Hospitality Vietnam ConferenceSPEAKERS 2023

  • André Pierre Gentzsch, General Manager | Aryana Tourism Complex, Da Nang 

    Mr Gentzsch is currently looking after 4 properties in Danang Vietnam, whereby the Furama Resort & Spa and the Aryana Convention Center are well known leading properties in their respective fields. He brings 30 years’ experience in the hotel industry and related businesses in positions including Cluster General Manager and General Manager with responsibilities for up to 3000 employees.

    After studying mathematics, he became an award-winning chef before graduating two times with honors in a Swiss Hotel Management School and in an international Airline Catering General Manager Training Program. He worked in various independent leading hotels of the world and international chains such as the Hilton and Regent in Europe, Middle America, the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. His reputation is based on winning various awards while maintaining an excellent work relationship with locally owned companies such as Jebel Ali International Dubai, KLCC Property Holdings Malaysia (Petronas/Impiana), Berjaya Malaysia and Vingroup Vietnam (Vinpearl) among others. This results in regular invitations to participate in tourism related projects involving governments, authorities and airlines.

    Aside from this, he holds diplomas as a teacher for the hospitality and as a leadership trainer and is respected for grooming local talents into managerial positions while being very hands on. Among other training achievements, he was strongly involved in grooming more than 20 young Vietnamese talents into General Managers while many others reached the level of an HOD.

    Mr Gentzsch is a proud father of two Mexican girls and believes into a healthy private life as a fundament for a successful professional performance.

  • David Jackson, Chief Executive Officer | Colliers (Vietnam) 

    David Jackson is the Chief Executive Officer of Colliers (Vietnam), managing the operational aspects of the company along with setting the strategic vision and goals. He has a broad and diverse level of expertise in managing business, capital markets, transactional management, and valuations and advisory. With over eighteen years’ experience in Commercial Real Estate and Management Services, he advises a wide range of clients in an international and local capacity. 
    Since arriving in Vietnam in 2008, David worked with a number of major occupier accounts and been a primary advisor to large scale organizations such as REE Corporation and Kumho Asiana as well as undertaken a variety of roles within Colliers. An active member of the Ho Chi Minh City business community, particularly in the Business Executive Network, he is also a supervisor and councilor to candidates of RICS and a member of the Board of Directors of Victory Capital.

    David is a keen advocate for technology and sustainable building practices, as well as diversity and inclusion in the workplace. He is also a pioneer in charity donations to Hope School, a school for disabled children.

  • Michael Piro, CEO & COO | Indochina Capital/ Wink Hotels

    Wink Hotels’ Michael Piro comes from a humble background. Born and raised in Canada as one of six children, he was already working by the age of 13. In the years since, through hard work and hustle, Michael Piro has worked his way up from early success in real estate sales to become the Chief Operating Officer at Indochina Capital Corporation and founder and CEO of Vietnam’s first international-standard homegrown hotel brand, Wink Hotels.

    Arriving in Vietnam at the age of 21 with a small amount of savings and a boatload of ambition, 36 year-old Piro has become a thought-leader in the real estate and hospitality industries. Today, he brings nearly 15 years of property sales, marketing and development experience to his role as Indochina Capital’s Chief Operating Officer and CEO of soon-to-launch Wink Hotels.

    Michael has directly overseen the sale and leasing of over US$1bn million worth of high-end Vietnamese properties, while also being actively involved in the planning and development of nearly US$1.75 billion worth of high-end real estate development in Vietnam for Indochina Capital. He was instrumental in the structuring and launch of Vietnam’s most luxurious properties, including The Four Seasons Nam Hai in Hoi An, Six Senses Con Dao and the Hyatt Regency Danang. As a leader and pioneer in the branded residences/condotel sector, Michael went on to play a key role in the development consultancy of condotel projects such as Intercontinental Phu Quoc, Fusion Suites Danang and several other notable mixed-use hospitality developments.

    Along with the other co-creators of Wink, Michael was there at the very inception of the brand in 2015, helping birth the idea of a hotel chain for the affordable sector imbued with the same level of creativity and attention to detail that he achieved in the luxury segment.

