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Join the visionaries who are Changing Worlds

To provide you with only the most specialist speakers and perception-altering talks, we’ve teamed up with industry-leading companies to curate over 60 hours of truly insightful content.

2019 SPEAKER LINE-UP

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Andrew Lark

BOOSTING BRAND LOVE: How to Create Distinctiveness and Difference to Grow your Business

Andrew Lark

CEO, Group Lark

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BOOSTING BRAND LOVE: How to Create Distinctiveness and Difference to Grow your Business

In a crowded market where DMCs, destinations and property owners are constantly being disintermediated, how do you create difference and distinctiveness for your offering? Tapping in to his extensive experience in helping businesses grow and win consumers around the world, Andy Lark’s talk will look at how your brand can use rapidly evolving technology to create new offerings and orchestrate unmatchable experiences. Taking a long-term view, he will also probe what market shifts and prevailing trends are most likely to reshape your business – helping you to adapt to succeed now and in the future.

About Andrew Lark

Andy Lark’s twin passions are creating experiences that change lives and using technology to enable those moments to happen on a wider scale. Over the past decade, he’s been instrumental in resetting how businesses are run – and how consumers access and experience travel and destinations globally – by creating a new framework for understanding how companies can create genuine distinctiveness and difference.

Samantha Clarke

BE HAPPY FIRST: Increasing your Wellbeing in Work and Life

Samantha Clarke

Happiness Consultant, Samantha &

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BE HAPPY FIRST: Increasing your Wellbeing in Work and Life

Wellbeing is more than just a trending buzzword: it’s the crucial ability to consistently feel good and function effectively, both in work and your day-to-day life. Delivered by one of the most renowned and accomplished experts in workplace happiness, this session will help you create a clear roadmap on how to consistently feel better, be happier and be more productive. You’ll leave with a stress-proof toolkit of happiness and wellbeing approaches that will enable you to confidently navigate the natural highs and lows that come with modern life.

About Samantha Clarke

Samantha Clarke has taken up the mantle to start a revolution around happiness at work, achieving big results with clients including Nespresso, Innocent, Mediacom, Deutsche Mobile, Shopify, Dishoom and more. Her groundbreaking sessions help leaders and teams create more conscious, happier workplaces; guide individuals through public workshops to unlock their potential; as well as manage stress, build confidence and become a more authentic leader. As well as facilitating workshops and curating online courses, Samantha also hosts the podcast series ‘Conversations with Samantha &’ and has a book on happiness at work lined up for Spring 2020.

Holly Tuppen

HOW TO MASTER: Creating Sustainability Stories that Engage Guests and Staff

Holly Tuppen

Writer & Sustainability Expert

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HOW TO MASTER: Creating Sustainability Stories that Engage Guests and Staff

These days, people don’t just want to buy into what you do; they want to know why you do it, and to feel part of your company’s purpose. To really sell the sustainable side of your business you need to be an expert in storytelling – turning facts and reports into engaging narrative to educate and involve your staff, your guests and your shareholders. This masterclass will cover everything you need to know about sharing your sustainability journey with integrity and impact, whether you’re a seasoned sustainability pro or just getting started, covering everything from green-washing to identifying talking points and trends.

About Holly Tuppen

Holly’s passion for travelling the world responsibly started in 2008 when she set off on a 20-month around-the-world-without-flying adventure. After sailing, cycling, walking and hitchhiking oceans, deserts and mountain ranges, Holly returned to spread the word about sustainable travel through marketing for Greentraveller and as editor of Green Hotelier. She is now a travel writer and consultant specialising in sustainability and conservation working for the likes of Suitcase, The Long Run, World Travel and Tourism Council, ABTA, TTG and The Guardian.

Portia Hart

COLLABORATION NOT COMPETITION: Why the Industry Needs to Work Together for Positive Change

Portia Hart

Founder, Fundación Green Apple

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COLLABORATION NOT COMPETITION: Why the Industry Needs to Work Together for Positive Change

Being truly sustainable is so much more than just ‘going green’; it requires a commitment to the four pillars of sustainability: environment, economics, culture and society. Good businesses do all four at once, but it’s also important to remove guilt from the dialogue around responsibility and sustainability so that every company realises that even small, easy steps can have a big impact. Sustainability should not be seen as a competition – it’s about realising that even 1% better is still an improvement. This talk will look at what all hotels, regardless of their size, can do to reduce their environmental impact without increasing costs; propose a new model for sustainable charity based on exchanging donations for valuable products and services; and engage local communities, from suppliers and employees to customers and governments.

About Portia Hart

Since arriving in Cartagena, Colombia, Portia has established four hospitality businesses, the region’s first luxury beach club and a boutique art hotel in the old city centre. All her endeavours are guided by a passionate belief that effective, meaningful change works as a ripple effect from the ground up, with dedicated individuals and small businesses shifting behaviours and philosophies – which in turn engages staff, clients and suppliers on a personal level. In just one year her not-for-profit, Green Apple, has engaged over 20 Cartagena businesses; created five full-time jobs and 10 training opportunities for local artisans; diverted more than 35 tonnes of waste from landfill and even set up Cartagena’s first glass recycling facility.

