The Sustainable Design Summit (SDS) brings together brand owners, interior designers, specifiers, and trusted suppliers from across hospitality travel interiors to cross-pollinate ideas alongside leading sustainability experts.
Evolved from the annual Summit, SDS has become a yearly calendar of events facilitating the space for knowledge sharing, product sourcing, and networking through in-person and online Working Groups, and bi-yearly Summits.
In its launch year of 2022, SDS was the first event of its kind to unite representatives from the cruise, hotel, and aircraft interiors sectors. At the request of leading hospitality brands and their sustainability partners, SDS has now expanded its audience to include all hospitality travel interiors sectors including rail and automotive.
SDS invites delegates to share ideas, progress and challenges faced when implementing sustainable initiatives, and join a community of like-minded peers from across hospitality travel interiors.
Siu Lie founded Circular Symbiosis in the beginning of 2020 looking to rewire, restructure and connect stakeholders to create circular ecosystems after having worked in IT public relations, journalism, marketing and with an environmental NGO. Apart from a natural curiosity for innovations, Siu Lie has a profound belief that social interactions are the real driver behind long lasting systemic change for circularity. In her work she looks to speed up the transition by breaking silos throughout value chains whilst promoting new ways of collaboration.Visit website
My Nguyen was born in Vietnam and has resided in Seattle since the age of 2. She holds degrees in Interior Design and Fine Arts. My has earned accolades for award-winning and nationally recognized projects in marine, high-end residential, and hospitality design. She joined Holland America Group in a newly created leadership role to form an in-house design team that oversees the interior refurbishments and maintenance of Holland America Line and Seabourn’s fleet. My is also the head designer of staterooms on Holland America Line newbuild vessels.
Blake Emery is President of Emery & Associates. Emery & Associates helps clients execute research leading to deep customer insights, as well as thinking about the climate crisis. He served as Director of Differentiation Strategy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes holding patents for both interior and exterior design. He is associated with the Dreamliner design and the Boeing Sky Interior and is included in several documentaries including “The Age of Aerospace”, “The Beauty of Flying”, and “City in the Sky.” His career has included extensive cultural and empirical research as well as behavioural, organizational, and consumer psychology.
Kathryn Glynn is an Engineering Professional on the Product Sustainability and Strategy Team at Bombardier based in Montreal. The Team is focused on both ensuring compliance with environmental regulations and implementing sustainable solutions for different aspects of the business jet.
Kathryn is the lead responsible for conducting life cycle analysis of sustainable materials for Bombardier’s business jet interiors. She is also assessing sustainable alternatives for the secondary structural materials in the cabin interiors.
She was a key part of the Bombardier team that created the Environmental Product Declaration for the Global 5500 and Global 6500 business jets. This declaration captures a transparent view of the environmental impacts of the business jet for all stages from design to end of life.
Kathryn believes in making real changes to mitigate our impact on climate change. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Carleton University.
Bryan Liska is the Director of Design for Hilton Latin America & the Caribbean. He oversees Design for the diverse portfolio of Hilton Full-Service, Lifestyle & Collection Branded Properties. Bryan has over 12 years of International hospitality leadership in Architecture, Interior Design and Project Management. His portfolio of completed projects include Award-Winning guest experiences, spanning five continents, for International Lifestyle and Collection Branded Hotels & Resorts.
Prior to joining Hilton in 2017; he was the Design Director at RAD Architecture in Miami, and managed Large Scale Hospitality Projects while at The Gettys Group, and Cendes Architecture in Chengdu, China. Bryan is Proficient in English and receptive in Spanish. He holds a Masters of Architecture (M.Arch) from Texas Tech University.
Zuzana Hrnkova has 28 years’ experience in aviation business. Since September 2015, she has been appointed Vice President and Head of Marketing in ATR, European turboprops manufacturer, enabling sustainable and affordable regional connectivity. She leads the team responsible for Market Strategy, Airline and Product Marketing and continues to extend her aircraft, market and sustainability expertise into the regional segment.
