Meet The Speakers
Recently named as one of the best wedding designers in the world by Vogue Magazine, Preston Bailey has been globally-celebrated for his unique ability to transform ordinary spaces into lush, theatrical environments. This has helped to establish him as the premier event designer for a client roster that includes celebrities, royal families, CEO’s and athletes. Since opening his design studio in 1980, Preston has been sought out to create one-of-a-kind, transformative designs that serve as backdrops for some of the most memorable moments of his clients’ lives. A designer with a passion for creating designs to be enjoyed by the public as well as his clients.
Fanny NG is the founder of CHAO GROUPS, the world’s top wedding planner and the representative of a new generation of female entrepreneurs. Over the years, with her bold innovations and ideas in the wedding planning industry, she has been hailed as the “Queen of Chao Hun”. At the same time, Fanny created a top wedding brand “51CHAOHUN” to create the perfect weddings for many A-List celebrities and high-net worth individuals in Greater China. Amongst a few are; “Huang Xiaoming & Angelababy” Century wedding in Shanghai. “Wu Qilong & Liu ShiShi” Dream Island Wedding in Bali, and “Michael Feng & Jane Zhang” European Castle Wedding in Italy.
Mahesh Shirodkar can truly say that his first love has always been people and hospitality business, and for most of his 30 plus-year career in the industry, he has set up and run his own companies. In 1989, Mahesh set up Tour Club, a focused inbound Destination Management Company based out of Mumbai. In 2001, it was acquired by the Swiss travel conglomerate Kuoni and after integrating the new company into Kuoni, Shirodkar took a sabbatical before incubating a new DMC, and Tamarind Global was born.
Ali Bakhtiar is a French architect and designer, specializing in large-scale and expansive projects. He has been organizing the most beautiful events, ranging from luxurious princely weddings to extravagant royal anniversaries in Asia and Europe; leaving his mark in the cities of Dubai, Udaipur, and Nice.
Fabrice is the Founder & CEO of Cocoon Events Group and is one of the creative guy behind the business. From crazy beginnings as a radio and tv producer 20 years ago, he has touched the entertainment industry in all his madness, successfully helping him to imagine and deliver stylish and unique parties or very unique escape itinerary. With an effervescent and dynamic personality along with an unrivalled attention to detail and design, Fabrice believes that imagination has no limits.Whatever the challenge, he and his team can create a dazzling and inspirational party or an unforgettable romantic week end that will leave clients enthralled and their guests captivated.
Tom joined his father in the family dairy business in 1997, Meggle AG, based in Bavaria, Germany. After 5 years working alongside his father and the CEO he started his luxury retail career at Cartier working for more than seven years as General Manager for Northern Europe and developing the business in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In 2008, he joined the LVMH Group as General Manager of Louis Vuitton Germany and, in March 2011, moved to London in the role of Managing Director of Louis Vuitton UK, Ireland and South Africa. In July 2018 he stepped down and launched his own venture, Momentom 8 Ltd, a hybrid business consultancy for innovative branding and ethical luxury.