Speaker Bios

Damion Angus, Managing Director, Montgomery / Angus Montgomery (UK)

Damion Angus

Damion Angus is currently Group Managing Director of Montgomery. He started his career in the exhibition industry working for Single Market Events and running what was then the London Programme Market. In 1998 he changed careers to work in Brand Management and spent seven years developing children’s intellectual properties for TV, video, publishing and consumer products. In 2005, he moved to South Africa and completed an MBA at the University of Cape Town. On coming back to the UK in 2006 he returned to the exhibition industry and joined Montgomery as New Business Development Director. Damion has spent the last ten years growing Montgomery as an ‘umbrella’ brand that represents the interests of over fifteen different companies. These companies manage a wide range of businesses across the exhibition industry covering trade shows, consumer shows, art and photography fairs, awards programmes, agency sales and consultancy. Montgomery is also the largest shareholder in the Johannesburg Expo centre. As Managing Director, Damion continues to develop the Montgomery business across Europe, Africa, The Middle East and Asia and to look for new opportunities within some of the more challenging global emerging markets.

Matthias Tesi Baur, Consulting Partner, MBB Media (UK)

Matthias Tesi Baur

Matthias Baur is ‎Founder and Senior Consultant in International Business, Exhibitions and E-commerce at MBB-Media. Baur has more than 17 years’ experience working for the world’s largest trade show and media companies including Messe Frankfurt, Reed Exhibitions, United Business Media and he has deep knowledge and connections in the global exhibition, conference and digital B2B industries. He has built B2B businesses in all major economies from France, Germany, US and the UK to Brazil and Australia. A special focus of his business development activities has been in Asia – specifically China, Thailand, Singapore, Japan and Indonesia. He has many years of experience in launching market researched based business cases, event acquisitions, event new launches and B2B sales, marketing and growth strategies. He has been key note speaker at many conferences around the world covering topics such as social media, international business development and innovation in matrix organisations. He is also appointed Chairman of the UFI Digital Innovation Committee.

Mark Brewster, CEO, Explori (UK)

Mark Brewster

Mark is CEO and founder of visitor satisfaction research specialists, Explori. In this role he works closely with exhibition organisers who know that visitor and exhibitor experience is key to their success. With clients including ITE, Informa, Clarion Events, Reed Exhibitions and Messe Frankfurt, Mark and his team help organisers around the world understand and refine their visitor experience.

Selin Cakici, Vice-Chair of the Board, HKF Trade Fairs Fuarcilik A.S. (Turkey)

Selin Cakici

Selin Cakici has been working for her family business HKF Trade Fairs in Istanbul since May 2011.
She has held several positions including: Customer Relations, International Sales, HR, PR & Marketing. Cakici studied Media & Entertainment Management (Major Event Management) at the Holland University of Applied Sciences in Haarlem, The Netherlands. Prior to moving to Turkey to work for HKF Trade Fairs she worked for Beaumont Marketing & Communications based in Amsterdam. She participated in the UFI EMD programme and received the UFI Exhibition Management Degree in 2014. Currently Cakici is involved with foreign publicity and attendance at their various fairs.

Stephan Forseilles, Chief Technology Officer, Artexis Easyfairs (Belgium)

Stephan Forseilles

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.

Martin Glynn, CEO, MAD Event Management (USA)

Martin Glynn

Martin Glynn is the CEO of MAD Event Management who owns and operates several conventions, including Long Beach Comic Con, Long Beach Comic Expo, New Jersey Comic Expo and C3: Comic Creators Conference. MAD recently produced an inaugural conference, the C3: Comic Creators Conference Havana Edition in Cuba. Glynn holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Farleigh Dickinson University. Glynn has been involved with event production for over 30 years, his last position being the CEO and co-Founder of Metropolitan Expositions, a general contractor based in Moonachie, New Jersey, USA, which was sold in 2016. In his role as CEO, he oversaw the operations, finances and business development of the company, as well as those of the sister companies, MetroMultiMedia and Metro Transportation.

Alex Granger, Global Business Speaker & Author; CEO, The Possibility of YOU (Pty) Ltd (South Africa)

Alex Granger

Alex has worked his way up from being a driver in a car rental company, to Sales Director. Alex is Chief Executive Officer of The Possibility of YOU (Pty) Ltd, a specialist consulting, training, and development firm that focuses on people, purpose, passion, and possibilities. He is also CEO of Metro Conference Centre in Morningside, Sandton. He holds an executive leadership qualification from the Gordon‘s Institute of Business Science with a distinction in leadership. He is also a certified NLP practitioner. Alex has worked in executive and senior leadership positions for blue chip companies such as Bidvest, Imperial, Standard Bank, Altech Group, G4S Solutions and Tsogo Sun. Alex is also the author of two books: “FIND KEEP GROW: The Radical Art of Sales”, and “The Possibility of YOU: What Shapes You?”

