Mark’s management career in Formula One included more than a decade on the management board of the highly successful, race winning Jordan Grand Prix team, running the world famous Cosworth engine business and establishing the commercial arm of Red Bull Racing which went on to become 4-times World Champions. During his career he has worked with many of the sport’s leading drivers, including former World Champions Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button. Today he works closely with a number of the sport’s major stars including David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen and Jacques Villeneuve.
Mark’s career in Formula One started in 1983, spending seven years working in the media and as a consultant to Philip Morris International before joining Eddie Jordan’s fledgling Grand Prix team in 1990. He was a member of the team’s management board, having full responsibility for the team’s day-to-day marketing and commercial activities. He became part of the newly created Red Bull Racing management team in 2004, and was invited to lead Cosworth’s return to Formula One as an engine and technology supplier in 2010, overseeing its supply of one-third of the teams on the starting grid.
Since taking over the helm in 2010, Aloysius has built up a portfolio of MICE-related ventures, both regionally and globally, as well as developed its suite of business event solutions and venue management services to new standards. Singapore EXPO and MAX Atria was awarded Best International Venue 2016 by UK’s Exhibition News and Best Business Event Venue in 2018 and 2019 by Singapore Tourism Board, while SingEx Exhibitions was awarded Best Trade Conference Organiser in both years and Best Exhibition Organiser in 2019. Through her head office in Singapore and subsidiaries in Delhi, Guangzhou, and Jakarta, SingEx stages a portfolio of over 20 proprietary trade events in India, China, Indonesia, and Singapore.
On September 1, 2016, André has joined Genève Aéroport as its new CEO. André is also the chairman of the innovation board of the Aviation Research Center Switzerland; chairman of World Climate Ltd, the world’s leading media and events platform to accelerate the development of the global green economy; Chairman of equal-salary, providing a certification of equal compensation for women and men; and Vice-Chairman of Global Infrastructure Basel, the sustainable infrastructure forum and summit.
Her unique blend of strategic innovation and deep sector knowledge helped launch and grow associations such as ELSA Alumni, the Cloud Signature Consortium and ENRIO. A passionate speaker and trainer, Benita believes in the innovative power of diversity and inclusion, the importance of smart strategic management and the power of associations to advance our society.
Carrie graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Travel Industry Management School, with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honors). She is also a graduate of the Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) programme at the Cornell-Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management (CNI).
From 1995 to 2000 - Key3media Group (ex ZD Events) | Product Manager, Marketing and Operations Director, General Commissioner
From 1992 to 1995 - Miller Freeman / Blenheim | General Commissioner Unix Solutions, Windows Europe, Planète Multimedia
From 1989 to 1992 - Groupe Figaro | Project Manager to the CEO Philippe Villin, Director of the Figaro Grandes Ecoles, Head of advertising for the mass retail sector (France Soir) - development
▪ Chair of the IREST Council since 2019
▪ Member of Skal Club International
▪ Member of the Angelina Gourmet Club
Currently serving as the Senior Vice President, Events & Marketing prior to joining D.C. United Harry was the Vice Presidents of Events at global sports marketing industry leader Octagon. In his role he oversaw the evolution of Octagon’s event business from sports events into community, culinary, music, health and wellness events and programming all over the US working with brands such as Walmart, Procter & Gamble, CVS, Pepsico and Guggenheim. During his tenure at Octagon Harry staffed over 100 events in 20+ different markets in addition to managing event teams in San Francisco, NW Arkansas and Indianapolis.
Additional key achievements during Harry’s 11 year stint at Octagon include creating and launching the BITE Food Festival a 3 day culinary festival featuring a James Beard Foundation conference, 5000+ attendees and brands such as Tyson, General Mills, Pepsico. Year 3 of this event was used to open and showcase a new culinary school and food market in downtown Bentonville.
From the start, Irina’s vision for The MICE Blog has been to connect the global online community of event planners, while providing inspiration, education and networking opportunities, all by highlighting the industry’s best work. The response has been fantastic. Today, Irina and her blog are a trusted resource for planners and MICE industry insiders around the world.
Irina has immersed herself in the MICE market for years. Her Regent’s University scholarship, in fact, opened the door for a BA Honours degree in International Event Management at the European Business School in London. She soon found that this was a great way to forge relationships with other event professionals.
Irina quickly found still more ways to network. In 2014, she founded the #eventprofstalk Twitter chat, and one year later the Event Planners Talk live event series for the global events industry. The Twitter chat, which takes place every Monday evening, focuses on a single topic for each 1-hour instalment. So far, she has led more than 100 chats on themes ranging from innovation, sustainability and education to personal development and event technology. Through her innovative combination of both Twitter chats and live events, Irina has connected the online and offline communities to forge business relationships. By extending the event life cycle, she has created a source of continuing education for event professionals.
