UFI Connects – Talks, Sessions, Panels online

UFI connects is a programme of regular talks, panels, and webinar sessions – organized by the UFI team for you. The COVID-19 pandemic keeps us as industry professionals apart. But the need to talk, to discuss, and to learn is bigger than ever. UFI connects is a way to stay connected, to get through this pandemic, and to be ready for the time afterwards.

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UFI Connects – Recommended

G3 Presidential Debate

25 September 2020

Asia-Pacific, Europe, Global, LATAM, MEA

What have we learned after 3 months of exit strategies? (Perspective from venues, associations and exhibitions)

 

With:

ALOYSIUS ARLANDO, JAMES MORGAN, JAMES REES, MARY LARKIN

Language:

English
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UFI Connects

Waste Management in the Exhibitions Industry

24 September 2020

Asia-Pacific, Global, MEA

This session follows the release of the report on Waste Management in the Exhibitions Industry by UFI on 17 September.

During this session, UFI and GREENVIEW present their general findings, in terms of regulatory landscape, common challenges and best practices.

With:

BARBARA WEIZSACKER, CHRISTIAN DRUART, LUCILLE RYAN , NABIL AL YAFEAI, OLIVIA RUGGLES - BRISE , WILLIAM WILSON

Language:

English
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Update on Exhibition Think Tank and Hybrid Events

22 September 2020

Global

With:

MATTHIAS TESI BAUR, NICK DUGDALE-MOORE

Language:

English
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With:

ALESSIA ANDREOLI , CANAN KARAOSMANOĞLU, MARCO CARNIELLO, NICK DUGDALE-MOORE, PAUL MARCEUL, STEFAN KOSCHKE

Language:

English
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UFI China Club Super Talk

17 September 2020

Asia-Pacific

During this epidemic, the impact of restructuring the world supply chain on the global exhibition industry has emerged. How should the U.S exhibition industry respond? What has UFI done? How should the exhibition industry proceed, both online and offline? The two guests will focus on the issues mentioned above, from the perspectives of UFI leadership.

We are very much looking forward to the UFI China Club Super Talk (2nd Chapter).

With:

DAVID ZHONG, MARY LARKIN

Language:

English
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UFI Connects

Intermoda (1a feria presencial post-pandemia en LATAM) y plataformas virtuales de Corferias

17 September 2020

LATAM

Mario Cajiao, Vice President of Financial Planning and Corporate Affairs at Corferias, tells us more about Corferias’ virtual platforms. Also, Juan Gabriel Tamez, General Director of Expo Guadalajara, together with Elena Hurtado, Director of Intermoda, and Jorge Martínez, Director of EDG Internacional,  give us more details about the first post-pandemic face-to-face exhibition in Latin America: Intermoda.

With:

ANA MARIA ARANJO, ELENA HURTADO , JORGE MARTINEZ , JUAN GABRIEL TAMEZ , MARIO CAJIAO

Language:

Spanish
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UFI Connects

Global Recovery Project: Next steps for exhibitions

8 September 2020

Global

What is next for exhibitions? What can 9,000 visitors and exhibitors tell us about the path to recovery for business events?

Using the insight from the latest research conducted in partnership with Explori and supported by SISO – Society of Independent Show Organizers, Sophie Holt shared core findings of the global research, leading into a discussion with all participants.

With:

Nick Dugdale-Moore, Sophie Holt

Language:

English
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Female Leadership in the Exhibition Industry: Driving Change

16 July 2020

Global

Studies have shown that having more diversity in senior management makes business sense. It’s not about being better, it’s about putting complementary skills and know-how at the service of our industry.

What concrete actions can we put in place to make our industry better, make it more resilient through driving change and working together to ensure that we have more diverse representation at senior level?

In this UFI Connects, Mary Larkin, Simon Kimble and Margaret Ma shared their thoughts and experiences in driving change!

With:

MARGARET MA CONNOLLY, MARY LARKIN, SIMON KIMBLE , SONIA THOMAS

Language:

English
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Voting of the 2020 UFI Digital Innovation Award Winner

8 July 2020

Global

This very special UFI connects is dedicated to the 2020 UFI Digital Innovation Award winner! The UFI Digital Innovation Award competition rewards the best exhibition industry initiatives related to digital innovation.

