New president for IAPCO

Ori Lahav from Kenes Group will serve a two-year term

Ori Lahav: setting new targets for IAPCO. Credit: IAPCO

VANCOUVER - IAPCO (International Association of Professional Congress Organisers) has a new president. Mr Ori Lahav, VP Clients & Operations at Kenes Group, was elected IAPCO president at the IAPCO Annual General Assembly in Vancouver, and takes over from outgoing president, Mr Mathias Posch, for a two-year term. The team will soon be announcing an exclusive partnership agreement with an Asia Pacific stakeholder that will have "wide-scale benefit for the entire region", said IAPCO.

IAPCO is a leading international association for professional conference organisers, representing 137 companies with over 9,500 PCOs, meeting planners and managers of international and national congresses, conventions and special events from 39 countries.

Mr Lahav said: "It is a huge honour to lead an association of industry professionals and more so, to follow the footsteps of our founder and president, Gideon Rivlin, who was president of the association 39 years ago. I am set to continue raising the standards of IAPCO together with the HQ team and the exemplary Council. No matter the hard times that we are currently facing with COVID-19 and other unrests around the world, I believe that this is the right opportunity for us to come together and prove the resilience of the events industry once more."

Mr Martin Boyle, IAPCO CEO, commented "I have had the privilege of working with Ori during the last year in his role as IAPCO VP and am certain that his international experience and network will be of great value to our association."

Some of the key goals for the IAPCO Council during Mr Lahav's term are launching webEDGE - the new IAPCO online learning platform; communicating a strong commitment to the IAPCO Quality mandate through active industry outreach; and widening the association's reach in Latin America and Asia Pacific.

IAPCO has been supporting the Asia Pacific MICE sector for several years by delivering EDGE Seminars and speaking at relevant industry trade shows.  However, this has been rather re-active to requests from the region instead of pro-active from IAPCO.  At a recent IAPCO Council Meeting held in Singapore, IAPCO HQ and Council drafted its 2020-2025 strategic business plan.  A major activity highlighted in that plan for the next five years will be an increased commitment and focus on developing its outreach to the region.

"Our APAC strategy includes a long-term commitment to delivering quality educational content to the entire APAC MICE Community, increased engagement and partnerships with key industry bodies and heightened participation at trade shows, all of which we believe will help to increase the knowledge, expertise and professionalism of both PCOs and the sector in APAC…we have also committed to delivering EDGE Seminars in a number of cities in the region in the coming 18 months.

"IAPCO is very much committed to supporting the on-going development of the meetings and events industry in Asia Pacific and specifically to engaging with PCOs to introduce them to the benefits that IAPCO can bring to their organisations.

"In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, it is perhaps more important than ever that meeting planners have access to other professionals around the globe to share experiences, solutions and to support each other.  IAPCO recently held a Coronavirus Impact Dialogue with 45 of our member companies from around the world dialled-in online to discuss the impact COVID-19 is having in their region and to discuss and share how each is working with their clients and suppliers through this challenging time.  The knowledge-share was very timely, relevant and practical and the success of that Dialogue has now led us to conduct a second looking specifically at insurance outcomes and procedures."

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