The Skift Team on stage at Skift Global Forum 2023

Leadership

Rafat Ali

Rafat Ali

Founder and CEO

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Rafat Ali

Founder and CEO

Indo-Brit-American. New Yorker. Global Soul. My life is at the intersection of travel, media, building meaningful business cultures and parenthood. Previously founded paidContent, sold to Guardian in 2008.

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Jason Clampet

Jason Clampet

Chief Product Officer

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Jason Clampet

Chief Product Officer

Jason Clampet started Skift in 2012 with Rafat Ali and Dennis Schaal. He’s a reluctant writer, a constant tinkerer, and an enthusiastic cook. He loves exploring cities and the country on foot with his wife and daughter. After years bouncing between Philly and New York he now lives in London.

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Carolyn Kremins

Carolyn Kremins

President

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Carolyn Kremins

President

Carolyn has led world-class brands (Conde Nast Traveler, Brides, Epicurious, Elle) and launched start-ups (Maxim, Cookie, The Week) to great success. Her wanderlust has taken her to all seven continents. As President of Skift she has found the perfect home, combining her love for building brands with her twin passions for media and travel. But her shining success, above all else, is her family.

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Michael Cunniff

Michael Cunniff

CFO

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Michael Cunniff

CFO

Michael is a 25-year finance executive who hails from NY but now calls California home. Outside of work you can find him spending time with family, traveling, volunteering or sipping a glass of cabernet.

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Dennis Schaal

Dennis Schaal

Executive Editor/Founding Editor

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Dennis Schaal

Executive Editor/Founding Editor

Skift employee #1, after the founder and co-founder, Executive Editor/Founding Editor Dennis Schaal helps lead news coverage and analyzes online travel in his reporting. He likes receiving sensitive documents in the mail and breaking news. Dennis has written for many publications, such as USA Today.

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Anne Duffy

Anne Duffy

Chief of Staff

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Anne Duffy

Chief of Staff

After leading Skift's Subscription team for several years, Anne transitioned into a more strategic role and is now supporting the executive team as Chief of Staff. Otherwise, you'll likely find her at the dog park in Astoria, on the water paddle-boarding or sailing, or lounging in a beach chair with a good book.

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Editorial

Sarah Kopit

Sarah Kopit

Editor in Chief

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Sarah Kopit

Editor in Chief

Sarah is editor-in-chief at Skift where she oversees all editorial content. Previously, Kopit was editor-in-chief at the digital asset publication, The Block, and is a 14-year veteran of Bloomberg News. At Bloomberg, Kopit had several roles, including heading Bloomberg’s breaking news operations in the Americas and as the newsroom's global social media czar, specializing in gathering market-moving news and intelligence.

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Lex Haris

Lex Haris

Managing Editor

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Lex Haris

Managing Editor

Lex has been a news editor for more than 20 years and loves talking to reporters and editors about stories they’re excited about. He was born and raised in New York City where he still lives in his childhood home with his wife, Helen, and two cats. He’s a first-generation Greek-American and spent early summers visiting family in Athens. He thinks a lot about poker, softball and menswear.

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Sean O'Neill

Sean O'Neill

Senior Hospitality Editor

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Sean O'Neill

Senior Hospitality Editor

Sean covers hotels for Skift, from big brands to boutiques. Before, Sean covered travel tech for a decade, starting in London. He and his husband live in Washington, D.C., and like to volunteer and throw needlessly elaborate dinner parties.

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Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith

Airlines Editor & Reporter

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Gordon Smith

Airlines Editor & Reporter

Gordon is Skift’s Airlines Editor. He has enjoyed a front-row seat for some of the aviation industry’s biggest stories and interviewed many of its biggest names. Before joining Skift, he was the editor of Airliner World magazine in the UK and a TV producer at BBC News headquarters. Born in Scotland, he now lives in Lisbon and can often be found exploring lesser-known stretches of Portuguese coastline.

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Peden Doma Bhutia

Peden Doma Bhutia

Asia Editor

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Peden Doma Bhutia

Asia Editor

This Darjeeling girl’s job has taken her places — five continents so far — and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She enjoys exploring new places and keeping abreast of things, and took to travel journalism like a cartophile to an atlas. Her career with leading Indian media houses saw her setting up ET TravelWorld in her most recent role. She has tons of stories to share, but first, get her a flat white.

