Speaker Bios

David Audrain, CEO - ExpoDevCo - Executive Director of SISO

David Audrain

David is CEO/Partner of ExpoDevCo, producing trade shows and conferences across North America. Previously, David was: President of Clarion Events North America; President of Messe Frankfurt NA; COO of ConvExx (producer of the SEMA Show); and held senior positions at Advanstar, Hanley Wood, Miller Freeman and the Texas Restaurant Association.

As of January 1, 2016, ExpoDevCo became the management company for SISO (the Society of Independent Show Organizers), and David now serves as SISO’s Executive Director.

Over his more than 23 year career in the exhibition industry David has managed numerous shows across multiple industries, including eight Top-200 shows in North America. David is also a strong advocate for the industry, having served as Chairman of both SISO and IAEE, and currently serves on the CEIR Board.

Alison Berends, Corporate Marketing & Communications Director, Reed Exhibitions

Alison Berends

Alison is the Corporate Marketing & Communications Director for Reed Exhibitions globally and Marketing Director for Reed Exhibitions UK where she is responsible for marketing strategy, customer insight and driving customer value across all digital channels.

Alison has over 20 years of B2B industry experience. Prior to Reed Exhibitions she worked in marketing positions at Earls Court & Olympia, Blenheim plc, Online International and Greenpeace, the environmental group.

Klaus Dittrich, Chairman and CEO, Messe München GmbH

Klaus Dittrich

Klaus Dittrich has been Chairman and CEO of Messe München GmbH since January 2010. His responsibilities include the overall management and coordination of the Messe München International Group and the responsibility of certain trade fairs, including bauma, Expo Real, ISPO and INHORGENTA. Dittrich joined Messe München in April 2002 as Deputy Managing Director and was appointed Managing Director in February 2003.

Dittrich graduated with a Master of Arts in German Literature and Political Science from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich. In 1980 he entered the civil service of the State of Bavaria, and from 1982 onwards he held various positions in association work where he acquired extensive expertise in business and industry as a member of the supervisory and executive boards of several industrial and service companies. Between 1990 and 1995 he had a seat on Munich City Council and was involved, through the Committee for Labour and Economic Development and the Committee for Urban Planning and Building Regulation, in the preparation and design of the new exhibition centre. Between 1997 and 1999, Klaus Dittrich was a member of the Bavarian Senate.

Mr. Dittrich is a Board Member of AUMA and member of the Board of Directors of UFI, Member of the Executive Committee of the Economic Advisory Board in Bavaria, Board Member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Munich and Stuttgart, Vice-President of the Export-Club Bayern and Vice- President of the association “Senat der Wirtschaft”. He has also been appointed to the economic advisory councils of Bayern LB, Stadtsparkasse München, Commerzbank and TÜV Süd.

Klaus Dittrich is married and has two grown-up children. His hobbies include mountain climbing, skiing, mountain-biking, long-distance running and literature.

Michael Duck, Executive Vice President, UBM Asia

Michael Duck

Michael Duck is Executive Vice President of UBM Asia. Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established for over 20 years with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and also in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 31 offices and 1,300 staff.

Michael is also responsible for the fashion, beauty and maritime verticals and trade fair activities in India and many in China. He is also a Director of Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co Ltd, a member of the UBM Asia group of companies.

He was appointed as the first UFI Chapter Chairman for Asia/Pacific in 2000 and in five years grew the Chapter to be the most active and fastest growing in UFI. He then chaired the first UFI Sustainable Development Committee and has spoken at many fora. Michael is today Treasurer and Vice President of UFI.

Michael has also been a Director of the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) for eighteen years and was Chairman from 1998-2000. A committed Rotarian for the past twenty years serving the Rotary Club of Hong Kong as VP, Michael has been involved in CSR for a long time.

He has previously lived and worked in the UK, New Zealand, Italy, Australia, Belgium, Greece and Hong Kong. Prior to joining UBM Asia in 1994, he was trading director for the UK Global Business Group “Vestey Group of companies” latterly based in Hong Kong.

Henry Elkington, CEO, AXIO Group

Henry Elkington

Henry led the carve-out of UBM’s Data Services Group to create AXIO. He has extensive experience in managing multi-national information businesses having been CEO of UBM’s healthcare division for 5 years before taking on responsibility for its wider data portfolio in 2010.

Henry’s prior experience is in strategy consulting and corporate development. He was a partner with The Boston Consulting Group, focusing on strategy in TMT. His initial role at UBM was as head of the Corporate Development function where he assisted the CEO on portfolio reviews, disposals and acquisitions.

