2019 Speaker Profiles

Listed in Alphabetic Order

  • Ailynn Seah
  • Amelia Roziman
  • Angie Stephen
  • Arrut Navaraj
  • Asako Shiomi
  • Bernie Ye
  • Dr. Bert van Walbeek
  • David Barrett
  • Felix Chan
  • Freddy Muller
  • Henry Yu
  • Hosea Andreas Runkat (Andre)
  • Ikuko Nishimura
  • Jan Tan
  • Jan Tonkin
  • Jeremy Lin
  • Jiali Wong
  • Karen Yue
  • Dr. Marissa Jablonski
  • Martin Boyle
  • Mathias Posch
  • Max Boontawee Jantasuwan
  • Michael Goh
  • Mike Williams
  • Nancy Tan
  • Naresh Rawal
  • Noor Ahmad Hamid
  • Nungky
  • Nusheena Mohd Shahimi
  • Olivia Jia
  • Dr. Pairach Piboonrungroj
  • Rachel AJ Lee
  • Richard Jones
  • Rob Cotter
  • Steve Bloss
  • Supawan Teerarat, CEM, CIS, EMD
  • Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

Ailynn Seah
Vice President of Sales, MIC & Association
Marina Bay Sands Singapore

A great advocate in the area of Sustainability and CSR, Ailynn is an active member of the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC), as well as volunteers at numerous non-profit organizations as mentor, fundraiser, lead planner and volunteer. She has championed numerous green initiatives within her company and is a key member of the Sustainability Committee in Marina Bay Sands, Ailynn played a pivotal role in the organisation’s successful effort in attaining the ISO 20121 accreditation.

Her focus on driving impact and inspiring change has won her the Adelson Citizenship Award – Sands Cares Hero of the Year in 2019.

Topic: IT&CMA Passionate Breakfast By ICCA and TTGmice

Amelia Roziman
COO
Sarawak Convention Bureau

Amelia, one of the pioneers of Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), the first convention bureau in Malaysia has over 13 years of experience in branding, marketing & PR. She has contributed towards a total win of 14 awards for Sarawak in creative marketing campaigns, assisted the destination in securing national and international Business Events (BE) over the last 10 years; which have inevidently translated to both economic and legacy impacts that cover significant ground beyond the general Tourism umbrella of Sarawak.

Prior to joining the Sarawak Convention Bureau, Amelia’s background came from Communication Design where she specialised in Graphic Design and Event Management in both San Francisco and Sarawak.

As the current Chief Operating Officer of SCB, she is responsible for the development of the Bureau's strategies, high level government liaison, ensuring execution of operational policies, fostering employee alignment with organisational goals, whilst functioning as the main representative of SCB. With her prolific talents and jet-setting work values, she has spearheaded various organizations in refining their branding, marketing, and PR efforts.

To date she has won 4 internationally acclaimed professional awards and was recently selected as 1 out of 2 recipients globally for the European School of Management and Technology Berlin (ESMT Berlin) Women’s Scholarship for Executive Transition Programme.

Topic: Association Day Forum 1: Association Development – Investing in a Sustainable Future

Angie Stephen
Managing Director – Asia Pacific
Royal Caribbean Cruises

Angie Stephen is a 20-year veteran of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL). She is currently Managing Director for Royal Caribbean’s operations in Asia Pacific. She oversees all commercial and operational activities for the company’s brands, Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises in the region.

Prior to this, Stephen was Associate Vice President of Market Development for Greater China, in charge of developing sales distribution, brand marketing and partnerships. She was also previously based in Miami, Florida at the RCL Global Headquarters, where she has held many leadership positions within the sales and marketing organization, including District Sales Manager, Trade Strategy, Training & Event Planning and Marketing Operations.

Topic: Asian MICE Cruise Conference | MICE Onboard 1: Fun & Frivolous?

