Eventex Index 2021

Eventex Index 2021

Top 100 Most Influential People in the Event Industry

These are the people who left a mark on the events world with their creativity, vision, capacity for innovation in 2021. The list recognizes exceptional industry figures from around the globe. Event professionals from 27 countries made the top 100, based on over 20,000 public votes that determined who deserves the honor of being recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the Event Industry.

PhotoPersonPositionCompanyLinkedin
Aaron KaufmanPresidentFifth Element GroupLinkedin
Adam ParryCo-founder & EditorEvent Industry NewsLinkedin
Adrian SegarFounderConferences That WorkLinkedin
Alina BanasiakHead of Communications Italy & SpaineBayLinkedin
Alon AlroyCo-founder and CMOBizzaboLinkedin
Amanda EnglerCEOAmanda V Engler LLCLinkedin
Amber AndersonBusiness CoachRefine for Wedding PlannersLinkedin
Anna GórskaBoard AdvisorSymposium CracovienseLinkedin
Anna NowakowskaCEO and FounderMICE & Venue ConsultingLinkedin
Anna-Marie TrzebinskiFounder & Creative Event DirectorAMTEventsLinkedin
Annamaria RuffiniPresident & CEOSITE global, Events In & OutLinkedin
Audrey AlloulVP Sales & Business DevelopmentKenes GroupLinkedin
Benoit SauvageCEOConnect DMCLinkedin
Brianna CulbersonAssociate Director of Summer ConferencingUniversity of DenverLinkedin
Carina BauerCEOThe IMEX Group, Regent ExhibitionsLinkedin
Carly SilbersteinCEORedstone AgencyLinkedin
Christoph TessmarDirectorBarcelona Convention BureauLinkedin
Colja M. DamsOwner / CEOVOK DAMS Events & Live-Marketing worldwideLinkedin
Corbin BallOwnerCorbin Ball & CoLinkedin
Courtney StanleyGlobal Keynote Speaker | Event Emcee | Virtual Event PresenterCourtney Stanley ConsultingLinkedin
Dagmara ChmielewskaCEOEvents Industry Association - PolandLinkedin
Dahlia El GazzarTech EvangelistDAHLIA+ AgencyLinkedin
Dan RivlinCEOKenes GroupLinkedin
Danielle Cirami-GillisVice President Strategic PartnershipsPRA Business EventsLinkedin
David AdlerChairman and FounderBizBashLinkedin
DeShawn WynnChief Meeting ArchitectWynning Touch Event DesignLinkedin
Diogo Rebelo RodriguesSenior Catering ManagerPenha Longa CateringLinkedin
Elizabeth SheilsCEORock Paper CoinLinkedin
Ellie MacPhersonSenior Vice PresidentCreative Group CanadaLinkedin
Elliott FergusonPresident & CEODestination DCLinkedin
Erin SchneidermanClinical Assistant ProfessorArizona State UniversityLinkedin
Gina SamuelsManaging DirectorThe Production House EventsLinkedin
Hans EtmanOwnerMasters in Moderation and ConsensIQLinkedin
Ines Antti-PoikaManager, Business EventsFinland Convention BureauLinkedin
Irina GrafFounderThe MICE BlogLinkedin
Ivo J. FranschitzFounder & OwnerENITED business eventsLinkedin
Jaime BennettRegional DirectorPCMALinkedin
Jalpa MehtaOwnerFour Group EventLinkedin
Jaroslaw MarciukDigital ConciërgeWord of MICELinkedin
Jason DunnChairmanNational Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP)
Jayne SamuelsSenior Director, Broadcast ProductionHartmann Studios, Inc.Linkedin
Jennifer HanrattyCo-FounderBreastivalLinkedin
Jens KahnertManaging partnerEventadvisory GmbHLinkedin
John MartinezChief Executive Officer & FounderShocklogicLinkedin
John O'ShaughnessyCreative DirectorVerve Live AgencyLinkedin
Jonathan BrigdenManaging DirectorStudio GiggleLinkedin
Jose Garcia-AguarodFounderGrupo eventoplusLinkedin
Julius SolarisVP of Marketing Strategy, EventsHopinLinkedin
Juraj HolubMarketing LeaderCiscoLinkedin
Jutta HeinrichDirectorFrankfurt Convention BureauLinkedin
Kadri KaruManaging DirectorEstonian Convention BureauLinkedin
