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Linda Pereira is a senior partner and a CEO of the L&I Communications Group and an Executive Director of CPL Meetings & Events. Respected internationally as a speaker, a writer and an educator, she has been invited as a speaker to 143 countries and to all the continents. She is recognized for her efficiency, professionalism and thinking outside the box. In 2008 she was considered one of Portugal’s five most influential people in the industry and received the Annual Education Award from USA-based IAHMP. In 2012 Linda was voted one of world’s top 100 PCOs for the third year running. She sits on various Advisory Boards, most notably the Meetings Show and the Portugal’s Events Industry Awards as well as the IAHMP Education Committee which she presides and was the Chair of the International and European Association Congress for the last two years. In 2014 she was voted as the Events Personality of the Year in Portugal and received the Global Marketing Personality Award from WE Magazine in the USA.




As one of the managing directors of tmf-dialogue marketing, Johanna Fischer plays an active role in the international meeting space for more than 20 years. tmf-dialogue supports destinations and venues in the European and Indian/English-speaking Asian meetings market with a range of innovative promotional platforms, eg the tmf-dialogue newsrooms for the European and Asian markets, the new EPEX@WOW – the only exhibition in India reaching out to the community for intl. Events & Weddings, the EP (Experiential Planner) Handbook and many more. tmf dialogue connects planners with destinations through multi-channel digital communication, meetings PR  and innovative live marketing




Rob Davidson is a director of MICE Knowledge and a leading specialist in this field in Europe. Rob Davidson’s main areas of expertise are conferences and business travel, and over the lastfifteen years he has written widely on these themes. In addition to writing books, he regularly writes articles for the professional business travel and tourism press, including Conference News. He is regularly invited to speak at international conferences on themes linked to business tourism. Since 2002, Rob has been employed on a consultancy basis as Industry Analyst by Reed Travel Exhibitions, for whom he carries out ongoing research. At IBTM World in Barcelonaeach year, he launches his annual report, Trends Watch, on trends in the meetings and business travel industry worldwide.



Tony Rogers is a consultant specialising in conferences, business visits and events, and venue/destination marketing and management. He established his own consultancy, Tony Rogers Conference & Event Services Ltd in September 2009. He previously worked as Project Director for Eventia, the events industry trade association (now known as EVCOM), and prior to this he spent over19 years as Chief Executive of the British Association of Conference Destinations (BACD), is an honorary member of the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO), an association he managed for eight years until October 2008. He served as a Visiting Fellow at Leeds Beckett University’s UK Centre for Events Management for eight years until 2015. He also served on the European Board for Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI). He has compiled substantial reports for the UK’s Business Visits & Events Partnership, including a major report, ‘Events Are GREAT Britain’ (March 2014), and a study into subvention and bidding practices (published in September 2011). He is a member of the BVEP Research Working Group.



Penilla Gunther is an MP in Sweden, and is a member of both the Committee of the Labour Market and the Committee for Industry and Trade.  Gunther previously worked as a professional meeting planner and educator for many years, and have also been working for MPI – Meeting Professionals Industry Association, introducing a book and certification for the Meetings Industry in Europe. Gunther has, as the only MP in Sweden, written a political programme for both Tourism and the Meetings Industry; which highlights the need for knowledge and interest from politicians at all levels.



Siobhán Fitzpatrick has over 25 years’ experience working in various organisations in Dublin, London and New York, across many different industry sectors including Financial Services, Event Management and Not-for-Profit. Her coaching integrates her experience in people and change management, enabling clients to set and achieve meaningful personal and professional goals. Siobhán’s signature strength is her ability to connect with clients at a heart level, working with the whole person in order to help them find clarity and a deep sense of meaning. This enables leaders in organisations at all levels to find the motivation they need to realise their full potential. At an organisational level, she supports leaders charged with managing change and improving performance through authentic leadership and team development. Passionate about loving Monday’s she also specialises in career development and personal empowerment. 



Hugo Slimbrouck spent his entire career in the hospitality and meetings industry. After a career in hotel sales and marketing with some leading brands from 1976 to 1995, he moved to open the convention bureau of his hometown Bruges. Following this he joined the event agency sector as managing director of a medium sized agency in Brussels and moved to the MCI Group in 2006. Here he participated in the development of the Ovation Global DMC brand and is responsible for the entire worldwide network of strategic partners. Hugo Slimbrouck is a past president of SITE (the Society of Incentive Travel Excellence) and past chair of JMIC (the Joint Meetings Industry Council).



