WiT SINGAPORE

October 2–4, 2023

Programme correct at time of publishing
All times shown are in Singapore Time (GMT +8)
INNOVATION DAY
2023-10-02
MAIN STAGE | DAY 1
2023-10-03
MAIN STAGE | DAY 2
2023-10-04
10:00 - 14:30
WiT Bootcamp

Open to all attendees. Limited capacity. Please RSVP when registering for the Conference.
 

Venue

Cassia Junior Ballroom
Level 3, Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre
10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

 

Fast and intense, for startups, innovators, investors and anyone interested in the startup ecosystem. A great place to hear interesting stories, exchange lessons, trade secrets and build relationships and networks.

 

10:00 AM –  10:05 AM

Opening Warm-up

 


 

10:05 AM – 10:35 AM

Meet The Human Survivors

We gather the pioneers, the ones who blazed the trail back in the 2000s, and are still going with their original startup, and we find out their recipe for staying the course and constantly reinventing. Is it sheer stubbornness or courage of their conviction or no way out? What are the human qualities that drive these pioneers and survivors?

 

Moderator:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Panel:

 

Stephan Ekbergh
CEO
Travelstart

 
 

Ross Veitch
CEO & Co-founder
Wego

 
 


 

10:35 AM – 10:40 AM

Adding Value to Startups

Candid, human confessions from the investors’ side of the fence.
 

Speaker:

 

Murli Ravi
Co-founder
Tin Men Capital

 
 


 

10:40 AM – 11:10 AM

Vertical Disruption

Every sector – be it tours and activities, flights, hospitality and corporate travel – is undergoing massive change, as we rev up to the third age of digital travel. How are investors and experts in those verticals thinking about their respective sectors?
 

Moderator:

 

Pete Comeau
Managing Director
Phocuswright

 
 

Panel:

 

Miriam Moscovici
Vice President, Research & Partnerships
BCD Travel

 
 

Lisa Katsouraki
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Etraveli Group

 
 

Murli Ravi
Co-founder
Tin Men Capital

 
 

Nicholas Cocks
Managing Partner
Velocity Ventures

 
 
 


 

11:10 AM – 12:00PM

Korean Travel Startup Pitch, powered by Korea Tourism Organisation

In this curated session, five Korean travel startups will pitch for 5m each. Our judges will pick the winner who will go on to compete in the Grand Finals of the Global Startup Pitch, by WiT and Phocuswright, on October 4.
 

Presenters:

 

Jules Oh
Founder & CEO
AX Inc.

 
 

James Kim
CEO
BTmedi SG

 
 

Seong Bin Jo
Product Owner
DevUnlimit

 
 

Seungjae Jeong
CEO & Co-founder
Travel Makers Inc.

 
 

Conrad Cho
CEO, VISIT Inc./
COO, RoundPic Global

 
 
 

Facilitator:

 

Arvindh Yuvaraj
Content Lead
WiT

 
 
 

Judges:

 

Miriam Moscovici
Vice President, Research & Partnerships, BCD Travel
BCD Travel

 
 

Lisa Katsouraki
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Etraveli Group

 
 

Murli Ravi
Co-founder
Tin Men Capital

 
 

Nicholas Cocks
Managing Partner
Velocity Ventures

 

 


 

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Brunch Break

 


 

12:30 PM – 12:45PM

Techsembly: From gifts to hotel e-commerce to exit

Amy Read’s bet to focus her startup on hospitality in 2021, in the midst of the pandemic, paid off when Techsembly, an e-commerce platform she built in 2019, was acquired by Sabre Hospitality this July. She shares her story of how she went from gifting to e-commerce, and how hospitality found her.

 

Interviewer

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Speaker:

 

Amy Read
VP Strategy, Sabre/
Co-founder, Techsembly

 

 


 

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM

The Tech That Binds, The Startups That Thrive

We put the spotlight on selected startups that have managed to come out of the pandemic, stronger in their own way. What new tech and products did they build to strengthen their hold in their respective spaces, how are they thinking of the future, and what are some of the new startups that are emerging from markets around the region?

