Hospitality Indonesia ConferenceSPEAKERS 2023

  • Matt Holmes, Vice President Development, South East Asia & Pacific Rim | Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

    Matt Holmes is the Vice President of Development for South East Asia & Pacific Rim (SEAPR). 
    Based in Gold Coast, Australia, Matt leads a team of developers to drive the development strategy for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts through the expansion of its managed and franchised hotels portfolio across the SEAPR sub-region.  
    Matt brings with him two decades of experience in the tourism sector, out of which 14 years were spent with Wyndham. From 2016 t0 2020 he has served as Wyndham’s Director of Development, Australasia where he played a significant role in driving the company’s regional presence which includes the introduction of the Wyndham Grand and Wyndham Garden brands in Australia as well as the launch of the TRYP by Wyndham brand in New Zealand. Prior to his role with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts in Australasia, Matt spent two years with RCI Pacific and six years with RCI Europe based in London where he was responsible for growing the network of RCI and The Registry Collection affiliated resorts across the entire European region. 

  • Tulsi Grover, Managing Principal | Hassell

    Tulsi focuses his interior design specialization on lifestyle-driven projects; hospitality, F&B, and premium residential properties spanning Asia, Africa, and Australia. Based in Singapore, he contributes to business strategy and design direction within Hassell and leads the design, strategic planning, and client relationships, overseeing prominent projects across the region. His interest lies in evidence-based design and its merger with technology, innovation, and passive design strategies to create experientially empowered projects.

  • Elie Younes, Global Chief Development Officer | Radisson Hotel Group

    Elie Younes leads Radisson Hotel Group’s organic growth and M&A expansions across EMEA and APAC with an international team based across the world.

    Younes has re-engineered Radisson Hotel Group’s development strategy to focus on an asset-right growth and relevant mature and new business concepts in a fast-changing environment. He has a clear vision on delivering a compelling value proposition to investment stakeholders and is on a mission to have this executed.

    Younes’s cultural background and lifestyle accelerates his stamina and ability to be nimble, anticipate and act fast. A Lebanese national and English citizen, Younes began his career in managerial roles in his home country, before joining HVS in London in 2001. He progressed quickly to the position of Director and a Designate MD with HVS within 5 years. He also authored a number of publications on hotel performance assessments and investments. In 2007, he joined Starwood in London as Senior Director of Acquisitions and Development. His next move took him to Hilton Hotels Worldwide as Vice President Development, based in Dubai, before joining Radisson Hotel Group (formerly The Rezidor Hotel Group) in 2010, as Vice President of Business Development for the Middle East and Africa.

    Younes is fluent in English, French and Arabic. He is educated in Beirut, Paris, New York and London, at universities like Notre Dame, IMHI/Essec, Insead, Cornell University, Johnson Graduate Business School and City University.

    He is a keen sportsman practicing martial arts with a competitive flair and an obsession for continuous improvement and self-development. Elie lives in a partnership and is a devoted father of a daughter and a son.  

  • Ramzy Fenianos, Chief Development Officer | Radisson Hotel Group

    Ramzy Fenianos is Chief Development Officer, Asia Pacific at Radisson Hotel Group. He oversees all aspects of the group’s regional development activities, which includes leading the Asia Pacific development team in identifying new opportunities to drive growth and strategic expansion of our hotel portfolio.

    With more than 15 years of experience in the real estate and hospitality sectors, Ramzy has held key positions with several major companies, including Bouygues Real Estate, Dubai Holding Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Minor Hotel Group.

    Ramzy is fluent in three languages, French, English and Arabic, and holds a master’s in real estate finance from Ecole Superieure des Professions Immobiliere (ESPI) and an Advanced Certificate in Real Estate & Hotel Investment from Cornell University.

    He is currently based out of Radisson Hotel Group Asia Pacific’s office in Singapore.

  • Ankit Tandon, CBO & CEO Southeast Asia and Middle East | OYO

    Ex management consultant with experience across strategy, sales and marketing, lean operations, large scale transformations, and capability building programs. Prior industry experience in new business build, FMCG operations, and project management. 
    Currently working on redefining hospitality at OYO. Built OYOs mid-market hotel business from scratch - portfolio includes OYO Townhouse, OYO Flagship, Collection O and OYO SilverKey. Also built multiple capability stacks at OYO - operations, design & transformation, R&M, L&D etc. Currently, as the CBO lead the GPMO (global projects management office) - responsible for cross-functional and cross geo projects, BPM (business performance management) team - responsible for costs and internal/external reporting, FSS (financial shared services) & PSCM teams, and global M&A for OYO. As CEO SEAME, lead P&L for all SEAME markets (Indonesia, Malaysia, Middle East, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam)

  • Javier Salgado, Executive Vice President | Nilamani Hotels

    Javier has over 20 years of Global experience in hotel development and asset management across four Continents; with the privilege of having worked for various international hotel operators before assuming a C-Level role in his family business of Hotel Owners in Indonesia.

    He started as an M&A analyst at one of the world’s largest tourist holdings (TUI) and he made his way through several promotions in other reputable companies such as Barceló, NH Hotels, JLL, and Radisson Hotel Group. Mr. Javier has been mostly focused on managing hotel transactions, asset management, development and strategic advisory.

    At Nilamani Hotels, he is part of the Board and Executive Committee and he is responsible for overlooking and supervising the commercial structure as well as the operations of the existing portfolio of 3 large beachfront resorts in Bali, owned by the family and managed independently. He is also actively engaged in the business development of new opportunities for the Group.

  • Rio Kondo, VP Development, Indonesia & Malaysia | Accor

    Rio has more than 35 years of training and experience in the hotel, serviced apartment and tourism industries including two years as a corporate marketing and information systems specialist at the head quarter of Hilton International. Through posts in Jakarta, Nusa Dua (Bali), Colombo (Sri Lanka), New York, Washington D.C., Newark (New Jersey) and Tokyo, Rio has been exposed to management of fine hotels with Hilton International, Hyatt International, Mandarin Oriental, Imperial of Tokyo and Accor. More recently, Rio was responsible as the Director of Operations for the development of the Ascott Jakarta condominium and serviced apartment project. He also served as a director at PT Procon Indah/Jones Lang LaSalle (Jones Lang Wootton then) International Property Consultants in Jakarta. His areas of specialty were Residential Sales and Leasing, and Office Leasing.

    Before joining Accor in May of 2013, for 15 years since 1998, Rio represented Horwath HTL (Horwath Asia Pacific then) in Jakarta where he has focused on the marketing, business development and execution of market and financial feasibility studies, hotel operator search and negotiation, valuations, operational audits, portfolio reviews, strategic hotel asset management planning and hotel due diligence for acquisition in Jakarta, Bali, Yogyakarta and Bandung.

    Since 1998 Rio has been actively involved as Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) starting with the Jakarta Chapter and later since 2002 in the central board of the association, including involvement in the tourism chamber of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN) in 2009 and 2010. Rio is one of a handful of certified assessors for hotel’s star classification and has assessed over 50 hotels throughout Indonesia since 2003.

