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The 3rd annual Online Marketing, Social Media & Mobile in Travel Asia 2015 3-4 February 2015 | The Langham Hotel Kowloon, Hong Kong

2015 Speakers Include...

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Ross Veitch Ross Veitch
CEO
Wego

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Wego
Mr Ross Veitch is CEO & Co-Founder of Wego.com, a travel search company headquartered in Singapore and with offices in Jakarta, Bangalore and Dubai. Wego operates websites and mobile apps in 52 markets globally but is strongest across APAC and MENA.

Wego helps travellers shop online for flights and hotels more efficiently and delivers to our hundreds of OTA, airline and hotel chains partners highly qualified incremental leads. We also offer sophisticated targeted advertising solutions. Wego investors include Tiger Global Management, Crescent Point Group and Square Peg Capital.

Mr Veitch sits on the boards of Wego (Singapore), Triperna (UAE), Valadoo (Indonesia) and is an active investor and advisor to startups in the technology, e-commerce and online travel space.

Previously, Mr Veitch opened up South East Asian operations for Yahoo! in 1998 and led the product, engineering, customer care and surfing teams for 6 years. Mr Veitch is Australian by birth and has lived and worked in London, Melbourne, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore which has been home since 1998.
Yoshiyuki Takano Yoshiyuki Takano
CMO
Rakuten Travel

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Rakuten
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Tomas Laboutka Tomas Laboutka
Co-Founder & CEO
Hotel Quickly

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Hotel Quickly

Tomas is a serial entrepreneur, passionate about bringing innovation and shaking-up industries. Most recently, he co-founded and lead HotelQuickly, the #1 mobile first company for same-day hotel bookings in Asia & Pacific. 

He built 3 ventures over the course of past 6 years and served e.g. as Co-Founder and Managing Partner of FL Ventures Ltd, a specialist in advising start-ups on how to expand successfully across Europe.

Tomas was also member of the Sub-Committee for Entrepreneurship of the National Economic Council of the Czech Government and founder of CEMS Entrepreneurs.

Andy Chang Andy Chang
Director - Digital Marketing
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

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Hyatt

Andy started his digital marketing career as a web designer in the good old days when putting pictures on a web page required some skills. Later, he spent 10 years with MRM Worldwide, the digital and CRM marketing arm of McCann Worldgroup, in various countries and capacities – from Director of Analytics in Los Angeles to Data & Technology Director in China, and later General Manager in Hong Kong.

Andy joined Hyatt in Jan 2013 to oversee the hotel chain’s digital marketing and e-commerce activities in Asia Pacific, including social media and in-hotel guest digital experience. His current focus is on helping Hyatt hotels to deliver memorable and social guest experiences leveraging social media, customer analytics, CRM and mobile.

A native of Taiwan, Andy has lived half of his life in the US and the other half in Asia.

Ryo Umezawa Ryo Umezawa
Managing Director
Hailo

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Hailo
Ryo spent 10 years in the Philippines prior to studying International Business and Economics at Sophia University in Tokyo.

Ryo has been with J-Seed Ventures since 2005, participating in several partner companies where he frequently assisted in starting up the businesses, marketing and business development. He has experience in the mobile/smartphone, online marketing and ad businesses. In 2008, he was in charge of starting up an iPhone ad network and produced an iPhone app at TrafficGate (currently LinkShare Japan K.K., a Rakuten, Inc. group company). Ryo also has experience in starting up his own venture, a mobile marketing company. Ryo is currently running a global startup, angel investor in several startups and serves as a advisor to a mobile marketing solution company in China and a Japanese publicly listed company that is investing in to business overseas.

From time to time Ryo writes about technology ventures and overseas market news for CNET Japan and TechWave. He loves working with startups and in addition to being an avid blogger, he is a serious networker who is constantly meeting people and hooking them up with others.

