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New event promises to be ‘made by associations for associations’

A new event for association executives has been added to the calendar – and it’s taking place in Switzerland.

The Geneva International Association Forum (GIAF) is being held June 22-23, with the aim of bringing together people working in the not-for-profit sector to ‘tackle common challenges’.

A venue has yet to be announced.

The event is being organised by association workshop providers ASSOCIATIONWORLD in collaboration with the Geneva Convention Bureau and congress organiser Congrex Switzerland.

Gathering representatives of international and european associations, Federations, societies, NGOs and universities, the GIAF aims at establishing a platform for knowledge sharing.

Kai Troll

Kai Troll, president of Brussels-based ASSOCIATIONWORLD, said: “The GIAF’s primary mission is to bring together associations to share knowledge, best practices and design joint initiatives to tackle common challenges, to help achieve better results and greater impact. Besides interactive workshops, conferences, roundtables and knowledge-sharing tracks, the GIAF will provide a new kind of community exchange platform in Geneva, made by association, for associations”.

Last year ASSOCIATIONWORLD launched its first workshops in Geneva and GIAF extends the company’s foothold in the city.

Didier Allaz, Geneva Convention Bureau’s Director, added: “Geneva is an institutional and scientific hub like no other in the world, and a central location for international diplomacy, scientific research and innovation and professional expertise gathering. The city’s unique ecosystem of public, private, non-profit and academic players provides a fertile ground for fostering an impactful dialogue and expertise sharing. Building more of a community amongst our Geneva-based international and European associations and non-profit organizations is the essence of the Geneva Convention Bureau’s mission. Hosting the GIAF with other international stakeholders and local partners in Geneva will only reinforce that critical position our city holds on the global scene.”