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Thursday, January 23, 2020 (9:30 AM - 11:30 AM)

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The DaVinci Hotel, Sandton

Corner 5th Street &, Maude St
Meeting room: Sophia.

Sandton, South Africa

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Gillian Saunders (Tourism and Hospitality Adviser at Gillian Saunders Consulting)

Gillian Saunders

Tourism and Hospitality Adviser at Gillian Saunders Consulting

Gillian Saunders is an Independent Tourism and Hospitality Adviser. Gillian was Special Advisor to the then Tourism Minister; Minister Derek Hanekom. Gillian also works as a consultant to the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) and worked on the TBCSA’s Public Private Growth Initiative (PPGI) Tourism Growth Strategy which projected the potential 21 million tourist arrivals which President Cyril Ramaphosa mentioned in both 2019 SONAs. Until mid-2018 Gillian was Deputy CEO of Audit Tax and Advisory Firm, Grant Thornton in Johannesburg, and head of their Advisory Services in South Africa. Gillian’s client facing expertise while at Grant Thornton was consulting to the hospitality, tourism and leisure industries and she has a long track record, of more than 30 years in her area of speciality. In 2012 Gillian was appointed Global Sector Leader, Hotels and Tourism for Grant Thornton and she led a team of experts in various fields related to the industry from over 25 countries. Gillian has consulted extensively in all aspects of these industries for the public and private sector throughout Africa. Her work includes tourism destination and tourism marketing strategies and plans, and working on many aspects of feasibility, market development, economic and social impacts across the industry including for hotel and tourism accommodation, conference and exhibition industry, air-routes, airports, attractions, and more. Prior to consulting she worked in the industry in Europe and South Africa, with stints with EUREST (a contract catering subsidiary of Nestle and Wagon Lits), in France, and with Sheraton in Germany and Switzerland, before joining the Southern Sun Group in South Africa in 1982. Gillian has a BSc Hotel Catering and Tourism Administration (Surrey 1981) and an MBA (Wits 1988 cum Laude).

Herman Warren (Network Director, Africa of The Economist Corporate Network)

Herman Warren

Network Director, Africa of The Economist Corporate Network

Herman Warren is The Economist Corporate Network’s Network Director for Africa. Herman works with corporate clients to provide insight and analysis on a range of topics related to the broad and specific African context, helping clients to prosper in one of the world's fastest growing and most dynamic economic zones. He regularly chairs and moderates events and delivers custom briefings to senior executives. Herman is the author of a number of white papers on infrastructure, financial and commercial developments in the region.

Herman has previously worked as a management consultant with Bain & Company, started and run a successful mobile technology company and has held senior posts in both public- and private-sector corporations.

Herman holds a BBA degree in Finance from Howard University.