The Skift Team on stage at Skift Global Forum 2023

Leadership

Rafat Ali

Rafat Ali

Founder and CEO

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Rafat Ali

Founder and CEO

Indo-Brit-American. New Yorker. Global Soul. My life is at the intersection of travel, media, building meaningful business cultures and parenthood. Previously founded paidContent, sold to Guardian in 2008.

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Jason Clampet

Jason Clampet

Chief Product Officer

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Jason Clampet

Chief Product Officer

Jason Clampet started Skift in 2012 with Rafat Ali and Dennis Schaal. He’s a reluctant writer, a constant tinkerer, and an enthusiastic cook. He loves exploring cities and the country on foot with his wife and daughter. After years bouncing between Philly and New York he now lives in London.

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Carolyn Kremins

Carolyn Kremins

President

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Carolyn Kremins

President

Carolyn has led world-class brands (Conde Nast Traveler, Brides, Epicurious, Elle) and launched start-ups (Maxim, Cookie, The Week) to great success. Her wanderlust has taken her to all seven continents. As President of Skift she has found the perfect home, combining her love for building brands with her twin passions for media and travel. But her shining success, above all else, is her family.

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Michael Cunniff

Michael Cunniff

CFO

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Michael Cunniff

CFO

Michael is a 25-year finance executive who hails from NY but now calls California home. Outside of work you can find him spending time with family, traveling, volunteering or sipping a glass of cabernet.

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Dennis Schaal

Dennis Schaal

Executive Editor/Founding Editor

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Dennis Schaal

Executive Editor/Founding Editor

Skift employee #1, after the founder and co-founder, Executive Editor/Founding Editor Dennis Schaal helps lead news coverage and analyzes online travel in his reporting. He likes receiving sensitive documents in the mail and breaking news. Dennis has written for many publications, such as USA Today.

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Anne Duffy

Anne Duffy

Chief of Staff

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Anne Duffy

Chief of Staff

After leading Skift's Subscription team for several years, Anne transitioned into a more strategic role and is now supporting the executive team as Chief of Staff. Otherwise, you'll likely find her at the dog park in Astoria, on the water paddle-boarding or sailing, or lounging in a beach chair with a good book.

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Editorial

Sarah Kopit

Sarah Kopit

Editor in Chief

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Sarah Kopit

Editor in Chief

Sarah is editor-in-chief at Skift where she oversees all editorial content. Previously, Kopit was editor-in-chief at the digital asset publication, The Block, and is a 14-year veteran of Bloomberg News. At Bloomberg, Kopit had several roles, including heading Bloomberg’s breaking news operations in the Americas and as the newsroom's global social media czar, specializing in gathering market-moving news and intelligence.

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Lex Haris

Lex Haris

Managing Editor

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Lex Haris

Managing Editor

Lex has been a news editor for more than 20 years and loves talking to reporters and editors about stories they’re excited about. He was born and raised in New York City where he still lives in his childhood home with his wife, Helen, and two cats. He’s a first-generation Greek-American and spent early summers visiting family in Athens. He thinks a lot about poker, softball and menswear.

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Alan Woinski

Alan Woinski

Editor, Daily Lodging Report

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Alan Woinski

Editor, Daily Lodging Report

Alan is the founder of the Daily Lodging Report, now owned by Skift, and remains editor. He also founded the Gaming Industry Daily Report and Gaming Industry Weekly Report which remains under the ownership of Gaming USA Corporation, owned by Alan and his wife Kim. Alan and Kim recently moved from Bergen County, NJ to Southwest, Florida and are loving the SWFL lifestyle. Both Alan and Kim recently became grandparents for the first time to a beautiful baby girl.

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Dawit Habtemariam

Dawit Habtemariam

Global Tourism Reporter

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Dawit Habtemariam

Global Tourism Reporter

Dawit is Skift's global tourism reporter. He's energetically on the hunt to write the best stories in the industry. Before joining Skift, Dawit covered corporate travel at Business Travel News. He loves performing improv comedy, baking and cooking. He resides in New York City.

