Moderator & Facilitator
TIM DAVIS MBE, HITT Moderator
“I can’t think of a more appropriate forum of leaders to help uncover
the insights and identify the value for our industry”
Tim Davis established PACE Dimensions in 2010 as a new breed of advisory and research consultancy for the travel, leisure and hospitality sectors. In an age of digital revolution he saw an opportunity to guide businesses through intense change and be prepared for future disruption to come. Today, PACE Dimensions’ investment in enhanced research supports clients in addressing the new challenges facing the travel and hospitality industry the Covid-19 crisis compounds the demands of a dynamic and less predictable world.
At PACE Dimensions, Davis helps global companies improve their performance and competitive edge by developing winning insight-based strategies and transforming business processes in order to build distinctive and valuable brands.
An expert in strategic change management, business architecture, strategy and brand development, Davis also leads comprehensive research programmes using proprietary studies exclusive to PACE Dimensions. The consultancy also boasts partnerships with several of the travel and hospitality industry’s leading data specialists to further inform advisory work.
Key achievements of the PACE Dimensions business under Davis’ leadership include the development of a corporate growth strategy to create a top five global hotel group; redesigning global distribution and property management systems to boost profitability to record levels; and operating as a lead advisor on multiple successful mergers and acquisitions.
With over 20 years of international management experience, Davis has worked with a number of high-profile brands including spending 12 years as senior executive and member of the management board at Hilton. He was responsible for the creation and delivery of Hilton’s eCommerce capabilities across their major markets, taking online sales to US$3.5bn worldwide in five years. Prior to Hilton, Davis has held senior management roles with Hughes Olivetti Telecom and Galileo.
Davis has a wealth of experience as a keynote speaker and moderator at global industry events such as ITB Berlin, HITT, Hotelschool The Hague Research Symposium, The Hotel Revenue Forum and Eye for Travel.
About WES PAUL
Wes has over 40 years in the finance industry joining J. P. Morgan in London in 1975 where he started as a systems programmer. He worked for Exxon Chemical Asia Pacific in Hong Kong from 1977-1980 where he was Mathematics, Computers & Systems Coordinator for the APAC region.
He returned to J.P. Morgan in London where he held a number of posts including: trading (all asset classes including complex derivatives), research (economic and credit), and portfolio management (20+ years, ranked No.1 Global Fixed Income Manager and No.1 Ranked Global Currency Manager over many years).
He grew the Global Fixed Income business from $450M to $23 Billion in 5 years and pioneered currency management for the finance industry growing it to $50Billion+. He held the following senior management positions (in London and New York): Managing Director (1986), Global Head of the following businesses: Fixed Income, Currency Management, Emerging Markets, Economic Research, Capital Markets Research, Credit Research.
He was made Global Head of Investments where he held oversight for all investment activities including equities, real estate and alternatives including all products, investment professionals and strategy. He was also a Member J.P. Morgan’s Global Management Committee. He led and developed capital asset pricing research and models including currency (with Harvard), Real Effective Exchange Rates, Credit derivatives, Global Bond Indexes and Emerging Market Indexing.
He is also Chairman of Tellus Matrix (Geopolitical Advisory).
Wes has invested and or been involved in the development of several technologies including: one of the earliest UAV drones 2005 (for military operations), Portable Solar Energy Systems (2003), Electric commercial vehicles (led delegation to US Congress), A Natural Sciences Museum in the UAE, Vaccine Research (Orally stable multi variant platform) currently developing a Covid vaccine, Cyber security, Biosecurity, Quantum computing, Energy, commodities, rare earths metals.
About FFLUR ROBERTS
Fflur Roberts manages the research programme for the global luxury goods industry at Euromonitor International, which she joined in June 2000. In her current position, she has direct responsibility for the content and quality of Euromonitor’s luxury goods research, which provides strategic analysis of the global market and in-depth coverage of the industry in 32 countries worldwide.
With Fflur at the helm of the luxury goods research the company was awarded Luxury Researcher of the Year 2016 by global media company Luxury Daily and in 2017 was on the Luxury Women to Watch list.
