World Travel & Tourism Council
Manging Director of Asia-Pacific & Sr. Advisor to the CEO
Liz Ortiguera is a global citizen, former scientist/engineer and business builder with over 25 years of experience in various industries, including pharmaceuticals, digital start-ups, consumer card and travel/lifestyle.
Liz worked with American Express for 18 years including leadership of Amex's Travel Partner Network across 28 countries in Asia-Pacific. She was appointed the first female and only the second Asian CEO of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) for two years and most recently became the first Managing Director of Asia-Pacific and Sr Advisor to the CEO for World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
She has lived and worked in NY, Tokyo and Singapore for multinational companies as well as start-ups and non-profits. She's adept at developing strategies and taking them to implementation and is passionate about innovation, sustainability, DEI, and social impact.
As an industry thought leader, general manager, and mentor, Liz shares her experience and expertise across various forums. She believes in driving business growth and innovation while using ethical and sustainable business strategies that consider global concerns.
Liz is an alumni of four universities - Stanford, Columbia, NYU and The Cooper Union. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including an MBA scholarship from Merck, an Amex Leadership Award, and a TDG Humanitarian Award.
In her personal time, she launched Stanford Women's Circles in Asia and raised funds for both a charity hotel and restaurant school in Cambodia and two villages for impoverished families in the Philippines.