Speakers

Speakers

Richard Addey Corporate photos Richard Addey, Country Director, Sabre, South Africa, is responsible for running the South African team and for developing Sabre growth in the market. Richard started in his new role in June 2015 based in the Johannesburg office.

Richard joined Sabre after 6 years working in the position of Africa Area Manager at Smart Technologies based in Johannesburg & Paris. His responsibilities included managing channel and sales, creating ecosystem around SMART solutions with content providers, solution architects, hardware manufacturers and training. He comes with 14 years’ experience in IT and 8 years’ experience in Africa, successfully managed large public tenders, worked with the largest corporations, developing new regions and new markets. His previous positions were with NEC Computers EMEA, NEC Corporation Tokyo.

Recognized for his international business skills and knowledge about the African continent, he specialized in Education, creating ecosystems to address complex opportunities, opening new landscapes for customers and partners.

Richard is bi-lingual in French/English and holds an International Business Degree from Institut Supérieur de Gestion, Paris. A keen rugby fan and player, Richard also manages to make time for other activities in sail, run, sports and competitions.

Tshipi Alexander Pic Tshipi Alexander is Head: Corporate Issuing Sales and Service, Nedbank Corporate Card.

Tshipi Alexander has over 16 years of experience in the financial services industry, with 13 years’ experience in the Consumer and Corporate segments of banking. His specific experience includes Private Banking, Structured Lending, Merchant Card Acquiring, and Card Issuing.

Tshipi is responsible for business unit that provides cards and merchant acquiring solutions to businesses across South Africa, with a focus on client acquisition, client retention, and P&L. Key customer segments include South Africa’s largest corporates (both global and local), Retailers, Government departments, and state-owned entities.  Other note worthy responsibilities include global card programme implementation, and account management through in partnership with American Express Corporate Payment solutions and other major Card associations.
He is also responsible for merchant acceptance, Sales and Serving across South Africa.

nico-bezuidenhout Nico Bezuidenhout was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of African low-cost airline fastjet plc on 2 August 2016 following a decade of leading South African domestic low-cost carrier Mango.

Nico managed Mango since its launch in 2006; bringing an entrepreneurial spirit and a culture of innovation, particularly in technology, into the airline’s DNA. Prior to Mango, he spent several years developing and launching SAA’s online distribution and retail platform and, before that, launching and serving as Chief Operations Officer of South Africa’s first online ticketing venture Ticketweb.

He has overseen Mango’s rapid growth into one of South Africa’s most recognized and loved airline brands and as incumbent fastjet plc chief executive, plans to position the African airline as the continent’s best loved airline brand.  

Innovation has tracked Nico’s career and in 2007 Mango became the first domestic airline to retail flights through supermarket chain Shoprite Checkers. In 2008 the airline became the first, and still remains the only carrier in the world to accept store charge cards as a payment method. Mango is the only African airline to offer on-board Wi-Fi on much of its fleet and recently became the only continental carrier to offer a mobile app across all major platforms, enabling booking, travel management and payment on the go.

Nico co-authored the SAA Long-Term Turnaround Strategy in April 2013 during his first tenure as SAA Acting Chief Executive that ended in June 2013. The strategy presented a road map to business sustainability. In November 2014 Nico was again appointed SAA Acting Chief Executive, authoring and successfully implementing the 90 Day Action Plan, a plan intent on returning SAA to full implementation of the Long-Term Turnaround Strategy following hiatus in its execution.

He began his career at concert promoter Big Concerts in 1996 as financial manager. By 1997 he was appointed as executive general manager of the promoter’s merchandising arm African Concession Management. Nico was one of the architects of South Africa’s first online ticketing retailer Ticketweb and served as Chief Operations Officer between 1999 and 2001 when the business was sold; thereafter joining SAA and developing Africa’s first online airline ticketing and distribution platform. In early 2006 he was appointed to lead a task team in developing the notion, business model and ultimate launch of low-cost airline Mango.

Driven by infectious ambition, Nico is inspired by achievement, continuing to lead two of South Africa’s major airline brands along with subsidiaries SAA Technical, SAA Cargo and in-flight catering unit Air Chefs.

Recognised as a subject matter expert by the global aviation community, Nico regularly speaks at conferences and seminars around the world.  

