The Judges 2022

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Bonny Shapira

Job Position

Cisco Live EMEA Leader

Bio

Bonny Shapira Bio Bonny is the Cisco Live EMEA leader. He joined the Cisco Live team just after the conclusion of Cisco Live 2012, making the 2020 event his 8th
Cisco Live. Bonny’s responsibilities lie in the overall vision, strategy and program management. It is his job to make it all happen and connect with Cisco’s overall vision and strategy. He is also responsible for the content program, leading a team of Cisco professio nals responsible for the selection and creation of the educational sessions (breakouts, techtorials, panels, case studies). Bonny is passionate about swimming, Spanish, Negronis and his wife and three kids.
Prior to entering the wonderful worlds of event s, Bonny held several marketing and business development positions at Cisco since 2004 – “nothing to do with events and a very different experience” in his own words..

Guy Lomas

Job Position

Head of Global Experience Marketing, Royal Philips

Bio

An accomplished sales and marketing leader, Guy joined Philips in 2015 as Head of Global Experience Marketing, based in the Netherlands. Responsible for strategic planning, brand consistency and ROI on a multi – million budget, he leads an 80 – strong team tha t deliver more than 3,000 events, tradeshows and experiential marketing activities each year, he also runs the Philips Customer Experience Centres. He has been instrumental in a recent marketing transformation project, moving from a market – based events model to a global experience marketing centre of excellence, while also initiating key projects including the use of spatial analytics and technology solutions to monitor and improve ROI. In 2020.

Elke Moebius

Job Position

The Project Director at Messe Düsseldorf

Bio

Born in Mainz, Elke Moebius studied Romance languages, literature and economics and rounded up her studies with stays abroad in the United States, Argentina and France. In 1996 she joined Messe Düsseldorf and took over project management responsibilities in Russia as early as in 1997. In 2008 she assumed the pos ition of Project Director at Messe Düsseldorf, where she is responsible for the world’s no.1 retail trade fair EuroShop and the leading retail technology trade fair EuroCIS in Düsseldorf as well as for C – star in Shanghai and in – store asia in Mumbai.

Claude Membrez

Job Position

CEO of Palexpo SA

Bio

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 201 7 . During that time, the staff increased from 125 to 20 5 full – time employees; with temporary staff, the company employs today over 3 7 0 full – time equivalents. Under the leadership of Claude Membrez, Palexpo has integrated various value – added services in connection with its activity (graphic design; electrical, water and telecommunications services, cleaning, suspension, catering , etc. ) – services that were previously provided by
external partners.

Alexander Garay

Job Position

Head of Global Events, Nano Dimension

Bio

Alexander’s event management and marketing experience spans over two decades in both B2B and B2C markets within a broad range of verticals, from corporate meetings on technology to gala premieres in the entertainment industry. In his current role, Alexander has elevated the image of technological startup Nano Dimension from a small Israeli engineering company to an industry-leading conglomerate of six corporate entities, encompassing 3D printing, artificial intelligence, and mechatronic automation. As leader of the global events program, Alexander excels in not only detailed operations and logistics of dozens of international tradeshows and conferences per year, but also implements innovative ideas in art direction, messaging, and brand experience.

Jeremy Rees

Job Position

CEO of ExCeL London & On The Board of Association of Event Venues

Bio

Jeremy Rees is CEO of ExCeL London since November 2017 , with a career spanning over two decades within the exhibition and events industry. He has worked as an organiser , supplier and venue operator for companies such as Clarion Events, Earls Court & Olympia Group and from 2010, ExCeL London.
Jeremy currently sits on the board of A ssociation of Event Venues (AEV)
. He is also an active participant on a number of charity boards including the exhibition industry’s charity fundraiser and networking summer cricket event,
Sticky Wicket.

Paul Colston

Job Position

Manager Editor, International Portfolio, Mash Media Group

Bio

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 is a regular speaker at global industry MICE forums including Internati onal Confex, IBTM , Russian Economic Forum, Convene and Conventa. He has also chaired many industry roundtable discussions and Conference Question Time. Paul has been in the industry since 2005 and is a fluent Russian speaker. He previously edited magazines covering the emerging markets and was English Publications Director at the Novosti Press Agency. Paul is based in London and is a commited fan of Everton Football Club.

Baris Onay

Job Position

Founder & CEO at Precision Communities

Bio

Entrepreneurial executive with 15+ years of experience in B2B media, events, exhibitions and conferences. Assumed executive roles in Growth, Digital, Marketing, Transformation, M&A and divestment projects. Led teams of 100+ in London and 200+ globally in matrix structures. Currently: Founder of Virtual Strategy Ltd, Co – Founder of TURNKEY Event Management Co – Founder and CEO of Precision Communities.

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Remco R. Pot

Job Position

Manager Exhibitor Services at RAI Amsterdam

Bio

Remco (1980) has extensive experience in sales and marketing within the event industry. After organising an exhibition in the food and hospitality industry (Horecava) for 11 editions in various roles, he is now responsible for the Exhibitor Services department. This department guides an average of 19,000 exhibitors each year in planning and coordinating their exhibition participation. In addition, Remco is a board member of the “Koninklijke Indus trieele Groote Club”, one of the oldest and most prestigious societies in the Netherlands.

Giovanna Duca

Job Position

Core Business Researcher at Fondazione Fiera Milan

Bio

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. Giovanna teaches at Accademia Fiera Milano, training center targeted at young professionals wishing to enter the exhibition and congress industry and at industry professionals and companies us ing exhibitions as a marketing tool. She graduated in Business Administration at Bocconi University in Milan.

