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MariskaKesteloo
President MPI Belgium & Founder Word of MICE
When we meet we change the world.
MariskaKesteloo is passionate about the MICE industry. 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 tour leader/hostess to purchasing manager and office manager.
President of the Bavarian Olympic Society (2002-2014) Member of the International; Pierre de Coubertin Committee, Lausanne (2000- )
FIP Founder Ambassador &Ambassador at Large (2012) Honorary Life President of Bavarian Olympic Society (2014)
Edward DrambergerPrincipal of Destination Dr. Consulting & Training
MICE Buyer-Seller Relationship using DISC
Edward Dramberger, PhD is Principal of Destination Dr. Consulting. Ed’s clients include CVB’s, Hotels, DMO, and Tourism boards globally. As a speaker, author, trainer and consultant; Destination Dr. facilitates sales/marketing training and consults with Hotel companies, DMO’S, CVB’s, Tour operators and Countries Tourism boards. His research consists of the “buying-seller” relationship within the MICE and Tourism industry. He has developed a proven results oriented selling model “Compass Selling®” within the convention/meeting/tourism sector.
Karla Juegel Founder & CEO of Messe | Marketing
Trade Fair Success for Organisers& Exhibitors
Karla Juegel is an experienced Exhibition & Marketing specialist with over 30 years of praxis in the international trade fair & exhibition industry.
In 1996 she started her own business: Messe | Marketing in München specialized in consulting, coaching & training for the exhibition industry and its partners.
Karla has studied economy focusing marketing and is educated as trainer and      change-management-coach.
PrasantSaha CEO of CIMGLOBAL
 
PrasantSaha is a versatile, multifaceted and successful entrepreneur having founded & established CIMGlobal, one of the forerunners in the international event organiser. CIMGlobal in existence for the past 20 years and is the orchestrator for prime mega scale conventions. CIM Global has the largest network with six offices in India and offices overseas (Amsterdam, Abu Dhabi & Johannesburg) having over 100+ professionals.
A MBA in International Business, from University of Westminster, London, Prasant’s early experience was with the Travel and Hospitality industry in UK. He later joined Department of Trade and Industry, London.
Tomasz Janczak CEO of Chinese Outbound Travel
The complexity of the groups& meetings ecosystems and challenges caused by the increasing intermediaries’ costs
Tomasz Janczak began his career in late 90’s, being responsible for Business Development of western technology companies in the region of Central Europe. After holding various managerial positions across hotel technology companies, Tomasz joined Avvio in 2009 as Director of Sales Central Eastern Europe and ignited the development of this brand in the Region. In 2011 he joined Mamaison Hotels& Residences as Corporate E-Commerce Director , and took responsibility for development and implementation of the e-commerce strategy and brand reputation management at group level. Since December 2017 Tomasz runs his own consulting firm „ Chinese Outbound Travel” which helps travel related businesses to generate better experience- for Chinese guests, and and better revenue- for themselves.
Will Kataria Head of Cvent Singapore office
Amplifying the Power of Live Events
Will Kataria is the head of Cvent Singapore office and leads APAC sales of the flagship event management solutions and the hospitality cloud. To this end, Will travels across the globe and is often called upon to speak at conferences regarding technology trends in the meetings industry. Will works closely with the global leadership team and helps shape the strategy and direction for APAC market in terms of product roadmap, marketing initiatives, operational efficiencies and global expansion.
Yesim Saydan International Social Media Strategist & Growth Marketer of Google
 
YesimSaydan is an International Social Media Strategist and Growth Marketing Specialist.
After being responsible for global projects of multinational brands such as Citibank in New York, BNP Paribas in Paris, RBS in Amsterdam, she set up her own Digital Consultancy to help companies, whose mission she believes in, reach their goals by bringing out of box thinking to their Social Media Marketing as well as creative Growth Hacking tactics.
 
Ben Gosman Founder of Free Style
Cavemen’s Special Interest Incentives
As an Event and Incentive Organizer/Consultant we organize & advise Clients:
• Incentive Travel Companies in Marketing/Sales/Operations
• Corporates on how to start, plan and realize Incentives Campaigns/Travel
Igor Kovacevic Serbia Convention Bureau CEO
Future of experience creation
Igor Kovacevic is currently a Head of the Serbia Convention Bureau, a department within National Tourism Organization of Serbia. IN the last several years tourism in Serbia is reaching double-digit growth, having MICE and meetings industry important element. Successfully combining academic and business careers, Igor Kovacevi has been part of the Serbia journey from “no destination” to the leader in the region and TOP 50 in the world in the last 5 years.
Francios Huynh
Invite the media
CEO
The most efficient marketing channels to promote an event
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.
Rob Davidson
MICE KnowledgeManaging Director
Global Trends in the MICE Industry
Rob Davidson is the Managing Director of MICE Knowledge, a consultancy specializing 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.
Gebert Janssen Lecturer at TIO University, Author, Speaker and Entrepreneur in Events
 
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 last24 years.
As founder and CEO he manages offices of the Party- &Event-architect in Poland, Czech Republic, Surinam, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. In 2013 Gebert received the Crystal Award for organizing the most Exceptional Travel Program in Africa and the Middle East.
Benson Tang
ACTERegional Director, Asia
Incorporating Strategic Meetings Management into Your Travel Programme
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 industries leadership positions before joining ACTE, including Cathay Pacific Airways, The Hong Kong Tourist Association and Farrington Travel.
YingziXu General Manager of Xi’an Qujiang Exhibition Group
 
YingziXu, member of the Communist Party of China, master's degree. Currently, as the general manager of Xi'an Qujiang International Conference& Exhibition (Group) Co., Ltd.She has about 20 years experiences in hotel, property company and exhibition center, conference center and other venues operation management, brand building and service standard establishment.
 
John Sie CEO and Founder of HuoDongXing
 
In 2012, John Sie founded HuoDongXing and now HuoDongXing is the largest Event platform and leading provider of MICE solution in Asia(Mainland China ,Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia…). He graduated from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology(NTUST) in 2005. Before founding HuoDongXing,John Sie was a product manager & Software RD Engineer at Foxconn. He was selected by Magazine “Manager” as Top 100 MVP CEO of Taiwan 2016. He was also a member of Tencent Ivy venture camp II. In 2017, HuoDongXing got the A+ financing of Recruit, Tencent, and UrWork.
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