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Alan Woinski

Alan Woinski

Editor, Daily Lodging Report

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Alan Woinski

Editor, Daily Lodging Report

Alan is the founder of the Daily Lodging Report, now owned by Skift, and remains editor. He also founded the Gaming Industry Daily Report and Gaming Industry Weekly Report which remains under the ownership of Gaming USA Corporation, owned by Alan and his wife Kim. Alan and Kim recently moved from Bergen County, NJ to Southwest, Florida and are loving the SWFL lifestyle. Both Alan and Kim recently became grandparents for the first time to a beautiful baby girl.

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Kim Woinski

Kim Woinski

Writer, Daily Lodging Report

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Kim Woinski

Writer, Daily Lodging Report

Kim is Vice President of Gaming USA Corporation, the previous owner of the Daily Lodging Report, now owned by Skift. Kim is the primary writer of the Daily Lodging Report – North America. Kim moved to Southwest Florida in July of 2020 and recently became a first time grandmother to baby Susie.

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Dawit Habtemariam

Dawit Habtemariam

Global Tourism Reporter

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Dawit Habtemariam

Global Tourism Reporter

Dawit is Skift's global tourism reporter. He's energetically on the hunt to write the best stories in the industry. Before joining Skift, Dawit covered corporate travel at Business Travel News. He loves performing improv comedy, baking and cooking. He resides in New York City.

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Jay Shabat

Jay Shabat

Senior Analyst, Airline Weekly

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Jay Shabat

Senior Analyst, Airline Weekly

Jay co-founded Airline Weekly in 2004 and returned to Skift in 2022. Before writing about airlines, he worked for US Airways and Air France. Before that, he studied business and international affairs with a focus on economics. His college experience also included internships at both the White House and Congress, as well as study abroad semesters in Monte Carlo and Paris. Jay is a certified IATA instructor who’s taught airline courses around the world, from Miami to Mongolia.

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Jesse Chase-Lubitz

Jesse Chase-Lubitz

Travel Experiences Reporter

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Jesse Chase-Lubitz

Travel Experiences Reporter

Jesse has several years of experience covering climate change, environmental issues, and foreign policy. She comes to Skift with a sharp eye for sustainability news and an excitement to follow global travel experiences trends. Originally from the United States, Jesse has lived in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan, and now London.

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Josh Corder

Josh Corder

Middle East Reporter

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Josh Corder

Middle East Reporter

Born in the United Arab Emirates to British parents, Josh is Skift's Middle East Reporter. He has lived in Dubai for the last five years, covering hospitality, tourism, and, more recently, casinos. He likes being the first to know things and loves being the first to publish big stories.

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Justin Dawes

Justin Dawes

Travel Tech Reporter

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Justin Dawes

Travel Tech Reporter

Justin is the tech reporter for Skift, covering the way to the future of global travel industry. Prior, he was a tech reporter for American City Business Journals in Albany. A Michigan native, Justin is living as a digital nomad for now. Work aside, Justin has a passion for travel, writing, arts, food, and culture.

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Meghna Maharishi

Meghna Maharishi

Airline Reporter

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Meghna Maharishi

Airline Reporter

Meghna is an airline reporter at Skift based in New York. She hopes she can make stories about the airline industry approachable and compelling. Before joining Skift, Meghna first covered airlines for The Points Guy and has enjoyed learning about the ins and outs of the industry ever since. In her free time she enjoys reading, cooking and exploring the city.

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Rashaad Jorden

Rashaad Jorden

Associate Editor/Archivist

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Rashaad Jorden

Associate Editor/Archivist

Rashaad covered tour operators and travel advisors at Skift before moving into his current role. Before finding his way to Skift, he bounced around the U.S., France, Japan and UK. He greatly misses the all-you-can-eat Vegetarian curry at his favorite restaurant in Japan. He is also adept at running half-marathons and, despite living in New Jersey, rues the fact he doesn't spend enough time on the Jersey Shore.

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Bulbul Dhawan

Bulbul Dhawan

Travel Reporter, India

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Bulbul Dhawan

Travel Reporter, India

Bulbul has five years of experience across leading Indian news publications. With a widespread portfolio, she covered several beats before she found comfort in the travel and hospitality sectors when she joined BW Hotelier as the Editorial Lead. An avid singer and reader, she has about as many books in her TBR pile as she has songs on her list that she wishes to record covers of – none of which is going to be completed in this lifetime.

