|March 16, 2013|
IAPCO Council Elects First Member From Asia In 20 Years
|Kayo Nomura of Congress Corporation, Japan, was unanimously elected as a new member of the IAPCO Council at the recent General Assembly in Dublin, and becomes the first elected Council member, in the last 20 years, from Asia. Although she formally joined Congress Corporation in 2001, Kayo's career in conferences and events traces back to December 1997, to her first involvement in a large-scale international conference - the Third Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP3), in Kyoto, Japan. This relevant meeting is better known as the 'Kyoto Protocol Conference'.|
Since that meeting, Kayo counts herself fortunate enough to have been involved in many different types of conferences during her career. "In this business, I enjoy accomplishing each individual project, respectively, through which I can meet people in a diverse range of fields and acquire a variety of expertise," she said. "And now I would like to try to give back and contribute more to the industry, in particular to IAPCO. I have a true Asian background and I hope I can bring some new perspectives to this wonderful association, which I cherish so much. I am delighted to be elected to Council to achieve this aim."
In other changes to the IAPCO Council, Roslyn McLeod, arinex, Sydney, stepped down after 11 years' service; Nicky McGrane, Conference Partners, Dublin, was officially elected to Council following her previous year as a co-opted member, as co-host of the 2013 Dublin Annual Meeting. Sarah Markey-Hamm, ICMS Melbourne, was co-opted to Council as the host of the 2014 Melbourne Annual Meeting & General Assembly. All other Council members remained in post or were re-elected.
IAPCO: Meeting Quality
The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) was founded in 1968, is registered in Switzerland and represents today more than 115 professional organisers, meeting planners and managers of international and national congresses, conventions and special events from 40 countries. IAPCO members organise in excess of 6600 meetings annually, totaling some 2.285 million delegates and representing an economic impact in the region of 3.71 billion euros.
IAPCO is committed to raising standards of service among its members and other sectors of the meetings industry. Today IAPCO membership offers a unique quality assurance, since entry into membership of IAPCO is by meeting strict criteria and by continuous quality assessment.
The high quality standards are secured by means of continuing education and interaction with other professionals. The 'Wolfsberg' Annual Seminar, The Meetings MasterClass and the Annual Meeting & General Assembly of its members are the highlight events of IAPCO.