Judges

Barış Onay

Barış Onay is Chief Commercial Officer at the Tarsus Group. He studied Architecture at Istanbul Technical University and Urban Planning at Ecole d'Architecture Paris-Belleville. He started his doctoral studies at Université Paris-1 Panthéon Sorbonne with a D.E.A in history of contemporary architecture and holds a Ph.D. degree from Istanbul Technical University on Urban Planning.

Bonny Shapira

Bonny is the Cisco Live Europe leader. He joined the Cisco Live team just after the conclusion of Cisco Live 2012, making the 2018 event his sixth Cisco Live.

Chris Meyer
Vice President of Sales Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Chris Meyer is vice president of global business sales for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). Chris is also Executive Director of World Trade Center Las Vegas
Clemens Schütte

Clemens is Director of International Business of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, a leading player in the international trade fair industry. His is responsible for a global network of 77 sales representations for 141 countries, including group companies in seven countries.

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Giovanna Duca
Giovanna Duca is Responsible for Core Business Research at Fondazione Fiera Milano. She is in charge of the organization of Exhibitionist, a conference series dedicated to the innovation in the exhibition industry. She writes a blog (Blogofiere), offering updates about the international tradeshow and congress market.
Hans Bruder

Hans Bruder is president of the OCTANORM Service Partner
International Network, the world's largest exhibit builders network with 140
companies in 43 countries on all 5 continents.

Kai Hattendorf

Kai Hattendorf is Managing Director / CEO of UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. As such, he is responsible for UFI activities and events globally, as well as the operation of its offices in Paris, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Bogota. 

Michael Kruppe

General Manager at SNIEC –Shanghai New lnternational Expo Centre

China's, most successful exhibition centre with annually almost 5m. visitors, 122,000 exhibitors and an average occupation rate of 70 pct in 2014, covering a total area of 300.000 m2

 

Stephanie Selesnick

Stephanie Selesnick, President, International Trade Information

Stephanie is a second-generation trade show enthusiast and began working trade shows at the tender age of ten. International Trade Information, Inc. assists exhibition organisers to increase their international presence - either by bringing in exhibitors and visitors, or by geo-adapting shows and taking them offshore. 

Zaneta Berus

Żaneta Berus –CEO and founder of In2WinBusiness Consulting since2011 rokuin MICEsector; Board Member of Event Industry Association in Poland; MICE sector expert.

 

Alexander Garay

Head of Events –Americas, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation

Matthias Baur Tesi

Matthias Tesi Baur is a highly skilled consultant in trade shows, digital transformation and the gourmet food and wine world.

Claude Membrez

Claude Membrez joined Palexpo as its CEO on 1st November 2004. Since his arrival, he has pursued a strategy of development and modernization of Palexpo. This strategy enabled to double the turnover in ten years, bringing it from 40 million in 2004 to 99 million in 2017. During that time, the staff increased from 125 to 205 full-time employees; with temporary staff, the company employs today over 370 full-time equivalents.

Eline Deijs

Eline Deijs is Director Marketing & Digital at RAI Amsterdam. In this role she is responsible for the Marketing Strategy of RAI and allinternational and national events.She stimulates Innovation and New Business (developing new events). Besides this she is responsible for the own Consumer events.

Sarnit Karunyavanij

Sarnit has been in the Thai Exhibitionand Events industry for over two decades, having been a PCO, PEO and was the Business Development Director of BITEC which is a renowned venue in Bangkok for eight years. He is now a consultant for the events industry in Thailand, and is DMG Events senior consultant for Thailand.

Paul MacDonald

Paul is the Global Brand Director - Packaging at Artexis Easyfairs. Award winning senior event professional with demonstrable success in B2B live marketing environments with a passion for innovation, creativity and challenging the status quo.

Jeremy Rees

Jeremy Rees is CEO of ExCeL Londonsince November 2017, with a career spanningovertwo decades within the exhibition and events industry. He has worked as anorganiser, supplier and venue operator for companies such as Clarion Events, EarlsCourt & Olympia Group andfrom 2010,ExCeL London.

Christopher McCuin

Christopher McCuin is Managing Director of Montgomery Asia. Christopher joined Montgomery at the beginning of 2010 to take over the Directorship of their flagship international Food & Drink event (IFE) and to run our fast growing Processing & Packaging show, Pro2Pac.

Nicola Morrin

Nicola is currently the Head of Major Projects and Events at ADS, the UK association for Aerospace,Defence, Security and Space. She has run the Home Office Security and Policing Event for the past 5years as well as the Innovation Zone and Futures Day at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Mary Pat Heftman

Mary Pat is a respected business event strategist and innovator and is recognized for her visionary leadership, collaboration, and mentoring in the association, event management and hospitality industries.She has immense passion for face-to-face business events and has been a leader and advocate and in the field for over three decades.

Paul Colston

Paul Colston is an-award winning editor and currently Managing Editor of the International Portfolio at leading UK meetings industry publisher Mash Media. Paul edits the monthly titles Conference & Meetings World, Exhibition World, and their related websites www.c-mw.net and www.exhibitionworld.co.uk and digital products.

Paul Woodward

With over 30 years experience in global B2B media and events industries, Paul Woodward provides consulting services as Principal of Paul Woodward Advisory and Chairman of Business Strategies Group Ltd.

Paul was most recently the managing director of UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry.