Next Generation Leadership Grant



The NGL programme 2022 will be launched soon.

The UFI NGL Grant promotes next generation leadership in the exhibition industry, rewarding professionals who show clear initiatives in driving change and innovation in their area of activity.

They talk about us:

Exhibitionshowcase  TSNN  Traveldailynews  Theplanner Exhibitcitynews

and many more…

Check the articles on our UFI Blog:

Lou Kiwanuka, The Shaper Group, The Ops Nest, mentor 2020/2021,  Mentoring within the UFI programme link

Stephanie Selesnick, International Trade Information, Inc, Interview with the NGL grant winners 2019/2020 part 1 & part 2

What the participants say:

“The NGL mentorship program is important as a support network to groom the intelligence. Especially during the tough time at the pandemics, the mentor-mentee conversations keep the idea flowing and guild the vision towards a better industry’s future. The value is immense. » Eddie Choi, Managing Partner at Mills Design, Singapore, mentor 2020/2021

“UFI Next Generation Leadership grant successfully offers an opportunity to complement one’s lifelong learning passion. Additionally, connecting with a like-minded mentor – sometimes from a different discipline – just accentuates the whole experience.” Vijay Sharma, Head: Partnership & Business Development, Koelnmesse, Singapore, mentee 2020/2021



2020 NGL GRANT winners : Alexis Zamudio, Event Manager, Finnovista/Facebook (Mexico); Christina Rabl, Project Manager, Messe München GmbH (Germany), Erika Karlsson, Project Manager, ELMIA (Sweden), Matthew Funge, Managing Director & Founder, You Stand Builder Ltd. (UK); Vijay Sharma, Head: Partnership & Business Developpment, Koelnmesse Pte. Ltd. ( Singapore)

UFI thanks the mentors for their support the 2020 NGL GRANT MENTORS : Chris Preston, Managing Director EMEA at Freeman, UK; Eddie Choi, Managing Partner at Mills, Singapore; Garcia Newell, Regional Business Development Director – Fairs & Events Europe at Agility, UK; Laura Barrera, Group Show Director at Tarsus México, Mexico; Lou Kiwanuka, Director at The Shaper Group, UK

2019 NGL Grant winners: Carolin von Tippelskirch, Protocol and Corporate Events, Deutsche Messe AG (Germany); Cinzia Zanin, Research and Development, Fondazione Fiera Milano (Italy); Fuad Musafir, Business Development Manager Exhibition and Live Events, Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (Oman); Katie Thompson, Senior Content and Project Manager, The Design Group | Global Exhibitions Informa (USA); Laura Docampo, Head of Digital Transformation, Fira de Barcelona (Spain).

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2018 NGL Grant winners: Lilian Burgardt, Head of Digital Products for Brazil with Informa, Brazil; Glen Foulstone, Senior Project Manager with GES, UK; Miranda Martin, Portfolio Director, Niche events with Fresh Montgomery, UK; Maria Tsedeviyn, Head of Advertising, Design and Internet Division Marketing, Advertising and PR Department at Expoforum International, Russia.

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2017 NGL Grant winners: Selin Cakici, Vice-Chair of the board, HKF TRADE FAIRS (Turkey); Katharina Keupp, Project Consultant, Messe Munich (Germany); Neo Mohlatlole, Business Development Director, Seven Colours Communications (South Africa); Thomas Revell, Sustainability Manager, GES (UK) and Diana Salman, HR Strategic Change Manager, IFP Expo (Lebanon).

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2016 NGL Grant programme winners: 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).

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