Ryo was selected as a Leaders of Tomorrow at the 40th + 44th St. Gallen Symposium held in 2010 and in 2011 as a member of World Economic Forum, Global Shapers Community (GSC) in Japan.
Steven Pang Steven Pang
MD China SkyScanner
Skyscanner

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Skyscanner

Steven Pang is Managing Director, Greater China at Skyscanner.

He was formerly CEO and co-founder of Youbibi, a Chinese travel metasearch company which launched in 2010 and was acquired by Skyscanner in 2014.

Prior to entering the world of online travel, Steven spent several years in investment banking at Morgan Stanley. He holds a law degree from the University of Oxford.

Steven never travels without “Learning a few words of the local language – it  helps one get a better feel for a place, and people tend to appreciate the effort.”

Kei Shibata Kei Shibata
President & CEO
Venture Republic

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Venture Republic
Kei co-founded Venture Republic Inc., that owns and runs Japan’s largest online travel search engine “Travel.jp”, hotel review search “Hotel.jp” and Curated travel contents service “Tabiness”. As CEO, he took the company public in 2008 (2177. JASDAQ) after 7 years of operation. Over the last 13 years, Kei has built the various successful online vertical media including “Travel.jp,” “Hotel.jp,” “Tabiness” and “coneco.net”. While running the company, he serves as an active investor and board member of various travel/ecommerce startups in the world including flocations in Singapore and Telunjuk in Indonesia.

A seasoned executive with his extensive knowledge of online travel, e-commerce and his strong entrepreneurship, Kei is responsible for driving the company by shaping its strategy, making commercialization efforts and building organization.

Previously, Kei worked at Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan’s leading trading & investment firm, for 11 years. During his time with the company, among other roles, he played the key role in company’s largest M&A deal in its history to acquire the Lawson Inc., one of the largest convenience store chains in Japan and led the company’s joint e-commerce businesses with Lawson to pursue its post acquisition strategy.

Kei received a BA of Laws from Keio University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He also serves as co-founder/organizer of WIT (Web in Travel) Japan, President of Venture Mitakai, an official Keio University’s alumni association for CEOs of venture businesses and Executive Committee Member of HBS Club of Japan (Harvard Business School’s alumni association in Japan) and a member of Japan Association of Corporate Executives “Keizai Doyukai.”
Moritz Mayrhofer Moritz Mayrhofer
UX Designer
BeMyGuest Travel

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BeMyGuest
Speaker bio coming soon.
 
Debby Soo Debby Soo
Vice President - APAC
Kayak

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Kayak
Speaker bio coming soon.
Abhiram Chowdhry Abhiram Chowdhry
Vice President and Managing Director
Hotels.com

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Hotels.com
Abhiram Chowdhry is Vice President and Managing Director of Hotels.com Asia Pacific, part of the Expedia, Inc. group, a role in which he is responsible for building Hotels.com business across the Asia Pacific region.

Prior to this role, Chowdhry was Senior Marketing Director for Hotels.com Asia Pacific responsible for spearheading the online and offline marketing strategy for the Hotels.com brand. Chowdhry has also held the positions of Marketing Director and Search Marketing Director for Expedia and Hotels.com.

Before joining the Expedia, Inc. group, Chowdhry was the Marketing Director at FierceMarkets Inc, an online media business based in Washington DC, where he was responsible for creating and executing the marketing direction and plans for the company.

A skilled Marketing practitioner, Chowdhry began his career working in sales and marketing for BPL Sanyo a consumer electronics giant in India before moving to the US to take on the role of Market Research Analyst for the US Chamber of Commerce. From here he took on the role of Online Lead Generation and Marketing Strategy Manager for Thomson Corporation’s online education business in Singapore.

