PCMA Asia Pacific Announces 2022 Regional Advisory Board, Establishes Dates and Location for Redesigned Convening Asia Pacific


Singapore, 12 April 2022 – PCMA Asia Pacific (APAC) Managing Director Florence Chua today announced the 2022 Regional Advisory Board comprised of 15 members who will act as regional-local ambassadors to amplify the voice and presence of PCMA within the APAC region. Their leadership and representation of diverse audiences will be integral as PCMA APAC tunes up engagement in the region and, prepares to launch its fully re-designed Convening APAC – an omnichannel experience set for July–September 2022.

The following individuals will serve a two-year term:

Deborah Caldwell, Senior Vice President, Regional Lead APAC Global Events, Bank of America

Jean Chua, Head, Branding & Communications, NTT DATA

Simon Lin, Vice President & Executive Director, APAC, HIMSS

Teagan Seccombe, Head of Events, Australia, Harcourts International

Deanna Varga, CEO & Founder, Mayvin Global

The following individuals’ terms have been renewed for 2022:

Karen Bolinger, Founder & Chief Disruptor, Karen Bolinger Consulting

Oscar Cerezales, Chief Strategy Officer, MCI Group

Darren Chuckry, Founder & Managing Partner, HK Initiative

Ramesh Daryanani, Vice President, Global Sales, APAC, Marriot International

Shogo Kaneda, Business Events Strategist, SK Business Events

Edward Koh, Executive Director, Conventions, Meetings & Incentive Travel, Singapore Tourism Board

Weemin Ong, Vice President, Conventions & Exhibitions, Marina Bay Sands, Pte, Ltd.

Global Board liaisons:

Paula Rowntree, Head of Events, Australian Psychological Society

Veemal Gungadin, CEO, GEVME

Staff Board liaison:

Florence Chua, PCMA Managing Director, APAC

Convening APAC 2022 will deliver a virtual everywhere experience July-September and two in-person experiences, one in Australia slated for August, and another in Singapore from 7-9 September at Marina Bay Sands. Themed, Your Community. Your Purpose, the engage-as-you-like experience offers live and on-demand, in-person and virtual activations for the community to remain connected for conversations, collaboration and practical learning throughout.

“The business events industry is poised for recovery in the region with varying phases of re-opening. There is a pressing need for the community to collaborate more to navigate the continued uncertainties ahead and, overcome the talent crunch faced in all markets,” said Florence Chua, Managing Director, PCMA APAC. “Continuing education needs to be balanced with the workload of increased business to ensure our talents are recharged and up to speed with latest developments.”

The developing schedule is available at https://www.pcma.org/apac/convening-asia-pacific/. Registration is expected to open in late May.

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