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Skift Research

Seth Borko

Seth Borko

Head of Research

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Seth Borko

Head of Research

Seth is a Director in Skift’s Research department where he serves as an industry expert covering online travel, hotels, and travel economics with extensive public speaking experience. He is currently working on building new data products to serve the travel industry. A true data nerd, he loves nothing more than pouring a cup of coffee and digging into an excel file. Seth loves to travel and has been to all seven continents.

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Varsha Arora

Varsha Arora

Senior Research Analyst

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Varsha Arora

Senior Research Analyst

Varsha is s a Research Analyst based in Mumbai. She spent the first five years of her career working in the strategic division of the top airlines in India after which she went on to join an aviation consulting firm.Since joining Skift she has published reports on sustainability in tourism, online travel companies, mobile commerce, short-term rentals, destination management organizations, and the global accommodation market.

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Pranavi Agarwal

Pranavi Agarwal

Senior Research Analyst

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Pranavi Agarwal

Senior Research Analyst

Prior to Skift, Pranavi worked in equity research, in the Global Hotels & Leisure team at Bernstein. She is based in London but is currently traveling and working as a digital nomad. She enjoys photography, painting, cooking and playing racket sports.

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Ashab Rizvi

Ashab Rizvi

Research Analyst

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Ashab Rizvi

Research Analyst

Ashab has been a management consultant all his professional life helping internal and external clients with data management, financial advisory, and product management. Outside of work, he has an unhealthy obsession with tea (or chai, as they call it in India), running his own football club or writing about football, the NBA, the NFL, and the UFC.

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Saniya Zanpure

Saniya Zanpure

Research Analyst

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Saniya Zanpure

Research Analyst

Saniya is a hospitality graduate, Her education and recent experience have fueled her admiration for travel and exploring new cities. She is an Excel geek and enjoys number crunching. Outside of work, you can find her reading a book, sipping on a cup of coffee or cooking a delicious chicken curry.

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Robin Gilbert-Jones

Robin Gilbert-Jones

Research Analyst

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Robin Gilbert-Jones

Research Analyst

Robin is a Research Analyst based in Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to joining Skift he worked as a freelance consultant specializing in the intersection of travel and sustainability as well as developing analytical tools for environmental, social, and governance research. In his spare time, he enjoys being in nature whether walking in the mountains, kayaking, fishing, and other outdoor activities as well as being a passionate foodie and amateur cook.

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Athira Thoppil

Athira Thoppil

Jr. Research Analyst

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Athira Thoppil

Jr. Research Analyst

Athira joins Skift as Junior Research Analyst, bringing a blend of experiences from different disciplines and her passion for travel and exploration. Outside of her professional life, she has a deep passion for watching and reviewing documentaries, movies and delving into less explored regions. You'll often find her reading about mystical stories and hidden tales.

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Aaditya Ugale

Aaditya Ugale

Research Intern

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Aaditya Ugale

Research Intern

Aaditya has worked in the hospitality industry in Bangkok throughout his life, from restaurants to hotels to Online Travel Agencies. His commitment to understanding the intricacies of the Travel & Tourism industry aims to contribute to an industry that holds endless possibilities for innovation by implementing sustainable and positive impacts. Aaditya loves learning about cultures from around the world and volunteering to help facilitate the growth of local SMEs everywhere he goes.

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Sales

Pamela Firestone

Pamela Firestone

SVP, Head of Sales

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Pamela Firestone

SVP, Head of Sales

NJ native, NYC careerist, and ongoing relocation fantasist. Enjoys a business challenge and leading teams to success. Prior to Skift worked for legacy brands In Style, WWD, and Departures.

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Deborah Knudsen

Deborah Knudsen

Executive Director, Sales

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Deborah Knudsen

Executive Director, Sales

Deborah is a Jersey girl through and through. She loves rock&roll, NJ, the shore and to travel with her family. Her favorite time of day is walking her best friend Scout and discussing their day together. She has worked for The Week, Condé Nast Traveler, Lucky and Bon Appetit. You can find her at concerts, Marie Kondo’ing her house and hanging out with friends.

