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ACTE’s General Sessions speakers are highly regarded innovators and thought leaders whose presentations fuel energy, creativity, and visions for the future of our industry. You are sure to take away fresh ideas, inspiration, and renewed insights to apply to your own business strategies.

Wednesday, 14 October, 16:30-17:45

Sébastien Bazin
Chairman and CEO, AccorHotels
Sébastien Bazin joined Colony Capital in 1997 to install and develop from Paris the European branch of the private investment firm. Within 15 years, he managed and participated in a number of investments in the hotel sector, including the buyout of the luxury hotel chains Fairmont and Raffles, acquisition and Management of hotel assets from La Générale des Eaux, Club Méditerranée and AccorHotels, acquisition of a stake in Lucien Barrière Group, and investment in AccorHotels.

Erin Meyer
Professor, INSEAD & Author, The Culture Map
Erin Meyer is a professor at INSEAD, one of the leading international business schools. Her work focuses on how the world’s most successful managers navigate the complexities of cultural differences in a global environment. She offers cutting-edge insight and practical strategies to improve the effectiveness of projects that span the globe.

Industry Perspective:

Elyes Mrad
Managing Director, EMEA
American Express Global Business Travel

Compliments of:

Thursday, 15 October, 9:30-10:30am

Mr. Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman & CEO, Air France-KLM SA
Mr. Alexandre de Juniac has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air France-KLM SA since July 2013. Air France-KLM SA includes the Dutch company KLM, as well as Air France where Mr. A. de Juniac previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Interview conducted by:

Rohit Talwar
Fast Future

Thursday, 15 October, 15:45-17:00

Dr. Hannah Fry
Mathematician, UCL

Dr. Hannah Fry is a lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College Lond
on. Dr Fry's research revolves around the study of complex social and economic systems at various scales, from the individual to the urban, regional and the global.

Industry Perspective:

Tobias Ragge

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Friday, 16 October, 9:00-10:00

Daniel Cohen, Professor and Head of the Economics Department, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
In addition to being the co-founder of the Paris School of Economics, Daniel Cohen is  also a research fellow at the Center of Economic Policy Research. Professor and Director of the Economics Department ENS, Cohen has authored or contributed to numerous books, papers, and other professional publications on topics related to economics and the future.

Industry Perspective:

Yannis Karmis
Vice President, Global Corporate Solutions

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Friday, 16 October, 12:00-13:00

Industry Issues:
Straight Talk about the Industry's Future Beyond DCC

Lufthansa’s Distribution Cost Charge (DCC) showed a future that caught many by surprise with changes to the accessibility of content and a new fee for content through certain channels. ACTE’s response has been to make sure our members have the latest information to the new DCC and to insight into the future of content availability.

This Industry Issues session builds upon that approach. Five industry experts, and a renowned moderator, will present a straightforward interpretation of the future of content for travelers, business travel managers, and suppliers.

The panel will focus on direct connects, content, data access, cost implications, and traveller impact. Driven by your concerns and questions, this no-nonsense Industry Issues session will set the tone and the temperature for future industry debate that must involve all stakeholders.

Panelists include:
  • Clinton Anderson, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Traveler Solutions, Sabre
  • Heike Birlenbach, VP Sales and Services Europe, Lufthansa German Airlines
  • Pascal Struyve, Global Travel, Fleet & Meeting Services Director - HR Services, Ingersoll Rand
  • Charlie Sultan, Senior Vice President, Supplier Services, Concur
  • Paul Wait, Chief Executive Officer, Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC)
Moderated by: Rohit Talwar, CEO, Fast Future

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