(Pictured above L-R: ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath and Kai Troll, president of ASSOCIATIONWORLD and spokesperson of GIAF)
The Geneva International Association Forum was launched by the ASSOCIATIONWORLD Foundation in collaboration with the Geneva Convention Bureau and Congrex Switzerland earlier this year, now taking place on Sept. 17-18 at the InterContinental Geneva as a live and hybrid event.
The much-anticipated two-day event will bring together representatives of international and European associations, non-profit organizations, federations, professional societies and NGOs from, and in the surroundings of Geneva. Its primary goal is to establish an annual international leading platform for knowledge sharing in one of the world’s flagship host destinations for associations.
“ICCA as the global community and knowledge hub for the meeting industry association has partnered with GIAF with the objective of offering another knowledge platform for ICCA members and the association community,” says ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath. “Sharing knowledge, collaboration and being creative has become more relevant than ever. I am sure GIAF will showcase and demonstrate how the association community can advocate its new and sustainable future.”
“Collaborative partnerships are more important than ever before,” says Kai Troll, president of ASSOCIATIONWORLD and spokesperson of GIAF. “With the launch of GIAF, we are looking at collaborations and partnerships that make sense and that support the mission of GIAF. With ICCA being a leader in the international meetings industry for associations, it makes natural sense to collaborate and we are delighted that ICCA helps deliver sessions related to the events innovation and sustainability pillar at GIAF. Besides the focus on education to associations, ICCA and GIAF combine a number of commonalities. We are delighted that ICCA is part of the launch of the first edition of GIAF and we are looking forward to expand our partnership in the future.”
The partnership also involves joint promotion and communications related to GIAF and upcoming ICCA initiatives.
ICCA is the global association leader for the international meetings industry and specializes in the international association meetings sector, offering unrivaled data, education, communication channels, and business development and networking opportunities. Since its establishment in 1963, ICCA represents the world’s top destinations and most experienced suppliers specialized in handling, transporting and accommodating international meetings and events, and comprises of more than 1,100 member companies and organizations in almost 100 countries and territories worldwide. As of 2020 ICCA encompasses all major stakeholders in the world of association meetings, by opening its doors to associations with the launch of the “ICCA Association Community,” offering education, connections, tools and resources to associations to organize more effective meetings. For more info, visit iccaworld.org
Gathering representatives of international and European associations, non-profits, federations, societies, NGOs and universities, the Geneva International Association Forum aims at establishing an annual international leading platform and knowledge sharing event in one of the world’s host destination to professional association and non-profit organizations. GIAF’s primary mission is to bring together the Geneva-based and international/European associations and non-profit organizations to share knowledge, best practices and design joint initiatives to tackle common challenges. For more info, visit giaforum.com