BestCities Global Forum in Dubai
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DUBAI BUSINESS
EVENTS AND PCMA

Dubai Events
 
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BestCities Global Forum in Dubai
4th - 8th December 2016

We are delighted to be able to share with you the preliminary programme for the Global Forum at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel.

A unique event, the Global Forum is focused on advancing the purpose of meetings beyond delegate numbers to long-term legacy development.
Through facilitation and key speakers, we will explore how global associations can create genuine partnerships with destinations, improving the event's benefit to the host community and strengthen the success of the organisation moving forward.

Sunday December 4, 2016Monday December 5, 2016Tuesday December 6, 2016 Wednesday December 7, 2016Thursday December 8, 2016
 
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Jane Cunningham
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At Dubai Business Events we offer free and impartial assistance to international business event planners. Our mission is to increase Dubai's share of the international business event markets and to position the Emirate as one of the world´s leading business event destinations. To find out more, please visit www.dubaibusinessevents.ae
PCMA

Monday December 5,2016

Morning Session
Afternoon Session
Dinner Session
Speakers
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Michael Foreman - Association and Meetings Industry Expert & Founder of Kindology
Kindology is a vehicle to assist Event Organisers to engage better with local communities, raise awareness of the issues they are facing and create a source of funding to support research and charity initiatives. Most importantly, it helps build a legacy from an event and gives it a higher purpose beyond the content sharing, education and networking opportunities.
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Philip Davies – President, EMEA Siegle + Gale
Philip leads the global strategic brand consultancy Siegel+Gale in EMEA.
Based in London, he’s behind the people, the work and the firm’s belief that complex brand challenges can be solved through simple, unexpectedly fresh strategies, stories and experiences.  Philip will connect with how associations create a compelling purpose behind their events and how this can be linked to creating legacy. Philip will introduce his ideas in a high impact keynote and then make them tangible and applicable in a workshop on Tuesday.
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Gerald Lawless
Head of Tourism and Hospitality, Dubai Holding
Chairman, World Travel and Tourism Council
Gerald Lawless started his career with Forte Hotels which culminated in him setting up and growing Forte’s operations in the Middle East.
After a 23-year career with Forte Hotels, he joined Jumeirah in 1997 and helped establish it as one of the premier luxury hotel brands in the world. Taking on the challenge of launching Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel, after the successful introduction of Jumeirah Beach Hotel to an eager travelling public, Mr. Lawless went on to become President and Group Chief Executive Officer of the Jumeirah Group.
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Dr Mariam Matar
Dr. Maryam Matar is one of the leading influencer and a pioneer in the field of public education and awareness of genetic disorders, health and wellbeing of the community of UAE and the region. Dr. Matar currently holds senior and board level positions at several public and nonprofit organisations. As a pioneer in the field of genetic disorder studies, she played a key instrumental role in initiatives such as pre-marital screening, preventive genetic testing and also was able to successfully create and implement legislations at the government level in the UAE.
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Thierry Antinori
Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
Thierry Antinori is Emirate's Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, responsible for the airline's global Commercial Operations, SkyCargo, and Skywards.
Thierry joined Emirates in October 2011 as Executive Vice President for Passenger Sales Worldwide. He was promoted to his current role in June 2013. Thierry's career spans more than 25 years in the aviation industry, including senior commercial positions at both Lufthansa and Air France. He began his career with Air France, responsible for regional sales and route management across Europe before becoming Executive Assistant to the President and then Director for Germany. In 1997, Thierry joined Lufthansa as Vice President Sales & Services for Western and Southern Europe before being appointed Executive Vice President Sales and then Executive Vice President Marketing & Sales, as well as becoming a member of the airline's executive board, managing worldwide sales, marketing and product management. Thierry holds a business management diploma from the French business school ESSEC in Paris. Thierry was named Chief Marketing Officer of the Year (CMO) in 2009 by Booz & Company.

Sunday December 4,2016

Morning Session
Dinner Session

Tuesday December 6,2016

Morning Session
Late Afternoon Session & Dinner
Speakers
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Guy Bigwood
Group Sustainability Director – MCI
Guy Bigwood is Group Sustainability Director of MCI, the world’s leading provider of strategic engagement and activation solutions.
An inspirational futurist and strategist, Guy leads MCI Sustainability Services, a global consulting practice focused on helping cities, corporations and associations define, launch and accelerate.
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Philip Davies – President, EMEA Siegle + Gale
Philip leads the global strategic brand consultancy Siegel+Gale in EMEA.
Based in London, he’s behind the people, the work and the firm’s belief that complex brand challenges can be solved through simple, unexpectedly fresh strategies, stories and experiences.  Philip will connect with how associations create a compelling purpose behind their events and how this can be linked to creating legacy. Philip will introduce his ideas in a high impact keynote and then make them tangible and applicable in a workshop on Tuesday.
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Dr Tommy Weir
A thinker, speaker, and writer to the core, he holds a doctorate in strategic leadership from Regent University, and is a professor at Hult International Business School.
Dr Weir will engage us in a ‘fireside’ chat around how we create belonging as leaders and build tribal leadership.
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Oliver Martin
Partner, Twenty31 Consulting
A stakeholder engagement strategist, specialising in destination development, Oliver is an expert in the design and execution of research to identify innovations in marketing, sustainability and reputation strategy. During his career, Oliver has worked with over 50 national and regional tourism boards across the globe to benchmark brand positioning and advise on consumer, investment and market selection. At Twenty31 he works closely with senior leadership teams to measure competitive performance and brand resonance and navigate the sustainability agenda. He also directs various brand and reputation consulting engagements including for Banff Lake Louise Tourism, Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing, Nepal Tourism Board, Palau Visitors Authority, Tourism Ireland and Tourism Toronto.
Helal Al Marri
Gerald Lawless

Wednesday December 7,2016

Morning Session
Afternoon Session
Dinner:
Team Challenge
Teams will be tasked with completing a ‘hypothetical’ association and city legacy pitch. They will be given some student resources and access to the forums speakers, to help create a winning Legacy Strategy. Presenting back in fun ‘pitch off’. This is designed to implement everything learned and to leverage the collective intelligence in the room. It also enables us to give back to a local Event Management Students and perhaps take away some winning ideas for all participants.

Speakers
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Sherrif Karamat
CAE, joined PCMA in 2003 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) in April 2008. PCMA inspires, connects and innovates the global business events community and provides senior education and networking for Business Events Strategists in the events sector. In his role at PCMA, Karamat oversees all of PCMA’s major revenue streams and also oversees PCMA’s global business development and is an integral part of PCMA’s strategic planning; financial reporting; technology and business innovation; and education strategy.
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Oscar Van Weerdenburg
Oscar Van Weerdenburg is an expert in the field of intercultural management, leadership development and international negotiations. Known for his sharp, colourful and humorous way of capturing cultural differences, he energizes his audience and engages participants to take a fresh look at their cross-cultural business challenges.
With over a 1000 workshops and presentations for more than 40 multinational organizations, including Daimler, British Airways, PricewaterhouseCoopers, ABN Amro, Statoil, Genpact, Vodafone, Rolls Royce, and Royal Dutch Shell, Oscar van Weerdenburg is one the most frequently invited speakers on cultural issues at international corporate conferences. He frequently acts as visiting professor in the Executive Education Programs of INSEAD, and has lectured at the Michigan Business School and the Rotterdam School of Management. In 2008 he received an award for Lecturer of the Year from Chalmers University in Sweden.

Thursday December 8,2016