Steller was awarded Editor’s Choice by Apple and was also named a Best New App of 2014 . Steller’s elegant design and ease of use allows users to create beautiful stories from a mobile device. In 2018 Steller partnered with ETA (Expedition Travel Advisors) to focus on the travel space.
From 2012-2014 Richard was Executive VP and Chief Strategy Officer at Samsung SDS, the company's information technology branch. While there he was responsible for advising the CEO on all aspects of software development, ranging from identifying opportunities in healthcare, retail, cloud, and artificial intelligence initiatives, among others.
From 2008-2012 Richard McAniff was at VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, where he held several key executive positions including EVP, Chief Development Officer, Co-President, and Strategic Advisor to the CEO. His responsibilities included all aspects of product development including Engineering, Product Management, Product Marketing and Business Development. McAniff managed over 3500 people across multiple global R&D sites, and under his guidance multiple products were developed and released, including VMware's flagship products, vSphere 4.1 and vSphere 5.0. In addition to managing R&D, McAniff also helped define VMware's overall product strategy. This included identifying key market opportunities and building an organization to optimize those opportunities.
Prior to VMware, McAniff spent 21 years at Microsoft. As Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Office, he was responsible for several major software tools including Excel and Access. He also oversaw the business intelligence effort within Office and development of Web components for the SharePoint Portal Server. In addition, McAniff helped guide the development of Office 2000, Office XP, Office 2003 and Office 2007. Prior to this role, he served as general manager of the Visual Basic development system. McAniff was also one of the original members of the Access 1.0 database team.
Prior to joining Microsoft in 1987, he was a member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M, where he worked on numerous projects including probability analyses for alternative fuels. McAniff holds a master's degree in systems and industrial engineering from the University of Arizona, a master's degree in resource economics and a bachelor of science degree in economics, both from the University of Massachusetts.
Mr. McAniff is an avid snowboarder, windsurfer and kiteboarder. In addition, he has climbed several big walls including El Capitan and Half Dome. He also enjoys hiking and spending time with his wife and six children.
GHG is a holding company in the field of Hospitality, Tourism, MICE and Lifestyle Management; a few of holding member companies, such as Caucasus Travel, Caucasus Luxury Travel, Georgian Events, Explore Georgia, are well-known pioneers in their respective fields carrying strong brand recognition and leading positions in the market.
GHG also holds lifestyle management company, franchisee partner in South Caucasus of Quintessentially, the world's leading luxury lifestyle group.
Mr. Kiknadze is the founder, shareholder and former CEO of regional franchisee partner companies of worldwide brands, such as American Express Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel.
During 2004-2006, Saba Kiknadze served as Chairman of Georgian Department of Tourism and Resorts (NTO). Mr. Kiknadze has contributed in: creating fertile soil for the hospitality industry clusters, establishing a legal framework for tourism development, building tourism education pilot institutions, implementing public-private partnership programs and designing principles of country’s international tourism promotion.
An architect by education, Saba Kiknadze has been a pioneer of Georgian business since 1986 and is one of the first entrepreneurs in a newly independent Georgia. A serial entrepreneur, he created and “piloted” several successful companies, achieving leadership positions on different fields of activities – architecture, design, publishing, advertising, and especially in tourism and hospitality. He continues to act as founder and developer of several startups of various profiles: IT Development, Winery, Microbiology Technologies, etc. Mr.Kiknadze is actively sharing his experience and expertise, providing mentorship and incubation support to newcomers in business.
Saba is co-founder of Creative Business Cup Georgia, organizing annual competitions for business startups Georgia. Mr. Kiknadze is a founding member of Georgian Angel Investors Club.
Since 2006, Jan has focused on building tech companies by infusing them with risk capital and competencies. Having screened thousands of business plans and as an investor in 8 startups, he worked with hundreds of startups, helped facilitate triple-digit M EUR risk capital into startups over the years, managed/co-managed 200+ small and large investor meetings. Jan has been a part of project management team of Denmark’s #1 hardware accelerator for 5 years.
Jan Rosenbom has been a moderator/speaker/award show host/"live investor negotiation facilitator" at investor meetings and entrepreneur events with up to 1,000 participants in cooperation with a range of entities such as business angel networks, EBAN, US Embassy, foundations, public organizations, educational institutions, etc.
Yrjo is a Tech-startup CEO, angel investor, venture advisor, and public speaker. He serves as an Investment Partner at first Estonian-American VC fund Change Ventures that focuses on Baltic region and has made a dozen investments up to date.
Yrjo has been Managing Partner at angel investment & financial advisory firm Solon Partners, co-founder of business angel network (EstBAN) and Estonian VC Association (EVCA). Yrjo has a Juris Doctorate cum laude, University of Minnesota.
Mr. Willey parlayed his 20-year career in international law and his passion for the preservation and renovation of historic properties into a unique, luxury travel offering.
Throughout his career, Mr. Willey has capitalized on his extensive experience in international law. He served as Senior Counselor with APCO Worldwide, Mr. Willey represented and advised numerous public and private entities worldwide in complex commercial transactions in the hospitality, banking, telecommunications, and consumer products industries throughout Europe and Latin America.
