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Cream of the association world honoured at awards

José Zuniga, head of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, was named Executive Director of the Year at the International and European Association Awards in Gothenburg.

The Association of the Year Award went to European Society of Endocrinology.

The awards have become a highlight of the Associations World Congress, which is held every year, and organised by the UK-based Association of Association Executives (AAE).

Zuniga said he was ‘honoured to receive the award’.

He tweeted: “This award is dedicated to my board and staff, our members, allies and donors, and the millions whose lives @IAPAC has worked to save and improve during my 22 years serving.”

Other winners included the International Papillomarvirus Society (IPVS), which won the Effective Voice of the Year, for its HPV Awareness Day campaign #GiveLoveNotHPV.

The campaign reached millions, providing key information about HPV prevention and management and bolstered the society’s ultimate aim of eliminating HPV cancers.

The International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN), meanwhile, won Best Association Website for its ‘user-friendly’ platform that contained ‘useful information relevant to all members’.

President Margaret Stanley said: “IPVS believes that sharing information and starting conversations about HPV is critical to changing attitudes, behaviours and saving lives. We are delighted with this recognition that our inaugural campaign has put us on the right track.”

Both associations work with PCO and association management company Kenes Group.

Louise Gorringe, director of Association Management Operations at Kenes Group, said: “I am very proud of the team’s work! They delivered two outstanding projects for IPVS and ISN, and they did that with a lot of heart. I am very happy that the Association Awards judges saw this too!”

Elsewhere the Best Use of Technology in Events category went to the European Association of Urology. The European Respiratory Society won Association Project of the Year and Best Event Development. Best Association Video went to the World Heart Federation.

There were 20 categories in total. A full list of winners will be announced in the June edition of AMI Magazine.