Meet The Speakers
For more than two decades, celebrated event designer and producer Colin Cowie has created some of the most talked-about parties and events around the world. With clients like Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Ryan Seacrest, heads of state and foreign dignitaries, Cowie provides luxury experiences for the most celebrated people. He has designed and produced every conceivable type of celebration—from cocktail receptions to product launches to royal weddings. He is also the author of 10 books on lifestyle and entertaining and currently writing his 11th titled.
Vandana Mohan has been conceptualizing and managing events for three decades. Luxury and Lifestyle events are what Backstage Productions is known for. Be it Chanel, Gucci, Ferragamo or Dom Perignon, Backstage has worked with the best in the luxury market. She founded The Wedding Design Company in 2005. WDC began where Backstage left off and took luxury to another level with its weddings. She and her team have envisioned and designed some of the most unforgettable weddings across cities like Como, Vienna, Florence, and Ibiza and in India in Udaipur, Jodhpur, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Delhi, to name a few.
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.
Celebrity Planner, Sharon Sacks of Sacks Productions directs, orchestrates, and conducts extraordinary events for some of the world’s most elite clients. A few of her notable celebrity weddings were for Kim Kardashian-West to Kanye West, Michael Jordan, and Yvette Prieto as well as Lily Aldridge to Caleb Followill. She has also worked with the Olsen twins, Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck, and Madonna. She has been named as one of “7 Celebrity Wedding Planners to Put On Your Radar” by Instyle Magazine. Her most recent wedding was recognized as the “2017 Wedding of the Year” by Grace Ormonde Wedding Style.
Christina Mitsis graduated from Athens College, got her B.A. from Deree – The American College of Greece and worked briefly for the Mayor of Athens. Her first involvement in her family’s business was in 1993, working for the wine factory “Caviros”, 2 years later she moved to Rhodes Island, where she managed the iconic Grand Hotel for 7 years. In 2016, the year her father and founder of Mitsis Hotels, Kostas Mitsis, passed away, she became the President of Mitsis Hotels Group. She continues her father’s work, his great responsibility along with her brother Stavros Mitsis, who is the Group’s Managing Director.
Jennifer is known as one of America’s leading wedding planners—named best of the best by both Harper’s Bazaar and Martha Stewart Weddings. Jennifer has planned, designed, and executed hundreds of events in some of the most stunning locales around the world (Necker Island, St. Barts, Ravello, Cap Ferrat, Amalfi Coast, Aspen, to name just a few). Throughout that time, she has fostered close relationships with top vendors, including award-winning caterers, floral designers, and photographers. Jennifer’s work has been recognized in the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Martha Stewart Weddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Brides, Glamour, The Knot, among other media.