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WTFI's initiative Global Tourism Forum organizes several events aiming to promote the hosting country internationally. GTF organizes select activities designed to strengthen the country's branding abroad.

PAST SPEAKERS

Jose Manuel Barroso

President, European Commission (2004-2014)

João Lourenço

President of the Republic of Angola

François Hollande

Former President of the French Republic

Jack Straw

Former Foreign Minister of the UK

Ken Livingstone

Former Mayor of London

Arkadiy Voloj

CEO, YANDEX

Todd Benjamin

Financial Editor, CNN International

Fredrik Reinfeldt

Former Prime Minister of Sweden

Neşet Koçkar

Anex Tour, Chairman of the Executive Board

Michael Frenzel

Special Ambassador of UNWTO and Former Chairman of World Travel & Tourism Council

Binali Yıldırım

Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey

Badr Al Badr

CEO, Dur Hospitality

Iran Monroy

Global Brand Communications, Deer Jet

Angela Bragança

Minister of Hotel and Tourism of the Republic of Angola

David Miliband

President and Chief Executive of International Rescue Committee

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

President of the Republic of Turkey

Aditya Motwane

Director, Motwane Entertainment and Weddings

Afşin Avcı

Managing Partner, Afi Digital

Ait Voncke

Vice President Account Management EMEA, Expedia

Alejandro Bernabe

CEO, Kempinski Hotels

Alex Zaretsky

CEO, travelata.ru

Alexis Delaroff

COO, Accorhotels Russia, Georgia and the CIS and General Director, Russian Management Hotel Company LLC

Alexander Mayrhofer

Business Unit Manager, Thüringer Tourismus GmbH

Alexis Janoray

Head of Development Africa, AccorHotels

Ali Bora İşbulan

General Manager, TAV Operations Services

Ali Nuhoğlu

President of Executive Board, Istanbul Akvaryum

Anatoliy Kuryumov

General Director, IBC Corporate Travel

Angela Bragança

Minister of Hotel and Tourism of the Republic of Angola

Anna Olekheyko

Department Manager, MICE Unifest Travel

Arden Agopyan

Founder&CEO, Hotel Runner

Arkadiy Voloj

CEO, YANDEX

Arkın Kol

Regional Director, Dolby

Aşkım Kapışmak

Behavioral Sciences Specialist & Author

Aslıhan Çörtük

Director of Marketing and Business Development, TAV Airports

Avsar Koç

CMO & Senior Partner River Rock Hotels & Resorts

Dr. Alper Özkan

Counsellor / Director, Turkish Embassy-Moscow

Badr Al Badr

CEO, Dur Hospitality

Baher Badr

Head of Marketing, Attar Travel

Bas Lemmens

CEO, Roomlr

Başak Erel

Coordinator, MLP Care GroupCoordinator

Başaran Ulusoy

President, TÜRSAB

Beni Haddad

Founder and Managing Director, Aleph Hospitality

Bhavnesh Sawhney

Director, Wedniksha

Binali Yıldırım

Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey

Boela Du Plooy

Director of Lodging Development in Africa, Marriott International

Boris Iskritskiy

Yandex, Head of Performance Sector

Brad King

Vice President, Global Sales Sojern

Buğra Berberoğlu

CEO, President & Founder, River Rock Hotels & Resorts

Bülent Akarcalı

Former Health and Tourism Minister, The Republic of Turkey

Bragança

REPUBLIC OF ANGOLA

Bulut Bağcı

President, World Tourism Forum

Carol Hay

Director of Marketing, Caribbean Travel Organisation

Carolyn Pearson

Director, Maiden Voyage

Cem Çetintürk

Vice President, Travel Click

Cem Kınay

President of The O Innovations 360 and Founder of Magic Life AI Hotels

Cengiz Aydın

Deputy General Manager of Promotion, Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Ceylan Pirinçcioğlu

Executive Chariman, VIP

Cezar Dumitru

Founder, imperatortravel.ro

Chara Georgiadou

Country Manager of Mediterranean, Trivago

Christian de Barrin

CEO, HOTREC

Christina Holt

Owner, Wedding Concepts

Christopher Draye

Vice President, Business Development Global Sport and Special Events, FiveCurrents

Christopher Rodrigues

Chairman, Visit Britain

Clement Wong

CEO, BeMyGuest

Damian Cook

CEO of E-Tourism Frontiers Ltd

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Daniela Hupfeld

Commercial Director, Thomas Cook Hotels & Resorts

Darren Dunn

VP of Travel & Tourism, ADARA

David Germain

Africa and Americas Regional Director, Seychelles Tourism Board

David Miliband

President and Chief Executive of International Rescue Committee

Demet Sabancı

President of Executive Board, Demsa Group

Deniz Akkaya

TV Host, Presenter & Former Model

Didem Özyiğit

General Manager, Harmonia Surgical Tourism

Dmitry Rogulev

Managing Director, ADA Symposium

Ece Tonbul

Executive board member and Managing Director, Paloma Hotels

Edwin Broers

Regional Vice President Central and Eastern Europe Wyndham Hotel Group

Egemen Bağış

Minister of EU Affairs and State (2009-2013), The Republic of Turkey

Ekaterina Bezhanova

Director of strategic development, Online Travel Agency OnlineTours.ru

Elif Dağdeviren

Producer, Communication Consultant, Antalya Film Festival Director

Emin Çakmak

Founding and Honorary Chairman, GHTC

Eoghan Corry

Journalist, Travel Extra

Eric Adams

Borough President, Brooklyn

Erika Garcia

CEO, Cancun for a Cause

Erkut Özen

Blogger

Erwan Garnier

Director of Development – French and Portuguese Speaking Africa, Radisson Hotel Group

