Simon Vincent, OBE

Simon Vincent, OBE
Executive Vice-president & President
Europe, Middle East & Africa, Hilton

Vincent is Executive Vice President & President Europe, Middle East & Africa for Hilton. Based in London, Vincent is responsible for 549 operating hotels and a further 371 in the development pipeline, across thirteen brands and nearly 70 countries and territories.

Since joining the company in 2007, Vincent has overseen the opening of more than 350 hotels and spearheaded Hilton’s growing presence in the region, with the introduction of new brands such as LXR Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton and Curio – A Collection by Hilton.

A 32-year veteran of the leisure and travel industry, Vincent was previously CEO of Opodo, the pan-European online travel agency. He has extensive international experience and has also worked in North America and Japan. He spent the early part of his career in International Banking with HSBC.

He sits on Hilton’s global executive committee, represents the company as co-Chair of the UK Tourism Council and a member of the UK Cultural Renewal Taskforce. Vincent is also a non-executive director at iconic London retailer Fortnum & Mason.

Vincent is also Chairman of Trustees for the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People, a Trustee of Jigsaw School, an independent school for children on the autistic spectrum and a Trustee of Amber Trust – a Charity for Music for blind children.

In January 2015 he received an OBE for his services to the hospitality and tourism industries, having been recognized in the New Year Honours List.

Cuthbert Ncube

Cuthbert Ncube
Executive Chairman
Africa Tourism Board

Cuthbert is a seasoned Tourism Executive and has held leadership position within International and Regional Organization. His mandate at the Africa Tourism Board is to leverage strategic relationships in the industry and beyond to unify Africa’s efforts in positioning herself as a Tourism destination powerhouse.

Cuthbert has had the honor to share his knowledge in the tourism industry as a Guest Speaker at various Local, Regional & International Conferences.

A passionate capacity and enjoy music and a spot of gardening during his free time. Position held to date:

  • Executive Chairman – African Tourism Board
  • CEO- Kwela Fleet Management, South Africa
  • Owner & Managing Director – Golden Feathers Hotel, Cape Town
  • Former Regional Vice President & Board Member of UNWTO
  • Non-Executive Director – African Tourism Partners
  • Non-Executive Director – Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme

Dr Konrad Mizzi

Dr Konrad Mizzi
Former Minister of Tourism
Malta

Konrad Mizzi is a leading European public policy innovator and executor. He was the architect of many of the innovative, economic initiatives that transformed Malta’s economy to the fastest-growing in Europe, in the space of only five years. Culturally, he attracted many iconic events, organisations and partnerships to Maltese shores for the first time, including Cirque de Soleil, Manchester United, Viacom, Christmas Fairyland, BBC Radio 1 and the BBC2 Orchestra.

As Tourism and External Transport Minister he led the national airline, Air Malta, to turn an operational profit for the very first time in its history. He pioneered a world-first investment by Ryanair to create an entirely new airline called Malta Air, with hubs in Germany, Italy, France and Malta. Thanks to Mizzi’s leadership and investment, Malta’s airport is now a regional medium sized operation, serving over 7 million visitors each year.

Mizzi previously served as Minister for Energy and Conservation of Water and as Minister for Health. There, he revolutionised the energy sector through investment pouring into Malta. In turn, this led to the closure of Malta’s outdated heavy fuel oil power generation, and profitable investment in cleaner, greener renewable alternative sources. Mizzi also spearheaded the introduction of the Gas Security of Supply directive across Europe when the chaired the EU Energy Council.

In one of the world’s most water-stressed countries, Mizzi undertook similar reforms , introducing ‘New Water’ through an innovative process for converting raw sewage to high quality water for industry and agriculture. In Health, he succeeded in eliminating out-of-stock medicines and long waiting lists.

Prior to entering politics, Konrad Mizzi was Partner and Head of the Energy and Infrastructure Practice for Europe and Africa with Pcubed, a global leader in programme management. Before that, he was with Deloitte and Touche and BT. In that time, Mizzi led several high-level change projects in the UK, including the forging of an Alliance between seven energy companies which improved services and realised large savings. He developed a strong interest in regenerating areas of severe deprivation.

Nikolina Angelkova

Nikolina Angelkova
Former Minister of Tourism
Bulgaria

Nikolina Angelkova was born on the 30 November 1979. She is Harvard business school alumni, graduated form the Leadership development program. Master in Law from the University for National and World economy (UNWE), Sofia graduated with an award for excellent success; postgraduate qualification for company management to the Post qualification institute to the UNWE. She has specialized financial management of the EU structural funds, regional policy and government to the Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht and the Regional Institute for Public Administration in Nantes, France.

2002-2006 she was a President of the Association of legal development and legal adviser in the parliamentarian committee of Regional development.2005-2007 she was a blue book trainee in DG” Environment”, European Commission and advisor of the BG leader in the EPP group, European Parliament, working in the field of environment, transport and regional development.2005-2010 she was an owner of Nikolova and partners consult LTD; CEO of Hercesa Bulgaria LTD and CEO of Helector Bulgaria LTD working in the field of transport and environment infrastructure, real estate investments; mergers and acquisitions.2008 founded “Friends of sport” Foundation representing Real Madrid Foundation social school to integrate children in needs through sport.

