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Matthias Schultze wins Power and Profile award

Matthias Schultze, managing director of the German Convention Bureau, has won this year’s JMIC Profile and Power Award – one of the meetings industry’s most coveted honours.

The award given by the Joint Meetings Industry Council, ahead of the IBTM World trade show in Barcelona, recognises individuals who have had a significant impact on the world of meetings

The award was made in recognition of his ‘leadership role as a generator and distributor of effective, co-operatively generated research on the future of our industry including measurements that will effectively document and demonstrate industry accomplishments over a wide range of areas’.

“We all know Matthias as a special leader who has strengthened the structure and role of the GCB to promote Germany as a leading sustainable global destination that is serving as a model for others,” said JMIC president Kai Hattendorf. “In the course of doing this he has also spearheaded and shared important industry research – backing up the important role the business events industry has when it comes to developing communities around destinations, and our industry’s wider role as such.”

He added: “His additional role as co-founder and co-chair of the strategic alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe will provide a platform to make this work even more effective, as will his active presence in a number of industry organizations and advisory boards in higher education”.

The JMIC Power and Profile Award winner is selected each year based on criteria which evaluate the efforts of an individual in raising awareness of the industry and effecting beneficial policy change.

Last year’s winner was the British academic Rob Davidson.

JMIC represents the combined interests of 15 international meetings industry associations.