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Bhart Sarin,
President of the GBTA

As President of the GBTA, Chicago based Bhart drives the direction and mission of the association. He has been instrumental in several initiatives in recent years, including social equity and inclusion campaigns, and the recently launched Ready Safe Travel program. He has been a procurement and sourcing specialist for fifteen years, and his deep expertise in business travel and procurement are givens. On top of all this, Bhart is a Global Goodwill Ambassador. His charitable and networking activities have brought many people together over the years. We welcome him back to our shores.

Dave Hilfman
Interim Executive Director, GBTA, USA

Dave is one of the best known executives in the American travel industry. Prior to taking over the reins at the GBTA, he spent 37 years at United Airlines, rising to become the Senior Vice President of Sales. Dave is now helping to plan and guide the Association and the industry through these difficult times and into the recovery

David Jonas
Co-Founder, The Company Dime, USA

David Jonas in 2006 co-founded business media firm after 10 years as a journalist with Business Travel News. He co-founded Travel Procurement magazine and wrote for travel business newsletter The Beat for eight years. David rejoined BTN in 2010 as executive editor when its parent company acquired ProMedia, and in 2014 co-created The Company Dime. David has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Cornell University

Scott Gillespie
Industry Analyst, tClara, USA

Since he founded Travel Analytics in 1999, Scott has been one of the most prominent industry advisors and analysts. Based in the US, he is a graduate of the Booth School of Booth at the University of Chicago. He has also had senior roles at TRX and ARC. His book “Gillespie’s Guide to Travel Innovation” is regarded as a “must read” by the business travel community

Andrew Menkes
Founder and CEO, Partnership Travel Consulting, USA

Andrew founded Partnership Travel Consulting, PTC, in 2001, a full-service travel consultancy serving a client base representing billions of dollars in annual Travel and Entertainment spend. He has twice been named one of the ‘Top 25 Most Influential Travel Executives’ by Business Travel News, in 1998 and 2000. The same publication named him Travel Manager of the Year in 1999. In 2014 Andrew was the first corporate travel buyer to be inducted into the Business Travel Hall of Fame.

Mike McCormick
Co-Founder, Travel Again, USA

Most of you will know Mike from his former role as the Executive Director and COO of the GBTA, where he lead the industry for ten years and oversaw the tremendous growth of the organisation globally. Prior to that, Mike had senior roles at PhoCusWright, Cendant, Hudson Crossing and Rosenbluth. Mike is now helping the industry through Travel Again; an independent, not-for-profit project focused on restoring traveler confidence, driving travel recovery and rebuilding the global travel industry.

Tony O’Connor
Managing Director, Butler Caroye, Regional Director A/NZ GBTA, Australia

Tony represents the GBTA in Australia and New Zealand, and has put together the majority of the conference programme for this year's btTB-GBTA Conference. He is the MD of Butler Caroye, the region's leading independent management consultancy specialising in the corporate travel supply chain. Established in 1998 Butler Caroye has assisted over 120 corporate and government travel buyers, and has managed over 75 travel tenders.

Ron de Wit
Managing Director, AHS Advisory, Australia

Ron’s career has included senior consulting appointments at Deloitte, PWC, Andersens, Ernst and Young, and Knight Frank. He specialises in hotel and resort development consulting, acquisition advisory, valuation and assessment, and has authored a number of key industry publications and reports. From this position, Ron has an excellent view of the state of the accommodation industry and where it is heading.

John O’Shea
Senior Research Analyst, Ord Minnett, Australia

John is Australia’s leading financial analyst specializing in travel and tourism, covering TMC's, airlines, airports, technology and travel agents. Recent work has included assisting various Australian and New Zealand travel companies to raise equity capital during the pandemic including Webjet, Helloworld, Serko and Alliance Aviation. His research is underpinned by a proprietary travel database and extensive industry contacts.

Dorina Santos
Manager, Infosys Portland, Australia

A long-time contributor to the conference, Dorina is a leading procurement Travel category manager with over 17 years of experience in corporate travel programs across a wide variety of organisations including private and public sector.  She regularly provides strategic but more importantly, practical advice and oversight to clients on how to achieve the best value from their program and suppliers.