Palma Michel

HOW TO MASTER: Becoming a more Mindful and Productive Leader

Palma Michel

Executive Coach and Mindful Leadership Advisor, Palma Michel

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HOW TO MASTER: Becoming a more Mindful and Productive Leader

We live in a world of constant change, uncertainty and increased complexity – and the biggest challenge to leadership is not intelligence or commitment, but staying focused, healthy and comfortable with the unknown. Mindfulness training not only changes our in-built response to pressure and strengthens our emotional intelligence – it also enables leaders to adapt and develop a more productive and sustainable way of operating in the world. This masterclass will arm you with practical mindfulness tools, and the science behind them; provide an overview on what mindful leadership is, and debunk the myth of multitasking; and demonstrate how these techniques can benefit you, your employees and your company.

About Palma Michel

Spurred by her belief that the key to changing worlds is changing minds, Palma left the corporate world in 2013 to combine coaching and mindfulness – introducing her techniques to corporations as more than just a wellbeing tool. She develops emotional depth in business leaders to help them create innovative cultures and take sustainable decisions for the benefit of all. Her clients include Facebook, CNN, Soho House, The London School of Economics as well as numerous founders, CEOs and philanthropists, and her meditations are featured on Meditation Studio and Insight Timer, two of the most successful global meditation apps.

Kimberley Blanchot

HOW TO MASTER: Making Social an Extension of Your Brand

Kimberley Blanchot

Co-Founder and Marketing Communications Strategist, AUGUST/28

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HOW TO MASTER: Making social an extension of your brand

When it comes to branding, social media shouldn’t just be an afterthought – it should be a fully integrated part of everything your company does. Working out which platform is best for you, and how to use it properly, is vital. This immersive masterclass will show you how: to adapt your brand for social media; identify your brand pillars and style; work out who to follow to build your community; and interact with the people who matter. It will also cover the right way to collaborate with macro and micro influencers, as well as photography essentials like angles, colour schemes, hashtags, content variety and caption-writing.

About Kimberley Blanchot

Kimberley cut her teeth with some of the greatest chefs, from Alain Ducasse to Daniel Boulud, harnessing a skillset that encompasses creative marketing, writing, brand partnerships, events, social media, public relations and talent management. She co-founded August/28 with her sister to challenge brands in the way they approach hospitality and encourage them to adapt their experiences to today’s changing landscape. Her passion for food and travel drive her to seek out those who have interesting stories to share with the world.

Anne-Cécile Blanchot

HOW TO MASTER: Making Social an Extension of Your Brand

Anne-Cécile Blanchot

Co-Founder and Brand Strategist, AUGUST/28

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HOW TO MASTER: Making social an extension of your brand

When it comes to branding, social media shouldn’t just be an afterthought – it should be a fully integrated part of everything your company does. Working out which platform is best for you, and how to use it properly, is vital. This immersive masterclass will show you how: to adapt your brand for social media; identify your brand pillars and style; work out who to follow to build your community; and interact with the people who matter. It will also cover the right way to collaborate with macro and micro influencers, as well as photography essentials like angles, colour schemes, hashtags, content variety and caption-writing.

About Anne-Cécile Blanchot

Anne-Cecile has over a decade of experience in PR and integrated marketing, mostly in the realm of travel and hospitality including tour operators, airlines, hotels and tourism boards. In 2018, she co-founded August/28 with a vision to inspire brands to ideate creative and holistic media and marketing campaigns that tell stories that matter. Her mission is to respond to the evolving communication landscape and the rising popularity of digital platforms by breaking through the clutter.

Gabbi Cahane

HOW TO MASTER: Using Brand, Culture and Growth as the Framework for Your Business

Gabbi Cahane

Chairman, Multiple

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HOW TO MASTER: Using Brand, Culture and Growth as the Framework for Your Business

This masterclass will draw on Gabbi’s extensive experience in various areas of brand strategy. It will provide a tangible framework for companies to better define their purpose, positioning and personality; develop their internal culture and behaviour; and also look ahead to future growth. By showing how to develop these foundational principles for your brand, Gabbi will give you the tools that will enable you to take a position of leadership, take on threats and opportunities, and, ultimately, take over the world.

About Gabbi Cahane

As co-founder of strategy firm Multiple, Gabbi works with the founders and funders of category-defining companies to drive innovation and change; define branding; and improve reputation, value and influence. Well versed in all aspects of entrepreneurship, his career as an angel investor has seen him connect collaborators and commercial partners – as well as raising awareness, capital, and a few eyebrows along the way.

Delphine King

MAKE IT A MINDSET: Why Sustainability Needs to be More Than Just a Project

Delphine King

Executive Director, The Long Run

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MAKE IT A MINDSET: Why Sustainability Needs to be More Than Just a Project

We are now at a crossroads: the planet needs minds to shift quicker, and that includes how we view the concept of sustainability. This insightful talk from one of the world’s most respected conservationists will explore why making sustainability into a mindset, and shifting attitudes from short-term to long-term – from exploitative to nurturing – is the only viable option for taking businesses into the future. Delphine will demonstrate how the 4Cs (conservation, community, culture and commerce) can act as a framework for taking a holistic approach to truly embed sustainability into an organisation.

