Vice President of Programming, Expo 2020 Dubai, UAE
As Vice President of Strategy and Business Integration (Programming), Shaun leads the curation of Expo 2020 Dubai’s business events offering, which aims to entice delegations through innovative programming and networking concepts.
As well as overseeing the rollout of the 45,000 sqm Dubai Exhibition Centre – including its operations, sales and marketing – Shaun is looking after the strategy and planning to create exceptional programming content across Expo 2020. This will contribute to a meaningful, engaging and fun experience for all visitors.
After joining Expo in 2015, Shaun developed the Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant Programme – an initiative which offers funding and support to innovators worldwide as they develop novel solutions to social and environmental challenges.
He previously served as a special advisor in the South African ministries of environmental affairs and tourism, bolstering the country’s sustainability efforts by contributing to the National Climate Change Mitigation Policy and participating in negotiations across United Nations and intergovernmental bodies.
Shaun holds a doctorate and cum laude Master’s and MBA degrees from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. In 2013, he was a finalist for the Global MBA Student of the Year award, which involves 200 leading business schools globally, and he continues to serve as Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.
Shaun is a published author on strategic planning, tourism and aviation, sustainability and the low-carbon economy.
Despite having a significant impact on Dubai and the UAE’s economy, Expo 2020 Dubai is envisioning a long-term future impact to act as the catalyst throughout Dubai’s multi-decade development journey. As Vice President of Programming at Expo 2020 Dubai, Shaun will shed light on how a mega-event should be about a ‘milestone’ mindset, instead of an ‘end goal’ mindset and as backbone of mega- events worldwide, how can associations learn from and even collaborate with Expo 2020 Dubai to deliver events with a long- lasting impact?