Eyüp Gümüş

Undersecretary of Ministry Health for Republic of Turkey

Fatih Akbulut

President of Board, Turkish African Business Association

Ferzan Çelikkanat

General Manager, Er Yatırım

Fikret Öztürk

President, BETUYAB

Filippo Sona

Head of Hotels MENA, Colliers International

Florian Sengstschmid

Executive Director, Azerbaijan Convention & Visitors Bureau

François Hollande

Former President of the French Republic

Fredrik Reinfeldt

Former Prime Minister of Sweden

Furkan Çako

Minister, State at the Government of Republic of Macedonia

Ganire Paşayeva

Member National Assembly, Azerbaijan

Gianluca Laterza

Territory Manager Southern and Eastern Europe, TripAdvisor

Glen Gilmore

Forbes Top 20 Social Media Influencer

Gordana Plamenac

CEO, The National Tourism Organisation of Serbia

Grach Muradyan

Head of IT Projects, Amadeus ACO RUSSIA

Greg Webb

Vice Chairman, Sabre

Hakan Ateş

CEO, Denizbank

Hande Tibuk

Executive Board Member & General Coordinator, Net Holding Inc.

Hermant Kale

Director, Swaaha Wedding Management

Hicran Özbük

General Manager, Istanbul Shopping Fest & Istanbul CVB

Hüseyin Baraner

General Secretary of Twincities World Tourism Assoc

Hüseyin Diriöz

Ambassador, Turkish Embassy in Moscow

Dr. Hanfried Haring

President of European, Equestrian Federation

İbrahim Halil Korkmaz

President, Investment Holding of Knowledge

İnan Ekici

Assistant General Manager Otokoç Automotive (Avis&Budget&Zipcar)

İnanç Kabadayı

President of Executive Board, Ege Yapı

İnga Hlin Palsdottir

Director, Promote Iceland

Iran Monroy

Global Brand Communications, Deer Jet

İrfan Önal

General Director Promotion Office, The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey

İsmail Ertuğ

Member European Parliament, Committee on Transport and Tourism

Jack Straw

Former Foreign Minister of the UK

Jambu Palaniappan

Regional General Manager, UBER

James Charisiou

Chief Investment Officer, Amaryllis Capital

Jaydeep Mehta

Founder, True Events

Jose Manuel Barroso

President, European Commission (2004-2014)

Josefa Sacko

Commissioner, The African Union for DREA

Juan March

Partner, ECIJA

Juergen Steinmetz

Co-Founder and Publisher, eTN (eTurboNews)

João Lourenço

President of the Republic of Angola

Kaan Çetinkaya

Founder & Architect, SPACE Architects & Designers

KACH & JONATHAN

Travel Blogger

Kagisa Dumasi

Commercial Manager Africa, BCD travel-accommodation

Kamil Yanıkömeroğlu

Chairman of the Board, Rönesans Real Estate Investment Group

Karim Cheltout

Regional Vice President of Development, Marriott International

Ken Jamieson

General Manager, Qatar National Convention Centre

Ken Livingstone

Former Mayor of London

Kerim Sipahiler

Co-Founder, Sipahiler Events & Chairman of Site Turkey

Kıvanç Onan

General Manager Turkey, Middle East & North Africa PayPal

Kristin Francis

Travel Blogger

Kristina Ionitskaia

Deputy of Head of Representation, Catalan Tourist Board

Laurel Robbins

Managing Director, Monkeys and Mountains Media

Leonid Marmer

General Director, Intourist Thomas Cook

Luigi Cabrini

Chairman, Global Sustainable Tourism Council

Mahir Ünal

Minister of Culture and Tourism Republic of Turkey

Manuel Nunes Júnior

Angola Minister of State Economic and Social Development

Marc Aeberhard

President & Managing Director (EMEA), Luxury Hotel & Spa Management

Mario Hardy

CEO, PATA

Mark Martinovic

CEO, Hotel Spec & Hotel Partners Africa

Mark Tanzer

CEO, ABTA

Markus Lehnert

Vice President, International Hotel Development Marriott International

Martha Barcena Coqui

Ambassador, Mexico Consulate of Turkey

Martin Skelly

President, Irish Travel Agents Association

Martin Verdon Roe

Vice President Global Display, TripAdvisor

Martin Widenka

Social Media Manager & Creative Lead, Thomas Cook

Marty Markowitz

Vice President, Borough Engagement and Promotion NYC & Company

Maxim Grishakov

Director of Commerce, Yandex

Mehmet Burak Kutluğ

Executive Committee Member Ağaoğlu Group of Companies

Mehmet Ersoy

CEO, ETSTUR

Mehmet Şimşek

Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey

Menderes Türel

Mayor, Antalya Metropolitan Municipality

Mesut Yar

Famous Turkish News Personality and Journalist

Michael Collini

Vice President, Hilton Worldwide

Michael Devereux

Senior Director of Development Sub Saharan Africa & Indian Ocean, Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Michael Frenzel

