Introducing the people behind Connections
In Connections style, we champion the people behind the profession. With over 80 years of cumulative experience in the exhibitions, travel and luxury space, we are proud to be inspiring the future of networking.
Entrepreneurial by nature, you will often hear Greg sounding out a business idea, or asking if something could be done ‘slightly differently’.
Greg is absolutely obsessed with driving value to clients and understanding their objectives. He enjoys the challenge of working on solutions to exceed client expectations and introducing industry leaders to one another within the industry.
Prior to joining the Travel Weekly Group, Greg was the founder and individual responsible for building the Thump Clothing brand and UnEarth Travel app.
Previous to this, Greg worked with Reed Exhibitions where he discovered his love for travel and events working on a selection of the industry's leading exhibitions - World Travel Market London, WTM Africa, WTM Latin America and Arabian Travel Market.
Head of Operations
Having been with Connections since its inception in 2014, Evangeline has been part of the integral team that has developed The Connections Way, creating personal, networking environments to help our leaders do business. Now, Evangeline runs the meticulous delivery of all our Connections events.
Working with event partners across the globe, Evangeline makes each event concept a reality. Managing all logistical operations and on-site execution, from agenda creation to experience providers to production, she is the driving force behind our seamless programmes.
Prior to joining Connections, Evangeline worked for Sportmark for the London 2012 Olympics team; hosting VIP Visa Clients to and from Olympic Venues. Evangeline also successfully undertook a one year placement as e-marketing assistant at World Travel Market. Through her role, she developed a wide knowledge of digital marketing, including website management, social media and email campaigns.
Evangeline is also bilingual in English, Spanish, Catalan and Filipino.
Head of Marketing & Communications
As Marketing Manager, Gemma is responsible for steering the marketing strategy for the company, leading all branding and communication activities, and keeping abreast of market developments and growth areas.
Gemma works collectively with the senior team on the company direction, as well as developing new strategic partnerships. Together with Four PR & Marketing, Gemma and her team handle all press and media activities.
Gemma brings a wealth of experience from her former role at Quintessentially Travel, the award-winning division of Quintessentially. As part of the global senior management team, Gemma oversaw all facets of marketing, organised high-net-worth client events with Belmond, Oetker Collection and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and managed all brand partnerships with companies such as Mulberry, WSJ+ and Emilia Wickstead. Gemma also completed a mini MBA with Marketing Week during her time at Quintessentially.
Previously, Gemma wrote and managed all content for Crew Clothing Company and was an ambassador liaison for Ben Fogle, Mitch Tonks and Dee Caffari. Gemma left to join home-sharing company Veeve, becoming a member of their central team to relaunch the brand.
Head of Events Development
David is very passionate about designing personal and authentic event formats to encourage the very best business relationships to flourish. A true champion of our industry, David is dedicated to supporting and collaborating with our industry peers to help audiences truly connect during their business interactions.
As one of our creative masterminds, David helps design and curate our event programmes, and works closely with friends of Connections to create rich, long-term partnerships for the benefit of our industry leaders.
In 2015, David founded CoCoA - a B2B experimental marketing events consultation company that provide designed programmes in the business events world.
Prior to this, David successfully launched the award-winning educational summits called “IBTM Talks” with Reed Travel Exhibitions; these tailor-made events provide insight into the Global Meetings Industry. David was also part of the integral team that launched and managed “Evento Days”, the leading events industry exhibition in Spain, owned and managed by Grupo Eventoplus.
Genuinely passionate about the Events and Travel & Tourism industries, extremely committed Silvia joined Connections at the beginning of 2019 as Buyer Relations Manager.
Silvia first started her career organising events in the Luxury Travel industry in the enchanting Venice where she was born and bred. She then managed high-level events in Greece and Spain, before making the move to the UK for a new professional challenge in a more international environment. With a flair for managing personal, business relationships, whilst ensuring her clients have the best experience possible, Silvia's constant interest is to explore new ways of communication and networking.
Silvia enjoys to travel and explore different cultures - a main reason why is so “fascinated by this babel, which is London” .
Saadia works on recruiting buyers for Connections and is committed to helping others build excellent business relationships. A strong believer in forging genuine connections with others, Saadia has a wide global network, which she has introduced to the Connections Way of doing business since joining the company in January 2020.
Prior to joining Connections, Saadia has worked and studied abroad in Berlin, Avignon, New York and Dubai as well as her home town of London. With a strong background in luxury lifestyle management and travel, she has worked with brands such as Quintessentially Dubai as well as Ultra High Net Worth Individuals and GCC Royals. Her experience includes product development, contracts negotiation, project management, networking and building client relationships. Having worked in various roles globally within luxury travel has allowed her to understand all aspects of the industry. Saadia speaks several languages and is enthusiastic about showcasing new destinations and experiences.
Laura has over 25 years of international experience in the luxury hotel and travel industries, having worked with recognised brands such as Park Hyatt as Director of Marketing for over 9 years and then managing her own boutique Consultancy and Representation company working with high end hotels and destinations. Fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, Laura lived in NYC, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Oxford. Understands the cultures of the countries who are either clients or suppliers and their needs, so she can achieve the required synergy providing excellent support to all members of the community.
In her previous roles, Laura has managed top corporate accounts, their Exco members, celebrities and major artists and public figures on tour such as Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John, to name a few, as well as key players in the leisure travel industry and organised and supervised large and complex events. Passionate about the travel industry and its ability to connect people and build bridges she holds a BSc in Demography and Tourism.
Laura is also a volunteer and founding member of Asociacion Generar Salud in Spain, where the team applies cutting edge principles of Neuroscience and Psycho Neuro Endochrin Immunology to support people undergoing critical illness and life crisis and their families.
Originally from Puglia, Italy, Angelo has been living in Central London for about 15 years before joining Connections in 2021 as Sales Manager.
He started his career in the hospitality industry in 2005, then eventually joined travel events company, This Is Beyond in 2018.
After many roles as Reservations Agent and Front Desk Agent at Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Ireland and Italy, Angelo started his career with Morgans Hotel Group in London initially as Sales Coordinator, then later becoming Regional Account Director. He also has experience in the travel industry with Miki Travel and Oceandusk Group.
Angelo has travelled the world, but his favourite places are without doubt Mykonos, Playa del Carmen, New York and European capital cities like Berlin, Amsterdam, Stockholm and – of course – his native Italy!
Angelo’s adventurous nature is as fitting as his favourite quote: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page,” by Saint Augustine.
Alissia Genco Russo
Alissia joined Connections in 2021 as marketing executive.
Prior to this, Alissia worked for parent company Jacobs Media Group for three years, specifically within the international business development team. Alissia was responsible for organising and marketing a variety of summits, private dinners and pop-up events for clients around the world, including the UK, Amsterdam, the UAE, Singapore, Russia and Kazakhstan, to name a few.
Alissia was also a key support for the European operation of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), headquartered in Bangkok, where she helped represent, promote and foster relations for the PATA brand.
Coming from a travel-forward family, Amanda has never known life without a passport. Starting her career as a journalist writing for publications like People Magazine, Business Insider and Food & Wine Magazine, she took on freelance work in areas like coding and digital marketing, before deciding to continue it full-time while she travelled Europe.
She graduated from Columbia University in New York City, then made the bold decision to move to London to earn her master's degree in digital marketing and data analytics from Regent's University London School of Business.
Prior to joining Connections as Marketing Executive, Amanda was a content and social media marketing manager within the luxury fashion and tech industries. Here at Connections, Amanda marries her plethora of skills in journalism, content creation and digital marketing with her love of travel and luxury to contribute to the growth of the Connections community and its beloved members.
Events & Marketing Assistant
As the Events & Marketing Assistant, Hannah supports the coordination and delivery of all Connections Luxury events, bringing to life the Connections Way of doing business. From liaising with valued clients and partners to supporting the programme design, each day can look very different!
Prior to joining Connections, Hannah graduated from the University of Surrey in 2021 where she studied International Events Management, specifically within hospitality and tourism. Her love of travel has led her to incredible destinations like the Philippines, Budapest, New York and Spain.
Combining her two passions of travel and events brought her to Connections, where she has been able to continue her journey and challenge herself as an events professional.
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