Ghaith Al Ghaith

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Ghaith Al Ghaith
CEO
flydubai

A UAE national, Ghaith Al Ghaith is Chief Executive Officer of Dubai-based flydubai which was launched in 2008.

Al Ghaith has a long track record in aviation. He started his career at Emirates Airline joining in 1986 as a Management Trainee. During his more than twenty year career at Emirates Airline he held a number of positions including Executive Vice-President Commercial Operations Worldwide and Area Manager UK and Ireland.

Al Ghaith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, USA.

Hon. Philda Nani Kereng

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Hon. Philda Nani Kereng
Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Tourism
Botswana

Hon. Philda Nani Kereng, is the Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Tourism of Botswana. She has brought a new impetus to the tourism industry of her country by revising the tourism policy so as to enhance the participation of the country’s citizens in the tourism industry and to diversify the tourism products across the country.

She has devised strategies to accelerate the recovery of Botswana tourism industry through the networking of its different partners so as to achieve synergy while improving sustainable conservation practices and positioning her country as a tourism and investment regional hub.

Hon. Philda Nani Kereng efforts earned due recognition as she was recently acknowledged as one of Africa’s Tourism Board Key Leaders in Africa.

She has also been active on the social front since 1995. She held until 2001 the post of Chief of Surveys and Follow ups of the Rural Industries Innovation Center, planning and managing nation-wide sociological research projects to improve industrial and farming activities.

Furthermore, she has also been a Project Officer for Community Development of the Action for Economic Empowerment Trust, a local partner of the US African Development Foundation (ADF), working closely with rural communities to identify, plan and manage community ecotourism projects.

Her grassroots knowledge of the Botswana’s society led the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to appoint her as Child Protection Officer to drive the national programme on orphan care and child services in collaboration with NGOs and CBOs. She was also instrumental in the development of the Children’s Act of 2009.

Hon. Philda Nani Kereng received an award for being one of Africa’s Tourism Board (ATB)’s Key Leader in Africa at the first East African Regional Tourism Expo on the 9 October 2021. The award recognizes her excellence in driving development of sound tourism recovery strategies. Such strategies include the review of tourism regulations, the Tourism Policy, development of climate change and response and integrated waste management Policy amongst the few.

Hon. Philda Nani Kereng holds a B.A. in Public Administration and Sociology as well as a Masters in Sociology of Development (UK).

In parallel to her State responsibilities, she is an associate pastor in a local church and often acts as counselor and life coach for families, women and young people.

Amr El-Kady

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Amr El-Kady
CEO
Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board

He has 30 years of experience in various disciplines such as: media, advertising and marketing, during which he was included in many positions, ending in senior leadership positions in the last 15 years, in addition to specialized study. During these long years, he was able to build and strengthen a strong network of working relationships with various stakeholders in the media, advertising and marketing industry inside Egypt, the Arab region and internationally.

During the past 24 years, he worked with the largest international companies specialized in the fields of media and advertising, such as Horizon Advertising Company, the British Lowe Advertising Company, Lowe Worldwide, Mindshare worldwide and finally DDB Worldwide. During these years he included in different positions until he reached senior management positions since 2003 and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of one of the largest marketing groups since 2014.

During his work with these companies, he had the opportunity to work with major international brands such as Vodafone, Coca-Cola, Unilever, HSBC, Samsung, in addition to major local and regional advertisers, in addition to his responsibility for the promotional campaigns of the Ministry of Tourism in the Arab and European markets.

Mr. Amr El-Kady has been a member of the Committee of Experts related to Tourism Promotion in the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities since 2020, the committee formed by the ministerial decree to be responsible for the international and internal tourism promotion file, in addition to his membership in the committee for preparing the marketing and media strategy for tourism in Egypt which was implemented by the Canadian-British alliance and which was completed during the month of August.

Joseph D. GRAH

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Joseph D. GRAH
Director of the Humanitarian Affairs Department
AFRIJAPAN-AFRICASIA INTERNATONAL COOPERATION

Mr. Joseph is the Director of Humanitarian Affairs of AFRIJAPAN-AFRICASIA INTERNATONAL COOPERATION since 2017. An African International Organization working to promote economic and diplomatic cooperation between Africa and Japan and eight other Asian countries.

Mr. Joseph joined this organization after 12 years working at the United Nations, in East and West Africa, where he respectively held the positions of Electoral Civic Education Officer and Civil Affairs Officer. These positions provided him with a great sense of understanding and analysis of the sociological, economic, political and security variables and dynamics that shape the daily lives of people in West and East Africa.

