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Inspiring keynotes and new format for Africa Associations Congress

Delegates to this year’s Africa Associations Congress (AAC) will be given insider tips on how to deliver a successful international conference from one of the best in the business.

Luc Bodea, director of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA),and the coordinator of the Society for AIDS in Africa, is one of two keynote speakers.

Secretary general of the African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE), Bodea oversees the organisation of ICASA, a biennial event that attracts up to 11,000 international delegates.

Luc Bodea

As part of his speech, he will present a case study called: “Delivering a successful international conference – the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA)”.

Professor Solomon Tshimong Rataemane, secretary general of the World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, is giving the second keynote on how to mobilise local support for a congress.

The congress is being held at the CSIR International Conference Center, in Pretoria, 18 – 20 August.

Last year more than 140 delegates from African associations, as well as international delegates from Europe and USA, attended the first ever Africa Associations Congress in the same city.

Damian Hutt, executive director of organisers the AAE, said: “We were very pleased with the outcome of the inaugural Africa Associations Congress. This year, we’ve enhanced the programme to stimulate learning and cultivate more networking and introduced free Masterclasses on the last day.”

This year a new format is promised, including ‘talks’, ‘crash-courses’ and ‘focus sessions’ to create an environment that stimulates communication and learning.  Traditional streams have been replaced by seven segments with parallel sessions: Firm Foundations; Accountability, Ethics & Integrity; Reaching Out; Working Well; Innovation & Imagination; Coping with Challenges; and the Future in Focus.

The event will incorporate the 2nd Africa Association Awards. The awards are free to enter and shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend the awards gala dinner.