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All Mediterranean Brain Plenary - 2022-06-14

08:15

Registration


09:00

Andrew Agius Muscat

Speakers

Andrew Agius Muscat

Mediterranean Tourism Foundation Secretary General

09:05

Hon. Clayton Bartolo (Malta)

Speakers

Hon. Clayton Bartolo

Minister for Tourism, Malta

09:15

Malta

09:30

Conference Opening Show - BRAIN

Speakers

Filippo Quarti

Opera Singer

Maestro Bruno Santori

Mediterranean Orchestra Conductor

The Tuareg

The Sahara Desert People

Roberto Tiranti

Pop Singer

Ekaterina Shelehova

Opera Singer

09:50

Moderators Rajan Datar, BBC Broadcaster and Journalist, and Nikoletta Kritikou, Euronews Journalist

Speakers

Nikoletta Kritikou

Euronews Journalist

Rajan Datar

BBC Broadcaster and Journalist

10:00

The Power of the Brain - Conversation with Michael Haddad (Lebanon)

Conversation with Michael Haddad (Lebanon), a Medical Wonder, Climate Activist, Social Entrepreneur, and Professional Athlete, but above all else a man on a mission.


Speakers

Michael Haddad

Climate Activist, Social Entrepreneur and Professional Athlete

10:15

Discussion: Leading in a Time of Inescapable Exposure to Disruption

Disruption is today an inescapable challenge for all industries. And when companies face it, they typically make cautious moves. They raise barriers to entry instead of extending themselves outward. They rely on what’s worked for them in the past, in lieu of seeking deep change on the inside. But while these are instinctual and understandable choices, they don’t work. They keep companies in survival mode and away from actively shaping their future. In fact, playing it safe amid disruption is very risky. This Panel of experts will address how can today’s companies chart a successful future? Whilst addressing the latest challenges the world is facing, we will seek to understand how this situation is accelerating the need for radical change – the need to rethink the way we do things with long term impact in mind.

 

The Disrupter: Preben Wik, Chief Tech Evangelist

The Economist: Lahcen Haddad (Morocco), Politician and expert in human and social development

The Community Leader: George Hatzimarkos, Governor of the region of South Aegean Islands, Greece

The Strategist: Aradhana Khowala (UK), CEO, Aptamind Partners



Speakers

Preben Wik

Chief Tech Evangelist

George Hatzimarkos

Governor of the region of South Aegean Islands, Greece

Lahcen Haddad

Politician and Expert in Human and Social Development

Aradhana Khowala

CEO, Aptamind Partners

11:15

Coffee Break


11:35

The Power of the Brain - Conversation with Dimitrios Buhalis (Greece)

Conversation with Professor Dimitrios Buhalis (Greece), Professor of Smart Tourism at Bournemouth University Business School and Visiting Professor at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


Speakers

Dimitrios Buhalis

Professor of Smart Tourism at Bournemouth University

11:45

Discussion: Tourism as a Catalyst for Good

In the days leading up to Covid-19, over-tourism was the travel sector’s ‘buzzword’ and bugaboo. International travel then came to a virtual halt due to Covid-19 in 2020. But as the desire for international travel will recover, over-tourism related issues will resuscitate, hence remaining a critical theme affecting future profitability. Indeed, at this moment, the travel, tourism and hospitality sector has a unique opportunity to rechart its course, to rewrite the rules and to rebuild more responsibly to the benefit of the places we visit and the people who live there. The Panel Speakers here will therefore be invited to discuss the options available to the tourism industry in the year ahead, and how we might collectively build a more sustainable and balanced future. The discussion will address key emerging trends and insights from across the industry to identify what may impact the future of tourism, and the role that the industry can play to ensure a transformational future. 


Filip Boyen, Forbes Travel Guide Ambassador

Gavin Gulia, Chairman, Malta Tourism Authority

Istvan Ujhelyi, MEP Deputy President European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism

Susanna Harkonen, Registered Counsellor InnerWork


Speakers

Gavin Gulia

Chairman, Malta Tourism Authority

Istvan Ujhelyi

MEP Deputy President European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism

Susanna Harkonen

Registered Counsellor InnerWork

Filip Boyen

Forbes Travel Guide Ambassador

12:30

The Power of the Brain: Conversation with Andrea Bocelli (Italy)

Conversation with Andrea Bocelli, the world's most popular living tenor and a best-selling crossover artist.


Speakers

Andrea Bocelli

The World's Most Popular Living Tenor

12:40

Discussion: How to boldly break away and innovate for new experiences

Companies are creating new value and gaining brand loyalty not by focusing on specific product features or design, but by reimagining the broader experience of how customers use their products. Car service Uber didn’t change the vehicle or retrain the drivers; it fundamentally changed how you order, meet and pay for rides. Airbnb didn’t redesign the travel portal or the hotel; it completely rethought how people can find the room they need. The list goes on. But experience innovation is challenging for many reasons - it requires a different mind-set. The Panel Speakers here will therefore be invited to discuss on how innovative experience can drive loyalty, preference and create better margins. The discussion will address how new concepts such metaverse, new hotel and restaurant designs and fresh social media marketing trends need to be confronted by travel, tourism and hospitality entrepreneurs, event planners, destination marketing organisations, convention bureaus, and smart city leaders. 


Celine Vadam, Founder and CEO – Hotel Of Tomorrow We(I) Think

Daniel Surya, WIR Group Executive Chairman & Co-Founder – Metaverse Expert

David Camilleri, Founder Cyberselves – Connecting humans to robots 

Pasi Tuominen, Senior Lecturer, The Box - Hospitality of Tomorrow, Haaga Helia University


Speakers

Celine Vadam

Founder and CEO - Hotel of Tomorrow We(I) Think

Daniel Surya

WIR Group Executive Chairman & Co-Founder - Metaverse Expert

David Camilleri

Founder Cyberselves - Connecting humans to robots

Pasi Tuominen

Senior Lecturer, The Box- Hospitality of Tomorrow, Haaga Helia University

13:25

Tourism Leaders' Forum: Brain - The Next Cutting Edge

We believe tourism can, and must, play a key role in achieving a sustainable future for our world; so through the MTF newly launched initiative the Business Research And Innovation Network (BRAIN) we will be convening key players, including MEPs, CEO’s Ministers, Mayors, Academics, Artists, Innovators, Consultants and others during the days leading to the FORUM to explore how we might collectively build a more sustainable and balanced future. The aim is to become a driving force to help everyone explore our world in a way that protects both people and places and secures a positive future for destinations and local communities for generations to come. A report bringing together the key conclusions addressed during the Forum and endorsed by the participants in this exercise will be presented in the form of declaration to the members in this panel as representatives of leading authorities in the field of the travel, tourism and hospitality sector.


This part of the Forum will be led by Chief Innovator at Cornell University Jill Hellman and Film Director Mehmet Binay with the participation of present Ministers of Tourism, MEPs and other BRAIN stakeholders. 


Speakers

Jill Hellman

Chief Innovator at Cornell University

Mehmet Binay

Film Director

14:00

Next Steps

Conversation with MTF President Tony Zahra, Minister for Tourism Clayton Bartolo, Mayor of Bodrum Ahmet Aras and other VIP Personalities.


Speakers

Tony Zahra

President, Mediterranean Tourism Foundation

Hon. Clayton Bartolo

Minister for Tourism, Malta

Ahmet Aras

Mayor of Bodrum

14:15

Concluding Remarks - Conversation with H.E Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic


Speakers

H.E Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

Former President of Croatia

14:30

Networking Lunch


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20:00

Networking Event