East China Architectural Design & Research Institute
Mr An Zhongyu is a creative director of the hotel professional design team at East China Architectural Design & Research Institute, a state grade 1 registered architect and a senior engineer .
His work covers business hotels and holiday resorts in a number of Chinese cities and provinces including Shanghai, Jiangsu, Fujian, Hainan, most of which five-star hotels. With his rich experience in hotel designs, Mr An’s design of Bauhinia Villa won one of the Top Awards in Excellent Design Creations in Architectural Society of China.
When designing hotels, Mr An respects the environment and natural resources of the locations, committed to a comprehensive solution with complex design factors. He follows closely the idea of being green, eco-friendly, and efficient, and focuses on quality, achievability and end user demand.
An architectural designer, writer, curator, cultural critic, and social activist, Bingyi combines her interests in ecology, science, philosophy, history, and aesthetics into a multi-faceted artistic practice that encompasses land and environmental art, site-specific architectural installation, musical and literary composition, ink painting and performance art.
She is perhaps best known for her large-scale ink paintings in which she collaborates, over months or years, with the environmental conditions of a specific site to capture a reality-scaled record of the climatic and topological forces shaping a natural or urban landscape. At the other end of her wide-ranging practice, Bingyi explores the microscopic origins of organic life in intimate, small-format paintings, in which her minute and meticulous brushwork paradoxically reveals a profoundly creative, gestural, and "calligraphically expressive" quality drawn from her daily calligraphy routine. Through her hypnotic, obsessive endurance and execution both painstaking and nuanced, one senses the loving power of nature itself as it crafts animate life from inanimate matter.
In addition to producing an engrossing oeuvre of paintings, Bingyi is an accomplished installation and performance artist. In October, 2013, she occupied the center of Toronto's city hall to create a 1,800 square meter ink painting over the course of a twelve-hour outdoor public performance entitled Metamorphosis: To the Non-earthlings. Less than three months later, she created Epoché, a huge public performance and installation commissioned by the Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport. Working with the conditions of suspension, gravity, land, and wind, she bombarded an airfield with 20-kilogram oil-and-ink "missiles"—500 kilograms of material in total—at different heights from a helicopter. The resultant monumental canvas, a record of the performance and event, was hung centrally in the airport for a month. Nicknamed Modan or "ink bomb," the piece became an internet sensation.
Born in Beijing, Bingyi pursued university-level studies in biomedical and electronic engineering in the United States. She graduated from Yale University with a Ph.D. in Art History and Archeology in 2005, writing a dissertation on the art of the Han Dynasty. She has exhibited internationally in Ink Studio, Beijing, China(2015), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante, Alicante, Spain (2014), St. Johannes-Evangelist-Kirche, Berlin, Germany (2012), Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA (2010), Galerie Erna Hecey, Brussels, Belgium (2009), Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China (2009), and Max Protetch Gallery, New York, USA (2008). Her works have also been included in Surveyors, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA (2011), and Yipai, the Opening of the New Wing, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (2009), and featured at The 7th Gwangju Biennale, Annual Report: A Year in Exhibitions, Gwangju, South Korea (2008).
David Chai has 29 years professional experience in hospitality industry. Before join Alibaba Group he worked at senior positions in Shiji network and MICROS Fidelio, the leading hospitality solution provider for 17 years. David Chai has extensive knowledge on hotel business and e-commerce, who is good at innovation and new commercial technologies. David Chai joined Alibaba Group in 2014 and is now the Vice President of Alitrip.
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Regional Director, China
Kate Chang joined the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board (L.A. Tourism) in October 2013 to lead the destination’s sales and marketing activities in China. Based in Beijing, she is responsible for L.A. Tourism's interests in China through its Beijing and Shanghai offices and helping to achieve its business objectives – to drive leisure and MICE visitation and revenue from China to Los Angeles. In 2012, China became L.A.’s #1 overseas market and in 2014, L.A. welcomed a record 686,000 Chinese visitors. L.A. welcomed 42.2 million visitors from around the world in 2014.
Ms. Chang’s responsibilities include developing and implementing strategic plans for the China market, running educational and training workshops, and executing industry marketing campaigns. She is also responsible for tracking, evaluating and reporting on the return on investment (ROI) of L.A. Tourism's programs and activities in China, and coordinating and facilitating trade missions from Los Angeles.
A graduate from the Tourism & Hospitality Management School, Beijing International Studies University, Ms. Chang is a veteran of the travel and tourism industry. She has held senior positions in the public and private sectors and has in-depth knowledge of China's inbound, domestic and outbound travel and tourism industry.
Ms. Chang was previously Regional Director, Greater China for the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). In addition to setting up the PATA China Office from scratch, she broadened the network of the Association in China and brought PATA's signature events to China. She developed the PATA membership network in China and reinforced the cooperation with all levels of Chinese tourism authorities, organizations and corporates.
Citic Real Estate Co., Ltd.
Hotel Investment Director
Nixon Chan is the Hotel Investment Director of the CITIC REAL ESTATE CO., LTD., in charge of the development of the hotel projects in the aggressive plan under the CITIC REAL ESTATE. Nixon Chan studied in the Hotel Management School---Les Roches in Switzerland and the Harvard Business School in the US. He has profound experiences in the hotel planning and management. One of his works, the renew project of the CITIC GOTEL CAPITAL , has been a successful model of the hotel reshaping. Mr. Chan is also the Vice Chairman of the China Tourist Hotel Association, the National Hotel Start-rating Appraiser and Chairman of the Alliance of China Hotel Owners.
