Dear ICCA Friends,
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Elif Balci Fisunoglu as ICCA’s new Regional Director for Europe, who will take up her post on 1 January 2018. She will be based at ICCA Head Office in Amsterdam.
Elif will need little introduction to many ICCA members, having been an extremely active contributor to the ICCA community during her 15 years with the Istanbul Convention Bureau, where she held senior sales and marketing positions before serving three years as General Manager. She has been a speaker, mentor and regular Congress attendee; she also played a major role in the bidding team and Local Host Committee for the 2014 Congress in Antalya. She has chaired ICCA’s Mediterranean Chapter, has regularly participated in Client-Supplier workshops, and has hands-on experience of using a wide variety of ICCA’s business tools.
ICCA CEO Martin Sirk stated: “Our Regional Director positions require a unique combination of strategic thinking, practical problem-solving, cultural sensitivity, and deep knowledge of ICCA and the wider meetings industry. Elif ticks all of these boxes, combining impressive academic credentials with extensive hands-on experience in winning bids, managing tight marketing budgets, and building collaborative relationships. I believe she will quickly become a valuable asset for our members throughout Europe.”
Elif Balci Fisunoglu commented: “I am very excited to be joining ICCA, which I have known and loved for so many years as a member, in this important and challenging role. It will be an honour and privilege to work with our members in Europe to help them understand how to get the most value from their membership, and I look forward to contributing towards ICCA’s strategic evolution and future success.”