Speakers

Moderator & Facilitator

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TIM DAVIS MBE, HITT Moderator

FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR, PACE Dimensions

“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.

The Speakers

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WES PAUL

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN & CEO, GEMIN-I Analytics

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.

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FFLUR ROBERTS

INUDSTRY MANAGER LUXURY GOODS+, Euromonitor International

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).

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ALEX DUCKWORTH

PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT, AECOM Sustainable Development Group

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.

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NEIL B. JACOBS

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

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.

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GESA ROHWEDDER

HEAD OF HOSPITALITY, Drees & Sommer

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.

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ADRIAN FLÜCK

DIRECTOR OF HOTEL ASSET MANAGEMENT, INVESCO REAL ESTATE

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.

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OLAF DEMUTH

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER, Zech Group SE

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.

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XENIA ZU HOHENLOHE

FOUNDING PARTNER & DIRECTOR, The Considerate Group

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.

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WOLFGANG M. NEUMANN

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

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.