Programme Structure


Programme Structure of International Conference on March 11-12, 2005. 
Registration 8:45 to 9:45 AM
Inauguration 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Keynote Speaker
Mr. Ashwini Kakkar, Managing Director & CEO,
Thomas Cook Asia Pacific
Technical Sessions on March 11, 2005
DAY-1 click here for details
Technical Sessions on March 12, 2005
DAY-2 click here for details

About Keynote Speaker

Mr. Ashwini Kakkar
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
Thomas Cook Asia Pacific

Ashwini Kakkar joined Thomas Cook (India) Ltd in June 1997 when he was  appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.

 In this role, Ashwini has overall operational responsibilities for the Company which include the core activities of Corporate Travel Management, Foreign Exchange, Leisure Travel, Insurance and the Web business.  He is also responsible for the strategic development of the business, including the implementation of a number of aggressive growth plans.  He is presently in charge of Thomas Cook  operations in Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Egypt in addition to the Indian business. 

Ashwini was appointed  member of the Executive Committee of Thomas Cook Group Worldwide in December 1998.  Following the take over of the Thomas Cook Group in year 2000 by C & N Touristic, Germany, (now known as Thomas Cook A.G), he is a member of the Top Management Team at Thomas Cook A.G.

Ashwini joined TCIL from International General Electric India, where he held the position of CEO and Managing Director, and was responsible for creating and developing businesses in India based on GEís global capabilities.  Before joining GE in 1990, he held a series of general management roles in Otis Elevators and Philips India.

Ashwini has a post graduation degree in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, specialising in Finance and Marketing. He has also completed his MBA from INSEAD in France, and has  Bachelorís Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Law.  

Ashwini is a Director on the Board of Alliance Capital Asset Management (India) Private Limited.  He represents Thomas Cook on the Managing/Tourism Committees of   various Trade Bodies/Institutions in India. He was elected Vice President of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry for the year 2003-2004. In April 2004, he was elected President of the Chamber. He is aged 50, has one daughter and lives in Mumbai.  He was elected Vice President of the Travel Agentsí Association of India (TAAI) in September 2004 for the year 2004-5.




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