Speakers Bios

UFI EUROPEAN CONFERENCE

Eugen Alles, Managing Director, Messe Frankfurt GmbH RUS OOO (Russia)

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Eugen Alles is the Managing Director of Messe Frankfurt GmbH subsidiary in Russia. He has more than 10 years of professional experience in finance and taxation law. He started his career in 1999 in financing and controlling with SEB Invest GmbH. Eugen joined Messe Frankfurt GmbH in 2004 as the Head of Investment Controlling. After successful beginning of his career within the company he was appointed to run the subsidiary of the Messe Frankfurt GmbH in Moscow. Eugen has been heading Messe Frankfurt RUS since 2005 as the Managing Director, being in charge of general management and operations, finance and controlling, strategy planning and development.

While being born into a German family, spending his early years in the former USSR, and moving to Germany as a teenager, Eugen acquired deep knowledge of both European and Russian mentality and culture, which helps him adapt European business practices to Russian market conditions. With his strong and assured management and established long term relationships with the leading Russian trade fair organizers and venue holders, Eugen is responsible for the company’s consistent growth and bringing new projects on the Russian exhibition market. Mr. Alles is fluent in German, Russian, and English.

Gerald Böse, Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH (Germany)

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Gerald Böse studied business management in Munich and started his career in 1989 at the Messe München trade fair company. From 1992 to 2005 he worked for IGEDO in Düsseldorf, finally as the Managing Director. In 2005 Böse became the Speaker of the Management Board of Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress-GmbH.
Gerald Böse has been the CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH in Cologne since 2008. Under his management, 2009 became the year with the highest revenue and the largest number of events to date in the company's history.
He initiated a comprehensive efficiency-boosting programme, and completed a thorough reorganization of the company. Since January 2012 he also has the function as Chairman of the Board of the Association of Major Trade Fair Centres (GDG).

Katie Crocombe, Director, 52eight3 Limited (UK)

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Katie Crocombe is Director at 52eight3, a marketing and PR service provider dedicated to events and event tech. In 2016, Katie created 52eight3 to support event tech companies launch into the world of exhibitions, conferences and live events, giving them exposure to key buyers and drive sales.

Using skills and experience gained over fifteen years in the industry,largely with Artexis Easyfairs and Reed Exhibitions, Katie drives the 52eight3 mission to support companies in the events community by promoting technological innovation, crafting the optimum attendee experience, delivering new audiences and cultivating an empowered events community.

Nick de Bois, Special Adviser and Former Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (UK)

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Prior to entering parliament in 2010 as MP for Enfield North, Nick was the founder of Rapiergroup, the international exhibition and events agency he set up in 1989. In Parliament he was Secretary of the influential 1922 Conservative MP back bench committee & Vice-Chair of the APPG for UK Trade & Exports. He left parliament in May 2015 when he subsequently took on the role of Chairman of the newly established U.K. Events Industry Board which was established by the U.K. government to oversea the implementation of the first ever government Business Events Strategy.

He left that post in July 2018 to serve as Chief of Staff to the then Secretary of State Dominic Raab at the Department for Exiting the European Union until November 2018. He is author of the very revealing Confessions of a Recovering MP published by Biteback in 2018 and nominated for best Parliamentary Biography earlier this year.

Nick Dugdale-Moore, Business Development Manager, UFI (Paris)

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Nick has been working at UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry since 2010. He is responsible for sponsorship and commercial partnerships for all of UFI's global portfolio of events and activities. A fluent speaker of Spanish and Portuguese he also helped the establishment of UFI's Latin American Chapter and office in Bogota, which opened in 2018.
Nick joined the exhibition industry in 2006 working for the International Sales Group (ISG) of Reed Exhibitions in the UK. Between 2008 – 2010 he worked on the company-wide sales-effective training programme and new CRM platform.
Nick has been the head of the UK Footvolley Association since 2004.

Eric Everard - CEO and founder of Easyfairs (Belgium)

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Our Chief Executive Officer Eric Everard is one of Belgium’s most successful and prominent entrepreneurs. He founded Artexis in Belgium in 1997 and Easyfairs International in 2004. The two companies merged into a single Group in 2014, with two international divisions: Artexis (venues management) and Easyfairs (events management). He is also a non-executive director of BNP Paribas Fortis Brussels and a board member of BECI, the Brussels Enterprises Commerce and Industry Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, Everard was elected Belgian Manager of the Year. In addition, Everard serves as a board member the 100,000 Entrepreneurs Belgium.

