Welcome to WMD-2018
Mr. Chander Mansharamani
India Convention Promotion Bureau
Vice Chairman
Dimension of Conference & Convention Industry
Chander Mansharamani, a travel industry veteran being in the Travel and Tourism business for the last 40 years who has enjoyed a fruitful and long rewarding journey from Travel business to setting up of very successful MICE and Conference Division. Today with branch office in Mumbai and Jaipur along with Regional office in Bangalore, he manages a professional staff of more than 50 persons. The biggest achievement was to win the Best MICE Tour Operator award twice in 2009 -2010 & in 2013-2014 from Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India along with the award for Star Conference Organiser by Exhibition Excellence Awards 2015 and 2016 and the Best Professional Conference Organizer Award in 2016 by Hospitality India Awards.
He has also contributed to the travel trade fraternity for many years and holding Senior Profile in various associations, currently serving as Vice Chairman for India Convention Promotion Bureau.
He is also an avid sportsperson who has represented India in Table tennis and won many medals.
Mariska Kesteloo
President MPI Belgium & Founder Word of MICE
Social Media in the MICE
Industry, the rise of the Social Media Influencer.
Passionated about the MICE industy, Mariska is besides the founder of the Word of the MICE, this company connects the MICE industry with the right social media influencer, also the President of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) in Belgium and a public speaker. Mariska started her career in tourism 15 years ago, worked in Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Spain, Austria and France in different positions from tourleader/hostess to purchasing manager and office manager. Moved to Belgium 7 years ago, finished her master in Business Event Management and decided to switch to the meeting & event industry and worked for incentive houses, event agencies, speaker agencies as a freelancer. She got triggered by the many start-ups in Belgium and since 2016 she is part of the vibrant start-up community with Word of MICE.
Mr.Michael Schultz-Tholen
Bav. Olympic Society & Federation of International
Risk Management  with regard to MEGA Events , especially Olympic Games
Chairman of the FIP (Federation of International Polo) Olympic Committee and Head of IOC Relations, then FIP Hon. Secretary Genaral (1992-2010)
Member of the Executive Board of the German Olympic Society (1995-1997), then Vice Presedent(2997-2000)         President of the Bavarian Olympic Society (2002-2014)  Menber of the Internationa; Pierre de Coubertin Committee, Lausanne (2000- )
FIP Founder Ambassador &Ambassador at Large (2012)Honorary Life President of Bavarian Olympic Society (2014)
Jeffers Miruka
African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) Executive Manager
Finding partners for your organization's projects".
Mr. Jeffers Miruka is the Chief Executive Officer of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE), a Nairobi based pan-African association of agricultural and development economists with over 3000 members. He also doubles as the President of the African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE), a pan-African professional community of association executives thriving and contributing to the development and success of African development. AfSAE is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mr. Miruka is Kenyan and has over 13 years combined experience in association management and MICE events. He has a rich experience in association development and is a frequent key speaker in many global and African association events and forums. He is best known as the African associations ambassador and a leader of the association movement in Africa. He has also worked with the government of Kenya to establish the Kenya Convention Bureau.
Gebert Janssen
Lecturer at tio university, author, speaker and entrepeneur in events
Identify, control and eliminate risks in your event
How to become creative (again)
Gebert Janssen studied music at the ArtEZ conservatorium in the Netherlands. After his study he ended up in the events industry, where he has been active in the last 24 years.
As founder and CEO he manages offices of the Party- & Eventarchitect in Poland, Czech republik, Surinam, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. This agency designs and cares for a wide range of event marketing-, live communication-, business events and incentive travel for different branches of the Polish, German, Surinam, Czech republik, Dutch and Belgium businesses.
Gebert is also boardmember of SITE chapter Nl.
The last 12 years Gebert is also lecturer at TIO University of applied sciences. He is head of the department Eventmanagement (responsible for the courses Eventmanagement, Eventmarketing, Imagineering, Citymarketing, Trends & developments, MICE and Conference management, Safety and logistics in events.) Every year he motivates many students for the event- and MICE business.
In 2013 Gebert received the Crystal Award for organizing the most Exceptional Travel Program in Africa and the Middle East.
Many organizations and Universities knows Gebert as a educational, motivational and inspiring (keynote)speaker. His presentations are always very useful in practice. (some examples: SITE meeting - Edinburgh, Asian Mice Forum – Taipei, EFEA – St Petersburg, MIS – Madrid, IMEX 2015 and 2016 – Frankfurt, SITE global conference – New Delhi, Providence university – Taichung (Taiwan), ICE of Mice-Istanbul, MICE east Africa- Addis Abbeba, Site meeting – Warsaw, ACCOR – Amsterdam, SITE global conference – Panama, Business tourism Scotland conference - Glasgow) In dec. 2017 the launch is planned from a complete international book for the MICE industry: The real MICEbook.
Gebert will be the author of the book, where guest-authors also will share their knowledge. The book is intended for all professionals in the market, but also for students linked with the MICE industry.
Nancy Carfrae
Round Table Coordinator
Where do international associations meet? Old favorites, new choices
Finding partners for your organization's projects".
