Mr. Leo Yen is Vice President, Head of Select Service Hotels, Greater China for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He oversees the rollout Hyatt Place and Hyatt House in the greater China region.
Prior to joining Hyatt, Leo was the CEO of U-Inn Hotels Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of VXL Capital in Hong Kong. Through the Group’s strategic relationship with China Post, Leo oversaw the acquisition, rebranding, operations and asset management of over 25 portfolios hotels. Prior to U-Inn, Leo was the China Director of Panorama Hospitality, Morgan Stanley’s hotel asset management and operating company. Before that, Leo spent five and half years as the Director and Chief Representative for China with Horwath Asia Pacific, the leading hospitality consultancy firm in the region.
Leo started his hospitality career as a consultant with the Heymann Group (renamed Unifocus), a US-based consulting company specializing in hotel productivity and performance management. He later moved to Asia and joined Raintree Management Partners in the Philippines as Project Director, where he oversaw development and management of serviced apartments and food parks.
Leo earned a BS from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. He spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa as a small and medium enterprise development advisor. He is fluent in written and oral Mandarin Chinese, and conversational in French and Bambara, a west African dialect.
BTG-Jianguo Hotels & Resorts
Mr. Yuan Shouyuan graduated from Northwest University, Xi'an and, Beijing International Studies University, respectively, awarded the Bachelor's degree of Tourism Economics and the Master degree of Hospitality Management. Mr. Yuan has more than 30 years of rich experience in hotel management, has held managerial position in four-star and five-star hotles, for instance, the Great Wall Hotel, Beijing International Hotel, Haiyue Jianguo Hotel, Weihai.
2011, Mr. Yuan was served as vice president of BTG-JIANGUO Hotels& Resorts which is one of the most large-scale Chinese hotel management company, and appointed chief executive officer in 2015. Leading BTG-JIANGUO Hotels& Resorts continue to improve the construction of the brand, to contract the platform of the modern hotel management, and to establish a modern hotel management system with “Jianguo” characteristics. BTG-JIANGUO Hotels& Resorts is founded on the idea that to provide national hospitality with international standards, manages over 100 members worldwide, and develops into a hotel chain company with robust hotel network.
George Zhang, set up iSpa in 2005 Beijing, which is the first professional Thai spa in Beijing. Now, iSpa is partnering well with around 30 hotels including CONRAD, WESTIN, JW MARRIOTT, GRAND HYATT, INTERCONTINENTAL, KAIYUAN. In 2015, iSpa was awarded the best spa in Beijing by that’s Beijing. It was also awarded as the best spa in China by China Starlight previously. George was graduated from Nankai University with degree from Economic and Physic. Before he founded iSpa, He worked in overseas of Huawei Technologies.
Mei is a native of Yunnan province in southwest China. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and worked for McKinsey & Company until she found her true passion in sustainable travel. While serving as a consultant to The Nature Conservancy, Mei witnessed the push and pull between economic development and conservation of both nature and culture in Yunnan. She strongly believed that there was a for-profit solution to this – providing sophisticated interpretation of Chinese culture and nature through experiential travel.
This revolutionary concept led to the creation of WildChina in 2000.
Together with former WildChina CEO Albert Ng, Mei has transformed the company into an award-winning business: National Geographic Adventure - "Best Adventure Travel Company on Earth;" National Geographic Traveler - "Tours of a Lifetime”. Mei’s expertise has led her to win a number of personal awards and accolades, including Travel and Leisure “A-List of Top Travel Advisors”, Conde Nast Traveler “Top Travel Specialist”, and Wendy Perrin’s “#WOW List of Travel Experts”
The WildChina story has been covered by Harvard Business Review, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TIME and more. WildChina set the golden standard in luxury adventure travel in China, and its rigorous operation process is documented in a Harvard Business School case and studied by all first year Harvard MBAs. WildChina has also established many partnerships with villages, nature reserves and NGOs around China.
Realizing that WildChina alone cannot change the industry, Mei is a frequent speaker on sustainable tourism and entrepreneurship in China. She served as a judge for the World Travel & Tourism Council's Tourism for Tomorrow Awards and has been on the advisory boards of Adventure Travel Trade Association, The International Ecotourism Society and, was a founding board member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) primarily funded by the UN Foundation.
In 2012, after spending four years in Washington DC, establishing WildChina's US presence, Mei took another leap of faith, returning to China to build another venture, Beshan, bringing sophisticated travel to a chic Chinese clientele.
Mei is passionate about unlocking authentic travel experiences for the forever-curious Chinese traveler. In 2015, she launched a new venture, www.Newugo.com, a platform that acts as the ‘Airbnb’ for authentic travel experiences. On newugo.com, locals can host guests to experience their daily lives. Guests can learn some new tunes from a Miao folk singer, learn to make cheese from a Dali villager, or collect mountain honey with a chef.