Asako Shiomi
Manager
Osaka Convention and Tourism Bureau

Asako-san has been working with the convention and Tourism Bureau for 15 years which she was in-charged of leisure section for 5 years and MICE section for another 10 years. She was assigned to manage both corporate and association meetings where she could accumulate her experience in the industry and gain knowledge from the two sectors.

Under her leadership, Osaka Convention and Tourism Bureau has launched the first MICE event called “Osaka MICE Business Alliance” six years ago, and the event has a significant effect on the local MICE industry.

Topic: ASEAN MICE Forum 1: Building A Sustainable MICE City - What We Need To Do To Get It Right?

Bernie Ye
VP Sales & Commercial, Greater China and Southest Asia
Coasta Cruises

Bernie Ye joined Costa Cruises as VP Sales & Commercial of Costa China in May 2017. He is leading the company's commercial operations in the rapidly evolving Chinese cruise industry. His role also extends to overseeing Costa Cruises’ sales and commercial business in Greater China and Southeast Asia.

As a leader with a hollistic perspective and international vision, Bernie has led the Costa Cruises’ sales team through its further expansion in Greater China and Southeast Asia, deploying his forward-thinking leadership skills and rich sales experience to grow the cruise industry in these markets.

Prior to joining Costa Cruises, Bernie gained rich and extensive experience in sales, marketing and management by working for a range of renowned multinational companies in China, including Abbott and Coca-Cola.

Bernie Ye holds a Master of Business Administration from China Europe International Business School.

Topic: Asian MICE Cruise Conference | MICE Onboard 1: Fun & Frivolous?

Dr. Bert van Walbeek
Managing Director
The Winning Edge

Dr. Bert “Bow-Thai” van Walbeek has been an Hotelier for 45 years and Marketer of Tourism for 35 years, a Motivator and a Master of Disaster since 25 years and a lecturer for 15 years. With an accomplished hospitality career in Europe, he arrived in Thailand in 1985 and spearheaded successful MICE marketing efforts for various local hotel properties and institutions. He also became a member of the Marketing Committee of TICA (Thailand Incentive & Convention Association), and was the Founder and first President of the Thailand Chapter of SITE (Society of Incentive Travel Executives).

He was conferred the lifetime award of an Honorary Doctor of Letters ( Hon DLitt ) by the University of West London and is the author of a MICE case study book "Dr. MICE" and the co-author of a Crisis Management guideline called "Bounce Back”.

A recipient of the EIBTM/ITME Incentive Travel Personality Award for the Asian region, he presently helms The Winning Edge consultancy and lectures the “next generation” through Master Program courses on Tourism, Hospitality and Business & Leisure Events, delivering full semesters on MICE at the Thammasat and Mae Fah Luang Universities.

The Winning Edge is presently involved in projects in Bali, China (PRC), Macau, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Taiwan and, of course, Thailand.

Topic: ASEAN MICE Forum 1: Building A Sustainable MICE City - What We Need To Do To Get It Right?

David Barrett
Sustainability Advocate, MICE Strategist and Hospitality Consultant

David Barrett is a MICE Strategist for five Accor hotels in Bangkok and Consultant Events for The Slate in Phuket, and provides marketing communications services to HLA Lifestyle Wellness Centre in Yangon and a portfolio of non-tourism international clients. He is a seasoned Business Events professional with 30 years’ experience in Thailand’s tourism industry. He is also an interesting mix of 2 parts sales addict, 1 part out-of-the-box creative entrepreneur and 1 part passionate tree planter, topped off with a sense of humour when posting on his social channels. His wealth of experience includes:

  • Board Member of TICA (Thailand Incentive & Convention Association), served as Co-Chairman on its Marketing Committee for many years.
  • Consultant and Board Member of TIWA Thai Indian Weddings Association
  • Member of the Permaculture Association
  • Founder & Shareholder of PIGS Co Ltd and DBC Asia - sales, marketing and communications agency
  • Creator of the Diethelm Events brand, with 13 years of service at Diethelm Travel Group
  • Executive Director Events at Amari Hotels for 5 years
  • Represented Cunard Cruises, Forte Hotels and Reed Travel Publications in Thailand in early 1990s

