Thursday, 5 November

08.30 - 09.00

Welcome Coffee

09.00 - 09.15

Welcome Address
Kai Troll, President, ASSOCIATIONWORLD
Adrien Genier, CEO, Geneva Convention Bureau

09.15 - 09.45

Opening Keynote Lecture
CERN: Complexity, Challenges, Innovation and Sustainability
Frédérick Bordry, Director for Accelerators and Technology, CERN

09.45 - 10.20

Clear Your Head to Get Ahead (the antidote to stress in the ... workplace / home office / golf course)
Martin Daubney, CEO, Inspire Coaching

10.20 - 10.30

Networking Introduction -Networking with purpose, helping you to meet those you really want to connect with as little wasted time as possible
Jeff Bateman, Account Manager, Congrex Switzerland

10.30 - 11.00


11.00 - 12.15

Workshop: CEO in Action
Association governance in times of crisis
Ben Hainsworth, Managing Director, European Association for the Study of the Liver

Workshop: Communications, Advocacy & Campaigning
Communicating for Influence and Impact
Speaker to be confirmed

Workshop: Innovation & Sustainability
Beyond webinars - how to create immersive online experiences
Miguel Neves, Chief Digital Strategist,


12.15 - 12.30

Association Expression Session
Association executives have the opportunity to share more information  about their organization with association peers. Aim is to foster  cross sector collaboration amongst associations who are not necessarily active in a the same fields but identify same goals and objectives through as alignment in projects, common initiatives and campaigns.
Presentation time per session is 5 min.
The stage is YOURS!
If interested, please sign up here / contact ( to request your 5 min time allocation.

12.30 - 13.30


13.30 - 14.30

Disruptive Thinking - Leaving the past behind
Christian-Claus Roth, Co-President, International Pharmaceutical Congress Advisory Association (IPCAA)

Panel discussion
Moderation: Silvano Schär, Head of Sales & Marketing, Congrex Switzerland

  • Monica Fontana, Executive Director, European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association
  • Thomas Reiser, Executive Director, International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis
  • Christian-Claus Roth, Co-President, International Pharmaceutical Congress Advisory Association (IPCAA)

14.30 - 15.00


15.00 - 16.00

Joint Workshop: CEO in Action - Income Generation / Resource Development
Diversification of Income: Philanthropy (Part 1) - Considering “mega-donors” as funding partners. Overview of the high level donor landscape, research, data, social investment behaviors and opportunities
Valentina Guerrini,
Relationship Director, Wealth-X 

Workshop: Communications, Advocacy & Campaigning
Title to be confirmed
Speaker to be confirmed

Workshop: Innovation & Sustainability
F(r)ee Or Not To F(r)ee. That is here the question!
Miguel Neves, Chief Digital Strategist,
Ksenjia Polla,
Director of Association Relations, The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)

16.00 - 17.00

Membership - Impact of Covid-19 effecting Membership Propositions, Engagements and Value Added

17.00 - 17.30

Wrap up & close of day 1

17.30 - 19.00

Networking Apéro