Followed by views from the industry around the world; how is the socio-economic environment shaping their plans and impacting their business?
Stephen Sackur Presenter – HARDTalk
Presenter – HARDTalk
Stephen Sackur is presenter of HARDtalk, the current affairs interview on BBC World and the News Channel. His subjects have included the heads of NATO and OPEC, Shimon Peres, Gore Vidal and Richard Dawkins.
For HARDtalk he has also interviewed a number of the world’s great innovators, from James Dyson to Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia and the bioscientist Craig Ventor. Distilling his notes for a series of articles, Stephen identiﬁed the ﬁve qualities they all seemed to share: an indestructible will, passion (almost beyond reason), outrageous optimism, a super-sized ego and a ‘rebel yell.’
These interviews have also given him an insight into how organisations can best bring about innovation: “You need to ﬁnd ways to assess individuals on their merits, and give rewards for innovative thinking rather than play-it-safe mediocrity. You should encourage insiders to get outside and bring back fresh insights. And you shouldn’t confuse seniority with creativity.”
Away from set-piece interviews Stephen has served in Brussels, reporting on day-to-day stories from the major European institutions and across the continent. Before that he was Washington Correspondent, where his coverage and analysis of 9/11 won widespread acclaim.
Ten years earlier it was Stephen who broke the story of the mass killing on the Basra road out of Kuwait, marking the end of the Gulf War. He was then posted to Cairo and Jerusalem as Middle East Correspondent, where he reported on the emergence of the Palestinian Authority.
Christof H. Rühl Advisory Board – Crystol Energy
Christof H. Rühl
Advisory Board – Crystol Energy
Christof Rühl is renowned international economist, specializing in macroeconomics and energy economics. He has a succinct global track record in the world of business, academia and economic policy, combining more than 20 years of experience in senior positions in world class companies. He is published and quoted widely in his fields.
From 2014-18 Christof served as Global Head of Research at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, creating and managing ADIA’s first global research team. Earlier, he was Group Chief Economist and Vice President of BP plc (2005-14), credited with a significant contribution to the global debate on energy. Christof joined BP from the world of global economic policy, having served at the World Bank (1998–2005) - including as the Bank’s Chief Economist in Russia and in Brazil - and at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (1996-98). He started his career as an academic economist, first in Germany and from 1991-96, as an assistant professor at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).
Christof currently serves at advisory boards and as independent director on the boards of companies in energy, banking and private equity. He is a German national.
Ian Carter President, Global Development, Architecture, Design & Construction – Hilton
President, Global Development, Architecture, Design & Construction – Hilton
Ian Carter is President, Global Development, Architecture, Design & Construction for Hilton. Mr. Carter was Chief Executive Officer of Hilton International prior to its re-acquisition by the company in 2006.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Carter served as Officer and President of Black & Decker Corporation, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. In this role, he was responsible for all operations outside of the Americas. Prior to Black & Decker, Mr. Carter spent more than a decade with General Electric Plastics, ultimately serving as President of General Electric Specialty Chemical.
Mr. Carter serves on multiple boards and organizations including:
Visit Florida - Member of the Board of Directors for the state's official tourism marketing corporation which serves as a key resource for travel planning to visitors across the globe.
Boston University School of Hospitality Administration - Vice Chair of the Board of Advisors. Board of Burberry Group plc - Non-Executive Director of the FTSE 100 British luxury fashion house, which manufactures clothing, fragrance and fashion accessories.
Del Frisco Restaurant Group (DFRG) - Chairman of the Board. DFRG owns and operates three contemporary, high-end, complementary restaurant concepts.
Dame Maureen Thomas Foundation for Young People - President of this charitable trust that raises funds to support young people in the areas of health and education across Europe.
Mr. Carter is a graduate of the University of West London, School of Business and Management, and received an honorary doctorate from the University for his industry accomplishments and ongoing support of the development of future hospitality leaders.
Raúl González Chief Executive Officer – Barceló
Chief Executive Officer – Barceló
Degree in economics and business administration, Deusto University (Bilbao, Spain).MBA, IESE Business School (Navarra University, Spain).Previous experience in consultancy in strategic and organization areas, during more than 12 years, having given advice to big companies such as BBVA, Iberdrola or TelefónicaGuest professor at Deusto University and Navarra University (Spain).Speaker at national as well as international institutions: IE Business School, IESE Business School, London Business School, International University Menéndez Pelayo, etc.Currently: CEO at Barceló Hotels & Resorts.President, CEO or administrator of more than 50 subsidiary companies of the Barceló Group and associates.
Suma Venkatesh Executive Vice President and Member of the Global Executive Committee – The Indian Hotels Company Ltd
Executive Vice President and Member of the Global Executive Committee – The Indian Hotels Company Ltd
Suma Venkatesh, Executive Vice President and Member of the Global Executive Committee, The Indian Hotels Company Ltd oversees IHCL’s initiatives for growth through green field developments, acquisitions, licenses and management contracts. Over the last 16 years with IHCL, she has been involved in tripling the Group’s inventory to 178 hotels with over 21,000 keys.
Ms. Venkatesh is an Electrical Engineer by training and holds a Masters Degree in Management Studies from the Mumbai University in India. She has over 26 years of cross functional experience across industries. Before joining IHCL, she has worked in different functions across multiple industry sectors in India.