Senior Marketing Consultant
Dr. Xu Chen, a specialist in tourism economics and big data applications. Dr. Chen earned his PhD in tourism management from Clemson University in the USA. He joined Baidu in 2015 as a senior consultant of marketing and big data analysis in the tourism industry. Integrating with his many years of research in macro tourism economy and consumer behavior research, Dr. Chen extends his expertise in big data applications with tourism economy, industry performance, tourist behaviors probe, digital operation and marketing of tourist attractions, and tourism industry ecology analysis.
Before joining Baidu, Dr. Chen was a researcher at China Tourism Academy for tourism macro economy performance analysis, market demand forecast, and tourist satisfaction analysis. Dr. Chen worked as leaders for multiple research programs from national and provincial tourism administrations. The China Tourism Economy Performance Analysis program he presided as the executive leader won the 2015 UNWTO Ulysses Award for Research Innovations.
Starwood Capital Asia
Head of Hotels, Asia
Kevin Colket is a Senior Vice President and Head of Hotels for Asia at Starwood Capital Group based in Hong Kong.
Prior to relocating to Hong Kong in March 2015 to lead the firm’s Asia real estate acquisition efforts, Mr. Colket was Co-Head of the Firms’ Global Hotel Acquisitions Group based in London and led Starwood Capital’s hospitality acquisition efforts in Europe from 2012.
Since joining Starwood Capital’s Greenwich, C.T. office in the U.S. in 2007, where he worked until moving to the U.K. in 2012, Mr. Colket has successfully led more than $4 billion in closed equity and debt transactions including the acquisition and/or development of the 50+ Hotel Principal Hayley Hotel, Management, and Brand Platform in the U.K (made up of several separate company and portfolio acquisitions), the “1” South Beach Hotel in Miami, F.L., the “1” Central Park Hotel in Manhattan, N.Y., the Margaritaville Resort in Hollywood, F.L., the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, M.N., and 49% of the Hersha Hospitality Management (“HHM”) Platform. Mr. Colket has also asset-managed many of the Firm’s key hospitality investments and made several large mezzanine loans for Starwood Property Trust.
Prior to joining Starwood Capital, Mr. Colket worked as Director of Acquisitions and Development for Edinburgh Management, a U.S. based hotel joint venture with the Bank of Scotland. Before that, Mr. Colket held various finance and investment banking positions at Goldman, Sachs & Co., Bank of Boston (now Bank of America), and Paine Webber (now UBS).
Mr. Colket earned an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College.
Julie Dai is a Director of Horwath HTL Beijing Office and has worked with Horwath for more than 13 years. She was one of the founders of Horwath HTL Beijing Office. Currently, Julie is leading the development of several new business lines, such as the tourism and leisure business under Horwath HTL, CHAT new media and education, SnapShot China, etc. Since joining Horwath HTL in 2002, Ms. Dai has been involved in / supervised different types of consulting projects in the hotel and tourism industry, China Hotel Industry Study and CHAT conferences. The representative projects include the hotels development strategy studies for Disneyland Shanghai, Universal Studios Beijing and multiple Wanda City projects. Julie also supervised large-scale tourism destination development projects, such as the master planning projects for Mount Changbai, Jiuzhaigou, Daocheng/yading, Wenchang, etc. For recent years, she has actively involved in cross-border investment activities through working with Horwath HTL’s global network. Prior to joining Horwath HTL, Ms. Dai has worked extensively in hotel operations for over 10 years with managerial responsibilities in food & beverage, human resources and the executive office.
Wanda Hotels & Resorts/Wanda Vista Yantai
Director of North China/GM
Mr. Jesper Dong joined Wanda Group in 2008 and currently holds the position of the Managing Director of North China, Wanda Hotels & Resorts and the General Manager of Wanda Vista Yantai.
Mr. Jesper Dong has over 20 years’ experience in both hotel openings and operations, and has original views on sales & marketing strategies, food & beverage concepts and revenue management. He always spares no effort in providing high quality service and building cooperative teams. His hospitality experience and strong commitment to service excellence makes him an invaluable asset to the hotel and great leader to the team. Under his leadership, the hotel has grand opened smoothly, expanded awareness, grabbed market share, become the benchmark in the local hospitality industry and in the end achieve the revenue and NOP goal. As the Managing Director of North China, Mr. Jesper Dong will lead more than 15 hotels of the area to enlarge the market impact, drive service quality & customer satisfaction and ensure to achieve all the goals.
Prior to Wanda Vista Yantai, Mr. Jesper Dong held leadership positions at Wanda Le Méridien Qingdao, Wanda Westin Hefei, Wanda Hyatt Regency Jinan and Wanda Vista Quanzhou.
Justin has held a number of Senior Leadership roles over 25 years and on 3 continents including some of the industry's leading four season resorts internationally and many of China’s dominant players including Genting Secret Garden and notably, Thaiwoo Resort. Prior to founding Axis Leisure Management, Justin served as VP of Operations for Melco China Resorts (formerly Intrawest China), a leading resort developer and entertainment company operating in Asia. Prior to moving to China in 2006, Justin held several senior executive roles in a number of Australia and Canada’s best known integrated mountain resorts.