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Roelof Botha Foto: Salomé Fischer

Dr. Roelof Botha obtained Honours and Master’s degrees in economics (cum laude) at the University of Pretoria, whilst the Doctorate was completed at the University of Johannesburg. He has followed a diversified career in management accounting; financial journalism; lecturing; consulting; and economic research. He is a regular commentator and columnist on topical macroeconomic issues (in the national media) and has authored more than 500 articles, research papers & books. In 2005, he received the prestigious Finmedia Economist of the Year award, based on the accuracy of forecasts of key economic indicators.

He has also been an economic advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers for the past 26 years and teaches economics (part-time) at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria. Over the past three decades, more than 400 companies & employer organisations have utilised his services in providing forecasts of economic indicators, mostly for purposes of strategic planning. His research is focused on analysing sector-specific supply chains (including mining), macroeconomic impact assessments, the investment potential of the sub-Saharan African (SSA) region and the strategic importance of agriculture & mining.

He is a keen sportsman and has participated in competitive soccer (also as a coach), cricket and sport parachuting and is a member of the Gideons.

Yolande Bouwer Yolandé Bouwer joined Agentivity as General Manager, Southern Africa. Yolandé has 15 years travel experience; most recently holding a senior position at HRG Rennies Travel, where she was operations manager for the global contact centre. Prior to this Yolandé held the role of business manager for Rennies online. Previous employees include Tourvest Travel Services, eholidays and Sure Circle Travel.

On weekends you will find Yolandé mainly outdoors at markets or festivals, and she also enjoys running in the many parks Johannesburg has to offer, with friends and dogs alike.

sebastian-carre Sebastien Carre joined Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in 2003, overseeing the temporary closure, reinvention and re-positioning of a US landmark, Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC – which to this day remains the only Forbes Five Star hotel in the United States capital.   Most recently he coordinated the progressive renovation and expansion of Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh on the edge of the Red Sea – voted in 2011 by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler as the #1 Resort in the World.

Born in Lyon, France, he hails from a long line of chefs. He attended his hometown’s prestigious Vatel International Hotel Management School after his parents, a talented cook and an architect, encouraged him to pursue a career in hospitality that has taken him already to four continents, in locations as varied as the French Riviera, London, Seattle, San Francisco, Tahiti, Mauritius and Washington prior to joining Four Seasons, and five new countries since.  Carre has relished the opportunity this has brought him to work and live in vastly different cultures. “I have learned the most from contrasting experiences and people over the years in the places I’ve been fortunate to work,” he says. “Often those teachings have had a lasting impact on my thinking and perspective on life.”

Robyn 0037 Robyn Christie, General Manager of Travelport Southern Africa, has worked in a diverse range of businesses, including researched based Pharmaceuticals, Private Banking and Charge Card. However, it is ultimately the seventeen years in the travel industry that really ignites her passion.  In her previous role, Robyn was the Managing Director of the Association of South African Travel Agents and became a dedicated advocate of the travel agent. Travelport is a Travel Commerce Platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the $7 trillion global travel and tourism industry. Committed to research, Travelport has leveraged its domain expertise in the travel industry to better understand current trends and, coupled with Robyn’s empathy of the dynamics within the industry, the results are revealing.
copy-of-marc_corcoran_1 Marc Corcoran was born in Ireland but relocated to South Africa in 1993, after graduating from the University College Cork with a Masters of Business Studies (MBS) in Strategy and Competition. He spent several years as a Management Consultant, working in various industries including Mining, Engineering, Media, and Food before joining Independent Newspapers in 1996, where he assisted them in implementing financial controls within the various newspaper titles. Marc spent 2003 at Standard Bank South Africa in the Customer Services Delivery Programme team before joining the car rental industry in 2004.

After four years as Operations Director at Tempest Car Hire, Marc joined Avis Budget Car Rental in 2008. Marc is currently Executive –Strategy and oversees various projects.

In his various car rental roles, Marc has always been active within the Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) and, in 2012, was appointed President, a position he currently holds. Marc is also a past Tourism Business Council South Africa (TBCSA) Board member.

Marc remains very positive about South Africa’s future and the huge untapped potential that Tourism offers the country. As Secretary of Business Ireland South Africa (BISA), he also tries to contribute towards improved trade relationships between his native and adopted countries.

