AIPC announces new cohort of Future Shapers

Date: 09/10/2023


Brussels (9 October 2023) – AIPC announced its 2024 AIPC Future Shapers today, welcoming in a new cohort of high performers ready to play their role in the continued evolution of the convention centre management industry in the year ahead.

Nine new candidates have been accepted into the eight-month accelerated leadership course, eager to supercharge their skills and industry contribution through a series of masterclasses, business case development and the opportunity to promote their solutions to challenges currently faced by convention centre managers on a global stage at the 2024 AIPC Conference in Costa Rica next July. 

AIPC President, Greg O’Dell said the program was now in its third year and going from strength to strength, contributing lasting legacies to the industry and bolstering leadership talent. 

“Participants are not only learning from industry legends and business leader coaches, they’re now also benefiting from the insights of Future Shaper alumni still connected to the program,” he said. 

“AIPC Future Shapers has established itself as a program that benefits our people, our venues and our customers, creating efficiencies, better customer experiences and stronger leadership. 

“The motivation of connecting with global peers through a world class leadership course remains core to the success of the AIPC Future Shapers program and the key driver for these bright stars,” Mr O’Dell said.  

AIPC CEO, Sven Bossu said he was looking forward to supporting the next generation of CEOs to think and act like leaders over the eight-month course. 

“This year we have another unique mix of talent – from operational managers to sales directors to employee engagement and governance experts – all eager to learn from the high intensity program and play their part of building a better future”, he said. 

The list of 2024 Future Shapers:
Name Function Venue Country
Gabriella Alberici Senior Manager, Business Development Corp, Government & Events ICC Sydney Australia
Chao Wang International Business Development Manager VIPARIS France
Arwa Ali Al Rasbi Senior Events Operations Oman Convention Center Oman
Ali Toorani Event Manager Exhibition World Bahrain Bahrein
Kwok Wai Kay Deputy Director of Operations KLCC Malaysia
Manon Jongejan Building Manager World Forum The Hague The Netherlands
Rózsa Szilágyi Project Manager HUNGEXPO Hungary
Tiffany Chung Deputy Director of Sales KLCC Malaysia
Ciara Davidson Head of Governance and Stakeholder Engagement Company Secretary ICC Belfast Northern Ireland

“AIPC Future Shapers is an interactive roadmap towards excellence in convention centre management, requiring the commitment and continued engagement of the participants and in return candidates will forge global industry and business connections, enhanced skills and professional development,” Mr Bossu said. 

The Future Shapers program comprises three main components: 

Stage One – Masterclasses: a series of seven expert led masterclasses for education and collaboration. 

Stage Two – Industry challenge: participants will collectively identify an industry challenge, create a proposed solution, and develop a business case for investment, which will be detailed in a white paper and published to the AIPC community. 

Stage 3 – Challenge presentation: the opportunity to pitch potential legacy solutions for the convention centre management industry to an audience of global leaders during the AIPC Annual Conference in San José, Costa Rica which will take place 1 and 2 July 2024. 


(blue = lectures, red = project management, green = coaching & mentoring, orange = networking)

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