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IBTM World

November 30, 2021 - December 2, 2021

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Join us on Tuesday 30th November for IAPCO Session: Embracing Technology

CC 3.14
16:10 – 17:00
An open discussion with leading experts that use and provide solutions and technologies for events.
The panel will try to provide answers on question like:
  • Which technological solutions work, and which do not?
  • How will technology further support community and knowledge management?
It will also share good practices and practical tips on embracing technology and extending the life cycle of an event.
Martin Boyle (CEO, International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO)
Paul Martin (EventsAir)
Barbara Calderwood (Divisional Director Engagement, Associations and Communities MCI UK, MCI Group)
Nisan Bartov (Account Manager, Congrex Switzerland Ltd.)

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Martin Boyle

Chief Executive Officer, International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO)

Martin Boyle is CEO of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) where he oversees the strategic management of the not-for-profit membership association. Martin has a wealth of experience and a strategic vision that has been shaped over decades of working across a number of countries in the events and meetings industry. After university and a successful run as a restauranteur, he launched an event management start-up in Canada in the late 1990’s. At the same time, he launched a digital marketing company connecting event attendees to corporate and charity sponsors’ on-line presence (pre-Facebook and twitter!), which he then sold in 2004. For the past 16 years, he has focussed his attention and built his knowledge and experience of corporate and association conference business as part of an international convention centre team, then as a Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) in the UK and 6 years as the Director of Europe for the partner and government-funded Convention Bureau of Sydney, Australia. Martin was named as one of the most influential people in the events industry by Eventex in 2019 and is a strong believer that events drive positive and holistic change.

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Barbara Calderwood

Divisional Director Engagement, Associations and Communities MCI UK, MCI Group

Barbara leads a team of 20 specialists providing holistic solutions for associations, be that classic congress management services or transformational engagement consultancy that supports societies redefine their organisations and shape their tomorrow. Her 25+ years’ experience includes working with societies looking to bid to host an international association congress in partnership with destinations and congress centres across the UK and Ireland. Barbara is a member of MCI UK’s Senior Leadership Team and a member of MCI Group’s Global Coordination Committee. She is currently co-chair of ABPCO and sits on the Council of IAPCO where she heads up the Task Force responsible for IAPCO’s online education programme, webEDGE.

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Nisan Bartov

Account Manager, Congrex Switzerland Ltd.

Holding degrees in Business Administration, Bank Management, Software Engineering and Social Media Marketing, Nisan has been working in the Business Meeting Industry for over 25 years. He has been collaborating with nearly all major international PCOs and KOLs and gathered extensive experience and knowledge, especially in the fields of conference initiation and development, emerging technologies, social media marketing, and meeting design. Driven by the motto “keep up with the times and time won’t pass you by”, I am always passionate to connect people, business and opportunities.


November 30, 2021
December 2, 2021
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