Marco Dos Santos3 Marco dos Santos has worked in the Travel Industry for over 10 years. Having worked in various roles both locally and internationally for large Travel Management Companies as well as more recently as Travel Manager for the Massmart group. He has a solid operational and strategic background with a keen focus on innovation and efficiency. In his current role Marco oversees the overall travel spend for Massmart South Africa and also works closely with the Wal-Mart global travel team.
SABRE_Joakim Everstin_high res Joakim Everstin is Head of Innovation and the technology evangelist at Sabre Travel Network, EMEA. Joakim is responsible for identifying emerging trends and technologies in travel, as well as overseeing the development of these into value-add products for Sabre’s customers. He has been a frequent keynote speaker and panellist around innovation in travel, mobile technology and wearable devices in some of the major EMEA tech events and travel trade shows such as TTE, WTM, ITB, IFTM, and Arabian Travel Market. Furthermore, he has also presented the Sabre Dev Studio Story at two European Gartner events.

Prior to joining Sabre, Joakim managed a successful company in Sweden, which provided Multi Variate Testing (MVT) and web analytics to help e-commerce companies optimise their e-commerce funnels. Before this, he worked at Scandinavian Airlines in the e-commerce department where he was responsible for the front-end optimisation on their web sites. He has also co-architected two corporate booking tools and has worked as a hands-on developer on different online projects using open source technologies such as PHP, MySQL and Javascript/jQuery.

 nicole-fonzari Nicole Fonzari is Travel Manager CBS Africa, Cummins. While in her first role as a corporate travel buyer, Nikki is no stranger to the Industry, with a passion for travel she started her career over 20 years ago as a travel consultant working her way up to running her own In-House Office.

Following that, a few years working and living overseas, she eventually returning to the Travel Industry.  The journey then led her to a role as a Client General Manager for American Express Travel, where she looked after 6 Corporate Global clients, one of them being Cummins. Nikki was given a great opportunity to take on the Cummins Travel Manager Africa role, which she started in October 2014.

BJH PP Brendon Hart  is Marriott Director Global Sales, South Africa. Brendon joined Marriott from Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group with 6 years Sales & Marketing Experience, prior to that he worked in property development and advertising agency. He graduated from The University of Cape Town.

Brendon has received international awards and recognition for being best in his category and initiating best practice in several spheres. Brendon has phenomenal knowledge of the South African market; coupled with his experience within the corporate and travel trade community. Brendon’s commitment to succeed and drive for achievement is to be admired, he clearly understands the importance of nurturing and developing relationships with his customers. His hobbies are; Golf, Tennis and Hiking. Always up for a challenge!

andy-hedley Andrew Hedley, General Manager for Southern Africa oversees Amadeus’ commercial and operational strategies for the markets across Southern Africa and leads initiatives to grow the brand across the region whilst driving technological innovation.
Andy has a wealth of commercial, travel and online experience and has a proven history of successfully positioning brands and organisations for sustainable growth. With extensive international management experience, Hedley is an innovator and tactical leader. He is adept at project managing multiple areas of technology deployments. Prior to his role as General Manager at Amadeus, Andy was active as Head of Technical Business at Travelstart, where he was responsible for overseeing processes to improve customer experience and conversion rates. He drove the implementation of new products and expanded distribution channels across the Middle East and Africa.
uriah Uriah Jansen is the Managing Director at Oojah Travel Protection.  She manages Oojah’s travel insurance portfolio which is underwritten by the Hollard Insurance Company, an authorized financial services provider.  Uriah has worked in the travel industry for 25 years, specializing in travel insurance for the last 17 years.  Notable is the fact that Uriah has been instrumental in establishing two new travel insurance players in the South African market, the most recent being Oojah Travel Protection, creating a new standard in the way travel insurance is being sold by establishing a user friendly website, and easy to understand products.
Dusan Kostic Dusan Kostic is the Regional Director, Financial and Distribution Services (FDS) for Africa & Middle East at IATA, with responsibility for all FDS activities in the region. Serbian national, born in Belgrade, he graduated Economics at University of Belgrade in 1983. Married with two children, Dusan lives in Amman, Jordan.

Following a wide-ranging and rich 18-year career with the national carrier (JAT – Yugoslav Airlines) , he joined IATA in 2003 to embrace the challenge of establishing the first IATA Office in Serbia and to implement Billing and Settlement Plan in one of the most troubled European market .  Dusan has lead or championed several important projects, including several months in Johannesburg on the special assignment leading IATA Team in Africa in 2010.

