Speakers 2019

Yakup Dinler

manages the 5* hotel in Turkey, part of the UNESCO Heritage

Speaker and Guest / Kayakapi Premium Caves – Cappadocia 5 * is part of the World Heritage Center, being the first and only Boutique Hotel in Cappadocia, licensed by Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The hotel ranks 1st in Turkey, both in the Top 25 Luxury Hotels and Top 25 Hotels, both of which featured TripAdvisor Travellers Choice 2018. Yakup Dinler is the General Manager of this hotel.


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Claude-Emmanuel Robin

received the first Michelin star in January 2019, France

Speaker and Guest / Claude-Emmanuel Robin is chef and owner of Restaurant L’Allée des Vignes in Cajarc, France.


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Alex Petricean

was awarded "Chef of the Year 2018" in Romania

Speaker and Guest /Alex Petricean is Head Chef & Owner of NOUA Restaurant in Bucharest.


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Vadim Mikhalitsyn

manages the Savoy 5 * Hotel, Russia

Speaker and Guest / The hotel was awarded Russia’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2018 by World Travel Awards.


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Koen Heeren

one of the trendsetters in the wellness industry

Speaker and Professional Partner /Koen Heeren is CEO of Alpha Industries AWT BVBA.


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Arlene Stein

about Gastrodiplomacy and Gastronomic Innovations, Germany

Speaker and Guest / Arlene Stein is founder and CEO of Terroir Hospitality – an organization that transforms global food systems through gastrodiplomacy.


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Ray F. Iunius

Chairman of the debate session

Speaker and Chairman / Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) was founded in 1893, being world’s first hotel school and one of the top hospitality management institutions in the world. Dr. Ray F. Iunius is Business Development Director at EHL Advisory Services.


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Cezar Munteanu

Chairman of the "Restaurant Reputation" session

Speaker and Chairman / Chef Cezar Munteanu has acquired throughout his career a wide range of international and multi-cultural experiences, being an expert in multiple kitchens.


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Luis Lezama Barañano

Founder and President of Grupo LEZAMA, Spain

Speaker and Guest / The group operates in the hospitality sector and it consists of a number of restaurants, hotels and schools for training in this field. Luis Lezama Barañano is also the president of the EURHODIP association – The Leading Hotel Schools in Europe.


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Andrei Popa

Manager of the best restaurant from Prahova County in 2018

Speaker and Guest / Atra Doftana Restaurant received 13, 5 points in the first edition of the Gault & Millau gourmet guide, in the “Special Destinations” category. Andrei Popa, who is also the in-house sommelier, relies on concepts like ”Farm to Table” and ”Food and Wine Pairing”.


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Pascal Steffen

received the first Michelin star in February 2019, Switzerland

Speaker and Guest / Chef Pascal Steffen was named “Discovery of the Year” in 2018 by Gault & Millau. He is part of the Roots Restaurant team in Basel, Switzerland.


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Sonja Dive-Dahl

General Manager, Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest 5*

Speaker and Guest / Sonja Dive-Dahl started her career in the Radisson Hotel Group in 1988, occupying important positions in the hotels of the Group, in Sweden, Bulgaria, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey and Romania.


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Bogdan Alexandrescu

Ibrik Restaurant was included in the top five Paris restaurants, made by Vogue Magazine

Speaker and Guest / The Ibrik Kitchen menu is signed by two Romanian chefs, Bogdan Alexandrescu and Ovidiu Malishevschi, and it includes various dishes specific to the Romanian cuisine. Chef and culinary concepts creator, Bogdan Alexandrescu has studied at l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes du Goût din Paris.


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Tinu Sebeșanu

CEO, Trend Hospitality, Romania

Speaker and Guest / Tinu Sebeşanu is the founder of the hotel consulting company, Trend Hospitality. He graduated the Strategic Tourism Management course at Cornell University and the Project and Operational Management course at Boston University – Hospitality School, both in the USA, and the MBA in Management at Open University, in UK.


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George Butunoiu

Restaurant Evaluator and Founder of Restocracy.ro, Romania

Speaker and Guest / Restocracy.ro is a restaurant evaluation and presentation system, launched in March 2017. The Restocracy list currently includes 200 best restaurants in Bucharest.


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Ștefan Țînț

Owner, Teleferic Grand Hotel 4*, Poiana Brasov

Speaker and Guest / The history of the Teleferic Grand Hotel 4 * starts after 1970, being built in the style of the European mountain hotels, occupying a good location in Poiana Brasov resort. After functioning until 1992, it was reopened in 2012, the building being brought back to life after a radical transformation, becoming a “luxury hotel universe.”


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Ioan Bebeșelea

Syndicat Gourmet was chosen as the best restaurant in Sibiu in 2018

Speaker and Guest / Ioan Bebeşelea is Chef and Co-Owner of Syndicat Gourmet. The Indian inspired restaurant’s menus are based on local and seasonal ingredients.


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Dora Morhan

General Manager, Pleiada Boutique Hotel 5*, Iasi

Speaker and Guest / Pleiada Boutique Hotel is the only 5-star hotel in Moldova. Dora Morhan joined the hotel’s management team in 2018 as a Business Development Manager, and she is in charge of managing it since the beginning of the year. She is also Marketing Coordinator of the Romanian National Opera in Iasi, combining the hospitality and cultural fields.


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Răzvan Dincă

National Operator of the Green Key programme, Romania

Speaker and Guest / Răzvan Dincă is the Director of Programmes at the Carpathian-Danubian Center for Geoecology (CCDG). Green Key is one of the International Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) programmes dedicated to hotels and other tourism establishments that promote and have a responsible attitude to the environment. Green Key grants certifications in more than 57 countries.


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Raluca Hrițcu

Country Manager, Gault & Millau, Romania

Speaker and Guest / Gault & Millau is the first international culinary guide that enters in the Romanian market. In addition to the evaluation of restaurants, Gault & Millau Romania aims to support, through specific actions, the chefs, the local restaurants’ scene, the wide audience as well as the local producers.


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Benjamin Calleja

about "Guest Experience Design", Sweden

Speaker and Guest /Benjamin Calleja is CEO and founder of Livit, one of the world’s largest design companies, operating in 40 countries. It focuses on increasing the performance of restaurants through the experience that design can offer to customers.


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Răzvan Crișan

he runs the Kane - Seasonal Bistro, awarded with 14.5 points Gault & Millau in 2018

Speaker and Guest / In addition to the Kane restaurant, he also manages the M60 Cafe and Spațiul M60, alongside David Maguet and Ciprian Morar.


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Richard Andrews

designed the Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental Hotel in Shanghai, China

Speaker and Guest / Arch. Richard Andrews is one of the founders of the architectural office JADE UK. The office focuses on high-quality architecture projects, both in the UK and internationally, particularly in the hospitality sector. Shanghai Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental Hotel was built on the site of an abandoned quarry, including underwater rooms.


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Adrian Soare

presents the new Autograph 5 * by Marriott Hotel, which will open in 2020

Speaker and Guest / The hotel designed by CUMULUS is a transformation of the Marmorosch Blank Bank Palace in Bucharest, a building classified as a historical monument. Adrian Soare is a co-founder of the CUMULUS architecture office in Bucharest.


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Mihai Lambrino

Vinto - Gastro Wine Bar was chosen at the top of Timisoara's restaurants list in 2018

Speaker & Guest / Mihai Lambrino opened Vinto Gastro Wine Bar with his wife, in 2013. He received the highest score in Banat in the gastronomic guide launched last year, 11.5 points. The concept of the restaurant is based on “gastronomic socialization” or “sharing”. The menu periodically changes in concordance to different wine areas in Italy, Spain or Argentina.


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Cătălin Trandafir

The designer of the Werk Restaurant in Hunedoara, nominated for Mies van der Rohe 2019

Speaker and Guest / Among the most important distinctions, Restaurant Werk has also won the BETA Competition 2018 Award for Built Space. Arch. Catalin Trandafir is Managing Partner at the Architecture and Design Office of Filofi and Rose Architecture, Cluj-Napoca.


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Speakers 2018

Peter Ducker FIH

Chief Executive, Institute of Hospitality, UK

Speaker and Guest / The Institute of Hospitality promotes from over 75 years the excellence, the professionalism and the quality standards in the hospitality industry. The Institute brings together managers from more than 100 countries. Peter Ducker is the Chief Executive of The Institute of Hospitality. He is a graduate of Oxford University and for many years he was Executive Director of the Hotel Booking Agents Association, an organisation with 85 agencies and 205 hotels. He was voted in the top 50 most influential people in the industry.

 


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Renata Martinčič

General Director, Tourism Directorate, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Slovenia

Speaker and Guest / „Slovenia Green” National Branding Campaign, coordinated by Renata Martinčič, won the National Geographic World Legacy Destination Leadership Award in 2017 for Slovenia. In 2016, Lublijana was declared “Europe’s Greenest Capital” and Slovenia” the First Green Country in the World” due to the strategy of the Tourism Directorate: Green Scheme of Slovenian Tourism. In 2017, Renata Martinčič represented Slovenia at the Global Tourism Economy Forum.


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Bozkurt Atabek

General Manager, Mövenpick 5* Hotel Istanbul, Turkey

Speaker and Guest / Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul is Europe’s Leading Business Hotel in World Travel Awards 2017, one of the most important awards in the hospitality industry. The 5* Hotel Mövenpick is located in the heart of the city of Istanbul. Bozkurt Atabek is an international hospitality professional with over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He graduated from Dokuz Eylul University Tourism and Hotel Management Faculty. He was General Manager at Islandia Marriott Long Island and he has been awarded as the “General Manager of the Year”.


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Vincent Vermeulen

Managing Director, School for Butlers and Hospitality, Belgium

Speaker and Guest / The School for Butlers founded by Vincent Vermeulen is one of the most appreciated from Europe. Vincent Vermeulen is already the fourth generation of a family that has dedicated its life to working in the hospitality.  After managing Michelin star restaurants and collaborating with luxury hotels around the world, he founded the school driven by the need of high level service in the hospitality industry. He’s also fellow of the Guild of International Professional Toastmasters. He will talk about Etiquette in the hospitality industry.


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Chef Thomas Bühner

Owner, La Vie Restaurant, Osnabrück: 3* Michelin + 19 points Gault&Millau

Speaker and Guest / Thomas Bühner is one of the most awarded and appreciated German Chefs for over 20 years and one of the 10 Chefs awarded with 3 Michelin stars. His Restaurant La Vie from Osnabrück received 3 Michelin stars and 19 points Gault&Millau. Thomas Bühner was ‘Chef of the Year’ by Gault&Millau, ‘Grand Chef’ with Relais & Chateaux, and La Vie is member of ‘Les Grandes Tables du Monde’ starting 2010.


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Arch. Peter Ippolito

Architect, Managing Partner, Ippolito Fleitz Group, Stuttgart, Germany

Speaker and Guest / Peter Ippolito studied architecture in Stuttgart and Chicago. In 2002 he opens his own studio and since then manages to create an international reputation with the help of the team of 80 designers he coordinates. He was the first German interior designer to be admitted to Interior Design magazine’s prestigious ›Hall of Fame‹. His multidisciplinary design studio received over 260 international awards for interiors: 2017 Best of Year Awards – Interior Design Magazine Winner Casual Dining, Red Dot Design Award, INsider Award, German Design Award Interior Architecture, Iconic Awards etc.


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Ben Boury

Restaurant Manager, Boury Restaurant: 2* Michelin, Roeselare, Belgium

Speaker and Guest / Receiving 2 Michelin Stars shortly after opening, the Boury Restaurant had a fast evolution on the european gastronomy stage. It is a family business, which Ben is leading with his brother Tim – ‘Chef of the Year’ by Gault&Millau – and with his sister-in-law Inge Waeles. A young and ambitious team. The principle of the family Boury: “no compromise on quality”.


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Alon Baranowitz

Founding Partner - ‎BARANOWIZ + KRONENBERG, Israel

 

Speaker and Guest / Alon Baranowitz and Irene Kronenberg leads the architecture and interior design office, BARANOWITZ + KRONENBERG in Tel Aviv, with a portfolio dominated by projects for the hospitality industry. Alon Baranowitz studied architecture in New York. Recently, his Architecture Office was awarded the Best International Design Studio at the Build Awards 2018, and the Pastel restaurant, designed by them, was a global winner in the Luxury Luxury Design / Architecture category at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2017. The BARANOWITZ + KRONENBERG also includes projects such as: W Amsterdam Hotel, the Sir Joan Hotel in Ibiza, The Duchess Restaurant, W Away Spa, Topolopompo, Mad Fox Night Club.


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Hector Restrepo Calvo

Architect, Founding Member, Heres Arquitectura, Spain

Speaker and Guest / Hector Restrepo studied architecture in Colombia and Spain and now has more than 20 years of experience, numerous awards and his work featured in different publications. At FORO he will present the story of the restoration of Barcelona’s famous Soho House Luxury Hotel, built in 1845 by the Mandri family in the historic city center. Soho House Barcelona received four awards at the Vision Style Awards 2018,  from the best-known hotel industry experts: ‘Dreamiest Bedroom’, ‘Europe’s Best Dressed Bed’, ‘Most Sumptuous Spa’ and ‘Style Winner of the Year’.


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Carmen Tănase

Architect, Founder, Enterprise Architecture & Design, Romania

Speaker and Guest / Carmen Tănase is the coordinator of the Hilton Garden Inn, a project which was signed by the architects team Enterprise Architecture & Design. The hotel was recently opened in Bucharest’s Old Town by Hilton Hotel Group. Currently, the architects bureau is running another project for the same hotel chain, in Budapest.


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Maryna Leo

General Manager, 11 Mirrors Design Hotel, Ukraine

Speaker and Guest / Maryna Leo is the general manager of Senator Hotels and Apartments (the first and most important hotel chain in Ukraine) and the 11 Mirrors Design Hotel (the first award-winning design hotel in Eastern Europe, named Ukraine’s Leading Boutique Hotel at the World Travel Awards 2017).

11 Mirrors Design Hotel – inspired by Wladimir Klitschko


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Eliza Yokina

Senior Partner, Cumulus, Romania

Speaker and Guest / Architect and interior designer, she will briefly present the Cumulus iconic projects as well as some Horeca projects from the perspective of its design and impact on Horeca projects.


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Ivona Amariței

Senior Partner, Cumulus, Romania

Speaker and Guest / She is coordinator architect of the Courtyard by Marriott project, the first of its brand in Bucharest, a partner in the Cumulus Architecture team. The MCY Hotel is in progress, Cumulus Architecture currently running 4 Marriott and Hilton Marriott Hotel projects, all 4 projects being developed on the BIM platform.


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Stephane Barbazan

Tourism & Hospitality Chief Operations Officer at Alexandrion Group

Speaker and Partner / Stephane Barbazan he coordinates the 4 * Hotel New Montana in Sinaia, Romania. He is an international hospitality professional with 25 years of experience across the world in 4 and 5* hotels management including Romania, France, Cuba, USA and China. Now he has returned to Romania to help redefine the New Montana Hotel as a benchmark of excellence in tourism, but also to refine the concept of hospitality in Romania, a country that he fell in love with. Stephane Barbazan is a graduate of the VATEL Paris Hotel School, specializing in international hotel management.


