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September 21 - 23, 2021. Online, New York, NY, USA
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Skift Global Forum 2021, the flagship global travel business conference, took place in the format of a three-day online conference.

It was its eighth year as an event where leaders and learners come together to discuss the most important issues in all sectors of one of the most important industries in the world. The 2021 forum was the most important in its history as speakers and attendees attempted to understand the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and work towards creating a smarter future for the travel industry.

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Rafat Ali

Founder & CEO at Skift
Rafat is the CEO/Founder of Skift, the largest business intelligence and marketing platform in travel, providing news, information, data, and services to all sectors of the world’s largest industry.

Previously, he was the founder/CEO of paidContent and ContentNext, which he sold to UK's Guardian News and Media in 2008, and left in 2010. Prior to that, he was managing editor of Silicon Alley Reporter.

Rafat was the Knight Fellow at Indiana University, where he completed his Masters in Journalism, 1999-2000. Prior to that he completed his BSc in Computer Engineering, from AMU in Aligarh, India.

Brian Chesky

Co-founder, CEO at Airbnb
Brian Chesky is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Airbnb and sets the vision and strategy for the company. In 2007, Brian and Joe Gebbia became Airbnb’s first hosts. Since then, Brian has overseen Airbnb’s growth to become a community of over four million hosts who have welcomed more than 800 million guests across 220+ countries and regions.

A graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design, Brian has embedded his creative roots in Airbnb’s culture, product and community. This design-driven approach has enabled a system of trust that allows strangers to live together, and created a unique business model that facilitates connection and belonging.

Brian is a signatory to the Giving Pledge and has committed to donating the net proceeds of his CEO equity compensation to community, philanthropic and charitable causes. Originally from Niskayuna, New York, Brian is an Airbnb Experience host in San Francisco.

Parag Khanna

Managing Partner at FutureMap
Parag Khanna is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based strategic advisory firm. Parag’s newest book is MOVE: The Forces Uprooting Us (2021), which was preceded by The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century (2019). He is author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). He is also the author of Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012).

Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has traveled to nearly 150 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
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Brian Chesky
Co-founder, CEO at Airbnb
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The Future of Human Mobility and the Long Term Affects on Travel

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Rafat Ali
Founder & CEO at Skift
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Opening Event Welcome and Intro to The Future of Human Mobility

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Parag Khanna
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The Future of Human Mobility and Forces Uprooting Us

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Peter Kern
Vice Chairman and CEO at Expedia Group
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Powering Travel Beyond the Booking to Boost Recovery

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Dara Khosrowshahi
CEO at Uber
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Finding New Strategies for the Road Ahead

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Anthony Capuano
CEO at Marriott International
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Charting a Path for Growth Amid Travel’s Uncertain Rebound

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Glenn Fogel
President and CEO at Booking Holdings, Booking.com
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Why Travel Needs to Work Together as it Rebuilds

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Frederic Lalonde
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Future of SuperApps and Mobile

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Steve Kaufer
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A Return to Experience: Building New Models for Travel’s Future

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