    Michael is a chartered surveyor who holds a degree in Urban Land Economics from the University of British Columbia and a diploma of Technology with a major in Commercial Real Estate from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

  • Hylton Lipkin, General Manager | Alba Wellness Valley By Fusion

    Born and educated in South Africa, but for the last 30 years I have lived and worked in many countries around the world first in Europe then Tahiti, Hawaii, Bahrain, Dubai, Mauritius, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and now Vietnam. My Wellness career started off as an International Fitness Presenter, that brought me to the Spa industry and ultimately connected me to Hospitality. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the top international Spa, Wellness and Hospitality brands that has enriched my ‘Savoir’ within the Wellness, Fitness, Spa & Hospitality world. 
    Currently I am the General Manger of Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion & Wellness Officer for Fusion Group based in Hue Central Vietnam, where every day I can utilize and share all my experience in Wellness Hospitality. I too am the World Wellness Weekend Ambassador for Vietnam a Board member of HTT (Hospitality Think Tank) a member of GWI (Wellness Tourism Initiative) a board member of WDDD (World Digital Detox Day) and a Board Director of SWAA (Spa & Wellness Association of Africa) Trying very hard to promote Wellness and Happiness around Vietnam and the World. Another passion of mine is Environmental Wellness and currently I am doing all I can to bring this into the Hospitality world and promote sustainable awareness.

  • Thao Phan, Head of Business Development | Elite Property Management Ltd

    Thao Phan graduated with a BA degree in International Study then her career is attached to the Hospitality industry since then. Experience of over 11 years working in 4-5 star Hotels & Resorts such as Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa, Brilliant Hotel, Fusion Suites Danang Beach, Haian Riverfront Danang…Thao has a full mindset of authentic hospitality and she is excellent at customer expectations and satisfaction. Besides, Thao has expertise in sales & marketing strategy, market segmentation & targeting, she is normally responsible for the whole hotel's income to GM/ Hotel Owner. Thao is also successful in training and leading the sales team to work with passion, and motivation and aiming toward a clear vision.
    Meanwhile, Thao is also a Visiting lecturer BA Program in the International Hospitality and Tourism Management Department - at VN-UK Institute for Research and Executive Education, The University of Danang. She is always willing to learn more and share more to develop and encourage younger to develop in Hospitality

  • John Gardner, CEO | Archipelago Indochina

    John is a well-seasoned and passionate 5 star hotelier experienced in general management, cluster management of multiple properties, pre-openings, renovations as well as asset management.
    He is a New Zealander where he started his career in the restaurant industry opening and operating a number of restaurants before moving to Australia where he had a change of direction into hotels joining the Accor group in the early 90’s managing several properties around the country before transferring up to Thailand as the start of his career throughout Asia. John has managed a number of different Accor brands such as Novotel, Grand Mercure and Sofitel in Indonesia, Singapore and Cambodia before moving to China. During his time in China, he joined IHG opening a Crown Plaza and an InterContinental property in Shenzhen and Chongqing.

    In 2007 John joined the iconic Caravelle Saigon as General Manager then later as General Director for the JV owning company. Under his stewardship, the Caravelle undertook a full renovation of the property and has received numerous industry, environmental, compliance and service awards. John has an excellent understanding of 5 star brand standards and operations including marketing and finance.

    Towards the end of 2021, John left the Caravelle Saigon to start Optimum Hospitality, a hotel asset management and consultancy company. In 2022 John became CEO of Archipelago Indochina, a joint venture between Optimum Hospitality and Archipelago International, Southeast Asia’s largest privately owned hotel management group. This new venture will offer a full suite of hotel brands through management, franchise, soft brand and distribution agreements in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
    John is well versed in project management during pre-openings and renovations. During his 16 years of working and living in Vietnam, being on the board of the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Vietnam and being involved in many charity and social events, John has built up an extensive network within the country both in the hospitality industry and the community at large.

  • Lucas Truong, Hospitality Director | VIDOGROUP

    Experienced Manager in Hospitality sector and Hotel Industry, with many years working in the International's environment, Lucas is a representative for Vietnam's Hospitality Market.
    High level in accounting and financing CFA and a Bachelor's degree focused in Meeting and Event Planning from Swiss Hotel Management School. A member GLG group-as an Industrial Market Consultant

  • Loi Pham, Director of Digital Transformation | Phu Long Real Estate

    A Vietnamese expert with almost 2 decades in information technology of hospitality, Mr. Loi had been an executive member to open and operate several hotels, Golf Courses in Nha Trang, Cam Ranh, Quang Nam, Danang and held leadership positions since 2012, including Furama Resort Danang, Mongomerie Link Golf Course, Amiana Nha Trang, Riviera Cam Ranh, Melia Da Nang and InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula. 
    With his role, he leaded hotel technology team and achieved a lot of awards such as IHG Guest Internet Think Return Award, Top 5 internet Score of IHG in SEAK from 2017 to 2022 and setup IT for special events as APEC 2017.

