Following their AGM on 25 June 2020, the Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) announced their new board members for 2020/21. They are:
- Projeni Pather (Exposure Marketing) – Chairperson
- Devi Paulsen-Abbott (dmg events) – Vice-Chairperson
- Mark Anderson (Specialised Exhibitions) – Treasurer
- Carol Weaving (Reed Exhibitions)
- Chanelle Hingston (Clarion)
- Phetogo Kubheka (Synergy Business Events)
- Suzette Scheepers (Messe München)
Pather says, “I’m delighted to welcome every board member and thank them for their contribution, not only to AAXO but also for the wider growth of events and exhibitions. We have an exciting year ahead that will focus on evolving our educational and mentorship offering whilst cultivating our footprint continentally. Our board comprises an experienced group of professionals all of whom possess a wealth of knowledge and a firm mission-critical commitment to our vision of promoting and strengthening the continents exhibitions and events sector.”
“We have an exciting year ahead that will focus on evolving our educational and mentorship offering whilst cultivating our footprint continentally.”
“As the voice of credibility and professionalism in a developing and growing industry in Africa, we will continue to build partnerships with relevant industry stakeholders and will be working tirelessly to support our members and the industry at large through this challenging and unique period,” adds Pather.
This will be Pather’s second term as Chairperson. Having guided AAXO through the COVID-19 crisis this far, she is well positioned to continue doing so.
Pather shared her vision for AAXO during the AGM. The key themes that emerged are: ensuring all protocols are in place for events to resume safely; seeking new opportunities for the sector; supporting skills development across the industry; creating relevant programmes for the industry’s youth; and driving a narrative to ensure events are recognized as the critical marketing tool that they are.
For more information, visit aaxo.co.za.