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World tourism experts announced as Global Cafe speakers

07 October, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today announced TripAdvisor President (Asia Pacific) Lily Cheng and Turkish Airlines CEO Dr Temel Kotil will be part of a stellar line-up of international speakers for the Brisbane Global Cafe at City Hall on November 12 and 13.

“Ms Cheng will speak on the theme of Tourism’s New Frontiers and brings so much to that important conversation,” said Cr Quirk.

“TripAdvisor appointed her President of Asia Pacific in July and is now responsible for driving this popular brand’s growth in the region with a focus on China, Japan, and India.

“Based in Beijing, Ms Cheng was previously Managing Director for TripAdvisor China (daodao.com) and prior to that was an executive at Expedia Inc.

“This is another exciting announcement for the Brisbane Global Cafe, which will bring together thought leaders from around the world to discuss issues of local and global importance.

“Ms Cheng and Dr Kotil join eleven other speakers announced this week for the Brisbane Global Cafe.

Cr Quirk said that more than 40 speakers had been confirmed for the event, which brings together international thought leaders in the days before Brisbane hosts the G20 Leaders Summit.

“Brisbane will be in the global spotlight front and centre as host of the G20 Leaders Summit next month,” Cr Quirk said.

“The Brisbane Global Cafe will be the first time a G20 host city has also brought together international thought leaders. The Global Café will leverage our brief status as the ‘capital of the world’ during G20.”

The Brisbane Global Cafe will address five themes: Improving Human Life, Tourism’s New Frontiers, The Digital Age, Cities of the Future and Powering Future Economies.

The program will feature up to 70 speakers – many of whom will also be engaging with local businesses – with up to 1000 people in the audience, including a large media contingent.

It will be live-streamed online and broadcast in King George Square as well as covered by local and global media outlets.

For more information about the Brisbane Global Cafe, speakers and tickets, visit www.globalcafe.com.au.

New speakers confirmed for Brisbane Global Cafe:
• Lily Cheng – Beijing-based President, APAC, TripAdvisor
• Dr Temel Kotil- CEO of Turkish Airlines
• Ratna Omidvar - Executive Director, The Global Diversity and Migration Exchange, Ryerson University, Canada
• Isle Truernicht - CEO of MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, Canada.
• Julie McLellan - CEO of Healthy Waterways
• Savvas Dimitriou - Adelaide-based entrepreneur and developer, and the CEO of Kicktone Pty Ltd
• Professor David Lloyd - Vice Chancellor and President, the University of South Australia
• Wayne Gerard - Entrepreneur, founder and CEO of RedEye, a Brisbane-based software company
• Elliot Verreault - Canadian entrepreneur and co-founder of SmartGov.co.
• Stuart Evans - Cleantech entrepreneur and Chairman of Reduse (home of the Unprinter).
• Josh Lerner - Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School, and head of the Entrepreneurial Management unit.
• Jonathan Emery - Lend Lease Managing Director of Urban Regeneration
• Shane Cheek - Founder and Managing Partner of Acumen Ventures.


• Brisbane Airport Corporation
• Peabody Energy
• Ergon Energy
• Tourism Events Queensland
• Energex
• Bloomberg
• BBC World News
• The Courier-Mail
• Brisbane Times
• 4BC
• Port of Brisbane
• Singapore Airlines
• Virgin Australia
• South East Queensland Council of Mayors
• BMW Alphabet
• Tritium
• Datacom
• Cisco
• University of Queensland
• Griffith University
• Pacific Asia Travel Association
• QIMR Berghofer
• International Energy Centre

[Ends] OCTOBER 7, 2014

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