2018 EEAA Leaders Forum and Conference – Meet our Speakers The flagship events of the EEAA – The Leaders Forum and Conference – will be held on 6 and 7 June 2018 at Pier One Sydney Harbour.6 June – EEAA Leaders ForumThe EEAA Leaders Forum engages the leaders from our Organiser, Association Organiser, Venue and Supplier community in discussions that will shape the direction of the industry and provide essential business insights at the highest levels of management.Meet the Speakers:Professor Toby Walsh, Scientia Professor of AI at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales.Professor Toby Walsh is forecasting how society will change over the next few decades – his predictions go to the heart of how we live. He is a leading researcher in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and was named one of the Knowledge Nation 100 “rock stars” of Australia’s new knowledge economy.Professor Walsh will be our keynote presenter at the Leaders Forum on the topic of Artificial intelligence, jobs and the industrial revolution.Sophie Holt, Global Strategy Director, ExploriSophie will be reporting on global trends in the exhibition industry and new insights from Australia and around the world.John O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Tourism AustraliaWe will hear about the next long-term strategy for tourism and business events and Tourism Australia’s investment in a new $12M bid-fund.Harvey Lister, Chairman and Chief Executive, AEG OgdenWill share his views on the opportunities for business events from his broad-ranging perspective as a global and Australian venue operator.Chris Carroll, Chairman, The Eventful GroupChris specialises in events for 600 – 800 people – he is hugely successful in Australia and South Africa. He will discuss what has driven his success? And what are the challenges and opportunities- especially in the convex sector.Nick Vanzetti, Managing Director, ESL Australia and VIM Media and EventsNick will join the panel of Organisers and Associations for an open conversation with those at the coal face of creating exhibitions. Nick’s passion for video games and tech industries is pivotal to his success.Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Hannover Fairs AustraliaHarvey will join the panel of Organisers and Associations at the Leaders Forum for a fire-side chat about creating exhibitions and what drives their success.Tamara Kavalec, CEO, ArinexNew CEO, Tamara will discuss the intricacies of heading up one of Australia’s most successful PCOs.Karen Bolinger, Melbourne Convention Bureau and AACB ChairpersonWill join a panel of PCOs and Convention Bureau for a conversation with those at the coal face of procurement and delivery of national and international meetings and exhibitions.Jan Tonkin, Managing Director, The Conference CompanyJan will join the panel of PCOs and Convention Bureau leaders at the Leaders Forum to discuss the procurement and delivery of national and international meetings and exhibitions.Martin Lane, Founder and CEO, MumbrellaMartin will join the Leaders Forum to contribute to the discussion on who is at the epicentre of marketing power and influence.Jane Mathews, Strategic Consultant and TrainerJane, top tier former agency strategist will dicuss who is at the epicentre of marketing power and influence.Adam Blakney, Managing Director, Bold DiscoveryAdam will sit on the Leaders Forum panel discussing who is at the the epicentre of marketing power and influence.Carly Rogowski, General Manager, Business DevelopmentCarly will give a keynote at the Leaders Forum about how the education sector is accommodating to societal changes to build a sustainable business events workforce for the future.Matthias Baur, Founder and Senior Consultant at MBB-Media and Chairman of the Technology Committee of the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry (UFI).Matthias is a commentator and researcher and will discuss the reality of AI in business events. He will be closing our Leaders Forum by exploring global tech trends and how they are transforming the sector.This theme will then be unpacked further at the EEAA Conference the following day, giving you a deeper look at AI: risk or opportunity for the exhibition industry.7 June – EEAA ConferenceThe EEAA Conference will follow the Leaders Forum and will feature keynote sessions as well as six specialist clinics covering practical learning opportunities for participants. These will be delivered by specialists in each of the key areas of marketing, operations, sales and business development, crisis management and event tech and maximising ROI.Meet the Speakers:AI: Risk or opportunity for the exhibition sector; Unpacking tech for business eventsMatthias Baur, Founder and Senior Consultant at MBB-Media and Chairman of the Technology Committee of the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry (UFI).Staying on top of the digital communications landscape; Is it worth investing in Facebook and LinkedIn?; Top 10 sites to help you be a better marketerFelicity Zadro, Founder and Managing Director, ZadroLatest research and insights on the Australian and global exhibition industrySophie Holt, Global Strategy Director, Explori, returns to the Conference to share further insights from the latest research on the industry. Proving exhibitor ROIAdam Blakney, Bold Discovery returns for the Conference to lead a deep-dive clinic looking at Exhibitor ROI with partner Hamish Rathgen.Proving exhibitor ROIHamish Rathgen, Founder, Bold Discovery, will join Adam Blakney at the Conference deep-dive clinic on proving Exhibitor ROI. Together, they will discuss the benefits of exhibitions and analyse exhibitor return on investment. Case study: Reed Gift Fairs Sydney – winner of EEAA Best Show 2017Sally de Swart, Group Director – Retail Portfolio, Reed Exhibitions, will share insights at the Conference from Reed Gift Fair Sydney, including how the show won Best Trade Show over 10,000 sqm and also Show of the year at the 2017 EEAA Awards for Excellence. Practical steps to manage risk and reputationEddie Idik, Vital Risk Services, will lead the Conference crisis management framework deep-dive clinic, which focuses how your company can be better prepared in the event of a crisis. Practical steps to maximise sales and improve your personal resultsMurray Grimston, Consulting Partner, Focus Right, will bring 37 years of sales experience to his Conference deep-dive clinic on sales maximisation. Learn practical steps to improve your personal results. Sustainability for all – creating a responsible industryLeighton Wood, Chief Operating Officer, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, will present a plenary at the Conference on environmental sustainability and how we as an community can create a responsible industry.