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ICC Sydney and EEAA Partner for Global Exchange 2018

International Convention Centre Sydney is committed to delivering positive impacts for its community. Its partnership with the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia to present the second annual 2018 Global Exchange Oration demonstrates its commitment to supporting local industry knowledge exchange.

Fueling the evening with engaging insights and discussion, CEO of the Association of Event Organizers Ltd. and UFI board member Chris Skeith will deliver his address and participate in a panel at ICC Sydney on Oct. 3. Skeith will share insights on global industry topics including the increasing presence of private equity ownership, the challenges of representing the sector to different stakeholders and thoughts on the future of the industry.

Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, says he’s pleased to welcome Skeith to Sydney and provide a platform for discussion and industry collaboration. “We operate in an industry that’s unafraid of disruption,” explains Donaghy. “The business events industry is dynamic and nimble by nature but we should never be complacent. We welcome the opportunity to partner with the EEAA to host international experts for debate and discussion, investing in the future success of ICC Sydney and the important contribution of business events for Sydney and New South Wales.”

The EEAA 2018 Global Exchange is a key part of the EEAA’s global partnerships strategy, providing the industry with a unique opportunity to hear from globally recognized leaders and build its international relationships.

EEAA Chief Executive Joyce DiMascio says the inaugural Global Exchange Oration in 2017, by the CEO of The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) CEO Kai Hattendorf, had been such a success, the association will continue to hold the event annually. “This event is focused on helping us to leverage the full benefits of our global engagement,” says DiMascio. “The real opportunities for the Australasian business event industry will come from ‘looking outwards’ – engaging with our international colleagues and building stronger connections with our global community,” adding that “Our job as an industry association is to put our members in a position to develop their international connections and learn from global best-practice. The Global Exchange event gives us the opportunity to do just that.”

Skeith is widely respected across Europe and previously headed ESSA, the Event Supplier and Services Association, and Business Visits and Event Partners.

ICC Sydney is Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment destination. The showcase international venue underpins Sydney’s place as one of the world’s most desirable meeting and major events destinations. ICC Sydney is the epicentre of a 20-hectare transformation of Darling Harbour by the NSW Government to highlight Sydney as the first choice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region for the major events industry. ICC Sydney is being delivered by Darling Harbour Live, comprising Lendlease, Hostplus, First State Super, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless FM in partnership with the NSW Government. ICC Sydney is operated by globally acclaimed venue manager AEG Ogden. For more info, visit

AEG Ogden is part of AEG Facilities of the U.S., a division of AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. AEG Ogden manages venues throughout the Asia Pacific and Middle East, including convention and exhibition centres in Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur, Oman, and the ICC Sydney; Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane; and arenas including the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and adjacent Sports Centre, Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, the Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Perth Arena, and Dubai Arena (opening April 2019). AEG Ogden is also the owner of National Basketball League (NBL) team, the Sydney Kings. For more info, visit In addition, AEG Facilities operates the Los Angeles Convention Center, Hawaii Convention Center, and Puerto Rico Convention Center. For more info, visit

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