ADVISORY BOARD 2017-10-16T21:04:51+00:00

Takuya Aoyama

Vice President Acquisitions & Development, Hyatt International

Takuya Aoyama is Vice President Acquisitions & Development with Hyatt International (EAME) LLC, responsible for expanding Hyatt’s portfolio of brands in the markets of Russia & CIS, Central & Eastern Europe.

Prior to joining Hyatt in 2008, he worked as Assistant Vice President Acquisitions & Development for Japan, Korea and Micronesia with Starwood Hotels & Resorts based in Tokyo (2002-2007). Takuya’s career in the field of real estate / hotel development dates back to early ‘90’s, and he held positions with companies including Saison Group (1989-1995, Moscow/Tokyo), Holiday Inn Worldwide (1996-1999, London / Vienna) and Andersen (2000-2002, Budapest).

Takuya has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs.

Dirk Bakker

Head of EMEA Hotels, Colliers International

Extensive Management expertise in the global market, with a focus on Sales & Marketing projects and M&A assignments. Strategic & Turn around management with clarity in vision and strategy, leading to tangible results.

25 years experience in hotel operational consulting & sales with a focus on database management based customer loyalty programs and hotel reservation systems in the global market.
Formerly focused on emerging markets, leveraging extensive entrepreneurial expertise in Europe, India, China and Brasil.

Since 2011 responsible for the Hotel Brokerage & Consultancy expansion for Colliers International in the EMEA region.

Specialties: Multi country assignments, Strategic Marketing, International Business Development, M&A assignments; Turn around management; Hospitality consultancy and financial assignments.

Dr.sc. Sanja Čižmar

Senior Partner, Hotel & Destination Consulting

Dr. Sanja Cizmar is Senior Partner with Hotel & Destination Consulting, a boutique consulting firm specialized for hospitality and tourism projects with long-standing experience and international credentials of its partners and associates.

Sanja has 25+ years of consulting and hospitality industry management experience in South East Europe. She has worked with the leading hospitality companies, investors and global hotel brands. Her experience includes 400+ projects: a wide range of project development assignments, asset management, hotel management contracting and management consulting projects. Sanja has been actively involved in establishment and development of few regional hotel management companies. Focus of her expertise is oriented to the management of change, strategic management, and asset management in hospitality industry of South East Europe, helping the clients to drive improved performance and increase returns on their investments.

Sanja earned her PhD degree in strategic management of hospitality industry at Faculty of Economics and Business Zagreb. She is an external associate – lecturer of Hotel Management at Faculty for Economics and Business in Zagreb, and author of several text books of tourism and hospitality management as well as numerous articles and columns in professional and scientific magazines. Previously she was Senior Partner with global HTL consultancy.



Marina Franolić is founder of Proficiscor, tourism Development Company than includes projects Adria Hotel Forum and Adria Lux. Adria Hotel Forum is international hotel conference with the main theme “Investments in hotel industry” and Adria Luxury is brand for Exclusive concierge and provisioning services in the Adriatic, focusing on mega yacht and luxury villa clients.

Her career in tourism started in Glion Institute of Higher Education and Hotel Savoy, Rocco Forte group, in Florence. After returning to Croatia and prior to tourism projects, she was working on International project with USAID, EU education with Ministry of foreign affairs and then in the real estate development and architectural projects in one of the best known Croatian architectural offices, Randic and associates.

Kristian Šustar

Member of the Board, HUP Zagreb

Member of the Board of HUP Zagreb, a company whose business is to dictate trends in the development of national tourism, and it is positioned in a way that assumes the role of managing the transition model of tourism development by determining the direction of change, initiating and stimulating the development of quality projects, and educating destinations in which it operates through the introduction of new trends. With specified, President of the Management Board, CEO of Dubrovnik Riviera Hotels Inc., one of the leading investors in the Croatian tourism.

Years of experience, mainly on management positions within the tourism companies in constant expansion (during his career, often served multiple functions simultaneously within individual companies). Besides Croatia, experience gained in a number of international projects.

Lecturer at Vern University of Applied Science. For many years active in local and county of tourist community, and a member of the Council of the Croatian National Tourist Board and from April 2016. Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Croatian National Tourist Board. From December 2009th to April 2016. the president of the Association of Employers in Croatia, a national association of hoteliers.