    Rio is an Indonesian national of Japanese descendant and fluent in Indonesian, English and Japanese.

  • Satria Wei, Director of Hospitality Services | Collliers International Indonesia

    Graduated from hotel management and economic management program, with more than 32 years of experience in various establishments of hospitality services in Indonesia and overseas has proven his expertise in managing hotels under the big name of worldwide hotel chain companies.

    Started his career with the luxurious Aman Resorts International in Bali and laddering up promptly into some key positions in 5-star International Chain Hotels, Condominium & Serviced Apartments and prestigious Golf & Country Clubs in Indonesia and China for solid brands such as Melia Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels, IHG, Hainan Airlines Group, Rainwood Pine Valley Private Golf Resort, Ciputra Group, Jababeka Group, Maya Resorts Indonesia, PHM Hospitality, a subsidiary company of the biggest integrated tourism company in South East Asia – Panorama Group and MNC Land Bali, a subsidiary company of the biggest media company in Indonesia called MNC Group provided an asset management and operation assistance towards some prestigious integrated resort projects such as Trump Resort Lido, Trump Resort Bali and Park Hyatt Jakarta. Managing Director of Hotelivate, an integrated hospitality consultant. Currently serve as Director of Hospitality Services of Colliers International Indonesia and Founder of Hita Hospitality Management, a hospitality operator.

  • Askar Kamis, Founder & Director of Business Development | IDHotelier

    Askar DG KAMIS is hospitality graduate of Politeknik Negeri Bali and he got his MicroMaster of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University on International Hospitality Management.

    He has over 25+ years in hospitality industry with several international hotel chains; Accor, Swiss Belhotel International, Golden Tulip and The Patra Bali.

    He is a Master Trainer of Google Gapura Digital, a programs that support Indonesian Small and Medium Enterprises to advance their business through digital.

    And he has taken an active role as a Mentor and Expert on The Tourism Recovery Program by Enpact, Berlin which supporting businesses across Egypt, Mexico, South Africa and Kenya supporting tourism & travel entrepreneurs.
    He is the founder of, a global content distribution channel for travel and hospitality industry. IDHotelier want to be preferred partner of hotel in content marketing to improve brand awareness as well as highlight hotel value proposition with relevant and quality content.

    Last but Not Least, He is a member of Badan Promosi Pariwisata Daerah ( Regional Tourism Promotion Agency ) of West Nusa Tenggara Province

  • Armand Steinmeyer, Vice President, Business Development | Tauzia and The Ascott Limited

    With over 10 years’ experience in hospitality management, investment planning and account management, Armand Steinmeyer is currently the Vice President of Business Development at The Ascott Ltd driving growth across Serviced Residence and Hotel brands and responsible for the development of strategic partnerships and management agreements worldwide excluding China. Beyond strategic growth, Armand is a strong advocate for product innovation and integrating hospitality development into supporting local and national tourism. Armand joined The Ascott Ltd from Tauzia Hotel Management where he was Head of Business Development for Tauzia Hotel Management growing Indonesia’s portfolio and expansion into South East Asia. Armand has graduated from the London School of Economics.

  • Haris Susanto, Managing Director | Ambarrukmo Group

    Haris Susanto is the Managing Director of Ambarrukmo Group Yogyakarta which was established in 2004 and manages Four Hotel Properties and Two shopping malls to date in Special Region of Yogyakarta. Ambarrukmo Brand with its vast history, rich culture, and heritage has been rejuvenated by Ambarrukmo Group to be more familiarized in the current Society. Haris aims to bring Ambarrukmo Group to be one of the top Hospitality, Retail, and Property Solutions provider in Indonesia by bringing Unique Javanese Culture and Traits as values driven inside Daily Business Operations.

    Haris started his Journey in Ambarrukmo Group from Observing to actual Managing Business Operations since 2010. Haris started his management journey by Innovating and Implementing Creative Ideas to support Business Operations through Activation Creation, Brand Rejuvenation, and Community Engagement. He also understood that the strength of Ambarrukmo brand was powerful and Haris prepared strategies internally and externally to deepen Company’s Value & Brand Understanding for Stakeholders to be in tune with.

    Since 2010, Haris has successfully pre-opened Three Hotels & One Shopping Mall in Yogyakarta, also successfully improve and develop Ambarrukmo’s Brand Recognition in the National Market and Domestic Community. Haris believes that Javanese Culture, Heritage, and Values can become a unique example of how strong one of Indonesian Values when incorporated in the current Society-Economy landscape and entities. 

  • Alfonso Pardede, President Director | Flores Prosperindo

    Mr. Alfonso Pardede was appointment as President Director of Flores Prosperindo in 2018. In addition, Mr. Pardede also serves as the Director of Project & Business International of PT TanaMori Makmur Indonesia.

    TanaMori, Labuan Bajo with 246 Hectares Land Size would be develop as a World Class Sustainable Tourism Destination.
    Cooperated with World Class Consultants such as Arup - UK, WATG - USA, PDW - Indonesia and Colliers International, TanaMori would be develop with Hotel/Resort, MICE, Exclusive Villa/Residential, Theme Park, Marine World, Marina, RDE - Retail Dining Entertainment and other supporting Facilities.

    TanaMori got fully supported from Central Government, Local Government and other Stake Holders until today to become host of ASEAN Leadership Summit in this 2023. In August 2022 TanaMori got funding from Australia through IA CEPA Katalis to prepare Sustainable Criteria as Guide Line, Training Program (Empowering Local Community) and Investment Prospectus for Australian Investor.

    In 2021, Mr. Pardede was appointed as Deputy Head for the Standing Committee of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Field of Spatial and Regional Agrarian. Prior to this role, he served as Deputy Head for the Standing Committee of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Filed of Economic Zone Development from 2015 to 2021.

    Mr. Alfonso Pardede was featured as a speaker for several National & International Events held by IIPC Singapore, IIPC Sydney, IIPC London - UK, Bappenas PINA, IA CEPA Katalis, AIBC - Australia Indonesia Business Council National Conference, SISP - Sweden Indonesia Sustainable Partnership and others.

  • John Nielsen, General Manager | Fivelements Retreat Bali

    Multilingual Hospitality Director with extensive senior management and entrepreneurial experience of Hospitality and Education operations across Asia, Europe and Australia.

    Proven background in improving operational turnaround and driving profitability through clear strategic assessment and strong analytical and financial management skills. Recognized as a leader who places emphasis on effective team building, coaching and mentoring staff to realize peak performance and providing superior customer service.

    Experienced in leading food and beverage organizations across a wide range of formats and blending expertise with “out the box” thinking to turn new concepts or turnarounds into reality. A specialist & passionate expertise in wine, with a reputation for optimizing a wine cellar in terms of service and ensuring a best fit with the hotel’s needs and brand position. 

  • Gavin Faull, Chairman and President | Swiss-Belhotel International

    Gavin Faull is a business graduate of Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand (B.C.A.). He has worked in New Zealand and Hong Kong with International Chartered accounting firms. He has over 40+ years in the hospitality industry for hotel management, operations and corporate development with The Peninsula Group (Hong Kong), Kingsgate International and Swiss-Belhotel International. He is now the Chairman, President, and Executive Director of Swiss-Belhotel International.

