Judges

Barış Onay

Barış Onay studied Architecture at Istanbul Technical University and Urban Planning at Ecole d'Architecture Paris-Belleville. He started his doctoral studies at Université Paris-1 Panthéon Sorbonne with a D.E.A in history of contemporary architecture and holds a Ph.D. degree from Istanbul Technical University on Urban Planning.

After a brief career in Architecture, Baris moved on to work for the Building Information Centre (YEM), the leading B2B publisher and exhibition organiser of the building industry of Turkey, where he eventually became the General Manager. During his tenure at YEM, he developed digital end-to-end community management platforms to accompany stablished Exhibitions and Events.

Moved to London at the end of 2013 to join ITE Group as it's first ever Group Digital Director and serving as the Group Marketing and Digital Director since August 2015.

Believer in data driven decision making and creating business value by driving key digital strategies throughout businesses as a whole; Baris is a frequent guest speaker at industry meetings

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Bonny Shapira

Bonny is the Cisco Live Europe leader. He joined the Cisco Live team just after the conclusion of Cisco Live 2012, making the 2018 event his sixth Cisco Live.

Bonny’s responsibilities lie in the overall vision, strategy and program management. It is his job to make it all happen and connect with Cisco’s overall vision and strategy. He is also responsible for the content program, leading a team of Cisco professionals responsible for the selection and creation of the educational sessions (breakouts, techtorials, panels, case studies). Bonny is passionate about swimming, Spanish, Negronis and his wife and three kids.

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Chris Meyer
Vice President of Sales Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Chris Meyer is vice president of global business sales for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). Chris is also Executive Director of World Trade Center Las Vegas

The LVCVA is the destination marketing organization for Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, and its mission centers on attracting visitors by promoting the destination as the world’s most desirable destination for leisure and business travel. The LVCVA also owns and operates the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center.

In his role as vice president of global business sales, Mr. Meyer is responsible for directing the worldwide activities of the LVCVA’s convention sales and convention center sales teams.  He also oversees the activities of the World Trade Center Las Vegas, which is a partnership between the LVCVA and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® to market Las Vegas to business travelers around the globe under the World Trade Center brand.

Mr. Meyer earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He is a certified meeting professional and certified in exhibition management.

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Clemens Schütte

Clemens is Director of International Business of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, a leading player in the international trade fair industry. His is responsible for a global network of 77 sales representations for 141 countries, including group companies in seven countries.

As Board Member and Vice Chairman, Clemens has been playing over many years a key role in the development of Shanghai New International Expo Centre Ltd., the leading trade - fair center in the Asia - Pacific region based in Shanghai’s special economic zone Pudong. Clemens is also Managing Director of German Exposition Corporation International GmbH, a company providing consultancy, planning and operational support to investors in exhibition centers all over the world.

Before joining the trade fair industry, he worked as regional manager responsible for the Czech and Slovak Republics in the headquarter of Allianz insurance group in Munich.

In this position, his focus was on the development of sales channels, the launch of new products, mergers & a cquisitions and controlling. He contributed to the set - up and development of the sales force of HypoVereinsbank and Allianz in Central and Eastern Europe.

Clemens is Chairman of the German - Chinese Business Association (DCW) in the region of North Rhine - Westphalia. He holds a PhD in economics from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt on Oder and studied economics and history in Freiburg.

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Giovanna Duca
Giovanna Duca is Responsible for Core Business Research at Fondazione Fiera Milano. She is in charge of the organization of Exhibitionist, a conference series dedicated to the innovation in the exhibition industry. She writes a blog (Blogofiere), offering updates about the international tradeshow and congress market.
Giovanna teaches at Accademia Fiera Milano, training center targeted at young professionals wishing to enter the exhibition and congress industry and at industry professionals and companies using exhibitions as a marketing tool. She graduated in Business Administration at Bocconi University in Milan.
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Hans Bruder

Hans Bruder is president of the OCTANORM Service Partner
International Network, the world's largest exhibit builders network with 140
companies in 43 countries on all 5 continents.

After he has graduated from the university with a degree in business administration he stafted to work as sales manager at the OCTANORM-Vertriebs-GmbH in 1978. From 1985 - 19BB he stayed in Toronto to build up the market for OCTANORM in Canada and in the United States.

After the founder of the OCTANORM-Vertriebs-GmbH, Mr. Hans Staeger, had retired, Hans Bruder took over the position as managing director from 1995 until 2015. Also since 1995 Hans Bruder is a member of the EuroShop exhibition committee of the Düsseldorf Exhibition Center.

In 2009 Hans Bruder has received from the American Exhibit Designer and Producer Association the most prestigious Hazel Hays Award for his achievements to introduce to the North American exhibition industry the system construction and for offering with the OSPl-network American exhibit builders the possibility to realize exhibits for their customers worldwide without shipping exhibition construction materials around the world.