 

Moderator:

 

Rod Cuthbert
Founder & former CEO, Viator / former CEO, Rome2rio /
Non-executive Director, Veltra Corp & Jayride / Board Member, Tourism Tasmania

 
 

Panel:

 

Vikram Malhi
CEO & Co-founder
ZUZU Hospitality Solutions

 
 

Winnie Tan
CEO & Founder
TripZilla.com

 
 

Daniel Cheng
Founder & President
RTM Association (Redefine Tourism Mixer), Taiwan

 
 

Benny Lee
Founder & CEO
STAYFOLIO

 

 


 

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Human Circles of Collaboration

We break up into groups with each circle to be led by two hosts/mentors. Pick the group you want to join and discuss topics of interest to you. Your chance to get up close and personal with these travel leaders.

 

Rod Cuthbert
Founder & former CEO, Viator / former CEO, Rome2rio /
Non-executive Director, Veltra Corp & Jayride / Board Member, Tourism Tasmania

 
 

Chan Chee Chong
CEO & Co-founder
GlobalTix

 
 

Miriam Moscovici
Vice President, Research & Partnerships
BCD Travel

 
 

Lisa Katsouraki
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Etraveli Group

 
 

Mary Li
CEO & Founder
Atlas

 
 

Timothy O’Neil-Dunne
Principal
T2Impact

 
 

Ross Veitch
CEO & Co-founder
Wego

 
 

Paulina Klotzbucher
CEO & Co-founder
Glyde Payments

 
 

Timothy Hughes
Vice President, Corporate Development
Agoda

 
 

Louise Daley
Investor & Advisor

 
 
 

Baidi Li
Senior Vice President, Commercial, Asia Pacific
Go City

 
 

James Lemon
Global Lead – Travel, Transport, Leisure & Automotive
Stripe

 
 

Bobby Healy
Founder, Manna Drone Delivery/
Co-founder, Meili Travel Technology

 
 

Kei Shibata
Co-founder & CEO
Venture Republic – TRAVEL.jp & Trip101

 
 
 


 

2:30 PM

It’s A Wrap
 

16:00 - 21:00
WiT By Night on Sentosa

 
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
The Bridge Series – The Global Travel Tech Thinktank by WiT, Phocuswright & Phocuswire
Powered by Amadeus | Hosted by Accor
 
By invite only
 

Venue

Saffron Ballroom, Sofitel Resort & Spa, Sentosa

2 Bukit Manis Rd, Sentosa, Singapore 099891
 

Theme: Possibilities and Responsibilities of Travel In The Age of Generative AI

A closed door, by-invite-only session aimed at harnessing the collective human experience and knowledge of the who’s who in travel tech on how we should navigate travel in this accelerated age of AI and technology.
 

Co-facilitators:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Darrell Chan
APAC General Counsel
Airbnb

 
 

Amadeus Spokesperson:

 

Subramanian (Mani) Ganeshan
Senior Vice President – Travel Distribution Engineering & Centre Head
Amadeus

 
 

Provocateurs:

 

Timothy Hughes
Vice President, Corporate Development
Agoda

 
 

Ross Veitch
CEO & Co-founder
Wego

 
 


 
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Dine under the stars hosted by Sentosa Development Corporation
 
Open to all attendees
 

Venue

Southside Sentosa
80 Siloso Road, #01-01, Singapore 098969
 
Incorporating A Cinewav Experience (Bring along your own headphones, please) and access to the TrickEye Museum
 

Dress code

Casual

08:00 - 09:00
Checking in & Coffee
Venue

Cassia Ballroom
Level 3, Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre
10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

09:00 - 09:20
Kick-Off

Presenting Orientarhythm

09:20 - 09:50
Human Chemistry & Tech Prowess: Turbocharging Agoda

With his two buddies, Ittai Chorev and Idan Zalzberg, he built Qlicka, and sold it to Booking Holdings. Today, the trio form the leadership team taking Agoda into the future. Beyond their technical prowess, what’s the human chemistry that keeps them together and supercharged to take on the challenge of ensuring one of Asia’s more matured online travel brands not only remains relevant, but stays ahead in an ever more competitive landscape?
 