    He was a former Chief Executive of Kingsgate International Corporation Limited, a publicly listed hotel-owning and Management Company in Australia and New Zealand, Director and shareholder of the Mawland Management Group – Australia, Director and Investor in numerous private sectors, including agricultural, property, management, and consulting companies He ia also a major shareholder and managing director of 400-hectare 1,200-cow award-winning dairy unit in North Taranaki, New Zealand.

    He is a fellow member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (FCA, ANZ), the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), the Institute of Directors, Certified Director of the Institute of Directors and Justice of the Peace (J.P.) in New Zealand.  

  • Michael Evanoff, Senior Counsel | BH2I

    Michael Evanoff worked for major law firms in New York and London before joining Hyatt International Corporation in 1984. He served Hyatt International as General Counsel, as Vice President – Development and General Counsel, and as Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

    While at Hyatt International, Mr. Evanoff worked closely with Jay Pritzker, the legendary founder and Chairman of Hyatt, and oversaw the development of approximately 70 Hyatt International hotels worldwide, as well as several casinos and multi-purpose projects.

    Among the investment deals for which Mr. Evanoff was responsible at Hyatt International were the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, the Grand Hyatt Bali, the Park Hyatt Paris, the Park Hyatt Milan, the Grand Hyatt Mumbai, the Grand Hyatt Seoul, the Regency Hotel and Casino (Greece), and the Park Hyatt Zurich.

    Of course, as General Counsel of Hyatt Mr. Evanoff was also responsible for general corporate and commercial matters, compliance, litigation, and intellectual and technology issues

    After serving Hyatt International for 20 years, in 2004 Mr. Evanoff became Chairman of First Oriental Holdings Corporation (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a private equity firm that invests in and develops residential, commercial and hotel properties in Asia. Starting from scratch in 2004, Mr. Evanoff led First Oriental to profits in excess of USD 50,000,000 in 2007 and 2008, a return on investment of more than 200%.

    As First Oriental grew and diversified, in 2009 Mr. Evanoff entered into a partnership with First Oriental’s parent company, the Libra Group, and became Chairman of Marlborough Hospitality Services (Singapore) Pte Ltd (“Marlborough”). In 2011, Mr. Evanoff purchased the Libra Group’s interest in Marlborough, and became the sole owner.

    Marlborough is based in Singapore and provides a range of legal, development and project oversight services for the hospitality and residential housing industries.

    In July of 2022 Mr. Evanoff joined BH2I as Senior Counsel. BH2I is an international law firm with a focus on the hospitality industry, and has offices in Singapore and Bangkok. Mr. Evanoff is now heading up the Singapore office.

    Since leaving Hyatt International, Mr. Evanoff has represented both hotel investors and management companies, and has worked on projects in the U.S., Australia, Greece, Russia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, the Maldives, Madagascar, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, the People’s Republic of China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Japan. He also advises on corporate and commercial law generally, compliance matters, and on franchising and intellectual property and technology issues.

    Mr. Evanoff was educated at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan Law School, and the London School of Economics. He is a member of the New York and U.S. Federal Bars, and is the author of The International Hotel Management Agreement: Origins, Evolution and Its Status Today“, a peer-reviewed paper published by Cornell University (Cornell Hospitality Report, May 2016,, Volume 16, Number 11). He has also published several articles on specific aspects of hotel management agreements, and has lectured at the university level on the hotel development process.

    Generally, Mr. Evanoff is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on the preparation and negotiation of hotel management agreements and related documentation, and on hotel development.  

  • Anung Waskito, CIO | PT Surya Semesta Internusa, Tbk

    Anung is the Chief Information/Technology Officer of Surya Semesta Internusa (SSIA) Group in Indonesia. His job is to lead the digital transformation and implement innovation into the property, hospitality, and construction business lines of SSIA.

    Melia Bali Hotel, Gran Melia Jakarta, and the soon-to-be-opened first LXR Hilton collection in Southeast Asia were all owned by SSIA Group. In addition, SSIA owned Batiqa, an organisation that manages hotels all around Indonesia.

    Anung has been leading SSIA Group for the past three years in deploying digital technology to enhance the customer experience, increase productivity, and use technology to survive the covid pandemic.

    Prior to his association with SSIA Group, Anung held senior position for numerous global consulting firm where he helps clients from multiple sectors in implementing large and complex program related to digital operations.

  • Chitra Randhawa, Senior Regional Director of Sales | IDeaS

    Chitra Randhawa is responsible for growing IDeaS’ revenue management business and enhancing the company’s leading brand reputation in the dynamic Asia Pacific hospitality sector.

    With more than decades of experience, she has a record of growing businesses in the regional hospitality and travel sectors across a range of established and emerging markets in Asia Pacific including ANZ, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India etc.

    Prior to IDeaS, Chitra previously worked as a senior sales management of The Ascott, Rendezvous Hotels & Resorts International and other hotels in the region. She has obtained the Certified Revenue Management Executive (CRME) Certification from HSMAI.

  • Cyrill Czerwonka, Senior Regional Director of Development | BWH Hotel Group

    A highly skilled and experienced hospitality professional, Cyrill Czerwonka has enjoyed an impressive 16-year career in the global hotel investment and development sectors. As Senior Regional Director of Development – Asia with BWH Hotel Group / Best Western® Hotels & Resorts, he currently oversees the company’s expansion strategy in 13 countries.

    A French national with Thai family heritage, Cyrill attended the prestigious Lycée Henri-IV in Paris before obtaining his Master’s Degree in Business & Finance from one of France’s top business schools. He also holds a certificate in Hotel Real Estate Investments & Asset Management from Cornell University.

    His international career has included spells with leading hotel operators such as AccorHotels, The Ascott Limited and Dusit International, and property owners across Europe, Asia and Africa. In these roles he has successfully identified opportunities and negotiated deals for multiple hotels and resorts.

    This outstanding track record makes Cyrill the perfect person to lead Best Western® Hotels & Resorts’ development strategy in Asia, as it embarks on a period of historic growth across the region. The company is currently aiming to double its portfolio with a series of exciting new hotel management and franchise contracts all across the region, covering an extensive portfolio of 18 brands.

  • Dharmali Kusumadi, SVP Projects and Business Development | Banyan Tree Group

    Mr Kusumadi oversees the architectural, projects and business development functions within the Banyan Tree Group, where he is solely responsible for the design and technical advisory services, project development and business development activities outside of China. He was appointed to his current position in January 2010.

    Having been with the Group since 1991, Mr Kusumadi has helped to create numerous iconic and award-winning architectural and interior designs which are hallmarks of Banyan Tree and Angsana hotels and resorts.

    He holds a Master of Architecture from Parahyangan Catholic University, Bandung, Indonesia

  • Yann Gouriou, Chief Operating Officer & Founder | Unicorn Hotels & Resorts

    International hotelier and entrepreneur with extensive experience and well versed in all operational and financial aspects of running small, medium to large volume hotel operations. Exposure to various markets such as Europe, South Pacific, Middle East, Asia and Caribbean.

