Ted's Technology Summit 2020

Role technology can play post COVID-19

Friday 13 November 2020 |  Sofitel Wentworth, Sydney



Ted’s Technology Summit is once again bringing to Sydney exceptional international Keynote speakers that are leaders in their field.

International Keynote speakers:

John D. Burns, CHA

John D. Burns, CHA

President, Hospitality Technology Consulting

Identified by Lodging Magazine as one of the ten hospitality experts changing the travel industry, John Burns established Hospitality Technology Consulting to assist hotels and other travel companies deal successfully with the increasingly complex world of electronic travel distribution.

Born and educated in Canada, Mr. Burns began his career managing university conference centers in Ottawa and then in Vancouver.

In 1980 he joined Hyatt International Hotels, initially as Assistant Director of Sales at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver and later in the corporate HQ in Chicago as Director of Reservation Services.  He subsequently held increasingly senior positions at Ramada, Inc., THISCO (later Pegasus Solutions) and at technology-innovator INTRICO. 

Burns founded Hospitality Technology Consulting in May 1992.  Since then as HTC’s president, he has headed this international consulting service specializing in assisting hotel chains and independent hotels in optimizing their central reservations, electronic distribution and revenue management programs. 

 Burns was inducted into the HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame. He has also received the ISHC Pinnacle Award and the HEDNA Outstanding Contributor Award. 

An AH&LA Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) and a co-founder of Hotel Technology-Next Generation (HTNG), Burns is active in HEDNA, HFTP, HTNG, and HSMAI. 

Mr. Burns and his wife Judy reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Michael Levie

Michael Levie

Chief Operations Officer, CitizenM Hotels

Upon graduating from IHMI, worked for various international hotel chains including Sonesta Hotels and NH Hoteles all over the world. As Vice-President of Operations he managed large portfolios of hotels. Michael also worked for SynXis, where he started and headed the European office. Owning his own hotels and venturing upon a new hotel chain, Michael Levie is currently a partner and CEO of citizenM hotels. It is all about people and caring for them, in combination with creativity. 

Ted’s Technology Summit would not be complete without our Hotelier’s panel and this year, we are thrilled to be hosting a wide ranging discussion on the very hot topic in the industry.


Moderated by Tina Perinotto, Managing Editor & Founder of The Fifth Estate, our panellists include Guenter Hauber-Davidson,  CEO and  Founder of Watergroup, Jerry Schwartz and Andy Goonesekera, Director  Engineering at the Intercontinental Sydney.
Tina Perinotto

Tina Perinotto

Managing Editor and Founder, The Fifth Estate

 Tina Perinotto is managing editor, publisher and founder of The Fifth Estate, an on-line newspaper for green buildings and sustainable cities, established in 2009.

The publication has become essential reading for business people, investors, designers, consultants, government officials and politicians working towards a more sustainable the built environment. 

The Fifth Estate holds thought leadership and interactive events designed to stimulate faster sustainable transformation in the built environment. Key messages from events and related content are typically collated in ebooks distributed to all readers.

Tina has also spoken at and facilitated a number of industry events.

She previously worked as a senior writer at the AFR and edited Property Australia magazine and holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Monash University.

Guenter Hauber-Davidson

Guenter Hauber-Davidson

CEO and Founder, Watergroup

Guenter Hauber-Davidson, Managing Director of Watergroup, is one of Australia’s leading water conservation practitioners. Guenter has been instrumental in developing cutting-edge water conservation designs, tools and models. 

To date, he has been involved in the development and delivery of well over 100 water savings projects. He has also developed a smart water meter. Guenter is amongst a handful of water conservation experts who can claim extensive involvement in the implementation of large-scale integrated water conservation schemes. He holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering and has spent his entire career working in the water and wastewater treatment field.

Jerry Schwartz

Jerry Schwartz

Jerry Schwartz graduated from University of Sydney in Medicine, and has since specialized into Cosmetic Surgery: he also has his own multi-faceted general practice in Matraville. His family was always in hotels, and Jerry himself first invested in pubs.

He is now CEO for the family business that is the largest private company owner of hotel rooms in Australia, having nearly 4,000 rooms in Sydney, Newcastle and the Hunter Region, Canberra and Melbourne, which are managed by four different management companies.

He is actively involved in a continual upgrade of these twelve hotels. His latest project is expanding to Queensland, having taken over the ownership of the Hilton Gold Coast, which will involve him with his fifth management company! He also runs a brewery and a small seaplane service. Further details of his hotels are found at www.schwartz.com.au/hotels

Andy Goonesekera

Andy Goonesekera

Director, Engineering Intercontinental Sydney

Bio to come