As a teenager I’ve had the opportunity to travel and live across the world and experience some unusual events. Theone that most stuck to my memory is the People Power Revolution in Manila, Philippines in the mid 80’s. Whenpeople get together, the dynamics can lead to literal revolutions in behavior.This motivated me to focus on this when I first started my career as a hotelier at first and later specializing in Meeting& Events organizing. I felt a gravitational pull towards the power of Meetings & Events and now manage TNOC, acollective focusing on delivering innovations for meetings & events across the globe for associations andcorporations.What do you love most about the Events Industry?
Experimenting with event formats and innovations is very addictive and the very best way to learn aboutinnovations. I enjoy being inspired and energizing industry professionals by tapping into first handexperience in operating events from large scale Corporate, Government and Association Conferences for 3500 participants in Japan to Informal meetings of the European Union as well as initiating open sourceprojects such as Event Camp Europe and curating TEDx initiatives.
What do you like least about the Events Industry?
I enjoy the industry, the adrenaline rush and the peak performance required to thrive in this industry. The eventsindustry is a cocooned industry that needs to come out of its shell. We have every motive and reason to do so. Idislike uninspired events that are put together without thought for the objectives of the stakeholders. If you don’tunderstand what behavior change needs to come out as a result of the event, the event lacks focus and intent.Why are you inspired to speak at Event Camp Middle East?The Middle East has a lot of talent and potential from the perspective of the Meetings Industry. Over the past coupleof years, I’ve had the opportunity to deliver training in the Middle East and I am very enthusiastic about the drive andeagerness of the talent. Furthermore, I am an EventCamp addict and recovering organizer. How could I resist theenthusiastic suggestion of organiser Josh Dry, to speak from the comfort of my own desk in Switzerland?Have you been involved in previous Event Camps and if so in what capacity (ies)?I am an EventCamp addict and recovering organizer. I need to have a very good reason not to be involved. Here aresome recent experiments I was delighted to be involved in:9/9/2010 - Initiated and hosted a POD event in Basel of the first Event Camp Twin Cities in 201024-26/8/2011 - Speaker and onsite contributor to Event Camp Twin Cities 2011