Speaker

  • Hans-Ingo Biehl, Executive director & Member of presidential committee @ VDR

    Hans-Ingo Biehl graduated after studying English / American Studies and Sports Sciences in Frankfurt / Main as business travel agent in a TMC in Darmstadt, Germany.

    His career includes several positions in sales and distribution at British Airways, SAS, World Airways, Lufthansa City Center travel agency partner GmbH, Sabena and Swissair.

    In July 2002 he took over the management of the VDR-Service GmbH in Frankfurt. Since October 2008 he has been Executive Director and member of the board of the German Business Travel Association (VDR), the Business Travel Association of Germany.

    In addition to his responsibility for the national interests of the VDR, Biehl chairs the GBTA Europe Advocacy Group. The Advocacy Group has set itself the goal of representing the interests of European business travel associations at the European Commission in Brussels.

    Within the framework of cooperation with the FH Worms (University of applied sciences), Biehl is also active in the IBTS Board eV (Institute of Business Travel Studies) and is part of the consulting committee at FH Worms.

  • Michael Bourke, Manager Clinical Meeting Management @ Novonordisk

    Michael Bourke has focused on stakeholder relations and communication across his varied international experience in the private, public and third sectors. Michael has more than 10 years’ experience in the M&E and travel industries; and now manages a team of Meeting Professionals who conduct clinical meetings across all Novo Nordisk trials globally. The key drivers for his strategic meetings management programme are business ethics compliance, attendee experience and sustainability. Under his leadership, his team have built on their early adoption of technological engagement and educational solutions at face-to-face meetings as they have pivoted into delivering world-class virtual meetings. Michael holds a Masters in European Integration and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Development. 

  • Christoph Carnier, Senior Director Travel, Fleet & Events & VDR-President @ Merck & VDR

    Career: After completing his training as a travel agent in Darmstadt, Christoph Carnier joined Merck's travel management team in 1992.
    His responsibilities there included purchasing and organizing events, the credit card program, travel expense accounting, and purchasing and managing the company car fleet.
    He graduated from EBS with a degree in purchasing management.

    Current position: Head of Global Travel Management since 2008. He currently holds the title of "Senior Director Travel, Fleet & Events".
     

  • Marina Christensen, Head of Sales @ BWH Hotel Group Central Europe

    As Head of Sales, Marina Christensen has been responsible for all sales in the corporate and leisure sector of BWH Hotel Group Central Europe GmbH, based in Eschborn, Germany, since July 2015. This includes the business travel segment, the conference business with its MICE Desk and the group and tour operator business of BWH Hotel Group in Central Europe. In her position, she and her team support around 300 hotels with 18 brands in ten European countries (Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic).

    Christensen, who reports directly to CEO Carmen Dücker, has previously been responsible for Hamburg Tourismus GmbH as Project Manager Marketing and Sales Cruise Tourism. During the course of her career, she worked in various management and sales positions. Amongst others as Head of Sales, Director Sales and Authorized Officer at Stage Entertainment Marketing & Sales GmbH, Hamburg, between 2008 and 2010. From 1987 to 2008 Marina Christensen worked in various sales and distribution positions for Queens Moat Houses Hotel GmbH (QMH), which included a total of 25 hotels at the time. From 2003 onwards, she headed up the entire sales activities for all segments as Head of Hotel Sales, leading a team of 19 Hotel Account Managers at Queens Germany. Between 2000 and 2003, Christensen worked as District Director of Sales at Queens and has been, amongst others, responsible for Holiday Inn Hotels in Duesseldorf and Moenchengladbach.

  • Toby Frowen, Senior Manager, Global Lead – Global Meetings Management @ AMGEN

    Toby Frowen is the Global Meetings Management Lead for Amgen and is vastly experienced in the highly regulated and complex sector of biotech and pharmaceutical meetings. She is a specialist and thought leader in the modernization of SMMP (Strategic Meeting Management Programs), opting to focus on leveraging connected technologies to drive program adoption, streamline operations geared towards achieving efficiencies and full end to end transparency. Having spent a significant period living and working outside of the USA, Toby draws on the cultural influences in shaping and driving Amgen’s global meeting management program, which encompasses the full 360° of strategy, operations, technology and delivery (implementation, process design, sourcing, planning, procurement, event technology), managed by global cross-functional teams.
    Toby received her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from The Pennsylvania State University and MBA from Rosemont College. In her free time Toby is an advocate for promoting inclusion and diversity within the Meetings Industry, enjoys spending time with her dog Birdy and being outside, is a book fanatic and enjoys loads of convivial travel.

