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Presented in association with Hospitality Interiors magazine and The Hospitality Interiors Show, the inaugural Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference will gather the industry’s foremost leaders and creatives to discuss the wealth of activity and opportunity within the hospitality sector.

Taking place at Rosewood London in High Holborn, our high-quality conference will see top-level executives, hoteliers, restaurateurs, designers, markets analysts and premium suppliers alike engaging in a lively, informative and inspiring programme of panel discussions and Q&As.

Delegates can also take advantage of scheduled networking sessions, providing an invaluable opportunity to meet face to face with those shaping the future of hospitality and hospitality design.


Conference programme

8am

ARRIVAL

Registration with coffee, tea and breakfast pastries

8.45am

WELCOME

Sarah Crofts Event Compère
Can Faik
Event Director

9am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Filip Boyen Chief Executive Officer, Forbes Travel Guide

9.15am

THE LEADERSHIP PANEL – HOSPITALITY 2.0

In manifold ways the hospitality industry is undergoing a significant reboot, challenging industry norms which have underpinned investment decision-making, development and brand management for decades.
What opportunities form the current thinking for our panellists in this era of disruption?

PANELLISTS

Simon Casson President, Hotel Operations EMEA – Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts
Dimitris Manikis
President and Managing Director EMEA – Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Graham Kiy
Vice President EMEA, Hard Rock International
William Mackay Executive Vice President Operations Europe and Americas,
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

MODERATOR

Can Faik Editor, Hospitality Interiors

10am

– COFFEE/TEA & NETWORKING –

10.30am

BRANDS & DESIGNERS

Designers and product brands share common goals and ultimately work together for mutual success. What does the panel see as the potential positives and possible pitfalls of this marriage of convenience?

PANELLISTS

Marcel Wanders Product and Interior Designer
Jay Osgerby
Product and Interior Designer

MODERATOR

Daniel Englender Managing Director, London – Benjamin West

11.15am

THE OWNERS’ PANEL

Clearly design is a key element for a successful hospitality business – from the owner’s perspective, what design philosophy delivers the most persuasive guest experience?

PANELLISTS

Harry Handelsman Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Manhattan Loft Company
William Anderson
Chief Executive Officer, Half Moon Bay
Grace Leo
President and Chief Executive Officer, Grace Leo Consultancy

MODERATOR

Harry McKinley Writer, Editor and Hospitality Consultant

12 noon

– LUNCH & NETWORKING –

1.15pm

THE DESIGN LEADERS’ PANEL

Exploring how design strategies define the appeal and reach of individual brands within the hospitality multiverse.

PANELLISTS

Emma King Head of Interior Design, IHG
Damien Perrot
Global Senior Vice President Design, Accor
Joey Goei-Jones Design Manager, GLH Hotels

MODERATOR

Constantina Tsoutsikou Creative Director At-Large

2pm

CELEBRITY CRUISES – THE CELEBRITY REVOLUTION

The panel discusses how outstanding design is pushing the boundaries of the cruise ship experience.

PANELLISTS

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo President Chief Executive Officer, Celebrity Cruises
Kelly Hoppen
MBE Interior Designer, Product Designer, Author, TV & Film Personality
Filip Boyen
Chief Executive Officer Forbes Travel Guide

MODERATOR

Can Faik Editor, Hospitality Interiors

2.40pm

– COFFEE/TEA & NETWORKING –

3.10pm

THE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN PANEL

Some of the world’s foremost designers delve into the design priorities and demands of leading brand owners.

PANELLISTS

Beth Campbell Chief Executive Officer, Wilson Associates
Ed Ng
Co-founder and Principal of AB Concept
Margaret McMahon
Senior Vice President and Global Director Wimberly Interiors

MODERATOR

Alicia Sheber Design and Hospitality Editor, and Writer

3.50pm

– CLOSING REMARKS –

Can Faik Editor, Hospitality Interiors

4pm

– DRINKS RECEPTION –

Serving Veuve Clicquot Extra Brut Extra Old
Courtesy of event sponsor, Veuve Cliquot


Speakers

Simon Casson

Simon Casson

President, Hotel Operations EMEA - Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts

Simon Casson joined the Four Seasons family in 1989 and today oversees Four Seasons hotel operations ranging from palace hotels Europe, to glittering skycrapers in the Middle East and hideaway beach resorts in Africa. Simon supports all hotels in the region in this mission, and has a well-earned reputation for developing talent. With several decades of service with Four Seasons himself, he’s adept at bringing the best out of the people who are the company’s greatest assets.

William Mackay

William Mackay

Executive Vice President, Operations, Europe and Americas - Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

William is Executive Vice President at Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, he is responsible for the brand's standards and strategy, as well as overseeing customer experience and sales channel effectiveness.

With over four decades of high-level hospitality experience, William was recently President of Operations (Asia-Pacific) for Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, after spending more than 20 years as a General Manager and Regional Vice-President with the group in both the U.S.A. and Hong Kong.

