TiLEIndia Speaker Bios

Juliana Delaney, CEO, Continuum Group, UK

Juliana Delaney has a twenty-eight year track-record in the international tourism industry creating, developing, operating and marketing cultural projects and commercial heritage visitor attractions. Juliana was involved in the set-up, launch and marketing of the innovative Jorvik Viking Centre in 1984 and then went al to build a company which has worked across the world on consultancy and design of culturally accessible attractions; previously in Malta, the Middle east, Europe, Hong Kong, Phuket and Gibraltar and Turkey – the latter looking at world heritage sites; most recently, the iconic £35m Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth; the internationally famous Real Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh; The Canterbury Tales, Oxford Castle; The Museum of Kent Life and York’s newest attraction CHOCOLATE – York’s Sweet Story. Together they attract just over 1,000,000m visitors a year. As Continuum’s CEO, Juliana is proud to be providing the front of house services London’s Emirates Airline, a new iconic viewing cable way across the river Thames in London, which opened to the public in July 2012.

Keith James, Owner & Chief Executive Officer, Jack Rouse Associates, USA

Due to his diverse background, considerable experience and practical approach, Keith James has become one of the themed entertainment industry’s most respected leaders. Keith’s entire professional career has been in themed entertainment, and his passion for the industry is evident to all those who know him.  His areas of expertise include formal planning, project management, park operations, show production and general management. His resumé includes serving as Director of Planning and Development for Canada’s Wonderland; Vice President, Operations for the 1986 World’s Fair in Vancouver; Managing Director of Australia’s Wonderland in Sydney and Senior Vice President, Planning and Development Vice President, Show Production at Universal Studios Florida. Keith joined JRA in 1992, where he has overseen the firm’s design and production work for clients such as LEGOLAND®, Warner Bros., Universal Studios Florida; Six Flags Theme Parks; Volkswagen’s Autostadt; Ocean Park, Hong Kong and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Keith has also been instrumental in opening new markets in India, the Pacific Rim and Eastern Europe. In November 2011, his distinguished career was honored at the annual IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) conference in Orlando, where he was presented with IAAPA’s Outstanding Service Award.  

Ray Hole, Managing Director & Founder of ray hole architects, London, UK

Ray Hole is an international, award winning architect with over 30 years’ experience gained in highly creative, multi-disciplinary design environments as; strategist, master planner, architect, structural engineer and designer. This background ultimately led him to start his own design and consultancy practice in order to provide expression to ‘experience economy’ philosophy. Completed projects include: Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre, Hannover Rainforest House, Ripley’s – Believe It Or Not Museum, Volkswagen’s Autostadt, Durrell/Marwell Wildlife, plus design development on museums for Saudi Aramco, and the soon to open Collaboration Centre for the Kuwait Oil Company – demonstrates a diversity of clients, cultures and business sectors (public and private) where the belief that ‘architecture’ is but one of a range of important mediums by which greater ‘value’ can be realised for clients, stakeholders, end-users, society in general and the environment, is being realised.

Simon Elliott, CEO, Art igniting Minds, UK

Simon Elliott is an artist and producer. He has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, English Shakespeare Company, Kensington Palace and the Tower of London creating works that engage new audiences with classical plays, stories or collections. Over his many years as an artist and producer, he has created works that engage all the human senses, thereby leaving a long lasting impression on audiences. He is now creating a project called the Garden of Ideas. It is a contemporary re-imagining of a pleasure garden. It will be the place where people will the able to experience the fun and wonder of art, science and technology via wondrous theatrical installations. Simon will demonstrate a new tool he is developing – The Brain Bending Bindi – that reads the visitors brain, allowing them to actually move objects with the power of thought.

Pauline Quayle, Director, The Juice, UK

Pauline Quayle is co-owner of The Juice Films that specialises in production and distribution of 3D films for the attractions market .The company provides quality content written specially for this marketplace with 4D effects coupled with choice, flexibility and affordability Thinking outside of the box and monitoring new trends they are working on a number of custom film projects for clients including an interactive project. Pauline has an in-depth knowledge of the toy and licensing industry having brought new products to market in the retail and educational sector and securing several awards for the Intellectual Property owners and created the brand Five-A-Day Friends. Working as both licensor and licensee she has experience in negotiating licensing contracts with a number of companies including HiT, Turner, and Sony. Pauline has held several  non-executive directorships and owned a previous business for 20 years before selling in 2007.

Amitabh Barthakur, Principal/Regional Director, AECOM, India

Amitabh Barthakur is Regional Director of the Planning, Design and Development (PDD) business line of AECOM in India. Prior to this he led AECOM’s Economics practice in the US-West region, based in Los Angeles, and served as the Global Practice leader for AECOM’s Economic Planning and Real Estate market sector. He was a Principal at Economics Research Associates (ERA) in Los Angeles, until the firm’s 2007 merger with AECOM. Amitabh’s core expertise is centered on economic evaluation of mixed use destination developments, typically anchored by entertainment uses, cultural attractions, and public assembly facilities. He assists developers and public agencies balance land use strategies that are economically viable in the marketplace and fiscally sustainable in terms of their impact to public resources. Amitabh has led a wide range of eminent international studies for a variety of public and private clients.  Some of his recent clients include Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Khazanah (Malaysia), Grupo CIE (Mexico), Ascendas (Singapore), City of Kunming (China), City of Los Angeles, and Dallas Fort-Worth Airport.  Amitabh has considerable experience in India and has worked for clients including the Reliance ADA Group, DLF Group and WAVE Infratech for a range of entertainment anchored projects.  He is currently engaged with the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation in formulating a development strategy for a large scale mixed use development anchored by a world class Exhibition and Convention Center.

Pradeep Sharma, Owner, Bombay Amusement Ride (P) Limited

Before beginning his career in the amusement industry in 1992, Pradeep Sharma started his career, from his early college days with Liberty Footwear Ltd. Karnal in 1981 as Electronics engineer. Having served amusement industry for over 29 years, Mr. Sharma is a well-known name in the industry. Maintenance, operations and safety have been the key areas of his interest. Mr. Sharma has been an active member of IAAPI. He has prepared the first draft of code of practice for amusement parks, for Bureau of Indian Standards, on behalf of IAAPI, and has been actively involved with its finalization. He is on board IAAPI managing committee and Chairman Safety committee. He has been working actively with the IAAPA standard harmonization committee, for harmonization of safety standards, representing India. He owns Bombay Amusement Ride (P) Limited, producing and exporting amusement rides to various countries, including USA and UK.