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Over the past few years, the conference and convention industry has faced great challenges, yet we as IAPCO members have managed
to preserve our unity and basic quest for quality standards, at all times. However, we still cannot rest or simply ignore the recurring “challenges of change” in the conference industry, whether local or international.

We are living in an inter-dependent and rapidly changing world, in which information and communication technology, are constantly evolving and creating new environments, new standards, new ways of interaction, new behaviors and new forms of competition,
all of which, most profoundly affect our profession and our industry. So we must not only keep adapting to the present world, but we also must predict and lead the crafting of our future, through new working environments, new partnership models, new technologies – in short, through new ways of doing everything we think we already know too well.

Day One | Thursday 16 - Feb 2017
16:30-17:30Ambassadors’ MeetingMeeting Room : The loft 1
18:00Transfer - First Time AttendeesConvention Centre Entrance
18:15Transfer - All DelegatesConvention Centre Entrance
18:45 -19:00First Time Attendees meet with IAPCO CouncilThe Palace Down Town - Viewing Deck
19:00-21:30Reconnect Cocktail ReceptionThe Palace Down Town - Viewing Deck
21:30Return Tranfers to Hotel
Day Two | Friday 17 - Feb 2017
9:00-9:35Official Opening & IAPCO Awards
Speaker : Issam Kazim - CEO Dubai Corporation for Tourism Commerce Marketing
Speaker : Jan Tonkin - President IAPCO
Aryaam Ballroom
9:35-10:05Mission to MARS
Speaker : Sarah Al Amiri - Chairwoman of the Emirates Scientists Council
Science Lead, Emirates Mars Mission (Hope Mission)
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Aryaam Ballroom
10:05-10:15Group PhotoAryaam Ballroom
10:15-10:45BreakAryaam Ballroom - Foyer
10:45-11:15IAPCO Highlights
11:15-12:25IAPCO GA Part 1
IAPCO Members (Closed Session)
Aryaam Ballroom
12:25-12:35Partner Presentation
Speaker : Dawn Page - Director UK & Northern Europe - Meetings and Exhibitions Hong Kong
Aryaam Ballroom
12:35-13:45Lunch - Sponsored by Meetings & Exhibitions Hong KongLa Tablita
13:45-13:50Energiser
Speaker : Hazel Jackson – CEO – Biz Group
Aryaam Ballroom
13:50-14:20Certification for PCOsAryaam Ballroom
14:20- 15:10What is Disrupting our Industry? Part 1
Speaker : Michelle Crowley - Senior Director, Global Development & Partnerships - Professional Convention Management Association
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Aryaam Ballroom
15:10-15:30BreakAryaam Ballroom - Foyer
15:30-16:10What is Disrupting our Industry? Part 2
Aryaam Ballroom
16:10-16:55First Who Then What
Speaker : Hazel Cowling – Partner & Consultant Director – Biz Group
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Aryaam Ballroom
16:55 - 17:05Wrap Up and Close
Speaker : Hazel Jackson – CEO – Biz Group
Aryaam Ballroom
17:05-18:30Break to Refresh
18:30Transfers for Cocktail Reception and Formal DinnerConvention Centre Entrance
19:00-20:00Cocktail ReceptionLayali, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah
20:00-22:30Formal DinnerLayali, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah
22:30Return Tranfers to Hotel
Day Three | Saturday 18 - Feb 2017
08:00-08:45IAPCO EDGE : Current & Interested to be Future HostsMeeting Room : The loft 1
09:00-09:05Welcome & Agenda
Aryaam Ballroom
9:05-09:35Expo 2020 Connecting Minds, Creating the Future
Speaker : Marjan Faraidooni - Vice President - Legacy - Expo 2020
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Aryaam Ballroom
09:35-10:30Compete or Collaborate - A Debate
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10:30-11:00BreakAryaam Ballroom - Foyer
11:00-12:20Quality Seminar : Simple is Disruptive, Simple is Smart
Speaker : Tom Warden - Senior Strategist - Siegal+Gale
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Aryaam Ballroom
12:20-12:30Partner Presentation
Speaker : Alice Au - Director of Sales - Business Events Toronto
Aryaam Ballroom
12:30-13:30Lunch - Sponsored by Business Events TorontoLa Tablita
13:30-14:20Understanding the Client of the future
Speaker : Anas Almarie – Director of Training & Consulting - Focus Social Academy
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Aryaam Ballroom
14:20-14:35IAPCO Innovation AwardsAryaam Ballroom
14:35-14:45Wrap for the Day
Speaker : Hazel Jackson – CEO – Biz Group
Aryaam Ballroom
14:45-15:30Break to Refresh
15:30-16:30Transfers for Desert Camp SiteConvention Centre Entrance
16:30-18:00A Desert Experience
18:00-21:30A Bedouin NightDesert Camp
21:30Return Tranfers to Hotel
Day Four | Sunday 19- Feb 2017
09:00-10:00How is the Meeting Industry Shaping Up in the Middle East?
Speakers : Mahir Julfar - VP Commercial - Dubai World Trade Centre,
Mubarak Al Shamisi - Director Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau,
Steen Jakobsen - Director Dubai Business Events & City Operations
Moderator : Rob Nicholas - Chief Editor - MeetMe
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Aryaam Ballroom
10:00-11:10Legacy Team Challenge
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Aryaam Ballroom
11:10 - 11:30IAPCO GA Part 2
IAPCO Members (Closed Session)
Aryaam Ballroom
11:30-12:20BrunchHue - 34th Floor
12:20-13:00How can we remain productive in an overwhelming world?
Speaker : Hazel Jackson – CEO – Biz Group
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Aryaam Ballroom
13:00-13:15Closing RemarksAryaam Ballroom
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  • 30 June 2016
    Registration opens
  • 30 June 2016
    Hotel Booking opens
  • 30 October 2016
    Preliminary program
  • 10 January 2017
    Early registration deadline
  • 15 January 2017
    Hotel Booking Deadline
  • 16-19 February 2017
    IAPCO AM and GM