FORO International Forum for Reputation in Hospitality
The first edition of FORO brought together over 230 guests from 11 countries: awarded hotel managers, Michelin stars chefs, leaders of hospitality industry worldwide, with a keynote speech about Etiquette delivered by one of the best butlers.
Our Speakers & Partners
Peter Ducker FIH
Chief Executive, Institute of Hospitality, UK
The Institute of Hospitality promotes from over 75 years the excellence, the professionalism and the quality standards in the hospitality industry. The Institute brings together managers from more than 100 countries. Peter Ducker is the Chief Executive of The Institute of Hospitality.
General Director, Tourism Directorate, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Slovenia
„Slovenia Green” National Branding Campaign, coordinated by Renata Martinčič, won the National Geographic World Legacy Destination Leadership Award in 2017 for Slovenia. In 2017, Renata Martinčič represented Slovenia at the Global Tourism Economy Forum.
General Manager, Mövenpick 5* Hotel Istanbul, Turkey
Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul is Europe’s Leading Business Hotel in World Travel Awards 2017, one of the most important awards in the hospitality industry. The 5* Hotel Mövenpick is located in the heart of the city of Istanbul. Bozkurt Atabek is an international hospitality professional with over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
Managing Director, School for Butlers and Hospitality, Belgium
The School for Butlers founded by Vincent Vermeulen is one of the most appreciated from Europe. Vincent Vermeulen is already the fourth generation of a family that has dedicated its life to working in the hospitality. After managing Michelin star restaurants and collaborating with luxury hotels around the world, he founded the school driven by the need of high level service in the hospitality industry.
Chef Thomas Bühner
Owner, La Vie Restaurant, Osnabrück: 3* Michelin + 19 points Gault&Millau
Thomas Bühner is one of the most awarded and appreciated German Chefs for over 20 years and one of the 10 Chefs awarded with 3 Michelin stars. His Restaurant La Vie from Osnabrück received 3 Michelin stars and 19 points Gault&Millau. Thomas Bühner was ‘Chef of the Year’ by Gault&Millau, ‘Grand Chef’ with Relais & Chateaux, and La Vie is member of ‘Les Grandes Tables du Monde’ starting 2010.
Arch. Peter Ippolito
Architect, Managing Partner, Ippolito Fleitz Group, Stuttgart, Germany
He was the first German interior designer to be admitted to Interior Design magazine’s prestigious ›Hall of Fame‹. His multidisciplinary design studio received over 260 international awards for interiors: 2017 Best of Year Awards – Interior Design Magazine Winner Casual Dining, Red Dot Design Award, INsider Award, German Design Award Interior Architecture, Iconic Awards etc.
Restaurant Manager, Boury Restaurant: 2* Michelin, Roeselare, Belgium
Receiving 2 Michelin Stars shortly after opening, the Boury Restaurant had a fast evolution on the european gastronomy stage. It is a family business, which Ben is leading with his brother Tim – ‘Chef of the Year’ by Gault&Millau – and with his sister-in-law Inge Waeles. A young and ambitious team. The principle of the family Boury: “no compromise on quality”.
Founding Partner – BARANOWIZ + KRONENBERG, Israel
Recently, his Architecture Office was awarded the Best International Design Studio at the Build Awards 2018, and the Pastel restaurant, designed by them, was a global winner in the Luxury Luxury Design / Architecture category at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2017. The BARANOWITZ + KRONENBERG also includes projects such as: W Amsterdam Hotel, the Sir Joan Hotel in Ibiza, The Duchess Restaurant, W Away Spa, Topolopompo, Mad Fox Night Club.
Hector Restrepo Calvo
Architect, Founding Member, Heres Arquitectura, Spain
Soho House Barcelona received four awards at the Vision Style Awards 2018, from the best-known hotel industry experts: ‘Dreamiest Bedroom’, ‘Europe’s Best Dressed Bed’, ‘Most Sumptuous Spa’ and ‘Style Winner of the Year’.
Architect, Founder, Enterprise Architecture & Design, Romania
Carmen Tănase is the coordinator of the Hilton Garden Inn, a project which was signed by the architects team Enterprise Architecture & Design. The hotel was recently opened in Bucharest’s Old Town by Hilton Hotel Group. Currently, the architects bureau is running another project for the same hotel chain, in Budapest.
General Manager, 11 Mirrors Design Hotel, Ukraine
Maryna Leo is the general manager of Senator Hotels and Apartments (the first and most important hotel chain in Ukraine) and the 11 Mirrors Design Hotel (the first award-winning design hotel in Eastern Europe, named Ukraine’s Leading Boutique Hotel at the World Travel Awards 2017). 11 Mirrors Design Hotel – inspired by Wladimir Klitschko.
Senior Partner, Cumulus, Romania
Architect and interior designer, she will briefly present the Cumulus iconic projects as well as some Horeca projects from the perspective of its design and impact on Horeca projects.
