Conference Speakers

Adam M. Goldstein

Vice Chairman | Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

Adam Goldstein was named Vice Chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) in 2018.  Mr. Goldstein oversees the RCL’s Government and Destination Relations globally.  From 2014 to 2018, he served as President & COO and from 2007 to 2014, he was President & CEO of the Royal Caribbean International brand. Mr. Goldstein has been with RCL since 1988.

Mr. Goldstein currently serves as Chair of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a position he also held in 2015/2016. In 2017/2018, Mr. Goldstein served as Chair of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).  In 2001, he served as the National Chair of the Travel Industry Association of America (now U.S. Travel Association) and has been inducted into the Travel Industry Hall of Leaders.  Mr. Goldstein has also been inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame.  He serves on the Board of Trustees of INSEAD, and on the Energy Security Leadership Council, a leadership affiliate of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) in Washington D.C.

Mr. Goldstein graduated with honors from Princeton University.  He also has a law degree from Harvard University and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD. 

Ann Sherry AO

Chairman | Carnival Australia

Ann is one of Australia’s leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism. She is currently the Chairman of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. After joining as Chief Executive Officer in 2007, she has transformed the industry and growth has been in double digits each year since.

Ann is the Chair of UNICEF Australia, a Council Member of Philanthropy Australia and currently holds non-executive roles with National Australia Bank, Sydney Airport, Palladium Group, Rugby Australia, Cape York Partnerships, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Infrastructure Victoria.

Beginning working life as a radiographer, Ann became First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra before moving to the banking sector initially in HR roles, then in CEO roles with Westpac NZ and the Bank of Melbourne.

The Australian Government awarded Ann the Centenary Medal in 2001 and in 2004 she was awarded an Order of Australia. In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Award.

Ann devotes considerable energy to her passion for women’s rights (currently as convenor of the MCC STEM group), supporting opportunity for Indigenous communities, personal philanthropy and support of the arts.

Robert Morgenstern

Vice Chairman | HA Group

Robert Morgenstern is the Senior Vice-President of Port Operations and Shore Excursions for the HA Group collection of cruise brands. The HA Group portfolio includes the world’s two most famous premium cruise lines, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line, the world’s most famous ultra-luxury cruise line, Seabourn, and Australia’s most popular cruise line, P&O Australia.

Robert’s responsibilities include over 10,000 unique shore excursions operated on 45 cruise ships sailing across the globe. Robert also oversees Port Operations for the HA Group globally. This worldwide scope covers over 600 ports, over 135 countries and all seven continents.

Robert is a 25 year cruise industry veteran. During his career he has held a number of positions in Operations, Marketing & Guest Services.

He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Washington University, and post baccalaureate certificates from UCLA Anderson School of Business and the University of Washington.

Sarina Bratton AM

Chairman Asia Pacific | PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions

Building on her reputation, knowledge and expertise, in November 2013 the luxury yacht and expedition French cruise line, PONANT flagged its serious intent to expand into the Asia Pacific region when it announced the appointment of Mrs Bratton as Chairman Asia Pacific and Special Advisor to the company’s Marseilles-headquartered executive board.

Sarina Bratton pioneered luxury expedition cruising in the Asia Pacific region when she founded market-leading five-star Orion Expedition Cruises in 2004. She served as Managing Director of the company until early 2013 when she sold her remaining shares in the company.

In November 2013 the luxury yacht and expedition French cruise line, PONANT announced the appointment of Mrs Bratton as Chairman Asia Pacific and Special Advisor to the company’s Marseilles-headquartered executive board.

In her Sydney-based role, Sarina spearheads PONANT’s international development, with a specific focus on the Asia Pacific region, as both key destinations and source markets.

Adam Armstrong

Senior Vice President | Silversea Cruises

Adam Armstrong is Senior Vice President & Managing Director for Silversea Cruises in Australia & New Zealand.  Based in Silversea’s Sydney office, Adam will lead the future growth and development of Silversea in the region, taking the ultra-luxury cruise line to the next level during an exciting period of significant growth and investment for the brand.

Originally from northern England, Adam has two decades of experience in the travel industry including commercial, product and strategy roles in the UK and Australia. Having started his career at TUI Travel and the Carnival Corporation, Adam was most recently the Associate Vice President & Managing Director for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd in Australia & New Zealand. Adam spent the last decade driving the growth and success of the Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises brands in the region – including the launch of Ovation of the Seas.

Grant Gilfillan

CEO | Port Authority of NSW

Grant Gilfillan has been the Chief Executive Officer of Port Authority of NSW since July 2014, after the amalgamation of Sydney, Newcastle and Port Kembla port corporations. He was previously CEO of Sydney Ports Corporation (from 2008) and Newcastle Port Corporation (from 2013).

Before joining Sydney Ports Corporation in 2008, Grant worked in Africa, the Middle East and Europe (Romania) as a Senior Vice President, Managing Director and General Manager for DP World. Prior to this, he served as Director of Operations for P&O Ports, Australia and New Zealand and as Managing Director of CSX World Terminals in Australia. Prior to that Grant was a mining engineer and mine manager in the NSW Hunter Valley and the north-west of Western Australia. Grant served as President of the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) from April 2013 to June 2015.

Grant is a member and the current Chair of the Australia Cruise Association (ACA). In October 2018 he was appointed to the chair of Ports Australia’s Board of Directors. Grant is also a Director on the Board of Lyttelton Port Company in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Ludo Campbell-Reid

Design Champion | City of Auckland

Sought out by mayors, cities and governments, Ludo Campbell-Reid is a globally renowned urban design thought-leader, city planning expert and international keynote speaker with over 24 years’ public & private sector experience on large-scale city transformation projects. He is an internationally respected commentator on cities and appears regularly in the media and trade press. 

As Design Champion for Auckland, Ludo is accountable for achieving design excellence in Council’s plans, policies and projects; working alongside the private sector and community to deliver exemplary design outcomes and promoting the council’s design-led city agenda across the organisation, the wider Auckland community and internationally.  He is also the General Manager of Auckland Council’s Auckland Design Office (ADO), a department of multi-disciplinary design and place activation professionals charged with spearheading Auckland’s design-led renaissance.

In 2015 he was described by Metro Magazine as one of the Top 50 Most influential Aucklanders. He is also currently Deputy Chair and Founding Trustee of Sea Cleaners Charitable Trust, an organisation which has removed more than 4.3 million litres of plastic and rubbish from Auckland’s harbour and waterways since 2002.