He is an Honorary President and board member at UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, having served as President in 2011 following his election at UFI’s 77th conference in Singapore. He is also an active member of Belgium’s Young Presidents' Association (YPO). In 2018, Easyfairs has been elected ‘Enterprise of the Year 2018’ From 1997 to 2000 Everard was Partner and Associate Director with the KI Partners Group, an advertising agency and call centre operator.

He was previously a director with Reed Midem, Paris, where he was responsible for the events MIPTV and MIPCOM. From 1991 to 1996 Everard was General Director at Reed Exhibitions Benelux (part of the Reed Elsevier Group) where he was in charge of events such as Salon Européen de l’Etudiant, Jedifa, Mediaplanet, and Eurantica. Everard founded the Belgian student magazine Univers-Cité et Kampus in 1986 and, based on its success, the European Student Fair. In 1988 he launched the Student Welcome Pack in Europe (a two million copy sampling business). He has a degree in Applied Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL).

Cassandra Farrington, CEO and Co-Founder of Marijuana Business Daily; President at Anne Holland Ventures Inc. (USA)

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Cassandra is the co-founder and CEO of Marijuana Business Daily, and President at Anne Holland Ventures Inc. She entered the world of B2B industry publishing as a junior marketer at Phillips Business Information, and went on to earn her MBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. She served as a Vice President at Citi in operational roles prior to co-founding Anne Holland Ventures. She currently oversees one of the fastest growing trade shows in the country and has been recognized numerous times for her leadership as an entrepreneur.

Vasily Grudev, Chairman, OBOR Exhibitions Russia & CIS (Russia)

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1997 to 1999 headed the development service in one of the first Internet providers in Moscow, 1999 to 2003 High-Tech portfolio leader With Russia Partners PE Fund.
2003 to 2009, in positions from sales Manager to Representative office MD in Russia and CIS with Computer Network Technologies, McDTATA, Cisco Systems.
2009 to 2016 International Affairs Advisor with RUSNANO – largest Equity Investment Fund in Russia.
Since 2016 with OBOR exhibitions Russia & CIS.

Mary Larkin, Executive Vice President, Diversified Communications (USA)

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Ms. Mary Larkin served as Executive Vice President of Diversified Business Communications Inc. since December 2014. Ms. Larkin oversees All Things Organic™, Diversified's US integrative healthcare portfolio and Diversified's international portfolio of seafood tradeshows, including the European Seafood Exhibition/Seafood Processing Europe, the International Boston Seafood Show/Seafood Processing America, and the Mediterranean Seafood Exhibition/Seafood Processing Mediterranean. Ms. Larkin joined Diversified in 1995 as an Account Executive. She served as Publisher of Seafood Business Magazine and Group Vice President of Diversified Business Communications Inc. She served as Sales Manager and served as in charge of the International Boston Seafood Show and the European Seafood Exhibition/Seafood Processing Europe at various points in her career. Most recently, she served as Show Director for the seafood group.

Mary was recently elected to be the first female President of UFI. She will join the UFI presidential trio for the 2018/19 term as Incoming President and serve her term as President from 2019/2020.

Adam Parry, Director, Event Tech Live, Event Industry News (UK)

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Adam is the co-founder and editor of www.eventindustrynews.com (EIN) is a global online event magazine. EIN is read by organisers, promoters, event management and production companies, suppliers, experiential agencies, the corporate sector, local government and organisations that host exhibitions and conferences. Adam, a technology evangelist also organises Event Tech Live, Europe’s only show dedicated to event technology and The Event Technology Awards a world renown awards scheme showcasing the best in event technology, both events will take place on the 6thth and 7th of November in London.

Robert Peston, Political Editor, ITV (UK)

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Robert Peston is ITV’s Political Editor and host of their flagship politics and current affairs show, Peston. He covers the latest happenings in Westminster and beyond, interviewing the important players on the national and international political scenes. Prior to his high-profile move Robert was the BBC’s Economics Editor, revealing the stories behind the statistics and explaining the implications of domestic, European and global economic shifts. Before that, as Business Editor, he broadcast and published a series of exclusive and influential stories about the global financial situation. He revealed the crises at Northern Rock and RBS, the emergency rescue of HBOS, and the tumult around the credit crunch, bailouts and austerity.

