Countless waves of economic, social and environmental issues that followed have been battering the shores of the hospitality industry – despite it all, many have emerged more buoyant than ever. 

YHS 2022 will examine how individuals, companies and governmental bodies led us to a new shore that re-evaluates the very core of how we do business. 

Ready to take a deep dive with us? 

BREAKING THROUGH THE TIDE

Before Breaking Ground

    The Future of You

  Reconstructing Leadership

The Only Way Forward

 

YHS 2022
SPEAKERS & TOPICS

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Every year, YHS dedicates itself to engaging leaders of their respective industries to deliver powerful and thought-provoking speeches. Drawing on their personal experience and expertise, each keynote speaker will interpret the theme - Breaking Through the Tide - from their unique perspective to engage and inspire the audience.

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 President for EMEA Marriott International
Satya
Anand
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 CEO and Founder of Aptamind Partners
Aradhana Khowala
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 CEO of the
Gottlieb-Duttweiler Institute
David
Bosshart
 CEO of The Red Sea Development Company and AMAALA
John
Pagano 
Sandeep
Walia 
Chief Operations Officer - Middle East, Marriott International
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Craig
Smith
Group President and Managing Director at Marriott International 
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Steve
Hood
Senior Vice President of Research, STR
 
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Liz
Ortiguera
CEO
Pacific Asia
Travel Association

PANEL TOPICS & SPEAKERS

Before Breaking Ground

Destinations are at the soul of the travel and tourism sector, with the entire industry relying on these unique places. But how are they created?  

Beyond the property line, a shift from individualism to co-evolution leads us on a holistic path of community empowerment and local integration. We will analyse frameworks that align everyone’s desires to create a successful tourist destination – one that is equitable, inclusive and regenerative. 

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Michael
A.McKay
Founder of
The McKay Interview,
Ex Chamber
of Commerce for Geneva
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Nathalie
Seiler-Hayez
General Manager for The Beau Rivage Palace
Adrien
Genier
Director of
Geneva Tourism
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Pierre-Henri Bovsovers

General Manager of

W Verbier

Moderator

The Future of You

 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the COVID-19 pandemic reformed the way people work and live. With the flexibility to work remotely, a new travel segment emerged: "B-Leisure" one that blurs the line between business and leisure travel.  

 

As humanity redefines how to navigate life, it calls for innovation from the hospitality and tourism industry to answer to their new lifestyle and travel habits. How can hospitality providers enable future travellers to roam the world how they envision? 

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Christoph  Hoffmann 
CEO of
25 Hours Hotel
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John
Fareed 
 Global Chairman
of Horwath HTL
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Borivoj
Vokrinek 
Partner – Strategic Advisory and Head of Hospitality Research EMEA at Cushman and Wakefield

Moderator

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Ron
Swidler 
Chief Innovation Officer at
Gettys Group
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Alex
Yoo
Senior Director of Global Design, MEA at Marriott International

 Reconstructing Leadership

The global pandemic has placed extraordinary pressure on business leaders and beyond, which brings us to the questions: 

  • How do leaders encompass a resilient mindset during turbulent times?  

  • How will the hospitality industry continue to respond to severe labour shortages?  

  • Will this strenuous leadership test make organizations more successful in the long run?  

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Demian
Hodari 
Professor of
Corporate Strategy
at EHL
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Jeff
Higley 
President of
BHN Group
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Thomas
Mielke 
Managing Director of AETHOS Consulting Group

Moderator

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Marloes Knippenberg 
CEO of
Kerten Hospitality
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Lucy
Werner 
Senior Vice President Commercial at
Rosewood

The Only Way Forward

Times of crises represent opportunities for companies to reinvent themselves for a better future that fights for people, planet and profit all the same. At this very moment, how are trailblazers making it our present? How are industry leaders enabling others to do their part in building the carbon-neutral societies of tomorrow?  

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Willem Niemeijer 
CEO & Founder of
YAANA Ventures
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Adrian
Flück 
Director at
Invesco Real Estate, Asset Management, Hotels
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Chalana
Perera 
Founder of
Retrace Hospitality

Moderator

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Denise
Naguib 
Vice President, Sustainability & Supplier Diversity at Marriott International
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Suzannah Newham

Senior Sustainability Advisor

Considerate Group

FIRESIDE CHAT SPEAKERS

Kayleigh Wiltshire 
 Global Learning and Development Manager at Dorchester Collection
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Xavier Pougnard 
 Store Leader
Apple

Where does a hospitality education get you? Let Kayleigh and Xavier show you the infinite possibilities within the industry and beyond. With Kayleigh’s decade-long experience in career development and learning and Xavier’s audacious change of profession from hospitality to tech, there is no one better fit for this fireside chat than these two!

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Yap Chin
Siang 
  Deputy Chief Executive at Singapore Tourism Board
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Urs
Eberhard 
 Vice Director of Switzerland Tourism

Singapore has often been named as the Switzerland of Asia, and vice versa. Tune in to learn from these two tourism experts and find out more about these two countries who have made their mark on the world map despite their small size, along with their plans for the future!

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Nick
Price 
 CEO at NetSys Technology Holding Limited
Ian
Millar 
 EHL Manager and Senior Lecturer of Inst. of Business Creativity

“Technology has no place in hospitality.” Meet two gentlemen who will convince and show you otherwise. Tune in to dive deep into how technology enables hospitality with Nick Price and Ian Millar, two avid experts of everything tech.

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Jacqueline Cheng 
 Vice President, Head of Family Experience at Shangri-La Group
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Joshua
Gan
Regional Director
Asia Pacific of EHL

Curious of how family experience is playing a significant role in Shangri-La's future steps? Tune in to find out how Jacqueline is heading up a department that requires more thought than you would think! And who could be better at interviewing than Joshua with his extensive experience in hospitality education?

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David
Keen 
 Co-founder of Kube Ventures
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Michael
Levie 
 Co-founder
Kube Ventures

Meet the two most innovative minds of the industry! Michael Levie & David Keen from Kube ventures. Michael founded CitizenM, and David is an evangelist for the power of experiential branding who brings ideas to life. Tune in to find out more about their thoughts on innovation, and the importance of empowering start-ups to make hospitality sexy again.