Lyn Lewis-Smith

Chief Executive Officer, Business Events Sydney

Lyn Lewis-Smith is CEO of BESydney and leads a global team of professionals spanning Europe, North America and Asia who are charged with securing global meetings of strategic, economic and social benefit to Sydney, Australia. The organisation works across sectors which include infrastructure, technology, professional services, advanced manufacturing, education and health.

Lyn has led transformation globally, passionately advocating for Australian business, scientific and cultural achievements on the world stage. She received the Destination International’s Humanitarian Award for her co-authored and published research, with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Business School, into the social legacies of hosting international business events: Determining Business Events Legacies beyond the Tourism spend.

An experienced non-executive director in chair and member roles on boards and committees, she is a Fellow of the UTS, Adjunct Professor and Co-Chair of the UTS Business School, Director of Destinations International, Committee for Sydney, Association of Australian Convention Bureaux, the Women’s Resilience Centre and Asia Pacific Chair of DestinationNEXT.

Lyn is a strong advocate for the advancement and professional development of women in all facets of leadership in Australia. In 2018, she Co-Chaired the Global Summit of Women held in Sydney and is a Women in Leadership Ambassador for the UTS Business School, a member of the International Women’s Forum Australia and a Minerva Network Mentor.