PCMA announces regional advisors

Association representing business events industry in Asia Pacific reveals new additions to its APAC advisory board

PCMA Asia Pacific has today revealed the line-up for its 2022-2023 Regional Advisory Board with new names joining as five industry leaders step down after serving their terms for the organisation – formerly known as the Professional Convention Management Association.

The 16 advisory board members represent diverse markets and audience segments of the business events industry within Asia Pacific, PCMA said. They provide regional and local market insights and guidance to the association, which in turn encourages collaboration between members.

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“PCMA is committed to listening to the needs of our community including meeting and event organisers, event marketing professionals, business leaders etcetera,” said Florence Chua, PCMA’s managing director for Asia Pacific.

“The Regional Advisory Board embodies the community we serve, they are our ambassadors, providing closer in-market connections to our members and community. We are grateful for their generous leadership and contribution to better our industry, our profession.”

Beginning a two-year term (2023-2025) are…

  • Beatrice Remy, Founder & Managing Director, LORE
  • Ben Taylor, CEO, APAC, George P Johnson & Project Worldwide 
  • Genevieve Lim, Director, MICE Management, Marina Bay Sands
  • Karine Koh, Managing Director, Asia & Oceania, ARHT
  • Melissa Holdsworth, Chief Operating Officer, AusIMM
  • Paula Rowntree, Head of Events, Australian Psychological Society
  • Robyn Joseph, Chief Operating Officer, Great Entertainment Group

Serving the second year of their two-year term are…

  • Darren Chuckry, Founder & Managing Partner, HK Initiative 
  • Deanna Varga, CEO & Founder, Mayvin Global
  • Deborah Caldwell, Senior Vice President, Regional Lead, APAC, Global Events, Bank of America 
  • Edward Koh, Executive Director, Conventions, Meetings & Incentive Travel, Singapore Tourism Board
  • Jean Chua, Head, Branding & Communications, NTT DATA 
  • Shogo Kaneda, Business Events Strategist, SK Business Events
  • Teagan Seccombe, Head of Events, Australia, Harcourts International
  • Veemal Gungadin, CEO, Gevme

Stepping down…

  • Karen Bolinger, Founder & Chief Disruptor, Karen Bolinger Consulting
  • Oscar Cerezales, Chief Strategy Officer, MCI Group
  • Weemin Ong, Vice President of Conventions & Exhibitions, Marina Bay Sands
  • Ramesh Daryanani, VP Global Sales, APAC, Marriott International
  • Simon Lin, Vice President & Executive Director, APAC, HIMSS

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