January 18, 2023 | By Bronwen Largier

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has revealed the speakers for its Knowledge Program, which takes place the day before the show floor opens for meetings between the world’s business events buyers and sellers next month.

Program headliners include Australian tennis player Jelena Dokic who will discuss perseverance and resilience, and Australian futurist Professor Ben Hamer who will present the future of events.

Sessions presented by industry have been broken down into emotional intelligence and classic intelligence sessions. Topics include creating order from a chaotic world (Allan Briggs, founder and CEO of Crisis Shield), making sense of your guests’ senses (Georgie Stayches, founder, Fetching Events & Communications) and creating the best place to work (Keith Wootton, founder and managing director, AV1).

During the afternoon, industry associations will take the helm with ICCA, IAPCO, MEA, PCMA, PCOA and SITE all offering thought-provoking sessions for attendees to choose from.

The full day program runs on February 13, ahead of AIME’s welcome event that evening in a secret location, in honour of the event’s 30th anniversary.

“On the back of a monumental 2022, everyone is starting to feel the ‘burn’,” says AIME’s event director Silke Calder.

“Event planners more than ever are having to balance the practical skills of event planning with the more humanistic qualities which build connection within our workplaces and our events.

“We have kept this front of mind when curating the 2023 Knowledge Program, selecting a diverse range of speakers and sessions to create space for us as individuals, and together as an industry, to inspire leadership, creativity and map a better path forward.”

AIME’s 400-strong contingent of hosted buyers will attend the Knowledge Program day, in addition to visitor buyers who wish to upgrade their ticket.

Three hundred exhibitors are expected on AIME’s show floor on February 14 and 15.