Conference Summit Agenda

All the latest insider market knowledge & expert takes on exploiting new revenue streams…

08.15 Optional Breakfast Briefing

House of Brands or House of Cards? An outside view of the events industry based on experience of working closely with Informa.

The events market is changing rapidly. Face to face will always play a part but there will be fewer which requires changes in business model to win.  Within the fabric of the industry, partnering and communities are becoming vital.  Data driven decision making is key in this as is being part of the industry community.  Digital platforms enable both of these to happen – can you afford not to win this?

Michael Von Der GeestAdvisory – EMEIA, Ernst & Young LLP

08.45 Registration

09.15 Welcome address and warm up

Charlie Crowe, Chairman, & Editor in Chief, Csquared

09.30 OPENING KEYNOTE – a plenary session for all 4 Summits

How did Mobile World Congress get to be the most successful B2B conference in the world?

  • Through the lens of the key elements
    • Conference
    • Venue
    • Awards
    • Marketing
  • Understanding the philosophy for future development
John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd
Michael O’Hara, CMO, GSMA

10.15 Networking Break

Conference Summit Chair: Charlie Crowe, Chairman & Editor in Chief, C Squared

10.45 What in the world can go wrong? From launch to sale – what you wished you had known before you started

  • How to embrace failure as training
  • Very few people get things right first time, learning from mistakes
  • Every idea doesn’t have to be brand new
  • Making the magic work in the end
Nick Field, former MD, Legend Exhibitions Ltd 
Peter Jones, Chief Executive, Nineteen Events

11.30 Innovation Panel: doing things differently, new launches, different territories, alternative formats

James Gareh, CEO, Insight Events
Noel Hillmann, Chief Executive Officer, Clear Path Analysis
Ruth Carter, Managing Director, Telegraph Events
Tim Willoughby, Managing Director, Ocean Media Group
Bilal Kapadia, Co Founder and Director, Savant Events
Jack Pegram, Managing Director, Getenergy Events Ltd
Colette Leong-son, Managing Director Events, Infopro Digital

12.45 Buffet Lunch

14.00 How creativity is essential to enhance the conference experience

  • Developing a highly creative process for idea generation
  • Creating a collaborative internal environment
  • Focusing on delivering a high quality delegate experience by doing something different
Nadim Chaudhry, Chief Executive Officer, Green Power

14.35 Using Data and Insights to identify opportunities for growth

Using Data and Insights to identify opportunities for growth and manage declining events: New digital strategies to gain information and insights on events – pinpointing those conferences with growth potential and flagging those at risk – and doing something about it.

John Barnes, Chief Digital Officer, Infopro Digital

15.10 M&A Activity and Company Valuations

  • How are companies being priced and valued
  • What are the strategic M&A drivers for the next 12 months?
  • Insights into the national and global market for M&A in an increasingly challenging economy.
  • Impact on activity in the specialist B2B conference sector?
Mark Eisenstadt, Founder, Fusion Corporate Partners UK
Paul Slight, Founder, Fusion Corporate Partners UK

15.45 Networking break


  1. Women in Events: aiming for the top
    Carrie Swift, Consultant, The Media House
  2. Ideas for driving better delegate networking before, during and after the event
    Jose Bort, CEO & Co-Founder, EventsCase
  3. How to sell your event
    Nadim Chaudhry, Chief Executive Officer, Green Power
  4. Technology: what’s out there and how effective is it?
    Adam Price, Business Development Manager, DBpixelhouse and Abi Cannons, Key Relationship Manager,
  5. Getting maximum value from your Host or Chairman
    Nick Gold, Owner and Managing Director, Speakers Corner


Masterthief: Achieving breakthrough by challenging industry norms and stealing ideas from outside your current environment

From flat beds on BA flights to the turnaround of Eurostar and Sainsbury’s Bank, Hamish Taylor drives innovation in businesses, successfully leading them through times of change or challenge by putting the customer at the heart of any brand or offering. As a speaker, he provides business insight at all levels, inspiring you with his humorous stories, practical tools and infectious enthusiasm to look outside your current environment.

Hamish Taylor, Former CEO Sainsbury’s Bank and Eurostar

17.30 Closing Address

17.35 Networking Drinks Party

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