Simon Foster, CEO, UBM Americas

Simon Foster

Simon Foster is Interim Chief Executive Officer of UBM Americas, an events-led B2B marketing and communications services business, which is part of UBM plc. Prior to this appointment, Simon had been CEO of UBM EMEA since 2008. He was appointed Managing Director and to the Board of UBM International Media (subsequently merged in to UBM Live) in March 2006 having been General Manager & Group Director of the business’s Ingredients Division since September 2003.

Prior to that, Simon managed many of CMPi’s leading magazines and events. A qualified marketer, Simon has been with UBM since 1998. He joined UBM after a broad ranging career in marketing, sales and PR. In November 2012 Simon also took on the role of CEO of UBM Built Environment following its merger with UBM Live.

Prof. Dr. Clemens Fuest, President, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Clemens Fuest

Prof. Dr. Clemens Fuest, is President of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim and Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim. In April 2016 he will become President of the ifo Institute based in Munich.

He is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the German Federal Ministry of Finance and Program Director at the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation. His research areas are public finance, public debt, and tax policy.

Before he was appointed ZEW President, Clemens Fuest was a Professor at the University of Cologne (2001–2008) and at Oxford University (2008–2013).

Clemens Fuest has published widely in German and international academic journals. He has published a number of books and contributes to public debates on economic and fiscal policy through articles in renowned newspapers including Handelsblatt, Frankurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, and Wall Street Journal.

Renaud Hamaide, CEO, COMEXPOSIUM

Renaud Hamaide

Renaud Hamaide began his career in a variety of financial and real estate management positions in France. In 1998, he joined Unibail, the leading commercial property company in Europe, as head of their corporate development. After driving their acquisition of different assets in the convention and exhibition industry, Renaud Hamaide eventually took on overall responsibility for this worldwide activity at Unibail-Rodamco.

In 2008, Renaud Hamaide was responsible for the merger between the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Unibail-Rodamco assets (exhibition venues and organizing business’ owned or managed by each organization. The result joined organizers Exposium and Comexpo to create Comexposium. Exhibition venues Paris Expo and those of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry were merged to create Viparis. Since 2010, Renaud Hamaide is CEO of Comexposium.

Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director, UFI

Kai Hattendorf

Kai Hattendorf became the Managing Director of UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, in October 2015. As such, he is responsible for all UFI activities and events, as well as the operation of its three offices in Paris, Hong Kong and Sharjah.

Prior to his current role, Kai worked in the exhibition industry for a number of years in senior management positions at Messe Frankfurt’s global headquarters, focusing on transformational issues ranging from digitisation to marketing and communications.

His previous career also includes leadership positions in marketing/strategic communications as well as in strategy and product development in the ITC and Media Industry for the Deutsche Telekom Group, the dpa Group (the German Press Agency), and a start-up.

A journalist by education, Kai has internationally reported and worked for the WDR and Radio Bremen broadcasters in Germany, at Euronews in France, the BBC in the UK, and the Voice of America. He holds a Master’s degree from the American University, Washington, DC. He also studied in Dortmund and Edinburgh.

Richard Hease, Chairman, Turret Middle East

Richard Hease

Richard Hease has been Chairman of Turret Media’s UAE business for the last nine years. During that time the company has created some of the most iconic events in the region.

These include the World Future Energy Summit, the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture as well as joint ventures with Government like ADIHEX; and with industry like SIAL Middle East with ComExposium.

An highly entrepreneurial business, Turret was one of the first foundation partners with Abu Dhabi’s new ADNEC exhibition centre. The company introduced Gastech to the region and managed events like ADIPEC for DMG; as well as launching the Taste brand in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and creating, surprisingly, a Christmas Festival in the heart of Dubai.

Christopher Hudson, President Energy, dmg events

Christopher Hudson

Christopher Hudson is President of DMG Events - Energy and now lives in London. Previously he was Senior Vice President for DMG events Middle East and Asia and lived in the UAE.

Prior to joining DMG Christopher held positions with Montgomery Exhibitons, IIR, Messe Frankfurt Middle East and Clarion Events Middle East and Asia.

Christopher has over 20 years’ experience in the global events industry, gaining extensive sector knowledge across a wide range of market segments and geographies. He has lived and worked extensively in the Middle East, Asia and the UK.