Fflur has written extensively in the field of business and luxury in her time at Euromonitor. She has authored numerous global strategic reports, is often referenced in the international press on the luxury business and has addressed luxury leaders at many leading global luxury conferences around the world. Presently Fflur is co-editing a chapter on the USA and European luxury market for The Oxford Handbook of Luxury Business (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
About ALEX DUCKWORTH
Alex Duckworth is a Principal Consultant with AECOM’s Sustainable Development Group and is based in the UK. He has worked within the sustainable building industry for over 12 years with a range of experiences from low energy building design in the domestic and non-domestic sectors, to research and delivery of low carbon investment initiatives on behalf of the UK government and NGOs. AECOM is a multi-disciplinary global engineering consultancy firm with a focus on the built environment.
The built environment is recognised as a sector responsible for a significant proportion of annual Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and it is vital that this is reduced if we are going to meet global targets and mitigate the impacts of climate change. For this reason rules, regulation and consumer and investment behaviour is changing. As consultants in this space we are constantly seeking ways to reduce GHG emissions and to be ready for the changes we see happening in both the near and longer term future.
At AECOM we pride ourselves in being able to link all these differing aspects of the built environment together and lean on the relevant expertise at the appropriate time to develop solutions that consider matters holistically. Alex’s role is pivotal in linking these differing design considerations and setting strategies that can deliver on targets in practice.
About XAVIER JUNQUERA
Xavier is the Head of Public Law Department in the Barcelona office. After an initial period in a boutique firm, Xavier joined Baker & McKenzie in 1992 and spent two years (1994/1995) working in the Firm’s head office in Chicago (USA). He became Principal in 1999 and was the Managing Partner of the Barcelona office from 2006 to 2009.
He is a member of the steering committee of the Firm’s Environmental, Regulatory and Planning , and Hotel, Resorts and Tourism Practice Groups, and one of the partners that launched the focused group on Sustainability. Xavier has extensive experience in real estate, urban planning and environmental law.
He soon specialized in Hotels & Resorts, and Tourism related projects. Throughout his career, Xavier represented and advised many clients of the HRT industry (both local companies and multinationals) in diverse matters and projects, as the sale of real estate assets, negotiation and drafting of zoning instruments, construction license schemes and lease and management contracts, horizontal division schemes, property by-laws, complex regulatory issues, fit out works agreements, and other contracts related to the setting up and operation of tourism related businesses.
Xavier has been continuously recognized as Leading Individual in the fields of Public Law and Environment by Chambers & Partners Europe, Legal 500 and Best Lawyers
Dr. ULRICH HENNINGS LL.M.
About Dr. ULRICH HENNINGS
Dr. Ulrich Hennings has acted as a transactional and corporate lawyer for more than 30 years.
After having focused in the nineties on the privatization of companies in East Germany, he specialized in Mergers & Acquisitions and corporate law in connection with national and trans-border transactions and reorganizations with a special focus on hotel related deals including acquisitions, lease and management agreements.
He has been an attorney-at-law with Baker & McKenzie since 1988 and has been admitted to the German bar since 1988. Until 1991 he practiced at Baker & McKenzie’s Frankfurt office and since then at Baker & McKenzie’s Berlin office.
Ulrich Hennings studied at the Universities of Freiburg and Munich. He is a graduate of the University of Munich, received the doctorate degree from the University of Freiburg (1987) and his LL.M. from the University of Miami (1988).
About FLOOR BLEEKER
Floor Bleeker holds a Bachelor degree in Hotel Administration from Hotelschool The Hague, Netherlands and an MBA from the University of Colorado, USA.
Floor has over two decades of multinational experience in the hospitality industry, and a substantial background in IT leadership, strategy development and execution, business analysis and application development. In all his roles, Floor has prioritized team leadership and performance management as fundamental to delivering on the demands of the industry.
Prior to joining Accor, Floor was the Chief Information Officer of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. When Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts joined Accor in November 2018, Floor was appointed Chief Information Officer for the Middle East & Africa and strategic IT programs across the Group.
Floor joined the Executive Committee upon his appointment as Chief Technology Officer in November 2020.
About ANDREAS EWALD
Andreas Ewald is Managing Partner of the worldwide operating hotel consulting practice of Engel & Völkers (EVHC). He has more than 25 years of hospitality and real estate experience. In his professional career he has been responsible for structuring large Pan-European real estate portfolio transactions with a transaction volume of more than EUR 15bn.
He is specialized in the organization of acquisitions and sales of hotel assets, portfolios and operating platforms. Furthermore, his expertise lies in valuations including buy-side and sell-side due diligence, operator and investor searches as well as management and lease contract negotiations.
