PCMA APAC announces regional advisory board, details for Convening APAC

2022 Regional Advisory Board

PCMA Asia Pacific (APAC) has revealed its 2022 Regional Advisory Board, as the association prepares to launch its redesigned Convening APAC event for July to September 2022.

These 15 members will act as regional-local ambassadors to amplify the voice and presence of PCMA within Asia-Pacific.

2022 Regional Advisory Board

The following individuals will serve a two-year term:

    • Deborah Caldwell, senior vice president, regional lead APAC global events, Bank of America
    • Jean Chua, head, branding & communications, NTT Data
    • Simon Lin, vice president & executive director, APAC, HIMSS
    • Teagan Seccombe, head of events, Australia, Harcourts International
    • Deanna Varga, CEO & founder, Mayvin Global

The following individuals’ terms have been renewed for 2022:

  • Karen Bolinger, founder & chief disruptor, Karen Bolinger Consulting
  • Oscar Cerezales, chief strategy officer, MCI Group
  • Darren Chuckry, founder & managing partner, HK Initiative
  • Ramesh Daryanani, vice president, global sales, APAC, Marriot International
  • Shogo Kaneda, business events strategist, SK Business Events
  • Edward Koh, executive director, conventions, meetings & incentive travel, Singapore Tourism Board
  • Weemin Ong, vice president, conventions & exhibitions, Marina Bay Sands

Global Board liaisons:

  • Paula Rowntree, head of Eevents, Australian Psychological Society
  • Veemal Gungadin, CEO, GEVME

Staff Board liaison:

  • Florence Chua, PCMA managing director, APAC

Convening APAC 2022 will deliver a virtual everywhere experience July-September and two in-person experiences, one in Australia slated for August, and another in Singapore from September 7-9, at Marina Bay Sands. Themed, Your Community. Your Purpose, the experience offers live and on-demand, in-person and virtual activations for the community to remain connected for conversations, collaboration and practical learning throughout.

Registration is expected to open in late May.

“The business events industry is poised for recovery in the region with varying phases of reopening. There is a pressing need for the community to collaborate more to navigate the continued uncertainties ahead and, overcome the talent crunch faced in all markets,” said Chua. “Continuing education needs to be balanced with the workload of increased business to ensure our talents are recharged and up to speed with the latest developments.”

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