Chowdhry holds a Bachelor in Economics from St. Stephens College, Delhi University and an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Simon Fiquet Simon Fiquet
Industry Head Travel, APAC
Google

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Google
Simon Fiquet heads the Travel Suppliers team for APAC at Google. His team supports directly Google's largest Travel clients & partners in APAC to help them achieve some of their key business objectives online, from Australia to Japan, China, India or SEA. Prior to that, he has led the Global Accounts Travel APAC team, where his focus was to establish long-term, meaningful partnerships at regional & global level with Google's top 10 Travel partners, and to drive execution on joint strategic priorities. He has been in Singapore for 3 years. Prior to moving to Singapore, he worked as EMEA Key Account Manager at Google with partners like Amazon or L'Oreal, based in Paris. He worked as a strategy consultant earlier in his career, and has a science & engineering background, for which he always keeps a keen eye. He is an avid traveler and the father of a little girl.
Raphael Cohen Raphael Cohen
Co-Founder & CSO
Hotel Quickly

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Hotel Quickly
Raphael worked for Rocket Internet as Managing Director of foodpanda Vietnam and DropGifts Singapore, before joining HotelQuickly as Chief Sales Officer. As serial entrepreneur, he previously founded the online graphic design outsourcing company Corporate Edesign, as well as CGHK Export, a China-focused trading company. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce, and exchanged to the University of Hong Kong and Shanghai Jiaotong University. Raphael was born and raised in Paris, but lived in Toronto, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong, which is also the reason why he speaks 6 languages including Hebrew, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
Oliver Hua Oliver Hua
Managing Director, Asia Pacific
Booking.com


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Booking.com
Oliver Hua was appointed Booking.com’s Managing Director for the Asia-Pacific region in 2013. He is responsible for developing and executing business strategy across one of the company’s fastest-growing regions.

Oliver came to Booking.com from eBay, where he had worked for over eight years. There, he held a number of senior positions including Managing Director for Southeast Asia, Japan, and Israel; Chief Operating Officer for Greater China, Japan, and Southeast Asia; and Senior Director of Trust and Safety for the Asia-Pacific region.

Before joining eBay in 2005, Oliver worked for seven years as a senior executive with a number of global management and strategy consultants, including McKinsey & Co. in Shanghai and Houston; Booz Allen Hamilton; and Stern Stewart & Co., where he worked with local and global clients in Asia, Europe and the United States. 

Oliver was also an entrepreneur, and in 2000, he co-founded and headed the B2B internet startup company, Luban.com.

Oliver received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Beijing Foreign Studies Institute in 1993. He also has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, which was awarded jointly by the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai and the International Graduate School of Management (IESE) in Barcelona and Madrid.
 
 
James Tan James Tan
COO
Jetbay


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Jetbay
James Tan is COO of Jetbay, a venture-backed, Silicon Valley company with presence in the United States, China and Southeast Asia. Jetbay is the world’s largest platform for foreign travelers to research and book their trips to China. James is also managing partner of QuestVC – China’s leading venture fund for technology companies that have scalability and replicability in large internet communities. James is co-founder and former COO of 55tuan, one of the largest social e-commerce site in China with presence across more than a hundred cities. He is a trustee at the Action Community for Entrepreneurship, director at the Beijing Software Industry Association and board member to startups in China and Southeast Asia.
Daniele Beccari Daniele Beccari
Worldwide Head of Travel Product
Criteo


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Criteo
Daniele Beccari is Head of Travel Products at Criteo. As travel technology strategist, he has helped startups and blue-chip corporations define and launch innovative solutions in leisure, corporate, online and mobile sectors. He also served as Vice President, Europe and B2B, at Isango! (now part of TUI), and previously as Head of Corporate Products for the e-travel division of Amadeus. An MBA graduate from INSEAD, Daniele can be found somewhere between Paris, London, Turin, San Francisco or Tokyo.
Peter Greenberger Peter Greenberger
Director- Sales, Emerging Markets
Twitter


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Twitter

As Director of Emerging Markets, Peter oversees Twitter’s revenue opportunities in Russia and Greater China. Before taking on this role, Peter was Director of Global Political Sales leading Twitter’s sales strategy for public sector business inside the Beltway, in addition to guiding all global political sales for Twitter.

