Managing Partner, FIRSTLOGIC Consulting
SPAIN

Former Director, Morocco at ENEFIT, the largest oil shale processing company in the world.

Previously CFO at ASCARI RACE RESORT, Spain.

Known for strategy analysis & implementation, market entry, project planning, and compliance with multiple legal & financial frameworks.

Alvaro Hidalgo

Chair: Alvaro Hidalgo

Former Director of Business Development Hotels & Resorts, EMEA for Agilysys.

Previously Regional VP of Sales EMEA with infor (SoftBrands).

Known for global business direct sales, business mergers, restructuring & assimilation.

Nigel Allport

Nigel Allport

Managing Director Public Sector, Fortalice Solutions
USA

Former Director, Cybersecurity at the Executive Office of the President at The White House.

Previously Chief Security Officer for Congressional Research Service.

Known for designing, implementing, & managing classified networks.

Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey

CIO, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
THE NETHERLANDS

Former Program Manager ING Insurance/Investment Management, Netherlands.

Known for transformation/program management, IT security, data & process optimization.

Sjoerd Blüm

Sjoerd Blüm

General Manager, Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa
UNITED KINGDOM

Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa is the most famous and traditional golf resort in the world.

Former Managing Director at Cameron House, Loch Lomond, Scotland.

Known for team development & mentoring and business turnarounds.

Stephen Carter, OBE

Stephen Carter, OBE

CEO, NextRound Ltd 
UNITED KINGDOM

Dennis Collet

Dennis Collet

Presidente-Chairman, Idiso
SPAIN

Former Executive Vice President Group Marketing & Asia Pacific Region at Meliá Hotels International.

Previously Director of Sales as Disneyland Paris.

Serves on the board of the Economic Council and the Tourism Foundation of the Balearic Islands.

Luis del Olmo Piñero

Luis del Olmo Piñero

Director of Finance, Luxury, Splendid Hospitality
UNITED KINGDOM

Former Director of Finance at The Langham Hotels and Resorts.

Known for international corporate market structure, driving change management, business transformation, financial & business strategies.

Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington

Chief Operations Officer, VENZA, Inc.
USA

Co-Founder of VENZA, Inc.

Know for formulating & operationalizing industry-wide best practices.

Expert witness for Federal Reserve.

Formerly President of Music for Charities.

Daniel Johnson

Daniel Johnson

Director IT, Lapithus Hotel Management GmbH

GERMANY

Member of IHG Owners Association Europe IT Committee.

Known for corporate network securities, asset management, hotel operations, re-branding, strategic re-positioning & franchise.

Timo E. Kettern

Timo E. Kettern

Research Managing Director, Universität Bremen
GERMANY

Specializes in IT Security Law, Member of the European Academy of Freedom of Information and Data Protection.

Author of numerous security publications.

Advises the Human Brain Project of the European Commission and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute.

Dr. Dennis-Kenji Kipker

Dr. Dennis-Kenji Kipker

Managing Director, Privalis Group
USA

Former Founder and Chairman of Legalex Group.

Previously Editorial Senior Director at Yahoo!

Known as a senior legal specialist, with the focus on privacy law & international transactions, cross-border data flow & privacy assessments.

Jose Medio, CIPP/us, CIPP/E

Jose Medio, CIPP/us, CIPP/E

Professeur Information Technology, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne
SWITZERLAND

Mentor of Techstars METRO Accelerator, Germany.

Member of Hotel Industry Expert Panel of Singapore Tourism Board.

Advises hotels on upcoming technology trends.

Helps technology start-ups with product development & market penetration.

Ian Millar, CHTP

Ian Millar, CHTP

Technical Services Director, Interstate Europe Hotels & Resorts
UNITED KINGDOM

Former Director of IT - Central London Hotels at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Known for alignment of IT initiatives to business goals and IT Service Management.

Benny Nur

Benny Nur

Chief Financial Officer, Jamie Oliver Group
UNITED KINGDOM

Tara O'Neill

Tara O'Neill

Project Director Global Distribution, Global Hotel Alliance
SWITZERLAND

Former Director Hotel Information Systems at Kempinski Hotels SA.

Previously Manager Sales Systems at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Adliswil CH.

Known for defining and implementing hotel information systems strategies.

Sophie Pommois

Sophie Pommois

Director of Finance, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
UNITED KINGDOM

Former Director of Finance at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Abu Dhabi.

Specializes in accountancy, cost control, forecasting, policy analysis, profit improvements.

Stephanie Timsit

Stephanie Timsit

Director, Sarova Hotels, Ltd.
UNITED KINGDOM

Past President of HEDNA (Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association).

Former Venue Members Chair the Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA).

Rajesh Vohra

Rajesh Vohra

Vice President IT Field Services – EMEA, Hilton Worldwide
UAE

Former Vice President Corporate Systems at Hilton Worldwide in McLean, VA.

Global hospitality experience in corporate and hotel IT.

Known for developing and supporting global applications.

James Wright

James Wright

Associate Director of Info Risk Mgmt, EAME, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
BELGIUM

Known for IT Security Strategy & Compliance.

Certified Ethical Hacker.

Holds 16 security certifications.

Oguz Can Yildirim, CHTP

Oguz Can Yildirim, CHTP

Chief Executive Officer, HFTP
USA

Formerly with the Texas Restaurant Association.

Known for nonprofit legal issues, membership, conferences/tradeshows, certification, board relations. Frequent speaker and author of hospitality technology & hospitality finance issues. 2011 Inductee to the International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame.

Frank I. Wolfe

Frank I. Wolfe

Chief Operations Officer, HFTP
USA

Known for operations, human resources, nonprofit legal issues, membership, conferences/tradeshows, & certification.

Awarded the Professional Excellence Award from the Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE).

Serves as a mentor for the Leadership TSAE and Concordia University Texas.

Lucinda Hart, CAE, MBA

Lucinda Hart, CAE, MBA

COO Europe, HFTP
UNITED KINGDOM

Previously Chief Executive of HOSPA – Hospitality Professionals Association (formerly BAHA).

Former Financial Controller Planning at Noble House Pub Co. Known for hospitality finance, IT, revenue management, & member interests. 2016 HOSPA Outstanding Contribution Award.

Carl Weldon, FIH FHOSPA

Carl Weldon, FIH FHOSPA