Interviewer:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Panel:
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Omri Morgenshtern
CEO
Agoda
09:50 - 10:20
The Heart of Tech & Product

From human chemistry to the power of tech, what’s getting travel tech leaders excited or perhaps a little terrified of the future? We challenge our clan of travel tech leaders to project into the future and tell us what they see with their human-powered knowledge and experience, and the new tech tools at their disposal.
 

Moderator:

 

Darrell Chan
APAC General Counsel
Airbnb

 
 

Panel:
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Karen Bolda
Senior Vice President, Product & Technology
Expedia Group
The Heart of Tech & Product image
Ross Veitch
CEO & Co-founder
Wego
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Tom Kershaw
Chief Product & Technology Officer
Travelport
The Heart of Tech & Product image
Gianni Marostica
Managing Director, Global Business Development for Travel & Local
Google
10:20 - 10:50
The Human-ness of Travel & Experiences

From the power of tech and product, we bring it down to the ground where the magic happens and where experiences are delivered, and dreams fulfilled. We speak to the makers who, well, make things happen with human connections and know how to leverage tech to brings humans together in a shared, communal experience.
 

Moderator:

 

Rod Cuthbert
Founder & former CEO, Viator / former CEO, Rome2rio /
Non-executive Director, Veltra Corp & Jayride / Board Member, Tourism Tasmania

 
 

Panel:
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Baidi Li
Senior Vice President, Commercial, APAC
Go City
The Human-ness of Travel & Experiences image
Sarah Wan
General Manager, Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore
Klook
The Human-ness of Travel & Experiences image
Yock Song Law
Co-founder, Questeon/
Partner & Head of Partnerships, Tribe
The Human-ness of Travel & Experiences image
Chan Chee Chong
CEO & Co-founder
GlobalTix
10:50 - 10:55
Open Space
10:55 - 11:25
Humans Need A Break (Coffee Break sponsored by DidaTravel)

Our artist-in-residence Djuwadi Ahwal, member of the renowned Indonesian art collective, Taring Padi, will be conducting an in-person woodcut print demonstration at our WiT For Good Booth. Collaborate with him to create an art piece for our auction at the Closing Party tomorrow evening.

11:25 - 11:30
Open Space
11:30 - 12:05
Money, Human & Machine

It takes these three ingredients to make the world of investments go round – smart money, super founders, great tech. But what’s the balance and formula going forward, as tech accelerates, human talent becomes scarcer and capital gets more expensive? How are investors thinking of the brave, new world of travel investments?
 

Moderator:

 

Stephan Ekbergh
CEO
Travelstart

 
 

Panel:
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Stephen Snyder
Managing Director, Operations & Partnerships
JetBlue Ventures
Money, Human & Machine image
Chris Hemmeter
Managing Director
Thayer Ventures
Money, Human & Machine image
Tina Di Cicco
Board Member, Manila Angel Investors Network/
Co-Founder, Avaya Ventures
Money, Human & Machine image
Louise Daley
Investor & Advisor
Money, Human & Machine image
Oscar Ramos
General Partner, SOSV/
Managing Director, Orbit Startups
12:05 - 12:25
Hello, The Place With The Most Humans

This year, India surpassed China as the world’s most populous country, as its population crossed 1.6b. And out of the pandemic, its travel market has been going gangbusters – new airlines, new infrastructure, masses of people moving online and onto mobile, and an aspiring massive, middle class on the move. And no one has been more at the frontline of this surge than this trailblazers in the Indian online travel market.
 