    Proven track record to deliver positive business results while improving the tangible as well as intangible service aspects of the operation. Passionate and dedicated leader of people, committed to developing and furthering talent in the industry.

  • Bousserind Comson, Business Development Manager | HotStats

    Bousserind is a life-long hotelier, her story with the industry starts from the ripe age of 18 where she was assisting guests with their luggage under the Clefs d’Or Concierge department in a Parisian hotel as part of her hospitality studies in the city of lights. After graduating from International Hospitality Management, her professional career began in France and it ended up taking her to live and work in The Benelux, The United Arab Emirates as well as Thailand.

    During her entire journey, Bou (As she is nicknamed!) worked as a commercial leader, focusing on driving sales and success to the properties, clusters and regions she was responsible of and having ended up managing key clients from the far corners of the globe and gaining a true big picture approach to the ever more intertwined hospitality industry.

    Since mid-2022, Bou joined Hotstats to lead their business development initiatives in Asia Pacific and handling the wider region from China, down to Australia and everything in-between. The key agenda is to grow the understanding and use of profitability benchmarking intelligence for hoteliers and real estate developers within her area of remit.

    Hotstats is a global, hotel profit and loss data benchmarking company, collecting detailed data with over 500 KPIs of depth from over 10,000 hotels each and every single month. This is then inputted within the platform for users to interact with, understand the data and be able to take action against it for improved performance of their operating properties or even whether or not to build a hotel in a certain location and with which attributes that would lead to the best formula of future profitability. At the end of the day, hoteliers and owners do not put occupancy figures or even revenues in the bank, they put profit! This is what Hotstats is all about.

  • Divya Prakash Ahuja, Managing Director | LiveBean Hospitality Consulting & Asset Management

    With over 28 years of experience in leading Operations, Development, Sales & Marketing and Customer Care and a proven ability to form & lead large teams managing complex operations, Mr. Ahuja is a Management Graduate from the Department of Management Studies, Chennai and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management.

    Divya is also the founder of the LiveBean’s Hospitality business since 2011, besides being the founding director of LiveBean and in his earlier roles was with hospitality companies like Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental, Oberoi’s and Ananda. In his last role with Shangri-La Hotels he was leading hotel operations, prior to which he set up and lead the S&M division for the launch of Shangri-La Jakarta Residences besides managing the 700 keys Shangri-La Hotel, in his erstwhile roles with the group he was also a part of the core team to develop and launch their property in Chang-Mai, Thailand, assist in developing their property in Mumbai, India besides launching their luxury hotel in New Delhi, India.

    Prior to joining Shangri-La Mr. Ahuja had lead a B2B Retail business besides working in consulting with EXL Services Ltd, where he was Asst. Vice President – Marketing & Sales, as part of the senior management team he was responsible for developing aggressive strategies for customer acquisition and support the front-end sales team.

    Mr. Ahuja started his career in 1995 as an Executive-Marketing & Promotion, with Wizcraft and then went on to do his MBA. Post his MBA, he joined the Oberoi Group of Hotels as an Asst. Sales Manager (Northern Region) and was soon promoted to the position of Assistant Marketing Manager (Corporate Marketing & Distribution). Thereafter, as Head - Strategic Planning, Bates India, he led a team of strategic planners and provided inputs on Brand Planning , Research & Communication for existing and new accounts such as Nokia Asia.

    From Bates India at the age of 27 he went on to join Mandarin Oriental Ananda in the Himalayas as Director of Marketing (one of the youngest business leaders in Asia). At Ananda he was responsible for Sales, Reservations, Marketing, PR & promotions, Product Development, Brand Positioning and total revenue generation of the business unit. He was also responsible for opening and operating the Sales & Marketing of 3 international sales office of IHHR (The Parent Company of Ananda). Mr. Ahuja, thereafter, went on to become Director of Marketing, Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa, where he was responsible for total revenue generation besides establishing the unit as a strong brand globally.

    Apart from the regular job, Mr. Ahuja has also been an advisor with the Govt of Kenya, a consulting journalist for various tourism and hotel publications and a guest speaker and panelist on global travel fairs and seminars, besides this he has been a Guest Faculty and trainer at the prestigious Oberoi Centre for learning and other management institutes.

    Mr. Ahuja’s interests include Reading and he is an avid Sportsperson. 

  • Ivan Casadevall, Chief Operating Officer | ASRI - Subsidiary of Agung Sedayu Group

    Ivan Casadevall is a proud father of 3 young children, a sports enthusiast, lifestyle trends aficionado, who is originally from Spain and happily based in SE Asia now for 25 nurturing years. He is currently living in Jakarta and has been holding a leading role Chief Operating Officer of ASRI Hospitality, the premium lifestyle subsidiary of Agung Sedayu Group for almost 5 years, whilst overseeing a young but growing portfolio of very exclusive hotels; such as The Langham Jakarta and Residences, Swissotel and Mercure PIK Cluster, as well as the newest chapter of District 8 hybrid hospitality, opening in the next few weeks. Moving forward, 2023 will be a very exciting year for ASRI Hospitality as the pipeline of 5 additional properties is growing from exclusively Indonesia to overseas with high interests in M&A to rapidly expand as a specialized luxury and lifestyle hospitality developer. Look forward to meeting you very soon!

  • Yonto Wongso, CEO & Co-Founder | Topotels Hotels & Resorts

    His know-how in hospitality industry has been cultivated since back in 1986. Yonto graduated from Business College in Sydney Australia in 1989 and held various positions in bank, steel manufacturer, trading, fishery and hospitality across Australia and inter Asia (mostly in Indonesia). With his almost 19 years’ experience in one of the largest international hotel-chain, Yonto has strong experience in both operations & development and currently has successfully expanded the Topotels Hotels & Resorts network with 15 properties throughout Indonesia & Malaysia and more projects in the pipelines. His passion is to contribute in developing high quality hoteliers in term of personal characteristic & professionalism. 

  • Ivan Widarmana, Vice President, Hotel Development, Asia Pacific | Marriott International

    Ivan Widarmana is Vice President, Hotel Development Asia Pacific for Marriott International, Inc. Ivan is responsible for the overall growth and development of Marriott’s 30 brands (Bulgari Hotels and Resorts®, The Ritz-Carlton® and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve®, St. Regis®, W®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, The Luxury Collection®, Marriott Hotels®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Renaissance® Hotels, Sheraton®, Delta Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Tribute Portfolio™, Design Hotels™, Gaylord Hotels®, Courtyard® by Marriott, Four Points® by Sheraton, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, Residence Inn®, TownePlace Suites®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Aloft®, Element®, Moxy Hotels®, and Protea Hotels by Marriott®) in key markets across Indonesia. Given the prominence of Indonesia over the last couple of years, he has been leading Marriott’s efforts to increase their footprint in the country.

