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Thomas Mauch

Business Development Manager, RAI Amsterdam

With over 20 years of experience in the event and hospitality sector, culminating in his tenure as Business Development Manager at RAI Amsterdam, Thomas Mauch brings a wealth of expertise in commercial growth, strategic partnerships, and industry advocacy.

Throughout his career, Thomas has excelled in identifying and securing new business opportunities, stakeholder interaction, and strategic marketing within the highly competitive business events sector. His service on the board of the Westminster Venue Collection in London, representing over 24 iconic venues, refined his strategic oversight and governance skills, crucial for steering organizations towards achieving their visions and objectives.

At RAI Amsterdam, Thomas supports the Business Development team in promoting RAI Amsterdam and Amsterdam as the top destination for events, congresses, and expos. Working closely with industry and location partners, he helps realize the city's vision of promoting top industry sectors and leveraging its vast network to ensure the success of events and significantly impact the industry.

His dedication extends beyond his professional responsibilities, and he actively participates in panel discussions, presentations, and roundtables, advocating for collaboration and the role of the events sector in global commercial development. These engagements allow him to share his insights and expertise, underscoring the significance of unity and shared objectives within the community.

Recognized in 2023 as one of the "50 Most Influential Venue Professionals," Thomas's commitment to excellence in the events industry is well acknowledged. His global experience across multiple countries and proficiency in several languages demonstrate his capability to operate effectively in diverse environments and his commitment to fostering inclusivity and understanding across cultures.

Thomas's career has been marked by a passion for empowering and inspiring others, striving to lead by example, and dedicated to guiding today's professionals and nurturing tomorrow's leaders through leadership, mentoring, and coaching. His commitment is evidenced by hosting various round table sessions at the Future Leader's Forum at IMEX Frankfurt and mentoring candidates through the Elevate Mentoring Season and City Destinations Alliance (ECM Mentor) programmes.

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