Liz Newberry
Manager, Travel and Insurance, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Another long-time contributor and friend of the conference. Liz is one of the most highly regarded travel procurement specialists in the region. She has been in the industry for almost four decades, the first two of them at Ansett. More “recently”, she has managed complex programs at Fisher & Paykel, Tourism Queensland, Kellogg and BHP. Four years into the project at QUT, and a former winner of the btTB-GBTA Travel Manager of the Year Award, Liz has has built one of the most adaptive and successful programs in the country.

Matt Perfect,
Impact Spender, Australia

Matt is a "recovering" procurement professional, having spent over a decade working as a management consultant and practitioner with corporates including BHP, National Australia Bank and Toll Group. For three years he also facilitated The Faculty's CPO Roundtable working alongside many of Australia's most senior procurement executives. Today, Matt's passion for sustainable business drives his work as an independent facilitator and coach helping buyers and suppliers with impact-led strategies and doing deals that matter.

Glenn Wilcox,
General Manager,
CTM, Australia

Glenn has a corporate travel career spanning 21 years, having held sales and management positions at HRG and Malaysia Airlines before his twelve years at CTM. He now oversees the running of the business in Australia, and helps the industry in his position as a committee member for the Association of Travel Management Companies.

Gareth Payne,
Travel Manager,
The University of Melbourne, Australia

Another leader in the complex university sector and former winner of the btTB-GBTA Travel Manager of the Year Award, Gareth and his team are known for their successful and innovative achievements, especially in the areas of compliance and sustainability. Prior to the University, Gareth managed client relations at a TMC.

Thomas Charbonneau Kaplan,
Senior Valuations Analyst,
Cirium, UK / Hong Kong

Formerly an engineer, and after consulting at A.T. Kearney, for the past six years Thomas has advised clients in Asia and Europe, including airlines, financiers and investors, on the commercial aircraft market, aircraft asset values, and the aviation sector. He is a “ground-up” expert on airline financials and operations, and provides an analytical fact-based view of where things are heading.

Ellie Warren,
Director of Account Management, Egencia

Ellie is the Director of Account Management at Egencia, where she focuses on driving a customer centric approach, enabling her team to partner with a broad range of global customers to deliver against their company’s strategic initiatives. She joined Egencia in 2019, prior to which she held leadership roles at American Express and Expedia Group across EMEA and APAC, leading Product, Marketing, Business Development and Account Management teams.

Returning to speak at the conference for a second year, Ellie is passionate about connecting people and forging successful partnerships

Jo Barlow,
Head of Group Indirect Procurement, Cochlear

Jo is one of the most highly regarded procurement professionals in the region. In her global role, she has excelled at team building, knitting together highly effective procurement teams. She is also an expert at combining the strategic with the practical. Jo is the Chairperson of the Australia/NZ GBTA Advisory Committee, and our local chapter has benefitted from her input and advice. This reflects her company’s and her own commitment to improving the lives of others.

Brooke Ciccozzi
Procurement Category Analyst, Australia

Another btTB GBTA Travel Manager of the Year Award winner, Brooke Ciccozzi is a procurement professional with almost 20 years of experience across multiple categories including logistics, fleet, travel and HR. For the last 10+ years, Brooke has specialised in travel procurement and leads the travel category for Santos – one of Australia’s largest oil and gas producers. Brooke has been leading integration activities across the category and working towards a ‘whole of Santos’ approach to travel as well as rationalisation of all sub categories including policy, process, booking mechanisms, technology and content.

Todd Schipp
Head of Operations, Cabcharge, Australia

Todd Shipp is the Head of Cabcharge Corporate Accounts responsible for the ground transport management of over 20,000 corporate accounts. Prior to this, he spent nearly eighteen years in marketing management at companies including Fairfax Media and Macquarie School of Management. Todd is now spearheading Cabcharge’s digital integration transformation with HR and expense management systems such as Concur.