Author of How To Thrive In The Next Economy, John Thackara has travelled the world in the pursuit of stories about the practical steps taken by innovators to realize a sustainable future and shape a new economy. He worked for ten years as a book and magazine editor and was the first director of the Netherlands Design Institute in Amsterdam, was program director of Designs of The Time, the social innovation biennial in England; and commissioner in 2008 of France’s main design biennial, Cite du Design. A Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, in London, and a Fellow of Musashino Art University in Japan, he is also a member of the UK Parliament’s Standing Commission on Design.
Fast Company described John Thackara as “a business provocateur”; the Wall Street Journal states he “has established a global reputation as a cutting edge design expert”; Wired magazine called him “a design luminary” and The San Francisco Chronicle described him as a “wired era visionary”.
His session will look at how other business sectors have faced and coped with disruptive change and what lessons may have been learned that have application to the Meetings industry overall and more specifically to centres planning their future.
Robert Govers is the managing research partner of www.good.country, Chairman of the International Place Branding Association and an independent advisor, researcher, speaker and author on the reputation of cities, regions and countries. He has also been an adjunct or visiting scholar at the University of Leuven, Belgium; Rotterdam School of Management, The Netherlands; IULM University Milano, Italy; and several institutes in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He teaches Place Branding on the UNESCO World Heritage at Work Master program in Torino, Italy and is co-editor of the quarterly journal, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy.
Co-author of Place Branding (2009) and editor of the International Place Branding Yearbook Series, Robert typically advises in areas such as economic competitiveness, place identity and image, tourism policy and strategy, educational policy, tourism and investment promotion, and major international events.
With destination branding now a major focus for cities around the world, his AIPC session will explore the question of how this process is evolving and what centres must do in order to get the kind of access they need to ensure their more specific image requirements are being addressed.
|Simon Naudi |
An honours graduate in Psychology, Simon in 1986 established Answers Training which quickly became an international consultancy delivering sales and management programmes in over 60 countries throughout Europe, South America, Canada, the Middle East and the Far East. He writes monthly columns on management and sales related topics and is regularly called to deliver events on behalf of the Associations, Universities, Training and Enterprise Councils, Business Organisations, the Chartered Institute of Training and Development and other national and international government bodies, and has written two books - Advanced Telesales – The Definitive Guide to Success and The Gentle Art of Firm Persuasion both published by Capita.
He has worked with the event industry for over 29 years selling stands, organising conferences, running exhibitor workshops and exhibiting at numerous shows. He has delivered for the Association of Event Organisers in the UK as well as UFI worldwide.
In a two part session, Simon will be taking a hard look at how major changes that are sweeping many industries today have created different forms of adaptive response, followed by a workshop that explores what such adaptive responses might look like within our sector and the practical responses convention centres can use in planning for change.
|Elizabeth Randall-Winkle |
As Chief Strategy Officer for Smith Travel Research (STR), Elisabeth is responsible for the development and execution of the organization’s strategic initiatives. She has held several positions within the STR organization; most recently serving as Managing Director for the organization’s expansion and operations outside of North America based in the London office. Elizabeth also served as Director of Operations from 2008-2009.
Elizabeth is active in the industry, speaking at international conferences and participating on panels at various events and was invited to take part in the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series (DDLS) at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA) in 2011 and at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) in 2012. Elizabeth joined STR from the financial services industry, having served as Interim President/CEO for Pasadena Federal Credit Union in California after previously serving as Vice President, Member Services for the $120 Million organization.
Ms. Randall-Winkle serves on the Board of Directors of STR Global and International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University.
She will be updating members on the latest news from the critical accommodation sector, where major mergers and buyouts have rocked the sector and altered the playing field over the past year.
|Gary Kayye has worked in technology branding and marketing for more than 25 years, and served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron and an executive VP at AMX Corporation before taking on his current role as president and CEO of rAVe Publications, a publishing, digital strategy and communications company that he founded in 2003. Gary has been the keynote speaker at over 1000 technology shows and events and teaches, leads workshops and writes about technology and the future of adverting, marketing and public relations. Gary is recognized as a social media and new media technology expert, especially in the B2B markets. |
In 2004, he was recognized as InfoComm’s Educator of the Year and in 2007 he was given the NSCA Instructor of the Year award; in 2014, Gary was named to the list of the Top 100 People in the Triangle You Should Connect With.
His session will focus on the perennial question of what lies ahead for centres grappling with today’s ever-changing technology scene and specifically how centres can use new developments as potential revenue streams.While technological development always has an element of surprise, many of the core features for the future are already set. How can this knowledge help centres direct their investments to optimal effect?