William has also held leadership positions in the UK, Canada, Italy, and Japan, and was responsible for multiple hotel openings.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo

President and Chief Executive Officer - Celebrity Cruises

Lisa is currently leading a multi-billion-dollar brand with a diverse workforce of over 20,000. Lisa has led Celebrity to historic financial performance including doubling operating income, delivering double digit ROIC, double digit yield improvement and increasing EBITDA by 70%. All are the highest in brand history. She oversees over $5bn in capex investment to deliver state of the art ships and modernize the existing Celebrity fleet, resulting in significant yield improvement. Under her leadership, these results have been achieved through disruptive thinking, a keen understanding of the customer and consumer trends, and expertise in operational excellence.

Dimitris Manikis

Dimitris Manikis

President & Managing Director for Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa (EMEA) - Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

As president and managing director for EMEA since April 2018, Dimitris is responsible for the development of all of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ brands in the EMEA region as well as maximising the performance of all new and existing franchise and managed hotels. He focuses on driving the strategic objectives of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts including quality and technology solutions as well as loyalty, sales and marketing. Prior to joining Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, he spent over 27 years with RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange.

Graham Kiy

Graham Kiy

Hard Rock International Vice President - Europe, Middle East & Africa

With more than 17 years of expertise and experience in hotel operations, Graham oversees all the existing Hard Rock Hotels in the region, as well as the opening of several new properties, Madrid, Budapest, Amsterdam, Dublin, (2020) Barcelona, Malta and Prague which are under development as Hard Rock International continues to expand.

Emma King

Emma King

Head of Interior Design at InterContinental Hotels Group

Emma leads InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Interior Design team in Europe and is responsible for the design, development and product quality of all new openings and refurbishments. Since joining IHG in January 2013, Emma has become an integral part of the Design & Engineering team. She is leading the design of IHG’s big capital investments including InterContinental London Park Lane, InterContinental Paris Le Grand and Regent Berlin. She is also tasked with the integration of the innovation program at IHG, and has worked on the repositioning strategy and implementation of the new generation Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites and Crowne Plaza brands.

Damien Perrot

Damien Perrot

Accor Global Senior Vice President Design Multibrand

Damien joined Accor group in 1998 as an IT-project manager for the Wagon-Lits Company and later as assignment manager for the Procurement Department. From 2000 to 2012, he occupied various positions within the Hotels Equipment Services: from IT project leader and eventually Department Director and Design & Technical Services Communication Director in 2009. In 2013, he joined the ibis Family teams as the Technical Vice-President for all Europe. Since January 2014, Damien has lead the Group Global Design department. His major challenge is today to define the group Design strategy and ensure its fulfilment within every hospitality project.

Harry Handelsman

Harry Handelsman

Founder and CEO of Manhattan Loft Corporation

Harry Handelsman is the man behind the impressive St Pancras Renaissance Hotel – a ten-year labour of love that reinstated one of Britain’s greatest buildings and reunited Kings Cross with its gothic masterpiece. Harry also delivered the catalyst for its regeneration, the Chiltern Firehouse, one of London’s oldest fire stations reborn as its most talked-about restaurant, bar and hotel. His latest project, Manhattan Loft Gardens which is taking loft-living to a new level – an extraordinary tower of expansive living spaces, three sky gardens and a design hotel right in the heart of Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Filip Boyen

Filip Boyen

Chief Executive Officer – Forbes Travel Guide

A luxury hospitality career spanning more than three decades has led Forbes Travel Guide CEO Filip Boyen everywhere from Bora Bora to Moscow to Peru. Before joining Forbes Travel Guide in 2018, Boyen served as CEO of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, where he oversaw a portfolio of more than 520 exceptional independent hotels in 80 countries. Prior to that post, the Belgium native spent 18 years with Orient-Express, the famed precursor to the Belmond brand.

Beth Campbell

Beth Campbell

Chief Executive Officer, Wilson Associates

With more than 25 years of experience in global design, Beth Campbell, CEO of global interior architecture firm Wilson Associates, is a formidable leader with an exceptional ability to navigate extremely complex scenarios. A LEED-certified, registered architect, Campbell has a robust portfolio of high-profile projects. Most recently, she was executive vice president and head of design for Westfield Corporation, where she successfully orchestrated an organisational transformation for the corporation’s internal design team. Prior to Westfield, she spent 16 years at Gensler, serving as managing partner in Las Vegas, and global account director in San Francisco.

Marcel Wanders

Marcel Wanders

Product and Interior Designer

Marcel Wanders is a leading product and interior design studio based in Amsterdam. With over 1900 product and interior design experiences all around the world for private clients and premium brands such as Alessi, Baccarat, Bisazza, Christofle, Kosé Corporation/Decorté, Flos, KLM, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, LH&E Group, Louis Vuitton, Miramar Group, Morgans Hotel Group, Puma among scores of others. Marcel Wanders has made it his mission to “create an environment of love, live with passion and make our most exciting dreams come true.”

