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UFI Global Congress

Raising the Odds

Pressures and profits in the exhibition industry

Exhibition formats are evolving. Markets are shifting. Digitisation is accelerating. In this tough environment, our industry is investing billions of dollars into new products, alliances, infrastructure, and many other things. In fact, the exhibition industry is growing faster than the global economy.

Join us at the 84th Global Congress as we discuss current and future pressures on our industry, and share best practices and insights into the profits generated through change and perseverance.

We invite you to be with us in Johannesburg, South Africa, for our industry’s largest global meeting of the year – it will be as insightful as it will be colourful!

Africa Focus Session

3 November 2017
14:30 – 16:30

As an added value for participants interested in the African market, the Association of African Exhibition Organisers will be hosting a workshop focused on doing business in Africa. Included in this session will be a presentation on current market research of the region. This session is open to local industry professionals and all UFI members interested in meeting and talking about doing business in Africa.

MC Welcome: Africa Overview Speakers: Victor Kgomoeswana – PPC Director in Business Development and Author of ‘Africa open for business’
Carol Weaving – Chairperson AAXO

Session 1 – Doing Business in Africa – the Myths, the Realities and the Risks
Speaker: Dr Rutendo Hwindingwi – Keynote speaker, business development director, academic

Session 2 – Is Africa really a united Continent?
Speakers: Gillian Saunders – Deputy CEO – Grant Thornton
Atul Todi – CEO 10 Times

Session 3 – Infrastructure & Partnerships – Barriers or Opportunities?
Speakers:Ben Leyka – Executive Director – African Agri Council (NPC)
David Ashdown – MD – Spintelligent (Pty) Ltd
Gary Corin – MD – Specialised Exhibtions Montgomery
Mike Lord – Reed Venue Management
Devi Paulsen – MD – Hypenica

Closing Remarks: Africa open for business
Speaker: Victor Kgomoeswana

Africa Focus Session Programme

14h30-14h35 MC Welcome Victor Kgomoeswana – Author of ‘Africa open for business’
Africa Overview Carol Weaving – Chairperson AAXO
SESSION 1 Speakers
14h35-15h10 Doing Business in Africa Dr Rutendo Hwindingwi
– The myths, the realities and the risks Keynote speaker, business development director, academic
SESSION 2 Speakers
15h10- 15h40 Is Africa really a united continent? *Gillian Saunders – Deputy CEO – Grant Thornton
*Atul Todi – CEO 10 Times
SESSION 3 Speakers
15h40-16h20 Infrastructure & Partnerships *Ben Leyka – Executive Director – African Agri Council  (NPC)
– Barriers or opportunities? – A panel discussion *David Ashdown – MD – Spintelligent (Pty) Ltd
*Gary Corin – MD – Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery
*Mike Lord – Reed Venue Management
*Nomathemba Ndlovu – GM – Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Company
16h20- Closing Remarks
16h30 – Africa open for business
– Draw for concert tickets

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