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Webinar: Pivoting to Virtual Events. Lessons Drawn from Experience

August 12, 2020 @ 10:30 am12:00 pm SMT


This session is live Wednesday, August 12th at 10:30am SMT (Singapore 10:30) / Tuesday, August 11th at 9:30pm CT (Chicago 09:30) 

With physical conferences and exhibitions not being possible, many organisers have taken the step to transition to a digital platform to hold their events. During this panel discussion, join us as we delve deeper into digital events run by leading event organisers from different sectors – namely the Art Basel Online Viewing Room, Startup Impact Summit, 121 Mining Investment Online and Saladplate.com

We will discuss their successes, failures, and challenges as they look back on their experience pivoting to a virtual event. Pressing forward towards the future, find out what they will do differently the next time, new opportunities they are exploring, and take away insights on what role they see digital events playing out in a post-COVID world.

Co-hosted with:

Moderator: Stuart Bailey
Chairman of Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (HKECIA)

Moderator: Darren Chuckry 
Regional VP, PCMA APAC Regional Advisory Board,
Chair of The Marketing Society, Hong Kong

Panelist: Andrew Strachan
General Manager, Art Basel Hong Kong

Andrew Strachan is the General Manager for Art Basel’s show in Hong Kong and a member of Art Basel’s global leadership team. Andrew played a pivotal role in the art fair’s launch and subsequent success in Hong Kong. Having started out in the events industry in France, Strachan subsequently spent 5 years in the exhibition industry in the UK as Group Show Director at Brand Events. Strachan followed this by stints in Asia, the US and Europe organizing a diverse range of events, including BBC’s Top Gear Live shows and a 10,000km ultra-running expedition along the ancient Silk Road.

Panelist: Dave Chan
VP of Digital Business & Advanced Analytics, Informa Markets Asia

Dave Chan is Vice President of Digital Business & Advanced Analytics at Informa Markets for Asia. In the past 10 years with UBM then Informa, Dave has managed global projects ranging from data analytics to strategic partnership with Alibaba B2B platforms. Most recently Dave has led the creation of Saladplate.com, an online marketplace designed for Food & Hospitality specialists.

Panelist: Leo Stemp
Co-Founding Partner of 121 Group

Leo Stemp is one of the Founding Partners of 121 Group and has worked in the B2B events sector for the past 15 years. Launched in early 2014, 121 Group runs a global series of natural resources investment-focused events, drawing on a sector-leading network of professional investors spanning Europe, North America, South Africa and Asia-Pacific. Complementing the events, 121 Group runs an investor relations business and publishing arm. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis all events, services and publications are now successfully delivered online.

Panelist: Karena Belin
CEO of WHub

Karena Belin, CEO of WHub and COO/CFO/RO of AngelHub, is passionate about helping startups succeed. She successfully co-founded WHub and AngelHub with her partner and associate Karen Contet Farzam. Together they are on a mission to empower startups to drive wealth and economic growth.

WHub is the organizer of Startup Impact Summit, one of the core events of Startmeup HK Festival. In July 2020, the Summit went virtual for the first time and was attended by 20,000+ delegates, 200+ exhibitors and 200+ speakers in two days.


August 12, 2020
10:30 am– 12:00 pm
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