Exclusively Corporate @IMEX

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15-16 May

If you organise meetings for your company then Exclusively Corporate @IMEX is for you. As an event and meeting executive you're under increasing pressure to make your events different, memorable and engaging, to use new technology to wow your attendees, to find new and exciting destinations and venues, and all of this on an ever-decreasing budget. We recognise this and have put together a special education and networking programme for you. Arrive at Villa Kennedy on Sunday 14 May for a networking dinner hosted by Hilton. Start Monday 15 May with breakfast hosted by Dubai followed by a full day of education on topics that matter to you, with speakers drawn from companies including GSK, Lego, Dell, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Estée Lauder, EY, MAC Cosmetics and Barclays. Join IMEX as it opens on Tuesday 16 May.


This year’s agenda has been researched and developed with past attendees to focus on the greatest challenges that meeting and event executives like you are facing. Over a series of in-depth 45-minute sessions, we'll bring you panel discussions with inspiring case study speakers as they share their experiences, before giving you the opportunity to brainstorm and generate ideas with your peers. You're guaranteed to leave inspired, motivated and armed with new ideas to take back to your own organisation.


Sunday 14 May


Arrive in Frankfurt and check in to your room at the beautiful Villa Kennedy


Transfer from Villa Kennedy to Hilton Hotel Frankfurt


Meet fellow delegates at an informal networking dinner hosted by Hilton

Monday 15 May

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Meet fellow delegates at an informal networking breakfast hosted by Dubai Business Events

Location: Salon 1 - 3



to this exclusive educational and networking event designed with you in mind

Your moderators for the day:
Patrick Delaney and Padraic Gilligan, Managing Partners, SoolNua

Location: Ballroom Konrad Adenauer


Hot destinations and emerging trends to inspire and excite your audience

  • What are the worldwide trends and emerging destinations for meetings and events?
  • How do issues such as culture, costs, politics, economics and security impact on destination selection?
  • What impact will Brexit have on the meetings and events industry?
  • Technology trends to look out for

Charlotte Hammerbeck, Director Meetings Technology, GSK
Zoe Russ, Event Manager, Societe Generale 
Cathy Sharpe, Director of Strategic Sourcing, Global Travel & Expense Management Services, ITW  

Location: Ballroom Konrad Adenauer


How to address the most pressing security risks of tomorrow

  • The impact of terrorism on global meetings and events
  • What steps should you be taking to protect your delegates and staff?
  • Planning and implementing a security plan for your events

Kate Scully, Travel and Event Manager, Petrofac
Gareth Bowers, Head of Group Crisis Management, Petrofac
Emma Lamb, Global Travel Safety Program, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Location: Ballroom Konrad Adenauer


The evolution of event formats - how to inject innovation and creativity into your event formats

  • Traditional event formats vs. innovative formats – understanding what works for your industry
  • Innovation on a budget – how to make a difference without busting the budget
  • Dealing with internal resistance to doing things differently

Jennifer Rondinelli, Director Meeting Planning,MAC Cosmetics 
Amanda Whitlock, Global Strategic Events Lead, EY 

Stephenie Lintl-McLean, Senior Event Manager, Fidelity International
KimMarie Larsen CMP, Managing Director, Global Events & Recognition, ASEA LLC

Location: Ballroom Konrad Adenauer


Demystifying technology - what technology trends are shaping the future of events?

  • How to get smarter and make the right technology investments for your organisation
  • The use of advanced technology and virtual reality for events 
  • The business case for hybrid events – costs vs. benefits
  • Dealing with data protection and compliance issues when working in a heavily regulated industry

Alise Long, Manager Strategic Meetings & Events, DSM 
Barbara Watkins, Director, Global Event Marketing, Verifone 
Patrick Rüegg, Global Category Manager, Meetings & Events, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG
Zoe Russ, Event Manager, Societe Generale

Location: Ballroom Konrad Adenauer


LUNCH, sponsored by Korea Tourism Organization and Busan Tourism Organization

Location: Restaurant Gusto


Strategic global programme management 
for senior event professionals

Operational issues 
for event managers


The secrets of successful global supplier management

  • Top tips for managing global relationships with venues and agencies
  • Negotiating with global hotel chains to get the best deals for global business
  • The impact of hotel mergers and acquisitions on your event budgets and planning
  • Choosing and contracting with agencies – global, vs. regional vs. local, how to minimise costs and risks

Victoria Lee, CMP, Global Travel and Meeting Services,
   Assistant Manager at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc 