Special Ambassador of UNWTO and Former Chairman of World Travel & Tourism Council

Mickey Mehta

Global Leading Holistic Health Guru

Miha Kovacic

Director, Slovenian Convention Bureau

Milena Djuricic

Chief Operations Officer, Yandex Turkey

Mohamed Elnaggar

Tourism Expert at Ministry of Economy, Government of UAE

Munthir Al-Ansari

Tourism Advisor, Member of Panel of Experts, UNWTO

Murat Baş

Senior Vice President Marketing And Sales, Turkish Airlines

Murat Zafer Özbilgi

Founder, Gezimanya

Mustafa Demir

Mayor, Fatih Municipality

Mustafa Solak

Rector, Afyon Kocatepe University

Nadejda Popova

Senior Analyst, Travel and Tourism, Euromonitor International

Naveen Rizvi

Regional Director, India and Indian Ocean, Pacific World

Nedret Apaydın

Director, Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism

Neşet Koçkar

Anex Tour, Chairman of the Executive Board

Nicholas Montemaggi

Digital PR & International Online Media Manager, Emilia Romagna Tourist Board

Nick & Dariece

Travel Blogger

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader, Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PWC

Nilsun Tümer

Managing Partner, Hotel & More

Nurdan Tekeoğlu

Producer and Academician, Istanbul Ticaret University

Olivia Opoku Adomah

Director of Research, Statistics and Information at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Ghana

Olivier Granet

CEO, Kasada Capital

Olivier Lambert

Africa Country Manager, World Bank

Ömer Acar

Corporate Director, Asset Management Western Europe Katara Hospitality

Önder Halisdemir

CEO, Ağaoğlu Şirketler Grubu

Orkun Saitoğlu

COO, IYZICO

Özgül Özkan Yavuz

General Manager, Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau

Özlem Avcıoğlu

Founder & Owner, travelmodus.com

Paolo Figini

Economics Professor, University of Bologna

Pınar Timer

General Manager, Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah

Prasant Saha

CEO, CIMGlobal

Rajeev Jain

Director, Rashi Entertainment

Ralph Radtke

General Manager, Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

President of the Republic of Turkey

Rolf Schroemgens

Founder & CEO, Trivago

Saad Al Qahtani

Tourist Accommodation Sector Manager at Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage ­SCTH.

Sabbas Joseph

Director, Wizcraft World

Salih Çene

Former President, Skål International

Salim Özdemir

Chairman of the Board, HalalTourism.com

Sani Şener

CEO, TAV Airports Holding

Serge Trigano

Co-Founder & President, Mama Shelter

Sharron Livingston

Managing Editor, The Travel Magazine

Shen Zeyou

Director of Market Research, China Southern Airlines

Shubhra Bhardwaj

Founder & Creative Director, Ferriswheel Entertainment

Simon Lewis

Founder, Travel Concept Solutions

Sharron Livingston

Managing Editor, The Travel Magazine

Sinan Özedincik

Journalist, Turkuvaz Media Group

Sphilko Sergey Pavlovich

President, Russian Union of Travel Industry

Steve Boyes

Project Leader, National Geographic

Süha Derbent

Professional Photographer

Svend Olav Leirvaag

Vice President Industry Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility, Amadeus

Tarek Sakik

Managing Partner, Hadath International Group

Tatiana Spurnova

Owner/CEO, Max MedIum

Terry Kane

Head of Travel, Instagram & Facebook

Theuns Vivian

Destination Development Manager, City of Cape Town

Thomas Andersson

CEO, Visit Stockholm

Tim Leffel

Travel Blogger

Tim Smith

Managing Partner, HVS Africa

Timur Bayındır

President, Touristic Hotels & Investors Association

Todd Benjamin

Financial Editor, CNN International

Tomas De Bruyne

International Floral Designer

Tugce Yılmaz

Founder, Gezimanya

Vijay Arora

DIrector, Touchwood Group

Vivek Singhania

Producer, Picture Perfect

Willem Isbrucker

Product Owner, Booking.com

Yeşim Sanal

General Manager, AMC International

Yetkin Özer

Manager of PR & Promotion Department, Thrace Development Agency

Yusuf Acıbiber

Security Director, IGA Operation Services

Hande Tibuk

Executive Board Member & General Coordinator, Net Holding Inc.

Zach King

Viner / Youtuber

Zehra Öney

CEO, Blippar Turkey

Zeliha Saraç

Director of Economy, Economist, Reviewer Presenter and Financial Editor, 24TV