    Ivan has more than 19 years’ experience with Marriott International, Inc. He started with assignments at Sheraton Surabaya and Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta as the Director of Six Sigma and Area Coordinator of Six Sigma Indonesia. In 2008, Ivan moved and based in Marriott’s Kuala Lumpur Regional Office as the Regional Director of Operational Excellence, MBB for South East Asia. He continues his journey to open The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Hotel Langkawi, W Seminyak - Bali and as a Hotel Manager at Keraton at The Plaza, A Luxury Collection Hotel Jakarta. Prior to joining Marriott, he was with Personal Financial Services, American Express Bank Jakarta.

  • David Roberts, Assistant Vice President, Development | Dusit International

    David Roberts has been in the Hospitality industry in Asia for over 20 years mainly in Asia Pacific. He has held senior roles at the property level and corporate level for well-recognized regional hotel chains. Majority of his career has been in Operation but recently he has senior roles in Development within the region. He is currently with Dusit International focused on growing their portfolio in APAC

  • Bert Bykes, Founder & Creative Director | TheHYPE Hotels

    A seasoned developer, architect, hotelier, and founder of TheHYPE Hotels. He is 35 years old in hospitality years, mainly working in South East Asia, India and the Middle East.
    He has held executive positions with top-level firms providing effective development, design, sales & marketing, branding, project advisory, operations, revenue management and asset management services. to owners, institutional investors, and family offices.

    Being involved on some 50+ world-class hospitality projects aligned with renowned and leading hospitality brands such as InterContinental, Anantara, Holiday Inn, Hilton, Park Hyatt, Jumeriah, Marquis Marriott, Sheraton, and Shangri-La hotels.

    Currently he is developing TheHYPE properties in Indonesia and the Philippines.

  • Sjefke Jansen, General Manager | Kempinski Hotels & Resorts

    As General Manager of Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta, Sjefke Jansen brings his award-winning hospitality experience to the historical hotel.

    Jansen started working in the industry as a humble kitchen trainee in Germany, in 1983. His passion for the profession then saw him leave Europe to work in Australia as Assistant Restaurant Manager in Sydney, in 1989. Jansen’s career then took him even further overseas, to Cape Town, the Maldives, Mauritius, Singapore, Russia and now in Jakarta.

    He is 40-year veteran in the hotel industry and brings a broad range experience of luxury brands to The Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta. Under his leadership, the hotel will continue to provide guests with memorable and meaningful experiences and uphold the traditions of which Kempinski is so proud, while striving to further enhance service quality and brand value into the future.

  • Brett Henry, President Director | MG Group

    Brett Henry is a travel industry leader and a keen seed investor in travel tech ventures, who was appointed President Director of MG in February 2019. Bringing more than 20 years of B2B travel technology industry experience in leadership roles spanning organizational functions such as product marketing, business development, strategy, planning and sales; Brett is committed to leading MG on a journey of transformation. He is zealous about the opportunity to steer the dynamic and multiculturally diverse MG team, toward a larger focus on technology, marketing and analytics capabilities to drive further growth for hotels and travel agencies in an increasingly complex sales and distribution landscape. Prior to joining MG, Brett was CEO of Travel Daily he was instrumental in the creation of a dedicated platform to inform, connect and further develop the travel professionals globally. He also previously served as Vice President, Sales at Sabre Corporation for more than 5 years. Brett has a big passion to educate and share his experiences with the travel community at events like Digital Travel Summit, Aviation Summit, Webintravel, EyeforTravel, China Travel Distribution Summit, as well as speaking at regional and global industry events.

  • Julien Naouri, Senior Vice President | JLL

    Julien is a Senior Vice President based in Singapore and a member of the JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group Investment Sales Asia team. Focusing on key markets in Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean, Julien is responsible for managing details relating to every aspect of hospitality investment analysis and transaction execution from the pitch and underwriting stage through marketing, due diligence and closing to achieve clients’ transaction execution goals and effectuate a smooth transition.
    Julien joined JLL Hotels & Hospitality in 2020 and brings 12 years of marketing, transaction, development, operator selection and valuation expertise. Prior to joining JLL, Julien spent 10 years as a Director with Savills Hotels and CBRE Hotels based in Singapore and Paris where he focused on Capital Markets assignments.

    Notable assignments Julien has conducted include:
    ●  USD 1.1 billion of sales across Japan including the sale in Hyatt Regency Osaka, the Crowne Plaza Portfolio and the Hilton Odawara.
    ●  USD 500 million of transactions across the Southeast Asia including Anantara Ubud in Bali and the Hilton Kuala Lumpur.

    Julien attended the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (Switzerland) from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Administration. He is a registered Real Estate Salesperson with Singapore’s Council for Estate Agencies.

  • Angela Spathonis, Managing Director | Gensler Singapore

    As Managing Director of Gensler’s Singapore office, Angela provides leadership on the development and execution of the firm’s key business strategies to ensure overall growth while enhancing the service experience for Gensler’s world-class clients.

    Angela brings to her role over two decades of well-rounded experience and a high level portfolio that spans across multiple countries, sectors and markets. Known as an accomplished project leader who consistently pushes the boundaries of design and user experience, her distinct influence is seen in the innovative design solutions with new spatial concepts across workplace, retail, residential and hospitality sectors. As a dynamic leader, she works closely with her teams and clients to create sustainable businesses and offer strategic solutions that also respect and advance design excellence on multidisciplinary projects across geographic boundaries.

    Angela has transformed the mindsets of thousands of business leaders and professionals. As a thought leader, Angela delivers game-changing insights on how businesses can successfully navigate today’s complex and challenging business environment to shape the future of cities.

  • Norbert Vas, COO | PT Archipelago International Indonesia

    Norbert is a graduate of the world-renowned Centre International de Glion in Switzerland. He has over 30 years of hotel industry experience in Indonesia, Vietnam, the USA, Germany, and his native Austria, having held senior management positions with notable hotel groups such as Ian Schrager Hotels and Four Seasons in New York, and Mandarin Oriental and IHG in Jakarta and Bali. Fluent in four languages and passionate about connecting capital with project and operational excellence, Norbert has been involved in more than 100 hotel projects overseeing technical, operational, and advisory services throughout the full real estate life cycle. He brings a wealth of experience working with hotel owners, investors, and developers to achieve superior returns and best practice asset management strategies.

  • Pamudji Slamet, Development Director | Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

    To make hotel travel possible for all people everywhere by growing Wyndham Hotels & Resorts hotel network in the region. Assisting property owners and developers to rebrand their existing hotels, resorts or apartments to one of Wyndham’s 24 brands including building and or remodeling development projects from the ground up.

  • Henry Manampiring, Regional VP Marketing | RedDoorz

    Henry Manampiring is a seasoned brand marketer with more than 20 year experience, spanning Market Research, Communication Strategy, Public Relations, and Digital Media.

    Henry started his career in consumer insights role in 1997 at British American Tobacco Indonesia and Coca-Cola Indonesia, channeling his passion for consumer behavior and culture impact on marketing. In 2003 Henry moved to creative agency side as a strategic planner and built his career with Lowe, JWT, Leo Burnett, and TBWA. Within this period he also added Public Relations to his skill repertoire at Edelman Indonesia (advising no less than the central bank of Indonesia itself), and digital media at Facebook Indonesia.

