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Expert speakers for ACTE education conference
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FORMER presidential special advisor Dr Jacques Attali will be among the keynote speakers at the Global Education Conference of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) which is being held in Paris, France, from October 2 to 4.

Dr Attali, who worked closely with François Mitterand, will be joined by Pascal Cagni, Apple’s general manager and vice president for Europe, Middle-East, India and Africa, as well as other keynote speakers who are leading thinkers and authors on the subjects of collaborative innovation, data visualisation and talent recruitment and retention.

“ACTE specifically chose keynote presenters relevant to changes taking place within the business travel industry,” said Chris Crowley, ACTE president. “They will focus on how technology, globalisation and the next generation of business travellers are impacting the way we do business.”

The conference opens on  October 2 with a presentation entitled ‘Data Visualisation: Changing the Way We See the World’ by award-winning writer and designer David McCandless who will show how complex data sets can be transformed into simple diagrams which tease out unseen patterns and connections in a world of  information overload.

Cagni kicks off the main business sessions on October 3 when he will deliver an insightful talk on the consumerisation of business technology and the role that companies such as Apple are playing in the revolution of mobile technology.

The rise of collaborative innovation and its impact on the world of work will be examined by Charlie Leadbeater during his keynote presentation on Monday afternoon. Leadbeater is a former advisor to UK Premier Tony Blair and a best-selling author on innovation and strategy.

October 4 starts off with a keynote presentation by Dr Attali, professor, writer, founder and first president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and current chairman of an international consulting firm based in Paris. Attali will provide a geo-political analysis of globalisation.

Finally, on October 4, Charles Donker, partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, will unveil the findings from a joint survey with ACTE and World Tourism Forum Lucerne on the industry’s ‘war on talent’ for recruitment and retention of travel professionals.

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), founded in 1988, is a leading non‐profit organisation which serves and advances the global business travel industry in 102 different countries.

Its vision is to unite travel executives around the world, providing them with up‐to‐date news, knowledge, beneficial research findings and networking opportunities.

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