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‘Inspiring’ Heike Mahmoud receives JMIC Profile and Power Award

Heike Mahmoud, chief operating officer of Congress Center Hamburg, has won the JMIC Profile and Power Award for being ‘an inspiring symbol of influential women’ in the meetings industry.

She accepted the honour at the IBTM World Meetings Leadership Summit, which took place before the annual IBTM World meetings and events trade show in Barcelona this week.

According to a press statement, the award recognises ‘her leadership role as an industry advocate’ and ‘symbol of influential women in attracting new talent to the meetings industry’.

The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) is an advocacy organisation that represents the combined interests of 19 international meetings industry associations throughout the world.

“This year’s Award is a bit different from previous ones in that it focuses on the critical need we have for prominent and respected individuals to act as attractions for others considering careers in our sector”, said JMIC President Kai Hattendorf. “Heike has had a highly successful and visible career in several areas of the industry, first as a PCO, subsequently as head of the Berlin Convention Office and now as COO of a major convention facility.”

Bernd Aufderheide, president and CEO, Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, added: “This is the second award she has won this year. It is an invaluable advantage for the city of Hamburg and for the Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH to have such a highly respected person at the helm of the CCH. I congratulate Heike Mahmoud with all my heart, and I am delighted that the jury found her great commitment to the industry and her outstanding expertise so convincing.”

The JMIC Power and Profile Award was established by the Council as a way of recognizing individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to advancing the awareness and influence of the Meetings Industry in their respective communities. The winner is selected each year based on criteria which evaluate the efforts of an individual or organization in increasing industry profile and bringing about structural or policy changes that reflect that better appreciation.

As Chief Operating Officer CCH – Congress Center Hamburg, Heike Mahmoud is a member of the Executive Board of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. An MBA by training, she has been active in the convention and event business for more than 25 years. In 2015, the U.S. ‘Meetings & Conventions’ magazine counted her among the industry’s 25 most influential women. In May of this year Heike Mahmoud had won the internationally renowned Paul Flackett IMEX Academy Award.