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Edward Russell

Edward Russell

Airline Weekly, Editor

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Edward Russell

Airline Weekly, Editor

Edward is Skift's Washington, D.C.-based airlines reporter. He's covered the industry from the American-US Airways combo to the depths of the coronavirus pandemic. He enjoys bikes, trains and runs with his dog, Heathrow.

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Jay Shabat

Jay Shabat

Senior Analyst, Airline Weekly

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Jay Shabat

Senior Analyst, Airline Weekly

Jay co-founded Airline Weekly in 2004 and returned to Skift in 2022. Before writing about airlines, he worked for US Airways and Air France. Before that, he studied business and international affairs with a focus on economics. His college experience also included internships at both the White House and Congress, as well as study abroad semesters in Monte Carlo and Paris. Jay is a certified IATA instructor who’s taught airline courses around the world, from Miami to Mongolia.

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Justin Dawes

Justin Dawes

Travel Tech Reporter

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Justin Dawes

Travel Tech Reporter

Justin is the tech reporter for Skift, covering the way to the future of global travel industry. Prior, he was a tech reporter for American City Business Journals in Albany. A Michigan native, Justin is living as a digital nomad for now. Work aside, Justin has a passion for travel, writing, arts, food, and culture.

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Kim Woinski

Kim Woinski

Writer, Daily Lodging Report

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Kim Woinski

Writer, Daily Lodging Report

Kim is Vice President of Gaming USA Corporation, the previous owner of the Daily Lodging Report, now owned by Skift. Kim is the primary writer of the Daily Lodging Report – North America. Kim moved to Southwest Florida in July of 2020 and recently became a first time grandmother to baby Susie.

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Peden Doma Bhutia

Peden Doma Bhutia

Asia Editor

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Peden Doma Bhutia

Asia Editor

This Darjeeling girl’s job has taken her places — five continents so far — and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She enjoys exploring new places and keeping abreast of things, and took to travel journalism like a cartophile to an atlas. Her career with leading Indian media houses saw her setting up ET TravelWorld in her most recent role. She has tons of stories to share, but first, get her a flat white.

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Rashaad Jorden

Rashaad Jorden

Associate Editor/Archivist

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Rashaad Jorden

Associate Editor/Archivist

Rashaad covered tour operators and travel advisors at Skift before moving into his current role. Before finding his way to Skift, he bounced around the U.S., France, Japan and UK. He greatly misses the all-you-can-eat Vegetarian curry at his favorite restaurant in Japan. He is also adept at running half-marathons and, despite living in New Jersey, rues the fact he doesn't spend enough time on the Jersey Shore.

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Sean O'Neill

Sean O'Neill

Senior Hospitality Editor

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Sean O'Neill

Senior Hospitality Editor

Sean covers hotels for Skift, from big brands to boutiques. Before, Sean covered travel tech for a decade, starting in London. He and his husband live in Washington, D.C., and like to volunteer and throw needlessly elaborate dinner parties.

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Selene Brophy

Selene Brophy

Travel Business Experiences Reporter

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Selene Brophy

Travel Business Experiences Reporter

Selene delves into businesses creating the core of why we travel - Experiences. She has an extensive journalism background, including ten years as the Travel Editor for Africa's largest digital news platform, News24. She is passionate about all aspects of travel and tourism. Selene lives in Cape Town, South Africa and loves spending time outdoors, taking relaxing walks with her family and two dogs.

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Srividya Kalyanaraman

Srividya Kalyanaraman

Short-Term Rental Reporter

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Srividya Kalyanaraman

Short-Term Rental Reporter

Srividya was born and raised in Bombay, India and currently lives in Belgrade. She has covered tech and startups and in her last role she was the editor of BostInno, a sister publication of Boston Business Journal. When she isn't working she can be found running, cooking and growing her own food.

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Skift Research

Seth Borko

Seth Borko

Head of Research

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Seth Borko

Head of Research

Seth is a Director in Skift’s Research department where he serves as an industry expert covering online travel, hotels, and travel economics with extensive public speaking experience. He is currently working on building new data products to serve the travel industry. A true data nerd, he loves nothing more than pouring a cup of coffee and digging into an excel file. Seth loves to travel and has been to all seven continents.