Mr. Joseph holds a PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy and a Master Degree in Political Science. He has obtained several training certificates in different fields including Peace and Security, Civil-Military Relations, Good Governance and Gender, Civil Affairs etc.

Since 2004 to date, Joseph has carried out multiple technical assistance and training missions on the organization of elections, intercommunity conflict management, good governance and protection of civilians in the West and East African regions. He has worked extensively on the thorny dynamics of local and foreign armed groups and inter-community conflicts in Eastern DRC.

He is co-founder of the Centre de Recherche et d’Études Stratégiques au Kivu based in DR-Congo and co-founder of the Ephrata University and the Institut National Supérieur des Sciences de Agricoles et de l’Alimentation (INSSA-AL EPHRATA) in Cote d’Ivoire. Mr. Joseph is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Reseau CEP-International and the Director of International Relations and Development of GROUPE DIAMANA a medical research organisation working on the incurable pathologies.

Finally Mr. Joseph is the Ambassador of the African Tourism Board to Cote d’Ivoire with the mandate to promote the organisation vision and objectives that are to rebrand tourism industry in Africa and rewrite the narrative of African continent.

Manuel González Buiza

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Manuel González Buiza
COO
TOP (TOURISM OPTIMIZER PLATFORM)

Mr. González Buiza is a young and highly qualified professional. Prior to occupying the position of COO at TOP-GOVERSYS, he held the position of International Trade Assistant at the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg.

Subsequently, his background in Law, Business Management, international trade, and his specialization MBA in tourism, led him to work internationally for more than 4 years in an OTA as Business Development and Strategy Manager.

In 2021, thanks to his experience in the sector, together with his excellent command of languages (EN, FR, IT, ES) and his knowledge of international and institutional relations, he joined TOP-GOVERSYS as COO.

Thoyyib Mohamed

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Thoyyib Mohamed
Managing Director
Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation(MMPRC)

Mr. Thoyyib was appointed by the President H.E. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih as the Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), the national tourism promotion board of Maldives, on 27th November 2018.

Having graduated from Bournemouth University U.K. in Masters in Broadcast and Film Management, he began his professional career at Television Maldives, offering a wealth of practical knowledge to the industry. He worked his way up from a television producer to the Assistant Director General of state owned tv channel.

In 2006, he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Villa Television (VTV), a leading private news network. His specific expertise in diverse media, managements and public relations roles earned him the position of Chairman of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation in 2009, while serving as the Minister of State for Tourism, Arts and Culture and Finance Executive under the tenure of President Mohamed Nasheed.

Other impressive feats of Mr. Thoyyib include his service as the President of Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIDB). With his extensive set of knowledge and skills in management, Mr. Thoyyib has been capable of bringing together all key stakeholders in the mission to promote Maldives as the ultimate holiday destination. Collectively with the help of stakeholders and industry partners, his work saw Maldives welcome over 1.5 million tourists in 2019, a groundbreaking record arrival for Maldives.

He continues leading the Visit Maldives team through the COVID-19 pandemic to upkeep visibility of the brand and keep Maldives on top of the travel radar as one of the most dreamed about destinations through the recovery process.

Denis Francis Kinane

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Denis Francis Kinane
Founder and Chief Medical Officer
Cign Post Diagnostics, UK

Professor Denis Kinane BDS FDSRCS PhD FDSRCPS has worked in academia for 35 years serving in various capacities at five universities in Europe and the USA. His research specialisation is in clinical research, molecular genetics, cell biology, pathology and immunology.

He was at The University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) for 9 years, serving as Professor in Periodontics, Pathology and ENT at the Perelman School of Medicine at UPENN and Dean at UPENN Dental School. Prior to that, he was Research Dean at the University of Louisville for 7 years and held the same position at the University of Glasgow for 14 years. He is currently a Professor at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

He is editor of a Springer Nature Journal. He has more than 240 peer-reviewed papers and more than 100 chapters, 84 articles and scholarly contributions, and innumerable presentations nationally and globally. His current research is in modifying the inflammatory response in chronic inflammation via genetic (CRISPR) manipulation of cell cytokines, receptors, signaling, transcription and epigenetics.

Professor Kinane sits on the board of two clinical companies plus biotechs in the US, China and Taiwan. He has advised various US and European companies and universities on Technology Transfer, QS World Ranking, Strategy and Research and Enterprise at Edinburgh, Geneva and Bangkok. He has also worked with a number of companies including serving on the Executive Boards of Penn Innovation, the LDI Health Business Institute, Wharton China, and Mid-Atlantic Health LLC.

