Senthil Gopinath

CEO, ICCA, The Netherlands

Senthil has over 20 years’ experience in the meetings, association and leisure industry. He has held a wide spectrum of positions in the meetings industry, such as CEO of the Convention Bureau of Sri Lanka and Vice President of Kuoni. He moved to Dubai in 2006 and started working for Congress Solutions International, the Professional Congress Organiser (PCO) arm of Emirates Group, eventually assuming responsibility for wide-ranging business development, sales and operations functions for some of the largest international meetings held in the U.A.E., including the World Diabetes Congress, UITP, and World Economic Forum. He has been involved in winning many Congress bids for Dubai, the U.A.E., and the Middle East region.

Academically, he holds a European Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration and is currently studying for his PhD. Senthil has been working in the global association meetings industry for more than two decades and has in-depth knowledge of global association market development. He was the Regional Director Middle East of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) for three years, before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of ICCA, which is headquartered in the Netherlands, in 2019.

Senthil was named Global Business Events Strategist of the Year by PCMA in 2019.


Monday, 9th December, 2019

15:45  -  16:35
LEARNING LABS – Session 3: Leadership and Governance

Session 3: Leadership and Governance
(Panel Discussion x 3 Panellists)

Panelists will be discussing topics pertaining to the capacity of organisations to develop human resources policies enabling them to support innovation and transformation:

  • How can we build capacity within the association structure to become more agile?
  • How can emotional intelligence in leadership support employee health and happiness to create a thriving work environment?
  • How can building a stronger organisational culture help associations increase their mission delivery and drive impact?


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Tuesday, 10th December, 2019

10:05  -  10:55
PLENARY: The Art of Collaboration

Pillar 4: The Art of Collaboration

To tackle global issues, associations must put partnership at the core of their strategy for resilience and growth – it should not be viewed as a means to an end, but as an end itself. This session featuring high-level experts on partnership building will focus on a) how the full potential of shared value in helping solve global issues can truly be unlocked through collaborating across sectors and crossing unconventional boundaries; and b) how, through a culture of distributed leadership and multi-disciplinary approaches, internal collaboration can challenge teams to move mountains.


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