With a vision to explore untapped potential for congresses and conferences, MCI Middle East continues to expand and is also building new business that is having a positive knock on effect on the development of knowledge hubs in the region. Ajay Bhojwani, Managing Director, Dubai & Abu Dhabi, MCI Middle East shared the story so far.
An energetic, and enthusiastic person who has a working experience of over 15 years. A career that has spanned across India, UAE and USA. Starting a career with the Taj group of Hotels in India, Alex moved to the Jumeirah Group of hotels, with the highlight of being part of the core opening team of Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Essex House in New York.
André comes to us with more than 25 years of professional experience in national and multinational companies in the Travel industry and was previously General Manager Latam & President CWT Brazil.
Avinash Chandarana is Group Learning & Development Director of MCI. Driving MCI’s comprehensive talent development strategy, Avinash ensures that MCI employees reach their full professional and personal potential through the innovative on-going education and trainings provided by the MCI Institute, MCI’s in-house learning provider.
Cathie Cusin is Vice President of Meetings & Events and Managing Director of MCI Geneva. Driving the global growth of MCI’s meetings & events division, Cathie is dedicated to creating original and inspiring interactions that support clients’ business objectives and help them to increase sales, build brand awareness, enter new markets, foster loyalty and enhance market positioning. Cathie also leads the strategic development of MCI Geneva.
Daniel has an experience of many years in the events industry. He is passionate about exceeding clients’ expectations and boosting customer satisfaction. Daniel will focus on leveraging market leads and grow our share in Austria.
Emmanuel Andre is Group Health & Safety Director of MCI. Emmanuel is responsible for MCI’s worldwide health and safety team and for ensuring a consistent approach to health and safety across MCI’s 56 offices. Emmanuel’s comprehensive training programmes also guarantee that each and every MCI client receives thorough and up-to-date health and safety guidance.
Guy Bigwood is Group Sustainability Director of MCI. Through a strategy based on the principles of the triple bottom line of people, planet, profit, Guy leads MCI’s internal sustainability teams and external sustainability services, helping clients turn their sustainability commitments into action.
Idoia Rodés is Vice President of Global Business Development for the MCI Group. Her role is to further consolidate MCI's leading position in the meetings and events industry by driving the company's global commercial activities. Idoia's primary objective is to contribute to the organic growth of the company by ensuring market and client relevance.
Joelle Zumwald is Vice President People & Culture. Leading MCI’s global HR, sustainability and health and safety teams, Joelle is dedicated to building an organisation that is profoundly human, with a focus on developing a culture of care and responsibility, and actively promoting diversity in all its forms.
Kavitha, a native from India living in the Middle East for over 20 years, has had a broad experience of working with corporates and associations locally and internationally. In her current role as Associate Director - Association Management & Consulting, she works with several associations in assisting them in theirexpansion and market entry plans for the Middle East.
He is responsible for the day-to-day life of Dorier Geneva, operational and sales team support, as well as client relations and growth.
Neil Redmond is Group Procurement Director of MCI. Neil has been responsible for both Global and Local Procurement initiatives. On a global level Neil was responsible for identifying and negotiating global hotel agreements. On a local level Neil works with Local Procurement Coordinators developing and supporting a strong procurement culture in each of our offices.
Nikki Walker is Vice President Global Association Management & Consulting. Nikki drives the strategic growth of MCI’s global association consulting services and her worldwide team serve local, regional and international associations looking to design global strategies, enter into new markets, develop relevant value propositions and grow sustainably.
Olivier Croset is Vice President Production of Dorier, a leading provider of global audio visual solutions and a brand of the MCI Group. Olivier is responsible for driving Dorier’s global growth and for expanding production solutions across all MCI offices, adding value for clients through an increased focus on creativity, digitalisation and new technologies.
Olivier Giauque is Chief Financial Officer of MCI. Olivier oversees MCI’s global finance and accounting teams and is responsible for upholding accurate accounting practices and ensuring the execution of sound financial planning. Working closely with the CEO, Olivier assists in various corporate negotiations including acquisitions and mergers.
Oscar Cerezales is Chief Operating Officer of MCI Asia-Pacific. Driving the strategic growth of MCI in Asia-Pacific, Oscar oversees a fast-growing number of regional offices and works hand-in-hand with each office’s managing director to build the MCI brand and foster customer loyalty in the region’s local markets.
As Director of Operations, Prem incorporates almost twenty years of industry experience in handling Middle Eastern destination management, royal and corporate events into MCI's Meetings and Events, PCO and Ovation Arabia. Since becoming part of MCI's team in Dubai, he has streamlined operational procedures to ensure seamless quality assurance standards are kept at their highest level.
Rakesh Chhetri heads the Conference Sales & Marketing Department at MCI UAE. In this challenging role, Rakesh strives to exceed client expectations every day through strategic engagement, customer insight, and sound market research.
Richard Stent-Torriani is Vice President Congress Management, Chief Operating Officer – Americas, and Managing Director MCI Geneva. Driving the strategic growth of MCI in the Americas, Richard oversees a fast-growing number of regional offices and works hand-in-hand with each office’s managing director to build the MCI brand and foster customer loyalty in North and Latin America. Richard also leads MCI’s global PCO (professional congress organiser) teams and drives the strategic growth of MCI Geneva.
Roger Tondeur is Founder, Chairman and President of MCI. Roger founded MCI in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1987. The company grew quickly in size and reputation to become the leading event management company in Geneva and a second office opened in Zurich in 1999. Further expansion has been swift, with year-on-year growth and opening offices across Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Americas and India, the Middle East and Africa.
Sébastien Tondeur is Chief Executive Officer of MCI. As CEO of an international group with offices around the world, Sébastien is responsible for strategic planning, mergers, acquisitions and global business development in line with his vision to make MCI the preferred partner for every company, association and brand looking to unlock their potential and deliver real change.
Robin Lokerman is Group President of MCI. Based in Singapore, Robin has driven MCI’s expansion outside of Europe since 2007. Under his leadership, the company has registered impressive growth in Asia-Pacific, the Americas and India, the Middle East & Africa and today serves a growing number of clients from over 30 offices outside of Europe.
Jurriaen Sleijster is President & COO of MCI. As a member of MCI’s Executive Committee, Jurriaen is jointly responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of an international group with offices around the world. Day-to-day, Jurriaen leads management processes, a range of service departments and the integration of new MCI offices.
Sylvia André is Vice President Marketing & Communications of MCI. Leading MCI’s global marketing and communication teams, Sylvia ensures that MCI messages are clear, strong, client-centric, and differentiate the company in a crowded marketplace. Through targeted and innovative marketing, Sylvia helps drive global growth by effectively communicating the value that MCI brings to clients.
Tom Gibson founded Coulter Companies (now MCI USA) to ignite a core objective … to help people and organizations do both well and good. Over its 25+ year history, Coulter Companies grew to more than 100 accomplished professionals spread over two distinct business units and five divisions, including industry-leading business units serving both associations and corporations.
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