Most recently, he co-founded Cignpost Diagnostics Ltd where he also serves as Founding Scientist.

Julia Simpson

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Julia Simpson
CEO
WTTC

Julia Simpson CEO and President of the World Travel and Tourism Council. She spent 14 years in the aviation sector on the Board of British Airways and Iberia and as Chief of Staff at International Airlines Group.

Before joining British Airways, Julia was senior adviser to the UK Prime Minister. She held a number of key positions in the UK government and public sector, including Director at the Home Office and Department for Education and Employment; Assistant Chief Executive at the London Borough of Camden; and head of communications at the Communication Workers Union.

Julia is on the Board of the London Chamber of Commerce.

Hon. Prof. Dr. Khaled Ahmed El- Enany Aly EZZ

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Hon. Prof. Dr. Khaled Ahmed El- Enany Aly EZZ
Minister of Tourism & Antiquities
Egypt

  • Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Egypt (since 22 December 2019)
  • Minister of Antiquities (23 march 2016 – 21 December 2019)
  • Professor of Egyptology, Tourism Guidance Department, Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management (FTH), Helwan University (HU) (since 2011)
  • Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (2020)
  • Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des lettres, France (2015)
  • Honorary Member of the Société française d’égyptologie, Paris (2016)
  • Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute Berlin(2015)
  • General Supervisor, Egyptian Museum in Cairo (2015 – 2016)
  • General Supervisor, National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (2014 – 2016)
  • Vice-Dean for Education and Students Affairs, FTH,HU (2012 – 2013)
  • Head of Tourism Guidance Department, FTU,HU (2011 – 2012)
  • Director of Open Learning Center, HU (2010 – 2012)
  • Visiting Professor, Paul-Valery University (UPV), Montpellier III (seven times 2006 – 2011)
  • Associate Researcher, Scientific Expert and Member of Administration and Scientific Boards, French Institute of Oriental Archaeology (IFAQ) (2002 – 2016)
  • DEA and Ph.D. in Egyptology, UPV, Montpellier III (1997 – 2001)
  • M.Sc. in Tourism Guidance, FTH, HU (1996)
  • B.Sc. in Tourism Guidance (French Section), FTH, HU (1992)
  • High School Certificate, Lycée de la liberté, Cairo (1988)

Hon. Abulfas Mursal Oglu Garayev

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Hon. Abulfas Mursal Oglu Garayev
Former Minister of Culture and Tourism
Azerbaijan

Dr. Abulfas Garayev held the position of Minister of Culture from 2018 to 2020,[1] Minister of Culture and Tourism from 2006 to 2018, Minister of Youth, Sport and Tourism from 2001 to 2006, Minister of Youth and Sport from 1994-2001.

Prior to his appointments, he was CEO of “Improtex Commerce” company (1992-1994), worked as a lecturer at the Academy of Political Science and State Administration from 1992 till 1993. Mr. Garayev began his career as an instructor of Organizational Department of Youth League, held several managing portfolios within the organization, from 1981-1985 served as a head of section in Youth League Steering Committee.

Mr. Garayev received his PhD in philosophy and culture from the Academy of Social Sciences, Moscow-Russia (1992) and degree from University of Foreign Languages and Pedagogy, Baku, Azerbaijan in 1978. He worked as chair of the Organizing Committee of the World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue held this position Baku starting from 2011 in partnership with UNESCO, UN Alliance of Civilizations, UNWTO, Council of Europe and ISESCO and co-chairman of the Intergovernmental Commission on cooperation between Azerbaijan and Cuba from 2009.

During his term as minister of Culture and Tourism, he was the chair of the 6th Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers (2009–2011), headed OIC Tourism Ministers Conference (2006–2008), TURKSOY Permanent Council of Culture Ministers (2009), UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for intangible Cultural Heritage (2013) and CIS Council on Cultural Cooperation.

Dr. Garayev was appointed chair of National Organizing Committee of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations 7th Global Forum held 25–27 April 2016 in Baku. He also worked as the President of the ISESCO General Conference for 2015–2018 years as well as chair of the National Commission for ISESCO. He was a member of UNWTO Executive Council and vice-chair of the National Commission of Azerbaijan for UNESCO. Mr. Garayev has received Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts (Hon Darts) from the Coventry University in UK in recognition of his inspirational support to the Baku Process for intercultural dialogue.