Interviewer:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Speakers:
Hello, The Place With The Most Humans image
Gaurav Bhatnagar
Co-founder
TBO.COM
12:25 - 13:00
Hospitality: Balancing Tech with Human Touch

For hoteliers, finding the right balance between human touch and tech has always been difficult and increasingly so, because while tech has accelerated, talent has become scarce. Hotel owner Kittisak Pattamasaevi sees AI as an opportunity to empower staff to have more meaningful interactions with guests. For Accor, with more than 1,000 hotels across a slew of brands in Asia Pacific, it is mostly about driving scale in distribution and commerce, and direct business. For family-owned COMO, with 17 hotels and resorts worldwide, it’s about creating loyalty and community around its experiences and brands. How do these three different players balance tech with human touch in an age of accelerated tech?
 

Moderator:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Panel:
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Kerry Healy
Chief Commercial Officer, Premium, Midscale & Economy Division - Middle East, Africa, Turkey & Asia Pacific
Accor
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Kittisak Pattamasaevi
Chief Executive Officer
Montara Hospitality Group
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Doris Goh
Vice President, Commercial
COMO Hotels & Resorts
13:00 - 14:00
Humans Need To Eat (Lunch sponsored by Wego)

Our artist-in-residence Djuwadi Ahwal, member of the renowned Indonesian art collective, Taring Padi, will be conducting an in-person woodcut print demonstration at our WiT For Good Booth. Collaborate with him to create an art piece for our auction at the Closing Party tomorrow evening.

14:00 - 14:30
Human Hearts, Digital Wallets: A Marriage of Convenience

“Make it easy for us to pay and we will love you forever” – has that become the new clarion cry of humans? If so, then the way to a human heart is through the wallet. Just that it is increasingly digital. In India alone, there are said to be more than 100 wallets, and across Asia, an equally fragmented market. How do you win human hearts with the right payment strategy? Let us count the ways.
 

Moderator:

 

Chan Chee Chong
CEO & Co-founder
GlobalTix

 
 

Panel:
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Paulina Klotzbucher
CEO & founder
Glyde Payments
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SheueChee Beh
Head of Payment, APAC
Uber
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Joff Romoff
Vice President, Commercial South East Asia & Korea
IHG Hotels & Resorts
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Shabab Muhaddes
General Manager/ Regional MD (Asia Pacific)
Vesta
14:30 - 14:50
Coffee Chat

It’s just slightly over a year since this veteran in air distribution moved to Singapore to head up Asia Pacific for Amadeus. He came in at a time of “the renewal of travel” in the region, which had just opened its borders. And with the region fully opened, what lessons has he learnt, what insights can he share, in particular, about the volatile and dynamic air distribution market, with the acceleration of NDC adoption by airlines in APAC?
 

Interviewer:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Speaker:
Coffee Chat image
Javier Laforgue
Executive Vice President, Travel Unit & Managing Director, Asia Pacific
Amadeus
14:50 - 15:00
The Urban Revolution: How The blending of work and travel is reshaping cities in Asia Pacific

The changes in travel, living and work, influenced by the pandemic, are allowing us to think differently about the future through a wholesale rethink of urban spaces. How could cities like Bangkok, Brisbane, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo – featured in a new white paper commissioned by Airbnb – transform to maximise the benefits of new trends as well as how to build greater resilience?
 

Speaker:
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Steven Liew
Head of Public Policy APAC
Airbnb
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee Break

Our artist-in-residence Djuwadi Ahwal, member of the renowned Indonesian art collective, Taring Padi, will be conducting an in-person woodcut print demonstration at our WiT For Good Booth. Collaborate with him to create an art piece for our auction at the Closing Party tomorrow evening.

15:30 - 16:20
Travel Changemakers Awards 2023, supported by ATTIA

The Travel Changemakers Awards 2023, supported by ATTIA (Asian Travel Technology Industry Association), celebrates the innovators in Asia Pacific who seized the opportunity to introduce new initiatives and programmes to transform not only their organisation but also the industry, with the imaginative and clever use of technology at the heart of the change. There are five Awards categories – Environmental Awareness and Action, Local Community Engagement, Hidden Gems, Regenerative Tourism and Diversity & Inclusion. We celebrate the winners today.
 

