FORWARD_TEAM

Meet the team of travel enthusiasts driving Forward_, who are wholeheartedly working to make this ambitious project a reality that will enhance the travel industry when it is most needed.

FABIÁN GONZÁLEZ
Travel Enthusiast & Founder
Toursim Professional specialized in the application of digital innovation, technologies and marketing evolution within the sector.
At the end of 2014, after having head up the ITH Department (Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero) for 6 years, he co-founded The Digital Band SL, a consultancy helping companies in initial stages of growth in order to maximise their income statement through Innovation, Technology, Marketing and Communication. In 2019 Forward_ was created, an international community made up of specialists from the different segments of the tourism sector with a purpose to redefine post-Covid tourism and increase the tourist offer of the various destinations.In addition to his responsibilities at TDB, since 2014 he has collaborated as an analyst for the Spanish market for Phocuswright, and since 2020 as an advisor at LÚAfund. Fabian is also an International lecturer and professor at various Universities and Masters.

ANA MARÍA MÁRQUEZ
Travel Enthusiast & Media

Journalism and corporate communications specialist, with more than 18 years of solid experience in traditional and online media and public relations; and with and expertise in strategic PR management and journalism in Real Estate investments, hospitality and travel industry, and international and economy affairs. As corporate communications consultant, she has managed PR and communications for major corporate and destinations accounts, SME’s, industry associations and large corporations. She is also specialized in Crisis Communications and Corporate Reputation, and has conducted several training courses on media training and reputation. She has also received training in agile management, digital transformation and data management at ESADE, MITxPro and IE Business School, among others. She has spent almost 10 years working as a full-time news reporter for Agencia EFE TV Services, as editor in chief for Agencia EFE-EPA International newsdesk, major newswire service; and as fixer and special correspondent for several national and  international media outlets, such as SkyNews and TRTWorld.

 

JOSÉ MARÍA CARBÓ
Travel Enthusiast & Partner
José María’s professional career in hospitality has been as a hotel manager in operations and in sales & marketing for several chains including Tryp Melia AC Hotels by Marriott and Paradores. Additionally he has great experience of the technology side of the hotel sector as the Spanish MD for Oracle’s Micros-Fidelio PMS/POS as Chief Contracting Manager of the bedbank Transhotel and at the Las Vegas-based luxury bedbank Bonotel. As well as being the third generation of a family of hoteliers who spent his childhood playing in a hotel José Maria has a diploma in Hotel Management from Les Roches in Switzerland.

CONSUELO ARIAS
Travel Enthusiast & Media

Now an independent comms. consultant and a freelance journalist, Consuelo has wide work experience in the tourism and airline industries. For 20 years, she worked at Iberia’s Corporate Comms. department managing media relations with Spanish and international media, defining the comms. and PR strategy for different markets and leading internal comms. projects at the Transformation and Freight departments, among others. She is also an expert in Crisis Communications. Before becoming a consultant, she worked at the Press Office at the Emergency Military Unit of the Spanish Army.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism by the Complutense University (Spain) and the Nottingham Trent University (UK). She has also a master’s degree in Comms. and Politics Management by the Complutense University and a Corp. Comms & Management Executive Programme by the IE Business School. She speaks English, German fluently while her native language is Spanish.

ROMAN TOWNSEND
Travel Enthusiast & Media

Roman started his career as a Press Officer in the UK’s Houses of Parliament, before spending seven years in financial PR in London.
In 2010 he joined Amadeus to lead the financial communications for its IPO and spent six years there handling corporate affairs.
Following a period covering a maternity leave as Director of Communications at Spanish airline Vueling, in 2016 he joined Hotelbeds as Director of Media Relations & Corporate Affairs.
During almost five years at Hotelbeds he established the company’s global communications team, following an exit from TUI and the acquisition of both Tourico Holidays and GTA.
Roman holds a degree in history from Cambridge and works comfortably in both Spanish and his native English.

LUCÍA PASTOR
Travel Enthusiast & Sales

Sales and marketing specialist, she has been working in the hospitality sector managing a wide range of corporate and MICE accounts for several years. Furthermore, between 2020 and 2021, she underwent an international professional experience as a project consultant in a private university in Egypt.

She holds a major degree in Business Administration at Carlos III University (Spain) and a minor degree in Communication and Media studies. In addition, she obtained a Certificate of Achievement in Sales and Marketing and another one in Professional Conference and Event Management by The American University in Cairo (Egypt).

ROBERTO CABALLERO
Full Stack Developer

Roberto is an IT professional with more than 20 years of experience in all the fields of Software Engineering. Currently he is specialized in Web Architecture and E-Commerce.

He commenced his professional career as a low-level programmer of electrical components (Assembler C) to later found his own company dedicated to courses in ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). As of a few years ago, he spends his time in various web-based projects for small and medium businesses as well as the Public Sector.

Of his many skills, he is well known for his versatility, technical experience and his capacity to work under pressure. Plus his dedication and creative genius shine through when he has to affront and solve new challenges.

IRENE RUBIO
Designer

Irene is a Graphic Design and web creator professional, with more than 20 years of experience. She is specialized in Branding and web design.She is active, passionate, non-conformist, perfectionist and determined. She is always working on a project because she does not like idle hands.

Her work history has seen her pass through various small to medium design studios in agencies where at times she had to learn every aspect of the industry through her own initiative. This has absolutely defined her professional career.

Irene has worked for clients such as INDITEX, BBVA, BANKIA, SANTANDER, CADENA SER, IFEMA, REPSOL, AXA, ATRESMEDIA, MEDIASET, JAZZTEL, VODAFONE, ALISEDA,… amongst many others.

LET’S TALK!
We want to have professionals and leaders who want to step forward, becoming protagonists of a transformation of the tourism sector, towards its roots, towards its values of discovery and emotion, as well as towards the most innovative transformation. We want to count on you and your ideas.

                  

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