Topic: Keynote Lecture: Sustainability – Future Proofing Your Business

Freddy Muller
Vice President – Corporate & Incentive Sales
Silversea Cruises

Freddy Muller is a 26 year veteran in the hospitality industry, while most of his career he has enjoyed working in the cruise industry; he had the opportunity of working in Hotels, Resorts, and Charter Air. Some might say his careers started when he did his homework in his grandfather’s office at a hotel in Venezuela, but the reality was at Celebrity / Fantasy Cruises in reservations. Within a year he got a taste of the Corporate & Incentive market and has been involved in this market ever since. Currently he is the Vice President of Corporate & Incentive Sales at Silversea Cruises.

Topic: Asian MICE Cruise Conference | MICE Onboard 2: Crazy Rich Cruisers

Henry Yu
Director, Asia
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection & U River Cruises

Henry is in charge of commercial strategy for Asia as Uniworld’s Director, Asia. This role requires him to work extensively with travel agent partners. In his capacity, he works collaboratively with trade partners to promote Uniworld as a luxury travel brand with key partners in Asia (focus on Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan as top 5 markets), as well as India & Middle East.

Topic: Asian MICE Cruise Conference | MICE Onboard 4: Rolling on the River

Ikuko Nishimura
General Manager, Tokyo Office, Convention Business Division
Congress Corporation

Graduated from Osaka university of Foreign Studies, she joined Congress Corporation since 2003, and has been working for over 15 years.

As a leader of the association, Ms Ikuko is responsible for planning/operation of international conferences in a broad range of domains. Gained extensive experience through successful execution of numerous governmental, scientific and academic meetings. Also engaged in bids/promotion for inviting international conferences.

She is also lecturing at Tokyo Metropolitan University and Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau (TCVB)’s Human Asset Development courses.

Topic: Association Day Forum 3: Face Off: Should CVBs and PCOs Work Together For Greater Success?

Jan Tan
Director
Enterprise Promotion Centres Pte Ltd

Ms Tan is the leading director of Enterprise Promotion Centres (EPC), set up in 1989 by the Singapore Economic Development Board to promote enterprise development. She leads the team in providing association management services, event management, corporate training and outsourcing solutions. Ms Tan helps set up new associations as well as provides full-fledged Association Management Services (AMS) to existing associations locally as well as internationally. She champions the initiative to partner associations in organizing international and local industry events; and collaborates with overseas organizers to promote and event manage exhibitions & conferences internationally and in Singapore. In addition, Ms Tan works closely with government agencies to operationalize proprietary programmes and training courses to upgrade and grow industries as well as improve productivity.”

Topic: Association Day Forum 1: Association Development – Investing in a Sustainable Future

Jan Tonkin
Managing Director
The Conference Company, Auckland, New Zealand

Jan Tonkin is the founder and Managing Director of The Conference Company, the only accredited member of IAPCO in New Zealand. Formed in 1990, The Conference Company is today one of Australasia’s most reputable PCOs, with 35 staff, offices in three cities in New Zealand as well as one in Sydney, Australia. Jan has more than 25 years’ experience managing conferences, exhibitions and awards programmes in Britain, New Zealand and Australia. She is IAPCO Immediate Past President, and Chair of the Association’s Training Academy. She is a frequent speaker at IAPCO EDGE Seminars, including EDGE, EDGE Advanced and Bespoke EDGE, throughout Asia and worldwide.

Topic: Association Day Forum 2: Keeping International Association Meetings Relevant

Jiali Wong
Regional Manager – Asia
Cruise Lines International Association

Based in Singapore, Jiali is responsible for establishing CLIA’s presence in this region. Her role includes engaging the industry in collaborative partnerships, actively growing the membership base for CLIA and intensifying efforts in advocating, educating and promotion on behalf of the cruise industry. CLIA is the world’s largest industry trade association with over 50 cruise lines, 340 executive partners and 25,000 travel agent members.

