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10.03.21 | ICHM News

GIIAC 2021–2023

The new Graduates in Industry International Advisory Committee (GIIAC) has been appointed, with each member keen to contribute to the success of ICHM’s programs.

‘I’m sure you’ll agree we have some amazing graduates listed,’ says ICHM Principal Dr George Brown.

‘GIIAC is again an important resource especially as we embark on the process of the reaccreditation of our Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) later in the year.’  

ICHM originally formed GIIAC in 2011 to advise on current industry trends and practices in relation to its programs. The current list - the third advisory group to be appointed - was formed in January 2021, with members 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 on its advisory committee to ensure it maintains its reputation as Australia’s best hotel and hospitality business school’, says Dr Brown.


‘It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to GIIAC for the period 2021–2023. Thank you for agreeing to be a member of our advisory group and thank you for supporting your college!’  - Dr George Brown

Andre Russ 

Vice President, Sales,, AUSTRALIA    

Callum Farnell

Director of Hospitality, Robertson Lodges, NEW ZEALAND   

Elena Sin

Founder and Managing Director, FOODHER, AUSTRALIA    

Julian Forwood 

Co Proprietor, Ministry of Clouds, AUSTRALIA   

Jaime Simpson

Hotel Manager, Jumeriah Hotels & Resorts, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   

Lucas Demetrescu 

VP Food & Beverage Southern Europe, Accor, FRANCE 

Mark Gaynor 

General Manager, Pullman Bali Legian Beach, Accor, INDONESIA   

Linda Girrbach 

Director of Revenue Management, Movenpick Hotel Berlin, GERMANY  

Kyle Kaya 

Director of Operations, Veriu Group, AUSTRALIA   

Sonia Vickers 

Portfolio Revenue Manager, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), AUSTRALIA   

Michael Robinson 

General Manager, FCC Angkor, Avani Hotels & Resorts, CAMBODIA  

Michael Neal 

Food & Beverage Manager, SKYCITY Adelaide, AUSTRALIA    

Tiara Ishikawa 

Marketing Executive, Sushiro GH, SINGAPORE   

Lavin Samtani 

Director of Food & Beverage, Hotel ICON, HONG KONG   

Rachel Harman 

General Manager, Sofitel Adelaide, AUSTRALIA   

Andrew Baker 

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

Lindsay Myers 

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