Before joining the BBC, Robert was City and Assistant Editor of the Sunday Telegraph, in charge of the business and money sections, and the FT's Financial Editor. At the FT, he was a member of the editorial board and earlier he served as its Political Editor, Banking Editor and founder of the investigations unit.

Away from the cameras Robert has also won plaudits for his online journalism, and he is the author of critically acclaimed books including How Do We Fix This Mess? and Who Runs Britain?. Both examine the causes and long-term implications of the 2008 financial crisis. Whilst his third title, WTF? takes a broader look at the world, what’s gone wrong, and proposes possible solutions across politics, society and business. Amongst a wealth of journalism awards Robert has to his name, he has won the Royal Television Society's Journalist of the Year, Specialist Journalist of the Year, and Scoop of the Year (twice), the Wincott Prize for financial journalism, and the Broadcasting Press Guild's award for Best Performer in a non-acting role.

Robert has written and presented a number of documentaries and factual series, notably four films about China's boom and probable bust, two films on the EU referendum, three films on the financial crisis, and the popular series Robert Peston Goes Shopping.

Denzil Rankine, Executive Chairman, AMR International (UK)

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Denzil Rankine is founder and executive chairman of AMR International, the world leader in strategy consulting for the events industry. Under Denzil’s leadership, AMR’s role is to create lasting value for its clients, while guiding the transformation of the events industry. Denzil’s experience spans over 30 years of advising companies globally on strategic development and acquisition.
Denzil has supported the turnaround and transformation of organizers across the globe. He is considered a thought leader in growth and performance improvement, particularly through “Exhibition 2.0”.
Denzil is the author of six M&A related books. Consequently, he has been involved in all the major deals in the events industry around the world over the past two decades, as well as dozens of smaller transactions.

Chris Skeith, Chief Executive Officer, AEO (UK)

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Chris is the Chief Executive Officer of the AEO (Association of Event Organisers; the leading association for organisers of events in the UK and internationally). Chris started his career in media auditing at the Audit Bureau of Circulations, where he latterly led on the development of their auditing products for the event sector. In 2006 Chris moved to the Events Industry Alliance, overseeing the merger of AEC & BECA to form ESSA (Event Supplier & Services Association) and the launch of the highly successful ‘Use an ESSA Member’ campaign. In 2010, he also became Director of ESSA’s sister association, AEV (Association of Event Venues), driving engagement through numerous special interest groups.
Chris holds a seat on the Government’s Events’ Industry Board, is a Board Member of UFI and Chair of their Associations Committee and is Vice Chair & Treasurer of BVEP (Business Visits & Events’ Partnership), a partnership of all leading associations in the event industry, representing the sector to government and regulators.

Dianna Steinbach, Vice President, International Services for ISSA (USA)

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Dianna Steinbach is the Vice President of International Services for ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, a 97-year-old, US-based organisation. Four years ago, ISSA’s international operations included two people overseeing European activities and one European exhibition alliance. Since taking over, Steinbach has expanded ISSA’s operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Oceania, including new offices in Germany and Australia, as well as joint ventures in China, Italy and Korea.

ISSA’s portfolio of exhibitions now include the US, Australia, Canada, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, and Russia. For the last 18 years, Steinbach has focused on helping ISSA and related industry associations and exhibition providers identify new trends, strategically plan, develop business alliances, connect with customers and position themselves for the greatest success. Prior to that, she was the owner of ClarityPoint consulting firm, as well as former editor of the U.S. cleaning industry publications Contracting Profits, Facility Cleaning Decisions and Sanitary Maintenance magazines. She worked on the team that first enabled ISSA’s US show to enter the Trade Show Executives Gold 100, has presented at the Lippman Connects Large Show Roundtable in the US, been a member of exhibition committees for RAI Amsterdam, and participated in customer-based strategy sessions for the Las Vegas Convention Center. More information about ISSA is available at issa.com

Gabrielle Weiss, Publisher and Editor, Trade Show Executive (USA)

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As Publisher and Editor of Trade Show Executive, Gabrielle Weiss is responsible for the overall vision, operations and development of the magazine enterprise which includes the magazine’s research arm, events as well as the day-to-day editorial operations and design. Under her leadership in 2018, Trade Show Executive (TSE) won seven journalism awards, improved magazine circulation and launched two initiatives that recognize up-and-comers in the trade show industry.