Nancy joined the UIA in 1984 as editor and database manager of the Yearbook of International Organizations. Her first tasks as production manager were the 1986 edition of the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential and the 1988 International Association Statutes Series. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Who's Who in International Organizations project, compiled the World Guide to Religious and Spiritual Organizations, and initiated and led the World Guide to Logotypes, Emblems and Trademarks of International Organizations project.

Her main responsibility now is coordinating the UIA Associations Round Table project: in 2017 this means the 5th Round Table Asia-Pacific, in Chiang Mai in September, and the 11th Round Table Europe, in Brussels in November. She also continues to oversee the management of the UIA's associations and meetings databases, and the compilation of the annual International Meetings Statistics Report. She has presented the UIA's work to academics, civic councils, non-governmental associations, and intergovernmental bodies. Her knowledge of the UIA and its work is extensive.

Nancy was born and educated (a degree in Classical History) in Vancouver, Canada. She is a second-generation Canadian with roots in Scotland and Wales. Some forty years ago she visited Belgium, fell in love with the country, and made it her home. She now speaks English, French, and Dutch. Nancy and her husband have two adult daughters and three grandsons. She sings in a choir, volunteers at the local museum, and tells stories.
Rob Davidson
MICE Knowledge
Managing Director
New Meetings Trends
Best Practice of Green Venues
Rob Davidson is the Managing Director of MICE Knowledge, a consultancy specialising in research, education and training services for the meetings and events industry.
His main areas of expertise are conferences and incentive travel, and he has written seven books on these themes, including his latest publication, Marketing Destinations and Venues for Conferences. He also regularly writes articles for the professional meetings industry press, including Conference News. He has carried out research projects for a number of major organisations including the Poland Convention Bureau, the Ireland National Tourism Development Authority, and the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence. Since 2002, Rob has been employed on a consultancy basis as Industry Analyst by Reed Travel Exhibitions, for whom he carries out ongoing research into business events developments in Europe, The Middle East and China. At ibtm world in Barcelona each year, he launches his annual Trends Watch report on trends in the global meetings and events industry.
He is regularly invited to speak at international conferences on themes linked to business events, in particular to present the results of his ongoing research into conference industry trends. Rob also teaches as a Visiting Professor in five European universities, where he educates and inspires students of conference management every year.
In 2015, he was awarded a Doctorate from the University of Greenwich for his thesis, entitled
‘Technological and Demographic Factors as Agents of Change in the Development of Business Events’.
In 2016, he won the Best Conference Speaker award at the Global Event Awards.
Martin Stevens
Worldwide Forum
Creating Exciting Incentive Programs
A serial entrepreneur, when I was 10-years-old I saw the other kids setting up lemonaide stands in front of their houses and having several on one block, I had the idea of taking the lemonaide stand "on the road". I filled up my mom's shopping cart and headed to the football and soccer practice fields nearby and sold out within minutes. I refilled my portable stand many times during the day, while my counterparts were still trying to sell their first cups.
It's the spirit of improving and re-inventing business that keeps me motivated. In 1981 I established Forum Publishing, a national media company that quickly grew into the leader in the retail industry. Over the years our clients engaged our teams to assist with their trade shows and conferences which led to the Forum Worldwide division in the early 1990's. Forum Worldwide services our Fortune 250 clientele around the world, producing and coordinating between 20-30 events around the world annually.
I am actively involved in both companies as well as our international consulting business that helps companies untap their full potential. And, as any entrepreneur knows, the wheels are always spinning. Last year after a trip to Russia I was inspired to develop a new and unique touring business in Saint Petersburg that we just launched.
I am looking very forward to meeting my peers at MICE Day and anxious to get my next great idea!
Shekhar Grover
MICE India
CEO and editor
Best Practice of Green EVENTS Initiatives – Increasing
Sustainability Credentials for More Business Opportunities
Shekhar Grover is the Director – Sales and Marketing for LUXXURY MICE TRAVEL – a specialized Corporate Incentive MICE Travel outbound firm in India. He is also the Editor and CEO of MICE INDIA – a 17-years young MICE magazine exclusively dedicated to the world of MICE.  Shekhar has been an author and publisher of the first and only MICE fiction narrative book in India in 2005 (titled – The 8 nights MICE kept me awake).
Benson Tang
Regional Director, Asia
Meet the Modern Business Traveller - Insights into the lives of today’s corporate travellers
Benson Tang, has been for the past five years - ACTE Regional Director, Asia, who based in Hong Kong. Before joining the team, he was Executive Director in Goldman Sachs Asia LLC for 11 years, responsible for the corporate travel program for the whole Asia region. He worked in various different travel industry leadership positions before joining ACTE, including Cathay Pacific Airways, The Hong Kong Tourist Association and Farrington Travel. Benson is currently a part-time student for his Doctoral Degree in Hotel and Tourism Management in The School of Hotel and Tourism Management in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He got his Master degree in The University of Birmingham in United Kingdom. He was the first ever 1st class honour graduate in Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Management in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Nagui Guorgui
Stylish Tour
DMC Markrting-Egypt
Business Leisure travel
While being the chairman& CEO of a Group of Companies in USA and overseas, Mr. Nagui Guorgui has more than 28 years of experience in all phases of the Travel& Hospitality Industry. He managed the business planning and development in USA, Egypt, Libya and Dubai, implemented new business strategies, developed contracts & agreements, created new products, services, destinations and cooperated with new markets.