Karen NedbalExecutive DirectorAssociation of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors - InternationalLinkedin
Karina GrütznerChairwoman Central European ChapterICCALinkedin
Kate PatayChief StrategistPatay ConsultingLinkedin
Keneisha WilliamsFounderBlack in Events NetworkLinkedin
Kerry MulloyDirector of Events and Operations at The ACC Liverpool Group & Deputy CEOACC Liverpool GroupLinkedin
Kevin FinkeFounder | Chief Experience OfficerExperience WillowLinkedin
Kim GishlerPresident & CEOCEMALinkedin
Kim KopetzPresidentOpus AgencyLinkedin
Kris NelsonCEOLondon International Festival of TheatreLinkedin
Kristina McCooberyCo-Founder & Chief Executive OfficerINVNTLinkedin
Laura SchwartzEmcee and Keynote SpeakerLaura Schwartz LiveLinkedin
Liz CarusoVirtual & Hybrid Experience Creator, Collaborator & Community BuilderLiz King EventsLinkedin
Łukasz AdamowiczVice PresidentBFC Group / SOIT/ RPSiW
Lukasz KlimczakMember of the BoardBespokeLinkedin
Magdalina AtanassovaMarcom DirectorKenes GroupLinkedin
Mahoganey JonesFounder CEOEvent SpecialistsLinkedin
MARCIN MĄCZYŃSKIGeneral SecretaryChamber of Commerce of Polish HotelsLinkedin
Marta ChmielewskaManaging PartnerEWENEMENT Brand Experience WorkshopLinkedin
Mia ChoiCo-founder and CCOMASLinkedin
Michael NagyDirectorFairmont Rio de Janeiro CopacabanaLinkedin
Michaela Jeffery-MorrisonChief Executive Officer, Founder of the Women in Technology World SeriesAscend Global MediaLinkedin
Natasha LayalCo-FounderExpocastLinkedin
Nikki O’BrienVP of AccountsMASLinkedin
Nora SheilsCo-FounderRock Paper CoinLinkedin
Olga Krzemińska-ZasadzkaPresidentPower Sp. z o.o.| SOIT | RPSiWTugetherLinkedin
Ori LahavVP Clients & OperationsKenes GroupLinkedin
Padraic GilliganManaging PartnerSoolNuaLinkedin
Patrick BontinckCEOVISITBRUSSELSLinkedin
Paul Van DeventerPresident & CEOMPILinkedin
Paula FanderowskaChairman of the boardPolish Conference & Congress Association (SKKP)Linkedin
Rafael HernándezChairmanWorld Meetings ForumLinkedin
Raymond BrownCOOMASLinkedin
Roger HelmsFounder & CEOHelmsBriscoeLinkedin
Rolando EspinozaCreative DirectorChampagne Experiential StudiosLinkedin
Rosa Garriga MoraMeeting ArchitectKenes GroupLinkedin
Rutger HoornVP Global Sales & Strategic PartnershipsOvation Global DMCLinkedin
Sam McNeillGeneral Manager - UK/EuropeSongDivisionLinkedin
Sandrine CamiaDeputy DirectorMonaco Government Tourist AuthorityLinkedin
Savas KazantzidesCEOBeyond Experience VirtualLinkedin
Sherrif KaramatPresident & CEOProfessional Convention Management AssociationLinkedin
Shumovich Alexander VyacheslavovichDirector, Managing PartnerEventum Premo
Stephanie Dubois-CannonHead of Event OperationsSAPLinkedin
Tahira EndeanHead of EventsSITELinkedin
Tara HigginsSenior Vice President, Commercial & PresidentEncore, Hargrove Inc.Linkedin
Tess VismaleCEOiSocialxLinkedin
Tracy JudgeFounder and CEO, SoundingsSoundingsLinkedin
Will CurranChief EinsteinEndless EventsLinkedin
Zaneta BerusFounder and CEOIn2Win Business ConsultingLinkedin
Zuzana AdamsonDirectorMICE Central & Eastern EuropeLinkedin

Methodology

  • Nomination period: 6 – 14 October 2021.
  • The public voting list included all nominees within the nomination period. 
  • Voting period: 15 – 23 October 2021.
  • All voters had the opportunity to vote for up to 10 nominees. 
  • The list of “Top 100 Most Influential People in the Event Industry” was determined based on the votes received.
  • The results are published in alphabetical order. 

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