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Skift Global Forum East

Hany Abdelkawi, Head of Travel Sales at Google, Joins Skift Global Forum East Speaker Lineup

We are pleased to welcome Hany Abdelkawi, Head of Travel Sales at Google, to the Skift Global Forum East stage.  Hany is the Head of Travel Sales at Google, leading global innovations in the travel sector. In this role, he helps partners grow in international markets using AI. Hany steers initiatives to leverage the wealth…

Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith to Speak at Skift Global Forum East

We are excited to welcome Ben Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM who will speak via video at Skift Global Forum East next month. Ben Smith is a senior airline industry veteran, having spent twenty years at Air Canada before joining Air France-KLM as Chief Executive Officer. In 1990, while at university, he started part time as…

Katerina Giannouka, CEO of Jumeirah Group and Adnan Kazim, CCO of Emirates Airline to Speak at Skift Global Forum East

We are looking forward to welcoming Katerina Giannouka, CEO of Jumeirah Group and Adnan Kazim, CCO of Emirates Airline to Skift Global Forum East next month.  Katerina is a recognized professional in the international hospitality industry, with over 20 years of experience in business leadership, operations, hotel development, asset management, and strategic advisory. Her passion…

The Types of People You Will Meet at Skift Global Forum East

Skift Global Forum East presented by Dubai, is just around the corner, and it promises to be an event where the travel industry’s brightest minds gather to discuss and shape the future of travel. As you navigate the bustling halls and engaging sessions, you’ll encounter a diverse array of attendees.  Based on the attendees from last year’s…

New Speaker: Zina Bencheikh, Managing Director for EMEA at Intrepid Travel

We are looking forward to welcoming Zina Bencheikh, Managing Director EMEA for Intrepid Travel to Skift Global Forum East next month. Regarded as a leading advocate for gender equality, Zina is on a mission to make the world a more inclusive and just place through travel. Based in Morocco, Zina has overseen record business growth…

Jimmy Carroll, Co-Founder and Business Development Director at Pelorus, Joins Skift Global Forum East Speaker Lineup

We are pleased to welcome Jimmy Carroll, Co-Founder and Business Development Director, Pelorus to the Skift Global Forum East stage. Jimmy’s passion for travel and adventure started at a young age and has seen him lead multiple expeditions around the world and his latest challenge saw Jimmy rowing across the Atlantic as part of a…

Riyadh Air CEO Tony Douglas to speak at Skift Global Forum East

Building an airline from scratch is no small feat. Tony Douglas joined Riyadh Air as Chief Executive Officer in late 2022 to oversee Riyadh Air’s mission, vision, and strategy – as well as the airline’s growth and development in line with the Kingdom’s ambitious goals. Tony has held several leadership positions at Abu Dhabi Airports,…

New Speaker: Sinai Trail Co-Founder and Author Ben Hoffler

We are excited to welcome Ben Hoffler as a speaker this December at Skift Global Forum East. Ben is constantly on the move throughout the Middle East and over the last decade he has walked more than 10,000km across the region, developing trails and working with more than 14 different Bedouin tribes create some of…

Juliana Kua, Assistant CEO for the International Group at Singapore Tourism Board Joins Skift Global Forum East

We are delighted to have Ms. Juliana Kua, Assistant CEO for the International Group at Singapore Tourism Board speaking at Skift Global Forum East. Juliana assumed the position of Assistant Chief Executive for the International Group in November 2021. In this role, she oversees an integrated network of regional offices located around the world. Together,…

Skift Global Forum East 2023 Venue Announced: Atlantis The Royal Dubai

After an outstanding inaugural Skift Global Forum East in 2022, we are returning to Dubai again on December 12-14 presented by Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism. This year, the Forum will be held at the luxurious and elegant Atlantis The Royal located on the crescent of the Palm Island in the heart of Dubai. Renowned for its…