Representing 15 industry associations together with 250 contractors from 40 countries, Brussels-headquartered International Federation of Exhibition & Event Services (IFES) has elected Scan Display’s managing director, Justin Hawes, as its president for 2021-2022.

South African-based exhibition, events and display company, Scan Display, was IFES’ first member from Africa, having joined the association 15 years ago when Hawes attended his first IFES World Summit in London in 2005. Scan’s involvement with IFES has supported the company’s global development and enabled the company to build stands for exhibitions in different parts of the world.

Hawes was appointed to the role of treasurer of IFES in 2013, making him the first person from a developing country to be elected to the association’s board. He has served as IFES treasurer since 2013, as well as its vice president since 2015.

This year’s meeting took place as a hybrid event, with participation from 40 members in Hanover, Germany, and more than 100 members on Zoom.

The appointment was made during IFES’ AGM on 25 June 2020. This year’s meeting took place as a hybrid event, with participation from 40 members in Hanover, Germany, and more than 100 members on Zoom.

Joining the AGM via Zoom from Scan Display’s head office in Rosebank, Johannesburg, Hawes shared his vision for IFES in 2021/2022. With the industry currently facing a unique set of challenges, he believes it is key for IFES to focus on staying relevant and providing support for its members.

“I am grateful to the board and members for giving me this opportunity as we navigate the way forward in the global exhibition industry,” concludes Hawes.