Meetings No 26
Unlock Your Superpower
Atti Soenarso: If knowledge is power, learning is a superpower
Cover Story
Strong Networks and Even Stronger Relationships Are Critical to Success
Chantal Sturk-Nadeau on one of the world’s largest strategies in scale and scope.
Psychological Meetings
Hans Gordon on when social lubricants become dangerous weapons.
The Evolution of Faroese Music
The next step is to develop connections between artists and the international music market.
Position Yourself
Go a little bit out of your depth.
Industry Identity
Reflect, Reset and Redefine
Elizabeth Rich is a keen observer of an industry which remains close to her heart.
Ancient Knowledge
Forum Unites Ancient Societies with Global Investors on a Futuristic Platform
The world’s indigenous communities are owners of highly innovative businesses.
White Paper
New Study Spotlights How Socio-Political Changes in Europe Impact Events
Current trends influencing Europe as a meetings destination.
Copenhagen CB Strengthens Its Business Model for Congresses
Copenhagen Convention Bureau shares their insight and knowledge.
Technology Pivot
How the Pandemic Will Change Business Events for the Better
One thing is clear: technology will play an even more significant role moving forward.
Brain Research Shows Added Value in Live Events
Video cannot replace an event, but it does extend the lifespan of an event.
Solsbury Hill
Walking right out of the machinery.
Demand Networking
Don’t Accept Webinars as Good Enough
We need to sit down and evaluate what we are doing. Are we rolling towards the abyss?
IBTM World Virtual 2020 Goes Live
Over 10,000 meetings due to take place over the three days of the event.
IBTM World Virtual 2020
The latest keynote speakers at IBTM World Virtual presented.
×5 Your Positivity and Productivity During the Pandemic
Getting you into the rare-air that very few know.
Adding Value
Here East: An Intellectual Ecosystem
Innovation campus in the heart of the Olympic Village on the eastern fringes of central London.
A Political Perspective
Roger Kellerman wants us to learn what fragile states means for business.
November 17-19 in Orlando
GBTA Announces New Dates
for 2021 Convention.
Austria Center Vienna Bags Coveted Gold and Silver Stevie Awards
Best B2C event and rapid testing lanes most valuable company response to the Covid-19 crisis category.
hotel news
First Radisson Individuals in the Baltics Opens Its Doors in Tallinn
Palace Hotel Tallinn is a monument of national architectural heritage built almost 100 years ago and respectfully renovated.
€300+ millions
The Economic Impact of Messukeskus Helsinki Melted By 80 per Cent
Pandemic damage radiates over the business life of the entire Helsinki Metropolitan Area.
sleep congress is awakening
World Sleep Congress 2022 to Be Held In Rome
EGA Worldwide Congresses & Events formally contracted as DMC service provider.
digital move
ICC Sydney Expands Broadcast and Hybrid Event Solutions with Media Studio
The studio features green screen technology which allows for visual integration of presenters into customisable background content.
21–22 October 2021
Union of International Associations Round Table Asia-Pacific 2021
Hosted by Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) live and online.
hotel news Scotland
Virgin Hotels to Open in Glasgow
Pack your kilts, Virgin Hotels opens brand new Scottish property in 2022.
CB Italias platform
Convention Bureau Italia Premieres Box IT,
The Free Networking Online Platform for International Buyers Interested in Italy as a Mice and Wedding Destination.
new roles
Imex Group Invests in the Team With Nine New Appointments
Several new roles have been created within the business with significant investment in systems, marketing and design.
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IBTM World Virtual 2020

IBTM has announced Cecilia MoSze Tham and Mike Wittenstein as the latest two keynote speakers for IBTM World Virtual, which will take place online from 8–10 December.

Cecilia MoSze Tham, who has been described as an innovation activist and serial entrepreneur, will present a session on the future of human connectivity called “When the future worlds meet: How technology will transform the way we gather in the next year and beyond.” It will be a deep dive into the myriad fascinating ways that technology may change the way we meet and interact in the future.

She is currently a social technologist at Alpha Telefonica, using technology to help solve global challenges. Cecilia MoSze Tham has founded several companies such as MOB (Makers of Barcelona), the largest coworking community in Barcelona, Fab Cafe, a digital fabrication lab meets coffee shop; and All Women Tech, an AI training school for women by women to build the next generation of women and technology.

Founder and managing partner at Storyminers and former e-visionary at IBM, Mike Wittenstein is an expert in customer experience and will present a talk to help leaders gain support for their boldest ideas and strategies.

Over three decades, he has advised leaders and their teams during times of immense change, with a client roster that includes AT&T, Adobe, Apple, Delta Airlines and Holiday Inn.

Both speakers will present their sessions on IBTM World Virtual’s brand new feature, IBTM TV. Available to all registered attendees, IBTM TV will allow attendees to access the knowledge programme with a user-friendly mix of live and on-demand content.

There will also be a new programme of content tailored to those running experiential events in the Exceptional Experiences stream. Besides, Hosted Buyers will benefit from dedicated content tailored specifically for them with the IBTM Inspire Masterclass stream. This separate track is all on-demand, with sessions for associations, corporates and agencies.

Other speakers will include: the first keynote is Pancho Campo, who will speak about “The future of events: Lessons learned from working with Barack Obama.”

Sonja Piontek, who will present a session on ultra creativity: “How to create marketing magic with impressive ROI through unforgettable experiences.”

Isabel Bardinet, CEO, European Society of Cardiology, will deliver her thoughts on “Going digital: lessons learnt and going forward.”

Mikael Ek, Managing Director EMEA, BCD M&E whose session will cover “State of the industry: unexpected trends for the future of meetings and events.”

Finally, Patrick Rush, Senior Regional Director, Head of Asia Pacific, American Express Meetings & Events who will run a session on “2021 Global Meetings & Events Trends.”

David Thompson, Event Director, IBTM World:

“IBTM World Virtual is a platform to deliver not only high-quality business meetings but also a programme of inspiring content that will provide attendees with tangible learnings to take back to their businesses.”

Caption: Cecilia MoSze Tham, one of the keynote speakers at IBTM World Virtual. Photo: Luis Padilla