Weiss currently serves on the IAEE Advocacy Committee and on the board of the Chicago chapter of the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE).
Prior to TSE, Weiss oversaw the creation of content and built communication strategies for the magazine’s parent company, United Service Companies. Before United, Weiss worked for prominent public affairs agencies and as a freelance journalist in Chicago, where she was nominated for the prestigious Lisagor Award for her coverage of homeless women on Chicago’s North Side. Weiss holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Roosevelt University where she also studied journalism. Active in her community, Weiss also serves as the president of the Margate Park Advisory Council.

 


OPERATIONS AND SERVICES FORUM

Pep Coll, Construction Manager and BIM Consultant, BIM Academy (Spain)

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Pep Coll is Construction Manager and BIM Manager, and CEO of EiPM-Engineering and Project Management. He is an experienced General Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & construction industry. A Building engineer trained by EUPM-Barcelona, he directs a BIM Management Master Degree at Area Building School from CAATEEB- Association of Building Engineers. He has developed soft skills in team building, change management and leadership and hard skills in BIM tools, the necessary tools for what is called Digital Transformation in the Construction Industry. He is also a member of buildingSMART Spain and collaborator in Future Construction Commission by ITeC-Construction Technology Institute of Catalonia.

Stefan Eckert, Senior Vice President, Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne (Germany)

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Member of the extended management board of Koelnmesse GmbH.

  • From 2004 to 2010, Managing Director of Koelnmesse Service GmbH, leading the company to a strong growth in the service business;
  • Work experience in the service industry with L.E.K. Consulting in Australia and Deutsche Bahn AG in Germany;
  • University education in Germany, France, US and Switzerland.

Company overview:
With an annual turnover of about € 280 Mio., Koelnmesse belongs to the top exhibition organizers and venue owners in Germany.
The venue is the 5th largest in the world, accounting for 284.000 m² of rental space. Well known brands like Anuga (food), imm cologne (furniture), ids (dental) and gamescom (gaming) have their home in Cologne.

Giacomo Lucchini, Chief Operating Officer, Fiera Milano S.p.A. (Italy)

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Giacomo Lucchini graduated in Economics and Commerce from the Catholic University of Milan. He is a leader in high complexity organisations and change management projects, and experienced in activities organisation and process re-engineering and improvement, with a special focus on human resources management and engagement.
After more than ten years as Director in health and long term care organizations, he joined Fiera Milano in 2007 as Chief Operating Officer. Now he is Service division Director in Fiera Milano and CEO of Fiera Milano Nolostand, stand fitting and service providing company of Fiera Milano Group.

Maria Elena Alonso Mayor, Project Manager, FIRA Barcelona (Spain)

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Maria Alonso is an Architect and Project Manager at the Technical Services Department in FIRA Barcelona and responsible for the BIM Implementation Project in FIRA Barcelona venues. She started her career in 2004 in Barcelona as a junior architect and developed in multicultural environments in Barcelona and abroad. She has been leading architecture teams since 2012 in India, with a great success in new processes implementation. From 2016 Maria is a polyvalent specialist in FIRA Barcelona providing her technical and social experience as an Architect with a community development background.

Ignasi Pérez Arnal, CEO, BIM Academy (Spain)

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Ignasi Pérez Arnal is CEO of BIM Academy.es, content director of European BIM Summit and India BIM Summit. Founder of ffwC, Fast Forward Building, a think tank about advanced building topics, he is involved in introducing Construction 4.0 concepts in Advanced Architecture management.
Architect from the High Technical School of Architecture in Barcelona, Ignasi continued his studies in L'Usine in Geneva (Switzerland), Tong Ji University in Shanghai (China) and Department of Architecture-Hong Kong. He got his first Master in Building Technologies for the Calculation, Execution and Control at EUPB-UPC Master and his second in The Large Scale by ETSAB.

Pim Schoonderwoerd, Product Manager, IT Services, RAI Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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Pim Schoonderwoerd is IT Product Manager at RAI Amsterdam. Pim has worked for over 15 years in the event industry with a strong focus on IT products and services that organizers need for a successful event.

Cesare Sfondrini, Business Marketing Platform & Market Place, Telecom Italia S.p.A. (Italy)

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If I had to describe myself in a single sentence, I would say that my main characteristic is the ability to solve problems that are also very complex starting from a correct modeling to an effective and efficient design and implementation of solutions that really work.

