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Event Finale: Reflection and Recognition

We will take a moment to contemplate the outcome and contributions made during DAC’24 and also celebrate the winners of both Award categories.  But hold on, there’s more to come!


28 February 2024


1:15 pm - 1:30 pm




  • Hassan Al Hashemi
    Hassan Al Hashemi
    Vice President International Relations
    Dubai Chambers

    Hassan Al Hashemi is Vice President of International Relations at Dubai Chambers, the emirate’s engine of economic advancement and growth that drives business impact for its members while cementing Dubai’s reputation as a global business and trade hub. Al Hashemi is a recognized representative of Dubai Chambers in international settings. He leads engagements with public and private sectors as well as bilateral strategic dialogues to boost international partnerships and trade relations, drive high-level business networking programmes, and maximize the impact of inbound and outbound delegations and missions. Under Al Hashemi’s leadership, Dubai Chambers has expanded its global reach through the establishment of 15 international representation offices across Africa, Latin America, CIS, Asia (India and China), and the Middle East. He also played a leading role in establishing and developing the Dubai Association Centre, the first centre of its kind in the region that aims to attract non-profit international business and professional bodies to Dubai. Hassan Al Hashemi holds a BA degree in Management and Marketing from the University of Dubai. He is a graduate of the “Mohammed Bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development”. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the World Chambers Federation MENA region, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce – UAE Chapter (ICC-UAE) and serves on a number of boards of local and international business organizations.

  • Mike van der Vijver
    Mike van der Vijver
    Conference Facilitator

    Mike van der Vijver is a Meeting Designer, Moderator and Facilitator, as well as an Advisor, Trainer and Coach in Intercultural Management. Since 2003, he has operated as a free-lance designer of international meetings for a wide variety of international clients through MindMeeting, the company he co-founded with Eric de Groot. MindMeeting specialises in the design of effective meeting programmes for international organisations. He provides advice on programmes and formats, and designs sessions and full conference programmes. In connection with his design works, Mike presents, moderates and facilitates on average about 40-45 meetings a year. He is also a regular speaker at international gatherings on topics such as meeting effectiveness, innovative meeting formats, and especially Meeting Design. In addition to his work on meetings, he advises on intercultural management, ensuring the effectiveness of organisations and individuals in the international business environment. Mike is a native of the Netherlands; he also works from a second home base in Taiwan. Mike is the co-author of Into the Heart of Meetings, the first book on Meeting Design, published in January 2013. He has also published a variety of articles and book chapters on intercultural management. Late 202, Eric and Mike’s second book saw the light: Meetings by Default or by Design.

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