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Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council
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Monday, 11th December, 2017

8:00 AM

Registration & Networking

9:00 AM

Our Vision – An Interactive Debate with the Founders

Since the creation of Dubai Association Centre (DAC) back in 2013, the vision was to add life to the bustling economy and community of the UAE and the wider region. In this lively discussion, you will hear directly from the DAC founders, their vision for associations now and for many years to come.

Speakers:
Director General
Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and Dubai World Trade Center
President & CEO
Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry
9:30 AM

The Impact of Associations

Associations have the potential to make great contributions to their country’s economy, competitiveness, and quality of life. Review how associations around the world are making important contributions to their respective societies. Learn about practices that distinguish the leading associations and provide benchmarks for other associations. Review research on successful practices in areas such as governance, membership value, engaging volunteers, partnering, knowledge management, and professional development.

 

This session will provide an overview and context to the Conference and the many areas that will be discussed during the two days.

Speakers:
President
ASAE Foundation
10:00 AM

The Future: Associations & Government Unite

Many of the discussions revolving around the future focus on government reforms and business disruptions. What do associations bring to the table? And how are they planning for a time where technology will be the native language? If collaboration is the way forward, can associations and governments work together towards this uncharted territory?

Speakers:
COO & Futurist-in-Chief
Dubai Future Foundation, UAE
10:30 AM

Water Cooler Networking Break

In our day and age, innovation is beyond sitting at a desk, it is that moment of revelation through experiences and research. Sometimes, great ideas and initiatives are formed as easily as making small-talk standing next to a water cooler. Use the networking break to meet like-minded peers and let the conversation flow!

11:00 AM

Unlocking Knowledge

Knowledge is power and meant to fuel individuals and communities leading to innovation, however communities and organizations are facing challenges in re-creating educational offerings in order to upgrade it for the next generation. Learn creatively how to unlock the energy of knowledge to upgrade your association’s offerings leading to a creative community.

11:40 AM

Why Super kids Matter and How are they Inspiring Institutions?

In an interactive session, two government entities with unique goals will join us and talk about super kids and how they matter to them and why embedding the upcoming generation in their long-term strategy is the only way forward. Joined by two unique children who are aiming for the stars this session includes a live discussion where the next generation is the center of discussion.

Speakers:
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General
Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)
Young Emarati Scientist
CEO
Biz Group
12:20 PM

Creating Engagement Through Purpose, Passion and a Picture of the Future

In today’s experience-driven world, engaging and motivating your membership is essential. Join us as we look at the power of simplicity and distill your organization’s purpose into a single concept that can be easily remembered and applied. Together we’ll explore how changing values are driving new member behaviours. Then we’ll look at passion and leverage our discoveries to help create your organization’s voice. Finally, we’ll develop a picture of the future that will draw members into galvanizing action.

 

After this session you’ll be able to:

–  Articulate the importance of connecting experiences to your organization’s values and purpose

– Apply a design thinking model creatively solve for your organization’s complex problems

– Summarize your findings in a clean and simple organizational strategic framework

Speakers:
Vice President
Experience Design at Maritz Global Events, USA
1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

2:30 PM

A Lasting Legacy: How Major Events can Drive Positive Change

Association-led events can be a significant catalyst for change, elevating the host’s global stature and turbocharging its economic, knowledge, and social development. This session will take a close look at the challenges of pursuing and hosting an association’s event, and offers practical and proven insights to help cities and countries capture and host a successful event that delivers a legacy of positive and lasting change.

Speakers:
FASAE, CAE, President & CEO
Talley Management Group, USA
Vice President
Legacy Impact and Development, Expo 2020 Dubai, UAE
CEO
International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Netherlands
3:40 PM

Future Zone Quick Fire Round

Delegates will receive a quick briefing on the feedback obtained from the Future Zone (Water Cooler Networking Area).

Speakers:
CEO
Biz Group
3:50 PM

Challenges and opportunities for associations to grow internationally

In today’s globalizing world, a significant part of the revenue of many international and regional associations comes from their overseas membership and customer base. Better serving their overseas members, providing value and building engagement abroad are becoming strategic priorities. Associations with global ambitions however, are often challenged in the way they operate when they transition into new markets.

 

Find out how leading associations have successfully customized their business model and established win-win partnerships to facilitate the implementation of their global expansion strategy and plans.

 

This session is powered by the Global Association Hubs Partnership (GAHP).

Speakers:
Deputy Secretary General
International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
President
International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Netherlands
7:00 PM

Networking Reception

7:30 PM

Gala Dinner – A Culinary Journey

Being part of the Spice Route, the UAE culture is known for folklore and fusion of elements from around the world. Enjoy this evening of Emirati food discovery and live entertainment

Tuesday, 12th December, 2017

9:00 AM

Opening Session

We will get the morning going with a summary of memorable points from the first day’s sessions – and an overview of the second day.

9:10 AM

Community Area Quick Fire Round

Delegates will receive a quick briefing on the feedback obtained from the Community Area (Water Cooler Networking Area).

Speakers:
CEO
Biz Group
9:20 AM

Building Your Career Path

Ideally, everyone would know their true calling early in life and find happiness in their work, but it often doesn’t work that way. Do you see your career as a set of stepping stones, not a linear path? You keep reading about all these new opportunities, but don’t understand them, and you are afraid of being left behind. Learn from the experts on how planning your career and achieving progressive learning through certification can be a game changer in your professional development.

Speakers:
President, CEO & Founder
The Learning Studio, Inc
President and CEO
The Management Association
CEO
Society for Laboratory Automation & Screening, USA
10:05 AM

Establishing Engagement and Value through Online Community

Extending your association’s outreach and engagement with members and the broader community of stakeholders is essential for associations’ value in today’s connected world. Learn the key components for a successful online community strategy and gain practical tips first hand from an international association, whose online community is critical to its global engagement.

Speakers:
Global Vice President
MCI Group
10:40 AM

Water Cooler Networking

In our day and age, innovation is beyond sitting at a desk, it is that moment of revelation through experiences and research. Sometimes, great ideas and initiatives are formed as easily as making small-talk standing next to a water cooler. Use the networking break to meet like-minded peers and let the conversation flow!

11:10 AM

Development Platform Quick Fire Round

Delegates will receive a quick briefing on the feedback obtained from the Future Zone (Water Cooler Networking Area).

Speakers:
CEO
Biz Group
11:20 AM

Tips for Successful Volunteer Engagement

Active volunteer leaders and committee members underpin the success of long-established, western associations. However, in the world of online engagement, there are no geographic boundaries, and instant access to knowledge is prevalent, how do associations still manage to engage and successfully work with active volunteer leaders?

 

This session will identify common factors for successful volunteer engagement and highlight tactics to overcome barriers. Learn how local associations or local components of global associations have been successful and what initiatives have worked in promoting volunteerism across the generations.

Speakers:
Executive Director
International Association for the Study of Pain, USA
12:30 PM

Closing Session: Resources for Associations from Around the World

Moving forward, how do associations follow up and obtain the resources that they need?  How can associations share their successes and discuss their challenges with other association executives?  What resources are available locally and globally that will assist associations to take advantage of past experience and leapfrog to success?  Drawn from leading organizations around the world, this session will focus on resources and opportunities available to associations as they move forward.

Speakers:
Chief Executive Officer
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
1:15 PM

Round Up and Take Aways

Summing up Dubai Association Conference 2017

1:30 PM

Networking Lunch