    Loi is currently managing the Hotel & Resort Division Digital Transformation Team of Phu Long Company. His team is focusing to help the hotel business leverage data analytics to gain insights into guest behavior, preferences and focus on digital business. By upgrading hotel technology, collecting and analyzing data from various sources, including website analytics, guest feedback, and social media, the hotel can better understand their guests' needs and preferences and tailor their services and marketing accordingly. This can help the hotel business stay ahead of the competition and provide a more personalized and enjoyable guest experience.

  • Nobert Vas, Chief Operating Officer | Archipelago Indochina

    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.

  • Cuong Nguyen, Managing Director | Clavis Aurea

    Currently, Cuong Nguyen is working as the Managing Director cum Product Manager for Clavis Aurea, a Singaporean company providing asset management solutions for leading corporations in retails, education, real estate and hospitality in Vietnam.
    Cuong Nguyen has owned comprehensive knowledge on blockchain and digital asset management and practical experience in these areas.
    Prior to that, Cuong spent nearly 15 years as the business development manager for new-technology-applied products in different companies with projects serving both multinational and national corporations in the ASEAN markets, which has not only enriched his understanding on international standards as well as movement on asset management but also deepened his market insights among ASEAN countries.

  • Morgan Ulaganathan, Head of Asset Services & Hospitality Advisory | Colliers Vietnam

    Morgan Ulaganathan has over 2 decades of experience in hospitality and real estate across Asia Pacific, with a multi-disciplinary operational background in hospitality and property management. He has been based in Vietnam since 2012.
    Morgan specializes in managing developers and investors property portfolio through operational excellence of asset services. In the field of hospitality, he has provided clients with asset management, strategic planning, operator selection, general consulting, and advisory services. 

    Morgan’s comprehensive knowledge of complex front and back of house operations with both international and Vietnamese operators and owners are fundamental to successfully managing quality properties under Colliers. 

    His previous senior leadership roles include services at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Caravelle Saigon, New World Phu Quoc, Four Seasons Sydney and InterContinental Sydney.

  • Minh Le, Executive President | Pacific Group

  • Hue Vu Thanh, Chairman | Tasmania & Partners Corporation

  • Tom Pieter Van Tuijl, General Manager | Centara Mirage Resort Mui Ne

    Tom has over 20 years of extensive experience in the luxury hotel management industry, including 7 years of experience in Vietnam working in leading hotel groups such as FLC Hotels & Resorts, Lotte Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International.

    His expertise covers both rooms and food and beverage management, innovative restaurant and bar concepts, large resort operations, pre-openings, team development and brand management. Tom holds a degree in Hospitality Administration from Hotelschool The Hague.

    As General Manager of Centara Mirage Resort Mui Ne, he is in charge for all aspects of the resort; driving commercial, further enhancing brand experiences and optimizing day-to-day operation.

  • Toan Dang, Deputy General Director | Bel Group Company

  • David Skelley, Founding Director | ARDOR Green & Vietnam Green Building Council

    In December 1991 David Skelley crossed from the practice of architecture to lighting design to explore how light hosts the relationship between people and the built environment, how light shapes perception and forms spatial limits. Since that time, his practice has developed a distinctive design ethos based on “people connection” – how light can link us inwardly to ourselves and outwardly to our community and natural environment.
    David has served on the frontlines of lighting design, leading the industry with memorable expressions of light in hospitality venues as well as the development of innovation light products such as the battery powered table lamp. He speaks regularly to educate and advocate for better lighting solutions that are in tune with our natural environment.David’s practice, DJCoalition, which operates from 3 offices – Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Sydney - has completed 2500+ projects across 5 continents.

  • Andrew Langdon, Senior Vice President 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).

  • Cyrill Czerwonka, Managing Director - 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.

