PCMA (Professional Convention
Management Association) has added new interactive conversation segments to its upcoming Convening Asia Pacific – The Global
Recovery Forum, a hybrid event taking place on 10 November at the ICC Sydney and live-streamed across the region.
Going live at 12pm AEDT (9am in Singapore and Hong Kong) the
four-hour event will now allow digital attendees to join in six
‘Conversations with the Experts’ sessions: interactive deep dive chats
with key industry leaders, offering practical insights into managing and
innovating business events in the Covid era.
The panel includes planners, event organisers, marketers, technology
specialists and creators covering various sectors. All attendees have to
do is nominate a topic before the event and then chat with the
presenters over 25-minute breakout sessions.
And to cover as much of the region as possible, PCMA will have live,
simultaneous interpretation of the presentations from English into
Japanese, Korean and Mandarin, via the cloud-based Interprefy platform.
Topics and speakers include:
- Incentive Travel and Events with Bert Li, associate director of event production, Amway China
- Corporate Meetings and Events with Deborah Caldwell, senior vice
president Asia Pacific, head of event marketing, Bank of America
- Association Meetings and Events with Paula Rowntree, head of events
& experience, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners;
and Kirsty Grimwade, senior manager, events, The Australasian Institute
of Mining and Metallurgy
- China Focus: Are We Back in Business? with Frankie Gao, managing
director, China, MCI Group; and Stephen Zhang, president & chief
distribution officer, Manulife Sinochem
- Engaging Your Audience with Digital Events: Up Close and Personal
with Sourabh Kothari, co-founder and CEO, Mindcurrent; and Jennifer
Kingen Kush, founder and strategist, Kingen Kush Solutions
Karen Bolinger, managing director of PCMA APAC, said that the
last-minute addition was a result of research, surveys and community
chats. "What we’re hearing is that you want to ask your peers and
customers what they are doing, how they’ve made decisions and what the
next 12 months looks like. Now is your opportunity to ask them directly,
as well as share some best practices and tips on rebuilding the
business events sector in APAC."
This is on top of an existing programme which includes case studies,
workshops, and strategic content co-created by event planners and the
To further encourage sign up, the PCMA Foundation is granting
scholarships covering registration cost for individuals to attend either
in-person in Sydney or digitally. Scholarship applications end today (Wednesday, 4 November 2020), so apply here.