MEET THE SPEAKERS

Join the visionaries who are Changing Worlds

We believe in experiential travel as a catalyst for global change – which is why we invite a hand-selected group of cross-industry minds to MATTER, from tech, design, fashion and beyond.

2018 SPEAKER LINEUP

We are continually adding to our lineup, so be sure to sign up for MATTER updates to find out who the latest world changers are.

Jimmy Wales

JIMMY WALES

Wikipedia Founder

CLICKBAIT, FAKE NEWS AND THE FIGHT FOR TRUTH: BIG DATA AND THE POWER OF COMMUNITY

Named one of TIME’s ‘100 most influential people’ and creator of the fifth-most-popular website in the world, Jimmy is a visionary in every sense of the word – and the founder of Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Foundation and WikiTribune, a groundbreaking platform that produces only evidence-based journalism. We can’t wait for him to bring his masterful presence, unique vision and singular entrepreneurial spirit as a keynote speaker to MATTER.

Jimmy will address the elephant in the big tech room: how data, specifically in the form of programmatic advertising, has lead to the proliferation of fake news and clickbait journalism – with drastic political consequences across the globe. He will also explore how real communities are leading the charge in fighting back in an attempt to restore quality and transparency – including one of the biggest online communities in the world, Wikipedia.

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Chris Sheldrick

CHRIS SHELDRICK

what3words Founder

THREE LITTLE WORDS: PUTTING AMAZING LOCATIONS ON THE MAP

Chris Sheldrick is the co-founder and CEO of what3words, the simplest way to communicate your location. The UK-based company solves the problem that roughly 75% of the world faces: inconsistent, complicated, poor, or no addressing. By carving the global map up into 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares, what3words created a universal addressing system that uses a unique string of three words to specify any location.

In this short talk about a big idea, Chris Sheldrick will discuss the implications of giving every location on earth an accurate address – from faster and easier travel to delivering hot pizza and sending aid to disaster zones. Learn about the sectors embracing what3words, what the future looks like, and how the unusual addressing system is starting to make waves in the travel and tourism industry.

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Gabbi Cahane

Chairman, Multiple

Gabbi Cahane

Chairman, Multiple

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Maria Pajares

Managing Director , Mason Rose

Maria Pajares

Managing Director , Mason Rose

Celebrating its 25th year in 2018, Mason Rose is one of the UK’s leading Sales and PR agencies for luxury hotel, wellness and lifestyle clients globally. Founded by Tanya Rose, who having spied a gap in the market for independent luxury hotels requiring a presence in the UK, launched Mason Rose as a sales agency with founding clients The Bel Air, Le Bristol and The Carlyle. Lauded for her innate aptitude for creating connections and with an eye for a good story, a PR division soon followed. Having been born into a family of hoteliers and held jobs or lived in hotels much of her life, Maria Pajares joined Mason Rose as MD over 10 years ago. Whilst hotels are inherently part of her DNA, Maria’s vast experience also encompasses cruise lines, online travel and content marketing. Together she and Tanya, alongside their experienced team, have developed Mason Rose to become industry-renowned for its comprehensive approach to representing some of the world’s most outstanding luxury clients.

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Juliet Kinsman

CEO & Founder, Bouteco

Juliet Kinsman

CEO & Founder, Bouteco

Celebrating its 25th year in 2018, Mason Rose is one of the UK’s leading Sales and PR agencies for luxury hotel, wellness and lifestyle clients globally. Founded by Tanya Rose, who having spied a gap in the market for independent luxury hotels requiring a presence in the UK, launched Mason Rose as a sales agency with founding clients The Bel Air, Le Bristol and The Carlyle. Lauded for her innate aptitude for creating connections and with an eye for a good story, a PR division soon followed.

Based in Knightsbridge and with a history spanning over twenty-five years, Mason Rose is one of the UK’s leading representation agencies offering exceptional Sales, PR, Digital Marketing and Partnerships to luxury hotels, travel, lifestyle and wellness brands.

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Cheila Gibbs

Founder Director, Create Generate

Cheila Gibbs

Founder Director, Create Generate

Never has food been so fad-driven: what is en vogue one day can feel passé the next (see: freakshakes) so how can hotels create a food and beverage strategy that sticks? Let Cheila show you how to leverage your F&B offering so it feels authentic, appears cutting-edge and tastes as good as it looks ­– including understanding your customers' expectations; measuring yourself against – and bettering – your competitors; altering your menu to maximise ROI; and capitalising on the ever-growing trend for seeking local, independent culinary experiences.

Portuguese-born, Swiss-educated and London-based, Cheila is a true multi-hyphenate and citizen of the world who has opened some of the capital’s most talked-about venues, including Bistro du Vin, Burger & Lobster, Dean Street Townhouse and West 36 — to name but a few. After graduating from École hôtelière de Lausanne and working everywhere from Austria to America, Cheila founded Create Generate, a hospitality consultancy who open, manage and transform exceptional restaurants, hotels and members’ clubs. Most recently, they have helped develop and open Terry Venables’ La Escondida Hotel in Spain, which was nominated as one of the world’s 15 best new hotels in its first year of trading.

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Eat local, think global: How F&B can supercharge your ROI

Tanya Rose

Founder, Mason Rose

Tanya Rose

Founder, Mason Rose

Tanya is the founder of Mason Rose PR and a recognised authority in luxury travel.

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