Partnership aims to tackle ‘existential issues’ facing associations

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GAHP and ASSOCIATIONWORLD L-R Edward Koh, STB, Martin Sirk, GAHP, Denitsa Arabadzhieva, SECB, and Kai Troll ASSOCIATIONWORLD Photo Credit: GAHP

Amongst a flurry of collaborations announced at IMEX, the meetings industry trade show, one stood out as pertinent to association leaders and event planners.

The Global Association Hubs Partnership (GAHP) has inked a ‘partnership agreement’ with ASSOCIATIONWORLD to produce a series of online events they hope will tackle, ‘the big issues facing associations’.

For the uninitiated, GAHP is a partnership between the convention bureaux in Brussels, Dubai, Singapore and Washington, DC aimed at advancing each city’s status as a ‘regional hub for international associations’. ASSOCIATIONWORLD organisers a series of events throughout Europe and North America aimed squarely at association professionals, but not specifically those tasked with organizing events. Together they are pledging to create ‘a series of...perspective-changing online events, designed to help associations navigate the ever-more challenging, hyper-competitive and fast accelerating business environment we are all experiencing’.

ASSOCIATIONWORLD president, Kai Troll, said: "ASSOCIATIONWORLD’s almost 15,000 community members are not only interested in practical issues of association management they also want to understand how the world in which they operate is changing, and to share their ideas and aspirations as well as their experiences and know-how. We are sure that the events we are creating through this partnership will help influence the future agenda of association leaders around the world.”

GAHP international advisor, Martin Sirk, said: “The big issues facing associations (and of course their members, too!) are increasingly global, so I’m delighted that ASSOCIATIONWORLD is partnering with us, so that we can help bring together thought leaders from all regions around the world to discuss some truly existential issues. The future will be what we jointly create, not simply what happens to us!"

Future online events and provisional dates for your diaries: 22 June - AI for Associations: the big opportunities & challenges beyond ChatGPT; 12 September - Intercultural issues & communications; 26 October - AI for Associations - what’s been implemented & what’s coming down the tracks; 23 November - International association events reinvented & reimagined.


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