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Kai Hattendorf

Kai Hattendorf is Managing Director / CEO of UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. As such, he is responsible for UFI activities and events globally, as well as the operation of its offices in Paris, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Bogota. 

Michael Kruppe

General Manager at SNIEC –Shanghai New lnternational Expo Centre

China's, most successful exhibition centre with annually almost 5m. visitors, 122,000 exhibitors and an average occupation rate of 70 pct in 2014, covering a total area of 300.000 m2

 

Career background

1986-2002

Manager at Helm Group in Germany, China and Hong Kong Worldwide Sales/Marketing and Procurement of ingredients and raw material for chemicals, food, pharmaceuticals and steel industry. Organizer of exhibitor events worldwide on relevant exhibitions, conferences and forums

2002-2013

General Manager for German and lrish company in China. Responsible for setting up sales and marketing strategies in China and Asia , mainly for MNC targeting local and international players in the region.
Setting up 2 new large factories and operations in Shanghai.
Continuing to plan and execute shows as an exhibitor.

2014-now

General Manager - SNIEC

Shanghai New lnternational Expo Centre
China's, most successful exhibition centre with annually almost 5mio. visitors, 122,000 exhibitors and an average occupation rate of 70 pct in 2014, covering a total area of 300.000 m2.

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Stephanie Selesnick

Stephanie Selesnick, President, International Trade Information

Stephanie is a second-generation trade show enthusiast and began working trade shows at the tender age of ten. International Trade Information, Inc. assists exhibition organisers to increase their international presence - either by bringing in exhibitors and visitors, or by geo-adapting shows and taking them offshore. 

She has worked on exhibitions in the agricultural, apparel, consumer electronics, energy, food and beverage, high tech construction, baby, juvenile & maternity, renewables, shoe, and travel industries all over the world. She is also the US representative for the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, the largest privately owned venue in China.

Stephanie is a frequent domestic and global speaker and trainer for associations, private companies and exhibition industry associations. She was one of few CEM faculty certified for overseas instruction, teaching accredited classes for 9 years for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) in the US, Mexico, Canada and China and is a former PCMA Best in Class speaker.

She blogs for UFI, the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry, on occasion for InfoSalons.com, and is a founder and moderator for #ExpoChat (on Twitter). Stephanie has also blogged for Trade Show Executive (TSE), International Meetings Review, and Expo Magazine.

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Zaneta Berus

Żaneta Berus –CEO and founder of In2WinBusiness Consulting since2011 rokuin MICEsector; Board Member of Event Industry Association in Poland; MICE sector expert.

 

A graduate of the University of Economics in Poznań, she graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Trade. She continued her education as part of numerous trainings and courses. In 1999, she completed the Values Management and Applied Prioritizing business program at the Interclub Education Center in Chicago, a year later, the Go Smart Businessbusiness study and post-graduate management studies at Northwestern Business College in Chicago.

In 2010, she completed her academic achievements with an Executive MBA at the Kozminski University in Warsaw. Żaneta Berus held the prestigious position of the Consul of the Trade at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago and was responsible for promoting the Polish economy on the American market.

For 16 years she was associated with the EXPO XXI in Warsaw. From 2006 in the Management Board of this company and the position of the Managing Director, and the last 6 years as the President of the Management Board. Until the end of April 2017, she also held the position of Executive Director at the Sapphire Group, which also includes EXPO XXI and Blue Business Media.

For the next two years she was the Managing Director of the largest exhibition facility in Poland -Ptak Warsaw Expo and was responsible for the coordination of activities and cooperation with external clients and international organizations.

At the same time, since 2011, he runs his In2Win consulting company and advises organizers and companies interested in the organization of events, in particular fair ones. Żaneta Berus also works actively in the Event Industry Association as a boardmember of this organization responsible for international cooperation, and by the end of July 2016, for over 6 years she was the Vice President of the Polish Chamber of Exhibition Industry, a member of the Association Conferences and Congresses in Poland and a member of UFI -the World Association. trade fair.

For her activities in favor of self-government and contribution to the promotion of Poland, Żaneta Berus received the Silver Cross of Merit, the second most important state decoration awarded by thePresident of the Republic of Poland. The event industry also appreciated her commitment. She was honored with the MP-12 title as the best venue manager in the Vendor-Venue category. Żaneta Berus received another industry distinction -the title of "Personality of the Year" in the "Object Manager" category, as well as the Badge "Distinguished for tourism" awarded by the Ministry of Sport and Tourism and title of Businesswoman of the year by Magazine „Businesswoman and Life

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Alexander Garay

Head of Events –Americas, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation

Alexander has over 18 years of corporate meeting, events, tradeshows, event marketing and communications experience. He has worked across a broad range of events and event disciplines in both B2B and B2C verticals. In his current role, Alexander drives strategy, control and oversight of execution of key events for DHL including sector conferences, events and trade shows across all sectors of the organization.
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Matthias Baur Tesi

Matthias Tesi Baur is a highly skilled consultant in trade shows, digital transformation and the gourmet food and wine world.