Former opera singer, Susan Heaton Wright uses her experience, knowledge and expertise as a performer, to empower individuals and teams to make an impact with their voices and physical presence. Susan works with clients to ensure they are using their voices and body language to create a presence and to acquire charisma and confidence in a variety of business situations. Susan is a regular speaker at business groups including the Institute of Directors and Chamber of Commerce, at conferences and universities where she has been a guest lecturer. She has appeared on BBC 2’s Working Lunch and BBC radio shows as well as online radio shows in USA and Australia, and she regularly contributes to professional publications and the national press on speaking performance and skills. She was a regular BBC radio commentator on the voice during the recent General Election. Her blog “Superstar Communicator” was a finalist in the 2015 UK Blog Awards and she writes guest blogs for a number of organisations. Susan’s iTunes podcast “Superstar communicator” is also gaining popularity. Susan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, The Incorporated Society of Musicians and Royal Geographical Society.



James Latham is the founder and executive producer of International Meetings Review, the global meetings industry supersite distributed by leading industry publications, events and associations. James is a Politics graduate of Loughborough University and 2015 recipient of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) Power & Profile Award for his contribution to the re-positioning of the industry as a catalyst for economic growth beyond tourism.



Amelija Rudenko is a General Manager of E.L.L. Real Estate, Lithuania, and dealing with commercial real estate, office buildings, shopping centers, hotels development and management. Being hospitality industry professional with ten-year’ experience in hotel business she is an AHLEI certified Hospitality Educator and a lecturer at International School of Law and Business, and an author of the book “Basics of the Hotel Management”. She is a Member of the Board at Estonian Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania, and a member of other business associations.




Steen Møller is Head of Business Events Denmark at VisitDenmark, driving the business events segment internationally and developing the strong brands MINDblowing Meetings and Meetovation. Steen has a background in incoming agencies in Scandinavia and in management consulting. Business Events Denmark has invested in building the brand MINDblowing Meetings in the meeting industry and being frontrunners in meeting design. A strong part of this is using the Danish meeting design concept, Meetovation, to create meetings that involve meeting participants, use local inspiration, creativity in settings and responsible and sustainable thinking – all to ensure a high return on investment of the meetings.



Elisabeth Hansa, owner of ELISABETH HANSA, Support & Strategy On Demand is an accomplished managing director specialising in marketing and business development  with 30 years of meetings industry experience. She has extensive experience as advisor for start ups of convention bureaux, convention centres and venues specialising. In September 2015 she founded her company  a full service consulting agency dealing with venue development, staff training and feasibility studies for venues. Before this she worked in various leading positions in convention centres of all sizes and backgrounds, from small centres in the countryside to mid- sized ones in Graz, to the biggest centre in central Europe, the Austria Center in Vienna. In 2014 she also advised the cities of Kyiv, Lviv, Donezk and Charkiv on the development of the meeting industry in these cities and on the implementation of convention bureaux, this consulting resulted in the establishment of two convention bureaus in Lviv and Kyiv. Since 2009 she has been  teachinginvarious universities in Austria and Azerbaijan.




Martin Lewis is Managing Editor of Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine and Managing Director of CAT Publications Ltd, a unique organisation that specialises solely in magazines, directories, live events and web sites serving the conference and incentive travel markets. Martin gained his experience as a journalist in a broad spectrum of reporting and editing roles after starting his career as a sports reporter. CAT Publications now also publishes Association Meetings International magazine, ConventionSource.com, M&IT India, www.meetbizindia.com, www.meetpie.com and organises The Meetings Industry Marketing Awards and The Meetings & Incentive Travel Industry Awards. Martin also co-founded Meetings Industry Meeting Needs, the meetings industry’s own registered charity which he chairs. The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) presented Martin with the industry’s first ever Profile & Power Award for services to the meetings industry and EIBTM presented Martin with its first Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2015 Martin was awarded the prestigious Moises Shuster Award by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Martin is a member of the Site Foundation Board and was a member of the fund-raising team to finance the UK’s first Economic Impact Study.




Thomas Bangert started working in the travel industry in 2000 for a little start up called Ifyoutravel, a part of the multimedia branch of LVMH. He transferred to Ifyoutravel’s headquarter in London late 2001 and shortly after that, Ifyoutravel was acquired by the Online Travel Corporation (OTC). OTC was then acquired by lastminute.com and later by Travelocity (Sabre). From Commercial Manager, to Supply Sales Director, Thomas moved on to become the Media Director for Northern Europe. In April 2011 he moved to TripAdvisor where he is now the Director Display EU.



Paul Kennedy MBE is a meetings industry leader and an expert with extensive experience on both the demand and supply sides of the sector. Paul's experience includes running a multi award winning conference and events centre; a Group Exhibition Director for the world's largest portfolio of global meetings industry events; a Chairman of major tradeshows and now runs his own destination, event and strategic business consultancy. He is a former Chair of the MIA and a member of the Executive Board of MPI.

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