Christian Mutschlechner

Director of the restructured VIENNA CONVENTION BUREAU (1991 – 2019), current President of the Austrian Convention Bureau. In the past Christian has been president of the European Federation of Conference Towns and of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

One of the leading experts of the international meetings and events industry. He contributed significantly to Vienna’s success as one of the world’s most popular meeting destinations. Mr Mutschlechner was awarded with IBTM World Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 and multiple other awards.

Johanna Freidl

Johanna is a member of the team that works in The ‘Hohe Tauern Health’ (HTH) initiative. It was launched to develop the mountainous area as an innovative tourist destination, exploiting the health benefits of the local Krimml Waterfalls.

Responsible for: scientific project management, Patient education – Allergy & Asthma trainings, special Employees Trainings for “allergy friendly hotels” Certification of “allergy friendly” hotel-rooms.

MSc, PhD, Paracelsus Medical Private University Salzburg

Demetrios Fakinos

Director/Partner at European Design Awards.

Member of both the Advisory Board of the Porto Design Biennale and the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Forum.

He is currently organising regional and international conferences that cater to the professionals coming from the various disciplines of design (including communication design, architecture and interior design, digital design and product/industrial design).

Boudewijn Bokdam

Project leader at Amsterdam&Partners, the city marketing organization of Amsterdam.

He has 10 years of experience in (city) marketing strategies, on- and offline media and project management. As a project leader at Amsterdam&Partners, Boudewijn Bokdam has been an innovator and an inspiration, leveraging everything from editorial savvy to artificial intelligence to create award-winning campaigns that resonate with a variety of stakeholders. In 2015, his project “Visit Amsterdam, See Holland” was awarded the title of Best Touristic Project Worldwide by the United Nations.

He is also responsible for projects that focus on artificial intelligence applications and led the development of Goochem, the first chatbot to provide easy access to information on the cultural offering in Amsterdam and the region.

Winner of the ECM Future Leaders Award – case study “Transforming cities into attractive regions in a sustainable way. The Amsterdam tourism case”.

Rob Davidson

Managing Director, MICE Knowledge

His main areas of expertise are conferences and incentive travel, and he has written seven books on these themes.

Mr.Davidson has carried out research projects for a number of major organisations including the Poland Convention Bureau and the Ireland National Tourism Development Authority, he also teaches as a Visiting Professor in five European universities.

He was honored with multiple awards, among those is the Lifetime Achievement Award at the IBTM WORLD exhibition in Barcelona in 2017.

Robert Piaskowski

Krakow Festival Office & ICE Kraków – programme Director, Director of the UNESCO Creative City in Literature programme.

The Plenipotentiary of the Mayor of Krakow for Culture.

Mr. Piaskowski represents Krakow in relations with the OWHC and with the Festival Cities Network, bringing together Montreal, Krakow, Edinburgh, Adelaide, Singapore and UNESCO.