I have a real passion for engineering and I am a lucky man because I have had continously the chance to work on complex projects challanging my abilities. In my "elevator pitch" sentence please note that I use the locution "correct modeling": it is the complex activity that asks for a general cultural background spanning from history, philosophy, psychology, organizational/managerial knowledge, economics, strategy and, last but not least, technical knowledge. Empaty and emotional intelligence are obviously definitely a transversal component in everyday activities of mine: in every task there are always more ways to achieve a good result but typically it requires considerable sensitivity and emotional effort to obtain results that satisfy all the people involved in the activity, reasoning both in the short and medium term.

I think that the ultimate goal of every human being should be to leave a better world than how it was found: this is why the strategic planning of things is important and technology can do a lot to support its implementation.
I close this short profile with an anecdote: often in business meetings it happens that I am asked if I am a manager or a professional; apart from the fact that it seems like a silly question, I say "I'm just a tough guy!"

Tae-Won Song, Vice President, Head of Enterprise Solutions Samsung SDS LTD Europe (Germany)

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Tae-Won Song joined Samsung SDS, the global Software and Services arm of the Samsung Group in 2013 to develop the European solution business.
His professional career spans accross various industries and fuctions ranging from Corporate Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Product Management and Corporate Venturing at companies such as SAP Ventures, Nokia and Deutsche Telekom.
At Samsung SDS Europe Mr. Song is responsible for the Solution Business Division covering key industry practices in Finance, Government, Automotive, Retail and Convention and Exhibition.

Danny Stevens, Founder and CEO, Fielddrive (Netherlands)

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Danny Stevens is a pioneer of the Belgian Event industry, as a founder and CEO of the leading event agency Event Masters since 1991 he managed over 3000 events and understands the needs of meeting and event planners as no other. In a spinoff company he created an in house developed event management platform EventDrive and focused on the added value of technology for the meeting industry. Fielddrive is his most recent challenge, a disruptive and global approach for onsite badging services and visitor tracking. He is a passionate traveler and photographer and always in for an adventure and out to discover new technology trends. He has been spotted riding enduro motorbikes through the Australian outback, diving the waters of Indonesia, kiteboarding the shores of Venezuela, discovering indigenous tribes in Ethiopia, taking a real photographs with drones in the Alps, looking for his golf in bushes of Andalusia, and dwelling technology fairs around the globe.

About fielddrive
fielddrive offers an innovative suite of services for on-site attendee management across the globe. The fielddrive suite includes pioneering solutions for data integration, live badging, and track and trace capabilities which can be implemented at your event. Fielddrive is the first event-tech company which uses the facial recognition technology for secure and expedited attendee check-in. fielddrive’s self-registration kiosks offer a solution that gives the attendee an easy and fast way to register, check-in, and print their badge. Fielddrive’s full-size registration kiosks can service up to 500 people per hour. This remarkable suite of services can be deployed for your event from anywhere across the globe thanks to the network of certified fielddrive partners.

James Swanston, Founder of Voyage Control (UK)

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James is the CEO of Voyage Control, a technology business focused on making logistics more efficient. He has run a number of businesses as well as serving as an officer in the Australian and British Armies with tours of duty in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was awarded the US Bronze Star, the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation Outstanding Service Award and the Australian Joint Operations Command Commendation.
He has bachelor degrees in Law, International Business and Arts, a Masters in International Relations and Diploma in Export Management. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and holds the Freedom of the City of London and the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers. In 2014, he received the City of London’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was named a Rockefeller Foundation's Resilience Innovator, and won Canary Wharf’s 2015 smart cities challenge.


DIGITAL INNOVATION FORUM

Ade Allenby, Global Head of Digital and Data Innovation, Reed Exhibitions (UK)

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Ade works for Reed Exhibitions which is a global leader in organising events across B2B and B2C market segments. He is part of a Global team of digital experts at Reed Exhibitions that shape the digital roadmap for the company, enhancing the experience of face-to-face with digital and data. Ade is responsible for discovering and testing new digital products, with a focus on helping exhibitors and visitors to enhance the value in attending. He partners with vendors and local teams to pilot new capabilities and develop best practice that can be shared globally.

He sees opportunity for digital event technology throughout the customer journey, from increasing show awareness with social and personalisation, driving engagement at show, and then providing the means to collect and follow up on connections made. He believes that using data to personalise the experience will be at the core, with visual and tracking technologies feeding into this. A keen believer in gaining in-depth customer insight, Ade led a global research project to understand the digital needs of visitors at trade events which won the 2017 B2B Award from the Market Research Society.