Diana Krawczak, EMEA Events Marketing Manager,
   Planning & Operations, Dell Germany 

Patrick Rüegg, Global Category Manager, Meetings &      
   Events, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG

Location: Ballroom Konrad Adenauer

Negotiating hotel contracts workshop

  • How to negotiate the best venue deals for their events and where the biggest savings can be made?
  • Developing effective relationship with venue partners for long term gain
  • The importance of understanding the small print: what to look out for in contract terms and conditions and how to mitigate risk
  • Understanding cultural differences when negotiating international venue contracts

Workshop host: 
Fiona Paterson, Director, Event Operandi      


Location: Salon 1 - 3


Building and managing a global team that works

  • Leadership behaviours that make or break a global team
  • Overcoming the challenges of managing a geographically dispersed events team
  • How to work together effectively with agencies across the world
  • Training, developing and motivating global teams for success

Alise Long, Manager Strategic Meetings & Events, DSM 
Amanda Whitlock, Global Strategic Events Lead, EY



Location: Ballroom Konrad Adenauer

Avoiding culture clash! How to navigate international cultural differences

  • The importance of recognising and respecting international business etiquette, customers and culture across the world
  • What impact might cultural differences have on your event planning? 
  • The importance of building effective relationships with international colleagues and suppliers

Andrea Faflikova, Regional PR and Event Manager,
   CEEMEA, Lego Group

Carine Morin, Travel & Meetings Consultant, 
   Eli Lilly and Company
Cathy Sharpe, Director of Strategic Sourcing, 
   Global Travel & Expense Management Services, ITW 

Location: Salon 1 - 3


Measuring ROI to prove the value of your meetings and events

  • The importance of understanding the overall objective of your event in order to measure success
  • How to demonstrate the impact and ROI of your event on your business
  • Demonstrating how much your events have influenced the pipeline for new business and created opportunities for marketing
  • How to measure success when your event is not customer or sales orientated

Amanda Whitlock, Global Strategic Events Lead, EY
Stephenie Lintl-McLean, Senior Event Manager, Fidelity

Location: Ballroom Konrad Adenauer

How to get ahead in the meetings and event industry!

  • What steps can you take to develop your career in the meetings and events industry?
  • What associations should you join and how can they help you?

Megan Tate, CMM, Vice President, Meeting & Event Planning  Manager Wells Fargo
Jennifer Rondinelli, Director Meeting Planning,MAC      Cosmetics 
Victoria Lee, CMP, Global Travel and Meeting    Services Assistant Manager at The Estée Lauder  Companies Inc


Location: Salon 1 - 3


Wrap up

Your opportunity to discuss any other issues with your peers. Our aim is for you to return to your organisation with a comprehensive list of action points and concrete ideas to implement.

Location: Ballroom Konrad Adenauer


IMEX reception

End your day with your fellow corporate meeting planners.

Tuesday 16 May 


The worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events

Discover new destinations, meet hotel contacts that you have only ever spoken to over email and see the latest technology designed for the meetings industry. IMEX brings together 3,500 exhibitors from 160 countries under one roof so that you can meet with the people you need to help make your event outstanding.

And if you come from further afield than Europe, we can offer you additional accommodation so that you can spend longer at IMEX.

Top three reasons

Why you should spare time from your busy schedule and join us for a networking dinner and a day of education followed by one, two or three days at IMEX:

  • Mingle with your peers, share ideas or issues and talk to people that understand you
  • Create valuable new contacts for the future
  • Evaluate your current approaches and be inspired to develop new ways of doing things

And many more...

Where else will you get the opportunity to put a face to a name, see new 'hot and trending' destinations or the latest event technology? IMEX and Exclusively Corporate are must attends if you want to stay ahead of the game.

How to attend

Exclusively Corporate @IMEX is open to event and meeting executives only. It is not open to suppliers.

If you're a global head of meetings and events, director of meetings and events, global event planner, head of events/conferences/conventions, meeting planner, procurement manager, travel and event manager or an event coordinator this is the event for you.

Attend as a our guest...

If you organise meetings and events outside your home country you may qualify for our hosted buyer programme (see how to qualify & apply).

Email donna.fung@imexexhibitions.com to find out more.

Or attend as a visitor buyer...

Email donna.fung@imexexhibitions.com to find out more.


Thank you to our sponsors

Venue sponsor:

 RFH_Villa _Kennedy _MAIN_2 Col


Sunday dinner sponsor:


 Hilton Wordmark -k

Monday breakfast sponsor:


Monday lunch sponsor:

 CMYK_Dubai _DTCM Copy  



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