Luis Ajamil is the President and CEO of Bermello, Ajamil & Partners, Inc. among the top 200 International Architectural and Engineering firms in the world and the leading cruise planning and design firm. The firm has offices and operations throughout the world and most recently B&A Europe based in Copenhagen.
The firm has been responsible for major cruise projects for terminals and destinations including Port Everglades, Miami, Tampa, Canaveral, New York, St. Petersburg, Russia, Malaga, Singapore, Hong Kong, San Diego with their cruise programs. The firm has also assisted Royal Caribbean, NCL and MSC with their programs.
Luis Ajamil has been featured in major publications and TV programs for their work.
As a CEO, president in Lotte Tour Development Co., Ltd, Harry Baek spent many years leading tourism business for development of Korea and world tourism industry. Especially, Harry contributes to expanding the base of cruise industry. Korea’s No.1 cruise travel agency, Lotte Tour operates very first charter cruise in Korea for 7 years in a row. Harry won the Presidential Award in 2012 for his contribution to the development of cruise industry in Korea
Harry takes many positions, vice chairman of Jeju cruise development committee, non-executive director of tourism promotion committee in Seoul, member of tourism industry committee in Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry, adjunct professor of tourism management in Kyunghee graduate University.
Through these positions, Harry constantly challenges and does his best to develop tourism industry in Korea and world.
Ted Blamey is a cruise industry pioneer, CEO and strategic advisor to industry leaders.
A Harvard MBA and McKinsey consultant, at 32 Ted became Managing Director, Sitmar Cruises Australasia. His team redefined cruising in the South Pacific/Southeast Asia, earned many accolades and industry leadership. Promoted to worldwide President/CEO, he led Sitmar's dramatic US expansion and subsequently initiated cruise industry consolidation with the merging of Sitmar's worldwide interests with Princess/P&O.
He was CEO of Australia's largest retail travel group, Chairman of Sydney Ports and instrumental in starting a global luxury cruise line.
Ted founded CHART Management Consultants in 1997, advising cruise lines, destinations and government authorities globally. An Asia/Pacific expert, CHART authored the 2013 White Paper on the Asian cruise industry. Ted is a sought-after speaker and educator.
Buhdy Bok joined Costa in May 2011 and spearheads the company's fast-growing operations in the Asia Pacific and China region, he continues to help build the cruise company’s position and brand in Asia, and support worldwide growth initiatives.
In 2014, Buhdy was selected as one of 80 Chinese business leaders worldwide in the “Chinese Business Leaders” list published by China Daily and China Economy Publishing House. In 2013, he was chosen as one of 50 Chinese Business Leaders under 50 years old worldwide in the “New Leaders” by Management China.
Buhdy obtained his Master of Business Administration from Duke University (Fuqua School of Business) in the United States. He also holds an accountancy degree from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and a law degree from University of London.
Thatcher Brown was appointed President of Dream Cruises, Genting Hong Kong’s newest cruise brand, in November 2015.
In this role, Brown is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for Dream Cruises with the Board and other management to successfully position and launch Dream Cruises as ‘The first-ever Asian luxury cruise line’. To this end, he is also responsible for defining Dream Cruises’ longer term brand and business strategies that contribute to the overall growth of the Company.
With over 25 years’ experience in the hospitality and cruise industries, Brown held senior management positions in operations, brand strategy and marketing with such international hospitality companies as Crystal Cruises, Costa Cruises, Jumeriah Group and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts prior to joining the Company.
Brown graduated from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in international management. He also attended Wesleyan University, (Middletown, CT) for two years as a Latin American Studies major.
Felix Chan is the Vice President of Sales, Asia, for Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), working closely with the travel trade in Asia to build and expand its sales distribution. Before joining NCL, Felix worked several years at Hong Kong Disneyland as a Travel Trade Sales Director, driving double-digit sales growth with the travel trade for its park and resort businesses. Prior to Hong Kong Disneyland, Felix worked at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council for 13 years, working in various sales and marketing roles including Manager of Sales at Exhibitions, Directors of Tokyo and Osaka Branch Offices, as well as Regional Director of Northern China. He holds degrees from the University of Hong Kong and Peking University in Beijing.
As an award-winning wildlife photographer and adventurer, Mick Fogg has spent the past 17 years leading and designing expedition voyages for the world’s top expedition cruise companies.
Mick has designed itineraries and led over 300 expeditions throughout the Asia Pacific region and brings this wealth of knowledge and experience to the world’s newest fleet of luxury expedition vessels at Ponant Yacht Cruises and Expeditions.
Mick’s role, as the marine and operations manager for Asia Pacific at Ponant, has him constantly searching for new destinations that will appeal to even the most experienced travellers. His goal is to take guests to remote unspoilt destinations that showcase the natural beauty, diverse culture and fascinating history that abound throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Michael Goh Beng Huat joined Star Cruises in 2000 as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing. He assumed the role as the General Manager in Singapore to oversee the Singapore Sales & Marketing Division. In 2008, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales in charge of global sales.