In addition, he provides independent business reviews, highest- and best-use analyses, feasibility studies and investment analyses for hospitality developments and properties. His clients are composed of international investment funds, private equity firms, financing institutions as well as private and institutional investors.
About KLAUS KOHLMAYR
As IDeaS Chief Evangelist and Development Officer, Klaus Kohlmayr challenges strategic processes, stimulates thought-provoking conversations and reinvigorates the future of revenue management and pricing within the hospitality and travel industries.
A natural contrarian, Klaus has challenged the status quo in the hotel industry for over 20 years. With IDeaS, he previously started the company’s global consulting division and pioneered the industry’s first group price optimization and function space revenue management proof-of-concepts in a real-world environment.
An advocate of lifelong learning, he has studied business at Henley Management College in the UK, real estate investment and asset management at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration; and finance and strategy at the Singapore Management University.
Klaus has been an active participant in various industry advisory boards. He not only loves to challenge the status quo, but wholly welcomes being challenged in new ways of thinking.
NEIL B. JACOBS
About NEIL B. JACOBS
Neil’s passion for wellness, sustainability and making travel purposeful led him to Six Senses in 2012.
Ever since, his focus has been to elevate the brand in terms of responsible design, green initiatives and wellness programming. Under his leadership, the company has opened resorts in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. He has sought to broaden the company’s global footprint, enabling people to experience Six Senses in gateway cities and adapting the brand’s values to sophisticated and contemporary urban environments, with New York and London on their way.
Neil’s vision extends beyond a super high-end hotel and spa company. He believes in creating demand through constant innovation, initiatives and programming that are meaningful and tailored for each guest’s health and well-being. Equally important is the requirement that local communities benefit and that resorts operate in harmony with the natural world.
Together with his team, he continues to drive the agenda of wellness, sustainability and out-of-the-ordinary experiences – always with a purpose of allowing guests to reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them.
Before joining Six Senses, Neil’s global career included leadership roles at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, where he oversaw all of Asia Pacific and launched many new properties, followed by Starwood Capital Group where he led their luxury hotels and the development of the Baccarat Hotels and 1 Hotels brands.
Having studied Hotel Management at Westminster University, French Civilization at La Sorbonne University and Italian culture and art in Florence, Neil speaks six languages and knows his vermicelli from his Botticelli.
About GESA ROHWEDDER
Gesa Rohwedder heads the hospitality Europe team at Drees & Sommer. She supports hotel operator, investors, and developers in their development of hotels, hotel concepts, hotel renovations, new buildings, and refurbishment projects.
She also advises on digitisation and sustainability strategies for the hospitality industry.
Before joining Drees & Sommer in 2014, she held various management positions at InterContinental Hotels in Germany and other European countries and besides the duties of a General Manager she accompanied the refurbishments and openings of hotels, among others the InterContinental Hotels in Hamburg, Berlin, London (Park Lane) and Cologne.
About ADRIAN FLÜCK
Adrian Flück is a Director of Hotel Asset Management at Invesco Real Estate and manages an internationally branded European hotel portfolio. He also holds a leading role in the Invesco Real Estate Sustainability Focus Group and is responsible for the development of individual strategies and the implementation of pan-European ESG activities.
Adrian began his investment career in 2008 and joined Invesco Real Estate in 2015. Prior to joining Invesco, Adrian was vice president of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Hotels and Hospitality Group, responsible for managing investment sales processes from pitching through to exclusivity periods. Prior to this, Adrian worked as an analyst in the CBRE hotels team. He has c.13 years’ experience in real estate and the hospitality industry and is specifically responsible for hotel asset management.
Adrian earned an Executive Masters in Real Estate from International Real Estate Business School (IREBS) and a Bachelor of Science (hons) from Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. Adrian is a member of the IHIF Sustainability Council. He is based in the Munich office.
About OLAF DEMUTH
Engineer Olaf Demuth is a member of the Executive Board of Zech Group SE and is responsible for the operational management of the Building Division, which includes Construction, Integral Planning, International & Consulting, Engineering, Systems and Environment Divisions.
Immediately after completing his studies in civil engineering at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Olaf Demuth joined the Hamburg branch of STRABAG Hoch- und Ingenieurbau AG in 1988. He contributed to the company’s success with various management positions in Hamburg and Berlin – always with increasing responsibility.
