The Global Advisory Board is made up of carefully selected industry leaders who share our values and act as a sounding board for the direction of Bench.

We, like all industries, are having to innovate and to stay ahead of the curve and the Advisory Board’s role is to guide us in excelling as the leading platform for thought leadership, networking and deal making in the global hospitality industry. And most importantly to enable prosperity with those communities we engage with.

Advisory Board

John Blakey

Helping CEO's rely on the power of trust

Founder – The Trusted Executive Foundation

Jennifer Fox

Passionate leader committed to creating and transforming value for all partners

Industry Executive

David Keen

Curating purpose and driving transformational change

CEO, Quo

Marloes Knippenberg

Passionate, collaborative leader of change

Chief Executive Officer, Kerten Hospitality

Gerald Lawless

Believer in the value of travel, tourism and hospitality to society

Ambassador, World Travel & Tourism Council

Haitham Mattar

Inspiring others and being an agent of change

Managing Director of India, Middle East & Africa, IHG Hotels & Resorts

Anita Mendiratta

Inspiring excellence in purpose-driven leadership

Special Advisor to the Secretary General, UNWTO

Gaurav Sinha

Evolving destinations by enriching human experiences

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide and Quillon Hospitality

Nick van Marken

Trusted adviser, respected leader, curious traveller, champion for Africa

Industry Executive

Sophie Le Ray

Relentless business enabler, on a mission to close the gender gap

Entrepreneur, Author, Business Facilitator, Co Founder, EVE List

Young Leaders Advisory Board

Adnan Aleid

Building great knowledge, keeping a legacy

Senior Director, Royal Commission for Riyadh City

Nivesh Bhagtani

Facilitating the dearth of coaching and mentorship

Founder, Young Hotelier Network

Shenin Hamid

Inspiring innovation and change, one experience at a time

Founder & CEO, Inspire Events

Stella van Toor

Creating a more sustainable future

General Manager, Sustainable Hospitality Challenge