Topic: Asian MICE Cruise Conference | Keynote (Part 1)
Asian MICE Cruise Conference | MICE Onboard 5: Leaving Minimal

Karen Yue
Group Editor
TTG Travel Trade Publishing

Karen Yue is the Group Editor of TTG Asia Media. She started off as a reporter a decade ago, contributing content to the company’s vast stable of titles.

She was made Editor, TTGmice in June 2011 and Group Editor in June 2012. In January 2015, she launched TTGassociations, a magazine that is built for trade associations and advocates the importance of holding meetings.

Today, she personally manages the editorial direction of both TTGmice and TTGassociations, as well as all special projects.

Prior to TTG, Karen was an agency-side marketing specialist whose role included conceptualising and delivering events that supported branding objectives. Her clients ranged from an Operating System developer to a multinational aerospace company.

Topics: Asian MICE Cruise Conference | MICE Onboard 1: Fun & Frivolous?

Dr. Marissa Jablonski
USAID FFP Environmental Advisor
USAID Washington DC Office

Dr. Marissa Jablonski is internationally recognized for her work in water engineering, international development, and plastics. She is known for her ability to clarify complex scientific ideas and help people make simple but effective nvironmentally informed, socially inclusive choices. Organizations she has worked with include USAID, Phuket Hotels Association, and Engineers Without Borders. The actions she offers combined with her engaging authenticity make her an extremely sought after consultant and public speaker. Be sure to follow her @PlasticsWithMarissa

Topic: Keynote Lecture: Sustainability – Future Proofing Your Business

Martin Boyle
CEO
IAPCO

Martin has a wealth of experience and a strategic vision that has been shaped over more than 20 years of working across a number of countries in the events and meetings industry. He has launched start-ups in Canada, driven sales at an international convention centre, worked with international associations while at a PCO in UK and has, for the past 6 years, been the Director of Europe for one of the top performing convention bureaux in the world. He has recently joined IAPCO as the new CEO.

Topic: Association Day Forum 2: Keeping International Association Meetings Relevant

Mathias Posch
President
IAPCO and International Conference Services (ICS)

Mathias Posch, based in Singapore, is President and Partner of International Conference Services (ICS). With its Headquarters in Vancouver, Canada, with 8 global offices, including London, Singapore, Vienna and Tokyo, the company manages conferences around the globe – in 25 countries on 6 continents thus far.

Mathias is the President of IAPCO, the leading quality assurance Association, and is a driver of new initiatives and strategy. He is a respected industry expert and a long-standing professional speaker imparting hands-on experience at numerous international and national conferences on a variety of important topics. He has presented at many of IAPCO’s EDGE Seminars in addition to multiple Bespoke and Sharp EDGE seminars around the world.

Topic: Association Day Forum 2: Keeping International Association Meetings Relevant

Max Boontawee Jantasuwan
President
SITE Thailand Chapter

Max Boontawee Jantasuwan is a dynamic young entrepreneur and progressive business thought leader whose passion for the business events industry fuelled his success since embarking his events and hospitality career over 15 years ago. He is now the Owner and Founding CEO of successful event and destination management company, Events Travel Asia Group headquartered in Thailand.

His hands-on approach to the business cultivated his strength in implementing strategies that allowed his business to continue thriving despite the challenges faced by Thailand and the region over the past few years. Events Travel Asia Group is known for its ability to bridge cultural differences and infuse a collaborative approach into meetings and incentive programs the company manages.

Max serves as the President of SITE (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) Thailand Chapter as well as Vice President at TICA (Thailand Incentive and Convention Association) as they are two of the many ways he contributes to the industry he cares very much for. It is through his humility and spirit of excellence that earned him the well-deserved respect from industry peers as well as the AFECA (Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations) Young Professional Award 1st Prize winner in 2017.

Topic: Association Day Forum 4: The Future of Incentives – 10 Things You Need to Know

Michael Goh
President of Dream Cruises & Head of International Sales, Genting
Cruise Lines

Michael Goh first joined Genting Cruise Lines in the year 2000 as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Star Cruises and as General Manager for the Singapore sales and marketing division.