Dusan’s fundamental business principle is to recognize all diversities of different business and cultural environments, i.e. that people, markets and companies are built differently, which requires a great deal of effort to have them synchronized toward achieving the goals.

catherine-mcgavock-colour-pic Catherine McGavock is GBTA’s Regional Vice President for EMEA and is responsible for the development and delivery of GBTA activities in the region. Prior to joining GBTA as the Marketing and Membership Director in 2012, Catherine worked in a number of senior marketing roles with Capita Plc and Bank of Ireland and spent 4 years establishing and running a successful events and marketing company in partnership with a colleague and friend.

She is based in Northern Ireland but enjoys the extensive travel that comes with her role.

 nancy-letlape Nancy Letlape was born and bred in Limpopo, she is married with 3 daughters. Nancy has been in the travel industry for 16 years and spent 8 years with TWF. Her career peaked in 2007 when she started as a Senior After Hours Consultant with TWF. Her passion for travel enabled her to surpass the numerous challenges she encountered at Afterhours. In 2008 TWF got the National Treasury tender and she was tasked to manage the inhouse travel. Nancy started with Treasury in February 2013 as a travel manager and everybody was happy to see her return. Nancy missed her life in the fast lane that she thrived in at TWF.

National Treasury added contract and risk management to my portfolio and she  enjoys the challenge dealing with government policies, rules and regulations.  She came up with a couple of ideas regarding travel for the Online booking tool and this is one project that makes her proud as the transition went smoothly and she can see the cost saving initiative that comes with OBT.

kevin-lomax Kevin Lomax is head of corporate card for Diners Club South Africa and Standard Bank South Africa.  He leads a team that is responsible for sales, service and product management across the corporate card offering.  Kevin has been with the Standard Bank group for 12 years and has held various roles including sales, business development and product management in electronic banking and transactional products and services.  He is passionate about customer service and making sure the job is done right the first time.  Kevin is married to Suzanne and they have two children.  Tatum age 13 and Rhys age 11.  When not working, Kevin likes to play keep active playing golf, running and cycling.
 maureen-masuku Maureen Masuku completed her Travel and Tourism studies in 1998 .She briefly worked at HRG Connex Travel as a junior consultant before moving to American Express Travel. During this time, she experienced different corporate in-houses such as Total SA, Eskom, Standard Bank and Pfizer.

Masuku then moved away from TMC’s and joined SABC (Travel) in 2006 until 2011,this is when Masuku nurtured her negotiation skills, and studied Supply Chain Management through Damelin and Unisa, at this point she was moved from the Travel office and joined SABC Procurement as a sourcing specialist. Travel was still her speciality / commodity.

This exposed Maureen to both Travel & Procurement, she was then headhunted to join Foskor in a Travel Manager & Procurement superintendent role.

Masuku started the travel department from scratch and successfully obtained an IATA Licence for Foskor in 6 weeks, this was a new role within Foskor group (first Travel Manager) and she laid a mark in terms of cost savings.

Due to the cost savings and better controls Maureen implemented at Foskor , the Exco and IDC Exco reached an agreement to move the operation to the IDC and extend the services to all IDC Subsidiaries, namely SEFA, Scaw, Foskor and IDC.

Masuku is currently finalising her BBA Degree while serving at IDC as a group corporate Travel Manager.

 Greg McManus Greg McManus: Managing Director – Qualitour (Pty) Ltd (trading as Heritage Environmental Management)

Greg McManus has been an active participant in standards development, auditing and evaluation in South and southern Africa for the past twenty eight years.

After an initial career in the hospitality and tourism sector, he joined the former SA Tourism Board initially as a Hotel Inspector before becoming Director of the Standards Division in 1994.  Here he was responsible for the development and implementation of the first voluntary grading and certification system in South Africa before leaving to start his own consultancy and private certification label –  Qualitour (Pty) Ltd, in 1996.

Greg is actively involved with the development of – and verification of environmental and sustainability management systems across the region, and is recognised as a specialist in this field.  He works together with a network of qualified specialists across a range of disciplines and serves on a number of national and international standards and certification bodies.