Previously she worked at Airbus and her last assignment was Head of Aircraft Interiors Marketing, where she led the Aircraft Interiors Marketing team, covering all current and future Airbus cabins. One of her main tasks was to guide new cabin product developments ensuring that cabin design fulfils all passengers’ and airlines’ expectations. One of her main achievements was the A350XWB interior design and market validation.
Zuzana is a graduated engineer and private pilot in 1991 from the Air Transport University of Zilina, Slovakia and from the French School of Civil Aviation (ENAC), Toulouse in 1994.
As Principal Manager, Andrea Bartoli is leading the Outfitting Design Team in Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding. Andrea is accountable for the design development dealing with all the parties involved (architects, yard, outfitters, corporate entities, etc), and has been working for almost 20 years in the cruise building industry in charge of newbuilding, refitting, dry-dock, and operation.
Andrea has been involved in more than 50 cruise vessels projects, delivered and refurbished. He works with all the major shipyards in the world including Fincantieri, Meyerwerft, Daman, Mariotti, Bremenhaven, Sembawang, Grand Bahamas Freeport, Shanghai HRDD, Cadiz, and more, whilst collaborating with several architects and lighting designers.
Matt Round is Chief Creative Officer at Tangerine. He helps companies to create remarkable experiences through the design of innovative environments, products, and services. His 30-year career has seen him working with global brands in North America, Europe, The Middle East, and Asia. He created the idea for the World’s first fully flat bed in businesses class for British Airways and he has redefined the travel experience for Finnair, Gulf Air, and Japan Airlines.
In Japan, he has formed strong relationships with some of the country’s most notable brands; Nikon, Toto and Toyota. All of whom have honoured him with the opportunity to lead multidisciplinary teams to design truly better products and experiences. His passion for creating innovative spaces helped Snoozebox Portable Hotels delight guests at festivals and events and win a Cool Brand award. His work for Finnair lounges has been described as “The best lounges the One World alliance has ever seen.”
Matt is a regular keynote speaker and has taken the stage in prestigious locations around the world including the British Embassy in Tokyo and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. He had been invited to judge design awards in Europe and Asia and in 2021 he was the jury president for D&AD in the product design section.
He places value on curiosity and creativity and believes that it takes creative leaps and discipline to translate insight into extraordinary ideas with the potential to inspire consumers and improve businesses.
Aida Lora joined Royal Caribbean Group in June 2019. With 11 years of experience in architectural and interior design, Aida has participated in the design of hospitality, educational and recreational projects in Asia and the Caribbean. Aida is a strong advocate for the interior design profession has been involved in the Miami Design community and have been a board member of the IIDA South Florida Chapter. Her ability to connect with the young designers has led her to participate in several mentorship programs for junior designers and is part of the Advisory Board of the Interior Architecture program at Florida International University (FIU), Miami. She has Several publications such as Marquis Who is Who is America, Cruise Ship and ferry Interiors, Voyage Miami. An American born with Dominican blood, Lora has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Dominican Republic and a Masters in Interior Architecture, from FIU. She is a registered interior designer in the State of Florida. For Aida, design is more than a Passion ; Design is People.
Sumida is on the Sustainable Design Summit Advisory Board, their bio will follow shortly…
The goal of the Sustainable Design Summit platform is to:
The Working Groups
The educational Working Groups have been created to allow the Sustainable Design Summit community to share progress and challenges, and continue conversations throughout the year.
These roundtable events, led by leading hospitality brands, take place online and in-person globally, providing those working within the hospitality travel interiors sectors invaluable learning and networking opportunities.
The bi-annual buyer-to-supplier Summit delivers a thought-leading Conference Programme of keynotes and breakout sessions focusing on case studies and companies that are at the forefront of progress across hospitality travel interiors.
The one-day event features a sustainable Product Showcase and numerous networking opportunities throughout the day allowing delegates to develop their knowledge, discover sustainable products, and create new relationships across the sectors.
The Product Showcase will feature a gallery-style display of 30 hand-selected sustainable materials for cruise, hotel and aircraft interiors, including textiles, composites, materials, and other interiors products.
Whether you supply products or services with a keen eye on energy efficiency, weight saving, recycling and reusing, and reducing carbon footprint, the Product Showcase is the perfect opportunity to showcase your breakthrough innovations in a dynamic environment.