Abi is Global Innovation Success Manager for Reed Exhibitions where she works with digital teams around the world to help them find and implement the best event technology on the market. Previously at Slido - an award-winning audience interaction tool for live Q&A and polling - and, before that, managing and producing conferences for 9 years, Abi has experienced multiple aspects of what it takes to drive innovation in events. Abi loves nothing more than getting underwater and is a keen scuba diver.
Aleksandra brings more than 10 years of experience in events, with a strong focus on events in the tech industry over the past 5 years. She has a unique experience of creating 50+ own brand events of a different scale all across 5 continents as well as leveraging hundreds of 3rd party sponsorships to support business goals. Aleksandra has successfully launched event programs for brands like Veeam Software and SEMrush, increasing the revenue and brand recognition through this marketing channel. Recently Aleksandra has joined Userlane - digital adoption solution, as a Head of Event Marketing to build and expand the brand's event program.
Alison is an experienced exhibition and conference marketing professional with 18 years' experience encompassing conferences, exhibitions, marketing and PR. She is as passionate about delivering exceptional events to both exhibitors and visitors as she is about travelling the world in her spare time.
As Marketing Director at Easyfairs UK & Global, she ensures best practice and effective marketing strategies across its event portfolio, including shows run in the UK, France, Algeria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Singapore, China, and the US.
Before joining Easyfairs, Alison spent nine years at Venture Marketing Group working on its exhibitions, conferences, awards and publications, with a particular emphasis on building high level and valuable content across all products. Her early career included roles as a conference producer at Centaur and PR account director.
At age 14, Brian won a speed typing contest and his love for computers and technology was born. After years of playing The Oregon Trail, creating his highschool newspaper in Adobe Pagemaker, and using Napster, Brian pursued a Business Information Systems Degree.
Prior to speaking, he worked for nine years at the Department of Defense where he managed a global team who deployed collaboration and cybersecurity solutions across all branches of the military – which required him to maintain the highest civilian security clearance.
He then pursued his dream job as a technology evangelist for a booming cloud-computing startup, helping companies embrace the rate of change and new ways to innovate.
Brian is currently the Founder of iSocialFanz, which has helped launch digital and influencer strategies with the world’s most iconic brands like Dell, EMC, Adobe, IBM, UFC, Applebee’s, and SAP.
Brian has been recognized as a Top 20 Digital Transformation Influencer; a Top 50 Most-Mentioned User by CMOs on Twitter, and a Top 25 Social Business Leader of the Future by The Economist. His followers on social media and podcast downloads rank in the hundreds of thousands, resulting in Brian being hired an influencer for 19 of the Fortune 50 companies.
Craig Mathie is Managing Director of Bournemouth 7s Festival, the UK’s favourite sport and music festival. A qualified and experienced Project Manager, Craig leads the team responsible for all elements of the planning and delivery of this truly unique festival, which is fast approaching its 11th edition. Craig is a passionate events man and sports enthusiast who has gained a wide breadth of skills and expertise working on some of the UK’s most celebrated and reputable live events.
Dahlia has an OMG-attitude about all things tech and audience engagement solutions. With more than a decade of experience in the meetings and events sector, working on both the professional planning side and as an association collaborator, Dahlia is known as the coffee-fuelled ‘go-to’ source for trend-setting solutions, tech news, and social media expertise.
A director of and production manager at EnTEEtainment Ltd, Frankie specialises in technical production management, artist liaison and CAD drawing at a variety of events. Mainly working on live music events such as Radio 1s Big Weekend, Reading Festival and BBC Proms in Hyde Park, Frankie has worked her way up from laminating during summer holidays to graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University and being awarded the ‘Rising Star Award’ for the festival industry in 2014. Having worked in a wide range of event types for over 10 years such as fashion shows, corporate parties, product launches and experiential shows, Frankie has recently added live touring to her portfolio.
Hina primarily manages the delivery of a global exhibition programme, and activities supporting client’s presence at flagship industry events the world over. Taking client briefs and working with the Imagination creative team to ensure the right technologies are paired to tell the client's story to their target audience.
Hina has worked in the events industry for over a decade. Her experience is diverse: conference and event organisation, in-house event management venue sourcing, event management, measurement and effectiveness, operations, client relationship management, content development, negotiations, financial management, resource and planning. Hina diverse skill set allows her to breakdown complex briefs ensuring smoothing project planning through to a high-quality delivery.
Hina graduated from De Montfort University in 2005 with a BA (Hons) in Arts Management. Initially, she worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland/NatWest, leading a team of 14 in retail banking. Hina began her career in events in 2007 before moving to London in 2009 to join UBM. Her specialist role involved events in the construction and architecture sector, including large scale exhibitions, conferences and hospitality experiences managing all aspects of operational delivery. She made the move to the energy sector in 2011 - focusing on international shows in Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Nigeria and Kuwait – before joining Imagination in 2013.