Co-presenter:
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Chris Kerin
Managing Director
ATTIA
16:20 - 16:50
Marketing: All Science, Half Art, No Heart?

There was a time when humans thought imagination and creativity were our superpowers, that machines couldn’t replicate that. But recent research done by a team from the University of Montana showed that AI can match the top one percent of human thinkers on a standard test for creativity. So what role can humans play in marketing and branding? How humans compete at the scale of Large Language Models that spew out images, music, videos, text at supersonic speed? How do you balance the short term of customer acquisition and longterm of branding? How do you balance science, art and heart in this age of tech? How do you leverage the creators economy? How do you stand out, be heard, seen and most importantly, felt by your customers?
 

Moderator:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Panel:
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Joerg Becker
Chief Growth Officer
amp
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Dawn Jeremiah
Vice President, Ecommerce & Marketing
Go City
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Tejveer Singh Bedi
Head of Travel & Tourism, SEA
TikTok
16:50 - 17:00
The Green Revolution: The Human Factor, Part 1

Meet the executive who’s been trying to spark a green revolution for the last two decades, and now its time has come. Is it too little too late or too much talk, too little action or too much confusion, too little clarification? And how about certification? How can humans working in travel make sense of all this?
 

Speaker:
The Green Revolution: The Human Factor, Part 1 image
Eric Ricaurte
CEO
Greenview
17:00 - 17:30
The Green Revolution: The Human Factor, Part 2

Tech can play its part but this movement needs the power of humans to move the needle. How can we do our superhuman part, with new thinking, smart tools and better data, to meet our responsibility as travel providers for the greater good of travel? What practical, actionable ways can we implement to get us to where we want and need to be?
 

Moderator:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Panel:
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Choe Peng Sum
CEO
Pan Pacific Hotels Group
The Green Revolution: The Human Factor, Part 2 image
Julie Cheetham
Founding Member & Managing Director
Weeva
The Green Revolution: The Human Factor, Part 2 image
Loic Dujardin
Head of ESG
Traveloka
The Green Revolution: The Human Factor, Part 2 image
Anthony Tan
Director, Sustainability
Sentosa Development Corporation
17:30 - 17:40
The Human Revolution, Take 1
Speaker:
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Stephan Ekbergh
CEO
Travelstart
09:00 - 10:00
Checking in & Coffee
Venue

Cassia Ballroom
Level 3, Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre
10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

10:00 - 10:10
Setting The Stage
10:10 - 10:20
The Human Revolution, Take 2
Speaker:
10:20 - 10:45
Coffee Chat: Double The Force at Klook

What’s that saying, never go into business with a friend? Well, Eric Gnock Fah and Ethan Lin clearly ignored that advice. Friends when they were working in investment banking, they co-founded Klook, scaled it and then steered it through its darkest times, to come out even stronger on the other side. What are the human forces at play here at Asia’s hottest travel brand that’s proven its mettle and appears unstoppable, as it celebrates its ninth anniversary?
 

Moderator:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Panel:
Coffee Chat: Double The Force at Klook image
Ethan Lin
Co-founder & CEO
Klook
Coffee Chat: Double The Force at Klook image
Eric Gnock Fah
Co-founder & COO
Klook
10:45 - 10:55
The Human Revolution: Tourism in the Age of Technology
Speaker:
The Human Revolution: Tourism in the Age of Technology image
Kenneth Lim
Assistant Chief Executive, Marketing Group
Singapore Tourism Board
10:55 - 11:20
Meet The Different Generations of OTAs, Part 1

In this two-part session, we put the different generations of OTAs together and track how the model has evolved. Consider this. Booking was founded in 1996. Trip.com’s roots goes back to 1999. Their first mover advantage gives them dominance. Beyond scale, how are these two pioneers reinventing themselves and keeping disruptors at bay?
 