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Kate Irwin

Kate Irwin

Managing Director - EMEA

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Kate Irwin

Managing Director - EMEA

London based Skifter, driving revenue and growth outside of the US. She is easily captivated by true crime podcasts and be found recharging by the sea. Exploring the world one destination at a time with her family in tow.

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Rachel Mines

Rachel Mines

Director of Subscriptions

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Rachel Mines

Director of Subscriptions

Rachel is passionate about all things subscriptions and news. After years working for the Financial Times and Foreign Policy magazine, (plus a stint in tech), she now runs Skift's subscription department -- ensuring readers make the most of their membership and enjoy a seamless experience. In her downtime, you can find her hiking or swimming with her dog, meticulously planning trips in Excel sheets, or working on a good puzzle.

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Amy Crawley

Amy Crawley

Account Director

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Amy Crawley

Account Director

East Coast Skifter that’s passionate about connecting brands to the most influential audience in travel. Amy has spent the majority of her career in B2B media, helping clients achieve meaningful results. Lover of live music, pugs, anything with truffle and travel deals.

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Emily Truxel

Emily Truxel

Global Accounts Director

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Emily Truxel

Global Accounts Director

Emily joined Skift in 2023 but is no stranger to the travel industry, with over 11 years of experience helping travel brands build their digital footprint and capture demand. When she’s not running after a very active toddler, you can find Emily planning their next getaway, exploring new restaurants, or wandering through a museum.

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Farheem Aziz

Farheem Aziz

Subscription Sales Manager

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Farheem Aziz

Subscription Sales Manager

Farheem is a born and raised New Yorker. She loves visiting new restaurants and trying different cuisines for her food account on Instagram. She has an appreciation for diverse forms of creativity and culture and is a huge dog lover who enjoys traveling, and watching true crime shows.

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Elsa Verzijl

Elsa Verzijl

Client Growth Manager, EMEA

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Elsa Verzijl

Client Growth Manager, EMEA

Born and raised in Manchester, UK. Elsa adores hiking, visiting to new cities and looking after her exceedingly out-of-control indoor plant collection. When she's not stalking Skyscanner for flight deals, you can find her either drinking a Guinness in her local beer garden or exploring with her adorable dog Albie.

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Jeunesse Jackson

Jeunesse Jackson

Account Executive, Sponsorship Sales

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Jeunesse Jackson

Account Executive, Sponsorship Sales

Jeunesse is Bronx born and raised, with a passion for travel, fashion and entertainment. She enjoys exploring the world from shopping in Japan, sipping champagne in France, to tanning on hot sand beaches in the tropics. Being a social butterfly and a lover of music, when not traveling, Jeunesse enjoys the nightlife in NYC. Jeunesse is Chair of Skift's DEI Council.

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Carly Peterson

Carly Peterson

Sales Operations Associate

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Carly Peterson

Sales Operations Associate

Currently based in the Pittsburgh area, Carly is a dog mom, puzzle lover, and travel enthusiast. In her free time, she is typically attempting to keep her two energetic dogs busy, finding new places to eat in the city, or planning her next trip. Whether it be traveling across the state, country, or world, she is always craving an adventure.

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Matthew Ferguson

Matthew Ferguson

Customer Success Manager

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Matthew Ferguson

Customer Success Manager

Matthew is a big foodie, coffee lover and sports fan from the bay area of California. During his free time, he enjoys being active and can be found going for long hikes with friends or playing basketball.

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Monique Agaliotis

Monique Agaliotis

Sales Director, Skift Meetings

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Monique Agaliotis

Sales Director, Skift Meetings

Monique has spent over three decades collaborating with travel suppliers on their marketing efforts at meetings and trade industry media brands. A native New Yorker, she spends her time at the beach and outdoors, loves spin cycling and enjoys cooking and gardening, and is working on improving her paddle boarding skills.

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Apara Vashist

Apara Vashist

Sales Director, India

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Apara Vashist

Sales Director, India

With over 15 years in hospitality, Apara brings a deep passion for the industry and a focus on helping new hotel tech find ground. She has spent most of her career driving sales for hotels and OTAs. Outside of work, Apara finds joy in her role as a mother to two wonderful daughters who constantly inspire and challenge her. When she is not immersed in the world of hospitality, you'll likely find her planning her next family staycation or engaging in creative DIY projects with her girls.

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