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2014 Association Day Topics and Speakers

 Educational Topics Catered Just For Association Executives on 20 August 2014

These sessions are open to all delegates, unless specified otherwise
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2014 Association Day Topics
 Association Day Forum 1 | 0930 - 1030hrs (In Collaboration with KW Conferences)

The "Third Wave" of Destination Marketing Competitiveness

Martin Sirk, CEO, ICCA

ICCA CEO Martin Sirk will present his personal observations on the evolution of destination marketing, with a particular focus on the international association meetings sector. He will address the question: "If destination marketing in the meetings industry has moved over the last decade from a tourism/ cultural approach towards new strategies built upon economic development and intellectual capital objectives, what are leading destinations around the world now doing to keep ahead in this ever-increasing and more sophisticated competitive environment, and what are the practical and philosophical implications for the meetings industry in India and for the local association community?"

 Association Day Forum 2 | 1100 - 1200hrs (In Collaboration with KW Conferences)

Best Practices - Developing Middle Level Association Professionals

Martin Sirk, CEO, ICCA

Damian Hutt, Executive Director, Association Networks 
Prof. Ramesh S. Bilimagga, President AROI & Medical Director, Healthcare Global Enterprise Ltd

In India, where labour is plentiful, we assign administrative people to almost everything. But what if there were experienced, knowledgeable, mid-level professionals who know how to get the best result, using the best technology, for the best investment and return? How do we train, mentor and reward the association professionals of tomorrow? How do we inspire them to make a career in association management? Hear success stories and share ideas for 'raising the bar' for association professionals in India.

 Association Day Forum 3 | 1400 - 1500hrs (In Collaboration with KW Conferences)

Benefits of Attracting International Meetings to India

Monimita Sarkar, Managing Director, KW Conferences

Dr. Ashok Johari, President, SICOT India, Past President, Indian Orthopaedic Association
Dr. Bhaskar Pal, Secretary, Bengal Chapter, FOGSI
Mr. Dilip Puri, MD, India and Regional VP South Asia, Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts

Besides delivering economic value to the city/ region, international meetings also deliver an increase in the number of business visitors, increase in international trade, and experts who can deliver the best knowledge economy arguments. Local 'ambassadors' - academics, scientists, doctors - are in the frontline of this new competition. This session also brings a leading hotelier to share insights into the growth of the international meeting sector and consequently its contribution to the knowledge economy. Meet the stakeholders to know more.
Association Day Forum 4 | 1515 - 1615hrs (In Collaboration with KW Conferences)

Managing Sessions and Speakers for Higher Delegate and Association ROI

Speaker: Dr Elling Hamso, Managing Partner, Event ROI Institute

How do meetings create value for participants and other stakeholders? How can you maximise and prove the ROI? The results from a speaker-led session is more dependent on the organsier than the speaker on stage.

Major improvements to session outcomes are not so difficult if you understand some basic principles of learning and behavioural changes. You need to create the emotional and physical environment and guide your speakers to let them sine on stage.

This session will show you how to:
- Set appropriate session objectives and measure the results
- Design effective session formats
- Guide speakers to deliver more value

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2014 Association Day Speakers

Listed In Alphabetical Order Of First Names

Dr. Ashok N. Johari
National Delegate of

Dr Johari is a paedistric orthopaedic and spine surgeon connection with many public and private hospitals in Mumbai. He served as President (2005 - 2011) and Founder Secretary (1994 - 2001) of Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of India (POSI). He has also been the President of the Indian Orthopaedic Association (2010) and the Indian Academy of Cerebral Palsy (2008 - 2011). At present, he is President of the Asia Pacific Knee Society and the National Delegate for SICOT (the International Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology) and also Chairman of its Education Committee. He was the President for the SICOT 2013 World Congress held in India, Scientific Chairman for the ISPO World Congress held in February 2013 and Congress President of the Asia Pacific Knee Society Congress held in 2012. He also organised the Asia Pacific Childhood Disability Update in 2005. In addition, Dr Johari has the distinction of being the Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious international journal, the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (B) and is on the Editorial and Reviewer Boards of many others. 

  Topic: Benefits of Attracting International Meetings to India 
         Association Day Forum 3

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Dr. Bhaskar Pal
Secretary of the Bengal Chapter of
Federation of Obstetric and Gynaelogical Societies of India (FOGSI)

Dr Pal has been associated with Apollo Gleneagles Hospital. Kolkata, since January 2003 as a Senior Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. He was the Chairman of the Young Talent Promotion Committee of FOGSI (2011 - 2013) and a member of the India East Zone Representative Committee of the RCOG, London. He is a member of the managing committee of the Indian Association of Gynaecological Endoscopists. Currently, Dr Pal is also the Vice President of the Bengal Obstetric & Gynaecological Society (BOGS). He has also served the BOGS as Clinical Secretary (2010 - 2011), Treasurer (2012 - 2012) and Secretary (2013 - 2014). In addition, he has several publications to his name and has been on the editorial board of several books. He was also the Honorary Biostatistician of The Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology of India from 2007 to 2009.

