Cofounder & CTO, ExpoPlatform
Mykyta is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at ExpoPlatform, and oversees the global product and technology roadmap. ExpoPlatform is a leading provider of solutions for onsite, hybrid, and online exhibitions and conferences, working with leading organisers in over 20 countries.
He is experienced in Computer Science, Patent Law, Data Analysis, strategic IT auditing, sales, project management, software engineering and has a PhD in Computer Vision, Image Analysis from the University of Surrey.
Pierre Metrailler is the CEO of SpotMe, an event technology solution based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Metrailler joined SpotMe in 2001 and became the CEO in 2016. In 2004, after leaving a research position on distributed algorithms at NTT Japan, he returned to SpotMe and led the pivot from proprietary hardware to SaaS. Metrailler holds an MSc in Communication Systems from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and is also a graduate of INSEAD. Metrailler now leads a team of 120 employees worldwide. With the increase digitalisation of event worldwide, SpotMe’s mission has become “Virtual events with more show-ups and fewer drop-offs”.
Founder & CEO, Grip
Tim is CEO and Co-Founder at Grip - the leading AI-powered event networking solution for Virtual, Hybrid and Live events. The Grip platform is used by leading Conference, Trade Show and Corporate Event Organisers such as Informa, Reed Exhibitions and Hyve to create unique and memorable events that bring communities together through content and connections.
Founder & CEO, Run The World
Xiaoyin Qu is the founder and CEO of Run The World, the leading online events platform for communities to interact with each other. Run The World raised $15M from leading investors such as Andreessen Howoritz, Founders Fund, Will Smith and Kevin Hart. She previously led products for both Facebook and Instagram. She dropped out Stanford’s MBA program after a year to start Run The World.
Executive Vice President - Head of Marketing, Technology and Customer Experience, Clarion Events
Liz’s endless curiosity, desire for learning, and passion for building relationships infuse her responsibilities as the Executive Vice President- Head of Marketing, Technology and Customer Experience for Clarion Events. With over 20 years of experience in the events industry, she is focused on delivering results by creating brand strategies and providing innovative approaches that meet her customers’ needs.
In her current role, Liz oversees the strategic direction and integration of the marketing and technology functions across North America. These are led by insight, marketing effectiveness, digital and virtual platform development and innovation. In addition, she is responsible for virtual product strategy development where she partners with Clarion’s portfolio directors to identify growth opportunities to enhance our existing events and develop new digital offerings. She constantly has her eye on the customer experience and how to continuously evolve what our events offer to increase the value we provide face-to-face and digitally.
Liz’s interest in events began when she would work hands-on to assist her father in setting up his local food distributor events. From there she worked a variety of positions in college assisting the Convention & Visitors Bureau and quickly her passion for the events business spread. Before joining Clarion , Liz was with Reed Exhibitions for 14 years, in a variety of marketing leadership positions across several events, including the leading jewelry media brand, JCK.
Liz earned her bachelor’s degree from Niagara University and a master’s degree from the University of New Haven. She is active in her community where she volunteers in her assisting her sons’ sports teams throughout the year, managing communications and events. Liz is involved in SISO’s planning committee and chairs the Marketing Special Interest Group. Liz lives in Connecticut with her husband, two boys and two dogs and cat.
Regional Manager - Europe, UFI
Nick is the Regional Manager for Europe at UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry. He is responsible for UFI’s more than 300 members in Europe, organising the annual UFI European Conference and promoting and representing the European exhibition industry internationally.
He joined UFI in 2010 as head of Business Development, looking after sponsorship and commercial partnerships for all of UFI's global portfolio of events and activities. A fluent speaker of Spanish and Portuguese, he set up UFI’s Latin American Chapter in 2014.
Nick first worked in the exhibition industry when he joined the UK arm of the International Sales Group (ISG) of Reed Exhibitions in 2006 working on a portfolio of shows around the world. Nick has been the head of the UK Footvolley Association since 2004.
