BestCities Global Alliance has appointed Edward Koh, executive
director of the Conventions, Meetings & Incentive Travel division of
the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau, as board chair.
Koh will greet the industry in his new role at IMEX Frankfurt, taking
over over the position from Kit Lykketoft, director of the Copenhagen
As board chair, Koh will prioritise knowledge creation and client
engagement in the fields of legacy and sustainability, with a goal of
growing the global impact of meetings events. He will also work on
enhancing BestCities’ focus on economic, social and environmental
sustainability, enabling alliance members to offer delegates more
responsible ways to meet amid the growing climate emergency.
“I am delighted to take on the role of BestCities board chair to
build on the good work of my predecessors in seizing growth
opportunities in the post-pandemic world for our partners and clients,”
said Koh. “With our renewed focus on sustainability as a core value
proposition, we aspire to create more responsible impact and leave a
lasting legacy on the world.”
Lykketoft, who has completed her two-year tenure as board chair,
oversaw the addition of two new partner cities – Guadalajara and Dublin –
and successfully navigated the alliance through the global pandemic,
among other accomplishments.
Meanwhile, Julia Swanson, CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau,
will assume Edward’s vacated role of incoming board chair, and David
Noack Perez, director of the Madrid Convention Bureau, will take up the
position of board treasurer.