Karan Khanna

Vice President, Operations, UK&I, IHG

Karan joined IHG from McKinsey & Co where he was Engagement Manager. Prior to that, Karan spent 5-years with Cadbury Schweppes in brand and innovation roles. He has an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, a PG Diploma in Marketing from CIM and a BA (Hons) in Economics from Delhi University.

Katharine Le Quesne

International Advisor, Visiting Professor, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

Katharine has spent over 20 years working in mature and emerging markets around the world, advising public and private sector investors and operators in the hospitality and leisure industries. Having worked with Deloitte, Arthur Andersen and Jones Lang LaSalle, she is now with HoCoSo, providing bespoke advice on business strategy, development feasibility, product repositioning and destination development. She specialises in investments involving hotels, resorts, theme/water parks and mixed-use schemes. Katharine is a Visiting Lecturer at international institutions, educating the next generation of hospitality leaders and innovators.

Katherine Doggrell

Editor, Hotel Analyst

Katherine Doggrell is editor of Hotel Analyst, the intelligence source for the hotel investment community. Alongside its paid subscription news service, Hotel Analyst has a reports division and it runs three conferences each year: the Hotel Distribution Event, the Hotel Alternatives Event and the Hotel Operations Conference. With everything it does, Hotel Analyst sees its mission as providing insight and opinion.

Kevin Charity

CEO, The Coaching Inn Group

Kevin is the founder and CEO of the Lincolnshire based Coaching Inn Group. The company buys freehold market town hotels, each of them being at the heart of the community. In many of them the company introduces it “Eatery & Coffee House” casual dining concept.

Kevin Edwards

Managing Director, Avenue9

One of the founders of Avenue9, Kevin has worked within the technology sector for over 20 years, assisting clients in everything from provision of core IT infrastructure to deploying bespoke applications. Kevin recognised that many organisations within the hospitality sector faced similar challenges, such as gaining cost effective access to IT knowledge for hotels and resorts to effectively implementing systems and infrastructure that they benefit from. Kevin’s core skills are focused upon working with clients to extract their core business objectives and translate them into IT strategies.

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