Gunnar Heinrich, CEO & Managing Partner, Adventics (Germany)

Gunnar Heinrich

Gunnar Heinrich has extensive management experience in international management consultancies. He was managing director of a subsidiary of Messe München and is an internationally renowned expert on "Innovation in the exhibition industry" where he works with exhibition managers around the globe consulting on corporate strategy, business development, CRM, marketing, innovation, organization and process design. He is also is long standing member of the UFI Digital Innovation Committee.

Katharina Keupp, Business Developer, Messe München GmbH (Germany)

Katharina Keupp

Katharina Keupp is a Business Developer in the corporate strategy department of Messe München GmbH.
In her role she develops concepts for new events and business models by analyzing market trends and benchmarking competitors. As an in-house consultant she furthermore supports the strategic development of existing trade fairs of Messe München in Munich and abroad. Keupp studied business management with a focus on innovation, project and change management in Munich and thereafter started her professional career in HR consulting.

Martin März, Founder & CEO, fairtrade Messe und Ausstellungs GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)

Martin März

After studying German literature, philosophy and economics, Martin got into the China business in the Eighties. When the Berlin wall came down, Martin founded fairtrade Messe in 1991 and started organizing professional trade fairs in emerging markets, especially in Eastern Europe, Iran and North and Sub-Saharan Africa. A father of three sons two have already found their way into the company. fairtrade organizes technology b2b-shows in Agrofood, Building, CIT Solutions, Energy, Environment, Industry and PlastPrintPack.

Neo Mohlatlole, Co-Founder and Business Development Director, Seven Colours Communications (South Africa)

Neo Mohlatlole

Neo Mohlatlole is the Co-Founder and Business Development Director for 7Colors Communications, a communications agency focused on events, exhibitions and public relations. Mohlatlole has worked in the exhibition industry across various sectors, having worked on exhibitions in décor, literature, construction and most recently “stokvels”. He co-founded the first exhibition for the stokvel market. Through 7Colors Communications they work on creating exhibition platforms that speak to the majority of South Africans. Mohlatlole also serves as an executive member of the South African Event Greening Forum where he fills the position of treasurer.

Thomas Revell, Sustainability Manager, GES (UK)

Thomas Revell

Tom Revell has worked with GES EMEA as the Sustainability Manager for over a year having previously studied in the UK achieving an MSc in Sustainability and Business. His focus is on the implementation of international standards such as ISO20121 as well as investigating ideas within the business to promote innovation and sustainable development. Recently the business has been focused on renewable energy, the introduction of electric vehicles as well as working closely with their supply chain to ensure sustainability at every level of the business.

Johan Reyneke, Founder & Owner, Reyneke Wines (South Africa)

Johan Reyneke

Johan fell in love with the land and viticulture as a young philosophy student during his holiday job as a vineyard labourer. He slowly found himself drawn to the Rudolf Steiner approach to agriculture. This was in reaction to an early 20th Century agricultural industry. Today with hyper-industrialised farming, this paradigm shift is increasing in importance and it is people like Johan that are leading the way. Johan Reyneke has gone one step beyond organic and created South Africa’s very first biodynamic vineyard and winery. Johan is a keen surfer who narrowly missed being lunch for white sharks, and he won the Masters category of the 2009 Vintners Surf Classic. He is also an owner with a social conscience who was honored by the news network CNN for his cornerstone programme to encourage home ownership and education for his workers and their families.

Stefan Rummel, Managing Director and Member of the Management Board, Messe München GmbH (Germany)

Stefan Rummel

Stefan Rummel is Managing Director and Member of the Management Board of Messe München GmbH since January 2015. Rummel is responsible for Messe München's capital goods fairs, i.e. bauma, IFAT, EXPO REAL, transport logistic and ceramitec, around the world. He is also in charge of Messe München's international business, the Mergers & Acquisitions Department and the IT-Division. Rummel joined the company in 2010. As head of the Central Division Corporate Strategy, he has played a major role in shaping Messe München during the last few years. His expertise is in the areas of strategy, innovation and internationalization. Before joining Messe München, Rummel worked at the Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG), Horváth and Partners and an Entrepreneurship Center for Start Ups in Munich.

Diana Salman, HR Strategic Change Manager, IFP Expo (Lebanon)

Diana Salman

Diana Salman joined the IFP Group in 2015, tasked to lead its HR organisational transformation. Working as a HR consultant for the past six years prior, having designed, led and implemented organizational transformations for regional businesses in the middle east that were at their tipping point, Salman was well suited for the role. Leveraging her technical expertise and consulting methodology, she transformed the company’s human resource unit from a support function to a powerful driver of innovation. Alongside her job at IFP Group, where she works daily with the Co-CEOs, enabling strategic change Salman volunteers as the Vice President of FoodBlessed (a Lebanese hunger-relief NGO) with a passion for helping others.

Jochen Witt, President & CEO, jwc GmbH (Germany)

Jochen Witt

Jochen Witt is President and CEO of jwc GmbH, a management consulting firm. jwc provides consulting services in the areas of strategy and business development, pricing of trade fair services, mergers and acquisitions, planning and construction of venues, as well as business intelligence. jwc’s clients are publishing companies and trade fair and congress organisers, venue owners, private equity companies, service providers and governments in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America.