As global events continue to evolve at a dazzling speed we are pleased to welcome back Dr. Razeen Sally, back by popular demand – our highest-rated speaker from last year and someone in a unique position to sort through how the potential impacts of major policy and political shifts then have actually translated into reality after a year of unprecedented change. This second phase presentation will pick up where we left off in Sydney and move through the areas of most concern / opportunity to centres along with more specifics about the practical realities of change now that the direction of so many factors has started to actually play out.
Dr. Sally has over twenty years’ experience as a trade-policy expert and advisor. He has researched and published widely on trade policy, taught trade-policy courses in universities and conducted trade-policy training programs (aimed at bilateral and multilateral) in several countries. He helped to found a major trade-policy think tank, the European Centre for International Political Economy, in Brussels and has extensive experience in consulting for governments and international organizations on trade issues. He chaired the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness, and coordinated major WEF reports on trade and competitiveness and the competitiveness of cities. He is also a member of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, which advises the British government on Brexit trade strategy and trade policy-making between the UK and the EU.
In response to the major newly emerging issue identified as “The War for Talent” we will be getting the latest on the future prospects for accessing, orienting and training a new generation of staffing at a time when not only have the stakes gone up – with talent at an all-time premium – but we are looking at a new generation of workforce with very different interests and expectations than many of us have been used to.
As a leading talent development coach, facilitator and strategist, Avinash Chandarana has extensive experience working with a broad portfolio of Fortune 500 companies, international associations and organisations, worldwide.
Avinash has honed his core capabilities in Talent and Leadership Development. During his early career, he sourced, selected and interviewed over 1,000 candidates and recruited over 150 professionals representing 50 nationalities during his tenure as Talent and Development Director at MCI Group’s Brussels office. In 2008 Avinash founded the pioneering MCI Institute, an in-house Learning Centre of Excellence, providing face to face, virtual and on-demand learning programmes for MCI’s 2,000+ global workforce across 60 offices in 31 countries.
Avinash is a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute, member of the International Association of Facilitators and serves on the Chief Learning Officer Business Intelligence Committee. Voted a Platinum speaker by Meetings Professionals International (MPI), Avinash speaks about, consults and provides training on a range of Talent Development, Leadership and Intercultural topics. He is a qualified licensed practitioner with the Culture-Active System (Richard Lewis Communications) and InsightsTM Personal, Team and Leadership Effectiveness Model.
In response to a “top of the cycle” period that has brought into new focus the ever-changing interface with our respective hotels communities, we will be getting all the latest details on the accommodation sector from a global expert, Thomas Emanuel, Director of Business Development for STR. Based in London, he leads a team focused on driving business with Industry Partners; he has spent his entire career in the hotel industry, moving from senior level positions with global brands to the Deloitte HotelBenchmark team and subsequently to STR where he drove a rapid expansion outside North America.
Throughout his time with STR, Thomas has gained a wealth of experience working with hotels, investors, developers, consultants, banks, governments, destination management companies and many others. he has worked in over 40 countries across 6 continents and regularly speaks at major hospitality conferences around the world. He is also frequently interviewed for his insights on the hotel industry by news outlets including CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, as well as various tourism and hospitality publications.
At a most practical level, we face the question of resolving these overarching factors into the kinds of specific strategies and tactics required to chart a course for our own business activities and priorities – in other words, business planning appropriate to the complexities of a more challenging operating and market environment. For this, we will be accessing the talents and insights of Roger Martin-Fagg, a leading expert in business process with particular knowledge around the venue industry.
Roger is an economist turned strategist who began his career in the New Zealand Treasury, then moved into Airline Business Planning and teaching postgraduates all aspects of economics. He designed and ran the postgraduate diploma in Airline Management for British Airways before joining Henley Management College in 1987, where for 21 years he taught senior managers macroeconomics and strategy.
Roger is an independent teaching consultant. He has been external examiner to Bath University, worked with the Bank of England, three of the major UK clearing banks, advised a major London recording studio for 15 years, and regularly talks to SME owners in the UK and Europe about economic trends. He is a visiting fellow to Ashridge, Warwick and Henley business schools.