Much of the world is at an unprecedented standstill, and this situation remains fluid. As things slow down, many of us are likely to be left with unfamiliar, quiet office days before travel rebounds. How we manage through these days will make an important difference for us as individuals, and for our travel industry, long after the crisis has passed.
Verve Management and Travel Tech Middle East brings you a whole new experience of virtual conference experience during this time of crisis, a platform to invest our time to share and discuss the collaborative ideas to tackle the current pandemic crisis.
You can expect 1.45 hours of productive essential industry insights delivered by our stellar lineup of speakers and networking just like our effective conference networking session. To build up the right relationship to rebuild this global community, let us fly into different countries by sitting home from 11:00 AM (GST) on 06th July 2020.
Travel & Events Consultant
Nahdi Medical Company
Ali Jabri joined the travel industry in 2004 in city called Hyderabad-India and offers more than 16 years of experience in the travel industry. Currently his areas of expertise are Business Travel & Business Events, Visa assistance around the world & his dedication is helping people fulfill their travel needs with exploring new Ideas in their travel trips. Ali Keep background experience of Airlines Sales / Airlines Ground Operation & Handling co-operate company’s travel accounts.
Head of Aviation & Hospitality
Ameen Malhas leads Facebook’s partnerships with the aviation and hospitality industries across the MENA region with a deep focus on driving business results and enhancing customer experiences. Prior to Facebook, Ameen has two decades of experience in brand strategy, advertising and retail management across several markets in the Middle East. Ameen holds degrees in business administration from the American University of Beirut, London Business School and Columbia Business School in New York.
Brett Henry is a travel tech industry leader and a seed stage, angel investor. He brings a strong travel, travel tech, and VC/start-up executive network combined with 20 years of B2B travel technology industry experience across disciplines including product marketing, business development, strategy, planning and sales. He thrives on opportunities to lead dynamic and diverse teams working on customer focused, innovative, growth opportunities.
Zahid Travel Group
Daniel Ponzo is a career travel business professional with over 30 years of work experience in GCC and other European global travel players. Daniel has introduced several new strategic initiatives such as adopting a new technology platform.
Group Chief Technology & Product Officer
Facundo Rua is the Group Chief Technology & Product Officer for Fursan Travel Group and acting MD of OTA business. He holds many positions including Head of Strategy and Governance, CTO for the Beyond the bed and as the Integrations Lead to manage the IT integration plan between Tourico, GTA and Hotelbeds.
Hazem Al Sawaf
Director of Marketing & Communications
Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority
Hazem Al Sawaf is a UAE-based Marketing expert and strategist with more than 14 years of experience. A graduate of the American University of Sharjah, Al Sawaf is considered one of the early adopters of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), and his work has been instrumental in developing Tourism and Destination Marketing. He currently holds the Director of Marketing and Communications position for the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority.
Chief Executive Officer
Before founding KG&CO, Khaled Ghaleb was the COO of Meraas Hospitality Lifestyle Hotels. Prior to that he was Head of Hospitality at Al Qattara Investments, incorporated under the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, overseeing hospitality investment strategies, development, design and planning as well as asset management. He was also the General Manager of The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City (part of Marriott International). Hotel Manager at The Grosvenor House Dubai, and Shangri-La Hotels. Khaled brings over 25 years of experience in the hospitality sector with wide ranging experiences across international hotel chains in Egypt, France and the UAE.
Lamine Maamar Meddah
Chief Executive Officer
Lamine Maamar Meddah has a background in marketing advertising communication, hospitality management and a military training as a lieutenant of the infantry in Switzerland. His path to become an entrepreneur became a second nature, after working in tech companies as a consultant and advisor in various sectors at a young age (air and pollution tech, construction tech). He finally found the right team to fulfill his goals and together he started to reshape industries that weren’t using the full potential of state of art technologies.
Chief Executive Officer
Al Naboodah Travel
A well-respected industry leader, Nasir Jamal Khan has been in the travel and tourism business for more than 35 years, playing an influential role in shaping the tourism landscape across the GCC. He joined Al Naboodah Travel in 2004, and has since successfully repositioned the company’s growth strategy, secured new strategic airline partnerships, diversified its product offering and fuelled the company’s outlet expansion across the UAE & KSA. Prior to joining Al Naboodah Travel, Nasir spent over 20 years in Saudi Arabia as Dept. Regional Manager for the Saudi Tourist & Travel Bureau, one of the largest travel companies in KSA, and over a decade at Gulf Air, as an Area Manager.
Head of Market Research, Market Analysis & Insights
Insight Out Consultancy
Shadi Kaddoura heads Insight Out’s market research arm, his in-depth knowledge of research methodologies and data interpretation techniques has been built through a successful 15 years-long career with international market research organisations. Backed up with a London-based executive MBA degree, Shadi’s methodical approach and analytical skills allow the Insight | Out team to ground its work in facts and uncover insights that help travel partners better understand their market dynamics and customer sentiments.