Prior to his appointment with Star Cruises, Mr Goh had over 25 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. He was most instrumental in developing the cruise tourism in Asia Pacific for the past decade. He also played a pivotal role as the Advisory Committee of Singapore Polytechnic Maritime Association.
Originally from California, Bob Guy migrated to the Pacific Rim in the 1970s spending time in the Fiji Islands and Australia before settling in Singapore in 1979. He served as Group General Manager of Tour East, Co-Founder and Regional Managing Director of Pacific World before joining Destination Asia in 2010.
Bob Guy is currently Managing Director of Destination Asia companies in Singapore and Malaysia, part of a regional DMC network with offices in 11 countries. Through its Cruise Asia brand, Destination Asia provides turnaround port services and shore excursions for cruise lines at 27 ports throughout the Far East/Asian region.
Bob has been involved in cruise line/ship handling since 1972 serving leading cruise lines including Royal Caribbean/Celebrity, Carnival, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Princess Cruises and Costa. Bob also advises terminals, port and tourist authorities in the region on cruise industry issues
Peter started working onboard cruise ships in the late 90’s and for the next decade his onboard positions took him to over 100 countries on all 7 continents, ranging from servicing guests, training crew, to facilitating and managing the logistical complexity of cruise shore excursions with tour operators around the globe. In 2008 Peter settled back to his home of Sydney, Australia, and currently leads CLIA Australasia’s development of cruise accreditation and vocational curriculum for travel agents that is winning global reaction.
Peter contributes to media publications on cruise awareness, and has spoken throughout Australia, New Zealand and London, as well as presented at cruise conferences in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Peter holds a Diploma in Teaching from Sydney University.
Maxine Krajniak has worked in Supply Chain Management for over 25 years, 18 spent working with UTi Worldwide in the USA. Prior to her current role, she served in various other leadership positions including operations & sales management. Over the past 15 years, she has developed extensive experience focusing exclusively on the design, development, and delivery of solutions for the marine industry with a special emphasis on the supply chain challenges surrounding the cruise industry. A leader of the Global Cruise Vertical Team at UTi, Maxine designs and delivers integrated, end to end solutions for the Cruise Industry and vendor environment cross all geographies.
Bruce Krumrine is the Vice-President of Shore Excursions for the world’s two most famous premium cruise lines, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line, and the world’s most famous ultra-luxury cruise line, Seabourn.
His responsibilities include over 8,000 unique shore excursions operated on 44 cruise ships sailing across the globe. This worldwide scope covers over 600 ports, over 135 countries and all seven continents.
Bruce is also responsible for Shore Operations for Princess Cruises in Asia. This includes operational oversight for the deployment of Princess ships in both China and Japan dedicated to serving these growing national markets.
Bruce is a 35 year cruise industry veteran. During his career he has held a number of positions, both onboard and ashore, in the Hotel, Marine, Shore Operations and Shore Excursion departments.
He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Stonehill College, an MBA from Pepperdine University, and a Total Quality Management degree from UCLA. Bruce is an active participant in worldwide cruise tourism associations and conferences.
Dr Zinan Liu joined Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd in 2009 and was tasked to build the team and develop business in China from ground zero. Within a short span of six years Royal Caribbean International became the leading brand in the country in terms of product offering, branding and distribution base despite later market entry and obstacles. Within the company China has become one of the largest markets outside the USA with outstanding business performance track records which have led to the decisions to deploy Voyager Class and Quantum Class ships in China. As Chairman of CLIA North Asia, Dr. Liu is an influential spokesman for the cruise industry in the region.
Dr Liu graduated from the University of London in 1992 with a doctoral degree in economics in addition to bachelor and master degrees obtained from China. He has a 7 years’ university lecturer career in London in the fled of economics and published extensively on refereed economics journals covering topics from transition economies, regulation to privatization. He was the Chairman of China Economic Association (UK) and a member of British Royal Economic Society. In 1999 he joined Crosby Investment in the City of London in as senior consultant and VP for China business. During the next 5 years Dr. Liu has led high profiled cross-boarder M&A and joint venture projects to assist major western companies’ strategic development in China. Before joined Royal Caribbean Dr. Liu was the Director of Marketing and Sales for BTI from 2004 to 2009 during which the major corporate travel service provider successfully entered China market and built a solid business foundation.
Artur Pankowski is the Director of Logistics at Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited with twenty three years of experience in global operations and Supply Chain development. Artur graduated with M.S. in Physics and Math in 1989. After graduation he held different teaching positions in Colleges in Southern California. In 1993 he decided to join AT&T in the acquisition of a local telecom company in his country of origin – Poland. He developed his first supply chain organization shortly after. It supported the largest production of exchange switches that later on modernized the telecom network in a former Eastern Europe. From 1999 he participated in major manufacturing transitions and modernizations in the US, China and Europe. In 2001 he completed his MBA and received the CPIM. In 2011 he joined RCCL and moved to Miami. He is currently responsible for global logistics provisions, marine parts forward and revers logistics, revitalization projects and Dry Dock support for Royal Caribbean, Azamara and Celebrity Cruises. In his current position he is using a network of NVOs and 3PL partners to organize, monitor movements of ten thousand TEUs worldwide. He oversees six DCs in Florida, Europe and Australia that support daily operation of over forty vessel fleet. Recently he took the leadership in development of Supply Chain to Asia destinations addressing opportunities of Distribution Center in the region, containers in transit and Dry Dock development for cruise vessels.
