Melissa Burckhardt

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Director – Membership Relations, PATA

Melissa was born in Manila, Philippines but her adventurous spirit took her around the world and back again. She first moved to Bangkok, Thailand
in 2006, where she cut her teeth in marketing and communications. She took on the role of Assistant Manager for Communications at PATA in 2010 and in 2012, she was appointed as Manager of Advocacy and Organization Relations.

After 7 years in the Land of Smiles, she was on the move again, this time with a husband and a baby boy in tow, and settled in Doha, Qatar, for a chance to once again test her ability to adapt and thrive. During her time in Qatar, Melissa was part of Team Y&R in Doha, where she managed the Agency’s highest value accounts including McDonald’s Qatar, Hamad Medical Corporation (Qatar’s national healthcare provider), Alfardan Group (one of the leading conglomerates in the GCC), Al Rayyan Hospitality (one of Qatar’s leading hospitality development and management companies), La Cigale Hotel, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels, and Doha Festival City, to name a few.

Homesick and aching for good Thai food, she moved back to Bangkok in 2016. Now back in Thailand, Melissa is also back at PATA as Director of Membership Relations, developing and executing effective membership recruitment, retention and engagement plans for the Association. Melissa is proud to lead the Membership Relations team and is committed to serving the best interest of the PATA community.