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11 May 2021

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Join the 5th edition of GIAFvirtual , the Geneva International Association Forum online session on Tuesday, 11 May @15h – 16.15h CET when the topic is: 

,Unlocking the potential of Partnerships and Alliances - and how they can help delivering on your mission'.

Collaborations and partnerships have never been as important to help delivering the missions of international and European associations.

Our panelists sharing their insights and strategies are:

Colm Clarke, Partner Exempla Consulting

David BridgemanSWIFT & Sibos | Head of Event Operations & Logistics

Judy Stenmark, Director General, The Global Self-Care Federation

Tommy Goodwin, Moderator 

We are looking forward to welcoming you very soon.

Be safe and stay well !

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Start: 11 May 2021
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SWIFT & Sibos | Head of Event Operations & Logistics

    David Bridgeman is Head of Event Operations & Logistics for SWIFT & Sibos, managing a global team that delivers a portfolio of events for the financial industry. 

    David started his career on the event agency side, which enabled him to develop a wealth of knowledge of the events industry and a strong network of events contacts. His early experience of Sibos started in 2006 when he was an external consultant to SWIFT, bringing skills and experience in live event production, relationship management, supplier management and business management within the financial industry. David joined SWIFT full time in 2012 and his role has since grown to cover relationship management, event management, key client management, sales team management, budget management, strategic communications, RFP management, and project management.

    Working closely with the Head of Sibos, David is the lead contact for the selected Sibos host city. His role ensures clear communication and a seamless transition in bridging relations between SWIFT, the host city, the host venue and a wide range of Sibos suppliers.       

    Prior to joining SWIFT, David held a key account management role for a leading event management organisation with responsibilities for key accounts such as Microsoft, Cisco, Gartner, and GSK. He holds a qualification in Sports and Leisure Management. David is Irish.

    About SWIFT

    SWIFT is a global member-owned cooperative and the world’s leading provider of secure financial messaging services.Our messaging platform, products and services connect more than 11,000 banking and securities organisations, market infrastructures and corporate customers in more than 200 countries and territories, enabling them to communicate securely and exchange standardised financial messages in a reliable way. Headquartered in Belgium, SWIFT’s international governance and oversight reinforces the neutral, global character of its cooperative structure. SWIFT’s global office network ensures an active presence in all the major financial centres.

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Director General, The Global Self-Care Federation


Partner, Association Management Consultancy at Exempla Management & Consulting

    Colm has 20 years’ experience in management services, business events and association management, including leading staff teams and facilitating strategy development for volunteer leadership groups. 

    Driving change whilst building consensus is central to his work, which usually involves developing vision into organisational structures, educational content, and communications.

    Curious, and at ease with complexity, Colm combines creative spark with analytical rigour. Always seeking elegant solutions which like the best guitar riffs, appear deceptively simple until we try to replicate them.

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    Thomas F. (Tommy) Goodwin is the Vice President of Government Affairs for the Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA), a newly-formed association dedicated to the recovery and advancement of the business events industry. 

    In this role, he leads ECA’s advocacy on behalf the interconnected ecosystem of exhibitors, show and event organizers, suppliers, venues, and destinations that comprise the $396 billion business events landscape.

    Prior to joining ECA, he spent more than 20 years leading a wide range of government relations, public affairs, and issue advocacy efforts for several globally-recognized associations and corporations, including Oracle Corp., AARP, and the Project Management Institute (PMI). Additionally, he was a research fellow at Harvard Business School focused on the international political and legal environment in which business operates.

    Recognized by The Hill in its 2020 list of association “Top Lobbyists,” he has a B.B.A. from The George Washington University, an M.B.A. from Auburn University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in European Union Law from King’s College London. He also holds a Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and a Project Management Professional certification from PMI. 

    He currently serves on ASAE’s International Associations Advisory Council and the European Society of Association Executives’ Advocacy Committee.

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Barcelona Convention Bureau

  • Barcelona Convention Bureau

    Explore Barcelona Convention Bureau

    Barcelona Convention Bureau (BCB) is a specialized Turisme de Barcelona programme aimed at promoting the city as a venue for conferences, conventions and incentive travel, as well as offering free and neutral advisory services for professionals interested in organizing a meeting in Barcelona.

    Founded in 1983, BCB was a pioneer in this field in Spain. All these years of work have given us in-depth knowledge of the city, creating close working relationships with companies in the meetings industry.

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Geneva Convention Bureau


Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau

  • Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau

    SECB is a group of the STB that champions the business events industry in Singapore. As the lead government agency for this industry, SECB aims to establish Singapore as a dynamic business events destination where an ecosystem of ideas, people, and technology draws on vibrant knowledge and an extensive network.

    SECB values industry partnerships and collaborates with business event organisers, associations and MICE industry stakeholders to identify key opportunities to grow, attract and create business events. SECB also assists business event organisers, corporations and associations by providing comprehensive information on Singapore’s MICE facilities, incentive venues and industry partners.

    To stay relevant and competitive in a rapidly changing global operating environment while meeting rising expectations, SECB’s efforts will continue to be focused on quality tourism by understanding consumer needs and strengthening industry capabilities so as to reinforce Singapore’s value proposition as an award-winning MICE destination in the region. Constant innovation is necessary to provide personalised and enriching experiences that meet the evolving needs of our visitors.

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InterContinental Geneva

  • InterContinental Geneva


    Ideally located on an oasis of calm in the diplomatic district, InterContinental Genève offers elegantly designed rooms and suites with breathtaking views on the Geneva lake and the Mont Blanc. Clever combinations of seasonal and local products await you at Woods restaurant. Sip retro cocktails at Bar Les Nations and experience the ultimate relaxation at our SpabyClarins. From June 28 to September enjoy our heated outdoor pool surrounded by a lush garden, a restaurant, and bar.

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Congrex Switzerland

  • Congrex Switzerland

    As a Professional Conference Organiser (PCO), Congrex Switzerland organises and manages conferences and events all over the world. Services provided are modular and scalable for events of all sizes. Creating flexible and integrated solutions to handle strategic and logistical challenges for associations, companies and government agencies. 

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