  • Eudo Chan, Senior Director, Development | Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

    Eudo Chan is Senior Director, Development, South East Asia and Pacific Rim at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific. He is responsible for franchise, management, branded residences partnerships with developers in the Indochina region, covering Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia markets.

    Eudo previously worked with Onyx Hospitality Group and Radisson Hotel Group, both in the capacity of business development.

    Eudo has a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Finance and Asset Management (International Hospitality) from Ecole Hotelier de Lausanne, Switzerland, and a Master of Science degree in Real Estate from National University of Singapore.

  • Martin Koerner, Group Commercial Director | The Anam

    Martin Koerner is the Group Commercial Director of The Anam Group, a luxury resort company that operates two stunning properties in Vietnam: The Anam Cam Ranh and The Anam Mui Ne. He is responsible for leading the sales, marketing and distribution efforts for both resorts, ensuring their optimal performance and profitability. He also holds key leadership roles in several business associations in Vietnam. He is the Vice Chairman of the German Business Association (GBA), the Head of Tourism Committee of the Vietnam Business Forum and the Chairman of EuroCham’s Tourism and Hospitality Committee for five consecutive years.
    Martin has a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry, spanning over two decades and various markets across Asia Pacific. He joined The Anam Group in 2016 and played a pivotal role in building its brand reputation and market share. Martin is a well-respected figure in the hospitality sector of Vietnam and a sought-after speaker at industry events. He is also frequently featured in media outlets as an expert on hospitality topics.

  • Quang Vu Linh, Managing Director at ARDOR Green & Board of Directors of Vietnam Green Building Council Pacific Group

    MArch. Arch. Vu Linh Quang has more than 15 years of experience in design, research and training of Green building consultancy in Vietnam. He has gained empirical knowledge and practical experience from his educational background in New Zealand (the University of Auckland), Australia (the University of Melbourne), where sustainable design and green practices are well-known; and BIM technology (University College of Northern Denmark). Typical past projects include the City planning exhibition center, Landmark 81, Lancaster Luminaire, Starlake Urban Complex, Sembcorp Logistics, Lotte Eco Smart City, etc. 
    Since 2008, Linh Quang has participated in various green building activities to encourage the applications of sustainability in construction and public awareness. With the philosophy that green buildings is the mandatory requirement for sustainable development, he hopes green buildings will be more popular in Vietnam in the near future to transform cities and enriches lives. 

    Currently he holds the Managing Director position at ARDOR Green, one of leading green building consultants in Vietnam. He is also the Board of Directors of Vietnam Green Building Council, Vice President of HCMC Green Architecture Club, Committee member of IBPSA International Building Performance Simulation Association Vietnam, and Committee member of SACA Saigon Association of Construction & Building Materials.

    He was awarded by Vietnam Urban Planning and Development Association with the “Young Architect of the Year 2014”, “Top 10 Architects 2017”; as well as conferred “Top 10 Architects Awards” by BCI Asia thrice in 2009, 2015 and 2021.

  • Vignesh Mani, General Manager | Marriott International

    Vignesh Mani is an International hotelier and Service Apartment Champion with extensive experience and well versed in all operational and financial aspects of running small, medium to large volume hotel and Asset operations. Awarding Winning General Manager with exposure to various markets such as India, Thailand, Middle East and South East Asia. 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; with a belief on building people, committed to developing talent and helping the larger community.

  • David Nguyen, Managing Director, Indochina & Strategic Partnerships, South East Asia Pacific| Radisson Hotel Group

    David Nguyen is Managing Director, Business Unit Indochina & Strategic Partnerships, South East Asia & Pacific at Radisson Hotel Group, based at the company’s regional office in Singapore.

    He spearheads the regional development strategy in Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia and is responsible for driving the successful performance of the Group’s operating portfolio of hotels in Vietnam and Thailand.

    An experienced leader in the service and hospitality sector, David brings with him more than 20 years of experience across multiple continents including Australia, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America.

    He has held key positions in executive management, finance, investment and operations across hospitality and leisure companies, including Hyatt Corporation, Indochina Capital (Hospitality Division), Danao International and Vanguard Hotels, and has a proven track record in transformation, turnaround and scaled through M&A, commercial optimisation, growth planning and implementation, and change management.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages major Advertising & Marketing, sub-major Corporate Finance, from the University of Canberra, Australia.