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2015 Speakers & Topics

For 2016: Skift Global Forum does not accept any speaker suggestions or submissions, speakers selection every year is an internal editorial process done based on the programming needs as determined by Skift editors.


» Fred Dixon, CEO of NYC & Company, on the future of tourism marketing for iconic travel brands.

» Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, on the future of city branding.

» Sasha Hoffman, CEO of Fuzzy Compass, and Gillian Morris, Co-Founder, CEO of Hitlist on growing tech startups.

» Kevin Shinkle, Chief Communications Officer of Delta and Nancy J. Friedman, Founder & President of NJFPR, on the changing ionure of travel PR & communications in a digital first world.

» Josh Lesnick, CMO of Wyndham Hotel Group on the importance of middle America that travel brands ignore.

» Vinicius Lummertz, president of Brazilian Tourism Board (Embratur), on building a tourism brand around big events (World Cup & Olympics).
» Michael Klein, Head of Industry Strategy, Travel & Retail of Adobe on seamless, multi-screen integration in the new age of travel.
» Edie Rodriguez , CEO and President, of Crystal Cruises on reinventing cruises through exclusivity and customization.
» Scott Alvis, CMO, of Amadeus North America on building for the future of travel in 2020.


» Mark Hoplamazian, President and CEO of Hyatt Hotels, on reversing your POV, a new perspective on hospitality.

» Ivanka Trump, Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions for the Trump Organization, on why obsessing over details is the only way to build hospitality luxury brand.

» Eric Pearson, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer InterContinental Hotels Group, on the right way to talk to different demographics across the guest journey.

» Darrell Wade, CEO of Intrepid Group, on reinventing the business of tours for the experiential travel.

» Craig Kreeger, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, on how to build an airline brand by not participating in the premium rat race.

» Matthew Upchurch, CEO of Virtuoso, on how the right kind of travel agent survived and thrived the digital change.

» Kim Day, CEO of Denver International Airport, on building an airport for the future of travel.
» Craig Vosburg, Chief Product Officer, of MasterCard on future cities, and business leisure
» Ninan Chacko, CEO of Travel Leaders Group, on the merging of business and leisure travel.
» Rafat Ali, CEO of Skift, on the fault lines of disruption in the global travel industry.

Tech and Digital

» Paul Hennessy, CEO of Priceline.com, on why conversion is the most important metric in travel.
» Jonathan Mildenhall, CMO of Airbnb, building a culturally relevant brand by changing the cultural discussion.
» Michael Small, CEO of Gogo, on the digital habits of air travelers and what brands can learn from them.
» Diego Saez-Gil, CEO and co-founder of Bluesmart, on launching a travel startup through crowdfunding.
» Greg Hong, CEO and Co-Founder of Reserve, on why dining is the next frontier of disruption in travel.
» Prof. Camilla Vasquez of University of South Florida, on Loudsourcing, the inside world of online reviews
» James Smith, EVP, Americas of Criteo, on personalized performance advertising


» Geoffrey Kent, CEO & Founder of Abercrombie & Kent, on understanding the socio-cultural impact of travel on societies.

» Rick Wise, CEO of Lippincott on The Happiness Halo: The unexpected benefits from applying behavioral science to experience design.

» Craig Greenberg & Alice Gray Stites, President and Chief Curator of 21c Museum Hotels, respectively, on Art, Culture & the Experience Economy: Learning is the New Luxury.

» Jeremy Jauncey, Founder of Beautiful Destinations, on why visuals are the new language of engagement for consumers.

» Nick Gray, Founder & CEO of Museum Hack and Company, on creative chaos, the new future of travel.

» Zim Ugochukwu, Founder of Travel Noire, on the growing global community of black travelers.

» Chris Collins, Co-Founder/Executive Producer of Zero Point Zero Production (Anthony Bourdain’s production company), on the evolution of the Travelogue from the 1950s into the future.

» Ross Babbit, SVP, Programming of Travel Channel on authenticity in video, and how it’s moving travel

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