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Ashab Rizvi

Ashab Rizvi

Research Analyst

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Ashab Rizvi

Research Analyst

Ashab has been a management consultant all his professional life helping internal and external clients with data management, financial advisory, and product management. Outside of work, he has an unhealthy obsession with tea (or chai, as they call it in India), running his own football club or writing about football, the NBA, the NFL, and the UFC.

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Pranavi Agarwal

Pranavi Agarwal

Senior Research Analyst

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Pranavi Agarwal

Senior Research Analyst

Prior to Skift, Pranavi worked in equity research, in the Global Hotels & Leisure team at Bernstein. She is based in London but is currently traveling and working as a digital nomad. She enjoys photography, painting, cooking and playing racket sports.

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Saniya Zanpure

Saniya Zanpure

Research Analyst

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Saniya Zanpure

Research Analyst

Saniya is a hospitality graduate, Her education and recent experience have fueled her admiration for travel and exploring new cities. She is an Excel geek and enjoys number crunching. Outside of work, you can find her reading a book, sipping on a cup of coffee or cooking a delicious chicken curry.

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Varsha Arora

Varsha Arora

Senior Research Analyst

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Varsha Arora

Senior Research Analyst

Varsha is s a Research Analyst based in Mumbai. She spent the first five years of her career working in the strategic division of the top airlines in India after which she went on to join an aviation consulting firm.Since joining Skift she has published reports on sustainability in tourism, online travel companies, mobile commerce, short-term rentals, destination management organizations, and the global accommodation market.

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Sales

Pamela Firestone

Pamela Firestone

VP, Head of Sales

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Pamela Firestone

VP, Head of Sales

NJ native, NYC careerist, and ongoing relocation fantasist. Enjoys a business challenge and leading teams to success. Prior to Skift worked for legacy brands In Style, WWD, and Departures.

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Farheem Aziz

Farheem Aziz

Subscription Sales Manager

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Farheem Aziz

Subscription Sales Manager

Farheem is a born and raised New Yorker. She loves visiting new restaurants and trying different cuisines for her food account on Instagram. She has an appreciation for diverse forms of creativity and culture and is a huge dog lover who enjoys traveling, and watching true crime shows.

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Alex MacDonald

Alex MacDonald

Subscription Sales Associate

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Alex MacDonald

Subscription Sales Associate

Born and raised in Gloucester, MA, Alex came to Skift with a background in travel, planning for study abroad students and also servicing customers in the micro-mobility industry. Outside of the office you can typically find him on a long run, attending concerts, or rooting for the Boston Celtics.

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Amy Crawley

Amy Crawley

Account Director

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Amy Crawley

Account Director

East Coast Skifter that’s passionate about connecting brands to the most influential audience in travel. Amy has spent the majority of her career in B2B media, helping clients achieve meaningful results. Lover of live music, pugs, anything with truffle and travel deals.

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Antonia Alomar

Antonia Alomar

Sales Coordinator, EMEA

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Antonia Alomar

Sales Coordinator, EMEA

Born and raised in Mallorca, Antonia graduated from London School of Economics with a double major in history and international relations and a Master´s degree in comparative politics. Prior to joining Skift, she has worked as chief of staff for the Spanish Tourism Ministry. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. She has recently started studying Arabic and hopes one day to be able to speak it fluently.

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Carly Peterson

Carly Peterson

Sales Operations Associate

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Carly Peterson

Sales Operations Associate

Currently based in the Pittsburgh area, Carly is a dog mom, puzzle lover, and travel enthusiast. In her free time, she is typically attempting to keep her two energetic dogs busy, finding new places to eat in the city, or planning her next trip. Whether it be traveling across the state, country, or world, she is always craving an adventure.

