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Convene 2018 deploys “engaging” speakers

Event for meeting professionals from across Europe looks ahead to a wide variety of topics.

The “education programme” featured at this year’s Convene event for meeting professionals from across Europe will include a series of “engaging” speakers, the organisers say.

Held each year in Vilnius, Convene 2018 will bring around 165 hosted buyers to the Lithuanian capital for an estimated 3,500 prescheduled business meetings with 80 exhibitors from the Baltic and wider region.

Organised by the Vilnius Convention Bureau at the city’s Litexpo exhibition and congress centre on February 14-15, registrations are still being taken to attend the sixth Convene held so far.

MICE advice
This year, Caroline Mackenzie, co-founder of Global Association Partners, will focus on the introduction of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and what it means for the MICE sector.

Linda Pereira of CPL Meetings & Events from Portugal will tackle the topic of terrorism and events and share her advice on what meeting planners need to know to keep their events safe.

Ralph Knoblauch of American Express Meetings & Events, together with Mark Scales of Bank Sadlers, plan to discuss the key global and regional trends impacting the meetings industry in 2018.

Janne Bjorge from Swedish consultants My Opinion will talk about brand experience vs. event marketing, while Jan Gemrich from Foccus Design will advise the audience on how to improve the client-agency relationship for success.

There will also be a four-person panel discussion moderated by Paul Kennedy of Kennedy Integrated Solutions on how the shifting nature of meetings affects destination and venue choices.

In addition, the exhibition’s annual Meet the Expert sessions will give participants an opportunity to ask featured experts specific questions and engage in discussions in a less formal setting.

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