IBTM appoints new Event Director for IBTM World 2023

Monday, November 13, 2023



With over 14 years’ experience in the meetings and events industry, Claudia brings a wealth of knowledge, creativity and dynamism to the position.

Taking the helm at the beginning of November, Claudia will assume responsibility for the management and final strategic planning of IBTM World which is returning to the iconic Fira de Barcelona from November 28 to 30.

Commenting on her new role, Claudia said: “I’m thrilled to take the reins at IBTM World and look forward to contributing to the continued success of this esteemed international trade show, which plays a pivotal role in steering the events industry’s future towards greater strength and prosperity.

“I’m excited for the challenge and determined to use my insights and experience to bring innovative ideas to the table and take IBTM World from strength to strength. I can’t wait to meet all our wonderful exhibitors, buyers and delegates, and share in this vibrant, thriving and creative hub of possibilities with them.”

Claudia has a proven track record for inspiring the events world to deliver exceptional experiences having worked as Exhibition Director for both Gulf Traffic & Transpo Tech and Middle East Energy during her time at Informa, an international events and digital services business. Based in Dubai, these roles saw Claudia manage, plan, and stage the operational, logistical and financial aspects of both large-scale international trade shows.

Vasyl Zhygalo, IBTM World Portfolio Director, said: “It is an absolute pleasure to be welcoming Claudia into our incredible team here at IBTM World. As a steadfast champion of the business events sector with extensive knowledge of the industry, I know her boundless enthusiasm, tenacity, and passion for creating unforgettable events will take the show to new heights year-on-year. We can’t wait for all visitors to this year’s show to have the chance to meet Claudia in just a few weeks’ time.”

Claudia takes over as Event Director from David Thompson, who held the role for five years.

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