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Dmytro Shylyuk
Industry Manager, Retail & Travel, Google Ukraine

Dmytro joined Google Ukraine in July 2010. He is responsible for product promotion and interaction with tourism and retail (incl. e-commerce) clients.

Before that he worked as Account Manager in local and network advertising companies and as Project Manager for international clients in retail, telecommunications and FMCG.

Dmytro received his degree in International Economics at the National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”.

He is passionate about snowboarding, swimming and travel.

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Tom Hulton
Director International Relations IMEX Group

Tom Hulton joined the international advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather in 1970 following a short career in the British army. With O&M, he was based in London and Singapore directing a number of hotel and tourism accounts.

He joined Trusthouse Forte Hotels for a period of 8 years as Director of Sales for the Asia Pacific and Middle East. During this time, he was also Director of Sales and Marketing at Grosvenor House Hotel in London. In 1985, Tom Hulton joined Supranational Hotels in London as Managing Director and over a period of seven years, and developed this reservation and marketing hotel consortia into the third largest in the world.

Following three years as Secretary General of the International Hotel Association based in Paris, he joined the International Congress and Convention Association as Chief Executive Officer based in Amsterdam. In July 2002 and after nearly eight years with ICCA, Tom Hulton decided to return to the UK and set up his own consultancy. 

He currently works with IMEX as Director of International Relations, with special responsibilities, for helping to raise the political profile of business tourism within Government circles in Europe.  He has also developed the IMEX Future Leaders Forum and the Professional Development Pavilion.  

In 2011, he was awarded the ICCA Moises Schuster Award for outstanding services to the industry.

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Nick Greenfield
Head of Tour Operator Relations, European Tour Operators Association (ETOA)
Nick graduated in Modern Languages and European Studies from the Universities of Bath and Siena in 1995 and immediately set off on a career in travel. He worked for a year in the US in the educational market and also started guiding groups in Europe, something he still does from time to time, having now worked in over 20 countries.“To really know the travel industry, you need to experience it first-hand”, he says.

He ran the London office of the National Educational Travel Council, hiring and training guides as well as running operations and contracting. Nick had attended ETOA’s workshops and seminars as an operator for many years when he finally accepted a full-time position at the association in 2009.

In his role at ETOA, Nick deals above all with the various tour operator members of ETOA. He covers many areas: organising commercial workshops; responding to members’ queries; lobbying politicians on issues at a local, national and European level; and writing articles on travel and tourism.

Current themes and policy areas include visas, emerging markets, group tourism and guiding.
Nick lives in Highbury, London, is a passionate Arsenal supporter and speaks seven languages
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Hans Dominicus
Director, Research Amsterdam Marketing

Hans Dominicus is Director of Amsterdam Marketing’s centre for research, development and marketing intelligence. He graduated at the University in Breda in tourism management (1980) and completed his studies with several courses in marketing and strategy. He worked in different fields of international tourism: outgoing operators, transport companies and destination management organisations.

He joined Amsterdam Tourism and Convention Board in 1990, where he held different management positions. Since 2013 several organisations are merged in Amsterdam Marketing as overall City Marketing organisation.

He is and was involved in several projects in visitor stream development, both infrastructural and promotional. Together with the University INHolland in Amsterdam and the Shanghai Normal University he initiated a knowledge centre in urban tourism in 2009.

Hans Dominicus holds various positions in the international tourism network and has seats in several committees and advisory boards, both at European and global level.



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Thomas Bangert
Director Display EU, TripAdvisor

Thomas Bangert was born in 1974 in Germany. He left Germany in 1997 to finish his studies (Economics, Marketing and Entrepreneurship) at the business school ESC Le Havre/HEC from where he graduated in 1999.

Thomas started his career in a high tech consultancy firm in Paris, but realized very quickly that his passion lies within Travel and started working in the travel industry in 2000 for a little start up called Ifyoutravel, part of the multimedia branch of LVMH.

He transferred to Ifyoutravel’s headquarters in London late 2001 and shortly after that, Ifyoutravel was acquired by the Online Travel Corporation (OTC). OTC was then acquired by lastminute.com and later by Travelocity (Sabre). From Commercial Manager to Supply Sales Director, Thomas moved on to become the Media Director for Northern Europe.

In April 2011 he moved to TripAdvisor where he is now Director Display EU.

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Ekaterina Volkova
Director of Booking.com Office in Ukraine

Ekaterina finished Moscow University of Tourism. For 6 years she worked for Rezidor Hotel Group - Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel in such departments as front desk, sales and revenue. She was responsible for forecasting, e-commerce channels and rate strategy. In 2011 Ekaterina joined Booking.com revenue team in Moscow and was responsible for work on hotels acquisition and performance, both for big hotel chains and non-hotel accommodations. 

In February 2013 she moved to Kiev as Director of Booking.com Office in Ukraine, managing the on-line hotel market intwo countries – Ukraine and Moldova.

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Volodymyr Degtyarev

CEO of Newsfront PR Agency, founder of Kyiv Running Tours

 

Volodymyr has spent over 11 years in communications, developing campaigns and projects for a diverse range of NGOs, government bodies and private and public companies. Since 2009 he has been managing the operations of Newsfront PR Agency, overseeing the work of over 30 strong staff in two countries. The Newsfront clients include tourism ministries and departments in other countries, hotel chains and tour operators. In the summer of 2013 Volodymyr founded Kyiv Running Tours, a service of customised running tours.