With:

BAPTISTE BOULARD, MACIEJ KAUTZ, Matthias (Tesi) Baur MATTHIAS TESI BAUR, SILKE HOERSCH, STEPHAN FORSEILLES, TIM GROOT

Language:

English
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Get ready to restart

2 July 2020

Global

This UFI Connects is all about “restarting”! Most countries have imposed restrictions for events to operate under, whether health & safety checks, distancing or density, it varies from market to market. Athena Gong, Claudia Sagripanti, Marina Tamagnini and Tomasz Kobierski shared their experiences in getting the green light to reopen their exhibitions.

With:

ATHENA GONG, CLAUDIA SAGRIPANTI , MARINA TAMAGNINI, NICK DUGDALE-MOORE , TOMASZ KOBIERSKI

Language:

English
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UFI Connects

Retomada das Feiras

23 June 2020

LATAM

This session focusses on the return of exhibitions from the perspective of different segments of our industry: venues, organizers, service providers and associations.

 

Session in Portuguese.

With:

Adele Bartolucci, Helvio Pompeo Medeira, Joao de Nagy, Vice-president, Ubrafe y Joao Paulo Picolo, CEO, NürnbergMesse Brazil, Juan Pablo de Vera, Malu Sevieri, Mariane Ewbank

Language:

Portuguese
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UFI Connects

The 3 secrets to selling events now

18 June 2020

Global

Why are events and trade shows the highway to success? What are the reasons for exhibitors to come back? Why will visitors come back to exhibitions and events?

Helen Harlow, Raoul Monks, Han Leenhouts,  shared their secrets on how to sell an event now. Be an educator and innovator, tap into emotional intelligence, develop confidence and collaboration…

With:

Han Leenhouts, Helen Harlow, Raoul Monks

Language:

English
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UFI Connects

The Middle East in the Brave New World: Geopolitics, China, Oil, Covid and beyond

17 June 2020

MEA

How the “de-globalization”, low oil prices, continued COVID crisis and the socio-economic turmoil may impact businesses in the MENA region with a focus on the GCC and UAE in particular? What are the challenges and opportunities ahead for the region? How trade events in the region may be impacted with a possible impact on China-MENA relations?

This session addressed pressing issues facing governments and businesses alike with an overview on the economic outlook in the region and the opportunities ahead.

With:

Dr. Eid-Oakden, Naji El Haddad

Language:

English
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UFI Connects – Revisited

Talent Development via Continuous Learning and Empowerment

11 June 2020

Asia-Pacific, Global

We are releasing a session from our UFI Asia Pacific Conference Tokyo in 2019 on the UFI Connects channel. Back then, Margaret Ma, CEO Asia of Informa – Asia’s largest exhibition organiser, shared her view on their latest talent strategy as well as which skills and capabilities are most needed and how to make a concentrated effort to develop those skills.

With:

MARGARET MA CONNOLLY

Language:

English
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Female leadership in the exhibition industry: How to help women be more successful professionally?

10 June 2020

Global

This session is dedicated to all you women out there – and men too! Despite being an industry that vastly employs women, there is currently a very small minority holding senior roles. Research has consistently shown that gender diversity and hence complementary male versus female competencies is actually an important factor in business success. So why is this so? What can we do to help address this – to encourage women to reach higher and be more ambitious in the pursuit of their careers? And how can we as an industry help them on their career path?

With:

Cliff Wallace, Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, Mary Larkin, Sonia Thomas

Language:

English
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UFI Connects – Revisited

Does the future of the exhibition industry lie in H2H approach (Human 2 human)?”

4 June 2020

Europe, Global

We are releasing a session from our UFI Global Congress Bangkok in 2019 on the UFI Connects channel. Back then, the 2019 NGL grant recipients discussed the importance of H2H in the industry. An insight into the next generation’s perspective of the customer journey and about the most important touchpoints for the trade show visitor of the future.

With:

CAROLIN VON TIPPELSKIRCH, CINZIA ZANIN, FUAD MUSAFIR, KATIE THOMPSON, LAURA DOCAMPO

Language:

English
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Xchange Online – Shenzhen World’s measures for a safe environment

29 May 2020

Asia-Pacific, Global

How organisers and Shenzhen World are preparing right now for exhibitions scheduled in just a few weeks time?

With:

BURNS YEUNG, GERAUD DE DIEULEVEULT, JACOB VOGELSANG, JOCHEN WITT, MAO DABEN

Language:

English
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Exhibition Industry Post Crisis: How far are we going to change?

