Meet the 2024 Skift IDEA Awards Judges

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Hand-picked by the Skift team, the 2024 Skift IDEA Awards judging panel includes travel industry veterans, innovators, and global leaders.

With submissions for the 2024 Skift IDEA Awards well underway, we are excited to introduce the first cohort of industry experts that will bring their unique perspectives and experiences to support us in selecting the 2024 Award winners. 

The Skift IDEA Awards have undergone a full transformation for 2024, with a new brand identity, new submission process and some exciting new initiatives that we are working on behind the scenes (more to come on that!).

As part of this transformation, we are thrilled to welcome a fresh and diverse group of experts to the fold. We’re confident that as judges, they will help us identify the most groundbreaking and inspiring ideas that are set to redefine the future of travel. 

Without further ado, let us introduce you to some of the industry leaders who will be reviewing this year’s submissions:

Aditi Mohapatra

Vice President, Global Social Impact & Sustainability

Expedia Group

Aliya Khan

Vice President Global Design Strategies

Marriott International

Anna Nash

Chief Commercial Officer


Cara Whitehill

Vice President

Thayer Ventures

Damien Perrot

Global Chief Design, Technical Services and Innovation Officer

Accor Premium, Midscale & Economy brands

Harsha L’Acqua

Founder and CEO

Saira Hospitality

Inge Huijbrechts

Global Senior Vice President Sustainability, Security and Corporate Communications

Radisson Hotel Group

Shannon Guihan

Chief Sustainability Officer

The Travel Corporation (TTC)

Staci Mellman

Chief Marketing Officer

Brand USA

Zina Bencheikh

Managing Director, EMEA

Intrepid Travel

With more judges to be announced soon, we invite all innovators within the travel industry to submit their ideas for consideration, as the 2024 Skift IDEA Awards look to be more exciting and inspiring than ever before.

Haven’t started your submission yet? Start today and celebrate your achievements.

Please note: The Skift Meetings Awards are also back, celebrating the business event industry’s most respected and innovative suppliers for a second year. Interested in finding out more? Head to the website today.

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