Gladys Garcia Salvador
InfiniteVent Experience
Personal Branding on-off and Staff Leadership based on Apple strategy
Passionate about bringing people together. Gladys has more than 8 years experience organizing business. She is an expert using new technologies in events to create memorable experiences. Her previous experiences has been involved with technology, digital marketing and leadership.

Likewise, she has more than 4 years experience as speaker in front of big audiences, moderating events and facilitating specific workshops. Gladys stands out from the rest of the speakers for her for their ease of interacting with the audience making them participants.. In her lectures he often surprises the audience with conferences with a breakthrough format with surprises.

Her most outstanding experiences have been when she worked for Apple leading the company events in Spain and organizing some of the famous TEDx talks. In addition, as an entrepreneur woman, she created her own event agency, InfiniteVent Experience, and a conference on tech, innovation, digital marketing and neuromarketing, the Tech Experience Conference.
Francios Huynh 
Invite the media
10 key practices to include in your strategy for an event to remember
French entrepreneur, born in Strasbourg East of France, his background began on the visual communication and communication design. He learned marketing in UK and digital communication in Switzerland, and finished after years abroad by a business school specialized in digital advertising. His digital career started with the Giant Yahoo! as a project manager during the search alliance with Bing. He was also project manager for Yahoo! Homepage Advertising booking system for European campaigns on Yahoo! Properties and AOL. He became a lecturer at the very same school and also teaches in top French business schools INSEEC, NEOMA in Paris, University of Strasbourg and European School of Communication. As Head of AD Avenue Group based in Houston in United States the group has launched more than 10 digital platforms so far, including INVITE THE MEDIA, nominated at several key Awards in MICE Industry in Las Vegas, London, Dublin.
Elina Jutelyte
Lower Expense VS. Higher Quality
Elina Jutelyte is the owner of Endo-Exo - event management
and consulting and a seasoned expert in the management of small and large events, trade shows, conferences, board meetings, kick-offs and product launches, with more than 100 projects in more than 35 countries under her belt. Elina holds a Master’s Degree in State and Public Policies from the St. Petersburg State Politechnical University and a Degree in International Relations from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).  Elina has 15 years of international event management experience, gained from working for providers, PCOs (professional conference organisers), agencies, not-for-profit associations and corporate companies. Her unique experience gives her a broad and deep understanding of all aspects of event management, be it from the perspective of a venue or of an agency. This experience is also great for negotiations and excellent for speed and efficiency.
Sven Ehricht     
Sven Hannawald & Sven Ehricht   
Managing Director
Tourism legacy of Olympic Games
The former volleyball national player studied Tourism Business at Universities in Munich (Germany), Capetown (South Africa) and Malaga (Spain). With his private network of Olympic sports champions, football stars and national coaches he runs sports & sponsoring consultancy companies since 1999.   
Since 2016 Sven Ehricht (Dipl.-Betriebswirt) and former 4-times world champion, Olympic ski jump champion and celebrity Sven Hannawald run a consulting group in Germany and China with focus on sport, health and MICE. The Gezeiten Haus group is the health partner. Chinese government, regions, winter resorts and companies can benefit from Sports, Health and Tourism business.
Alexander Ivanov
Ukrainian MICE possibilities for Chinese travelers/companies
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Anup Nair
SITE India
India – a compelling MICE destination                    professional body and the benefits of membership and education
Anup Nair is the Managing Director of Inspiration India and is a veteran of 37 years in the travel trade and an entrepreneur for the past 18 years. A graduate in Economics from Delhi University, he has travelled the world, the first 5 years teaching in Africa. He has been a long-standing member of SITE (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) since 1996 and is the current President of the SITE India Chapter. A two-time Crystal Award Winner, in 2012 & 2015, he is known for creating and delivering world-class incentive travel programs. His passion for travel and desire to give each visitor an extraordinary experience finds him personally leading tours, particularly Business School immersion programs from Universities in  the US. His wife Raji is associated with the business as a Director and is a radio broadcaster and their son Anirudh is an accomplished theatre professional.
Saurabh Bhargava
Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts & Safaris
MICE destination, trends in MICE and MICE experiences
Saurabh started his career with the Taj in 1995 and joined them off campus as a Sales Executive. He went on to work for 7 years and in numerous roles in Sales, developed and launched the National Accounts (Key account Management) strategy for the Taj, which was an instant success and a new way of Relationship management in the hotel industry. Saurabh took a break from the hospitality industry and joined American Express in the Cards division. He returned to Taj in 2008 as city head for Sales in Delhi and currently heads Sales, Marketing, Distribution and PR for the Taj Group for North India hotels. Saurabh is a member of the CII National Tourism Committee, on the governing body of ICPB (International Convention and Promotion Bureau) and a General Council member of SITE International.
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