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AIPC 2014 Berlin:

AIPC’s aim for Annual Conference programming is always to incorporate the best and most relevant information about the most current issues and how we can best put such insights to work in addressing both present and future industry needs. AIPC 2014 Berlin will take a major new step in this direction in partnership with our German hosts and the GCB, based on a landmark research project just released that will help create a framework for the Conference program.

Entitled Meetings and Conventions 2030: A Study of Megatrends Shaping Our Industry, this work in fact goes well beyond the borders of its sponsoring country and has implications for centres all over the world – and as such it creates the perfect basis for a program that as always seeks to bring together the latest centre issues with those best equipped to interpret and react to them.

AIPC 2014 Annual Conference sessions will be built around a number of the major themes identified in the Report and include in-depth analysis from some of the study authors as well as experts in the key areas identified. As always, the overall principles arising from the Report will be related to the challenges and opportunities to be identified in our own AIPC research leading up to the Conference. 

Amongst the “Megatrends” with industry implications that will be explored in this way are;

  • Globalization / internationalization
  • Resource shortages
  • Urbanization
  • Demographic change
  • Technology in work and life
  • Sustainable development
  • Mobility in the future
  • Security / safety
While many of these are topics that have been addressed individually in previous conferences, the theme this year will be to look at them in an integrative way and both session design and speaker selection will be carried out using this approach.

Berlin 2014: Meet the Keynotes

This year’s AIPC Annual Conference theme deals with all the big issues – and big issues need a global context, along with a view to the future and some good advice on dealing with the realities already upon us. This year’s keynotes will deliver all that, and more!


Dr. Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist, political observer and best-selling author. Named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List”, he is a Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, Adjunct Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. The author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012) and How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), he lectures frequently at international conferences and gives executive briefings to government leaders and major corporations on global trends, systemic risks, future scenarios, economic master planning, emerging market strategies, and technological disruptions.

A contributing columnist on CNN and regular guest host of CNBC, his essays and articles have appeared in major international newspapers and journals such as the Wall Street JournalInternational Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Financial Times, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, Quartz, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, Harper’s, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, The National Interest, McKinsey Quarterly, Prospect, Esquire, Slate.com, Die Zeit, and Strategy+Business.

In describing his sessionGlobalization, Urbanization and the Future of the Meetings Industry” he says: “We are entering an age of hyper-globalization in which robust inter-continental patterns of trade, finance, migration and travel are expanding across the world. In such a competitive landscape, countries and cities must do more than play host to conventions; they must become portals to mutually beneficial economic opportunities. Countries that invest in infrastructure and diversified national experiences for visitors will be the most attractive venues for global audiences”.

Parag Khanna

David Rowan is editor of WIRED magazine’s UK edition, which won BSME Launch Editor of the Year in 2009. His most recent awards include Techmark Technology Journalist of the Year, DMA Editor of the Year and BSME Editor of the Year in 2012. He has written regular columns in GQ, Condé Nast Traveller, The Times and The Guardian. He has wide newspaper experience as an editor, including editing The Jewish Chronicle and The Guardian's websites and Comment pages; has made TV films for Channel 4 News; and has written long features for The Telegraph Magazine, Sunday Times Magazine and Observer. At WIRED he has extended the brand into conferences, apps, and a consulting arm.

He speaks widely on topics ranging from the future of luxury brands to the new rules of business in a mobile-internet age, and recent engagements have taken him to Dubai, Melbourne, Moscow and Shanghai.  

David’s session is entitled “Changing World; Changing Events” and he will bring his broad perspective on business and technology evolution to bear on this topic. “From technology to formats and from experiences to objectives, event delegate and planner expectations are evolving daily. This session will offer a perspective on key changes taking place well outside our industry that will nevertheless have a major impact – and how we can begin thinking about them in positive and productive terms.”

David Rowan

Avinash Chandarana represents diversity through his personal and professional life experience - Indian by culture, born in Uganda, Africa and raised and educated in the United Kingdom, his background exemplifies a broad understanding of the sensitivities and needs of the growing international and multi-cultural business environment.
With a degree in Business, his twenty year international business career covers engagements in the corporate and not for profit sectors with posts held in the United Kingdom, United States, Norway and Belgium and assignments spanning a further twenty plus countries.
As Group Learning and Development Director at MCI, he founded and leads the MCI Institute. He is professionally affiliated with the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) – the world’s leading workplace learning and performance association. Voted as a Platinum speaker by Meetings Professionals International (MPI) he captivates audiences at regional, national and international conferences and regularly invited to speak, moderate and facilitate at industry events.

As a leading cross-cultural trainer, accomplished presentation skills coach, facilitator and moderator, Avinash has extensive experience working with clients ranging from consulting firms, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries to non-profit associations and NGO’s worldwide.

His AIPC session “Cultural Adaptations for the Industry: a Practical Guide for Centre Managers” will help delegates better understand how they can interact more effectively. “We’re all working in an increasingly globalized environment but may not always be prepared for the implications of this for our business and personal interactions. This session will provide some solid advice on meeting new challenges.”

Avinash Chandarana

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