With over 19 years’ experience working for the world’s largest trade show and media companies (Messe Frankfurt, Reed Exhibitions and UBM), he has a rich knowledge and excellent connections in the global exhibition, conference and digital B2B industries.

He has built B2B businesses in many major economies, from the US to Australia, with a special focus on Asia.

He has a proven track record in launching new events, and business cases based on extensive market research, as well as implementing event acquisitions, and developing B2B sales, marketing and growth strategies.At Reed Exhibitions, he was the global e-Business Director, executing large-scale and global projects in digital transformation, big data, social media, e-commerce and online marketing. He also successfully rolled out CRM software, digital directories and other digital applications.

During his time at UBM,he managed the company’s food ingredients portfolio comprising over 12 trade shows, 20 conferences, a magazine and an online portal. He also built cross-cultural teams to grow businesses internationally.

In addition to running his own consultancy MBB-Media, Matthias Baur lectures at the University DHBW of Ravensburg, Germany in business development and international project management. He is also Chairman of the Digital Innovation Committee, part of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry UFI.

Matthias Baur founded the World Gourmet Society in 2010 –the world’s largest group of food enthusiasts on LinkedIn. He is well connected in the world of Michelin stars and has a wealth of knowledge in the global food, wine, hospitality and restaurant industry.”

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Claude Membrez

Claude Membrez joined Palexpo as its CEO on 1st November 2004. Since his arrival, he has pursued a strategy of development and modernization of Palexpo. This strategy enabled to double the turnover in ten years, bringing it from 40 million in 2004 to 99 million in 2017. During that time, the staff increased from 125 to 205 full-time employees; with temporary staff, the company employs today over 370 full-time equivalents.

Under the leadership of Claude Membrez, Palexpo has integrated various value-added services in connection with its activity (graphic design; electrical, water and telecommunications services, cleaning, suspension, catering, etc.) - services that were previously provided by external partners. At the same time, Palexpo has increased its portfolio of own events by launching new exhibitions on the one hand and buying existing events when the opportunity arose on the other hand.

Claude Membrez also started a project about the externalisation of the Palexpo expertise. In addition to that, Palexpo SA created a subsidiary company in 2014, with the goal to offer a catering service outside of Palexpo and an housing agency with a global partner in 2018.

In 2008, the legal structure of Palexpo was simplified with the creation of Palexpo SA, a private limited company. The Canton of Geneva holds nearly 80% of the shares of Palexpo. The 20% remaining shares are held by other private institutional shareholders. The activities of Palexpo generate approximately CHF 600 million of economic benefits a year, of which 40 million of tax benefits for the Canton of Geneva alone. Palexpo does not benefit from government subsidies and is subject to a self-financing requirement. Claude Membrez maintained the trend on sustainable development. The work performed as part of the “Vision 20xx” project made it possible to improve the energetic efficiency of the buildings. Despite doubling its turnover, Palexpo uses less electricity today than it did in 2004 and the totality of the energy used comes from renewable sources. The roof of Palexpo hosts one of the largest kwh-wise photovoltaic plant in Switzerland. Thanks to the district heating, the carbon footprint of Palexpo is not subject to the carbon tax.

Graduate of the Lausanne Hotel Management School, Claude Membrez also has a bachelor of Business Administration (HEC) from the University of Lausanne. He has occupied management and director positions in the hotel industry in Switzerland, France and Canada. Before joining Palexpo, he was the director of “Forum Fribourg”, which he opened and launched in 1999. He is now also the Vice-President of Finance of EMECA (European Major Exhibition Center Association).

Contact: claude.membrez@palexpo.ch
phone +41 79 436 91 85

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Eline Deijs

Eline Deijs is Director Marketing & Digital at RAI Amsterdam. In this role she is responsible for the Marketing Strategy of RAI and allinternational and national events.She stimulates Innovation and New Business (developing new events). Besides this she is responsible for the own Consumer events.

Since 2000 Eline is working in a digital environment. Her background is in ROI driven marketingand sales, media and branding.Eline is board member of CLC-Vecta, the Dutch trade association for the event industry.

About RAI Amsterdam:
RAI Amsterdam has been bringing different worlds, people and markets together, at home and abroad, since 1893. The RAI is an international exhibition and convention company which organises events in the Netherlands and abroad and operates the RAI Convention Centre in the Zuidas business district of Amsterdam. The RAI welcomes around 1.7 million visitors a year to approximately 400 events such as exhibitions, conventions and corporate and other events. The company also provides event-related services to organisers, exhibitors and visitors.