Moderator:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Panel:
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Nuno Guerreiro
Regional Director, South Asia, Oceania & Chains
Booking.com
Meet The Different Generations of OTAs, Part 1 image
Boon Sian Chai
Managing Director & Vice President, International Markets
Trip.com Group
11:20 - 11:50
Meet The Different Generations of OTAs, Part 2

In this part, meet the different models from the new world of Asia and Middle East – Almosafer from Saudi Arabia, which came out of Seera Group; and two startup next-gen models from North Asia – Tripbtoz from South Korea, 2017; and the youngest, KabuK Style from Japan, founded 2019. How are these different models rethinking the future in their markets?
 

Moderator:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Panel:
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Tarique Khatri
Chief Commercial Officer
Almosafer
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Jiha Jung
CEO & Founder
Tripbtoz
Meet The Different Generations of OTAs, Part 2 image
Kenji Sunada
CEO & founder
KabuK Style Inc
11:50 - 12:00
The Human Revolution, Take 3
Speaker:
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Fritz Demopoulos
CEO
Queen's Road Capital
12:00 - 12:15
Travellers Are Only Human. Here’s What They Want.

An exclusive piece of research from Google to uncover traveller trends across Asia Pacific.
 

Speaker:
Travellers Are Only Human. Here’s What They Want. image
Hermione Joye
Sector Lead, Travel & Vertical Search APAC
Google
12:15 - 13:30
All Humans Need To Eat (Lunch Time)
13:30 - 13:35
Open Space
13:35 - 13:45
Orphaned Starfish Foundation

Once a banker, he ran the Hospitality Group for WestLB and was responsible for funding the development of the Mandarin Oriental in Washington DC, Copacabana Palace in Brazil, Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas, St. Regis Laguna Niguel and many other five star properties. In 2001, he started the Orphaned Starfish Foundation because “I’ve always loved working with kids”, he told WiT, “and knew I could change their lives through education.”
 

Speaker:
Orphaned Starfish Foundation image
Andy Stein
Executive Chairman & Founder
Orphaned Starfish Foundation
13:45 - 14:05
Cars, Drones, Coffee & Chat

Did you know that the most popular item for Manna Drone Delivery in Ireland is hot coffee, delivered while still piping hot in 2m 40 seconds? We cannot promise coffee delivery by drone for this session but we can promise an entertaining, no-holds-barred conversation with one of travel tech’s most daring and innovate entrepreneurs who has embarked on two new ventures, both around mobility. Let’s face it, this is a superhuman on the move.
 

Interviewer:

 

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Founder
WiT

 
 

Speaker:
Cars, Drones, Coffee & Chat image
Bobby Healy
Founder, Manna Drone Delivery/
Co-founder, Meili Travel Technology
14:05 - 14:35
Chinese Roots, Global Dreams

They have their roots in one of the world’s largest travel markets, and thus have a unique understanding of their home market. they But as they expand, they’ve had to adapt and adopt new playbooks. What are the lessons they have learnt? What are their plans? And what can they teach us about the unique workings of the Chinese travel market, as it recovers. Meet the players, with Chinese roots, looking to change the world of travel, their own way.
 

Moderator:

 

Mitra Sorrells
Editor In Chief
PhocusWire

 
 

Panel:
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Simeon Shi
Chief Strategy Officer & Head of Corporate Development
Fliggy
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Rikin Wu
CEO & Founder
DidaTravel
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Nancy Zhou
Co-founder/Vice President, Business Development
Flightroutes24
14:35 - 15:05
All Humans Need A Break (Coffee Time)
15:05 - 15:35
The Tech & Art Of Making You Feel At Home

New hospitality models are leveraging tech to turn hospitality into scalable, efficient businesses. Some are thinking very big – unmanned vacation rentals, for instance, while some are going for the fragmented, independent segment. Whatever it is, this centuries-old industry is being shaken up at its core. Will these new players succeed in creating a new space in hospitality that will not require as many humans as in the past?
 

