Ömer Alaettinoğlu is a Columbia University graduate in Financial Engineering, and an innovative entrepreneur dedicated to revolutionising the aviation industry. His career began in New York at Credit Suisse as an investment banker, where he refined his understanding of global finance.
Travel Retail Research Director, The Moodie Davitt Report
Jess Allerton joined The Moodie Davitt Report in 2022 as our Research Director. For the previous two years she managed a team of data scientists for UK supermarket group Morrisons, providing insight for the Supply Chain department. Jess has also held research and category management roles with fellow retailers Asda and Marks & Spencer, providing data and insight to drive category strategy.
Diana Chan, an accountant by profession, grew up in Johor Bahru, Malaysia and loved cooking from a very young age. She learnt a lot through her parents, but it was only when she moved to Melbourne that her interest grew as she discovered the farmers’ markets that supplied fresh and local produce from around Australia. She developed her own cooking style, combining some of the hallmarks of her parents’ styles – her mother’s fresh, herb-driven approach and her father’s love of seafood.
President and Chief Executive Officer Asia-Pacific, Dufry
Freda Cheung held leadership roles in Dufry US and Canada as its Executive Vice President and Country General Manager (2020–2023) and Senior Vice President Commercial (2017–2019) before her recent appointment as President and CEO Asia Pacific for Dufry.
With more than 15 years of expertise in the field of travel retail, beginning with the front-line service personnel at the international airport, Kevin has led the Ever Rich Duty Free team in transforming Taiwan’s airport gateway. Its mission is to internationally promote Taiwan’s beauty of art, culture and nature. This effort has been recognised through numerous domestic and international awards, with the airport becoming a bridge connecting Taiwan and rest of the world.
Patrick Coveney joined SSP in March 2022 as Group CEO. Patrick is a strong and strategic leader with extensive industry knowledge having spent 14 years as CEO at Greencore Group plc, a leading convenience food producer, as well as holding non-executive positions at various F&B companies. Through his executive career, Patrick has demonstrated a strong track record of delivering growth whilst embedding sustainability.
President & Editorial Director, The Moodie Davitt Report
Dermot Davitt is one of the most experienced editors and commentators working in the travel retail media. He joined what was then The Moodie Report in April 2006 as Deputy Publisher, becoming a shareholder and President in August 2015.
Executive Vice President Foodservice Global, Lagardère Travel Retail
Mélanie Guilldou has been leading Lagardère’s Travel Retail Foodservice business line – one of the Group’s three business lines along with Duty Free and Travel Essentials – since May 2016. Lagardère Travel Retail is a leading global company present in 42 countries, 285 airports and 700 railway/metro stations, achieving sales of €5.2 billion in 2022.
William E. Heinecke is the Founder and Chairman of Minor International, the parent company of Minor Hotels. His leadership of Minor International has spanned close to six decades, guiding what began as a small start-up into one of the world’s largest hospitality and lifestyle groups.
Varun Kapur holds the position of Executive Director at Travel Food Services (TFS), headquartered in India. With over a decade of hands-on experience, he has overseen the company’s progression into one of the largest travel retailers in the region.
Hailing from Bangkok, Thailand, Walter Lee is an accomplished entrepreneur and a culinary genius, boasting an impressive legacy in the realms of international business, culinary arts, and social enterprises.
Ryan Loo is CEO of CapsuleTransit, with a passion for architecture and hospitality. Graduating from Monash University Australia with a degree in Mechatronics Engineering, he began his professional journey in the engineering construction and commercial HVAC sectors.
Regional Managing Director Asia Pacific, HMSHost International
David Mackay has 31 years of development and operational experience, working for various leading international food & beverage and retail organisations, mostly in travel retail at international airports across the globe.
Martin Moodie created The Moodie Davitt Report (then called The Moodie Report) in 2002, driving it to prominence from a start-up to the leading provider of business intelligence for the travel retail and airport commercial revenue sectors. He also conceived The Trinity Forum, The Foodie Report and the Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards.
In 2023 Thabet Musleh was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President at Qatar Duty Free, the Middle East’s second-largest duty free retailer – and, over the past three years, the region’s most dynamic. He is charged with driving all commercial revenues at the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha, including the airport’s extraordinary Expansion Project which opened in time for the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
Chief Executive Officer of IPP Travel Retail & Vice President – Business Development of Imex Pan Pacific Group (IPPG)
Phillip Nguyen is the CEO of IPP Travel Retail, who leads the Duty Free, Travel Retail and Airport Advertising business under Imex Pan Pacific Group’s portfolio, a diversified conglomerate that controls a majority of the Vietnamese market in distributing luxury and mid-tier fashion brands such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Rolex, Cartier, Nike, Gap, Cotton On, etc.
Chief Operations Officer, COCA & Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide
Natalie Phanphensophon is the 3rd generation working at COCA and Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide – and she brings with her a firm belief in digital innovation and a deep sense of community. She grew up in the UK and travelled around Europe in her formative years where the sights, smells and sounds of the region’s famous cuisines in many ways shaped her future path.
Pitaya Phanphensophon is a man with an irrepressible zest for life, an infectious smile and a genuine passion for the culinary arts. He is also the driving force behind the global success of COCA & Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide.
Group Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Leisure Retail & MMI
Tyrone Reid joined the Emirates Leisure Retail & MMI Group as Group CEO in the summer of 2022, with extensive experience spanning over two decades across the F&B, hospitality, retail, travel retail and drinks retail sectors throughout Europe, the Middle East, Turkey, the UK and Russia.
Elişa Roche was a full-time Chef then food writer at The Jamie Oliver Group from 2001 to 2005 (5 years), including a spell as Chef de partie at some of London’s Michelin-starred kitchens, e.g. Fino (now Barrafina), The Ivy and Bambou. Trained by Jamie Oliver as part of Channel 4 show Jamie’s Kitchen. Food writer for Time Out, The Guardian, The Age, Delicious, Olive Magazine, The Daily Mail, G2. Appeared on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour as part of a special series on sexism in the catering industry.
Head of Business Development APAC, Airport Dimensions
Syaifullah Sarip has acquired more than 17 years of experience working in various industries including aviation, hospitality, travel and attractions. He has been involved in a wide range of roles such as business development, investments and asset management, sales and marketing, operations and overseas management.
With more than 20 years’ experience in strategic planning, brand management, product management and consumer marketing across luxury, B2B and FMCG, Sossina Shenkute’s career has taken her from North America to Europe and Asia. Through these experiences, together with her African heritage, she has garnered a passion for understanding consumers and has learned to see them through a kaleidoscope of market dynamics, value systems and cultures.
Chief Business Officer, Dreamfolks Services Limited
Sandeep Sonawane is a seasoned business leader with a proven track record of driving sustainable financial growth. With over two decades of experience in business leadership and management, Sandeep currently heads the business development strategy at DreamFolks.
Director of Global Brand and Transformation, Plaza Premium Group
As Plaza Premium Group’s Director of Global Brand and Transformation, Mei Mei Song has been instrumental in driving strategic direction and transforming experiences for the company, which was founded by her father Song Hoi-see in 1998. Her focus has been on creating innovative guest experiences, while establishing key brand partnerships and initiatives addressing traveller pain points. She lives and breathes the Group mission of ‘making travel better, together’, and crafts the brand portfolio to uphold its core value above all else.
Patty Wong is the People Director of SSP Asia Pacific, leading people and organisational strategies for the business’s operations across China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Australia. Her earlier career was in global executive search collaborating with clients across various industries on senior leadership appointments.