Michael Kruppe

Job Position

General Manager/ CEO SNIEC – Shanghai China

Bio

Michael is also Board Member of UFI Vice Chairman of Chinese Venue association Chairman of Pudong New Industry Association Board member of German Centre in Shanghai In 2017 Michael received the Magnolia Award given by Shanghai Mayor for longtime sustainable support of economic development of Shanghai Micahel is General Manager – SNIEC Shanghai New lnternational Expo Centre One of the world’s most successful exhibition centre with annually ard. 7mio. visitors, over 120,000 exhibitors and an average occupation rate of 73 pct in 2019, covering a total area of 300.000 m2. Due to impact of Corona figures in 2020 look certainly different but SNIEC managed to reopen in June and is expecting at least 3 mio visitors on ard. 3,8 mio sqm sold.

Mary Pat Heftman

Job Position

Vice Chair, Winsight Exhibitions, Winsight LLC

Bio

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. Mary Pat has had a long career leading the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, previously owned by the National Restaurant Association and now under the operational ownership of Winsight LLC.

Matthias Tesi Baur

Job Position

Consultant in trade shows, digital transformation and gourmet food

Bio

Born in Mainz, Elke Moebius studied Romance languages, literature and economics and rounded up her studies with stays abroad in the United States, Argentina and France. In 1996 she joined Messe Düsseldorf and took over project management responsibilities in Russia as early as in 1997. In 2008 she assumed the pos ition of Project Director at Messe Düsseldorf, where she is responsible for the world’s no.1 retail trade fair EuroShop and the leading retail technology trade fair EuroCIS in Düsseldorf as well as for C – star in Shanghai and in – store asia in Mumbai.

Stephanie Selesnick

Stephanie Selesnick

Job Position

President, International Trade Information

Bio

Stephanie Selesnick, President of Las Vegas – based International Trade Information, Inc. works with exhibition organizers to internationalize their shows, one expo at a time. They recently introduced the International Exhibitor Representation Program and ar e the long time North American representatives for SNIEC, the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in China. A second – generation former show organizer, Stephanie blogs for UFI, the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry and Exhibition World, an d enjoys sharing knowledge online and in person. She is a founding member of the Exhibitions Think Tank, Women in Exhibitions Network North America, serves on the faculty of UFI’s Exhibition Management School and is a Virtual Events Institute Subject Matte r Expert.

Nicola Morrin

Job Position

President, International Trade Information

Bio

Head of Major Projects and Events at ADS

Paul Woodward

Job Position

Principal of Paul Woodward Advisory and Chairman of Business Strategies Group Ltd.

Bio

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 . He held this position from July 2010 – November 2015 and was responsible for all UFI international activities and events as well as for the operations of its three offices in Paris, Hong Kong and Sharjah . UFI ’ s membership comprises almost 700 companies in 85 countries . Prior to taking up the UFI role, Paul was based in Hong Kong for 25 years , running businesses in China and around Asia . From 2000 to 2010 he founded and ran Business Strategies Group Ltd., the business intelligence and strategy consulting firm which serve s the business media and events industries in the Asia Pacific region . Originally a business journalist, Paul worked from 1985 until 2000 for a publishing and exhibitions business which operated as Miller Freeman Asia in the 1990s , now UBM Asia . He was a director of that business respo nsible for new business development and strategy.

Żaneta Berus

Job Position

CEO of In2Win Business Consulting

Bio

Żaneta Berus – CEO and founder of the consulting company In2Win Business Consulting operating since 2011 in the MICE area; member of the board of the Event Industry Association, industry expert A graduate of the Poznań University of Economics, she graduated from the Foreign Trade Department. She continued her education as part of numerous trainings and courses. In 1999 she completed the business program Values Management and Applied Prioritizin g at the Interclub Educational Center in Chicago, a year later the Go Smart Business and postgraduate management studies at Northwestern Business College in Chicago. In 2010, she also joined her scientific achievements with an Executive MBA diploma at the Kozminski University in Warsaw. Żaneta Berus held the prestigious position of the Trade Consul at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago and was responsible for the promotion of the Polish economy on the American market. For 16 years sh e was associated with the EXPO XXI facility in Warsaw. Since 2006 in the Management Board of this company and as the Managing Director, and the last 6 years as the President of the Management Board. Until the end of April 2017, she also held the position o f Executive Director at Sapphire Group, which also includes EXPO XXI and Blue Business Media For the next 2 years she was the Managing Director of the largest exhibition facility in Poland – Ptak Warsaw Expo and was responsible for coordinating activities and cooperation with external clients and international organizations. At the same time, since 2011 he has been running his consulting company In2Win and advises organizers and companies interested in organizing events, in particular trade fairs. Żaneta B erus is also active in the Event Industry Association, being a member of the management board of this organization responsible for international cooperation, and by the end of July 2016 she was the Vice President of the Polish Chamber of Exhibition Industr y for over 6 years, a member of the Conferences and Congresses in Poland Association and a member of UFI – the World Association trade fair industry. She is active member of IAEE (International Association of Exhibitions and Events) and their licensed facu lty of CEM (Certified in Exhibition Management) program worldwide. For her activities for the benefit of local government and merits for the promotion of Poland, Żaneta Berus received the Silver Cross of Merit, the second most important state decoration, a warded by the President of the Republic of Poland. The event industry also appreciated her commitment. She was awarded the title of MP – 12 as the best facility manager in the Venue – Supplier category,. Żaneta Berus received another industry distinction – the title of “Personality of the Year” in the “Object Manager” category, as well as the Badge of Merit for Tourism awarded by the Ministry of Sport and Tourism. Since