David Scowsill, President/CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council
Prior to joining WTTC in November 2010, David Scowsill worked for six years in private equity and venture capital, completing deals in technology and travel sectors. He was CEO of Opodo, a pan-European online travel company from 2002 to 2004, building the business from start up to a €500mn transaction turnover, before it was sold to Amadeus. David joined the board of Hilton International in 1997 as senior VP sales, marketing and IT, leading the brand re-unification program between the two Hilton shareholder companies. His earlier career was with British Airways, with a variety of operational and sales roles in US, Europe, Latin America, Gulf States, Africa, and Asia.
Márcio Favilla Lucca de Paula is currently Executive Director for Competitiveness, External Relations and Partnerships at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) based in Madrid, Spain. He has been in this position since January 2010. Prior to this, he served as Vice Minister of the Secretariat of Institutional Relations of the Presidency of Brazil. From 2003-2007, he was Brazil’s first Vice Minister of Tourism where he played a key role in the structuring of the first exclusive Ministry of Tourism in the country. He has a MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands, where he specialized in Regional Development Planning.