Moderator:

 

Chris Hemmeter
Managing Director
Thayer Ventures

 
 

Panel:
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Jongyoon Kim
Managing Director/ Co-CEO
Yanolja Cloud
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Ota Munekatsu
Representative Director & CEO
Rakuten STAY, Inc.
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Amit Saberwal
Founder & CEO
RedDoorz
15:35 - 16:25
2023 Global Startup Pitch, Grand Finals

The final stage of the Global Startup Pitch by WiT and Phocuswright. We started with more than 110 entries from four regions (Asia Pacific, Middle East Africa, Europe, Americas). They were shortlisted to 25 for the first round on May 24 and from that round, 18 were picked to compete in the semi-finals on August 24. Meet the finalists who made it through to the Grand Finals. The winner will be announced by the end of day and wins the opportunity to present at Phocuswright in Fort Lauderdale, November 12-14. The runner-up will win an opportunity to enter the startup programme of Phocuswright.

 

Facilitators:

 

Pete Comeau
Managing Director
Phocuswright

 
 

Kimberly Newbury
Vice President, Sales, Global Travel Technology Group
Northstar Travel Media

 
 
 

Presenters:

 

Ibukunoluwa Salau
Founder & CEO
Get Direx

 
 

Stephanie Daniel
Co-founder & CEO
Live My Legend

 
 

Darrien Watson
Co-founder & CEO
Squadtrip.com

 
 

Murray Decker
CEO
Tour Amigo

 
 

Houman Goudarzi
CEO
ZYTLYN Technologies

 
 

Seungjae Jeong
CEO & Co-founder
Travel Makers Inc.

 
 
 

Judges:
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Stephen Snyder
Managing Director, Operations & Partnerships
JetBlue Ventures
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Chris Hemmeter
Managing Director
Thayer Ventures
2023 Global Startup Pitch, Grand Finals image
Miriam Moscovici
Vice President, Research & Partnerships
BCD Travel
2023 Global Startup Pitch, Grand Finals image
Hermione Joye
Sector Lead, Travel & Vertical Search APAC
Google
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Simeon Shi
Chief Strategy Officer & Head of Corporate Development
Fliggy
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Lisa Katsouraki
Senior Vice President Corporate Development
Etraveli Group
2023 Global Startup Pitch, Grand Finals image
Tina Di Cicco
Board Member, Manila Angel Investors Network/
Co-Founder, Avaya Ventures
2023 Global Startup Pitch, Grand Finals image
Murli Ravi
Co-founder
Tin Men Capital
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James Lemon
Global Lead – Travel, Transport, Leisure & Automotive
Stripe
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Johnny Thorsen
Vice President, Strategy & Partnerships
Spotnana
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Oliver Rippel
Co-Founder & Partner
Asia Partners
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Frederic Barou
SVP, Customer Success Management Asia Pacific
Amadeus
16:25 - 17:00
The Flight Revolution & How It Affects The Travel Value Chain

With the robust recovery of airlines post-pandemic, flight distribution is undergoing a quiet revolution behind the scenes. Indeed, you could argue this is the biggest step change in airline distribution since the 1980s when GDSes first came into being. Major traditional carriers have rolled out their NDC strategy to modernize their retailing. Low cost airlines have sprung up post-pandemic, accounting for 30% of global air capacity. What does this all mean for the travel eco-system, from tech platforms to travel agencies to hoteliers and tourism businesses? This session will examine implications on every player in the value chain because air is the fuel of travel.
 

Presenter & Moderator:

 

Greg Schulze
Senior Vice President, Strategic Travel Partners
Expedia Group

 
 

Followed by Panel:
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Bertrand Saillet
Managing Director, Asia
FCM Travel Solutions
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Mary Li
CEO & Founder
Atlas
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Rajeev Kumar
Founder, CEO & Managing Director
Mystifly