ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference Heads to Hong Kong in 2015

October 14, 2014

In 2015, the American Society of Association Executives is expanding its Great Ideas Conference into Asia with the first-ever international event scheduled March 22-24 in Hong Kong.

ASAE’s Great Ideas in Association Management Conference, Asia-Pacific will be sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB).

The event is expected to draw attendees from the Asia-Pacific region along with participants from the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

“One of ASAE’s goals is to enhance the professional development of the association community. With the growth of association contributions in the Asia-Pacific region, we wanted to meet the needs of our colleagues in the region,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE. 

He added, “Many U.S. associations are already working in the area or have expressed interest to expand their operations with their meetings, membership, and product and services. This conference is a great opportunity for association executives in the Asia-Pacific region to connect and network with their peers from across the globe.”

The two-day event will include learning labs, networking receptions, and cultural experiences. The content of the conference will focus on association management, and more than two-thirds of the conference presenters will come from the Asia-Pacific region.

An advisory task force, convened by ASAE, assisted in developing the education content, and they also are helping ASAE market the conference.

“ASAE is paving a path that helps great ideas and great people come together in a collaborative environment,” said Francesco C. Leboffe, Manager, MEHK of the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

He added, “We’re honored that Hong Kong, the World’s Meeting Place, has been selected as the location for the first ASAE Great Ideas in Association Management Conference, Asia-Pacific. Hosting this event in Hong Kong helps further cement our deep rooted commitment to the association community and our continued partnership and support of ASAE.”

The early-bird registration deadline is Feb. 20. To learn more about the education offerings and to register, please visit Great Ideas Asia Pacific.

The event will feature a limited number of table top exhibits for suppliers and industry partners from around the world.

Other supporting organizations include: Aptify, ASAE’s strategic partner, the Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA), International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), and Union of International Associations (UIA).

ASAE will continue to offer the Great Ideas Conference in the U.S. scheduled for March 8-10 in Orlando. 

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