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Deborah Knudsen

Deborah Knudsen

Executive Director, Sales

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Deborah Knudsen

Executive Director, Sales

Deborah is a Jersey girl through and through. She loves rock&roll, NJ, the shore and to travel with her family. Her favorite time of day is walking her best friend Scout and discussing their day together. She has worked for The Week, Condé Nast Traveler, Lucky and Bon Appetit. You can find her at concerts, Marie Kondo’ing her house and hanging out with friends.

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Diana Nay

Diana Nay

Customer Success Manager

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Diana Nay

Customer Success Manager

Born and bred in Paris, France, Diana is always on the lookout for an adventure. You can typically find her looking up flights, studying (drinking) wine for her next sommelier certification, hiking with her 90-pound Doberman Frank, and playing piano.

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Elsa Verzijl

Elsa Verzijl

Client Growth Manager, EMEA

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Elsa Verzijl

Client Growth Manager, EMEA

Born and raised in Manchester, UK. Elsa adores hiking, visiting to new cities and looking after her exceedingly out-of-control indoor plant collection. When she's not stalking Skyscanner for flight deals, you can find her either drinking a Guinness in her local beer garden or exploring with her adorable dog Albie.

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Emily Truxel

Emily Truxel

Global Accounts Director

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Emily Truxel

Global Accounts Director

Emily joined Skift in 2023 but is no stranger to the travel industry, with over 11 years of experience helping travel brands build their digital footprint and capture demand. When she’s not running after a very active toddler, you can find Emily planning their next getaway, exploring new restaurants, or wandering through a museum.

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Jeunesse Jackson

Jeunesse Jackson

Account Executive, Sponsorship Sales

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Jeunesse Jackson

Account Executive, Sponsorship Sales

Jeunesse is Bronx born and raised, with a passion for travel, fashion and entertainment. She enjoys exploring the world from shopping in Japan, sipping champagne in France, to tanning on hot sand beaches in the tropics. Being a social butterfly and a lover of music, when not traveling, Jeunesse enjoys the nightlife in NYC. Jeunesse is Chair of Skift's DEI Council.

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Kate Irwin

Kate Irwin

Managing Director - EMEA

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Kate Irwin

Managing Director - EMEA

London based Skifter, driving revenue and growth outside of the US. She is easily captivated by true crime podcasts and be found recharging by the sea. Exploring the world one destination at a time with her family in tow.

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Monique Agaliotis

Monique Agaliotis

Sales Director, Skift Meetings

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Monique Agaliotis

Sales Director, Skift Meetings

Monique has spent over three decades collaborating with travel suppliers on their marketing efforts at meetings and trade industry media brands. A native New Yorker, she spends her time at the beach and outdoors, loves spin cycling and enjoys cooking and gardening, and is working on improving her paddle boarding skills.

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SkiftX

Jeremy Kressmann

Jeremy Kressmann

Head of Studio, SkiftX

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Jeremy Kressmann

Head of Studio, SkiftX

As SkiftX’s Head of Studio, Jeremy leads all aspects of the company’s sponsored content agency. Born and raised in Chicago, Jeremy has also lived in various locales across the US, including Ann Arbor, Michigan, New York City, and Duluth, Minnesota, and now resides in Los Angeles. He spends his free time sampling LA’s food trucks and restaurants and designing neon signs.

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Alison McCarthy

Alison McCarthy

Content Director

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Alison McCarthy

Content Director

Alison helps oversee Skift's sponsored content production and has over 10 years of experience working in digital media and marketing. A native New Yorker, she loves exploring the city's restaurants, museums, book and record stores, as well new playgrounds with her toddler — though she stays sane by escaping the city into nature whenever she can.

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Anna Zawislak

Anna Zawislak

Content & Event Producer, SkiftX

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Anna Zawislak

Content & Event Producer, SkiftX

Anna was born and raised in Connecticut with a passion for travel. She loves cooking and creating new recipes but most of all her dog.