  • Holger Fuchs, CEO @ Mavie Films
  • Martin Gruber, Vice President, Commercial (international) @ Avis Budget Group

    Martin Gruber has been with the Avis Budget Group since 1999 and can thus look back on a long career with the international mobility provider. For the last nine years, he was Managing Director Central Europe and also oversaw the acquisition of several mobility companies in this region.

  • Stefan Tolga Gumuseli, General Manager @ Air France KLM Germany

    Stefan Gumuseli has been General Manager of AIR FRANCE KLM in Germany since 2016. 

    He started his career at KLM in 2001 in reservations and later in the Sales department in Istanbul. From 2004 he was sales manager in the new KLM office in Tbilisi, jointly responsible for the start of the first scheduled flights between Amsterdam and the Georgian capital. In 2006 Gumuseli became Regional Manager Central Asia based in Almaty, Kazakhstan before he moved to Lagos and Nigeria as Commercial Director two years later. 

    In 2011 Gumuseli was appointed AIR FRANCE KLM Delta Director Global Corporate Sales. From Amstelveen in the Netherlands, he led a team of eleven Global Account managers with offices in different locations around the world.

    Since 2013, Gumuseli has been General Manager Mediterranean in Istanbul responsible for the activities of AIR FRANCE KLM in Greece, Israel, Turkey and Cyprus.
     

  • Julia Harnischfeger, Managing Director @ JOYN Serviced Living c/o UPARTMENTS Real Estate

    Julia Harnischfeger was appointed as managing director for UPARTMENTS Real Estate GmbH in February 2020. In her position Julia Harnischfeger is responsible for the Serviced Living business europe-wide, which under the brand JOYN operates apartments for business travelers looking for a temporary home.

    She brings more than 15 years experience in the international hospitality industry and in the student accommodation sector to her role. A hotelier at heart, in her current role she focuses on innovation and growth and the related areas of business transformation, change management & process design.

  • Dorothea Hohn, Managing Director @ global communication experts

    Dorothea Hohn started her career in tourism at the Deutsche Lufthansa AG, working as a spokesperson fpr Lufthansa corporate communications before moving to the agency side. After succussfully leading the former tourism PR agency C&C to a market leader in Germany, she founded global communications experts in 2009, a leading communication and sales representation agency for global clients from the tourism industry. She has been a board member of the German Travel Writers organization for 10 and holds honorary positions as a PR consultant at the Travel Industry Club and Futouris, an initiative for sustainable tourism.

  • Tim Koch, Director Sales Central Europe @ Free Now for Business

    Tim Koch started with Free Now for Business in January 2020 and leads the Sales Department in the Region Central Europe. In this position Tim Koch is responsible for the customer acquisition as well as the expansion of the existing business. The main focus is on digitization and multimodal mobility services. 

    Prior to joining Free Now for Business, Mr. Koch held various sales positions, such as working for more than eight years at Amadeus IT Group in the area of Hotel and Corporate IT (selling online booking and travel expense solutions). Mr. Koch also worked for American Express in the area of payment solutions for International Key Accounts. 

  • Markus Kuckerts, Head of Department IT Strategy & Innovation @ Vodafone
  • Oliver Meinicke, Director Global Account Management @ BCD Travel Services

    After studying business administration at the EUROPEAN BUSINESS SCHOOL Schloss Reichartshausen, Mr. Meinicke worked for various companies in the consulting industry and in the real estate fund business. Subsequently, Mr. Meinicke took over the head of administrative infrastructure management as well as the travel and fleet management of the company Giesecke+Devrient GmbH in Munich. From there, his path led him to his current position as Director Global Account Management in the Global Client Team at BCD Travel Services GmbH. Since 2019, Mr. Meinicke has been an honorary member of the Executive Committee of VDR e.V., where he also completed further training to become a Certified Travel Manager (CTM) and Certified Mobility Manager (CMM).

  • Vinzenz Pflanz, President Corporate Sales @ SIXT

    Vinzenz Pflanz has more than 25 years of experience in international mobility services. His overarching experience in full service leasing and fleet management offers a large network on contacts with fleet operators, fleet managers and suppliers.

    Before joining Sixt Leasing SE in January 2016 as Chief Sales Officer, he worked 6 years as Chief Commercial Officer at Fleet Logistics and headed departments such as sales, account management, IT, quality management, implementation, legal, purchase and procurement. Prior to his function at Fleet Logistics, he co-founded a leasing company and was in charge of internationalizing a leasing concept into 12 countries as a general manager. He also worked as purchasing manager for a multinational player in automotive leasing.

    As of December 2017, Vinzenz Pflanz took over the role as President Corporate Sales at the Sixt Group and is globally responsible for Sales & Products across all affiliates and segments.