Greg McManus is currently Chairman of the Sustainable Tourism Certification Alliance of Africa and Vice Chair of the Event Greening Forum in South Africa. His company specialises in tourism, hospitality and service-based environmental and sustainability certification systems and he is the founder of Eco-Choice Arica, the continent’s only GEN-aligned ecolabel for consumer goods.

richard-melvin Richard Melvin is the Sales and Marketing Director at bizAR Reality. He is an Augmented and Virtual Reality enthusiast who has been involved in developing one of the first Augmented-to-Virtual reality content management system.

Richard and his team use cutting edge technology to produce innovative Augmented and Virtual Reality applications with the emphasis of creating value. Richard believes that the way brands communicate and  interact with customers on a day to day basis can be further enhanced with these immersive technologies, which will soon become part of our daily lives.

virginia-miller2 Virginia Miller, Business Leader, Commercial Product Solution.  Virginia is a seasoned Commercial card expert having worked in the industry since 2003.

For the past three years she has been responsible for Commercial solutions product management for MasterCard South Africa, in a role that covers responsibility for identifying, developing and delivering solutions within the areas of Travel and Entertainment, Small and Medium Businesses and Business to Business payables and receivables, with Banks, Travel and other vertical aggregators and technology partners, as well as with large corporates and the Public Sector in South Africa.

Her passion is trying to position card within the payables space in order to drive down costs, increase security and facilitate automation for all parties involved. Prior to joining MasterCard in May 2013, Virginia completed 10 years with Citibank EMEA in London, where she held various positions in the Commercial Card business of increased responsibility including vice president, Product Manager with responsibility for the lodge card product. Most notably in this capacity she lead expansion of the business into new jurisdictions South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria establishing standalone card businesses covering all aspects from legal and  compliance, to sales and implementation.

Ms. Miller completed her higher school education in NSW, Australia.

Jo_mail_2 Johanna Mukoki is an accountant and B.Comm graduate from Rhodes University.

She is the co-founder of Travel with Flair, a company she started 20 years ago with her two partners.  She started with only 3 employees and one office in Pretoria.  Currently her company employs over 700 staff country wide and they have offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.

She is the first person from the African continent to sit on the Global Tourism Board (ACTE) – Association of Corporate Travel Executives where she represented the Middle East and Africa.

Johanna has been blessed with many business accolades from “Most Influential Woman in Business and Government in Tourism” and also the Ernst & Young Emerging World Entrepreneur of the Year.

Recently she has been awarded with a certificate for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business – July 2014.  She has also been awarded with an Exceptional Commitment Award from the ASATA Diners Club Awards.

She has been elected to sit on the ASATA Board as Vice-President – 2014/2015 and 2015/2016.

She is also a board member of the Salvation Army and assists them with fundraising for their children shelters.

 Kovilan Naidoo_1 Kovilan Naidoo is Senior Internal Auditor – Europe, Middle East and Africa at Cummins Inc. Kovilan is currently the Vice – Chairman of GBTA Southern Africa, he was previous Chairman of GBTA Southern Africa.

Kovilan Naidoo has a Bachelor of Accountancy, Bachelor or Commerce Honours in Accounting and a MBA from the University of Reading in the UK.

Kovilan started his career in the travel industry as a Sourcing Specialist at First National Bank where he worked on the consolidation of group travel and mice spend. In additional he implemented multiple cost saving and efficiency initiatives including the implementation of an online booking tool.

He then moved to Cummins Inc to take on the Travel Manager Role for Africa. In this role he established travel programmes for Cummins entities in South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Nigeria, Ghana, Morocco and Senegal. He also implemented “card in pocket” payment solutions in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal. He was instrumental in setting an Africa Hub TMC booking process which resulted in a hub and spoke booking system for all of Africa via a centralised TMC team based in South Africa and Nigeria.

 frank Frank Palapies is the Chief Operating Officer for Wings Travel Management overseeing the Africa & Middle East markets. Frank’s travel and tourism experience spans over 30 years, having previously held the positions of managing director for Lufthansa City Centre International, general manager for Amadeus Southern Africa, and head of commercial Operations for Amadeus IT Group. Frank has also owned and managed his own hotel in Germany.

Franks specialises in international business management, strategy, and business development, and believes that digital transformation will dominate the future of travel and tourism as technology empowers an ever deeper integration of business processes and functions, driving innovation, ease of use, and efficiencies.

wendy-pienaar Wendy Pienaar heads up an area in Standard Bank called Emerging Payments. This area is responsible de-hyping, de-mystifying and de-risking new payment innovations for the Group. Currently this area focuses on new card technologies, person to person payments, digital wallets like Snapscan in South Africa and SlydePay in Ghana. In addition, this team is investigating fascinating new technology such as Blockchain.