With a prodigious and unrivalled passion for technology and progression, John has spent the last 4 years’ improving the adoption of event technology for UBM’s EMEA Region, working on various events including CPhi Worldwide, IFSEC International, MedTec Europe and Decorex International before progressing on to managing the global adoption of Technology across the Informa Group, with a focus on improving the End User Experience.
With a 20-year background in and around technology, only rivalled by a 30 yearlong passion for Formula One technology and the racing of course, John considers himself as a strong ambassador for all things technology related.
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Jonathan is an agency entrepreneur, having founded and sold two live experience agencies and a television production company. Across his 25-year career, Jonathan has led media, influencer, B2C, B2B, and employee engagement projects for world-renown brands. He has also helped lead international, private equity-backed agencies. His specialties are strategy, creative planning and content development.
As Innovation Manager at MCI group, Karen is an advocate for innovation and culture implementation initiatives, and her experience is centered around helping organizations achieve excellence. Karen actively participates in events across industries and contributes to the local innovation ecosystem by showcasing start-ups and promoting their offerings. A true social entrepreneur at heart, she co-leads the Women in Digital Switzerland initiative in Geneva and actively participates in the Open Geneva association.
Marco is a successful serial entrepreneur and investor with more than 25 years of intensive experience in media, technology, and the events industry. He is Founder and CEO of Vesuvio Ventures, providing early stage entrepreneurs access to coaching, partnerships, advisory, and capital.
After several years in a successful career as a corporate executive at Apple, Marco pursued his entrepreneurial ambitions and became:
• Co-founder and Board Member of Mind Opener, a leading publishing group in Latin America that was later sold to British Pearson Media Group, and
• Co-founder and Board Member of e-mind, an internet and media communications company that was sold to Liberty Media.
• President, CEO and co-founder of Mind Trainer (later Reed Exhibitions), a firm specializing in the organization of major regional trade-shows and events that was sold to Reed Elsevier after a successful long-term joint venture.
Marco is a Harvard Business School OPM Graduate, and member of YPO, the Young Presidents Organization and a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He is also a co-author of the best-selling book The Face of Digital focused on how digital technologies are changing the live events business industry.
Michael has covered the transformative effects of technology on meetings and travel for more than a decade at Northstar. Previously, he was a founding editor of a pioneering digital-photography magazine, and has written for two decades about tech, travel, business, cameras and culture for a plethora of publications.
Scott Cullather has more than 25 years of brand communications and live event experience. He co-founded INVNT in 2008, and under his leadership, INVNT has redefined the way organizations communicate to their employees, customers, and business partners. Across his career, Scott has led teams in the design, production, and execution of hundreds of large-scale B2B and B2C events in more than 40 countries, for dozens of the world's leading brands, companies, and trade associations.
Simon is a Creative Technical Director who consistently drives forward ground-breaking digital projects that are changing the nature of consumer experiences across the globe. He has 15 years of experience working for clients such as the Science Museum, Sony, Canon and Ford.
Always putting customers at the heart of the experience Simon has delivered many programmes of work including integrated live digital experience platforms with personalised content that can be shared with visitors instantly. The experiences he creates always connect the client and the customer while being measurable in real-time.
He has recently been pushing the boundaries of storytelling techniques using immersive technologies to create innovative stories with emotional resonance.
Sophie is an experienced event marketer, having worked with a number of respected organisers specialising in launch events. Over her career, she has launched 11 trade and enthusiast events in sectors as diverse as healthcare management, AI and gaming.
Sophie has first-hand experience in the power of customer insight to shape event strategies that deliver sustainable growth. She is passionate about the role of customer experience in the future of exhibitions.
She regularly authors white papers and shares insight with the industry at conferences around the world, including the Global Visitor and Exhibitor Insights Reports for UFI and SISO.
Prior to joining the exhibitions industry, Sophie worked in corporate events, with a number of well-known brands including Avon Cosmetics and Toyota (where she used to be a client of Rob Fisher!)
Away from work, Sophie is an avid traveller, having ticked off many “off the beaten track” destinations including Djibouti, Turkmenistan and El Salvador. This January, she hit country number 51 - the secretive Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Stephan Forseilles is CTO / Head of Technology and Digital Transformation of Easyfairs. He is responsible for supervising the strategic development of the company's technology solutions and digital transformation. He has been with Easyfairs since 15 years. He currently also serves as vice-chairman of the Digital Innovation Committee of UFI (the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry). Stephan was previously Operations Director EMEA, Anti-Piracy, for the Motion Picture Association of America. Previously, he worked for telecom operator Belgacom, first as Operations Director/IT & Network Director for Belgacom’s Internet Service Provider branch, then as Belgacom's Internet Services Director.