Lisa Hopkins has been named the new chief executive of Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), the association whose 460-plus members represent New Zealand’s conference and business events industry. Hopkins has most recently served as vice president and managing director, APAC, for global event management company BCD Meetings and Events, based in Singapore, where she has worked for the past eight years. She is a member of PCMA’s Asia Pacific Advisory Board.
Hopkins has also held senior leadership roles with cievents and Carlson Marketing in Singapore and New Zealand. In addition, she was director of the APEC Task Force for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade when New Zealand hosted the 1999 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum.
“Her broad, international experience working with clients and dealing with global industry topics will be invaluable for our members and stakeholders as New Zealand moves to a new level of competition on the world stage,” CINZ Board Chair Tony Gardner said in a press release.
Hopkins, who will be based in Auckland and assume her new role Feb. 3, said that she is “thrilled to have the opportunity to play a leadership role in an industry I am deeply passionate about, with a team who I know are committed to its growth and development …. Our industry encourages people to collaborate and make impactful decisions, exchange information which can save a life and share experiences that open the mind to a whole new world. I can’t wait to apply this to CINZ as we continue to make the business of business events, stronger, sustainable and always relevant.”