Agenda

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Tuesday, 10th
Education Tuesday: Learn, Exchange, Grow.
 

HEDNA University 1.0

Instructors:
Cynthia Castillo, Director Global Travel Industry Relations, Hilton Worldwide
Chris Murdock, Director, Distribution Operations, AccorHotels
 
 
 

HEDNA University 2.0

Instructors:
Kevin Furlong, Director, Global Distribution & Content Management, Hyatt Hotels
Steve Rubin, Online Travel and Hospitality Revenue Strategist, Denihan Hospitality Group
 
 
 

Conference Registration

 
 
 

Content Workshop

 Anne Cole, Vice President, Content, DHISCO
Sylvain Courtial, Senior Manager, Product Management eCommerce & Integration, Amadeus
Sarah Fults, Vice President Distribution, MGM Resorts International
 
 

Property and Product Onboarding Workshop

Ian Ackland, Regional Manager Connectivity & Vacation Rentals, Booking.com
Jodie Gibson, Manager Strategic Accounts, DerbySoft
Sebastien Leitner, Director, Distribution Accounts
 
 
 

Networking Lunch

 
 
 

Payments Workshop

Pascal Burg, Director, Edgar, Dunn & Company
Mike Carlo, Global Head of Travel, Transpay
 
 
 

Revenue Management Workshop

Digna Martinez Kolar, Senior Advisor, IDeaS
 
 

MObile Workshop

Donnie Schumann, Strategic Partnerships, HotelTonight
Les Thomason, Senior Manager, Business Analysis Practice, NTT Data, Inc.
 
 
 

Metasearch Workshop

Lew Harasymiw, Director, Distribution Strategy - Connectivity, IHG
Leanne Ballard, VP Partnerships, Koddi
Nadine Pagel, Director of Distribution, Kimpton
Steve Rubin, VP Revenue Management, Denihan
Dean Schmit, Sales Operations Manager, DerbySoft
Sanja Vukik, Senior Sales Manager, Hotels, Americas, Skyscanner
 
 
 

First time attendee welcome

 
 
 

Opening reception

Sponsored by: Avvio
 
 
Wednesday, 11th
 

Conference Registration

 
 
 

Networking Breakfast

Sponsored by: tuniu.com
 
 
 

HEDNA Café

Sponsored by: Elavon
 
 
 

Plenary Session
President's Welcome

Rajesh Vohra, Sales & Marketing Director, Sarova Hotels
 
 
 

Opening Keynote:

Michael Dominguez, Chief Sales Officer, MGM
 
 
 

HEDNA and You

 Sarah Fults,Vice President, Distribution, MGM Resorts International
Rajesh Vohra, Sales & Marketing Director, Sarova Hotels
 
 

Networking Break

Sponsored by: HBSi
 
 
 

Hot Numbers and Market Insights

Chris Crenshaw, Vice President, Digital Data Solutions, STR
 
 
 

HEDNA Talks: MICE MICE Baby

Moderator: Michael Dominguez, Chief Sales Officer, MGM Resorts International
Panelists:
Steven Kinsley, President, Kinsley Meetings
Paul Van Deventer, President & CEO, Meeting Professionals International
 
 
 

Networking Lunch

Sponsored by: WEX
 
 
 

Being Innov8Ive:
8 companies discuss their innovations (Part 1)

 Mark McSpadden, Head of Sabre Labs, Sabre
Richard Castle, COO and Cofounder, Cloudbeds
Dean Schmit, Sales Operations Manager, DerbySoft
Marion Roger, General Manager North America, Dayuse
 
 

HEDNA Talks:
Demystifying the digital marketplace: The Spotlight on the hotel industry

Rebecca Bucnis, Chief Commercial Officer, Kalibri Labs
 
 

Networking BREAK

Sponsored by: Transpay
 
 
 

Payments Break-out session

 Moderator: David Cabreza, Director, International Distribution, Hilton Worldwide
Panelists: 
Seth Friedman, Vice President - Global Merchant Core, Visa, Inc.
Sylvie Hachey, Assistant Director, Sales & marketing, IATA
Eric Liebman, Vice President - Hospitality, Elavon
Diego Szteinhendler, Director of Business Development, Transpay

 

 
 

Mobile Break-out session 

Donnie Schumann, Strategic Partnerships, HotelTonight
Les Thomason, Senior Manager, Business Analysis Practice, NTT Data, Inc.
 

CHINA INFORMATIONAL BREAK-OUT SESSION

David Chai, Vice President, Alitrip
Kevin Guo, Accommodation General Manager, Meituan
Anson Lau, General Manager, CHINAonline
Harry Yu, General Manager of Hotel Business Unit, TUNIU
 
 
 

Evening event at The Prado

 Sponsored by: Onyx CenterSource
 
Thursday, 12th
 

Registration

 
 
 

Networking Breakfast

Sponsored by: CHINAonline
 
 
 

HEDNA Café

Sponsored by: Elavon
 
 
 

Effects of the Shared Economy on Travel & Distribution Landscape

David Loughnot, Business Development and Regulatory, Vacasa
 
 

Networking Break

Sponsored by: Omni Hotels & Resorts
 
 
 

Future Best Practices in Hospitality Payments

Pascal Burg, Director, Edgar, Dunn & Company
Mike Carlo, Global Head of Travel, Transpay
 
 

AI and Automation in Hotel Distribution and Life

 Tim Gunstone, Managing Director, Eyefor Travel
Irfan Mohiuddin, Director of Global Products, Expedia, Inc.
Andrei Faji, Head of Customer Experience, WayBlazer.com
Anna Vysotskaya, Associate Partner, IBM Canada
 
 

Being Innov8Ive:
8 companies discuss their innovations (Part Deux) 

Ashwin Kamlani, President, RoomKnights
Mudasser Tariq, Vice President - Sales, RateGain
Matt Schvimmer, Chief Marketing Officer, Zingle
Tim Werner, Managing Director, PrimeiroPay
 
 
 

Networking Lunch

Sponsored by: Booking.com
 
 
 

The Rise (or the Return?) of the Brand

 Moderator: Henry Harteveldt, Founder/Industry Analyst & Advisor, Atmosphere Research Group
Panelists: 
Michael Grubler, Director, Key Accounts, Expedia
Krista Pappas, Lola Travel, Senior Vice President Business Development
Doug Carr, Executive Director Distribution, Accor Hotels 
 

Closing Keynote:

Dr. Lalia Rach, Founder and Partner Rach Enterprises 
 
 

Closing Reception

Sponsored by DHISCO
 
 
 
 
 

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