Next Generation Leadership Grant




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#UFIChat – A Conversation with the #NGLgrant 2017 winners: 14 September 2017: 4pm Paris time / 8am Las Vegas


UFI awarded five grants to future leaders who have shown exceptional initiative in driving change and innovation in their area of the exhibition industry.

Together, the winners will investigate the future of exhibitions, working closely with the team at UFI headquarters in Paris. They will present their findings in a special session at the 84th UFI Global Congress in Johannesburg (South Africa) – the world exhibition industry’s leading annual global event.

An international jury, led by UFI President Dr. Andreas Gruchow, selected the future leaders for their exceptional initiative in driving change and innovation in their area of the exhibition industry.

The winners of the 2017 UFI Next Generation Leadership grant are:


Selin Cakici
Vice-Chair of the board

Katharina Keupp
Project Consultant
Messe Munich (Germany)

Neo Mohlatlole,
Business Development Director
Seven Colours Communications (South Africa)

Thomas Revell,
Sustainability Manager

Diana Salman,
HR Strategic Change Manager
IFP Expo (Lebanon)


Diverse careers
This year’s competition reflects the huge diversity of careers in the exhibition industry. Applicantions were handed in from four continents, and included show directors, business developers, IT experts and sustainable development managers among others.

“We need great leaders”
UBM has provided valuable support for the Next Generation Leadership scheme in 2017. “The most inspiring part of my role is seeing people develop and learn – seizing opportunities and growing. Our industry needs great talent and we need great leaders. We are pleased to be sponsoring the 2017 UFI Next Generation Leadership Grant”, says Tim Cobbold, Chief Executive, UBM.
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2016 NGL grant recepients: Adeline Larroque Desages, Acting Head of Exhibition Planning and Organisation Section, Qatar Tourism Authority (Qatar); Jennifer Feeney, Account Director, Freeman XP (USA); Vineet Mahajan, General Manager, Reed India (India); Farokh Shahabi Nezhad, Co-Founder, Eventbox (Iran) and Matthias Pollmann, Project Manager interzum, Koelnmesse GmbH (Germany).