Currently is a honorary President of the foundation. 2010-2011 she is leading the Control, communication and coordination department to the Minister of regional development and public works.2011 she is Member of the management board of the Road Infrastructure Agency and till 2013 Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works responsible for European and international policy, European territorial cooperation and regional planning; contact point for the EU Danube strategy. 2013-2014 she was EU policy advisor to the President of the Republic-Rosen Plevneliev. In March 2014 she was elected Young Global Leader of WEF and currently is a WEF alumni.2014 she became the first woman Minister of Transport, information technology and communication in the caretaker BG Government.

In November 2014-2017 she became the first Minister of tourism in the regular PP GERB BG Government founding the Ministry of tourism as separate state administration. March 2017 was elected member of parliament in the 44th National Assembly leading the Sofia region election list of PP GERB. May 2017- 2020 became Minister of tourism in the PP GERB BG National Government. In 2018 she was awarded by the Italian President in the “Stella d’Italia award”.

Member of the PP GERB and since 2019 and currently party political coordinator in Sofia region. Currently member of the parliament from PP GERB in the National Assembly, member of the economy and tourism policy and Chairwomen of the Parliamentarian friendship Committee Bulgaria-USA. Oct.2020 member of the Women in International security organization.

Holds lots of prestigious awards in the fields working and have participated and organized many international and internal events.

Speaking English, Spanish and Italian and having working knowledge of French and Russian

Married with one daughter

Avedis Guidanian

Avedis Guidanian
Former Minister of Tourism
Lebanon

He is member of Armenian Revolutionary Federation and had various in it. He was chosen as the chairman of Zavarian Student Association of ARF and represented the party in the group of Lebanese parties as well as in numerous assemblies. He had participated in political parties’ international assemblies that were held in Kazakhstan and Cambodia.

In 1998 he was elected as member of ARF Central Committee of Lebanon for the first time. From 2001 till 2005 he was the foreman of ARF Central Committee of Lebanon. Since 2009, he has been the principal of Voice of Van. In 2015, he was elected as the vice-representative of ARF Central Committee of Lebanon. He was Minister of Tourism twice in 18.12 2016 and in 31.01 2019.

Nick Barigye

Nick Barigye
Chief Executive Officer
Rwanda Finance Ltd

Nick is the Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Finance Ltd. Before joining Rwanda Finance, Nick was the Managing Partner of Karisimbi Business Partners from 2014 – Sep 2019. Nick brings extensive strategic, operating and general management experience to Rwanda Finance. He has served as Managing Partner of one of the leading Management and Strategy Consulting firms in Rwanda, CEO of the largest soy processor in Rwanda, Group Operations Officer of the largest investment company in Rwanda, CFO of the largest juice and dairy processor, and COO of one of the largest locally owned road construction companies in Rwanda. He spent three years of his early career as a Policy Analyst at the Rwandan Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning where he was responsible for implementation of the Rwandan Government’s Fiscal Decentralization Strategy.

He is specialized in supporting investment transactions, restructuring and M&A operations, mainly in Rwanda. He advised several corporate clients as well as government institutions. Nick brings extensive strategic, operating and general management experience working as both policy and executive management in various multi-national corporations for over 15 years.

Nick is currently an advisory board member to the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change – Rwanda Project and serves the Board Chairman of AB Bank Rwanda and SONARWA Life Assurance, is one of the Board of Directors of Green Hills Academy.

Nick has a master’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in Strategic Management from Strathmore Business School in Kenya, one of the leading Business Schools on the Continent and Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the National University of Rwanda as well as diploma in Fiscal Decentralization and Local Government Financial Management at Duke University’s Sanford Institute of Public Policy and a diploma from the Swedish Institute Management Programme.

Mmamoloko “Nkhensani” Kubayi-Ngubane

Mmamoloko “Nkhensani” Kubayi-Ngubane
Minister of Tourism
South Africa

Mmamoloko “Nkhensani” Kubayi-Ngubane is Minister of Tourism, a Member of Parliament of the Republic of South Africa and a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress.

Prior to her current role, Kubayi-Ngubane previously served as a Minister in three portfolios, Science and Technology, Communications, and Energy respectively. She has held several leadership roles both within the ANC and as a deployee of the ANC in various spheres of government. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Johannesburg (formerly Vista University), a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management from Damelin College, a Masters Degree in Public and Development Management from the University of the Witwatersrand and completed a Programme for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.

Kubayi-Ngubane is outgoing member of the Global Artificial Intelligence Council established by the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She joins other global leaders as a member of the Forum’s newly established Global Future Council on Sustainable Tourism, a multi-stakeholder knowledge network tasked to advance innovative thinking for a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable future.