In 2008, he expanded his portfolio as the Senior Vice President of International Sales for Star Cruises and subsequently for Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises’ sales and marketing in Asia - in line with the company’s brand expansion over the years.

With more than 30 years of extensive experience in the Asian hospitality, travel and tourism industry, he was also part of the Hospitality Programme at the Singapore Institute of Technology in nurturing the next generation of hospitality professionals. At Genting Cruise Lines, he has been instrumental in developing the 3 cruise line brands and also the Asia Pacific cruise tourism industry in the last two decades.

With his recent appointment as President of Dream Cruises & Head of International Sales, Genting Cruise Lines, he is set to lead Dream Cruises into its next chapter of growth as “Asia’s Global Cruise Line”, strengthening the brand and paving the successful arrival of the first of two 204,000 gross ton Global Class ships in 2021.

Topic: Asian MICE Cruise Conference: Keynote (Part 2)
Asian MICE Cruise Conference | MICE Onboard 1: Fun & Frivolous?

Mike Williams
Senior Consultant
Gaining Edge

Mike is a destination and convention bureau specialist with 30 years’ experience in the industry. He has consulted in Australia, Africa, China, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Middle East, Thailand, South Korea, Serbia, South Africa, UK & USA. Mike was the lead consultant for establishment and capability strengthening for the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau. He oversees GainingEdge's in-market sales representation and has also been providing consultancy services for destination, convention bureau and convention centre developments.

Mike served as General Manager Sales & Marketing for the Melbourne Convention & Visitors Bureau. He also worked in senior marketing roles with Tourism Australia helping establish their presence in the Asia market and overseeing travel trade development in the United Kingdom and Ireland. He was also instrumental in the development of AIME as the Asia Pacific's largest business events trade show and the world’s first BestCities Global Alliance. Mike is also a past National President of Meetings and Events of Australia.

Topic: Association Day Forum 1: Association Development – Investing in a Sustainable Future
ASEAN MICE Forum 2: Smart Cities – Leveraging MICE to Diversify and Support Economic Growth

Nancy Tan
Founder & Managing Director
ACE:Daytons Direct (International) Pte Ltd

A leading Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) and respected veteran of the Conventions industry in Asia, Nancy brings with her more than 29 years of experience in managing regional and international business events, especially medical and legal congresses. She is also actively involved as an invited speaker at tertiary institutions, business summits and conferences within the Asian circuit, and a regular trainer with SACEOS.

As one of the key players in the Business Events industry, Nancy works with Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau (SECB) and local societies/associations to pitch for renowned Asian, Asia Pacific and World congresses, including medical congresses, to be hosted in Singapore.

Nancy is also one of the founder of the World PCO Alliance, and she is the newly appointed Vice President of the association.

Topic: Association Day Forum 3: Face Off: Should CVBs and PCOs Work Together For Greater Success?

Naresh Rawal
Vice President, Sales – India and South Asia
Genting Cruise Lines

Naresh Rawal has accumulated vast experiences in the cruise, travel and tourism industry over the past 15 years with strong insights of the local consumer markets and trends for India and across the neighbouring regions. He is also a member of the distinguished TravelBiz Monitor’s editorial advisory board, providing valuable inputs on developing the regional tourism sector and the cruise tourism industry. Currently based in Mumbai and as the Vice President of Sales for India and South Asia at Genting Cruises Lines, Naresh oversees the domestic growth of the cruise market in India and across the South Asia markets for the Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises brands under Genting Cruise Lines. He has been instrumental in introducing and implementing business strategies in elevating the awareness of the company’s three cruise line brands, resulting in India’s growth as one of the key source markets for Genting Cruise Lines. With a consistent track record of driving top line revenue growth and sales, delivering and leading to successful complex sales activities, Naresh continues to develop long term business relationships and strategic partnerships across the trade to further increase the company’s presence and reach in India and regionally.