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Sarnit Karunyavanij

Sarnit has been in the Thai Exhibitionand Events industry for over two decades, having been a PCO, PEO and was the Business Development Director of BITEC which is a renowned venue in Bangkok for eight years. He is now a consultant for the events industry in Thailand, and is DMG Events senior consultant for Thailand.

Paul MacDonald

Paul is the Global Brand Director - Packaging at Artexis Easyfairs. Award winning senior event professional with demonstrable success in B2B live marketing environments with a passion for innovation, creativity and challenging the status quo.

In collaboration with the Artexis Easyfairs global management team and the global packaging event teams. I am charged with bringing brand consistency and best practice to our portfolio of packaging events in order to improve collective performance and discover new opportunities.

The Artexis Easyfairs global portfolio of packaging events consists of 32 events in 16 cities across 11 countries and is made up of the Packaging Innovations, Empack, Label&Print and Luxury Packaging brands.During my career I have worked on industry leading events such as IFSEC and IFE

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Jeremy Rees

Jeremy Rees is CEO of ExCeL Londonsince November 2017, with a career spanningovertwo decades within the exhibition and events industry. He has worked as anorganiser, supplier and venue operator for companies such as Clarion Events, EarlsCourt & Olympia Group andfrom 2010,ExCeL London.

Jeremy currently sits on the board of Association of Event Venues (AEV) . He is also an active participant on a number of charity boards including the exhibition industry’s charity fundraiser and networking summer cricket event , Sticky Wicket.
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Christopher McCuin

Christopher McCuin is Managing Director of Montgomery Asia. Christopher joined Montgomery at the beginning of 2010 to take over the Directorship of their flagship international Food & Drink event (IFE) and to run our fast growing Processing & Packaging show, Pro2Pac.

Christopher comes from a solid international exhibitions background having managed smaller launch events and some of the largest, most established exhibitions throughout Asia and China since 2003. Through comprehensive international business travel he has developed an extensive and active global network of industry and Governmental relationships.

Christopher has spent much of his time forging new contacts around the world and seeking out business development opportunities as the Montgomery Business Development Director before accepting the role of Managi ng Director of their new business in Asia. Basing himself in Singapore, Christopher is ensuring the long term development and growth of Montgomery Asia with 5 new show launches in under 3 years and a lot more new events on the horizon.

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Nicola Morrin

Nicola is currently the Head of Major Projects and Events at ADS, the UK association for Aerospace,Defence, Security and Space. She has run the Home Office Security and Policing Event for the past 5years as well as the Innovation Zone and Futures Day at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Nicola was previously the European Director of Commercial events at Kaspersky Lab and European Operations Director at the Active Network working with Cisco, Hewlett Packard, VMWare and Microsoft.
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Mary Pat Heftman

Mary Pat is a respected business event strategist and innovator and is recognized for her visionary leadership, collaboration, and mentoring in the association, event management and hospitality industries.She has immense passion for face-to-face business events and has been a leader and advocate and in the field for over three decades.

Mary Pat has had a long career leading the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, previously owned by the National Restaurant Association and now under the operational ownership of Winsight LLC. Over the last two decades under her leadership, the Restaurant Show has grown exponentially and is currently the largest annual gathering of foodservice professionals in the Western Hemisphere. During her tenure she has also led the BAR Show, New England Food Show, Illinois Restaurant Association Show, numerous association and industry meetings, and has been a key player in enterprise-wide strategic development for both the National Restaurant Association and Winsight LLC. In her current role as Vice Chair of Winsight Exhibitions at Winsight LLC, MaryPat continues to lead the strategic development and long-term growth of the Restaurant Show and Win sight entities. Mary Pat is passionate about giving back to the industry through volunteer is with a focus on advancing government awareness of the convention industry’s impact on the social and economic growth of communities. She has served as Chair of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA),PCMA Education Foundation Trustee, and Chairperson of the MajorAmerican Trade Show Organizers (MATSO). She has also served in advisory positions for a number of tradeshow and business events organizations: the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) Strategic Public Relations Task Force; the Board of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR); the Choose Chicago Board of Director sand Advisory Board various committees of the Midwest Chapter of IAEE; Co-Chair of the PCMA Exhibits and Trade Show Task Force; and as a member of the Council of Hotel & Restaurant Trainers (CHART) Advisory Council. She is also a nationally recognized leader and speaker in the convention industry. In addition to serving asa leader in the national business events industry, Mary Pat has been a key influence in Chicago. Her voice has been instrumental in working toward increased exhibitor rights and McCormick Place operational reform resulting in job creation and economic growth throughout the city. Mary Pat resides in Glenview, Illinois with her husband, and has one son, Michael. She holds a BBA degree in marketing and management from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana and is a graduate of Cardinal Newman High School, WPB, Florida
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