Senthil Gopinath

Chief Executive Officer, ICCA

Senthil has over 20 years’ experience in the meetings, association and leisure industry. He has held wide spectrum of positions in the meetings industry. Such as CEO of Convention Bureau of Sri Lanka, Vice President of Kuoni. He moved to Dubai in 2006 and has been working for Congress Solutions International, the Professional Congress Organizer (PCO) arm of Emirates Group, eventually holding responsibility for wide ranging business development, sales and operations functions for some of the largest international meetings held in the UAE, including World Diabetes Congress, UITP, and World Economic Forum. He has been involved in winning many Congress bids for Dubai, UAE and the Region. Academically he holds a European Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration. Currently reading for PHD. Senthil has been working with the global association fraternity for more than two decades and has in depth knowledge on global association segment development. He was the Regional Director Middle East for the last three years of International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) headquartered in Netherlands. Presently he is the Chief Executive Officer of ICCA.

A passionate strategist. Being creative and adaptable to the constantly changing environment are his key strengths. Always aims at professionalism and focuses on achieving the organizational objectives and financial goals. Winner of Global Business Events Strategist of the year awarded by PCMA – USA.

ICCA -the International Congress and Convention Association- is the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry.

ICCA represents the main specialists in organizing, transporting, and accommodating international meetings and events, and comprises over 1,150-member companies and organizations in over 100 countries worldwide. ICCA specializes in the international association meetings sector, offering unrivalled data, communication channels, and business development opportunities.

Vision: Shaping the future and value of international association meetings

Mission: To be the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry, creating:

• competitive advantage and business opportunities
• successful outcomes for association meetings

ICCA’s Head office is based in the Netherlands. ICCA’s Regional Offices are based in Malaysia, South Africa, U.A.E., U.S.A. and Uruguay