Russell joined HVS in 1995 and was appointed managing director in 1996, becoming chairman in 2012. He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from HOSPA, the hospitality professionals’ association, in 2011, and the ‘Hall of Fame’ Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hot.E hotel investment conference in London in 2017. He shares his thoughts on the long term effects of the pandemic and strategies to survive.
Global Head of Media & Communications
Sharon Hirschowitz is the editor of the ILHA's magazine, Luxury Hoteliers, and is involved in content creation across all of the ILHA's platforms. She heads up the curation of the ILHA's INSPIRE conference, taking place internationally, as well as in the United States, creating the agenda and securing senior hospitality experts to speak on trending topics. As fashion editor, she was part of the launch team for the South African edition of the New York-based InStyle magazine. Prior to that, she was involved in the conception, production, styling and art direction of all instore posters, magazine ads, mailers, and television ads for Truworths, a South African department store with multiple brands, and took part in the Rooi Rose Supermodel event as a sponsor, covering it in the inhouse magazine. She has a BA English and Journalism diploma from the University of Cape Town.