MICHAEL FRENKEL Michael Frenkel is a NYC-based marketing, communications industry relations and business development innovator with more than 20 years of experience in travel and hospitality. Michael is Marketing Partner at Thayer Ventures, the only Venture Capital firm focused exclusively on travel technology, and founder of leading strategic communications firm MFC PR. MFC PR counts […]


SEAN MANCHANDA Sean’s experience spans 30 years. He has worked for some of the world’s premium consulting firms and served Fortune 1000 clients, including world-class companies such as Accenture, Pricewaterhouse Coopers [PwC], IBM, HCL, Salesforce.com, Halliburton, Cognizant, and AMEC Foster Wheeler. A Chemical Engineer with a Masters of Business, both from the Stevens Institute in […]


NIKHIL MANCHHARAM Nikhil Manchharam is a 25 year veteran of the industry, former executive in Asia Pacific for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, amongst the largest hospitality management companies prior to the integration with Marriott International in 2016. His earlier career in management consulting included strategic planning, valuation, advisory, asset management and investment initiatives. Presently Nikhil […]


STOWE SHOEMAKER, Ph.D. Dr. Stowe Shoemaker is the Dean of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and a Lincy Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with extensive research and consulting experience.With a background in services marketing, pricing, revenue management, and customer loyalty programs, he has worked with leading hospitality companies such […]


HENRY HARTEVELDT Henry Harteveldt is one of the travel industry’s most well-known and respected industry analysts and advisors. After nearly 12 years as Forrester Research’s travel industry analyst, Henry founded Atmosphere Research in September 2011 to provide objective and trustworthy research on emerging marketing, digital commerce, and distribution trends in the global travel industry. As […]


YASMIN LUKATZ Yasmin is the Executive Director of ICON – Israel Collaboration Network, a non- profit with the mission of creating a community in SV of those who are passionate about Israeli tech and innovation and harnessing the strength of this community to support Israeli startups.Prior to joining ICON, Yasmin was the COO of Evoz, […]