Stefan Eckert, Senior Vice President, Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne (Germany)

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Member of the extended management board of Koelnmesse GmbH.

  • From 2004 to 2010, Managing Director of Koelnmesse Service GmbH, leading the company to a strong growth in the service business;
  • Work experience in the service industry with L.E.K. Consulting in Australia and Deutsche Bahn AG in Germany;
  • University education in Germany, France, US and Switzerland.

Company overview:
With an annual turnover of about € 280 Mio., Koelnmesse belongs to the top exhibition organizers and venue owners in Germany.
The venue is the 5th largest in the world, accounting for 284.000 m² of rental space. Well known brands like Anuga (food), imm cologne (furniture), ids (dental) and gamescom (gaming) have their home in Cologne.

Stephan Forseilles, Head of Technology and Digital Transformation, Easyfairs (Belgium)

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Stephan Forseilles is acting as Head of Technology and Digital Transformation of Artexis Easyfairs. He is responsible for supervising the strategic development of the company's technology solutions and digital transformation. Forseilles was previously Operations Director EMEA, Anti-Piracy, for the Motion Picture Association of America. He worked for Belgacom from 1996 to 2003, first as Operations Director/IT & Network Director for Belgacom Skynet, then as Belgacom's Internet Services Director. For two years Forseilles served as a Vice President of the Belgian Internet domain name registration organisation, DNS.be and he is a member of UFI’s Digital Innovation Committee. He holds a degree in Computer Science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Jo-Anne Kelleway, Founder and CEO, Info Salons Group (Australia)

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Jo-Anne Kelleway is Founder & CEO of Info Salons Group, one of the leading Registration and Database companies throughout Greater Asia, Australia, China and the Middle East.
Jo-Anne started the company in Sydney, Australia in 1990. Info Salons is now involved in over 750 events per year worldwide, assisting major event organisers such as Reed Exhibitions, UBM Asia, Informa, and Diversified Exhibitions with the development and growth of their events. The Group has offices in Sydney, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Dubai and Istanbul.
Jo-Anne Kelleway is a former Board Member for the International Association of Exhibitions & Events in USA (IAEE) and a founding member, board member and former Vice President of the Exhibition & Events Association of Australia (EEAA).

Baris Onay, Group Marketing and Digital Director, ITE Group (UK)

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Baris 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 estabished 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.

Tae-Won Song, Vice President, Head of Enterprise Solutions Samsung SDS LTD Europe (Germany)

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Tae-Won Song joined Samsung SDS, the global Software and Services arm of the Samsung Group in 2013 to develop the European solution business.
His professional career spans accross various industries and fuctions ranging from Corporate Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Product Management and Corporate Venturing at companies such as SAP Ventures, Nokia and Deutsche Telekom.
At Samsung SDS Europe Mr. Song is responsible for the Solution Business Division covering key industry practices in Finance, Government, Automotive, Retail and Convention and Exhibition.

Atul Todi, CEO, 10Times (Singapore)

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Atul Todi is the CEO of 10Times, world's leading business event discovery & networking platform. On a mission to connect opportunities, 10Times leverages technology to bring together the right people, at the right time and place during tradeshows and conferences. Showcasing over 300k events from 10000+ cities, 40 million+ professionals use the platform to find relevant events and business opportunities. Over 100K event planners use the platform to sell booth space, generate visitor footfall & manage events. Helping build the tech company since 2014, Atul spearheads the product conceptualization and market expansion.

He has seen the company evolve from a classified for events to a networking platform that aims to drive over 100 million people to events by 2020. Hailing from India, Atul did his BSc from Muskingum University, USA and MSc from Purdue University, USA. After spending 5 years working in different professionals roles, he decided to come back to India to take the entrepreneurial plunge. Like most first-time entrepreneurs the start was extremely bumpy. His first two startups failed, but gave him enough experience to choose his next battle carefully. 
He now envisions to position the company as the go-to destination for over 3 billion working population to find relevant business events and meeting opportunities.

Peter Tubak, IT Architect, Messe München (Germany)

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Peter Tubak has started his career as a software developer. In this early years he was involved in many innovation and product development projects in the field of customer care and customer relationship management. As a consultant he was responsible for different CRM rollout projects mainly for the telecommunication sector. For 6 years he switched to the event industry and now as an enterprise architect and technology scout he is creating prototypes and new services for trade fairs. His favorite new technologies are machine learning, big data and augmented reality.