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Next generation travellers increasingly want to travel well and travel good, knowing that they will be a partner in helping rather than harming the planet. Now that borders are reopening and many of us are dreaming up travel plans, how can cities respond to these shifting travel trends and new consumer needs with urban design and technology?

Organised by STB Dubai in partnership with Intelligence Squared, this panel session took place at the Expo 2020 in Dubai on 22 Jan 2022, and brought together top speakers from across the world to discuss how urban design and technology are transforming travellers’ experiences in a post-lockdown world.

 

Panelists

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SARAH KHAN (MODERATOR)

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER MIDDLE EAST

An award-winning freelance travel journalist, Sarah has reported from six continents for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Bloomberg, Robb Report, and numerous other publications. Sarah represents a new generation of modern traveller, and brings a truly contemporary and global perspective to the industry.

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DR. BARKATHUNNISHA (SPEAKER)

FOUNDER OF ELEVATED CONSULTANCY & TRAINING, AND CO-FOUNDER OF WORLD WOMEN TOURISM

Dr. Barkathunnisha is a tourism consultant, practitioner, academic and corporate trainer, and holds more than 25 years of extensive management experience in the tourism, hospitality and MICE industry. Her expertise lies in the areas of MICE, destination marketing, women in tourism, sustainable tourism, halal tourism and tourism education.

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MICHAEL MAGILL (SPEAKER)

MANAGING DIRECTOR AT RSP MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

Michael Magill trained in the UK and prior to joining RSP, was employed in a number of high profile international architectural practices. Since then, he has led design teams to win numerous international architectural competitions. Michael has also won the Architect of the Year by Design Middle East Awards consecutively since 2019.

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XAVIER ANGLADA (SPEAKER)

MANAGING DIRECTOR AT ACCENTURE – INNOVATION, DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION, ENERGY TRANSITION

Xavier brings over 25 years of combined management consulting and operational experience in the digital, fintech, high-tech, media and telecommunications industries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He has led large teams of professionals and effectively steered P&L both from start-ups and multinational corporations.