    Henry’s client repertoire encompasses both multinational and national clients, from FMCG to tech, which includes Samsung, McDonald's, Unilever, P&G, Johnson & Johnson, Arnotts, Nestlé, Sampoerna/Philip Morris, and others.

    In March 2022, Henry crossed into corporate territory when he became Regional VP Marketing for RedDoorz, the fastest growing new-age hospitality company in Southeast Asia.

    When he isn’t occupied with marketing, Henry is occupied with his son and his antics. He enjoys reading and the movies. Henry is also a published author of 5 books, the latest on philosophy for self-development has become Mega Best Seller and won Book of The Year award in Indonesia International Book Fair in 2019. In 2022 he published his first novel “Hitam 2045” (Black 2045), a dystopian vision of Indonesia in its 100th year. He is also active on social media and gained considerable following (his Twitter account @newsplatter has over 172,000 followers).

    Henry holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School (2005), Australia

  • Karan Kaul, Deputy Chief Executive Officer | Absolute Hotel Services

    Karan Kaul is a seasoned hospitality leader with over 18 years experience in senior sales and development roles in the industry. Karan heads the global functions of business development and technical services for rapidly growing Absolute Hotel Services. Based at the group headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, Karan reports to Founder and CEO Jonathan M. Wigley and guides the growth of all products and services.

    Absolute Hotel Services has a portfolio of over 100 hotels and golf clubs in 15 countries. In addition to hotel management services under the Eastin family of brands, U Hotels & Resorts, Travelodge (Thailand and Vietnam), Vienna House, Absolute Collection and golf management services under Absolute Golf Services AHS also offers consulting, quality assurance and design services.

    Karan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), in Switzerland and his previous professional achievements were with world-class hospitality groups including Six Senses, Langham, Onyx and Kempinski.

  • Veranica Maidangkay, Business Development Manager | STR

    Vera is an optimistic and enthusiastic sales professional with over 20 years of experience in hospitality industry. Before joined with STR Vera worked for some local and international hotel groups and received an award in sales for three years in a row. Her in-depth knowledge about sales helps her in what she does now, assisting Indonesia’s hotels to grow.

  • Jamie Waring, CEO Founder | Waring Wellbeing

    With over 25 years’ experience in the Luxury hospitality and Leisure Industries, Jamie Waring draws on his expertise across the fields of hotel and resorts, spa and wellness, health, and fitness to bring his client’s visions to reality. Inspired by those who share his passion, Jamie enjoys creating luxurious projects that are both functional and profitable. As the CEO and Founder of Waring Wellbeing he takes the perspective of the Owner to envision Wellness projects that as a priority makes good financial sense whilst delivering a compelling concept that engages the burgeoning ever-sophisticated Wellness Traveler. 
    Jamie based out of Thailand, is also Managing Director of Strategy, Innovation and Development for the ultra-luxury resort group, Soneva. Previously Jamie was Managing Director Wellness OCTAVE Institute, based in Shanghai and Suzhou, China.
    Jamie started his business career in London’s financial district where he was a money broker trading currencies on the international markets. This experience made him realize that his passion and purpose is in human transformation and wellbeing and since has had over 25 years of global experience within the Fitness, Hospitality, and Wellness Industries. Whilst based in Europe Jamie was the CEO for Holmes Place Eastern Europe where he created the Icon Fitness brand which was rolled out across Europe. Previously Jamie spent five years with Six Senses Resorts & Spas in Bangkok as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. His COO responsibilities included overseeing the global operations and corporate functions of the brand’s 44 resorts and spas.

  • Jonathan Li, Director - Investment | Sino-Ocean Group 远洋集团

    Mr Li oversees the investment portfolio for Sino Ocean in Indonesia and secondary oversight over ASEAN. Throughout his career, he has had experience in establishing investment platforms in markets such as the UK, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia across different asset classes. 
    Mr Li started his career with BNP Paribas in Hong Kong and graduated from Columbia University, New York with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics-Operations Research.  

  • Cita Hepiningtias M. Mpar, General Manager and Head of Marcom | IHGMA and PT Green Hill Universal

    Cita Hepiningtias is a Master of Tourism. She currently serves as the General Manager of PT GREEN HILL UNIVERSAL in charge for 5 Star Hotel GH UNIVERSAL HOTEL, REST, Gallery and groceries store.
    Apart from carrying out her daily duties as General Manager, Cita Hepiningtias is also actively teaching at several universities in Bandung, such as POLTEKPAR ENHAII Bandung, Pasundan University Bandung, etc. 

    In addition to her academic activities, Cita Hepinigtias is also a Vice President at ENHAIIERS CORPORATION. It is a company in the field of Hotel Management & Training Consultant for Tourism. She is keen on being part of several organizational activities in which she becomes the Head of Marcom IHGMA, a Deputy Representative of the Bandung Tourism Board, a Deputy Representative of Riung Priangan & Committee, and a member PHRI JABAR Promotion division. In her spare time, Cita Hepiningtias loves photography, reading books, and cycling for maintaining her health.

  • Jonathan Mokalu, Director of Business Development | Artotel Group

    Graduated from International Hotel Management Institute in Lucerne, Switzerland and holding a Master degree from International Hotel Management in Guilford, Surrey, UK, Jonathan Mokalu paved his way up through Operations at Menara Peninsula Hotel, Jakarta in 1998, from Guest Service Agent, Banquet Sales Manager to Assistant Director to Sales & Marketing and promoted as Director of Sales & Marketing in January 2008.

    His passion in hotel operations challenged him to take up an assignment as Resident Manager at Sintesa Peninsula Menado in 2010. He got promoted as General Manager in 2012 with additional tasks in supervising other properties in Sumatera and Sulawesi. He then returned to Jakarta where the Corporate Office assigned him as Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing in 2015.

    ARTOTEL Group had its eyes set on Jonathan's achievements. In October 2017 he was recruited as the Director of Operations in charge of overseeing operational aspects of ARTOTEL properties.

    His expertise in hotel operations gave first-hand approaches in ensuring all properties in line with the brand standard. Jonathan’s current position as Director of Business Development puts him in the fore front of the company growth and development.

  • Zhe Wen Law, Director of Business Development & Asset Management | The Ascott Limited

    Law is an experienced lodging development professional based in Indonesia, covering Indonesia and Malaysia for The Ascott Limited. Driven by a passion to ensure Owners’ investments are safeguarded, he takes pride in providing the best recommendations for the network of over 100 Owners under his team’s steward. During his tenure in the past 3 years, the Indonesia team signed up over 35 hotels and serviced residence despite challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. He first joined the group under CapitaLand’s Graduate Development Programme and went on to cover investment, business development and asset management roles in Southeast Asia across various asset classes

  • Ian Lien, Managing Director | SC Capital Partners Group

    Mr Ian Lien is a Partner and Managing Director in the firm and sits on the Investment Committee for all its discretionary vehicles. He is a Key-man for the RECAP series of funds and one of the firm’s MAS licensed representatives. He participates in acquisition, value enhancement and realization activities across the firm.

