When3 - 3 June 2020
Event Type Trade & Consumer


Global Exhibitions Day (#GED2020) is an annual world-wide campaign that was established by the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry (UFI) to celebrate the power of exhibitions and business events and to highlight the sector’s contribution to the global economy. This year’s focus is: Exhibitions are key to rebuilding economies.

The EEAA 2020 Global Exhibitions Day celebration will be a virtual event bringing you renowned international and local guest speakers who will share their views on the future of our industry.

Our campaign is “Re-Imagine, Re-Engage, and Re-Connect”. We invite you to re-imagine the future of exhibitions and events, to re-engage with your stakeholders, and to re-connect with the business events community.

Who you'll hear from:

Matthias Baur, Founder and Senior Consultant in International Business, Exhibitions and Digital Transformation, MBB-Consulting Group - Matthias is a highly skilled consultant in trade shows, digital transformation and the gourmet food and wine world. With over 18 years’ experience working for the world’s largest trade show and media companies, he has a rich knowledge and excellent connections in the global exhibition, conference and digital B2B industries.

Mark Cochrane, Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, UFI – Mark works with a business intelligence and strategy consulting firm in Hong Kong that is focused on the B2B media industry in Asia – with a particular emphasis on exhibitions and events. Through the practice and its relationship with UFI, Mark works with major exhibition organisers, venues and governments across Asia. Mark is on the board of the Business Information Industry Association and presents regularly on the exhibition industry at various conferences and events in Asia.

Rodney Cox, Director, DELARO Pty Ltd - Rodney brings over 25 years’ involvement with our association, including previously serving as EEAA Vice-President. Rodney has twice headed the Best Show Team winners at the EEAA Awards of Excellence, for the Australian teams that organised LNG 15 Algeria in 2010 and WGC 2015 in France. As Director at DELARO Pty Ltd Rodney provides professional event services to associations, organisers and suppliers including upcoming conferences and trade shows in South Korea, Russia and China as well as overseeing association bids as far out as 2027.

Geoff Donaghy, Chief Executive Officer, International Convention Centre Sydney - Geoff Donaghy is CEO of Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue, ICC Sydney. He is also the director of Convention Centres for leading venue management specialists, ASM Global (Asia Pacific, India & Middle East). Geoff is currently the Deputy Chair of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) and a member of the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Tourism Restart Taskforce and Committee for Sydney’s Recovery Taskforce: Visitor Economy Sector Strategy.

Debbie Evans, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Freeman APAC - Debbie is an established industry veteran with rich experience across the Asia and Australia regions. At Freeman, she oversees the four offices across Asia Pacific, including Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. She is in charge of providing strategic insights and growth strategy to continue growing the Freeman business within the region, as well as encouraging a collaborative culture between offices to create the best experiences for Freeman clients.

Vanessa Findlay, Chair of the Business Events Council of Australia - Dr Vanessa Findlay is a highly experienced and well-respected professional within government, the public and private sectors. Before co-founding BrickfielderGE, she was a director with Barton Deakin – a renowned government relations firm. She has a history of almost 20 years in the Australian Public Service where she led the trade and market access division with responsibility for negotiating trade protocols with Australia’s global trading partners.

Regine Vandenberg, Executive Director, Exhibitions and Events Australia – Regine is directly responsible for the operational and financial delivery of Exhibitions and Events Australia’s portfolio of consumer exhibitions. Regine is a results-oriented, hands-on leader and is passionate about building highly motivated, successful operational teams that provide excellent customer service. Building strong relationships across the industry underpins her successful career in the exhibition industry.

Leighton Wood, Chief Operating Officer, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre - Leighton oversees a team of more than 800 employees, while also overseeing the working relationship with partners Plenary Group and BGIS, at the award-winning Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). Leighton is passionate about customer experience and sustainability and has driven significant reductions in MCEC’s environmental footprint through initiatives such as the introduction of an Energy Management System to the Exhibition Centre and has chaired MCEC’s Operation Green group.

Join us for our most important event of the year when the EEAA and its stakeholders unite and look towards the future.

Date: Wednesday, 3 June 2020
Time: 3:30PM Sydney Time (UTC+10)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Where: via virtual broadcast
Cost: Free

We would like to thank the International Convention Centre Sydney for hosting the virtual event in their world-class studio to enable us to connect EEAA Members and Stakeholders around the world.

If you would like to come on board for this event, please contact [email protected] to discuss how you can get involved.