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Raluca Hrițcu

Co-CEO, Gault&Millau Romania

Speaker and Guest / Raluca HRIȚCU is the co-CEO of Gault&Millau Romania since September 2017, together with Ștefan Mortici. In this respect, she is coordinating the marketing and HR components of the company, as well as managing the community of chefs and restaurant owners that have been included in the Gault&Millau guide. Gault&Millau is the first international culinary guide that enters the Romanian market. In addition to the evaluation of restaurants, Gault&Millau Romania aims to support, through specific actions, the chefs, the local restaurants’ scene, the wide audience as well as the local producers.


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Marius Olteanu

Specification Team Leader, Etex Building Performance

Speaker and Partner / Marius Olteanu, coordinates the technical department of specifications within the Etex Building Performance company, being a construction engineer with a predominant experience in the domain of designing the exterior envelope of the buildings. The main role of the department is the customized technical support for the projects with special requirements above classical solutions (mechanical and acoustic performances, fire rezistence), from the design phase to the execution. Among the innovation projects he is in charge in the company are included the high-rise drywall partitions with fire rezistence, the development of the facade systems and the local implementation of the special products.


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Panagiotis Repanas

Marketing Manager, ALUMIL ROM INDUSTRY

Speaker and Partner / He studied Civil Engineering in London and later graduated his MBA degree with specialization in Marketing. For the last 6 years he was responsible for globalizing the activities of INTERNO DOORS by ALUMIL, acting as product and Export Manager and establishing a high-end distribution network in numerous countries around the globe. His combined experience in the construction and sales&marketing sectors contribute greatly in the identification and implementation of those practises leading to higher levels of quality achievement, increased brand awareness and perceived value by end-users. He will speak about ALUMIL’s vast international experience in the hospitality sector along with the company’s vast solutions for quality constructions and state-of-the-art living spaces.


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Lorand Pavai

CTO & Head of Regional Development – Calirom

Speaker and Partner / Lorand is the person responsible for the technical development of the company and also facilitates its international growth, by generating and working with external dealers and partners. His true passion relies in building innovative hardware-software coupled solutions that help individuals and businesses alike, and which also have the potential to make a difference on the IT scene even at an international scale. Lorand’s philosophy is that any technical solution that solves a problem needs to also be accessible, allowing it to be easily utilised to its full potential by the end-user, otherwise the solution would just become obsolete.


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Andrei Severin

Export Manager, Calirom

Speaker and Partner / As founder and CEO of Hotel Magazin/CAHM group, Severin Andrei can praise himself with competitive cosmetics in terms of quality, all being EU certified and constantly updated, reasons for which they are currently exported in over 24 inside and outside Europe countries, being market leader in Romania.


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Cătălin Călinoiu

Sales and Development Director, CEZ Vânzare

Speaker and Guest / “We look closely at industry trends from areas such as HoReCa or bakery, and we see that the predominant trends this year are about reducing the electricity and gas utility costs. Our offers directly support the competitiveness of the entrepreneurs, in an extremely demanding market, delivering efficiency plans required for their needs.”


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Liviu Gavrilă

Energy Services Manager Department, CEZ România

Speaker and Partner / With more than 10 years experience in Energy Services area (with projects from renewable energy to energy efficiency ) & benefiting from support from CEZ ESCO International, Liviu Gavrilă is leading a highly specialised team able to respond to all types of request on energy topics from different types of businesses, including HoReCa.


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Konstantinos Paschalidis

Managing Partner, HotelBrain, Greece

Speaker and Guest / Konstantinos Paschalidis has a vast experience in the hotel real estate sector in more than 16 countries worldwide. HotelBrain is the leading regional hotel management firm with a proven track record of nearly two decades. HotelBrain was awarded for three consecutive years as the most important European hotel management company, the most recent award being Greece’s Leading Hotel Management Company 2017 at the World Travel Awards.


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