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AIPC 2014 Looking at Industry Megatrends

The 2014 annual conference of the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) will feature a series of keynote speakers looking at the industry in the context of major global issues and future trends.

“AIPC prides itself on creating a highly focused forum for centre-specific strategic discussions, but at the same time we recognize the importance of carrying these out in way that recognizes the global dynamics that shape our operating environment,” says AIPC president Geoff Donaghy. “Our keynotes for this year’s annual conference have been carefully chosen for their abilities to put our issues and opportunities into a broad international context, and will ensure we are seeing the big picture even as we discuss our industry-specific challenges.”

Keynote speakers presenting at the conference include:

Dr. Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist, political observer and best-selling author. The director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, senior fellow at the New America Foundation and senior fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, he was named one of Esquire magazine’s  “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century.” In his session, “Globalization, Urbanization and the Future of the Meetings Industry,” he will explore the role of the industry in an age of hyper-globalization in which robust inter-continental patterns of trade, finance, migration and travel are expanding across the world.

David Rowan is the editor of WIRED magazine’s UK edition. His session, “Changing World, Changing Events,” will offer a perspective on the kinds of innovations and expectations that will determine success in the future.

Avinash Chandarana founded and leads MCI Institute and is  professionally-affiliated with the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the world’s leading workplace learning and performance association. His session, “Cultural Adaptations for the Industry,” will help AIPC members equip themselves for the variety of intercultural interactions that are rapidly becoming an everyday occurrence in a globalized world.

The AIPC’s 2014 conference will be held June 29-July 2 in Berlin, Germany.



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