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  • Host City 2020 reveals strong speaker line-up, with four weeks to go


    11/09/20

    The world’s greatest event owners, organisers and hosts are lining up to speak at Host City 2020 on 8-9 December, hosted online from Glasgow, Scotland.

    Host City prepares to welcome a global audience of 1,000 major event industry professionals to a virtual event experience featuring great content, world class networking, and an exhibition of events, hosts and expert suppliers.

    What's on the agenda?
    Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, VisitScotland and Bridget McConnell CBE, Chief Executive, Glasgow Life open proceedings addressing the conference theme, The Big Restart: Hosting with a Purpose for the Digital Age. Further keynotes follow from Sir Craig Reedie GBE, Member, International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Etienne Thobois, CEO, Paris 2024 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    The opening session also stars Roxana Mărăcineanu, Minister of Sports, France, Ian Reid, CEO, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, IOC Member and Vice President, Badminton World Federation and Fanta Diallo, Director of Sports, Youth and Community, City of Dakar.
    Roxana Mărăcineanu

    Roxana Mărăcineanu
    Minister of Sports
    France
    Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul

    Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul
    Member
    IOC and and Vice President, Badminton World Federation
    Ian Reid

    Ian Reid
    CEO
    Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
    Fanta Diallo

    Fanta Diallo
    Director of Sports, Youth and Community
    City of Dakar
    How major events are contributing to environmental goals
    Georgina Grenon
    Federico Addiechi
    The world’s two biggest sports events go head to head at Host City with Georgina Grenon, Director of Environmental Excellence, Paris 2024 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and Federico Addiechi, Head of Sustainability and Environment, FIFA discussing how major events are contributing to environmental goals.

    Other speakers include
    Brian Lewis
    Brian Lewis
    President
    Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee
    Sabrina Ibanez
    Sabrina Ibanez
    President
    Association of Paralympic Sports Associations
    Jon Ridgeon
    Jon Ridgeon
    CEO
    World Athletics
    Jakob Larsen
    Jakob Larsen
    Director of Competition and Events
    World Athletics
    Niels de Vos
    Niels de Vos
    CEO
    Oregon 21 LLC
    Sir Russell Coutts
    Sir Russell Coutts KNZM CBE
    CEO
    SailGP
    Densign White
    Densign White
    Chair, Sporting Equals and CEO, International Mixed Martial Arts Federation
    Michelle Hooper
    Michelle Hooper
    Tournament Director
    Rugby World Cup New Zealand 2021
    Other programme highlights include an update on preparations to host the Olympic Games in Tokyo by the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    With digitalisation accelerating rapidly, Bruno Marie-Rose, Director of Technology, Paris 2024 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Michael Cole, Chief Technology Officer, European Tour and Alban Dechelotte, Head of Sponsorship & Business Development EU Esport, Riot Games share views on future event delivery and the convergence of digital and real-world events.

    More great speakers include Tim Briercliffe, Secretary General, International Association of Horticultural Producers who will share his perspective on greening cities;
    John Langford, Chief Operating Officer, AEG Europe, Michael D'hulst Co-Founder & CEO Super League Triathlon.

    Major congresses are well represented by Aileen Crawford of Glasgow Convention Bureau, Emily Blitz of the International AIDS Society, Sven Bossu, CEO of the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) and Aoife Delmas of the European Society of Cardiology.

    Other participating organisations include Aggreko, Department for International Trade, Sport Event Denmark, Global Esports Federation, European Sponsorship Association, International Association of Event Hosts, Association of Global Event Suppliers and many more to be announced.
    Book your pass today to secure your place and contribute to the conversation on The Big Restart: Hosting with a Purpose for the Digital Age

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