EEAA 2021 Global Exhibitions Day Summit

When2 - 2 June 2021
Event Type Trade & Consumer

Global Exhibitions Day (#GED2021) 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 events.

This year’s message is:

Exhibitions are key to rebuilding and recovering communities.

We have an exciting program planned. The EEAA 2021 Global Exhibitions Day Summit will be a hybrid event, featuring renowned international and local guest speakers who will share their outlooks for our industry, learnings from the COVIDSafe shows, changing customer dynamics and new ways to re-engage with exhibitors and visitors.. The formal event will be followed by celebratory drinks and canapes.

Last year’s event was an outstanding success – and we will continue to build on the global reach and interest that GED generates.




Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist, Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities, HSBC – Paul is the chief spokesperson for HSBC on forecasts and trends for the Australian and New Zealand economies and their interaction with global financial markets and international economies and a key spokesperson on HSBC’s unique view on global commodity markets. Paul is a regular commentator on local and international business television and a frequent contributor of opinion editorials to the Australian newspapers.

Chris Kilbee, Executive Director, ASEAN at Informa Markets – Chris leads a portfolio of circa 65 events and complementary digital brands across circa 14 verticals including food and hospitality, packaging, water, manufacturing, gas and renewable energy. Based out of Singapore, Chris’ remit includes the strategic development and performance of Informa Markets brands in 7 ASEAN countries – Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and Myanmar.

Chris Skeith, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Event Organisers UK – Chris moved to the Events Industry Alliance in 2006, overseeing the merger of AEC & BECA to form ESSA (Event Supplier & Services Association) and the launch of the highly successful ‘Use an ESSA Member’ campaign. In 2010, he also became Director of ESSA’s sister association, AEV (Association of Event Venues), driving venue engagement through numerous special interest groups. Chris holds a seat on the Government’s Events Industry Board Committee and is Vice Chair & Treasurer of BVEP (Business Visits & Events’ Partnership).

On the Panel:

Simon Burgess, General Manager, Adelaide Convention Centre – Simon has more than 20 years’ experience in management and sales and marketing. He currently holds the position as General Manager at the Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC), responsible for overseeing the venue’s business development activities as well as its day-to-day operations. Prior to this role, Simon worked as Director – Convention and Exhibition Sales at the ACC for five years.

Jimmy Busteed, General Manager of Sales, Australian Turf Club – Jimmy has over 20 years of experience in the events and hospitality and has led the sales team at the Australian Turf Club for five years. He has also been at National Maritime Museum, Sydney Showgrounds and Royal Agricultural Society of NSW where he developed a passion for delivering exceptional experiences to fully meet the needs of his clients. He was instrumental in delivering superior customer service in hospitality at Royal Randwick biggest modern day crowd (Winx’s final raceday in 2019) and helped deliver the biggest event in Sydney, the Royal Easter Show for 5 year running.

Kym De Britt, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Dental Industry Association – Kym the Chief Executive Officer of the nation’s peak body representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers. Kym has a proven track record of building businesses and culture through change management and leadership across a range of sectors. Kym’s strategic and measured collaborative approach to the threats of COVID on large public gatherings were essential to preservation of the integrity of dental events and exhibitions across the sector, and his response to targeted media criticism was central to the stability of public confidence in the dental profession as a whole.

Jane Ford, Chief Executive Officer, Exhibitions & Events Australia and New Zealand – Jane is the Managing Director and 100% shareholder of Exhibitions and Events Australia and New Zealand which is one of Australasia’s largest privately owned event companies, employing 50 people across offices in Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland. The business organises and fully owns all of its 17 events, a stable of hugely popular consumer exhibitions: the annual Home Shows and MindBodySpirit Festivals.

Harvey Lister, Chairman and Chief Executive of ASM Global (Asia Pacific) – Harvey Lister is recognised for his dedicated career within the event industry, which spans more than 45 years. Following the 2019 merger of AEG Facilities and SMG, two of the world’s leading venue management and services companies, Mr Lister became CEO of ASM Global (Asia Pacific), responsible for overseeing ASM Global’s portfolio of business activities in Australia, New Zealand, India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.
To date, Mr Lister leads some 20,000 full and part-time employees, and has been involved in the presentation of over 40,000 major events including: global and national conferences and exhibitions, indoor and outdoor touring concerts, family events and performance spectaculars, and major sports events including multiple Olympic Games.

Rod Peter, Managing Director, Coleman Group – With over 38 years in the Signage industry and over 10 years’ experience in business management and development, Rod joined Coleman Group in 2003 as Business Development Manager. Under his direction, Coleman Signs was rebranded as Coleman Group and redirected at the Exhibitions and Events Industry. During this time, Rod created FABframe, which is now considered by many as one of the market leaders of signage throughout the Exhibition, Event & Retail Industries in Australia. Rod Peter’s business decisions have transformed Coleman Group into the successful multi-million-dollar business it is today.

Event Details:

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

Date: Wednesday, 2 June 2021
Time: 2:30pm for in-person registrations, virtual event will kick off at 3:00pm (Sydney, Australia Time AEST)
Duration: Formal summit will be 2 hours, networking drinks to follow
Where: Room C4.6, Level 4, International Convention Centre Sydney
Cost: Member $180 (inc GST), Non-member $220 (inc GST), Virtual $75 (inc GST), Networking only $110 (inc GST)