July 13, 2021 | By Joyce DiMascio

The International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC), the global peak body for convention centres around the world, has announced the appointment of its new Executive Council and Australia has a seat at the table.

Greg O’Dell, president and CEO of Events DC in Washington, DC, was elected President and Peter King, CEO of the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is the new Vice President.

The other members of the Executive Council are Julianne Jammer, Managing Director of the Swiss Tech Convention Centre; Juliana Lopez, President of Grupo Heroica in Colombia; Taubie Motlhabane, CEO of Cape Town International Convention Centre in South Africa; Christian Folden Lund, CEO of Bella Centre in Denmark and Panittha Buri, Managing Director of BITEC in Thailand

“The diversity of the Board reflects the truly global nature of AIPC and will be of benefit to the association when it comes to engaging with regional stakeholders, obtaining market insights and growing the AIPC Community,” said Sven Bossu, CEO of AIPC.

Some of the new initiatives announced at AIPC’s General Assembly include the Future Shapers Program, a free nine-month management program, specifically designed for upcoming leaders in convention centres.

MCEC’s King said he is excited to join AIPC’s prestigious Executive Council at such an important time.

“It is such a crucial time for our industry right now, so to be part of the governing body which is steering us through is a real privilege.”

AIPC was founded in 1958 and comprises 190 convention centres in 61 countries with the active involvement of more than 900 management-level professionals.

Its mission is to encourage, support and recognise excellence in convention centre management, based on the diverse experience and expertise of its international membership, and it maintains a full range of educational, research, networking, and management standards programmes to achieve this.