“Mr Change” one of the top keynotes at EHMA 46th AGM – back in French capital

One of the top keynote speakers of this year’s European Hotel Managers’ Association meeting will be Ilja Grzeskowitz, nicknamed “Mr. Change” by clients and media: an expert in the culture of change.

It is set to be a weekend rich in top-level speakers, including names like Serge Trigano, Claus Meyer, Märtha Rehnberg and Hans Steenbergen, just to mention a few. After 19 years, the 46th EHMA Annual General Assembly, themed “Welcome to the Future” will be back in Paris, at the Westin Paris – Vendôme, from February 15th to 17th.

EHMA was founded in Rome in 1974 by a small group of top quality hotel properties general managers. The European Hotel Managers Association aims to improve qualification of professionals through training in view of increasing the standards of services to be provided to guests. At present the Association gathers more than 400 members, many of whom are general managers of the most prestigious hotels in 29 countries that make a total of 300 represented hotels, 80,000 rooms, and 62,000 employees.

The opening day of Friday 15 February will start with the General Assembly, dedicated to the institutional moments of EHMA. The working sessions will be officially opened by President Hans E. Koch and by Organising Committee Chairman Manuel de Vasconcelos. At the same time of the General Assembly, the Young EHMA Group will join a working session organized by EHL (École Hôtelière de Lausanne) led by Ian Millar, Manager of Inst. of Business Creativity & Senior Lecturer EHL. Working sessions will be concluded by the “Members’ Hour” and an “Open Forum”. The day will end with the Welcome Cocktail at The Westin Paris – Vendôme.

A Gala Dinner will be held in the spectacular ballroom of InterContinental Paris Le Grand: 2-star-Michelin chef Alain Dutournier and Laurent André Executive Chef of the Grand Hotel are joining forces to prepare a special menu featuring the best of French cuisine.

Saturday 16 February is “Educational Day” focusing on the theme “Welcome to the Future!”, featuring, among others, a keynote by Ilja Grzeskowitz. Thereafter, the speakers will be: Somer Gundogdu, President – Professional, Europe Middle East and Africa at Diversey; Yves Givel, Vice Presidente HR Hyatt International; Serge Trigano, founder of the chain Mama Shelter; Hans Steenbergen at Food Inspiration Magazine; Claus Meyer, founder of Noma Restaurant; Märtha Rehnberg at Dare Disrupt; the interior architects Tristan Auer & Monica Moser at Wilson & Associate.

A group of MBA students at INSEAD will then give a presentation at the meeting on “What ticks for Millennials”.