Topic: Asian MICE Cruise Conference | MICE Onboard 3: Land Ahoy!

Noor Ahmad Hamid
Regional Director (Asia Pacific)
International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)

Noor has been the Regional Director, Asia Pacific of ICCA since 2009. Prior to joining ICCA, he began his career in tourism marketing with the national tourist authority - Tourism Malaysia where he handled and oversaw international and domestic tourism promotion, media hospitality, meeting & incentive projects and event organisation. After 16 years with Tourism Malaysia, he joined the business sector in event management, sponsorship and innovative tourism projects, a background that uniquely helps him understand ICCA members' vast range of business cultures and working environments. In his current role, Noor is a vital ambassador for ICCA, representing the organisation at numerous national and regional meeting forums. In addition, he provides training workshops and leads educational seminars in bidding and marketing. He also sits on the Founding Advisory Board and serves as Ambassador for the ASAE Great Ideas in Association Management Conference Asia Pacific.

Topic: Association Day Forum 3: Face Off: Should CVBs and PCOs Work Together For Greater Success?

Nungky
Sales Manager
Crystal International Asia

Based currently in Singapore, Nungky has over a decade of experience in the travel and cruise industry in managing and developing the corporate and MICE cruise businesses. As the Sales Manager of Crystal International Asia, she is responsible for developing and growing the Crystal Cruises brand in Asia, catering to the growing demand of affluent Asian travelers seeking unique and immersive luxury vacations through the world-renowned Crystal Experience, offering an unwavering, unparalleled standard of excellence and luxury across four distinct cruising options: Crystal Cruises, the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line; Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line; Crystal Yacht Cruises, offering boutique luxury and bold adventure in the world’s most elite harbors; and Crystal Expedition Cruises, taking Crystal’s acclaimed elegance to the farthest reaches of the world. A firm believer in fostering team work and joint collaboration, Nungky and her dedicated team is excited to explore the sea of vast opportunities to offer unparalleled cruise vacations of a lifetime with Crystal Cruises.

Topic: Asian MICE Cruise Conference | MICE Onboard 2: Crazy Rich Cruisers

Nusheena Mohd Shahimi
Membership Development Executive
ICCA Asia Pacific

A holder of a Bachelor of Science, Sheena graduated from the University of Upper Iowa with a double major in Psychology and Communications. In 2013, she started her career with ICCA at the Asia Pacific Regional Office.

Since 2012, Sheena has been actively involved with a local non-governmental organisation, Persatuan Tindakan Wanita Islam (PERTIWI), primarily focusing on the Soup Kitchen project to provide regular meals for the urban poor and homeless in Kuala Lumpur. She is currently serving her second-term as one of the councillors on the Board of Committee.

Some of her volunteering efforts include leading fundraising efforts for disaster relief and war victims, doing charity work for indigenous people, helping send food and school supplies to refugee homes and teaching English to underprivileged children.

Topic: IT&CMA Passionate Breakfast By ICCA and TTGmice

Olivia Jia
Senior Manager
IME Consulting

Olivia has been in the Meeting and Incentive industries for over 9 years. She has a diverse experience working in various capacities Travel Portals, Technology, Convention Center, Convention Bureau’s and Tourist Offices space.

Currently she is a strategic consultant to international CVBs and help them with Strategy, Content, Education and Research along with representing them in China for Sales and Marketing. She has worked on many projects for various government Tourist offices and Convention Bureau’s like South Africa, Vienna, Barcelona, Malta, London, and Washington DC etc.

Olivia is in charge of the international marketing and promoting of "China Social Organization" magazine which is the only China’s national professional journals focus on association management.

Olivia represents the young force of China is a active member of SITE - Society of Incentive Travel Excellence and Chair the China Chapter of SITE Global Young leader Program. She is also the Deputy Secretary- General of China Business Event Federation and one of the GainingEdge team.

