Annual Conference reports and presentations
Practical CSR: Supporting a Community in Transition
Keynote Speaker: Wendy Luhabe | Social Entrepreneur – Author – Mentor - Thought Leader
South Africa has been going through an extensive economic and social transition which has resulted in some important lessons as to how public institutions can and should be taking an active role in community development.
South African CEO Panel
Julie-May Ellingson | CEO, Durban International Convention Center
South Africa’s convention centres have had an important role to play in opening up the country to new global exposure along with creating new industries and revenues. In the process they have faced some unique political and economic challenges. Three centre managers reflect on experiences that are important to colleagues around the world.
Moderator: Haiko Alfeld | General Manager International Government Relations, Sasol
2013 AIPC Annual Survey: Centre Performance and Perspectives in an Industry Context
Michael Hughes | Managing Director of Research & Consulting, Red7Media
This fourth in the series of comprehensive industry performance / outlook surveys evaluates progress being made by member centres around the world while a comparison with comparable client data provides a “reality check” on centre expectations.
A New Urgency for Compliance: Recent Legal Developments and their Implications for Conferences and Exhibitions
Christian Claus Roth | Co-President, IPCAA and Head Global Congresses & Conventions, Novartis Pharma AG
Tanya Vogt | Chief Operating Officer, The South African Medical Device Industry Association (representing EUCOMED)
Following the emergence of Pharma codes as key influencers of medical meetings funding several years back, there have been further important compliance and legal developments in many parts of the world that will certainly influence prospects for some of the most valuable events that centres host.
Emerging Economies in a Global Context: Obstacles and Opportunities
Keynote Speaker: Daniel Silke | Political Analyst, Commentator, Author & Director of the Political Futures Consultancy
From economic evolution to demographics and politics, this session will be a look at how emerging economies like Africa’s will take their places in an evolving global economy – and what that may mean for our industry.
Perspectives on the Exhibitions Sector: Performance and Projections
Exhibitions are still recovering from the global economic crisis of the last few years, but what will that recovery look like and how will it differ in various parts of the world? A panel of industry experts will look at the issue from a number of different perspectives.
The Client View: How Our Key Customers are Perceiving the Future
Oscar Cerezales | Chief Operating Officer Americas & Asia Pacific - Group Director Association Relations, MCI Group
As the world struggles toward a solid economic recovery, key client groups face challenges of their own that will translate into centre issues. Representatives from two sectors compare notes on the challenges they face and the implications for convention centres that will have to support their evolving requirements.
Adaptive Design: Architectural Solutions to both Client and Community Challenges
Todd Voth | Senior Principal, Populous
With many centres facing an uncertain future in the face of changing client and community expectations, flexibility and adaptability are the most important qualities in centre design today. But what exactly does this mean and how can it be achieved in practical terms?
Participants will be challenged to help identify major factors in the design transition for reaction from the architects.
Defining the “Ask”: What Centres Are (and Should Be) Getting from Government
Moderated by: Dirk Elzinga | Managing Director, Convention Industry Consultants (PTY) Ltd.
This interactive session will use the polling facilities of the IML system to clarify what kinds of concessions centres are now getting from their respective governments and what they may want to consider pursuing in the future.
The Branding Imperative: From Cities to Continents
Keynote Speaker: Thebe Ikalafeng | Founder and Managing Director, Brand Leadership Group | Vice-Chairman, Brand Council of South Africa | Chairman, Brand Africa
The branding process has become a key element in positioning a product, whether a convention, a destination or an entire continent. Lessons developed in the creation of brands ranging from individual centres to Brand Africa will shed light on the process, the challenges and the benefits. (video)
Economic Impact: A Report on the AIPC Calculator Pilot Project
Dave Pierzchala | Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Ipsos
AIPC’s Economic Impact Calculator has been pilot tested and is now available for member use. Developers Ipsos and AIPC member centres deliver the details on how the process will work for other members.