The Graduates in Industry International Advisory Committee (GIIAC)







The Graduates in Industry International Advisory Committee (GIIAC) was originally formed by ICHM in 2011 to advise on current industry trends and practices in relation to ICHM programs.

All GIIAC members are graduates from ICHM who are carefully selected from the large number of ICHM alumni; this current list of members was formed in January 2021 and is the third advisory group to be appointed. GIIAC members are selected on the basis of their expertise in international hotel management, professional appointments and their interest in the education of the future workforce.

ICHM is committed to having the right mix of relevant skills, knowledge, attributes and expertise among the committee members to ensure it maintains its reputation as Australia’s best hotel and hospitality business school.

Name       Position & Company 

Andre Russ  -  Vice President, Sales,, AUSTRALIA    LinkedIn 

Callum Farnell -  Director of Hospitality, Robertson Lodges, NEW ZEALAND   LinkedIn

Elena Sin -   Principal Consultant & Director, Focus Far, AUSTRALIA    LinkedIn

Julian Forwood  -  Co Proprietor, Ministry of Clouds, AUSTRALIA    LinkedIn

Jaime Simpson  -  General Manager, Mina A’Salam Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   LinkedIn

Lucas Demetrescu  -   VP Food & Beverage Southern Europe, Accor, FRANCE   LinkedIn

Mark Gaynor  -   Director, Procurement South East Asia, Japan & South Korea, Accor, SINGAPORE  LinkedIn 

Linda Girrbach  -     Director of Revenue Management, Movenpick Hotel Berlin, GERMANY  LinkedIn

Kyle Kaya  -     Director of Operations, Veriu Group,  AUSTRALIA   LinkedIn 

Sonia Vickers  -   Portfolio Revenue Manager, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), AUSTRALIA   LinkedIn

Michael Robinson  -    General Manager, FCC Angkor, Avani Hotels & Resorts,  CAMBODIA  LinkedIn 

Michael Neal  -    Food & Beverage Manager, SKYCITY Adelaide, AUSTRALIA    LinkedIn 


Tiara Ishikawa  -  Marketing Executive, Sushiro GH, SINGAPORE   LinkedIn  

Lavin Samtani  -   Director of Food & Beverage, Hotel ICON, HONG KONG   LinkedIn

Rachael Harman  -   General Manager, Sofitel Melbourne, AUSTRALIA   LinkedIn   

 Andrew Baker  -  Assistant Director of Food & Beverage, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, SINGAPORE  LinkedIn 

 Lindsay Myers  -   Director of Rooms, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, USA  LinkedIn 





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