Since the acquisition of STRABAG Hoch- und Ingenieurbau activities by Ed. Züblin AG in 2006, he has held the technical management of the North Directorate in Hamburg. In March 2013, Olaf Demuth was appointed as a further member of the Executive Board of Ed. Züblin AG. In 2017, he assumed responsibility for all construction and construction-related companies at Zech Group SE.
About THOMAS SCHLERETH
Born in Munich, Germany, Thomas Schlereth’s background and professional career has consistently been characterised by the topics of the environment and the role played by people in the society of today, in addition to active mindfulness and sustainable building.
By the time he was studying for his degree in architecture in Innsbruck and Munich, Thomas Schlereth was already interested in his key field of timber construction, the streamlining of inefficient, overly long, high-emissions construction processes and the conceptualisation of buildings that offer sustainable value – buildings which create an impression and footprint among people and in terms of the environment.
After creating a production plant for modular timber construction in the mid-1990s, Thomas Schlereth began focusing increasingly on hotel design, which culminated in the development and completion of the first zero-energy hotel in Munich in the year 2009, for which he received accolades including the Energy Prize of Bavaria.
Following from this success, combining all of his previous experiences, he then developed a hotel concept whose major leitmotif is not “shareholder value” but “shared value”, and which combines the fields of modular timber construction, sustainability and people in the “here and now” in a way that has never been seen before – SOULMADE. With a process of maximum prefabrication, a short construction time is achieved which, due to highly efficient logistics processes, has an exceptionally low Carbon Footprint.
Awarded with numerous prizes and accolades from the national and international hotels sector, SOULMADE is seen to be a pioneer for a new generation of hotels with an environmentally-friendly, sustainable construction and the holistic appreciation of people’s needs. For Thomas Schlereth, that is both the confirmation and the best evidence that authentic, genuine sustainability remains both sought after and valued today.
XENIA ZU HOHENLOHE
About XENIA ZU HOHENLOHE
Xenia zu Hohenlohe is the founder of a change-making company that helps hospitality businesses operate responsibly.
She began her career in the hotel industry 24 years ago, speaks 6 languages and worked for international hotel groups such as Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Oberoi Hotels and spent various years within sales as well as operations with Aman across the globe.
Xenia joined forces with her business partner Benedetta Cassinelli to create Considerate Hoteliers Ltd in 2012 in order to offer the hospitality sector a platform with hands-on services and innovative technologies for responsible business solutions.
Now in 2021 Considerate Group is at the forefront of creating tailor-made methodologies for the successful integration of sustainability strategies for hotels and tourism companies around the world with their highly skilled team of 12 experts. Their focus is very much on driving companies to perform better financially, have a solid ESG strategy, data transparency and achieving a positive impact for the sector of a whole.
WOLFGANG M. NEUMANN
About WOLFGANG M. NEUMANN
As seasoned executive in the global Hospitality, Travel and Tourism sector, Wolfgang draws from his vast international experience in mature and emerging markets in a multi brand environment.
Under his company – Neumann Hospitality BV – he bundles a diversified portfolio of non-executive director and strategic advisory roles such as:
- Chairman of the Board, Hotel School The Hague (The Netherlands)
- Chairman of the Board, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (United Kingdom)
- Non- Executive Director, Guestline Hospitality Software (United Kingdom)
- Non-Executive Director, Grivalia Hospitality (Luxembourg/Greece)
- Non-Executive Director, Angama Mara (Maasai Mara, Kenya)
Until 2017 he was President & CEO of The Radisson Hospitality Group and prior was CEO for Arabella Hospitality Group in Munich. He spent more than 20 years with Hilton, building his career from General Manger to President Hilton Europe and Africa.
Wolfgang is passionate about developing teams and empowering talent as mentor and coach. While results driven, he is focussed on value creation for all stakeholders and committed to sustainable business practices.
Copyright photos: Tim Davis/Pace Dimension, Wes Paul/private, Fflur Roberts/private, Alex Duckworth/Portrait B&W, Xavier Junquera/Baker McKenzie, Dr. Ulrich Hennings/Baker McKenzie, Floor Bleeker/Sandrine Roudeix Abaca Corporate, Neil B. Jacobs/Six Senses, Gesa Rohwedder/Drees & Sommer, Adrian Flück/private, Olaf Demuth/Wolfgang List, Xenia zu Hohenlohe/private, Wolfgang M. Neumann/SHA.