Ed Ng

Ed Ng

Co-founder and Principal of AB Concept

Ed Ng is one-half of multi-disciplinary luxury design firm AB Concept - alongside business partner Terence Ngan. Born and raised in Hong Kong, with both Asian and Western influences, Ed’s childhood experiences have heavily shaped his design principles and aesthetic, enabling him to understand different cultures and fuse them together through design. After co-founding AB Concept in 1999, Ed has created innovative spaces for prestigious clients including the Four Seasons, Rosewood, Mandarin Oriental, and Ritz Carlton.

Kelly Hoppen MBE

Kelly Hoppen MBE

Product and Interior Designer

A celebrated interior designer with international recognition, Kelly’s ever-evolving style is a subtle co-ordinated fusion of East meets West using clean lines and neutral tones, blended with charming warmth and sumptuous opulence. Over the last four decades, Kelly has successfully delivered design for thousands of hotels, bars, restaurants projects. Among numerous on-going projects, Kelly has designed for what is arguably the most impressive cruise ship to date – Celebrity Cruises Edge Class – further helping to redefine luxury travel.

Margaret McMahon

Margaret McMahon

Senior Vice President and Global Director, Wimberly Interiors

Margaret McMahon leads and manages Wimberly Interiors, with her 30 years in the design industry producing an impressive portfolio of projects and an equally impressive list of clients. Under her leadership, Wimberly Interiors has launched studios in New York, Dubai, Shanghai and Los Angeles.

Prior to joining the firm, McMahon was Managing Director of Wilson Associates’ New York office and former President of the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality’s (NEWH) New York chapter.

Margaret’s natural talent lies in pinpointing details, analyzing conceptual designs, and integrating reality with emotion.

William Anderson

William Anderson

CEO Half Moon Bay Antigua

William Anderson has developed, managed, marketed and asset-managed over 40 resort, hotel, restaurant, club, interval ownership and related real estate properties throughout the world. Most recently, William has served most as President/CEO/COO of three global hospitality management and destination management companies within the luxury hotel and resort and destination spa segments. He has overseen operations in 30 countries creating and operating new projects or restructuring and repositioning existing hotel, resort and residential properties with real estate sales in excess of $450m.

Jay Osgerby

Jay Osgerby

Designer, Barber & Osgerby

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded Barber & Osgerby in 1996. With numerous prizes and doctorates over the years, they received an OBE for services to the design industry in 2013. Their clients including Axor, B+B Italia, BMW, Flos, Hermes, Knoll, Louis Vuitton, Magis and Vitra. Alongside the primary studio, Edward and Jay founded Universal Design Studio in 2001, now recognised as one of the world’s most innovative creative design consultancies working in architecture, interiors, and exhibition design. In 2012 MAP was launched, a strategy-based industrial design studio that draws on the creative and commercial expertise of the Barber & Osgerby studio.

Joey Goei-Jones

Joey Goei-Jones

Design Manager - GLH Hotels

Joey is the leading head in design for glh Hotels, she has been involved in the opening of over 35 hotel projects ranging from 3* to 5*properties all over the world. Her most recent projects include the 900 room Hard Rock Hotel London, (previously the Cumberland), and Amba Grosvenor Victoria. Joey is currently working on a new meeting and events strategy for the whole glh estate reflecting today’s ever changing ways of working as well as future refurbishment plans for all glh properties. Before joining glh in 2017, Joey was part of Accor Hotels both in the UK and Asia. During her time in Accor, she was involved in the building of Novotel Canary Wharf which was considered a flagship property.


Supporters

David Collins Studio
Rosewood London
DesignLSM
SB Architects
IHG
GA
Hansgrohe
Dennis Irvine Studio
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
M Studio
Sparc Studio
Silverfox Studios
Wimberly Interiors
NEWH
JOI Design
Marcel Wanders
Studio Proof
Dexter Moren Associates
Doubledecker
Hard Rock Hotel
MKV Design
Sarah Ward
Richmond
Forbes Travel Guide
Four Seasons
Manalo & White
AB Concept
GLH
AD Associates
Celebrity Cruises
Goddard Littlefair
RPW Design
Millenium
Rolls Royce
Cheval Collection
Kelly Hoppen
Jeffrey Beers International
WOODS BAGOT TM
EPR Architects
Stylt
Wilson Associates
Half Moon Bay Antigua
twenty 2 degrees
Russell Sage Studio
Scott Brownrig
AKD
Accor
Dernier & Hamlyn
Verserius
Wish Interior Architecture
Benjamin West
Jestico + Whiles
1508
Hirsch Bedner Associates
Afroditi
Nicholas Sunderland Interior Design

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