Prior to working for China Business Event Federation, Olivia served as the Marketing Manager of International Business Development Department of China National Convention Center. She was responsible for preparing Annual Department International Promotional Activities Plan and Annual International Advertising Plan and promoting CNCC as the leading Convention Center of China at major industry trade shows and sales trips overseas.

Olivia holds Master of Applied Economics from Ohio University (2010) and Bachelor of Economics from Xiamen University (2008).

Topic: Association Day Forum 1: Association Development – Investing in a Sustainable Future

Dr. Pairach Piboonrungroj
Director of MICE Excellence Centre, Faculty of Economics
Chiang Mai University

Dr. Pairach Piboonrungroj is the founding director of MICE Excellence Centre at the Faculty of Economics, Chiang Mai University. The focus of the MICE Excellence Centre is to develop human resources, database and research to support the MICE industry in Chiang Mai province and the Lanna (Northern) region of Thailand. Dr. Pairach is also appointed by the governor of Chiang Mai as one of the MICE city committee members since 2018.

His education background started with a First Class Honour degree in Bachelor of Economics at Chiang Mai University. Then he won the Royal Thai Government Scholarship to study Masters of Science (Logistics and Operations Management with Distinction) and PhD degree (Supply Chain Management) at Cardiff University, United Kingdom. Dr. Pairach is certified by international MICE related association including: a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) by the Convention Industrial Council (CIC), Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS) by Society of Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), and a Certified Exhibition Professionals (CEM) by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE).

At Chiang Mai University, Dr. Pairach has been an Associate Dean of the Faculty of Economics, since May 2019 and acting Associate Dean of the College of Maritime Studies since May 2017.

Topic: Keynote Lecture: Sustainability – Future Proofing Your Business
ASEAN MICE Forum 2: Smart Cities – Leveraging MICE to Diversify and Support Economic Growth

Rob Cotter
International Reporter
Meetings International

Currently engaged as International Reporter for Meetings International, Rob started out in the industry over a decade ago preparing features for MPI’s One+ and subsequent The Meeting Professional magazine. Since that time he has covered the industry’s trailblazing people, its cutting edge and transformative innovation, and the most pressing challenges it faces for leading publications in Europe, the US, Japan and Singapore.

Topic: ASEAN MICE Forum 1: Building A Sustainable MICE City - What We Need To Do To Get It Right?

Steve Bloss
Co-Founder and President
Worldwide Cruise Associates

Steve Bloss started in the cruise line industry in 1983 when he served as an advisor to the cruise lines for the US Virgin Islands. From there he founded Worldwide Cruise Associates in 1989 and moved its head offices to Ft Lauderdale in 1992. Not only has he chartered hundreds of ships and delivered many groups, over the years, but he has sailed on a vast majority of the ships available to consumers, giving him his unique knowledge of the industry. As well as running the business, he also currently serves on the advisory boards for CLIA, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and NCL.

Topic: Asian MICE Cruise Conference | MICE Onboard 3: Land Ahoy!

Supawan Teerarat, CEM, CIS, EMD
Senior Vice President – Strategic Business Development and Innovation
Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)

With more than 20 years in business event industry, Supawan Teerarat embodies a variety of experiences from operations to management level. Having spent more than 10 years at TCEB in spearheading and driving policies, she understands the sustainability concerns and challenges the industry faces now. As a sustainability advocate, she foresees the opportunities that private and public sectors can benefit from implementing sustainable practices into their events and ongoing business to create positive impact for future generations.

Topic: Keynote Lecture: Sustainability – Future Proofing Your Business

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena
Editor
TTG Travel Trade Publishing

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena spearheads and manages the editorial content for TTG Asia Media’s market-leading travel business titles, including the flagship TTG Asia print magazine and website as well as TTG show dailies. Based in Bangkok, she is a veteran business journalist with more than a decade’s experience covering the Asia travel industry, and has previously written for Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Jetstar Asia and Exo Travel. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the National University of Singapore.

Topic: Asian MICE Cruise Conference | MICE Onboard 2: Crazy Rich