Volodymyr is an active speaker at multiple professional conferences and seminars, lecturer at BeFirst Marketing School and White Sales School, as well as frequent contributor to business magazines on topics related to communications and management. In 2012 the local PR association chose Volodymyr as Ukraine’s top PR professional from agency-side, while Marketing Media Review magazine put him on the rating “Top 35 advertising and communications professionals under 35 in Ukraine”.

 

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Dmytro Slynko

Editor at Focus, section Society and special edition Krasivaya Strana (Beautiful Country)

Dmytro has spent 13 years in journalism (since 2001). He worked at the Interfax-Ukraine News Agency and for such newspapers as Ekonomicheskie Izvestia (Economic News), Delo, Seychas, Gazeta 24. Dmytro joined the Focus team in 2006 and is currently an editor in the Society section and special edition Krasivaya Strana (Beautiful Country).

The magazine Krasivaya Strana was launched in 2008 as a special Focus edition. It was conceived as a one-off project aimed at promoting the weekly Focus, but started being issued on a regular basis (2-5 times per year) due to the interest on the readers’ part. All in all, over six years of the magazine’s existence the public have received 25 issues dedicated both to Ukraine as a whole and to its individual regions (the Carpathians, the Crimea) or major cities (Kyiv, Lviv, Odessa), as well as thematic issues (holidays with children, mountain skiing) and magazines about foreign countries (“Visa-Free Travel Abroad”, “Christmas in Europe”). Krasivaya Strana is special as it doesn’t involve any staff members except an editor. Each magazine is prepared by freelance journalists and travellers without professional journalism experience.  

 

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Larysa Homans

Founder of the information resource Coaching Meridian.org, coach of transformation stories, teacher at Kyiv Mohyla Business School [kmbs]

Having a background in journalism and psychology, Larysa has 20-years’ experience of communication interactions within international organisations and projects, in the public sector and business. Since 2005 she has been very successful in developing her own consulting, training and coaching practice. Larysa has implemented about 100 training and consultancy programmes in Ukraine and other CIS countries. She cooperates closely with business leaders and consults governmental institutions, NGOs and non-governmental projects. In 2010 Larysa Homans created www.coachingmeridian.org, the first coaching information resource in the CIS. 

Larysa teaches courses in strategic business communications to MBA students at Kyiv Mohyla Business School [kmbs]. She often speaks at professional conferences, participates in discussions, conducts open master classes, writes articles for the business media and shares stories within her own project One Day – One Story.

“Influential stories are a catalyst of changes in the lives of people, companies and communities. They are that space that unties and opens up new opportunities”, she is convinced.  

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Luc Chénier
Chief Strategist, Havas Worldwide in Ukraine

20 years of international experience as global creative and strategy director for such brands as Mazda, Rolex, Lipton, TNK, Peugeot, S7 (Sibir), City of Montreal, Vitaliy Klitschko, and many others.

As well, Luc is the recipient of more than 50+ national and international awards for communication excellence.


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Stefanie Gallob

Project Manager, Research & Development, European Travel Commission (ETC)

Stefanie Gallob joined ETC's Research Department in 2012. Before embarking on this exciting activity, Stefanie acquired her degree in Tourism and Leisure Management at the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems in Austria, which fostered her taste for international knowledge exchange and travelling. Prior to her engagement with ETC, Stefanie gathered work experience in both the public and private tourism sector throughout Europe. At ETC, Stefanie is particularly providing support in the management of research projects as well as the gathering of intelligence suitable to support members, stakeholders and the public at large.


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"TripAdvisor, and I personally, are very happy to participate in this event. The Ukraine market is becoming more and more important and we are very happy to share experiences and thoughts with the audience and are looking forward to doing more business with our existing partners and new partners"
Thomas Bangert, Director Display EU, TripAdvisor
"It’s a great opportunity to meet with professionals of the tourism and hotel industry, provide them with a better understanding of Booking.com vision and probably help to find something new and valuable for our common business."
Ekaterina Volkova, Director of Booking.com Office in Ukraine

“The Forum is first of all and most importantly about generating debate within Ukraine and within the city. Because until that debate happens at local level, no country, no destination, no city can actually really compete on the international market.”

Paul Kennedy, Director and Owner of Kennedy Integrated Solutions

“Для меня как организатора событий важно встретить коллег и пообщаться с коллегами из соседних областей: из области туризма, из области отелей и ресторанов. Это также чудесная возможность найти точки соприкосновения, где мы можем помочь друг другу.”

Тимур Мазур, керуючий партнер Агентства 42

“Через обговорення і зустрічі в рамках Форуму ми краще розуміємо, які ще потрібно заходи і пріоритети визначити, для того щоб ми дійсно спромоглися реалізувати комплексну стратегію розвитку міста і робити місто комфортним, привабливим для мешканців і для бізнесу.”

Сергій Кіраль, Львівська міська рада
“The Win with the Lion conference in Lviv is a very professionally organised congress which provides very useful and practical up-to-date information to its participants. I especially like the wide range of tourism related topics covered during its meetings, which give a good overview of the hottest topics in tourism today.”
Gabriela Schweinberger, international business coach and consultant, Berlin, Germany
“Win with the Lion is an event that everyone, even the most experienced travel professional, can learn from. It’s a great opportunity to hear experiences, share ideas and make connections. And the fact that it’s held in a gem of a city like Lviv just makes it even more appealing.”
Nick Greenfield, European Tour Operators Association, London, Great Britain
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