IAPCO’s Training Academy (TA) comprises meeting professionals from IAPCO member companies and industry partners from around the globe. They are hand-selected to be part of the Academy for the expertise each of them bring to specific subject matters as well as for the energy, enthusiasm and willingness to share their knowledge with others.

The IAPCO International Educational Programme is administered by the Training Academy under the auspices of the IAPCO Council. The Educational Programme provides specialist training, not only for professional congress organisers and meeting planners, but to all sectors of the meetings industry.

Mathias Posch
Chair of IAPCO Training Academy
President, International Conference Services Ltd
300-1201 West Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6E2V, Canada
Tel: +1 604 681 2153 · Fax: +1 604 681 1049


Barbara Calderwood
MCI United Kingdom (Petersfield)
MCI UK Suite 7 – 9 The Hop Exchange, 24 Southwark St, SE1 1TY, London, UK
Tel: +44 20 3530 0100


Stephen Noble

Training Academy Regional Representative, APAC
The Conference Company, Manager Asia Pacific
Level 35, International Tower One
100 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney, NSW 2000
Tel: +61 2 8046 7618


Haley So
GIS Group Global Co., Ltd.
2F, No. 316, Wenchang St., Xinyi District, Taipei City 11074, Taiwan
Tel: +886 2 8780 5688



Nicola McGrane
Training Academy Regional Representative, Europe
Managing Director, Conference Partners International
11-13 The Hyde Building, The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin 18, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 296 8688


Sissi Lygnou

CEO/Operations & Development – PCO Services – AFEA Travel & Congress Services

39-41 Likavittou str.
106 72, Athens, Greece
Tel: +30 6972 722539


Alejandro Ramirez Tabche
Training Academy Regional Representative, LATAM
CEO, Business Travel Consulting
Rio Mixcoac No. 69 Credito Constructor, Benito Juárez, Mexico City, Zip Code 3940, Mexico
Tel: +52 55 52005100