Webinar To Examine The Cost of Covid-19 On The Events Industry


Informa Middle East, organizers of the Middle East Event Show which has been re-scheduled in October, have announced a webinar panel focusing on the impact of the Coronavirus on the event and entertainment industry.

Entitled ‘The Cost of COVID: Supporting the Event Industry & Evaluating Long-term Implications of the Pandemic’, the webinar will feature several event professionals, key decsision makers etc, from a number of event companies here the Middle East.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday 5th May at 12 noon.

About the webinar:

With the majority of face to face events either cancelled or postponed, where does that leave the event industry and how can leadership help to keep employees motivated and productive?

This webinar aims to look at the long-term effects of the crisis, explore the initiatives in place to help the industry and provide and interactive discussion on what the future of the event industry may look like.

  • The impact of COVID-19 on the overall business and talent development function
  • Opportunities and challenges facing talent development during COVID-19
  • Developing a contingency plan for your TD function
  • Converting from classroom to virtual learning solutions
  • Preparing the workforce to safely return to the workplace
  • Recommendations for other TD professionals

When: Tue, May 5, 2020 at

Time: 12:00 PM Dubai/Abu Dhabi

Duration: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Language: English

Who can attend? Everyone

To attend please click below to register:


The Panel:

Name: Naji El Haddad (Moderator)

Title: Regional Manager, MEA, UFI

Bio: Over his 14 years career, Naji has built a very strong industry knowledge in the exhibitions, summits and sustainability industries leading one of the largest sustainability summit & expo in the MENA region.
Part of his role, Naji has curated a number of strategic partnerships with private and public sector organizations including World Bank, European Commission, UNDP, UNIDO, Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry in Japan (METI), Ministry of Energy in India, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), World Energy Congress, Total, Standard Chartered Bank, among many others.
Naji currently takes on the role of Regional Manager for UFI, the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry, in the Middle East & Africa region – in addition to being an independent event consultant.


Name: Marc Jones

Title: General Manager, Events & Marketing, Plan b

Bio: Classically trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Marc spent 15 years working internationally in the Hospitality and Entertainment industries before moving to the Middle East in 2008 to make the UAE his home. As GM of Events and Marketing for the Plan b Group, and having the opportunity to collaborate and work on major globally recognized promotions and events, Marc’s innovative and energetic approach has resulted in the delivery and execution of multi award-winning projects.

His notable credits in the region include Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria, The Hot 100 (2011-2015), Tiki Cirque feat Dynamo, Dubai International Motor Show, Masala Awards, Esquire Man At His Best, Dubai Rugby 7’s, Dubai Women’s Run and numerous corporate and community activations.


Name: Ted Bloom

Title: Director of Exhibition Services, DXB LIVE

Bio: With 25 years plus of event experience, over a decade of which was at Board level with industry heavyweights GES and Freeman before joining DXB Live in 2015, Ted brings a wealth of International and domestic experience.


Name: Sujoy Cherian

Title: Chief Executive, Option 1 Events

Bio: Sujoy has always been immensely passionate about innovation & the future. His ardent desire to incorporate cutting-edge technology on each of his projects and his everyday life; has indeed paved the way for him to be known as one of the leading event technologists in markets he serves.


Name: Wilbert Heijmans

Title: Managing Director, Info Salons Group

Bio: Wilbert Heijmans is Managing Director of the Info Salons Group, a leading global player of data technology in business events with operations in MENA and APAC with offices in Sydney, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Dubai. Info Salons is a Freeman company. Prior to the current role Wilbert was the MD for Info Salons MENA region since 2012.

Before Info Salons Wilbert was an event organiser working for Jaarbeurs in The Netherlands and China, and Deutsche Messe and Messe Frankfurt as Group Exhibitions Director in Dubai.


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