Critical challenges on agenda at first in-person AMI Summit

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The first in-person AMI Summit will explore how associations should respond to some of today’s most critical challenges - which could mean the difference between success and failure.

The half-day event is taking place at CentrEd at ExCeL, London, on Tuesday, June 28th, and is co-located with this year’s Pre-show Conference ahead of The Meetings Show.

Anna Abdelnoor, co-founder of environmental not-for-profit consultancy ISLA, will moderate a panel exploring how associations can run sustainable meetings and events.

The subject has been given extra urgency following the latest IPCC report, which stated that only ‘drastic’ cuts in carbon emissions, starting in 2025, could stave off ‘climate disaster’.

AMI Editor James Lancaster will moderate a discussion on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, with a special focus on inclusion, asking if association meetings really offer ‘Access all Areas’?

And to end the day, a special open-discussion format will see delegates trying to solve their own challenges by harnessing the wisdom and experience of their peers in the room.

Lancaster said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, some of the biggest challenges facing associations – the climate and how to ensure diverse memberships are treated equally – have not gone away. In many ways the pandemic threw an even harsher spotlight on these subjects.

“That’s why I’m really looking forward to exploring these issues at our first in-person AMI Summit. We’ve got a great line-up of speakers and panellists to help delegates gain greater clarity on subjects that could define the success or failure of international associations in the next decade.”

Panellists include Anna Abdelnoor, ISLA, Tracy Bury, World Physiotherapy, Chloe Menhinick, International Currency Association, Dermot Ryan, K.I.T Group, Rob Eveleigh, Brighthelm, Marjolein Oorsprong, PRACE, and Milda Salciute, GDS Movement.

James Lancaster
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AMI editor James Lancaster is a familiar face in the meetings industry and international association community. Since joining AMI in 2010, he has gained a reputation for asking difficult questions and getting lost in convention centres. Proofer, podcaster, and panellist - in his spare time, James likes to walk, read, listen to music, and drink beer.


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