All the while she maintains a social media identity true to her origin: @yunnangirl
RET Holding Group Co., Ltd.
As a professional consultant for many government and companies, Michael Zhang bears witness and drives the development of China commercial property.
In the process of transformation and upgrade for commercial properties in many cities in China, Zhang contributes numerous original ideas and successful examples, which in turn earned him acclaim nationwide.
As a forerunner and practitioner of public welfare in the industry, Zhang successfully initiated China Real Estate Round Table, which is the first non-profit sharing platform in China real estate sector.
By founding Michael Zhang Commercial Property Public Institute, he launched the largest non-profit commercial real estate training program crossing hundreds of cities in China. Zhang also makes his contribution into the physical and mental well-being of underprivileged children in China as well and jointly launched the Gesang and Magnolia Charity Foundation as director.
Michael Zhang is a popular columnist among many media, such as the Forbes China, Caijing.com, the Real Estate Magazine and others. He is also lecturer of Tsinghua University, The Chartered Institute of Housing, and Asia-Pacific Commercial Real Estate Academy. As the writer of 3 best-selling books: 《Know-How》，《Commercial Property : Different Perspectives》and 《Case Studies on Commercial Property》, Zhang enjoys a high reputation among the industry.
Minyoun Hospitality Corporation Ltd.
As the Vice President of MINYOUN HOSPITALITY and Partner of ABH &Company, Mr. Zhang Lei has rich experiences in development and management of corporate strategy & asset in hospitality industry. He is also one of the inventor of "Hotel-asset Value Circle" and "6D Assessment System". Recent years, Mr. Zhang has been invited as lecturer in several famous institutions including Tsinghua University & Peking University and his insightful views of luxury hotel industry always attracted more attention from inside and outside the industry. He graduated from Tsinghua University with a B.Sc Econobics. Prior to joined MINYOUN HOSPITALITY, Mr. Zhang has worked in many international investment banking firms and strategy consulting firms.
HK CTS Hotels Co., Ltd.
Mr. Harvey Zhang is the Deputy General Manager of HK CTS Metropark Hotels Co., Ltd. As the fast-developing local management company in hospitality, HK CTS Metropark Co., Ltd. has purchased the entire issued share capital of Kew Green Hotels Ltd. to be the solely share holder, which is 2nd largest Third Party Hotel Management Company in UK. The company now have 3 brands including Grand Metropark, Metropark and Traveler inn, the acquisition helps to rich the brand map by adding more franchise brands and expansion overseas. By the work for lone time in hotel management company, Mr. Zhang has profound insight in finance and revenue management.
Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
VP, Real Estate & Development
Mr. Yingbo Zhao is Vice President-Real Estate & Development of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, responsible for hotel developments in mainland China.
Yingbo has gathered 15+ years of experience in hotel operations, hotel investments and hotel management business development. Yingbo has 10 years overseas educational background and working experience in hospitality & tourism management in Switzerland and UK, he started his career as hotel operator, served various positions in the Food and Beverage, Sales and Marketing before processing to a role as hotel operation manager. After returning to China, he joined Yifang Group where he gathered enormous wealth of experience in hotel investments. Before joining Hyatt, he spent 5 years with IHG Greater China as Director of Development, where he has been well recognized with his outstanding working performance and valuable team contribution.
Mr. Zhou is the Executive Partner of GH Capital, a leading commercial real estate fund in China. GH Capital has invested over RMB24bn in China’s commercial real estate sector. With more than 10 years’ experience on investment banking and real estate private equity investment, he is the pioneer on real estate private equity investment in China with international background, as well as the pioneer to start up RMB nominated real estate private equity fund.
Before co-founding GH Capital, he was one of the founding members and the executive director of Everbright Ashmore, another leading real estate private equity fund in China. Before that, he worked with IBD of Goldman Sachs and real estate fund of Warburg Pincus. During working with Goldman Sachs, he witnessed the first waves of IPOs of Chinese developers and REITs on HKSE. Mr. Zhou has made investment of over RMB26bn in China’s real estate sector, and also arranged financing of over RMB30bn for Chinese companies. Mr. Zhou held the master degree of economics of Fudan University.
Chongli Thaiwoo Lifestyle Properties Co., Ltd.
Ms. Summer Zhou is the executive deputy general manager of Chongli Thaiwoo Lifestyle Properties Co.,Ltd. Summer Zhou has deep knowledge and rich experiences on project development, planning, management, business expansion, investment and financing. She was the deputy general manager in Beijing K&Z Real Estate Consult Co., Ltd. from1995 to 2010; and since the year of 2010, she takes the position as the deputy general manager of the real estate development department of Beijing Raissun Investment Co.,Ltd and becomes the executive deputy general manager of Chongli Thaiwoo Lifestyle Properties Co.,Ltd. since 2011. She has done a lot of in-depth research in ski resort planning, development, management and operation.