Prior to joining APCO, Mr. Willey was the Managing Partner for a large, multinational law firm located in Washington and served as Chief International Counsel and Director of government affairs for Europe, Canada and the Americas for a $7 billion multinational company. He has been a Member of International Advisory Council at APCO Worldwide, Inc. since September 8, 2016. He was President of the Student Legal Form at University of Virginia.
Mr. Willey graduated with honors from Wesleyan University where he was a Davenport Scholar and was awarded the Thorndike Prize for Scholarship. He holds his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia.
Darren works as a chief consultant at DB Systel, the IT Solution Provider of the German Railway (Deutsche Bahn).
He has worked on several digitalization projects and in 2015 helped create the DB Innovation Lab “Skydeck” to enable Intrapreneurship within DB.
Skydeck hosts an accelerator for employee’s ideas while also serving as a creative hub for meetings, events, showcases, workshops and community building, where attendees can network while learning about innovation, new techniques and technologies.
In his free time, Darren helps create local IRL events to explore and share 'Internet Culture' and ‘Technology’ experiences.
Mr. Hareyama has over 15 years of experience managing investments and business development for multinational technology institutions – including serving as Managing Director at Karabiner Capital, CEO at Rock Climbing Partners and Executive Producer and Creative Director at Paramaze production for the Impact Creative project investments.
Kei also serves as Chairman and member on various corporate boards, such as: Global Angel Investment Network in ASIA, Impact Association of the Private funds, and Creative Industry incubation. He also sits on boards of several international startups and serves as a transnational mentor for innovative companies pioneering new developments in a variety of industries.
Kei has exited twice from the startups he had founded – one of them, that distributed digital VRM/CRM system for a service industry using A.I. technology for the creative businesses, has been acquired for mid-seven figures.
Following a long career as Vice President and Publisher of National Geographic Traveler, Dawn started MOSTE, Inc. and DawnDrew Independent Productions in New York City.
Through her consultancy and production companies, Dawn focuses on building and communicating authentic cultural experiences and marketing strategies for destinations to encourage community-based sustainable travel among consumers, and to educate the trade. Dawn has been a consistent contributor to the international travel industry, actively serving on boards of directors for PATA, US Travel Association, the Travel + Tourism Advisory Board to the US Department of Commerce, The Prince of Wales' International Business Leaders Forum and many others. Dawn has also been a keynote speaker at numerous industry conferences and gatherings; she also served as a Distinguished Lecturer at the NYU School of Professional Studies.
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During the last six years, Mike’s attention has been directed toward alumni and donor development, fundraising, and the cultivation of educational and training initiatives in Asia, Latin America and Europe with a special focus on China. Most recently, the emphasis has been on coordinating alignment of programs and partnerships with disciplines in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM), cultivating trans-disciplinary collaborations in learning experiences and research. He is a specialist in sales and marketing, strategic planning, performance management and human resources development (training), and distance and technology driven systems for remote and distributive learning.
Mr. Hampton’s accomplishments in the hospitality and tourism industry have included progressive responsibilities in field and corporate-level positions. He has extensive speaking engagements on current hospitality marketing, human resource development and management issues for the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference, the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International, Meeting Professionals International, Singapore Tourism Bureau, the Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Maryland and New York Governor's Conferences on Tourism, as well as for a multitude of hotels, management companies, brands and hospitality-related organizations worldwide.
Mr. Wayne has over twenty years of experience in tourism development from local to international levels.
Scott’s recent experience includes advising public and private sector clients in the Middle East, South East Europe, and the South Pacific on sustainable destination development. His clients have included APCO Worldwide, Parsons Engineering, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Government of Slovenia, the World Trade Organization and the World Bank. Projects have included assisting with multiple sustainable destination development issues ranging from infrastructure, product and marketing, human resource development, policy and investment.
Wayne helped to jump-start the tourism industry in Kosovo, developed destination investment strategies for the Asian Development Bank in the South Pacific, recommend trade policy reforms for advancing tourism development in Tanzania and Sierra Leone, and developed a new national tourism strategy for the Republic of Georgia.
He has implemented sustainable tourism strategies and market development for the World Bank in South East Europe, Montenegro Tourism Policy Analysis, Regional Competitiveness programs, hotel quality standards systems, and the cruise industry.
Previously, he headed the North America office of the World Travel and Tourism Council, served as the Vice President, International Business Development, for internet travel start-up Vivid Travel Network & Vivid Studios, and was appointed the first Chief of Communications at the UN World Tourism Organization.
Scott is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the University of Southern California’s Schools of International Relations and Public Policy. Scott also studied at the American University in Cairo, the London School of Economics, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and is the author of numerous articles on tourism development and eight travel books for Lonely Planet and Sierra Club Books.
Nick is s a regular contributor to the Times of London and the Sunday Times on business, travel, technology, science and economics. He is the chairman of the Disrupt Awards, which looks at the latest in business travel and hospitality innovation for the Business Travel Show. Nick is also working with the World Economic Forum consulting on disruptive technologies.
