Cornell International Hospitality Summit

The Cornell International Hospitality Summit series began in Mumbai, India.  The series is held bi-annually with the next summit planned for the spring of 2015; the location changes for each summit. The most recent event was held in Shanghai, China in April 2013.

Specific date and venue information for the 2015 Cornell International Hospitality Summit will be available in the coming months.  To learn more or to participate as a sponsor of the 2015 event, please contact Joe Strodel, Executive Director of Corporate Affairs, at or 607-255-4646.


In April, over 275 industry leaders and academic experts in hospitality, real estate, architecture, and urban planning gathered in Shanghai discuss innovation and growth in China’s hospitality and commercial real estate markets.  The Cornell International Summit: Hospitality, Real Estate, and the Built Environment was the second Cornell International Hospitality Summit in Asia and assembled a diverse array of nearly 40 speakers, including Shanghai Vice Mayor Zhao Wen, several Cornell faculty, and prominent Cornell alumni and industry speakers. For an event agenda and full list of speakers, click to view the program booklet in English or Chinese. Click here to view event photos.

The Cornell International Summit in Shanghai was co-presented by the School of Hotel Administration, the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, and the Cornell Center for Real Estate and Finance (CREF). It was held in collaboration with the Cornell Hotel Society Asia Pacific Regional Meeting and the Cornell Asia Pacific Leadership conference.

2013 Event Sponsors

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2013 Event Planning Committee

Keith Barr ’92; Chief Executive, Greater China, InterContinental Hotel Group; Vivek Bhogaraju MMH ’06, Senior Manager, Corporate Business Development, IDeaS: A SAS Company; Tommy Bruce, VP, University Communications, Cornell University; Cees Bosselaar, Director, Business Development and Destination Analyst, PhoCusWright; Patrick Bosworth, CEO and Co-founder, Duetto Research; Michael Chow, Group Publisher - TTG Travel Trade Publishing, TTG Asia; Alain de Pouzilhac, CEO, FRANCE 24; Jan deRoos, '78, MS '80, PhD '94,Academic Director, Cornell Center for Real Estate and Finance; Paul Foskey '84, Chief Development Officer, Asia, and Area Vice President, Hotel Operations, Japan and Vietnam, Marriott International; David Funk, Director, Baker Program in Real Estate, Cornell University; Jill Heymer, Vice President, Product Sales, USA TODAY Travel Media Group; Doug Hocking ‘94, Principal, Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF) Associates; Kevin Jacobs '94, EVP and Chief of Staff, Hilton Worldwide; Meg Keilbach '88, Assistant Dean of Alumni Affairs and Development, Cornell School of Hotel Administration; Tom Kline, Executive Director, Office of Executive Education, Cornell School of Hotel Administration; Robert Kwortnik, Academic Director, Center for Hospitality Research; Charlie Li, Founder & CEO, TravelDaily; Francis Lui, Vice Chairman, Galaxy Entertainment Group; Hongnan Ma MA ’01 Director, International Programs, Cornell Alumni Affairs; Michael Moyer, Assistant Dean of Alumni Affairs & Development, Cornell College of Architecture, Art & Planning; Leland C. Pillsbury '69, Co-Chairman and CEO, Thayer Lodging Group; Chris Proulx '91, CEO, eCornell; Henri Roelings, CEO and Founder, Hsyndicate; Greg Spicer, CEO, Xn Hotel Systems; Joe Strodel, Jr. P'11, Executive Director of Corporate Affairs, Cornell School of Hotel Administration; Teddy Zhang ’97, President & CEO, HUBS 1

Past CIHS Events

Cornell International Summit: Hospitality, Real Estate, and the Built Environment is the 2nd Cornell International Hospitality Summit.

The 1st Cornell International Hospitality Summit was held in Mumbai, India on January 17, 2012 in partnership with the Center for Hospitality Research and Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. Please visit the links below for information on that event.

CIHS India Event Program

CIHS India Planning Committee

CIHS India Post-event press coverage in Hospitality Biz India: Cornell Summit Focuses on Hospitality Professionals