  • Daniel Poulsen, Senior Content Marketing Specialist ▪ Content Marketing and Communications @ SAS Institute

    Over the last year, Daniel has been leading efforts to virtualize physical events from customer presentations to large-scale annual business summits for SAS in EMEA. Leading a group of virtual event specialists, he has been focusing on onboarding new platforms, establishing best practices and training colleagues to help deliver +250 events in 2020.
    In non-pandemic times, Daniel works as content advisor to marketing and industry specialists on how to create best-in-class content and design digital customer journeys that impacts the pipeline and supports growth. With a deep interest in marketing technologies and curious of nature, Daniel seeks to innovate and improve marketing business processes while keeping customer satisfaction front and center of everything SAS is doing. 

  • René Proske, CEO @ Proske

    René Proske is a leading expert in strategic meeting management (SMM) in both face-to-face meetings and virtual events. With the Virtual Venue, Proske combines personalized user journeys and a highly interactive approach to virtual events on its platform. Before Proske joined the family business of the same name, he studied tourism management and worked for DER Touristik as well as in central positions in marketing and sales in the financial sector. He is currently Vice Chairman of the GBTA Meetings & Events Committee and actively promotes the interests of the event industry. René Proske is also a member of the Member Advisory Board of Radius, the leading global business travel and M&E network, in an advisory capacity for meetings and events.

  • Nick Pupa, Category Manager @ DSM Group

    Nick Pupa is a Category Manager at DSM, responsible for Global Travel, Meetings, & Events Procurement Strategy. Nick has a broad background in procurement/category management, from mar(com) to major construction initiatives, as well as, building organizations from startups to global conglomerates. He is also the chair of the GBTA Meetings & Events Committee. 

  • Harald Rettich, Teamleader Corporate Partnerships Manager Germany @ myclimate Deutschland

    Harald Rettich is Team Leader of Partnership Managers at the non-profit climate protection organisation myclimate Germany.
    He and his team offer consultancy on integrated climate protection with tangible added value. myclimate provides this through analyses, IT solutions, labels and resource management. 

    Services range from simple carbon footprints for businesses over sophisticated product life cycle assessments (LCA) to performance management.
    The international initiative myclimate with its Swiss roots, belongs to the global leaders in voluntary quality compensation measures. With projects of the highest quality, myclimate promotes quantifiable climate protection and long-lasting development worldwide. Through these projects, emissions are reduced by replacing fossil fuel sources with renewable energies and by implementing energy-efficient technologies. 
     

  • Dominika Rudnick, Director Key Account Management & Consortia @ Deutsche Hospitality

    Dominika Rudnick took on the role of Director of Key Account Management & Consortia at Deutsche Hospitality with effect from 1 October 2017. In her new capacity, Ms. Rudnick is heading up a ten-strong team which assists major customers of Deutsche Hospitality in the planning and execution of business travel and events. She also acts as the central point of contact for consortia. Ms. Rudnick is based at Deutsche Hospitality’s Corporate Office in Frankfurt. She already has experience with the company, having worked in the Regional Sales Office West in Düsseldorf between 2011 and 2015.

    Ms. Rudnick can look back at 18 years of experience in the areas of sales, marketing and key account management. She has worked in the hotel business at both national and international level, and her previous employers have included Kongress- & Hotelbetriebs GmbH (a franchisee of groups such as Marriott Hotels & Resorts), the Bari Group (franchisee of Starwood Hotels & Resorts) and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. Dominika Rudnick’s most recent position immediately prior to joining Deutsche Hospitality was with KONE, one of the world’s leading providers of transportation technology. During her time at KONE, she was responsible for supporting major clients from the hotel sector in her capacity as Key Account Manager and thus had the opportunity to gain a different perspective of the branch.
     

  • Florian von Klier, Senior Director Global Innovations & Solutions @ SIXT

    Florian von Klier is an experienced manager with a focus on Sales and Business development. After working for Bertelsmann AG, he has advised clients such as: Axel Springer SE, Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, NZZ-Neue Zürcher Zeitung or Euroforum / Handelsblatt as an independent Management Consultant. Before he joined Sixt in 2017, he was Chief Operating Officer (COO) for a global market research institute, which accompanies leading FMCG brands in the areas of innovative product development.

    As Senior Director Global Innovations & Solutions at SIXT he is the right contact partner for demand -oriented, flexible and innovative mobility solutions for travel & fleet.

  • Patric Weiler, Director Strategy & Innovation @ Proske

    Patric Weiler is an expert in customer experience and strategic communication and has over 20 years of experience in the event and marketing industry. He combines economic and communication science approaches with contemporary media and technological disciplines, from big data to AI, and on this basis develops effective and channel-independent brand experiences. Patric Weiler holds an MBA for international management and communication and has been responsible for various management positions at corporate level as well as in the consulting and agency industry. Since 2003, he has been a part-time lecturer at various universities and as a keynote speaker at industry and company events.