With experience in British, American and Asia-Pacific TV, print and web publications he has contributed to over 60 titles and programmes across a broad range of topics. Outlets include BBC World News, CNN, CNBC, Time and Forbes. He also consults and writes white papers on how technology is up-ending our everyday lives from China to India, the UK to the U.S. Nick has also partnered with the UN WTO, in the past, developing tourism.
Impact Travel Alliance represents 15,000 travel professionals located in 20 hub cities around the globe that include New York, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Kathmandu, London, Melbourne, Marrakesh, Jakarta and Hong Kong. It is the world’s largest community for socially conscious travelers and travel professionals.
An entrepreneur who is passionate about storytelling and travel that results in social good, Kelley also runs a sister organization in the travel and impact space. The Culture Collective (http://the-culture.co/about-us/) is a blog, a magazine and a marketing and branding website providing tips on entrepreneurship and business for travel startups. Kellye's travel blogs reach 10,000+ followers per month. Along with Travel Impact Alliance, the social media outreach is 22,000+ and her email list is 20,000 addresses.
Kelley is an avid photographer and writer, whose recent keynote speaking engagements include the Impact Travel Alliance Summit at the United Nations, MMGY’s Vail Summit, and the Women in Travel Summit.
George served as a Founding Member of the Board of American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia, Member of the Board of the Tax Payers Union, Member of Georgian Business Association, Member of the Supervisory Board of Georgian Stock Exchange, Member of the Executive Board of Open Society Georgian Foundation. He was co-founder and CEO of Georgian Consulting Group (GCG), which was acquired by Ernst and Young; George led EY (Ernst & Young) Tbilisi office for years as managing director.
Currently he is the Chairman of the Supervisory Council of the JSC Rustaveli/Cavea Cinemas, Founding Member of the American Academy in Tbilisi, Founder of the International Foundation for Arts and Intercultural Dialogue, Founder and Director of the film production company GAMS Pictures LLC.
Mr. Bazgadze’s experience includes several years in construction and real estate development. He managed a wide array of privatization, post-privatization restructuring, investment, consulting and credit line technical assistance projects.
George sits on several corporate boards, such as American Academy in Georgia, American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia (it's former president) and Georgian Angel Investors Club.
Mr. Emborg has 17 years in top corporate management, 11 years of which he spent in the Caucasus region. His relationship with SEAF began with his membership on the board of Directors for GRDF in 2007.
Mr. Emborg has been active in the Caucasus since 1999, when he served first as Regional CEO for Cadbury Schweppes and then as the Regional CEO for Nestle SA, a position he held until 2008. Under Mr. Emborg’s leadership, Nestle’s regional presence grew to more than seven times its size. Before joining SEAF in 2009, Mr. Emborg was the CEO of SKA Capital, a Caucasus-based investment fund.
During his career in the Caucasus, Mr. Emborg has managed more than 300 people, been the President of the American Chamber of Commerce, and served as a board member of the EU Business Council. Currently, Mr. Emborg sits on board of Georgian Angel Investment Club.
As a Danish Citizen, Mr. Emborg has represented the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the Danish Consul General to Georgia since 2000.
Scott is an industry leader on the intersection of intellectual property law and emerging technologies including biotechnology, high throughput analytics, and artificial intelligence. He advises clients on a wide variety of IP issues including licensing, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, freedom to operate, portfolio and landscape analysis, litigation strategy, and monetization. A former partner at the biggest intellectual property law firm in the world, Scott has over 15 years of experience in patent counseling and related litigation in U.S. district courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Prior to founding Ballast IP Law, Scott was a Partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP where he amassed over 15 years of experience in all aspects of obtaining and enforcing patents.
Prior to entering law school, Scott had spent four years working on the Human Genome Project and conducted cancer research at the University of Michigan Medical School.
Having 17 years of experience in the tourism sector at local, national, and international level, Mr. Jakeli joined UNWTO in 2012 and has since held increasingly important positions within the organization.
Mr. Jakeli brings valuable expertise on tourism destination management. Prior to joining UNWTO, he was Deputy Chairman at the Georgian National Tourism Administration (2008-2012). At the same time he was speaker of the Government on incentives, investments and infrastructure in the tourism sector.
Mr. Jakeli holds an MBA degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the Tbilisi State Institute of Economic Relations; he has also completed postgraduate course in Destination Management in the United States.
In 2011, by the decree of the President of Georgia, Beka Jakeli was awarded the highest state award “The Order of Honor” for his outstanding contribution to the development of the tourism sector.
A long-time advocate for developing economies and human rights, Nancy Smith is Creative Business Cup's Legal Advisor and Senior Advisor for Partnerships. Prior to joining the CBC team, Smith served as in-house counsel for Silatech, an international NGO based in Qatar providing employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for Arab youth. Smith is an evangelist for the impact and power of the creative economy. This is not surprising — she's a professional artist as well as a lawyer. This unique perspective on creative ecosystems brings a deep understanding of opportunities, challenges and possibilities.