Jayanth Kolla

Jayanth Kolla Founder & Partner Convergence Catalyst

Jayanth brings over Eighteen years of experience in Technology, Product Marketing, Research and Strategy Consulting in the Telecom, Internet and Emerging Deep Technologies (AI/ML, Blockchain & IoT) domains. He is an advisor to the world’s leading technology firms, young & fast growing startups and the investor community, and has held various roles with Telecom Carriers, Device Manufacturers and Management Consulting firms in the past.

Currently, as a Partner with Convergence Catalyst, Jayanth leverages his hands-on experience and domain expertise to advise various companies to align themselves with the ever-changing technology and market trends, and evolve as leaders in the Digital Convergence space. He mentors a number of progressive and fast-growing technology startups on Product & Service Offerings, Business Planning, Go-To-Market Strategies and Fund Raising. Jayanth is also an advisor to various PE & VC firms, Institutional Investors, Hedge Funds and FIIs on private equity transactions and public equity positions.

Jayanth is an Advisory Board member of India’s first and only Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based asset fund, Core team member of a global AI think tank, Advisor for an Indian EdTech company, a European Blockchain products company, Advisor and Mentor for NASSCOM’s DeepTech Club of 78 Startups in India, Evangelist of leading 3rd generation Blockchains, and Founding member of “India IoT Forum”. Jayanth also holds eight patents for innovations in Advance Analytics, AI/ML, IoT and Robotics domains.

Jayanth is an oft-quoted industry leader whose viewpoints and analyst notes are regularly published in leading business publications including Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg, S&P Global and Financial Times, keynote speaker at various industry thought-leadership conclaves across Asia and Europe, and is also an empaneled judge for Mint’s Digital Innovation Awards, 2019 and MIT’s ‘Emerging Technologies Young Innovators’ (EmTech) Awards’, 2017. He’s also a columnist on technology industry trends for Forbes, APAC CIO Outlook, Moneycontrol and Mint magazines and business publications.

Previous Companies: Analysys Mason, Nokia, Motorola Kyocera, Tata Teleservices

Sir Timothy (Tim) Clark, KBE

ITIC Speaker
Sir Timothy (Tim) Clark, KBE
President
Emirates Airline

Mr Clark has been in the civil aviation business for his whole professional career, having joined British Caledonian in 1972.

In 1975, he moved to Gulf Air in Bahrain and subsequently in 1985 to Dubai where he became a member of the founding team of Emirates as Head of Airline Planning.

In 2003, he became President of Emirates Airline. Until the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world in early 2020, Emirates was serving over 150 destinations in 85 countries with a fleet of 270 wide-bodied aircraft comprising the iconic Airbus A380s, and advanced Boeing 777s.

Between April 1998 and March 2008, Mr Clark was also the Managing Director of Sri Lankan Airlines, the latter position resulted from Emirates’ acquisition in April 1998 of a major stake in the airline with full management control.

Mr Clark is Chairman of the Emirates Airline Foundation, which he was instrumental in founding. The Foundation strives to improve the welfare of disadvantaged children of the world.

Vijay Poonoosamy

ITIC 2020 Speaker
Vijay Poonoosamy
Singapore-based
Director International and Public Affairs

QI Group

Vijay Poonoosamy is the Singapore-based Director International and Public Affairs of QI Group, an Honorary Member of the Hermes Air Transport Organisation, a Non-Executive Member of the Board of Veling Group, a member of the International Board of Experts of Rebuilding Travel, of the Advisory Board of the World Tourism Forum Lucerne, of The Red Sea Development Company and of the World Economic Forum’s Strategy Officers Community, Gender Parity Steering Committee and Senior Deputies Community of the Consumer Industries Action Group.

Vijay is blessed with a supportive wife and two wonderful daughters.

Vijay’s 30 years’ experience in international relations, aviation, tourism and public affairs together with his extensive travels and living in Mauritius, UK, UAE and Singapore have consolidated his ability and reputation for international consensus building, Strategic Public Affairs, Ethics and Good Governance. Vijay is committed to ensuring that organisations are purpose-driven and adhere to the highest standards for integrity, transparency, equity, inclusivity and sustainability.

Vijay was the Managing Director of Air Mauritius, Special Adviser (International Civil Aviation) and Member of the Public/Private Consultative Group in the Prime Minister’s Office of Mauritius, the Executive Chairman of Airports of Mauritius, the Vice President International Affairs of the Etihad Aviation Group and Senior Adviser, International Civil Aviation Affairs, UAE Mission to ICAO.

He was also Chairman of the 4th ICAO Worldwide Air Transport Conference, the ICAO Special Group on the Warsaw Convention Governing International Air Transport, the Air Transport Committee of the African Civil Aviation Commission, IATA’s Industry Affairs Committee, IATA’s Legal Advisory Council and IATA’s Task Force on International Aviation Issues. Vijay was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Mobility, the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Advisors Circle, the World Routes Advisory Panel, the Board of Directors of US Travel Association and the Board of Governors of the International Aviation Club of Washington, DC.