The ESC organises over 12 congresses a year, including the largest medical congress in Europe and biggest cardiovascular disease congress in the world with over 35 000 participants. Given travel restrictions, in August 2020, the ESC organized its first ESC Digital Experience attracting 125 000 registrants to a digital event over 4 days.
Isabel Bardinet was president of the AC Forum from 2010 to 2012, creating the association management chapter. She served as Vice President of the Club des dirigeants of the technopole Sophia Antipolis from 2012-2014. In 2014, she obtained the Certificate in Corporate Governance from INSEAD. Mrs Bardinet received the 2015 Professional Convention Management Association Chairman’s Award, for her creative involvement of the community in advancing the ESC’ mission at ESC Congress 2015, in London UK, the 2017 JMIC Power & Profile Award, the Lifelong Achievement Award from IBTM in 2019 and was named one of the 25 most influential people in the meetings industry.
Ujhelyi is Founder and President of Europe-China OBOR Culture & Tourism Development Committee, 2016 and Political Mentor of the FreeInterRail-programme (DiscoverEU). In 2018 he was appointed as special ambassador of the UN World Tourism Organisation. He is founder and president of the Confucius Institute in Szeged (Hungary) established by the University of Szeged and Shanghai International Studies University.
James has over 25 years’ experience in event organisation and major venue management.
He began his career as a conference organiser for UK-based Water Research Centre then moved into venue management, joining Wembley Stadium Ltd as event manager, later moving into a commercial role.
Future roles included London Arena as Sales & Marketing Director then as Director of Hilton Direct.
He is now a member of the executive team of ExCeL London, responsible for the commercial strategies of its Conference and Events Division, developing a strong national and international clientele in London’s largest conference and exhibition centre.
As a venue owned by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), he is also responsible for helping to promote the Middle East region to international event planners.
James is a passionate volunteer leader in the industry and now holds the prestigious role as President of ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association.
Kaan Yıldızgöz is the first student of Istanbul Technical University who graduated in 2.5 years from 4 years long Management Engineering Programme. He also holds a masters degree from Marmara University in the area of International Business Administration and completed “Infrastructure in a Market Economy: Public Private Partnerships” Executive Education Programme of Harvard University. Mr Yildizgoz has his Phd studies on New Mobility Services.
Mr Yıldızgöz is also author of the books ‘Taxis in the Era of Digitalization’ (2018) and ‘Taxis in the Era of Coronavirus’ (2020)
Though the pandemic comes at a significant time for all, it is noteworthy for MIX as the title is now run independently from its previous owners, Panacea Media – the publisher of the Business Traveller titles.
Martin founded Greater Bay Strategies earlier this year, which owns the MIX brand. GBS contains the name of the “sleeping giant” project China is establishing in its southern Pearl Delta area, which is an economic region encapsulating Hong Kong, Macau, Zhuhai and several other municipalities including Shenzhen. The bridge linking Hong Kong and Macau is so far the most symbolic feature of this region, but more is to come including a new region for conferences and events.
Michael has also been an Executive Committee member of the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) for over twenty years and was Chairman from 1998-2000. A committed Rotarian for the past twenty years serving the Rotary Club of Hong Kong, Michael has been involved in CSR for a long time.
Neil is on the current Board of Directors of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), and has spoken at many industry forums, including the UN World Tourism Organisation General Assembly, in Chengdu, China.
Her career has been forged in both the private and public sector, in the areas of Marketing, Customer & Stakeholder Management, Communications, Events Management, Public Relations, Broadcasting (TV), Print Media, Tourism and General Business Management.
Taubie’s experience includes roles as Executive Director of the Tshwane Convention & Visitors Bureau; Divisional Head: Events at the City of Ekurhuleni; Business Tourism Manager: Association & Inter-governmental Meetings at South African Tourism; as well as Head: Conferences & Protocol at the South African Reserve Bank – where she also managed the Bank’s Conference Centre.
As a highly respected member of the industry, Wee Min is the first Asian to serve on the Board of Directors of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and is a key faculty member for the AIPC Academy which trains senior venue managers globally. Wee Min is also the first Asian to be appointed by the Events Industry Council (EIC) to the CMP Governing Commission which serves as the central governing body of the CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) accreditation for the global meetings industry.
Wee Min is a key member of Singapore’s MICE2020 advisory committee to help chart Singapore’s business events strategy for the future as well as Singapore’s continuing MICE education and professional development framework.
Wee Min holds a Bachelor in Economics from the National University of Singapore with a second major in Political Science. He is Singapore’s first graduate of the Public Venue Management School in Australia and holds the CMP certification from the Events Industry Council as well as the CEM accreditation from the International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE).