The inaugural African Global Events Industry Summit (AGEIS) is gearing up to be a significant gathering, with an impressive line-up of speakers announced at the launch on January 26. Scheduled to unfold from February 22 to 25 at the Garden Court Hotel in Isando, near OR Tambo International Airport, the summit aims to bring together professionals from various events industry value chain sectors.
The expected participants are corporate and social event planners, event designers, decorators, photographers, DJs, and MCs. The summit is not just a local affair; it plans to draw industry professionals from various African countries. Anticipated attendance ranges between 100 and 150 event professionals, with a focus on representation from Central and West African countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Namibia, Mozambique, and South Africa, according to Kate Hassan, the managing director of Thea Eventstics and Thea Villa Hotels.
Under the theme ‘Building bridges in the African events industry,’ the summit seeks to unite the African events community and propel the industry forward. It envisions leaders, influencers, innovators, and professionals, both within and outside the events industry, converging to discuss and explore ways to enhance cooperation and establish a more robust foundation for growth across the continent.
The primary objective of AGEIS is to unite industry professionals, professionalise their practices, and foster the growth of the events industry in Africa. Notable speakers at AGEIS include Mosunmola Akinwamide, the CEO of IPC Events, a Nigerian multiple-award-winning event producer; Aaron Munetsi, CEO of the Airline Association of Southern Africa (AASA); Debra Jane-Nelson, CEO of Think Mahogany Events from Ghana; and Glenton de Kock, CEO of the South African Association of the Conference Industry (SAACI).
As an additional highlight, AGEIS delegates will also actively participate in the Meetings Africa Trade Show, scheduled at the Sandton Convention Centre from February 26 to 28.
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