Prior to joining Twitter, Peter launched and led the Public Sector sales team at Google, Inc. Simultaneously, he served as Head of Industry Relations for the company connecting Sales and Policy. Before that, he worked on political campaigns and in government for a decade. He was campaign manager for Brad Carson’s Oklahoma US Senate campaign in 2004 -- named the best run Democratic Senate race of the cycle by Stu Rothenberg of the Cook Political Report. During the Clinton Administration, Peter worked in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs as the Director of Congressional Correspondence.

Peter graduated from Yale University and earned a master's degree with distinction in Comparative Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science.  He lives in Singapore with his wife and three sons. 

Widhadh Waheed Widhadh Waheed
Director of eBusiness
Shangri-La International


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Shangri-La
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Catherine Gilvarry Catherine Gilvarry
Head Of Marketing - Asia
Hostelworld.com


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Hostel World
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Andrew Wong Andrew Wong
Regional Director
TripAdvisor


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Trip Advisor

Based in Singapore, Andrew Wong is Regional Director, Flights at TripAdvisor. Responsible for the APAC region, Andrew works with airlines, low-cost carriers and online travel agencies to provide the widest range of travel options, prices and itineraries to TripAdvisor’s Flight meta search users. His specialty is airline distribution, online travel media and monetization of traffic.

Andrew was previously based in London where he expanded TripAdvisor’s flight business to Europe, Brazil and Russia. Andrew also worked on TripAdvisor’s core hotel side of the business, engaging with tour operators, online travel agencies and hoteliers across Europe. Before TripAdvisor, Andrew worked for Travelport in London where he negotiated complex Full Content agreements with airlines. Andrew also worked to take over distributor operations and set-up direct offices in Senegal, Cameroon, Latvia and Romania for Galileo International. Prior to this, Andrew worked for a short-lived Canadian low-cost carrier.

Andrew is from Toronto, Canada and holds a Masters degree in Air Transport from Cranfield University, United Kingdom.

Tejveer Singh Bedi Tejveer Singh Bedi
Director Distribution & RM
Park Hotel Group


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Park Hotel Group
Mr. Tejveer Singh Bedi, an MBA graduate from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad has been Group Revenue Director of Park Hotel Group since October 2014. Mr. Bedi oversees analytics and distribution strategy for the Park Hotel group's portfolio of hotels. He has extensive experience in yield and pricing strategy as well as distribution management. Prior to joining Park Hotel Group, he held senior revenue and distribution management positions for reputable international hotel chains.
Barry Adams Barry Adams
General Manager, Greater China & Southeast Asia
Experian Marketing Services


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Experian

Barry has over 17 years’ experience living and working in Asia, predominantly within marketing and technology related companies. He joined Experian Marketing Services in 2012 and is General Manager for Greater China overseeing all aspects of the business.

Barry’s core areas of expertise include developing and executing strategic marketing and CRM initiatives, display advertising, social media advertising, data strategy & data monetization, strategic partnerships, customer analytics and team management.

Barry and is a frequent speaker at marketing events around the region.

Coming Soon Amira Morgan
General Manager, Asia,
Mr & Mrs Smith


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Mr and Mrs smith
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Kevin Ng Kevin Ng
Engineering Director
Expedia Asia


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Expedia

Kevin leads the engineering team that powers the Expedia sites in Asia.  The team collaborates closely with the global product and technology teams, and regional retail teams to provide  differentiated localized mobile/web experience for Expedia. Kevin joined Expedia in 2013 after many years in applying internet technology to transform business interactions.

Patrick Xiang Patrick Xiang
Business Development Manager
Dragon Trail Interactive


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Dragon Trail

I’m the BD Manager at Dragon Trail.  Dragon Trail helps international travel brands reach the Chinese consumers online.  Our clients include DMOs, hotels, attractions, shopping malls, transportation and more. Providing digital marketing services on one hand, we keep innovating teach solutions for travel brands.

Lisa Leung Lisa Leung
Digital Marketing Executive
Cathay Pacific Airways


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Cathay Pacific
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