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AltoVita announces speakers for 4th Annual Smart, Safe, Sustainable Summit


AltoVita’s fourth annual summit on July 9 at London’s Rose Court gathers over 120 professionals to discuss corporate accommodation, talent mobility, and business travel trends.

LONDON, UK – Over the years, AltoVita’s events have evolved into essential platforms to discuss the latest trends in corporate accommodation, talent mobility and business travel. Technology will take centre stage at the Smart, Safe, Sustainable Summit in London on July 9. More specifically, this annual flagship event will uncover why sourcing and booking accommodation has become so expensive and complicated, at a time when businesses are looking for ways to reduce costs and improve the overall travel experience.

This year AltoVita’s Summit welcome so many industry leaders, who will be talking to more than 120 industry professionals at the Rose Court in London’s Southwark on July 9, during the fourth annual summit.

  • Souhilla Taarabit, Group Head of Corporate Travel Services, Al-Futtaim

A strategic thinker with deep expertise in the global travel industry, Souhilla has more than 15 years’ experience building and managing travel programmes, and previously worked at Amazon and PepsiCo. Originally from France, she has been based out of the UAE since 2016 and is focusing on travel technology innovation and sustainability.

  • Diogo Matos, Global Mobility Services Manager, Solvay

Diogo is welcomed back to the summit after his appearance at last year’s event. Based in Portugal, Diogo is currently leading the business’s mobility programme and spearheading new travel integrations as the organisation undergoes transformation. He’s also one of Benivo’s Changemakers, a group of professionals dedicated to driving the development of cutting-edge technologies for global mobility.

  • Jenny Thornton, Director Of Digital Services, ATPI

With 25 years experience at ATPI, we’re delighted to have Jenny join us on the main stage to discuss the corporate travel agency’s perspective on technology integrations, and how the sector views the extended stay segment.

  • Cheryl Barrett, Supply Chain Director, APAC & EMEA, Cartus

A new speaker for AltoVita, Cheryl will share her insights by drawing on considerable experience of more than 20 years at relocation expert Cartus. With an unfortunate increase in emergency relocations globally, she will be sharing more about how Cartus helps clients navigate crises. We urge delegates to register their place as soon as possible for a special roundtable event at the summit.

  • John Kerr, Head of Global Mobility, Pinsent Masons

John specialises in helping companies identify, define and make their international talent mobility ambitions a reality. With a passion for enabling the cross-border movement of people, John will share his thoughts around why diversity, equity, and inclusion are intertwined with accommodation. Outside of work, John is a keen half-marathoner, beachgoer and city breaker!

  • Linda Bekoe, CEO, About Partners Luxury Brands Collection

Linda Bekoe is the CEO of About Partners Luxury Brands Collection (APLBC), a digitally focused representation company that offers global representation in all segments, coupled with bespoke consultancy via its AP Gigs channel. She is also Chair of the Global Business Travel Association’s Inclusion and Culture committee, and previously Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion committee at the Travel and Meeting Society.

  • Jamie Finnie, Global Travel Manager, NES Global Talent

Jamie has a wealth of experience, having spent a decade at Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), before joining NES Global Talent, where he oversees its entire travel portfolio. Again speaking with AltoVita’s Jess Dunderdale, we’re looking forward to hearing his take on how he technically manages the growing demand for apartments and longer-stay bookings within this programme.

  • Samantha Van Leeuwen, Head of Hotels and Venues, PwC

A well-known leading industry expert, Samantha is respected for continually pushing boundaries. We’re thrilled she’s able to join us on stage for the fireside chat, where we’ll dive into an illustrious career, but where she’ll also be quizzed on where the industry is heading next.

  • Carol Fergus, Director – Global Travel, Meetings and Ground Transportation, Fidelity International

We loved hearing from Carol at our debut AltoTalks India, held in Bengaluru earlier this year. So we’re delighted she’s able to join us for the summit, where she’ll be sharing her thoughts during the Closing Remarks.

The Smart, Safe, Sustainable Summit is an invitation-only event only, for corporate travel and mobility managers.

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.