    Prior to joining RECAP, Ian co-founded Octagon Capital Partners 2003 as an Asia Pacific focused hotel investment and advisory firm. Octagon offered end-to-end solutions for real-estate investment vehicles it originated in partnership with opportunity funds, private investors and/or Asian Corporate groups. Prior to founding Octagon, Ian was the Asia-head of Acquisitions & Development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc where he was responsible for managing and coordinating all aspects of growth and development for Starwood in the region, including acquisitions, joint ventures and contract growth. Ian led Starwood’s (and earlier Westin’s) growth in Asia for eight years at their headquarters in Tokyo and Singapore. This Included: Launch of three new brands to the region (St Regis, Four Points and W Hotels); mezzanine financings; acquisition of public companies; Joint Venture new build projects; Strategic alliances, JV operating companies and a myriad of management and license agreements across Asia / Pacific. As a prelude to heading growth activities for Starwood, Ian was responsible for Development Planning activities for Westin from 1989-1992.

    Ian has a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University in 1988

  • Dave Chong, Group Vice President | JuwaiIQI and MyKey

    “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way,” said international leadership expert and author John C. Maxwell. This would be an apt description of Dave Chong. After graduating from Imperial College in London, England with a Civil Engineering Master First Class Honours, Dave worked in the city for two years as a Civil and Structural Engineer. Upon developing his expertise in analytical skills, he took on international oil and gas engineering projects in Australia and India.

    Dave returned to Malaysia in 2011 and started-up a couple of businesses, with one of them growing into a multi-million-dollar company. His underlying passion and interest in project management drove him to take on the role of Property Manager with a prominent developer, and was responsible for establishing major industrial warehouses in Seri Kembangan and Semenyih, both in the state of Selangor. Dave’s rise to IQI’s corner office began in 2014 when he joined IQI Holdings as a Real Estate Negotiator.

    A year later, he became a Team Leader and founded Eliteone Team. He eventually grew a team with a modest 5 individuals to 100, resulting in peak performance from all involved. In 2016, Dave was promoted to Team Manager and there was no looking back since as he continued to build his team to a 900-strong army and went on to achieve RM 1 billion in sales. He is now the Group Vice President of IQI Global, continuing his vision to help as many people as possible to achieve their financial and life goals.

  • Andrew Langdon, Senior Vice President of Development Asia | Accor

    Andrew Langdon joined Accor in 2019 as Senior Vice President Development Asia. In this role Andrew supervises the development functions for all 40 plus Accor hotel brands throughout Asia.

    Previously, Andrew was the Global Chief Development Officer of Movenpick Hotels & Resorts, responsible for the group’s hotel development strategy worldwide. He was directly responsible for the nearly fourfold increase in the hotel development pipeline of Movenpick. In September 2018 Accor completed the acquisition of Movenpick Hotels & Resorts.

    Andrew has a well-established record of accomplishment throughout the Asian region. Over 25 years of diverse property experience, the majority specialising in the hospitality sector, particularly in hotel management, franchise and lease agreements, asset management, capital markets, investment, financing and development.

    Prior to joining Accor and Mövenpick, Andrew was an Executive Vice President of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) Hotels and Hospitality Group in Asia. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry conferences and universities, and the author of published articles on the hotel and tourism industry.

    Andrew graduated in his native Australia from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Business and he is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and previously a member of the Australian Property Institute (AAPI).

  • Yasmin Fidianti, Director of Sales & Distribution | Hotel Borobudur Jakarta

    She has over 20 years of experience in Hospitality Industry. She began her career at Hotel Sahid Jaya and since then has worked with local and International chain hotels. Her management position started when she was appointed as Director of Sales & Marketing of Redtop Hotel and then promoted to BOD of Redtop Hotel’s owning company PT. Sanggraha Dhika. After she resigned due to raising her baby, she then worked for Aryaduta Jakarta as Director of Sales & Marketing. Currently she holds position as Director of Sales & Distribution of Hotel Borobudur Jakarta

    Yasmin is married and has one daughter and she enjoys reading, watching classic movies and eating spicy food.

  • Bill Barnett, Managing Director | C9 Hotelworks

    Bill Barnett’s life passion can best be summed up as hotels and travel. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Asia-based C9 Hotelworks and is considered a globally recognized hospitality, tourism, and real estate advisor. With over 35 years’ experience in the Asia Pacific region, he has an extensive background in hotel operations, development, and asset management. His career highlights include Senior Corporate roles at international hotel chains and publicly-listed companies. Bill is considered to be one of the foremost industry experts in the hotel residences sector.

    As an entrepreneur, Bill has developed successful residential projects in Thailand and is actively involved in multiple technology start-ups in PropTech and an online marketplace. In addition to being a leading consultant, he is a sought-after speaker at industry events and conferences. To date, Bill is the author of four books on travel, property, and hotels under the titles of Slave to the Bean, Collective Swag, It Might Get Weird and Last Call. He is the Founding Advisor of the Phuket Hotels Association and leads Asia’s preeminent annual sustainability event PHIST.

  • Andrew Corkery, CEO | Selo Group

    Andrew started his career working for global investment banks trading currency volatility from 1999 – 2010 in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore before leaving to concentrate on private endeavours. Andrew co‐founded Selo Group in 2010, a Southeast Asian fully integrated resort and lifestyle development and operations organisation that creates lifestyle communities in remote yet accessible locations.
    Andrew cares deeply about social and environmental issues and believes that the combination of travel and education broadens horizons and enrichen lives. Andrew has recently been recognised as a thought leader in the community. He has Bachelor of Economics and a Masters in Applied Finance and resides in Singapore with wife and daughter.

  • Matthew Gebbie, Director | Horwath HTL

    Matt transferred to Horwath HTL’s Jakarta office in October 2013 from the Singapore office where he began work in September 2004. Whilst at Horwath HTL, Matt has been involved in many projects including market and financial feasibility studies for hotels, resorts, serviced apartments and golf courses across Asia. Matt has also represented hotel owners in the management company selection process; carried out hotel valuations; and undertaken hotel operations’ reviews. Prior to joining HHTL, Matt worked on and off for over ten years in the hospitality industry gaining experience in various areas of hotel and F&B operations in Australia, Canada and the UK. Matt also worked for five years as a solicitor, in both commercial litigation and industrial relations at Freehills (Perth, Australia) and in-house at London Transport (London, UK). 

  • Iwan Kurniawan, Group Director of Sales & Distribution | Discovery Hotels & Resorts

    Former career on prestigious International and Local Hotel Chain was started from Century Park Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel, MESA Hotels and Resorts, PHM Hospitality, and MGM Hotels Group before anchoring Discovery Hotels & Resorts and being part of Indonesia leading lifestyle hotel chain. 
    His extensive experience that covering Sales & Marketing, Room Division, and Revenue Management compliance with hotel operation aspect through risk management and business partnerships.

  • Xavier Droin, Managing Director | NOVA Asset Management

    Xavier has spent most of his career with ACCOR, holding different roles on 3 different continents.
    He has an extensive experience in hotel openings, having opened more than 70 properties under his direct supervision in busy cities like Paris, Brussels, Bangkok, Singapore or Jakarta, where he developed an extensive knowledge of Global Distribution and Revenue Management. 

