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UFI names Naji El Haddad new Regional Manager for Middle East-Africa region

Paris – 11 September 2019: UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has named Naji El Haddad as the association’s new Regional Manager for the Middle East-Africa region.

El Haddad follows on the work of by Nick Savage, who is handing over the baton for personal reasons, and will work out of the association’s regional office in Dubai, UAE.

“We are delighted to welcome a senior industry professional like Naji to join the global UFI team, raising the profile of the exhibition industry and creating even more value for our members”, says Sonia Thomas, UFI’s Director of Operations / COO.

El Haddad brings over ten years of industry experience in the Middle East region to his new position where he has worked as a Group Event Director for Reed Exhibitions and as an independent event consultant.

The UFI Regional Office’s main role is to serve the members of the association in the Middle East and Africa, reporting to the Paris headquarters of the association. Earlier this year UFI hosted and ran a highly successful Regional Conference in Dubai, UAE.

2020 will be a major year for the UFI MEA Chapter, as the association’s flagship event, the UFI Global Congress, will be held at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre in Muscat, Oman, from November 9 – 12, 2020.

Besides the association headquarter in Paris, France, which also serves as the European Office, UFI is operating regional offices in Hong Kong, China (for Asia-Pacific), Dubai, UAE (for Middle East-Africa), and Bogota, Colombia (for Latin America) in addition to presences in Brussels, Belgium (through the EEIA) and Shanghai, China (UFI China Service Centre).

Attachments: Photo: Naji El Haddad appointed as UFI MEA Regional Manager

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Justine Evans joins UFI as Marketing and Communications Manager

Paris, 29 August 2019: UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, serves over 50,000 employees of exhibition organisers, venues, service providers, and industry associations in close to 90 countries around the world. To foster and manage the dialogue with this global membership, the exhibition industry as a whole, and industry stakeholder groups, UFI has recently welcomed Justine Evans as the new Marketing and Communications Manager to the UFI team in Paris. Justine takes over the role from Monika Fourneaux-Ceskova who managed UFI’s Marketing and Communications activities for the past year and a half, and who has relocated to Dubai.

Justine Evans brings extensive experience in marketing and communications. She brings with her a solid background in the non-profit sector, having worked in areas related to health, refrigeration and standardisation. Throughout her career, Justine has always had ties to the exhibition industry, and appreciates the value of face-to-face events. Initially working in digital communications, she has grown in her role to pilot multi-channel communication projects and to support the organisation and marketing of forums, conferences and congresses.

Sonia Thomas, UFI Director of Operations/COO, comments: “I am very pleased to welcome Justine as our new team member. Coming from a different business sector yet still very much connected to the exhibition market, I am confident that Justine, with her very solid marketing and communications experience, will contribute to our mission to serve both our members and the industry.”

Attachments: Photo: Justine Evans, new UFI Marketing and Communications Manager

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