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HOW TO MASTER: Getting Started on Your Sustainability Journey (Without Feeling Overwhelmed)

This masterclass will focus on how to make the 4Cs (conservation, community, culture and commerce) the guide for your journey to true sustainability – using them as a mindset to understand that long-term business growth is inextricably linked to nature and community wellbeing. You’ll hear actionable takeaways, including five easy ways to reduce resource and increase profits, and how to communicate your vision to staff and guests. The session will also look at wider concerns in your sustainability journey, from understanding your place and identifying your role and relevance, to finding the right partnerships and transferring skills.

About Delphine King

A passionate conservationist and social scientist, Delphine King has worked tirelessly for more than 20 years as a freelance consultant in some of the world’s most vulnerable areas to fight for marine and terrestrial conservation while also helping communities use sustainable resources and get involved in conservation efforts. Her philosophy for solving the world’s challenges centres around the beliefs that sharing, collaborating and changing mindsets is fundamental, and that business – especially nature-based tourism – has enormous potential to protect biodiversity and be a vehicle for sustainable development. These beliefs underpin all of her inspiring work. As Director of The Long Run, she nurtures and showcases the leaders positively impacting tourism and inclusive conservation and spreads her holistic approach to sustainability based around the balance between the 4Cs.

Sam Conniff Allende

BE MORE PIRATE: The Art of Professional Rule Breaking

Sam Conniff Allende

Author & Entrepreneur, Be More Pirate

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BE MORE PIRATE: The Art of Professional Rule Breaking

Realising that most of the ‘rules’ of work are just age-old bad habits that need to be broken is one of the most important breakthroughs you can make for you and your company. All it takes to change the rules – and get away with it – is for you to prove your new ideas work. This boundary-breaking headline talk will shatter the preconceptions surrounding rule breaking; encourage you to ‘Be More Pirate’ in your approach to business; and inspire you to stop asking permission, and prepare to start asking for forgiveness instead. After his Main Stage talk, join Sam for an interactive workshop that will help you rip up the rulebook on traditional business and learn how to truly master the art of professional rule breaking.

About Sam Conniff Allende

As a purpose-driven strategy consultant, Sam advises brands such as Red Bull, Unilever, Mercedes, and Rolex, where he advocates ‘business as unusual’ and encourages leaders to step up their corporate responsibility and accountability. Plus, with 10 start-ups to his name – including a Bafta-winning content agency, a genre-defining interactive TV Series and an industry-leading creative youth network – there isn’t much that this multi-award-winning serial entrepreneur hasn’t achieved. His inspiring book, Be More Pirate, or How To Take On The World and Win, was published in 2018 and acts as a manifesto for each of us to create the sort of ‘good trouble’ the world so desperately needs.

Louise Cottar

COMMERCE AND LEGACY: Making a Business Case for the Future

Louise Cottar

Director, Nineteen Twenties Safari Camps

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COMMERCE AND LEGACY: Making a Business Case for the Future

One of the most pressing challenges for leading sustainable properties – and any business driven by more than just the bottom line – is how to secure their legacy and ensure the next generation carries on their good work. Drawing from innovative examples, including the likes of The Long Run, this talk will discuss the pioneering tools needed to ensure biodiversity is conserved; intergenerational plans to engage future conservationists; and the financial mechanisms needed to support the ‘4Cs’ of sustainability: conservation, community, culture and commerce.

About Louise Cottar

With over 24 years’ experience working in the Horn of Africa, particularly Somalia – in roles as diverse as strategic planning, needs assessment, policy analysis, aid effectiveness and political economy – Louise Cottar is an expert consultant with truly unique insights. During her time with the United Nations, The World Bank and as an independent, she has always worked in volatile areas – be they war zones or vulnerable ecosystems – and her passion for shifting states of fragility to states of stability is evident across all of her work.

Rebecca Mackenzie

HOW TO MASTER: Creating Food Tourism Experiences with a Positive Impact

Rebecca Mackenzie

President & CEO, Culinary Tourism Alliance

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HOW TO MASTER: Creating Food Tourism Experiences with a Positive Impact

This innovative masterclass will look at how brands can develop partnerships along the food tourism value chain, running the full spectrum of touch points – from farms, fishermen, beverage producers and farmers markets to restaurants, hotels, culinary schools and tours, local attractions, festivals and events. You’ll learn how to enhance your visitors’ experience, support local economic development and provide increased return on investment for your business.

About Rebecca Mackenzie

A passionate advocate for Canada’s food tourism experiences, Rebecca Mackenzie facilitates marketing partnerships, develops award-winning tourism products and manages a range of community development projects to help clients develop their own ‘taste of place’. This exciting intersection of food, agriculture, tourism, arts and culture plays a key role in all her projects – from Ontario’s non-profit Culinary Tourism Alliance to Canada’s leading travel event, the Terrior Symposium, and the cross-industry collective, Grow Food Tourism.

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