Founder, Acier Events
Chloe is an exhibition and trade show sales expert and owner of Acier Events, a company that creates, develops, coaches and executes exhibition-specific commercial strategies, including how to maximise commercial communications with your exhibitors and sponsors. A multi-lingual sales leader with clients all over the globe, Chloe has always believed that tech can be the cherry on the solution-based sales cake.
Head of Technology and Digital Transformation, Easyfairs
Stephan Forseilles is acting as Head of Technology and Digital Transformation for Easyfairs, a pan-European trade show organiser and venue operator. He is responsible for supervising the strategic development of the company's technology solutions and digital transformation, including the transition to hybrid events. He is also a member of UFI’s Digital Innovation Committee, Team Leader at the Exhibitions Think Tank and regular speaker at Event Tech conferences.
Chief Digital Strategist, miguelseven.com
Miguel is passionate about helping event professionals working online and offline to develop digital communication and content strategies. He is no stranger to the world of business events and he speaks, consults, and trains on topics around communication, content and event technology.
Since 2005 Miguel has held multiple industry roles, starting in his native Portugal, then spending 10 years in the UK and US and currently based in Denmark. He played an key role in developing the IMEX Group’s digital content and social media presence from 2011 to 2017, and since then Miguel has worked independently on digital communication strategies for business events. focused organisations
Miguel holds a masters degree in Conference and Events Management from the University of Westminster and is certified as a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and a Digital Event Strategist (DES). He sits on the International Board of Directors of Meeting Professionals International and is past-Chair of Events Industry Council’s Industry Insights Committee.
Chief Strategist, Powers of Marketing
Founder & CEO, Event Advisor
Eva Baskova is Cofounder and CEO of Event Advisor. After studying media communications, Eva spent more than eight years at Fleming, an events company organizing conferences and training programs around the world. She started as a junior marketer, before later leading several successful corporate projects in Dubai and working as a global marketing director and board member. After Fleming, Eva went on to found Event Advisor to bring more transparency into the business events industry. The startup offers a complete list of available events, reviews, and ticketing options in one place. Having grown used to being the only woman in the room at meetings and startup competitions, Eva also co-founded Trust Women—an organization with the aim of supporting cooperation and trust among women. Eva is a passionate believer in the power of face-to-face gatherings and networking, nowadays discovering the value of the online alternatives and it's future.
Editorial Director, Mash Media
Award-winning, experienced web and print editor and video presenter across news, sport, business events, technology, lifestyle and automotive sectors, with demonstrable experience of high-profile website building and management, including social media.
Event Director, Mash Media
Duncan is the Event Director for international Confex, the Exhibition where the events industry meets. Duncan is intrinsically involved in the partnerships, collaborations and decisions that drive positive change and progress for the exhibition. He is responsible for keeping the show innovative and exciting as well as educational in its content. Commercially his direction has generated a 32% revenue increases over the last two years since coming aboard as well as steady year on year delegate rise. Duncan’s background is routed in Sales having starting his career at EMAP and working across array of publishing online and event sales.
Founder & Director, Flume Sales Training
Raoul is the Founder of Flume Sales Training and is driven by helping businesses navigate their way through this crisis in the strongest way possible. He is a regular speaker at industry events and recently led a series of Flume webinars which attracted several thousand event professionals. He writes a regular column in Exhibition News called “Closed Won”.
Flume work with companies to put teams into the head of their clients to create the most powerful sales and marketing approaches possible. They are well known in the events industry for their focus on driving measurable sales impact through the training they provide.
Raoul is an ultra-marathon runner, a film-buff and an avid reader of business books.
Founder & CEO, Snöball
Rachel is an event marketing strategist, event tech startup founder and industry speaker on topics that cover event marketing and influencer marketing. When meeting planners and association professionals need to get more butts in seats, they call Rachel! She is a force to be reckoned with, whipping up creative solutions to event marketing challenges for 19+ years. Always looking for new ways to supercharge attendee acquisition, she used the experience from hundreds of campaigns to pioneer a new chapter in event marketing: the award-winning snöball event influencer marketing platform. The secret to her success - fueling clever, cutting-edge digital marketing tactics with the human-2-human values that the events industry is based on.
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