Wendy has been working in Financial services for the past 21 years with a focus on strategy, customer experience and digital banking. Before Standard Bank, she worked for Accenture, a global management consulting firm.

She is passionate about people, is surrounded by her supportive family (Ian and 2 girls), loves dogs and water skiing.

Louis Nel Advocate Louis Nel studied at the universities of Stellenbosch, UCT, Wits, Tulane (New Orleans, USA) & London. He holds the degrees B. Comm, Ll.B and Ll.M, completed the Wits EDP & Executive Negotiator Courses, holds diplomas in Marketing and Industrial Relations & is an admitted attorney and advocate.

After 15 years with Rennies he set up his own consultancy in 1997 focusing on travel & tourism, the logistics as well as the Small, Micro & Medium Enterprise (’SMME’) markets. He has advised 216 businesses, written 201 articles & done 170 presentations.  He’s also active in responsible & sustainable tourism as director of STPP (Sustainable Tourism Partnership Program) & member of steering committee of EGF (Event Greening Forum).

He is married to Sue; they have four children and live in Bryanston. Louis represented all the universities he studied at on the rugby field & the track. He is still a very active athlete competing in track events both locally and internationally (400m & 400m Hurdles), swimming, cricket, squash, tennis and occasionally karate. He is an avid reader (When on holiday!), gardener, birder, nature lover, wine enthusiast and writes poetry in his spare time.

nataliapic Natalia Rosa is the director of the Promotions Division of Big Ambitions, a specialist Cape Town-based travel sales and marketing consultancy created with the purpose of assisting travel and tourism companies in South Africa to become travel marketing experts, Natalia Rosa is a passionate follower of online marketing, social media, retail travel, inbound tourism and publishing. Natalia has editing, writing and management experience in the content generation, online marketing, social media and publishing fields, has completed an online marketing diploma with University of Stellenbosch, Honours in Journalism and Media Studies and Masters in Publishing with specialisation in online publishing field cum laude.
marcelle-ross Marcelle Ross is responsible for the daily operations at GBTA Southern Africa. She has made several contributions in the Corporate Travel Management and broader E-Procurement space in SA. She co-founded Sourcelink International, an e-Procurement solution, which was later rebranded to form part of TradeWorld, where she became the National Sales and Marketing Manager and helped grow the business into Africa’s largest tender and enquiry-based procurement service. It was subsequently sold to SAP. In 2005 Marcelle became a shareholder of TravelLinck, a technology company that helped pioneer the shift from ‘traditional’ to ‘online’, in both the Corporate and Public Sectors. Over the past 11 years Marcelle has been involved in numerous roles at TravelLinck ,ranging from Business Development, Marketing, Partnerships, Key Account Management, Operational Management, Implementations, Supplier negotiations and Client Advisory services, which she is passionate about.

In June 2015, Marcelle was appointed in a consulting role as Operations Director of GBTA Southern Africa. In this strategic role, she is responsible for event design, speaker acquisition, project management, business development, sponsor and member engagement and all communications and brand development.Her key focus is to deliver relevant and strategic educational events with the view to empower both the Buyer and Supplier community through education.

Roderick Ross Dr Roderick Ross has spent the past 10 years in the Corporate Travel space as a creative problem solver, inventor, speaker, writer and thought leader.

Rod completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town and was awarded Best PhD in the Faculty of Engineering. He later went on to complete his Post-Doctorate at Imperial College in London. Rod spent 7 years in the United States and United Kingdom, holding numerous senior technology roles. His employers included the Centre for Process Systems Engineering Imperial College London (www.ps.ic.ac.uk), Process Systems Enterprise (www.psenterprise.com), United Technologies Research Centre (www.utc.com) and ParosTech (www.parostech.com/media.htm). Rod returned to South Africa in 2005 to pursue opportunities in the technology space and was eventually appointed as the CEO of TravelLinck International. Rod has subsequently set up Ross Consulting in Mauritius to offer outsourced consulting and software development solutions.

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Dr. André Schulz, born on December 19, 1977 in Wuppertal, Germany, is the Lufthansa General Manager for Southern Africa. Leading the Lufthansa team in Johannesburg, André is responsible for the planning, coordination and management of all Sales and Marketing activities in the Southern African markets.

After studying business administration in Germany and the US and earning a doctorate from Private University Witten/Herdecke in the field of intercultural diversity management, André joined Deutsche Lufthansa AG in 2008 as a trainee in the prestigious global “ProTeam” management development program. After various strategic projects in network, sales and product management he served as an executive assistant to the Lufthansa Passage management board.

From 2009 to 2012 André was leading the project management for the implementation of the biggest European-Japanese Joint Venture in the aviation industry. In this time frame he was representing Lufthansa in the Membership Liaison Advisory Group at Star Alliance.

During his first international assignment he served as Head of Marketing and Pricing for the Lufthansa Group in Vienna/Budapest from 2013 to 2015. In this role he was responsible for above and below the line marketing, fare structure optimization and the development of online- and mobile business in 14 Central European markets.

Howard Stephens2 Howard Stephens, Chairman GBTA Southern Africa. A major part of his career has been dedicated to shared services within Nedbank as the Chief Procurement Officer. In that role, one of his most successful initiatives was the complete overhaul of the travel commodity. In 2011 Howard was recognised for his ‘bravery’ in changing the way the travel commodity is recognised in the corporate world by receiving the Linette Mulder Memorial Trophy from the GBTA SA, formerly ITMSA.
Business Travel Summit (Baja)-89 Paul Revised Paul Tilstone, Managing Partner, Festive Road. Paul started his career in travel management company (TMC) sales & marketing roles for the business travel sector in 1993.  In 2005 he took up the post of CEO for the UK & Ireland’s Institute of Travel & Meetings (ITM) where he developed research, sustainability projects and industry affairs.  He then launched the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in Europe in 2010, moving to SVP Global Development in 2012 with a brief to develop GBTA regions outside of the USA.  In 2013, he also became deputy editor of Global Business Travel magazine.

In 2015 he launched consultancy Festive Road, www.festive-road.com and is a non Executive Director of Xenia, an Italian based hotel technology company.

He has been listed in the UK’s Buying Business Travel Hotlist and twice listed as one of the world’s top 25 business travel industry influencers by the Business Travel News, USA, for work in advocacy and sustainability.

Paul is based in Surrey in the UK.

 Jason Veitch Jason Veitch joined Travel Insurance Consultants and the travel insurance industry in November 2004 as the General Manager. Prior to that he worked in the stock broking industry as a director of Appleton Securities, now PSG Securities. In 2010 he became the managing director of TIC and in 2013, when TIC was sold to Santam Limited, when he was appointed as the Head of travel insurance. He is currently a committee member on the Travel Insurance Committee of SAIA (South African Insurance Association) as well as a long standing member of the Travel Industry Golf Committee. He has an undergraduate (BCompt) as well as a post graduate degree (MBA) as well as the representative and key individual qualifications demanded of the insurance industry. TIC is the leading travel insurer in South Africa servicing the travel agent and corporate and banking industries. TIC also sells its policies in twelve (12) other territories.”
 riaan-van-niekerk Riaan van Niekerk has 26 years banking experience ranging from corporate and investment banking to the last 16 years spent in the card environment of Absa Bank.  His accolades includes the establishment of a corporate unit within Absa’s card acquiring space where he created and developed a team of corporate acquiring specialists looking after the top 30 customers of Absa. He was also instrumental in the growth of Absa’s acquiring business seeing it to the 52nd biggest acquirer in the world.  Riaan started as the Head of Commercial Credit and Pre-paid Issuing three years ago where he has already achieved unparalleled growth and innovation, landing 4 innovations that are continental firsts.
Erik Venter Erik Venter joined Comair in 1996 as the Financial Manager. He has also held various other positions within the company, including Commercial Manager, Commercial Director and Financial Director.   In July 2006, Erik was appointed as the Joint CEO of Comair and served in this position until December 2011, when he assumed the sole responsibility of Chief Executive Officer. He remains in this position to date.

Erik attained a B.Com and Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Cape Town and further completed his articles with KPMG, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (South Africa).

Erik previously served a term as Chairman of the Airlines Association of South Africa and was re-elected to serve a further term at their AGM held on 1 November 2014.

Erik is currently a Director on the Board of Imperial Air Cargo.

As a married man with two daughters, Erik has a busy lifestyle but finds time for his hobbies which include painting, building custom-made cars and re-modelling furniture.