Associations World Congress

7 – 11 December 2020 Online Congress

Benefits for Association Leaders

Join the high-level Association Leaders' Forum for strategic content and discussion:

Learn about and gain insights on:

  • The financial and operational intricacies required to create a transparent event proposal along with a robust and successful strategy to deliver an effective bid for a major event
  • Creating an informed and unified approach nationally, regionally and globally by connecting campaigns, systems and structures to take your association event to the next level
  • Sustainability responsibilities of associations, suppliers and destinations and develop strategic goals so you can create a greater long-term impact for your events

Discuss the themes and topics in extended discussion periods with your high-level peers.

For Association Leaders responsible for events strategy, alternatively participate some or all of the Association Events Strategy Forum on Thursday & Friday.

  • Establish where your organisation is on a scale of how well you understand your members and leveraging data assets for successful engagement and personalisation 
  • Gain the tools necessary to plan and implement your event project plan in alignment with your deliverable budget
  • Understand the impact of looking at events as part of a portfolio of activities aimed at delivering long-term value for the association and its members
  • Gain new event sustainability insights and best practices and learn how sustainable development goals provide a path for greater impact and collaboration. 

A selection of Association Leaders already registered from:


What Association Leaders say about the event

  • Interesting topics, great discussions and fabulous people - A must-attend event!
    Gerald Dick, Executive Director, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • Spending time away from the day-to-day, and surrounded by fellow association professionals whose very distance from my industry affords them an uncluttered perspective on my problems, was a hugely refreshing and challenging experience.  The intellectual equivalent of a full-body massage plus enema. Well worth doing, but probably not more than once a year!
    Chris Pateman, General Secretary, Engineered Panels in Construction
  • This is my first associations conference, I was overwhelmed with what a fabulous event it was - a really diverse and valuable selection in sessions to attend, great entertainment and a wonderful way to meet new association people.
    Elizabeth Brown, Trustee and Director, Independent Schools Association
  • A very valuable opportunity to update ourselves on the latest developments within the associations world, as well as being excellent for networking.
    Helen Gregson, Chief Executive Officer, European Society of Endocrinology
  • Useful content, great networking, smooth and efficient organisation and an enthusiastic buzz throughout the event. Looking forward to next year.
    Steven Price, Executive Director, European Institute for Industrial Leadership
  • An important annual event for me as it allows me to step back and open my horizon to new ways and new people.
    Florian Locatelli, Chief Executive Officer, European Society of Regional Anaesthesia & Pain Therapy
  • The event to attend, if you aim to make your association a better place for your members and partners.
    Jean-Luc Eiselé, Chief Executive Officer, World Heart Federation
  • Listening to leaders of other medical associations how they overcome the same challenges helps to guide my association into the future.
    Jayr Bass, Executive Director, AOSpine International
  • It's such a unique opportunity to be among people facing the same issues as you do and really be able to talk them through, bounce ideas around and listen to solutions
    Liz Derow, Executive Director, European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS)
  • The value of meeting people working in the same fields and networking with them is outstanding.
    Monica Fontana, Executive Manager, European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Association ( ERA-EDTA)
  • The medical meeting was a great place for direct and relevant peer-to-peer exchange
    Birgit Berger, Chief Executive Officer, European CanCer Organisation (ECCO)
  • The small group setting allows for real interaction – enabling everybody to take part in a frank and supportive discussion, and to share what has worked for them. Highly recommended!
    Liz Derow, Executive Director, European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS)
  • The Leaders' Forum creates invaluable time to reflect and share - the two most important tenets for effective association leadership.
    Neil Roskilly, Chief Executive Officer, Independent Schools Association (ISA)
  • An excellent opportunity to stay on top of up-to-date and relevant issues for association leaders
    Judy Gould , Director, European Institute of Peace (EIP)
  • The Leadership Forum was a great starter to the Congress that introduced me to many inspiring people and teased my brain for what followed.
    Sascha Düerkop, General Secretary, The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA)
  • The presentations were very educational and useful for association leaders.
    Italo Goyzueta, Deputy Director, International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)
  • A good meeting with interesting presentations by associations CEOs and fruitful discussions with people around the table in the Q and A sessions.
    Zeev Noga, Deputy Executive Director, World Veterinary Association (WVA)
  • An excellent way to meet and learn from forward-looking association leaders, and future-proof your association.
    Greg Tracz, Chief Development Officer, International Hydropower Association (IHA)
  • The Association Leader's Forum is a must-go-to event with world-class speakers, stimulating topics for discussion, and lots of lively debate.
    Anthony Wilkinson, COO, Research Quality Association (RQA)
  • Useful, well structured, inspirational and informational event for different association's professionals.
    Bostjan Skalar, CEO, World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA)
  • The Association Leaders Forum enhances the opportunity to rethink strategic issues in our associations
    Maria Madi, Director, World Economics Association (WEA)
  • Attending the Leaders Forum is akin to collecting seeds on an Autumn day. Each idea you pick up is ripe with potential but it's only when you nurture the seed that its potential is realised. You need to store it carefully for a period of time, and then when the soil is ready, plant it so that it can germinate, take root and grow. In the Forum there are many seeds from different parts of the world. It only takes one to flourish in your garden for it to be an enriching experience.
    Kevan Jones, Executive Director, Southern African Communications Industries Association (SACIA)
  • I would recommend the Leaders' Forum especially to those who recently entered the association managing director role.
    Nico Van Belzen, Director General, International Dairy Federation (IDF)
  • Very useful intelligence on board management based on real experience. Honesty and frankness and rich hands-on experience of speakers was appreciated. Enjoyed mix of macro global topics and hands-off daily management Good format which balanced interaction with presentations. Appreciated limited numbers and profile of participants.
    Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General, The European Federation of Public, Cooperative & Social Housing
  • I really enjoyed this expert briefing regarding membership challenges and possible solutions, it was good to hear other people's experiences in this field which I find still very complex.
    Monica Fontana, Executive Manager, European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Association ( ERA-EDTA)
  • Very much appreciated the mixture of levels of leadership - some younger people and some older more experienced.
    Jill Van der Aa-Shand, Former Secretary General, European Association for Body-Psychotherapy (EPBP)
  • Very well run conference, very smooth, no issues at all.
    Nik Claesen, Managing Director, European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA)