Delhi Regional Conference

27 September 2019

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09:00 - 10:00 | Registration

10:15 - 10:30 | Opening Remarks

10:30 - 11:30 | Keynote Address
Keynote speaker Rodney D. Cruz will give insight into the much used word IATA including what is IATA, the role of IATA, and the significance of IATA in the corporate world. 


Rodney D. Cruz
Assistant Director, Passenger and Cargo Services, India, Nepal, & Bhutan

11:30 - 11:45 | IGNITE Presentation by Airbnb for Work


Matthew Ziskie, 
Head of Worldwide Sales & Partnerships, Airbnb for Work

11:45 - 12:00 | Coffee & Tea Break

12:00 - 13:00 | Session 1: Factors That Will Influence Corporate Travel Programmes in 2020

Format: Panel discussion and white paper release

A deep-dive analysis of the top five factors influencing the business travel industry by looking at it from various travel segments, economic growth assumptions, technology forecasts, and factors that could influence those predictions. Drawing out the best approach to using technology to personalize the traveller experience and influence behaviour.


Suresh Makhija
Chief Strategist, W2H Consulting


Tarun Bhakri
Director Commerical & Head of Strategic Sales - India, American Express Global Business Travel
Suraj Nair, Founder, TravelSpends
Gaurav Narula
, General Manager - Indirect Procurement (Travel, Fleet & MarCom) EAJPI, Schneider Electric
Sandeep Shastri, Regional Director, South Asia, Sabre Travel Network
Ayyappan SyamkumarManager Corporate & TMCs - India, Oman Air

13:00 - 13:15 | IGNITE Presentation by Diners Club International


Subhrajit Basu
Regional Senior Vice President, APAC, Discover Financial Services

13:15 - 14:30 | Lunch Break Sponsored by Diners Club International

14:30 - 14:45 | IGNITE Presentation by Japan Airlines


Normadiah Morshidi
Regional Director - Global & Strategic Sales
Japan Airlines

14:45 - 15:30 | Session 2: Payment Trends and Best Practices in Corporate Travel 

Format: Case study presentation followed by discussion with panel and audience

What payment solutions are currently being used for corporate travel, as well as emerging payment solution options. Findings reveal there is not one type of payment solution that works for all travel programmes. In this session, we would like to touch upon best use cases for various payment types, what works from the perspective of different buyers and end users, and identify if possible the guidelines to drive a successful payment solution programme.


Amarnath Lal
General Manager - India Travel, Accenture


Carl Jones
, Head of Travel, APAC and Greater China, SAP Concur
Atul Monga, Vertical Head - Central Travel Accounts, HDFC
Punit Puri, Sales Leader, India, FCM Travel Solutions
Santosh Kumar Thakur
, Sourcing Buyer - Travel Council, Global Procurement, IBM

15:30 - 15:45 | IGNITE Presentation by Accor Group


Srinivasa Rao, Director of Talent & Culture
Pullman - Novotel New Delhi Aerocity

15:45 - 16:30 | Session 3: What’s the Strategic Value In a Managed Meetings Programme?

A disciplined approach to meetings management encourages companies to define and align their meetings and business objectives in order to deliver savings, mitigate risk and improve how events are managed. This session debates “What are the three key elements that a company can introduce to help an organisation deliver an effective managed programme which delivers guaranteed results?”


Vivek Anand
, Country Manager, MATP
Harshad Donde
, Country Director, India, BCD Meetings & Events
Ravindra Kumar, Founder and CEO,Lizure
Dhananjay Saliankar, Head of Sales and Marketing, Fortune Hotels Memebr of ITC Hotels Group
Devendra Sariya, Senior Manager, Deloitte Shared Services India LLP

16:30 - 16:45 | IGNITE Presentation by Turkish Airlines


Ashish Vyas, Corporate Sales
Turkish Airlines

16:45 - 17:15 | Wrap Up & Recap

17:15 - 17:45 | Session End Speaker


Dr. Shruti Nada Poddar
Dr. Shruti Poddar (Saundaryaambika) is a Vibrational Healer and Mentor, a Poet, a Musician, a Heritage Conservationist and Grassroots Worker, an Educationist and Faculty Trainer as well as a Teacher of Ancient Wisdom and Indigenous Knowledge Sciences and Systems. She is also a highly awarded Tourism Entrepreneur for her Innovative revival of Heritage, Creative and Wellness tourism at the grassroots. She was the only individual entrepreneur who won the prestigious FICCI award for Special Contribution to the Travel and Tourism Industry.

17:45 - 18:00 | Closure of Event

18:15 - 18:45 | Optional Hotel Tour

18:30 - 23:30 | Networking Cocktails & Dinner

The 5 Star upscale hotel is located adjacent to both international & domestic airport terminals and is well connected through the Airport Express Line which is just 5 minutes away. The Pullman New Delhi Aerocity is near the business hubs of Gurgaon, New Delhi and Cyber City. It is also located close to Delhi's shopping malls including DLF Promenade, Emporio and Worldmark. A big complex of 670 rooms, Pullman and Novotel New Delhi Aerocity is a preferred destination for both business and leisure travellers.

2 IGI Airport GMR Hospitality District Asset No 02, New Delhi, Delhi 110037, India
Tel: +91 11 4608 0808



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