Luigi Pastena was born on August 5 1956, in Piano di Sorrento and graduated from the Nino Bixio Nautical Institute in 1974. The Nino Bixio Nautical Institute is known for being one of the most important nautical schools in Italy. He started sailing in November 1974 with an American company and during a 12 year period, he gained experience on tanker, ro-ro car carriers and bulk cargo vessels.
Luigi received his Master’s Licence in 1983 and from 1986 to 1993 worked with Ecolmare on board ecological boats in cooperation with the Ministero Della Marina Mercantile Italiana.
In 1994 he joined MSC Cruises and has alternated periods on board both cargo and passenger vessels, with the rank of Master and Staff Captain/Master. In 2003 he was asked to work in the office by Mr. Emilio La Scala, Director of Cruise Technical Dept. In 2004 he was assigned the job of Port Captain. Luigi’s role as Port Captain includes planning itineraries from a technical angle on behalf of MSC. He also has responsibility for port operations worldwide, including the selection of suitable port agencies at the destinations that MSC vessels call at.
Mr Kristijan Pavić is the Deputy General Manager of Dubrovnik Port Authority and President of MedCruise. Since 2014 he has been Senior Vice-President of MedCruise. His professional development has so far brought him the variety of experience within the cruise industry. Having graduated the maritime science on Split University, he was working as cruise company employee onboard ship. In 2006 he became the General Manager of Dubrovnik County Port Authority, and since 2012 he has been performing the duty of Dubrovnik Port Authority General Manager. He has been professionally active in cruise destination management, the enhancement of the cooperation between ports and cities, as well as the development of partner relations between cruise market participants, especially within the Adriatic Region.
Michael Pawlus is a 28-year cruise industry veteran. He is currently Director, Strategic Itinerary and Destination Planning for Azamara Club Cruises based in Miami, Florida. He has the responsibility of researching, developing and implementing the deployments and itineraries for Azamara's fleet.
Prior to Azamara, Pawlus has held a wide range of executive and management positions at a variety of cruise lines including Silversea Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Viking Line. During his career, he has been responsible for a number of innovations in the area of itinerary planning. He has also traveled to over 450 ports of call around the world.
Pawlus holds an MBA degree from Texas A&M University and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan.
Kelvin Tan is the Commercial Director for Asia Pacific at Celebrity Cruises – the cruise line whose iconic ‘X’ is the mark of modern luxury.
He lead a team, comprises of 16 international representatives & offices, in all commercial development that include strategic planning, sales, marketing, public relations, deployment and port development. Prior to heading up Celebrity Cruises in Asia, Kelvin was part of the pioneer team that successfully drive Royal Caribbean International into Asia.
Kelvin is a graduate of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore with a Bachelor of Accountancy. He is a Board member of CLIA Asia since 2010.
John Tercek has created shoreside infrastructure projects and ventures to support Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s strategic growth objectives since 1999. He created his position and department in the company, and leads the development and management of the cruise company's interests in ports and commercial facilities around the world.
John Tercek was a partner in a Wall Street real estate investment firm in the 1980s before becoming a principal in several property development firms in the 1990s.
His professional career includes financing and developing more than US$1.5 billion of retail, residential and commercial properties, co-generation power projects, and port infrastructure projects throughout America, Europe and the Caribbean.
Before joining Intercruises in 2003, Isaac studied tourism at the University of Girona and worked for a leading ground handler and in five star hotels. For Intercruises, he held different roles at the Port of Barcelona and in 2007 moved to the Dominican Republic as Intercruises Operations Manager Santo Domingo. In 2009, Isaac returned to Barcelona as Operations Manager Mediterranean, responsible for Intercruises operations in fourteen countries, at more than 100 ports.
In 2012, Isaac moved to Singapore as Regional Operations Manager Asia and leads operations across thirteen countries.
Isaac is from Barcelona, but now lives in Singapore where he enjoys discovering new hidden Asian destinations with his family. Isaac likes music and a BBQ with friends.
With more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry, Dwain Wall has held several senior positions with some of the world’s leading travel-related companies, including CruiseOne and Cruises Inc., and most recently serving as SVP of Agency and Trade Relations for CLIA.
Dwain has since been tapped by the leadership team from one of China’s top-producing travel agencies to launch WorldCruise.cn and ylly.com. Under his co-leadership as President, these sites serve as China’s first and only comprehensive online platforms that allow both Chinese speaking travelers and agents to learn about, book and sell from more than 60 cruise lines.