Event Programme

Enjoy the IAPCO Annual Meeting 2022 programme to the fullest:

There’s no future without…

09:00 Registration open until 18:00
13:00 Field Trips
15:00 IAPCO Partner Meeting
16:00 Ambassador Meeting
17:30 Bus Transfer to Rome Convention Center La Nuvola

Welcome addresses local ‘authorities’

Welcome Reception, Rome Convention Center La Nuvola
(Dress Code: Business Casual”)

22:00 Bus Transfer back to hotel

There’s no future without… HISTORY

08:00 Registration open until 18:00

Opening Ceremony

Welcome Address from Local Hosts
Welcome Address from IAPCO HQ Officials

Included in Virtual Registration
09:20 IAPCO highlights presentation Included in Virtual Registration

Welcome Keynote:

Roma Caput Mundi: History, hospitality, lifestyle

Speaker: Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli
Superintendent of Cultural Heritage – Rome, Italy

Included in Virtual Registration
10:30 Coffee Break

Key Note 1:

New World? New Leadership

Speaker: Paolo Gallo
Futurist, global expert in Human Capital and ICF certified Executive coach – Geneva, Switerland

Included in Virtual Registration
11:30 Interactive exercise
12:00 General Assembly Part 1
13:00 Gastronomic Tour – Northern Italian Lunch Break

“The Industry’s in the Hot Seat” Quickfire debate on controversial issues

Discussants in representation of:

  • PCO (Jurriaen Sleijster, MCI Group),
  • Association (Monica Fontana, ERA),
  • CVB (Steen Jakobsen – Dubai Convention Bureau),
  • Venue (Marie-Claire Caldwell, ICC Belfast)

Conducted by James Lancaster, AMI Magazine and Remi Deve, Boardroom

Included in Virtual Registration
15:00 Espresso Exchange
16:00 Coffee Break

Key Note 2:

There is no future without history… and no clicks without emotions

Speaker: Adolfo Fernández
Global Head of Product Strategy, Retail & Commerce at Google – Mountain View (CA), USA

Included in Virtual Registration
17:00 Interactive exercise
17:30 Wrap up of the day
19:00 Walk/Transfer to Villa Miani – 5 minutes walk from Hotel Rome Cavalieri

Italian Glam Night

Formal Dinner, Villa Miani

(Dress Code: “Italian Style”)

There’s no future without… CHAlleNGE

08:00 EDGE Meeting (finishes 08:50)

Morning Energiser:

Free the Tenor in You
with Corrado Amici, Accademia di Santa Cecilia di Roma


Key Note 3:

Embrace the revolution: learnings from the sport world

Speaker: Juli Ferré Nadal
Juli Ferré Nadal Sport – Monaco

Included in Virtual Registration

Eyes on the Market

Panel discussion by IAPCO Key Opinion Leaders with representation of all continents:

Australia: Stephen Noble (The Conference Company)

Asia: Jason Yeh (GIS Group)

Europe: Christine Hense (Interplan)

Africa/Middle East: Ahmed El Shal (ICOM)

Americas: Alejandro Ramirez Tabche (BTC Americas)

Moderated by Oscar Cerezales

Included in Virtual Registration
10:30 Coffee Break

Interactive Session

in collaboration with Destination Partners


Reimagining the conference experience

Speaker: David Kelly
Senior Vice President Continental Europe Hilton

Moderated by Ivan Abanades

Included in Virtual Registration
12:30 Gastronomic Tour – Central Italian Lunch Break

Key Note 4:

Leaders in Training: Explore, Experiment, Express

Speaker: Serena Porcari
Managing Director Dynamo Foundation – Limestre (PT), Italy

Included in Virtual Registration

Empowering Youth to Change the World

Inteview with Neha Shukla Gen Z Innovator & Changemaker & Gaetano Dieni, NextGen Event Pro

Included in Virtual Registration
14:30 Meet Padova Convention Centre 
14:40 Wrap Up of the Day – Group Photo
15:00 Expresso Exchange
16:30 Bus Transfer to the city centre

Afternoon Excursion:

Treasure Hunt in the City Centre

(Dress Code: Casual)


Informal Dinner

Typical Roman Trattoria Meo Patacca
(Dress Code: “Casual”)

23:00 Bus Transfer back to hotel

There’s no future without… VISION


Fit for future

Physical activity


Key Note 5:

The Future and what to do about it 

Speaker: Mark Stevenson

Reluctant Futurist & Strategic Advisor to Governments – London, United Kingdom

Included in Virtual Registration

Eyes on the Future

Panel discussion between Business Events Associations:

  • AC Forum (Carola van der Hoeff),
  • AIPC (Sven Bossu),
  • IAPCO (Ori Lahav),
  • ICCA (Senthil Gopinath),
  • PCMA (Sheriff Karamat)

Moderated by Annalisa Ponchia

Included in Virtual Registration
10:50 IAPCO 2023 Presentation & Coffee Break
Included in Virtual Registration
11:20 General Assembly Part 2

Closing Key Note:

Dare to win

Speaker: Bebe Vio
Gold Medal Paraolympic Athlete – Rome, Italy

Interview conducted by Nicola McGrane and Nicola Testai

Included in Virtual Registration
13:10 Closing Remarks Included in Virtual Registration
13:30 Gastronomic Tour – Southern Italian Farewell Lunch