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    Thomas Mazloum
    President, New Experiences Portfolio and Disney Signature Experiences

    Thomas Mazloum is the president of New Experiences Portfolio and Disney Signature Experiences, leading several key growth businesses for the Disney Experiences segment and inspiring teams around the world to deliver the company's unparalleled family vacations. Based in Celebration, Florida, Thomas oversees Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, Adventures by Disney, National Geographic Expeditions, Golden Oak, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Disney Institute, National Geographic Live and Storyliving by Disney.

    Before being named to his current role, Mazloum served as senior vice president of operations at the Walt Disney World Resort, overseeing 30 Disney resort hotels as well as premium services, security and transportation operations at one of the world's premier vacation destination.

    At Disney Cruise Line, Thomas is responsible for the entire award-winning operation, including the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wish cruise ships, as well as Castaway Cay (Disney's private island in the Bahamas) and Disney's Port Canaveral cruise terminal. He also oversees the much-anticipated expansion of Disney's cruise fleet, with three new ships on the horizon, all of them showcasing the immersive family entertainment, enchanting storytelling and world-class service for which Disney is well known.

    Thomas also leads the team at Disney Vacation Club, the company's popular vacation-ownership program. The club offers a portfolio of 15 themed resorts, from its newest property, Disney's Riviera Resort, to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, to properties across Walt Disney World Resort, at Disneyland Resort and in Vero Beach, Florida and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. His other responsibilities include Adventures by Disney and National Geographic Expeditions, the company's guided group travel businesses; Golden Oak, Disney's luxury whole-ownership community of custom homes at Walt Disney World Resort; and Disney Institute and National Geographic Live, which celebrate advancement and exploration through engaging and enriching programming.

    In addition, Thomas is responsible for the development of a newly launched business, Storyliving by Disney. These master planned communities are intended to inspire residents to foster new friendships, pursue their interests and write the next exciting chapter in their lives – all while enjoying the attention to detail, unique amenities and special touches that are Disney hallmarks. The first Storyliving by Disney community, Cotino, is being built in Rancho Mirage, California. Additional locations in the U.S. are under exploration for future development.

    Thomas began his Disney career in 1998 as a hotel director for Disney Cruise Line and was instrumental in launching the Disney Wonder, the second ship in the Disney fleet. He later served as general manager of Food & Beverage and Special Events at EPCOT. Before returning to Disney in 2017, Thomas served as the chief operating officer of Crystal Cruise Line, leading efforts to define “The Crystal Experience,” a concept that would set the bar for luxury vacations, with a focus on nurturing a positive employee culture.

    Born in Austria, Thomas earned his degree in hotel management and administration in Innsbruck. A lifelong learner, he has also received several business certifications from institutions including Cornell University, the Hotel School of Lausanne and the Hotel School of Salzburg.


    • From Ear to Eternity: Using Data to Unlock Your Imagination

    Shingai Manjengwa
    Head of AI Education, ChainML

    Shingai Manjengwa is the head of AI education at ChainML, a startup building an open-source platform for the rapid and responsible development of generative AI tools. She is also the founder of Fireside Analytics Inc., a data science education company that develops customized programs to teach digital and AI literacy, data science, bias and fairness in machine learning, and computer programming to various audiences.

    A data scientist by profession, Shingai previously led Technical Education at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Toronto, where she translated advanced AI research into educational programming to drive AI adoption and innovation in industry and government.

    Shingai’s online courses have over 500,000 registered learners on platforms like IBM’s CognitiveClass.ai and Coursera. Her book, "The Computer and the Cancelled Music Lessons," teaches data science to kids from ages 5 to 12.

    She was one of the DMZ’s Women of the Year in 2022 and is the recipient of the 2023 Womxn in Data Science Guiding Light Award. You can find Shingai on LinkedIn and Twitter: @Tjido.


    • From Analytics to AI: Building Successful Teams in a Rapidly Changing World

    Ozan Varol
    Rocket Scientist Turned Professor, Bestselling Author & Expert on Creativity & Critical Thinking

    Ozan is a rocket scientist turned award-winning professor, #1 bestselling author and internationally acclaimed speaker. He is one of the world’s foremost experts in creativity, innovation and critical thinking.

    Ozan has been called a “true original” by Adam Grant and dubbed a “superhero” by Dan Pink. His work has been described as “must read” by Susan Cain and featured in the Wall Street Journal, Time, BBC, CNN, Fast Company, Washington Post and more. His books and articles have been read by millions around the globe.

    He’s the author of two bestselling books, "Awaken Your Genius" and "Think Like a Rocket Scientist." The books have been translated into 25 foreign languages and received numerous accolades, including being selected as:

    - One of Amazon's Top 20 business books of the year

    - Adam Grant’s # 1 pick of his top 20 leadership books of the year

    - One of Inc.com’s “6 Business Books You Need to Read This Year (according to Bill Gates, Satya Nadella, and Adam Grant)”

    - One of 6 Groundbreaking Books of Spring 2020 (according to Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Dan Pink, and Adam Grant)


    • Reimagine the Status Quo with Moonshot Thinking