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Dan Marcec

Dan Marcec

Research Editor, SkiftX

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Dan Marcec

Research Editor, SkiftX

Based in Atlanta, Dan has spent the majority of his career in B2B media, mostly covering travel and hospitality as a writer and editor (in addition to a couple PR stints and a strongly ill-advised corporate marketing role). Outside of work, you'll find Dan writing and recording music, tasting a new beer, or outdoors somewhere with his wife and three wildly energetic children — an elementary school-aged boy, a German Shorthaired Pointer mix, and an Australian Cattle Dog.

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Darren Frei

Darren Frei

Branded Content Editor

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Darren Frei

Branded Content Editor

Based in New York, Darren has been helping travel brands tell their stories for over a decade. He finds creative inspiration hiking in the great outdoors, reading about popular science and technology, listening to all kinds of music, and keeping up with all things Marvel.

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Gianna Greco

Gianna Greco

Associate Director, Operations & Events

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Gianna Greco

Associate Director, Operations & Events

Gianna is a master multitasker and process innovator. She leads the SkiftX operations team and branded event activations globally. When she’s not traveling, this New Jersey native can be found cooking, walking while listening to true crime podcasts, and singing karaoke with friends.

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Kate Anderson

Kate Anderson

Creative Content Strategist

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Kate Anderson

Creative Content Strategist

A people-pleaser at heart, this Washington, DC based Skifter loves delivering exceptional client experiences. When not planning her next travel destination, you'll find Kate hiking & skiing.

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Sania Lali

Sania Lali

Branded Content Editor

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Sania Lali

Branded Content Editor

Based in London, Sania is a brand storyteller with 8 years of experience across the EMEA and APAC regions. She loves crafting messages that speak to, connect with, and motivate people. In her free time, she loves to read and travel.

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Skift Meetings

Miguel Neves

Miguel Neves

Editor-in-Chief, Skift Meetings

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Miguel Neves

Editor-in-Chief, Skift Meetings

Miguel leads the editorial team at Skift Meetings. He has worked with business events for almost 20 years and is passionate about telling the incredible stories that meetings provide. Miguel is a Portuguese soul who built a career in the UK and is now raising a young family in southern Denmark. His favorite place in the world is a Portuguese beach on sunny summer day.

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Andrea Doyle

Andrea Doyle

Executive Editor, Skift Meetings

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Andrea Doyle

Executive Editor, Skift Meetings

An award-winning journalist who got her start in the newspaper industry, Andrea now enjoys covering the multi-dimensional world of meetings and business events. An NYU grad, home is across the river in New Jersey. She kicks off every summer by participating in the Spring Lake Five Mile run and spends many weekends enjoying Asbury Park’s dynamic music scene. Her biggest joy, though, are her two daughters.

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Angela Tupper

Angela Tupper

Branded Content Editor, Skift Meetings

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Angela Tupper

Branded Content Editor, Skift Meetings

Angela Tupper is the Branded Content Editor for Skift Meetings. She has been reporting on event industry news, destinations, and event technology for over four years. Angela’s background includes a combination of writing, editing, marketing, and teaching roles, as well as hands-on experience with association and not-for-profit events. With an apartment facing Mount Royal and the world’s cutest cat as a roommate, she currently calls Montreal her home.

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Colette Edenborough

Colette Edenborough

Skift Meetings Project Manager

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Colette Edenborough

Skift Meetings Project Manager

Colette lives in Glasgow, Scotland with her rather rambunctious Romanian rescue Otis. She’s all about lists and organization, which comes in handy at work! Outside of work you’ll most likely find her with her nose in a book (if you need a recommendation, she’s your gal!), listening to a podcast, watching some form of sport, creating some kind of disaster in the kitchen, or spending time with her family and all their dogs.

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Advisory

Lisa Weier Parilla

Lisa Weier Parilla

Managing Director, Skift Advisory

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Lisa Weier Parilla

Managing Director, Skift Advisory

Lisa Parilla is Director of Business Development for Skift and Managing Director of Skift Advisory. Parilla has held management and senior sales roles at many media brands including Condé Nast Traveler, Forbes, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. Parilla is a passionate traveler, a tennis, hiking and yoga enthusiast and a lover of wine, art and most things outdoorsy. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children, Natasha and Roman

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