Meet the 2019 Platinum List Panel of Experts

Celebrated Living’s panel of experts helped us choose the world’s top hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars and travel adventures. Here's a quick look at each.

September/ October 2019

Meet the 13 connoisseurs who nominated this year’s world leaders in hotels, resorts, restaurants and bars, and travel experiences. Their choices were posted online, and CL’s readers selected the winners.

Here is a look at our experts. To discover the winners of the 2019 Platinum List Awards, click here.

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The Experts

Janelle Anderson 

The vice president of global marketing at American Airlines, she leads all marketing efforts across advertising, brand, product development, promotions and sponsorships, including lounges and inflight products and entertainment.




Evelyn Chen

Born and bred inSingapore, she is a food and travel writer/editor and one of the regional academy chairs for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. She is a contributor to the book Where Chefs Eat.






Bruno del Granado

He is an agent at Creative Artists Agency and represents many of the most accomplished musicians working in Latin music, including Maluma, Gloria Estefan and Luis Fonsi, among others.






Brekke Fletcher

The executive editor of travel for CNN, Brekke oversees the network’s worldwide coverage and managing a group of more than 800 travel contributors and insiders around the globe.






Jacqueline Gifford

Jacqueline is editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure. She was previously the magazine’s travel director, and has held various senior editorial positions there since joining the brand in 2013.






Christopher Hill

Based in Jakarta, left his native Canada in 2001 to become a founding editor and associate publisher of DestinAsian, a luxury travel bimonthly circulated throughout Southeast Asia and Hong Kong.






Patrick Janelle

With a following of 432,000, the travel influencer has been recognized by The New York Times as a top Instagrammer and was presented with the inaugural Fashion Instagrammer of the Year award by the CFDA.






Jennifer Kester

During her time as executive editor at Forbes Travel Guide, Jennifer has visited nearly 200 luxury properties, from Shanghai to Tasmania to the Baltics. She constantly tracks the latest trends in hotels, food and culture.





Anthony Lassman

Nota Bene Global luxury travel service founder is an authoritative tastemaker whose opinions are sought out and valued by the most discerning travelers. He has a background in London real estate.






Jessica Nabongo

Recently named of the most powerful women in travel by Condé Nast Traveler, is the founder of the Jet Black luxury travel company. She is currently on a mission to become the first black woman to visit every country in the world.





Mark C. O’Flaherty

Mark writes a monthly column for The Telegraph on luxury design hotels and is the founder of the irreverent travel magazine Civilian. He is also a London-based photographer.






Lee Brian Schrager

The founder of both the South Beach and New York City Wine & Food Festivals, he is also senior vice president of communications at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, and the author of three cookbooks.






Matthew Upchurch

He parlayed his vision of a global travel-industry network into Virtuoso, a multibillion-dollar, by-invitation-only enterprise of exceptional travel advisors and providers. He serves as Virtuoso’s chairman and CEO.







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