As preparations for the 14th Akwaaba African Travel Market gather momentum, the organisers have revealed the names of some of the key note speakers expected at the event scheduled to take place in Lagos, Nigeria at the Eko Hotels & suites.

On the list of those expected to speak on Destination Marketing is Stella Fubara, Director of International operations with the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and recipient of the Balafon AwardsTravel Personality of the Year 2018 in West Africa which she bagged at the 4th Accra Weizo, held at the La Palm Royal Beach Resort, Accra-Ghana in June.

An accomplished leader in business and finance management, with over two decades of impressive executive management, Stella is responsible for the operations of Dubai Tourism in Africa in line with the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub.

She began her Professional career in 1999 as Financial Portfolio Manager at a global company, Owens Corning USA. In 2001 she moved on to become Senior Project Controller at Deloitte & Touche, where she set a remarkable standard for usage of tools and project management techniques for Deloitte projects on the East coast.

In 2003, Stella Fubara took on the role of Project Finance Manager at the famous Disney World, and later became the Division Finance Manager position for the park’s Costume & Cosmetology division.

She moved on to Wyndham Vacation Hotels & Resorts in 2007, as Director of Marketing Operations, and her exceptional policy formulation skills and sublime financial management dexterity resulted in her getting additional responsibility as Director Operational Finance & Compensation.

Stella also had a stint with one of the fastest growing and largest internet travel sites in Africa, as Chief Marketing and Product development officer before taking up her current role with Dubai Tourism.

The second of seven children born to HRH Professor Dagogo Michael Fubara and HRH Dr. Sotonye Fubara (nee Peterside), Stella holds an MBA in Finance & International Marketing from Franklin University Columbus, Ohio. She was also the winner of the 2017 Balafon Travel Personality of the Year.