Basel Education Forum

  27 June 2019

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Practical approaches to evolve your travel programme to modern challenges

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9:15 – 9:30  | Registration for Pre-Forum Travel Managers Only Session

9:30 – 10:30 | Pre-Forum Travel Managers Only Session

10:15 – 10:45 | Forum Registrations and Networking Coffee

10:45 – 10:50 | Welcome & Opening

10:50 – 11:05 | International Business Travel Trends

Stephanie Smook
Regional Director, EMEA, ACTE Global

11:05 – 11:25 | Keynote Presentation
Matthew Holman of Simpila Healthy Solutions is going to take us all on a journey, a journey that is sometimes littered with emotional challenges, sometimes has moments to celebrate, but most importantly will help us to understand why Traveller mental health is such an important topic. After all, we are all first and foremost Human beings and we need to look at how we can all provide greater support to each other in the future when we experience mental health challenges.

Matthew Holman
, Owner and Mental Health Consultant, Simpila

11:25– 12:25 | Session 1 - Managing the unmanageable - practical ways to regain control of your hotel programme
Travel managers across the world grapple with the hotel category, attempting to enforce compliance, manage leakage and ensure quality and savings. But is the effort worth the return? Come hear how companies have successfully reinvigorated their hotel sourcing, delivering a consumer-like experience and most of all, achieving increased value for their organisations. 

Paola Baggi
, Head of Global Sourcing Sales and Business Development, HRS
Valine Casagrande, Commercial Director, Hilton Zurich Airport
Nora Dauffy, Global Category Manager General & Corporate Services, Procurement, LafargeHolcim
Sabah Kahoul, Founder and General Manager, Business Travel Purchase

Underwritten by HRS

12:25 – 12:30 | Welcome by the venue host

12:30 – 13:45 | Networking Lunch

13:45 – 14:45 | Session 2 - Travel policy for a modern workforce
With many companies choosing to reduce, or in some cases remove travel policy altogether, this session explores how companies can move to a more Adult to Adult relationship with its travellers. Such approaches rely less on policy mandates, and more on influencing travellers to do the right thing, resulting in happier, better informed, safer and more productive employees supported by best-in-class technology.

Marina Hegemann, Managing Director, Tourist Mobile
Matthew Holman, Owner and Mental Health Consultant, Simpila
Sandro MonteboveFreelance Travel Management & Travel Procurement Expert/Consulting
Joël Piffaretti, Travel Project Manager, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

14:45 – 15:45 | Session 3 - How can you drive both savings and a better traveller experience?
How to enable traveller experiences that will help drive compliance without breaking the budget. Having a programme that travellers will buy into does not necessarily mean a policy of five-star hotels and premium air tickets: a critical key to 'happiness', productivity and compliance is a pain-free end-to-end process...

  • The booking process - if this is seamless, easy, quick and stress free to use, travellers will be happier to comply.
  • Booking tools: is it easy to be compliant? Does the OBT display the best choices clearly and make them easy to select and book? Too much choice or too little?
  • Stress-free expense management: is the technology intuitive, integrated and user friendly?
  • Your communications: are they regular? Do travellers receive training and updates on how to use tools and services? Do they feel safe and supported? Do they understand why complying with policy is good for them and good for the business?
  • Technology & data: tools and products designed to make life easier for traveller and travel manager
  • Should you measure and benchmark engagement and compliance?

Koen Bavinck, COO & Co-founder, Roadmap™
Nora Dauffy, Global Category Manager General & Corporate Services, Procurement, LafargeHolcim
Julien Lacroux, Senior Manager, Amex Global Business Consulting

Christoph Zimmerli, Head of Travel Services, F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

Underwritten by AMEX GBT

15:45 – 16:00 | Wrap-up and closing

16:00 – 17:00 | Networking Reception

Venue: SET Hotel Residence by Teufelhof Basel

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SET Hotel.Residence by Teufelhof Basel is a design hotel & residence with young urban art in the middle of Basel's Old Town. The hotel is decorated with experimental and unique design classics, the rooms are furnished in style and fitted with the finest materials. The lobby has been designed to allow both customer meetings and smart-working- days. The conference rooms in the SET can accommodate a variety of events, from seminars to product presentations. The infrastructure adapts to your capacities and needs, this includes AV assistance, F&B catering and our competent staff at your disposal.

ACTE delegates can benefit from special discounted rates (up to 20%). For info and reservation, please contact the front office desk at or call +41 61 261 10 10.

c/o Der Teufelhof Basel AG
Leonardsgraben 47-49
CH-4051 Basel

+41 612611010
+41 61 2611004


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*Registration fees for ACTE events are now included as an enhanced membership benefit for business travel managers. This offer extends to all existing travel manager members and any new travel managers who join ACTE in 2019. A nominal non-refundable processing fee of €10 is required at the time of registration and membership must be valid throughout the event date(s). Corporate buyer members who cancel their registration less than 7 days prior to the forum or who are no shows will be charged a €25 cancellation fee.

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