Host City 2021 takes place on 7-8 December, hosted online from Glasgow, Scotland. Register here now for free.
The quality, quantity and diversity of the incredible speaker programme for Host City 2021 continues to grow.
Over the last three weeks, major event organisers joining the programme include: Bodour Al Meer, Sustainability Director, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy; Georgina Grenon, Director of Sustainability, Paris 2024; Argyris Caridakis, Director of Games Services, Paris 2024; Russell Scott, Broadcast Lead, Rugby World Cup 2021, Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships, The R&A and Nadja Burkhardt, Event Supervisor, Eurovision Song Contest.
Additional rights holders added to the agenda include: Ivo Ferriani, Executive Board Member, IOC and President of GAISF, IBSF and AIOWF; Densign White MBE, CEO, IMMAF and Chair, Sporting Equals; Thomas Lund OLY, Secretary General, Badminton World Federation; Beng Choo Low, Secretary General, World Baseball Softball Confederation; Mark Chay, Secretariat, Global Esports Federation; Michael Dhulst, Co-Founder & CEO, Super League Triathlon; Kris Gemmell, Head of Commercial and Marketing, World Triathlon; Kate Miller, Chief Diversity and Communications Officer, The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB); Jennifer Arnold, Associate Vice President, U.S. Soccer Foundation; Senthil Gopinath, CEO, ICCA - International Congress and Convention Association; Marco Mazzi, Vice-President, International Sports Travel Agencies Association (ISTAA); Zhanna Kovalchuk, Executive Director and Jenny Ennis, Congress and Events Manager, European Society of Sports Traumatology Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA) and Martin Boyle, CEO, The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO).
Host destinations joining the line-up include: Robbie Clyde, Head of EventScotland, VisitScotland; François Croquette, Head of Climate Department & Chief Resilience Officer, City of Paris; Grant MacDonald, Chief Operating Officer, Sport Tourism Canada; Peter Duthie, CEO, Scottish Event Campus; Claire McColgan MBE, Director of Culture, Liverpool City Council and Vice Chair, UK City of Culture; and Élise Smith, Senior Program Officer, Major Sport Event Coordination, Sport Canada.
Expert service providers added to the Host City programme include: Kevin Li, Head of International Sports Industry Department, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence; Kristian Gotsch, EMEA Director, Two Circles; and Sean Parry, Commercial Strategy Director, Zwift.
They complete an incredible array of speakers, including: Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, VisitScotland; Bridget McConnell CBE, Chief Executive, Glasgow Life; Sir Craig Reedie KBE, Honorary Member, International Olympic Committee (IOC); Lord Sebastian Coe KBE, President, World Athletics and IOC Member; Etienne Thobois, CEO, Paris 2024 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games; Vincenzo Novari, CEO, Milano Cortina 2026 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; Octavian Morariu, IOC Member, Chair, Future Host Commission for the Olympic Winter Games, IOC and President, Rugby Europe; Katie Sadleir, Chief Executive, Commonwealth Games Federation; Mikaela Cojuangco Jaworski, Executive Board Member, IOC; Anita DeFrantz, IOC Member and LA28 Board Member; Michael Gunning, Jamaican swimming champion; Dagmawit Girmay Berhane, IOC Member; Andrew Ryan, Executive Director, ASOIF, Paul J. Foster, CEO, Global Esports Federation; Jon Dutton, Chief Executive, Rugby League World Cup 2021; Sam Ramsamy, Vice President, FINA; Trudy Lindblade, Chief Executive Officer, 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships; Jeff Foulser, Chairman, Sunset+Vine; Laura Lopez, Director, Conference Affairs, UNFCCC; Billy Garrett, Director of Sport and Events, Glasgow Life; David de Behr, Head of Sales, Aggreko Event Services; Tim Briercliffe, Secretary General, AIPH - International Association of Horticultural Producers; and many more.
Host City 2020 welcomed 1,000 registrants from 60 countries and, with such an amazing agenda, Host City 2021 is set to exceed expectations.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, VisitScotland, said: "EventScotland has a strong partnership with Host City, having been a supporter of the conference since its inception in 2014, and we are delighted to be welcoming it back to Scotland and Glasgow for the 7th consecutive year.
“As we continue to navigate the return of events in this new normal, the conference is great opportunity for the global events industry to come together and learn from one another while also looking ahead to what the future holds for major events under the theme of refresh, regenerate and reconnect.
“The addition of these world-leading event organisers, rights holders and destinations to the incredible speaker programme already assembled will ensure an exciting and informative two days of discussion and debate.”
Dr Bridget McConnell CBE, Chief Executive of Glasgow Life, said: “As a proud supporter of Host City, we’re delighted to welcome the event back to Glasgow for the seventh year in a row.
“As one of the world’s leading host cities for festivals and major events, Glasgow has keenly felt the impact of Covid-19. As we begin to recover and rebuild from the pandemic, we know this event will be a key milestone for many of our colleagues across the world, and seeing how well last year’s Host City event was delivered on a digital platform was hugely encouraging and the global feedback was fantastic.
“We look forward to working with the Host City team once again in just a few weeks’ time to ensure that 2021’s event is even bigger and better than previous iterations, and to share best practice with our colleagues across the world as we all work to create the best possible future for events.”
Etienne Thobois, CEO, Paris 2024 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games said: “I am very pleased to be invited to speak once again at the Host City conference, to share with inspiring personalities my experience of organising the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the biggest sporting event on the planet. In a world of rapid changes and high expectations from citizens, we must succeed in organising an event that is both spectacular and sustainable, that monitor its impact while leaving a positive legacy on society. To achieve this, at Paris 2024, we have one watchword: creativity.”
Host City 2021 is delivered with supporting partners EventScotland, Glasgow Life and Glasgow Convention Bureau.
Host City 2021 takes place on an AI-enabled digital platform under the banner of “Refresh, Regenerate and Reconnect”.
Event supporters include: Headline Sponsor, Aggreko; Gold Sponsors, Alibaba Cloud and West Midland Growth Company; Silver Sponsors, International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH); Super League Triathlon and Sunset+Vine; Branding Partners, Sport Event Denmark and FOAMHAND; Federation Partner, the International Sports Travel Agencies Association (ISTAA); and Strategic Partners, the Association of Global Event Suppliers (AGES) and Global Esports Federation.
About Host City
Host City is the event and media brand that connects the owners, hosts and organisers of major events.
Through its conference, exhibition and online publishing platforms, Host City shares best practice within the international community of international sports, business and cultural events.
Launched in 2014. Host City events are renowned for the highest level of speakers, content and networking
For more information visit www.hostcity.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org