The Middle East Chapter of the International Special Events Society this week announced its new board, which will be responsible for taking the regional arm of the global trade association forward through 2014 and into 2015.
President Rebecca Wilson of ESP will be supported by a respected team of professionals with experience across the creative events industry: Vice President of Memberships, Alexis Dijksterhuis, from Flash Entertainment; Vice President of Sponsorships and Partnerships, Paul Berger, from Arena Group ME; Vice President of Education, Nowshir Engineer, from EMDT; Vice President of Marketing, Georgina Rawlings, from eclipse Group; Vice President of Programmes, Lesley Fair, from Custard Communications; Vice President of Finance, Daniella Williams, from Williams Accounting; Country Manager of Qatar, John Jossifakis, from Innovations Unlimited ME; Board Advisor, Adrian Bell, from Action Impact; and Board Advisor, Mark Hill, from The Rights Lawyers.
As the only global society for the creative events industry, the international association connects more than 7,200 event professionals across 38 countries worldwide.
Officially established in the UAE in 2012, the Middle East chapter has been working to educate, advance and promote the special events industry and its network of professionals. And, as the region continues to become ever more significant on the global playing field, this new board will support players within the events industry.
The new board will be focused on providing a knowledge sharing platform for the industry and promoting professionalism and best practice, and in particular, increasing the credibility of ISES ME chapter members.
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Rebecca Wilson, president of ISES ME, said: “We aim to establish ISES ME as the go-to authority for events within the region, and the credibility of our members is therefore of utmost importance. In support of this, we will be implementing a new policy for verification of trade licenses and insurance policies for members, delivering a new policy on dispute handling, and continuing to fruition our work on the health and safety task force.”
The new board has also pledged to create greater business networking and cross-selling opportunities among members, to engage in an ongoing PR campaign, to broaden education with topical, influential and high profile keynote speakers and focus groups, and to establish a new set of member benefits.
Any person or business who operates within the Middle East events industry, or who regularly organises or supplies any kind of events, is eligible to join ISES ME, from special event planners and producers (from festivals to trade shows), to exhibition organisers, music and festival promoters, production houses, DMC's, event venues, hotels, suppliers, educators, government bodies and many more professional disciplines.
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