domingo, novembro 27, 2011

EFAPCO to kick-start 2012 with calls to Euro-Action

EFAPCO to kick-start 2012 with calls to Euro-Action

The final programme for the 5 th EFAPCO Congress showcases the Federation’s most ambitious programme to date.

Organised by APECATE, the Portuguese Association of Congress, Outdoor Leisure and Cultural and Event Companies, the event is themed: “The World has Changed. Start Acting”.

It is expected to bring delegates from the Federation’s 13 member countries, and further afield, to the high-tech Estoril Congress Center, one of the “greenest” complexes of its type in the world.

Our January 13 and 14 programme has been devised to interest specialists from all sectors of the meetings industry,” said EFAPCO President, Nicolas Le Brun.

The event starts off, the previous evening, January 12, when EFAPCO’s new President and Board will be elected at the Federation’s General Assembly.

Internationally-renowned speakers are set to examine ways in which to tackle the current economic crisis and illustrate the opportunities this activity will offer.

Speakers include:

  • Rohit Talwar – CEO of Fast Future Research
  • José Manuel Bastos – Head of Unit Conference Organisation at the European Commission (DG SCIC) speaking about conference organisation as a key communication tool in the European Commission
  • Isabella Lenarduzzi – Founder and Managing Director of JUMP speaking about “Empowering Women, Advancing the Economy”
  • James Latham – Producer at MEETINGS:review, Development Director and Co-Founder of Telecom TV and Decisive Media
  • Jonathan Bradshaw – Meetings Performance Consultant Founder & CEO – The Meetology® Group

The line-up also features: Anne De Smet, Managing Director of Momentum and President of EFAPCO’s Belgian member, BAPCO; Mariana Abrantes de Sousa,Independent Financial Consultant;Rodrigo Moita de Deus, General Manager of NextPower;

Diogo Assis Chairman of events by tlc; Pedro Rocha dos Santos, Director of the Estoril Congress Center and Vice President of ICCA IberianChapter; Gavin Eccles, associate with Neoturis, Tourism Consultancy and

Paola Casentini – Managing director of Motivation M.I.C.E. srl, and President of MPI Italia.

The Congress will again host a Future Leaders Forum offering some of the brightest students in the global meetings and incentive travel industry a large range of insights into how to build successful careers in the expanding meetings and events industry.

Developed and organised jointly by the IMEX Group and MPI, the Forum was held, with great success, alongside the last EFAPCO Congress, in Brussels.

EFAPCO Vice President Helena Weinstein, who is hosting the Estoril Congress, said: “It should give the Forum students another excellent experience of our industry.”

Information about all the keynote speakers plus summaries of their presentations can be found at:

And, she added: “Because the Congress is a “green” event in an ultra-green Center I would urge all delegates to register on-line at: