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The event industry has taken a serious beating from the COVID-19 pandemic. The world's concept of gathering has changed, and it's clear that virtual events are starting to represent the "new normal". Though the crisis has been challenging, the experience has also provided unique opportunities and avenues for the event industry.

EventBank brings you industry experts that will share and educate, while clearly demonstrating the leading and driving role of our industry to grow together and become a global force once again on our new normal.


12:00 PM - 12:05 PM
Welcome Remarks
12:05 PM - 12:20 PM
Reinventing the Events Industry Under the New Normal
12:20 PM - 12:55 PM
Panel Discussion
Event Technology: The New Normal In Event Planning
Monetizing Your Virtual Events: Tips and Best-Practices
Can Hybrid Events be Succesful?
12:55 PM - 1:00 PM


  • Noor Ahmad Hamid (Regional Director Asia Pacific of International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA))

    Noor Ahmad Hamid

    Regional Director Asia Pacific of International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)

    Noor joined the peak body in 2009 and has been successful in strengthening ICCA’s footprint as one of the most successful international association within the region. His biggest achievement is making Asia Pacific the largest Chapter in ICCA’s global community.

    As the face of ICCA, he has spoken in numerous conferences and training programmes. He is one of the Founding Advisory Board & Ambassador for the ASAE’s in Asia Pacific and was inducted to the CMIC Hall of Fame. He has been recognised by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade as one of the key thought leaders for the China’s convention industry. His goal remain to help the region grow.

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  • Robert Rogers, CSEP (Director, Events Man, Founder of Asian Events Organization)

    Robert Rogers, CSEP

    Director, Events Man, Founder of Asian Events Organization

    Robert Rogers has over 30 years of experience creating managing and producing live events. He is a Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP), one of only 300 worldwide and one of two in Asia. His experience ranges from stage management for heads of state including Obama and President Xi to luxury multicity productions featuring A-list entertainers. He was the founding president of the International Live Event Association Hong Kong Chapter. Currently he is a proponent for ISO20121 event sustainability standards in Asia.

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  • Marcel Ewals (Director, Associations & Marketing of MCI Group)

    Marcel Ewals

    Director, Associations & Marketing of MCI Group

    20 years of industry development expertise in Asia through conferences and exhibitions. Works primarily for NGO's and NPO's to extend their agenda's through trade shows, events, education and fundraising. Currently supporting the group's portfolio of Event in SE Asia. Division head of Association Management and Marketing , and Key account management.

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  • Eric Schmidt (CEO & Co-Founder of EventBank)

    Eric Schmidt

    CEO & Co-Founder of EventBank


    As CEO of EventBank, Eric L. Schmidt is focused on delivering cloud solutions that transform the way professional communities enable and enrich relationships. EventBank has office in 10 countries and clients in over 50. Eric’s focus is to continue building the best product for EventBank’s clients and expanding the company’s presence in emerging and developing markets around the world. Over the last 18 years, Eric has founded and incubated several companies from the ground up; including China Entrepreneurs which was the top community organization for more than 50,000 entrepreneurs, hosting more than 100 conferences annually.

    Eric was an elected member of American Chamber of Commerce in China's Board of Governors for three years (2017, 2018 & 2019) and is recognized as an authority on digital transformation and business in Asia. He has been featured in media such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Baron’s, BBC, CCTV, China Daily, and numerous other outlets.

    Eric once traced Marco Polo’s route from Beijing, China to Venice, Italy, 100 days by bicycle – he was appreciatively sponsored by Nike and Philips. He also previously lived in China (17 years) and Guatemala.

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