28 May 2020

Global, LATAM

Elizabeth Arias, Marco Giberti, Fernando Gorbarán, Jose Navarro, Juan Pablo Maglier and Celia Navarrete cover different approaches and perspectives all around the topic “Industry in Transformation”.

Session in Spanish.

With:

ANA MARIA ARANGO, CELIA NAVARRETE, ELIZABETH ARIAS, FERNANDO GORBARAN, JOSE NAVARRO MENESES, JUAN PABLO MAGLIER, MARCO GIBERTI, NICK DUGDALE - MOORE

Language:

Spanish
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Focus on the exhibitor

27 May 2020

Global

This session focusses on the exhibitors – are they eager to, or itchy about, returning to the show floors post COVID-19?

With:

Kai Hattendorf, Lisa Hannant, Randal Acker, Sophie Holt

Language:

English
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UFI Connects

Exploring Creativity in Time for Global Exhibitions Day

19 May 2020

Europe

This UFI Connects was all about exploring creativity just ahead of Global Exhibitions Day.  We had some fantastic speakers, please take a look.

With:

BEN VEECHAI, CAITLIN READ, DAN DILORENZO, NATASHA LAYAL

Language:

English
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Reopening Exhibitions

14 May 2020

Europe

How exhibition industry associations around the world can use and activate the “UFI Global Framework for Reopening Exhibitions and B2B Events”?

With:

ANGELA HERBERHOLZ, JOÃO DE NAGY, MARCO SPINGER, NICK DUGDALE-MOORE, RACHEL PARKER

Language:

English
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The role of government in the recovery of the exhibition industry in Asia

12 May 2020

Asia-Pacific

In this UFI Connects session we discussed: The role of government in the recovery of the exhibition industry in Asia.

With:

ANDREW PHUA, GRACE MAK, MARK COCHRANE, NICHAPA YOSWEE, STUART BAILEY

Language:

English
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UVC purification – a key step towards COVID-safe venues?

11 May 2020

Global

In this session of UFI Connects our audience took part in an interesting conversation about UVC purification as a key step towards COVID-safe venues.

 

 

With:

DENIS DELFORGE, Kai Hattendorf

Language:

English
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Current conditions of the U.S. trade show industry

5 May 2020

Global

A panel of trade show executives discussed the current conditions of the U.S. trade show industry and shared their insights and updates.

 

With:

ALAN STEEL, KAI HATTENDORF, MARIAN BOSSARD, MARTY GLYNN, RANDAL ACKER, RICH CURRAN , STEVE WALKER

Language:

English
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Updates from the Middle East: Focus on KSA and UAE

4 May 2020

MEA

The exhibition industry in the Middle East has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years. However, with the COVID-19 outbreak, the industry estimated at USD 2.8 billion in economic impact in 2019, got a harsh hit with thousands of scheduled exhibitions & conferences being postponed or cancelled regionally. Moreover, thousands of jobs could be at stake. The pandemic will end eventually but the world after the COVID-19 will not be the same again. How are we getting ready for the comeback?

With:

MUBARAK HAMAD AL SHAMISI , NAJI EL HADDAD, TAISEER AL- MALLAH

Language:

English
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UFI Connects – Revisited

Tech Revolution

30 April 2020

Global

We are releasing a session from our Global CEO Summit in 2019 on the UFI Connects channel. Back then, in London, Shelly Palmer walked the audience through big tech developments and their impact especially on smaller enterprises – something acutely timely right now in the wake of COVID-19.

With:

SHELLY PALMER

Language:

English
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UFI Connects

What next for the exhibition industry in Europe?

27 April 2020

Europe

The world is facing an unprecedented crisis, over 3 billion people are under curfew with uncertainty about when these conditions will be lifted and “normal life” will resume. The exhibition industry was amongst the first and hardest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. An estimated USD 81 billion of total economic output will not be generated related to the exhibition industry by the end of Q2 – and the number will surely rise. Millions of jobs are at stake. What will our world look like in the post-COVID era? How will our events have to change to reflect this new normal?

These challenges are universal to our industry, but here in Europe we have the greatest concentration of international exhibition organizers with a wealth of experience and talent. Hear from our speakers how they view these challenges!

With:

BARBARA WEIZSACKER, CARINA MONTAGUT, GERALD BOSE, GIOVANNI MANTOVANI, NICK DUGDALE-MOORE

Language:

English
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Managing People & Communication in a Crisis

22 April 2020

Europe

In this session of UFI Connects we shared some information regarding the Mangement of People & Communication in a Crisis. Very resourceful commentry and information from our industry experts; Jan Dahms and Robert T. Heinemann.

With:

JAN DAHMS, ROBERT T. HEINEMANN, SONIA THOMAS

Language:

English
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Convention & Exhibition Centres as Temporary Emergency Facilities

20 April 2020

Europe

In this session of UFI Connects we discussed Convention & Exhibition Centres as Temporary Emergency Facilities

With:

CHRISTIAN DRUART, ENRICO PAZZALI, GLEN SCHOEN , IAN TAYLOR

Language:

English
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UFI Connects

Working from Home

15 April 2020

Europe

In this UFI Connects session, Holger Feist (CSO, Messe München) and Stephan Forseilles (Group Head of Technology & Digital Transformation, Easyfairs International) take us on their journeys of “working from home”.

Stephan and Holger share how they manage to work from home personally and with their teams, what digital helpers and tools they use and what their outlook is for post covid19 workstyles and changes.

With:

ANGELA HERBERHOLZ, HOLGER FEIST, STEPHAN FORSEILLES

Language:

English
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The Economist’s View Beyond COVID-19

9 April 2020

Europe

Two months back, economist Roger Martin Fagg spoke at our Global CEO Summit, giving an economic outlook, as the coronavirus outbreak was just developing. We have asked him to deliver  an update in this UFI connects session.

With:

KAI HATTENDORF, ROGER MARTIN FAGG

Language:

English
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UFI Connects

Virtual Events Panel

7 April 2020

LATAM

In this ufi connects session, Dahlia El Gazzar, Enrico Gallorini and Matthias Tesi Baur cover different approaches and perspectives all around the topic “Virtual Events”.

With:

ANA MARIA ARANGO, DAHLIA EL GAZZAR, ENRICO GALLORINI, MATTHIAS TESI BAUR

Language:

English
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How to Navigate Business in Times of Crisis

3 April 2020

Europe

In this UFI connects conversation, Simon Foster and Cliff Wallace share and discuss preparedness, and how to develop your leadership teams right now to be ready for what comes next.

With:

CLIFF WALLACE , KAI HATTENDORF, SIMON FOSTER

Language:

English
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Empathy & Adaptability During Times of Crisis

1 April 2020

Europe

The world is witnessing a major happening that is disrupting our daily lives and businesses. The entire exhibition industry was among the first to be hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. It is time to empathise, adapt and look forward again. Take a look at our panel of experts who discussed some of the most pressing issues the industry and its people are facing.

With:

CRAIG NEWMAN, NAJI EL HADDAD, PAUL GRINNALL, PETER HALL , TRIXIE LOH MIRMAND

Language:

English
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COVID-19 – An Update from Asia

27 March 2020

Asia-Pacific

In this session of UFI Connects we heard from our UFI members: Aloysius Arlando, Michael Duck, Anbu Varathen, and Michael Kruppe in an update of the impact of the Cororna virus on their businesses and the local market in Asia.

 

With:

ALOYSIUS ARLANDO, ANBU VARATHEN, MARK COCHRANE, MICHAEL DUCK, MICHAEL KRUPPE

Language:

English
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COVID19 – The situation in Latin America

23 March 2020

LATAM

A COVID-19 update from our team in Latin America. In this video, we hear from Pepe Navarro and Fernando Gorbaran.

 

 

With:

ANA MARIA ARANGO, FERNANDO GORBARAN, PEPE NAVARRO

Language:

Spanish
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UFI Connects – Revisited

The Present Cannot Wait for the Future

4 June 2019

Asia-Pacific, Global

We re-releasing a session from our UFI Asia Pacific Conference Tokyo in 2019 on the UFI Connects channel. Back then, Eddie Choi lead a thought-provoking discussion on how technology plays a role in the value exchange in our industry. Eddie reviewed where real value has been created and where hype has exaggerated the real world benefits.

 

With:

EDDIE CHOI

Language:

English
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UFI Connects – Revisited

Digital Impact & Exponential Change

26 April 2019

Global

The use of Smart Technologies such as the impact of Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and other emerging mainstream technologies that are already in use in the exhibition environment – how do we see the impact on the region and what lessons can be learnt by way of its introduction should it be necessary? Our speaker shares what the next waves of digital development are and what lies ahead in terms of how we have to adapt our exhibitions to be in line with the expected change in our customer expectations and behaviours.

 

With:

ENRICO GALLORINI

Language:

English
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