  Topic: Benefits of Attracting International Meetings to India 
         Association Day Forum 3

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Damien Hutt
Executive Director of
Association Networks
(SHRM) India

Damien is a leading expert in the development of associations and the conventions. He founded the Association Congress series of events (2006), the information service Association Resource (2003) and its successor, the membership organisation Associations Network which has over 15,000 members worldwide. Damien has been developing and managing conferences for 21 years and setting up and managing associations for 10 years. His previous experience is with Informa PLC, a leading business information provider, heading up their global association services, and as Operations Director of Fraser International, a marketing services company, promoting services to the association market for Asian and European organisations.

  Topic : Best Practices - Developing Middle Level Association Professionals |
           Association Day Forum 2
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Dilip Puri
Managing Director, India and Regional Vice President, South Asia of
Starwood Hotels & Resorts India

With over 27 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Mr Puro comes with a wealth of experience in operating hotels and in-depth local knowledge. He has worked with major Indian hospitality brands like Taj and Oberoi as well as with Intercontinental Hotels Group and Sarova Hotels internationally. He brings with him a global perspective that has been honed through operational and development roles in India, South Pacific, Australia and Africa across luxury and upscale hotel categories. Prior to assuming his role with Starwood, Mr Puri was Chief Executive Officer of Duet India Hotels. A graduate in Economics from Delhi University, he also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management from the Oberoi Center for Learning and Development. He has also completed an Executive MBA programme for IHG General Managers with the Poon Kam Kai School of Business at the Hong Kong University.

  Topic : Benefits of Attracting International Meetings to India | 
          Association Day Forum 3

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Dr Elling Hamso
Managing Partner of
ROI Institute, Norway

Dr Hamso has spent most of his career as a senior executive in the Norwegian oil and gas industr and later as a management consultant. He started an event agency in Norway in 2000 and Event ROI Institute in 2005. He has been Chapter President and a member of the jury of European Best Event Awards (EuBEA), Eventex International Best Event Awards, Middle East Best Event Awards and four other best event award programme in different European countries. Conference & Incentive Travel Magazine has ranked him 5th on their list of the 50 most influential people in the UK meetings and events industry and Eventbranche magazine has named him third among the 30 most influential in the meetings and events industry in the Netherlands. He consults and speaks frequently on subjects such as ROI, meeting design and meeting industry trends. Dr Hamso has a B.Sc in Management Sciences and a Ph.D. in procurement strategy from Manchester University.

  Topic : Managing Sessions and Speakers for Higher Delegate and Association ROI | 
          Association Day Forum 4

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Martin Sirk
CEO of
International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), the Netherlands

Martin was appointed as ICCA CEO in July 2002 after 13 years in a variety of senior meetings-related sales and marketing positions with ICCA member companies. For the seven years prior to that, as the start of his career, he was a leisure tourism marketing specialist with the British Tourist Authority (as VisitBritain was then known). He has worked in Hong Kong, the USA, the UK and, for the last 12 years, has been based in Amsterdam at the ICCA Head Office, but travels extensively to all regions of the world to engage ICCA's global membership of some 1,000 companies and organisations. Martin has extensive experience working in national and city destination marketing organisations, congress centres and with a leading global hotel brand. He is an acknowledge expert in the design and organisation of international congresses and the trends that are shaping the future of the meetings industry.

  Topic : The Importance of Professionalising Association Management |
           Association Day Forum 1

           Best Practices - Developing Middle Level Association Professionals |
           Association Day Forum 2

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Monimita Sarkar
Managing Director of
KW Conferences Pvt Ltd, India

A qualified laywer, Monimita joined KW Conferences soon after its inception in 1994. In her 20 years of service, she has been instrumental in the growth and direction of KW Conferences. At present, her primary focus is Business Development. She has been on the Board since 2003 and took over as Managing Director in 2005. Since then, she has been responsible for opening offices in four cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai. Her dynamic leadership and vision are focused on newer technologies and exploring avenues for enhanced client satisfaction. In addition, she is a Founding Member of the World PCO Alliance, was on the Governing Board of the India Convention Promotion Bureau and Chair of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) India Committee from 2007 till mid 2012.

  Topic : Benefits of Attracting International Meetings to India | 
          Association Day Forum 3
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Prof Ramesh S. Bilimagga
National President, AROI & Medical Director of
Healthcare Global Enterprise Ltd, India

Professor Bilimagga is the National President of the Association of Radiation Oncologists of India (AROI) and former Chairman of the Indian College of Radiation Oncology (ICRO). A qualified Radiation Oncologist by training, he has over 37 years of experience in the field and is a Professor of Radiotherapy at M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, which is affiliated to RGUHS, Bangalore. He trains post-graduate students in M.D. Radiation Oncology and guides doctorate students while serving as the Medical Director of HCG Group of hospitals. He has received many awards for his work in the field of Radiation Oncology, including the Prof. P.K. Haldar Memorial Travel Fellowship and the Travel Fellowship of International College of Surgeons, among others.

  Topic : Best Practices - Developing Middle Level Association Professionals |
           Association Day Forum 2
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