Senior Partner, Cumulus, Romania
She is coordinator architect of the Courtyard by Marriott project, the first of its brand in Bucharest, a partner in the Cumulus Architecture team. The MCY Hotel is in progress, Cumulus Architecture currently running 4 Marriott and Hilton Marriott Hotel projects, all 4 projects being developed on the BIM platform.
Tourism & Hospitality Chief Operations Officer at Alexandrion Group
Stephane Barbazan he coordinates the 4 * Hotel New Montana in Sinaia, Romania. He is an international hospitality professional with 25 years of experience across the world in 4 and 5* hotels management including Romania, France, Cuba, USA and China. Now he has returned to Romania to help redefine the New Montana Hotel as a benchmark of excellence in tourism, but also to refine the concept of hospitality in Romania, a country that he fell in love with.
Co-CEO, Gault&Millau Romania
Raluca HRIȚCU is the co-CEO of Gault&Millau Romania since September 2017, together with Ștefan Mortici. In this respect, she is coordinating the marketing and HR components of the company, as well as managing the community of chefs and restaurant owners that have been included in the Gault&Millau guide. Gault&Millau is the first international culinary guide that enters the Romanian market.
Specification Team Leader, Etex Building Performance
Marius Olteanu, coordinates the technical department of specifications within the Etex Building Performance company, being a construction engineer with a predominant experience in the domain of designing the exterior envelope of the buildings.
Marketing Manager, ALUMIL ROM INDUSTRY
For the last 6 years he was responsible for globalizing the activities of INTERNO DOORS by ALUMIL, acting as product and Export Manager and establishing a high-end distribution network in numerous countries around the globe.
CTO & Head of Regional Development – Calirom
Lorand is the person responsible for the technical development of the company and also facilitates its international growth, by generating and working with external dealers and partners.
Export Manager, Calirom
As founder and CEO of Hotel Magazin/CAHM group, Severin Andrei can praise himself with competitive cosmetics in terms of quality, all being EU certified and constantly updated, reasons for which they are currently exported in over 24 inside and outside Europe countries, being market leader in Romania.
Sales and Development Director, CEZ Vânzare
“We look closely at industry trends from areas such as HoReCa or bakery, and we see that the predominant trends this year are about reducing the electricity and gas utility costs. Our offers directly support the competitiveness of the entrepreneurs, in an extremely demanding market, delivering efficiency plans required for their needs.”
Energy Services Manager Department, CEZ România
With more than 10 years experience in Energy Services area (with projects from renewable energy to energy efficiency ) & benefiting from support from CEZ ESCO International, Liviu Gavrilă is leading a highly specialised team able to respond to all types of request on energy topics from different types of businesses, including HoReCa.
Managing Partner, HotelBrain, Greece
HotelBrain is the leading regional hotel management firm with a proven track record of nearly two decades. HotelBrain was awarded for three consecutive years as the most important European hotel management company, the most recent award being Greece’s Leading Hotel Management Company 2017 at the World Travel Awards.
HotelBrain was awarded for three consecutive years as the most important European hotel management company, the most recent award being Greece’s Leading Hotel Management Company 2017 at the World Travel Awards.
New Montana Hotel & Spa
New Hotel Montana is part of Alexandrion Group, owned by Nawaf Salameh. The 4* hotel is located in the middle of Sinaia, a small but beautiful mountain ski resort in Romania. The New Montana Hotel has 175 rooms thet offer speactacular views of the Carpathian Mountains.
Boury Restaurant 2* Michelin
Receiving 2 Michelin Stars shortly after opening, the Boury Restaurant had a fast evolution on the european gastronomy stage. It is a family business, with Ben is leading with his brother Tim and his sister-in-law Inge Waeles. A young and ambitious team.
La Vie Restaurant 3* Michelin
Restaurant La Vie from Osnabruck received 3* Michelin and 19 points Gault&Millau. Thomas Buhner was Chef of the Year By Gault&Millau, Grand Chef with Relais&Chateaux, and La Vie is member of Les Grandes Tables du Monde starting 2010.
Movenpick 5* Hotel
Movenpick Hotel Istanbul is Europe s Leading Business Hotel in World Travel Awards 2017, one of the most important awards in the hospitality industry. The 5* hotel is located in the heart of the city of Istanbul.
11 Mirrors Design Hotel
11 Mirrors Design Hotel – the first award-winning design hotel in Eastern Europe, named Ukraine s Leading Boutique Hotel at the World Travel Awards 2017.
Hiltton Garden Inn Bucharest
Hilton Garden Inn is a project which was signed by the architects team Enterprise Architecture & Design. The hotel was recently openend in Bucharest s Old Town by Hilton Hotel Group.
Soho House Barcelona
Soho House Barcelona received four awards at the Vision Style Awards 2018, from the best-known hotel industry experts: ”Dreamiest Bedroom”, ”Most Sumptuous Spa”, ”Style Winner of the Year”.
Courtyard by Marriott
The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel is in progress, Cumulus Architecture currently running 4 Marriott and Hilton Hotel projects, all 4 projects being developed on the BIM platform.
Pastel Restaurant, designed by BARANOWITZ + KRONENBERG, was a global winner in the Luxury Interior Design / Architecture category at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2017.
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