    His last position, prior to joining NOVA Asset Management, was COO at TAUZIA Hotel Management, where he gained a comprehensive understanding of Indonesia's complex market. 

    Expert in all hotel operation modes (management, franchise, lease) he has a comprehensive understanding of large organizations as well as smaller local operators.

    Xavier opened NOVA Asset Management’s Jakarta office in 2019, as managing director and partner.
    NOVA Asset Management (a Bangkok based Company) provides a full range of hospitality services to hotel owners and investors, i.e., Feasibility Studies, Operator Selection, Branding & Product Positioning, Project Development Management, Owners’ Representation, etc. 

  • Johannes Spies, Head of Design and Planning | PT MNC LAND

    An award-winning master planner and designer, with over 20 years of experience in Asia.
    Johannes currently heads the design of MNC Land’s luxury projects in Indonesia.

  • Christina Tan, Content Creator & Luxury Travel Influencer | (Independently Working)

    One of the top luxury travel influencers on the international circuit. Her works were featured in some of the most prestigious publications such as Forbes, Forbes Travel Guide, and Condé Nast Traveller.
    Christina’s Instagram is great for jaw-dropping views of stunning landscapes and beautiful world-class hotels. She’s an ambassador for multiple camera gear and accessory companies and has been named a top travel influencer by several publications.

  • Marcia Amandary, VP of Brand and Creative | PHM HOTELS

    Graduated from Academy of Art and Le Cordon Bleu schools of culinary and hospitality in San Francisco- California, Marcia gained the experience on both the hospitality world and design industry which serves a perfect pair in building the brand ecosystem. Currently serving as the VP of Brand and Development at PHM Hotels, she is responsible for strategic marketing and future development of all PHM Brands & Hotels

    Before setting her foot in PHM Hotels, known before as PHM Hospitality, Marcia ventured a career start as an owner rep for Project Development at Panorama Land. As a result, Marcia has experienced both in the owning company as well as in a lifestyle local hotel chain operator’s point of view. She successfully led the rebranding of PHM Hospitality to PHM Hotels in the beginning of 2020 to gain a fresh position in the lifestyle category. Later on, she developed and elevated THE 1O1 brand positioning to midscale and high. Marcia then launched another brand called 1O1 Urban in mid 2021 to fill the economic midscale category which has been proved to meet the market’s demand.

    She is currently working on a few brand development to expand the PHM Hotels brand to meet the future generation as well as maintaining the current and loyal customer. Now, PHM Hotels as a group operates more than 15 hotels and the number is growing with more hotels in the group’s business development plan.

  • Ana Maria Huertas-Iragorri, Global Hospitality Director | Lutron Electronics

    Ana Maria Huertas Iragorri has been focused in the Hospitality technology space for almost 20 years with vast experience in collaborating with Ownership Groups, Brands and The Specification community. Ana Maria is originally from Bogota Colombia but got her education in the states with an undergraduate degree in International Relations and MBA in International business. Since starting to work in the Hospitality focused technology sector she has been focused on go to market strategies for sustainability focused technologies in the guestroom without losing site of the guest experience. She is also a LEED AP and now based in Los Angeles California working as the Global Hospitality Sales Director for Lutron Electronics alongside the global team which has a presence from US, Asia, Latin American, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. Ana Maria is passionate about traveling, reading, Arts and the opportunity for meaningful experiences to embrace other cultures and traditions.  

  • Sanjog Modgil, Vice President Asset Management | TCC Land International

    Over 2 decades of experience in the Hospitality Industry as a transformational leader with expertise across multiple boutique and International hospitality brands specializing in Asset Management, Hotel Operations, Project Management, Franchise collaborations and building high ROI ecosystems, centers of excellence and leading regional operations.

    Sanjog Modgil is currently the Vice President of Asset Management at TCC Land International Thailand.

    TCC Land International is the hotel asset management arm of the TCC Group. The TCCLI team is composed of Asset Management, Project Management, Legal, Finance and Accounting functions, responsible for a portfolio of non-listed privately held hotel assets located outside of Thailand. Their current portfolio of hotels is in USA, Australia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.

    Sanjog, believes in operational excellence, developing talent, realistic optimism, creating a climate in which people are engaged and taking a broad view when approaching issues, using a global lens.

  • Kay Tadjoedin, Marketing Director | Plataran Indonesia

    Kay Tadjoedin is a creative marketer with over 10 years of professional experience in the marketing communication field that spans various industries. She graduated from the University of Indonesia, and she's continuing her education in visual communication. She work for Plataran Indonesia during the pandemic era, where her team was tasked with motivating their team in hardship while simultaneously maintaining the brand’s standard by swiftly adapting to the unprecedented situation with inventive and relatable marketing communication approaches which resulted in a 17% growth in direct bookings. Kay has a passion for creating impactful marketing campaigns that are aligned with the brand purpose to make a mark on a deeper level.

  • Putu Rio Ricaro, Sr. Business Development Manager | SiteMinder

    Putu Rio Ricaro is a Senior Business Development Manager at SiteMinder. He joined the company in 2016. Previously, he worked as an E-Commerce Group Manager for one of the international hotels and resorts in Bali, Indonesia. Outside working hours, he also serves as a freelance E-Commerce consultant for independent properties in Indonesia.

    Having more than 12 years of experience in the e-commerce & hospitality industry, Rio admits that the hospitality industry, hotel online marketing, and technology are some of his passions and expertise. He loves to learn and follow the development of how hotels grow their business in the online market, as well as the latest tips, tricks, and technologies that work well to make the business strategy run smoothly and achieve the target.

    He does believe that learning and changes are everlasting things after time. We must know how to react, adapt, and turn it into an opportunity. Same in the hospitality industry, especially the online strategy, which always changing and we must develop ourselves and make sure we stand on the front line with the right strategy and tools to achieve the glory.

  • Mochamad Nalendra, Founder & CEO at Wise Steps Consulting

    Nalendra is a speaker, consultant, and founder of Wise Steps Consulting, a sustainable tourism consulting firm based in Indonesia. He is also the authorized trainer of Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) in Indonesia and received Certified Professional Marketer (Asia) from Asia Marketing Federation. Graduated from Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management in Monash University Australia, Nalendra has worked with various clients, partners, and DMOs both international and national including State Secretariat for Economy Affairs (SECO) Switzerland, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Indonesia Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy as sustainable tourism and marketing expert.

  • Aldy Primanda, Key Account Manager Retail & Hospitality APAC | Signify

    Aldy Primanda is the Key Account Manager Asia Pacific for Retail & Hospitality segment at Signify. In more than a decade, he works mostly with owners, consultants, and operators of international hotel chain to deliver lighting and systems solutions that empower incredible guest experiences, meaningful sustainability improvements, and operational efficiencies through data.

    Aldy believes that hospitality is about creating amazing experiences and lasting memories – giving guests something they will remember to share with family and friends. And in the world of social media, a positive experience can be shared instantly with others. So, it’s never been more important to create spaces that are flexible, engaging and environmentally sustainable.