acquired hotels into the Lapithus IT infrastructure. He also serves at the EAME IT Sub Committee of the IHG Owners Association.

Phil Le Brun

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Phil Le Brun
VP, Global Technology Development 
McDonald's Corporation 

Le Brun is vice president of global technology development at McDonald’s Corporation as well as a member of the HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council

Diana Bande Martinez

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Diana Bande Martinez
Student Ambassador
Ecole Hôtèliere de Lausanne

Martinez is a student ambassador at Ecole Hôtèliere de Lausanne. 

Mark McCulloch

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Mark McCulloch
Founder & CEO
WE ARE Spectacular

Mark has 15 years experience in brand, marketing, digital, social and public relations. He started life at the British music magazines (marketing them to students), then worked in agencies back in 2002 before jumping the fence to work client side at lastminute.com where he rose to Head of Brand, then moved to senior positions at Barclaycard, YO! Sushi, Blinkbox Music & Pret A Manger. 

Jose Medio, CIPP/US, CIPP/E

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Jose Medio, CIPP/US, CIPP/E
Managing Director
Privalis Group

Medio is one of the founders of Privalis Group created to address a fundamental problem with the emergence of new business practices and technology and the perpetual evolution in privacy and data regulation.   

Ian Millar, CHTP

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Ian Millar, CHTP
Professor of IT
Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

Millar is professor of information technology at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne as well as a member on the HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council.

Sophie Pommois

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Sophie Pommois
Project Director, Global Distribution
GHA

Pommois is project director of global distribution at GHA as well as a member of the HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council.

Nick Price

Moderator and Speaker

Nick Price
CIO
citizenM 

Price is CIO at citizenM Hotels as well as a director on the HFTP 2017-2017 Global Board and an inductee to the HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame.

David Pryde

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David Pryde
Director of IT
Red Carnation Hotel Collection

Pryde is director of information technology and procurement at Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

Arlene Ramirez, CHAE, CHE, CHIA, MBA

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Arlene Ramirez, CHAE, CHE, CHIA, MBA
Principal 
ADR Hospitality Consulting

Ramirez is principal at ADR Hospitality Consulting as well as the current HFTP 2016-2017 Immediate Past President.

Mark Read

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Mark Read
Director of IT
Firmdale Hotels PLC

Read is the director of IT at Firmdale Hotels PLC.

Terence Ronson

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Terence Ronson
Managing Director
Pertlink Limited

Terence Ronson is a managing director at Pertlink Limited as well as an Official HITEC Amsterdam Guest Blogger. 

Kay Schwabedal

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Kay Schwabedal
General Manager
HoReCa.digital

Schwabedal is general manager at HoReCa.digital.

Samir Sharma

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Samir Sharma
CEO
Datazuum

Sharma is CEO at Datazuum.

Pete Simpson

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Pete Simpson
SVP, Global Business Technology 
Protel Hotelsoftware

Simpson is SVP of global business technology at Protel Hotelsoftware. As former CEO of a successful Australian ITC Integration and Consulting company, Simpson spent 16 years with Micros in various technical roles, the last being SVP of Global Business Technology. He launched MICROS hosting initiatives in 2003 and saw the EMEA Cloud Services grow from non-existent to $98mil in 2015. Micros was acquired by Oracle in June 2014 and Simpson left Oracle in June 2015 to work as an Independent business technology consultant for various hospitality software, venture capital and investment companies. In January 2017, he joined Protel Hotelsoftware to lead their protel I/O project. Simpson is currently working with Protel developers to build an Enterprise Hospitality Framework based on ESB technology, that will provide tight integration of core property operations, distribution, guest experience, enterprise data and enhanced retailin.

Paul Squires

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Paul Squires
Business Development Manager, Hospitality
EMEA Aruba

Squires is business development manager of hospitality at EMEA Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. 

Barry Thomas, CHTP

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Barry Thomas, CHTP
Area Director, IT
Rosewood London

Thomas is area director of information technology at Rosewood London as well as a member of the HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council

Michael Toedt

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Michael Toedt
Managing Partner and CEO
Dailypoint

Stefan Tweraser

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Stefan Tweraser
CEO
Snapshot

Tweraser is CEO at Snapshot. 

Richard Valtr

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Richard Valtr
Hotelier
The Emblem Hotel

Valtr is a hotelier at The Emblem Hotel

Diederick van Gool

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Diederick van Gool
Business Development Manager, Travel and Leisure 
Worldpay

Van Gool is business development manager of travel and leisure EMEA at Worldpay. After graduating from Les Roches in Switzerland with a degree in Hotel Management, he worked in several high profile hotel chains in London. He then moved into commercial positions across different industries before joining Worldpay in their Amsterdam office five years ago. Became an expert in the field of online payments for the travel sector, with vast knowledge and experience of the hotel industry. Van Gool is dedicated to supporting hotels with the right payment solutions.

Steve Waldron

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Steve Waldron
CFO/CIO
Grange Hotels

Waldron is CFO/CIO at Grange Hotels.

Derek Wood

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Derek Wood
Managing Director
Derek Wood Associates Ltd 

Wood is managing director at Derek Wood Associates Ltd as well as a current director on the 2016-2017 HFTP Global Board. 

Lyle Worthington, CHTP

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Lyle Worthington, CHTP
CIO
The Student Hotel

Worthington is CIO at The Student Hotel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and is currently serving as the 2016-2017 HFTP Global President. Previously, Worthington was a respected hospitality technology consultant who specialized in project management, strategic planning, decision making, critical thinking and people management. He is the concept originator for HFTP's successful hospitality technology pitch competition, Entrepreneur 20X. He is a regular contributor to Hospitality Upgrade, Hotel Yearbook, HFTP Connect and The Bottomline. Worthingon also regularly speaks at HFTP and hospitality industry events on a variety of topics.

Frank Wolfe, CAE

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Frank Wolfe, CAE
CEO
HFTP

Wolfe joined HFTP in March 1991 as the association's director of education. He became executive vice president/CEO of HFTP in 1994, and at that time was one of the youngest association CEO's in North America. As HFTP’s CEO, Wolfe oversees the association’s operations, as well as represents the association worldwide at industry events, on industry boards and committees and via the news media. As the spokesperson for HFTP, Wolfe frequently speaks on hospitality finance, technology, social media and travel issues to varied audiences and has presented in more than 25 countries. Read More>

Nancy Wolff

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Nancy Wolff
VP, Hotel Systems
Jumeriah Group

Wolff is vice president of hotel systems at Jumeriah Group, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts.

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