Kevin Keck, Founding Partner, Phoenix Equity Partners

Kevin Keck

Kevin Keck is a Founding Partner of Phoenix Equity Partners, a leading UK private equity investor focused on working in partnership with management teams with ambitious growth plans. Kevin has over 15 years of experience of investing in private businesses and formerly worked in DLJ's Investment Banking Group. Kevin is responsible for Phoenix's media sector and healthcare sector investment activity. He led Phoenix's investment in and the subsequent sale of CloserStill. Kevin also leads Phoenix's relationships with debt providers

Rajan Sharma, Director, Inter Ads Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd.

Rajan Sharma

Rajan Sharma is the Director of Inter Ads Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. – Conferences & Exhibitions. Inter Ads Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. is one of the leading exhibitions & conferences organising company in India. He belongs to a family of professionals who have been actively involved in the communications business since almost 5 decades. He has also been involved in the advertising field for more than 20 years.

He is associated with various industry associations.

The Inter Ads group today is a team of experienced professionals. Inter Ads organises various International Exhibitions in partnership with leading exhibitions organisers in the world, i.e. PennWell Corporation (USA), Mack Brooks Exhibitions (UK), Busworld (Belgium) and Informa Exhibitions (USA) who consider Inter Ads as a valuable partner for the Indian market.

In addition to the exhibition business, Inter Ads Group has had vested interests in the education business & advertising business since 1960.

Russell Taylor, CEO, ITE Exhibitions

Russell Taylor

Russell Taylor was appointed Chief Executive of ITE Group plc in May 2008 having joined ITE in 2003 as Finance Director. He has extensive experience in the exhibition industry, having earlier spent seven years at Earls Court Olympia Group, initially as Group Finance Director and subsequently Managing Director. He is a Chartered Accountant, having trained at Deloitte Touche, where he became a Manager in their Corporate Finance Department. Subsequently he worked in corporate development roles at P&O Group, Earls Court Olympia Group and Air Miles Group, before joining ITE. He holds a BA in Economics.

Andrew Tisdale, Managing Director, Providence Equity

Andrew Tisdale

Andrew Tisdale is a Managing Director of Providence Equity, a leading private equity firm dedicated to the media, communications and information industries. Andrew is a member of the Board of Directors of Ambassador Theatre Group, Chime Communications, Clarion Events, HSE24, M7, and the MBC Group and previously served on the Board of ONO. Prior to joining Providence in early 2008, he was co-head of the global media and communications group and a member of Morgan Stanley’s management committee for investment banking. He worked at Morgan Stanley from 1990 to 2008. Andrew received a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University. he speaks French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and conversational German.

Julian Treasure, Master of Sound

julian treasure-2

Julian Treasure is Chairman of The Sound Agency, a UK-based audio branding consultancy specialising in soundscapes that increase dwell time in major shopping malls worldwide. His book "Sound Business" is the seminal work on intentional, effective business sound. Julian has been widely featured in the world’s media and is a top-rated international speaker. His five TED.com talks on sound and communication have been viewed over 20 million times; the latest is in the top 40 TED talks of all time.

John Welsh, Managing Director, Digital and Content, UBM EMEA

John Welsh

John Welsh is the Managing Director, Digital and Content, UBM EMEA where he leads and manages a portfolio of content products – both existing magazines/websites and new business, digital content products.

John also works with the board of UBM EMEA to deliver content plans which describe how content helps deliver the strategic business objectives, such as new data and registrations, of our exhibition brands in a measurable way. He is also the leader of UBM EMEA’s Innovation Day programme which looks to replicate innovative products and processes created by one exhibition, such as Women’s Networking Forum or Suppliers Finders Desk, to another exhibition within UBM EMEA. A key part of the programme is the testing of our assumptions around insight to create sustainable launches.

He has been the editor of three magazines, becoming PPA Editor of the Year in 2007, an author of four books about architecture, an opera critic and a gardener.

Russell Wilcox,

Russell Wilcox

Russell Wilcox is Chief Executive Officer of Clarion Events, having joined Clarion in 2008, where he has been a Board Member since 2010. Prior to becoming CEO in 2013 Russell had spent the previous five years spearheading the company's expansion into new geographic territories, as well as overseeing the rapid growth of its Confex and Conference portfolios.

Russell has held a variety of management and board positions in the global events industry in the course of a career which has - happily for him - enabled him to be based over the years in Europe, the UK, Asia, Africa and the US. He has experience across a wide range of formats and business models.

The Management Team at Clarion oversaw the sale of the business to Providence Equity Partners in January 2015, and have since embarked on an aggressive expansion plan which has seen the business double in size in the last 12 months.