May 04-06, 2017


Bombay Exhibition Centre,Mumbai


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Dear Industry Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce the 7th edition of the Annual Conclave of the Indian Exhibition Industry Association, - ‘IEIA Open Seminar 2017’.

It is the premier event of the Exhibition Industry in India, where all the leading Indian and international industry professionals converge for networking, business prospecting, knowledge sharing, working out partnerships and collaborations, M&A discussions, business development and lot more.  The 7th edition of the IEIA Open Seminar will be held from 4th to 6th May 2017 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, India, and has been overwhelmingly supported by global industry associations- UFI, IAEE, SISO, SACEOS, AEFI etc.

Theme of the 7th edition of the Open Seminar is: ‘Exhibitions: Economic Growth Engines’.

It is a well established fact that Exhibitions act as the driving force in propelling the growth of an economy, while ensuring myriad benefits for various inter related sectors.

As you would know India as a country is making rapid strides towards economic development and industrial growth. The Indian Exhibition Industry is a key contributor in this growth story. The theme of this year’s seminar is focused around reinforcing the power of exhibitions as serious business activity aimed at fostering economic development at the national level while also strengthening the international trade and cooperation.

This year’s event will feature Business Match Making Session, Exhibition Industry Expo, Young Professionals Meet-up hosted by IAEE, CEM Graduation Ceremony along with  2 days’ Conference with exclusive Panel discussions and presentations from eminent speakers from India and abroad.

We hereby invite you to attend the IEIA Open Seminar 2017 and join us in charting a new growth story for the Exhibition Industry.

On behalf of the Executive Committee of IEIA, I look forward to welcoming you at the power-packed 2-day conclave.

Warm regards

KV Nagendra Prasad


Event Schedule

Welcome Dinner at Courtyard by Marriott, Mumbai International Airport

Courtyard by Marriott

19:00 - 22:00hrs.

Thursday, 04 May 2017

Friday, 05May 2017 – Bombay Exhibition Center

09:00– 10:00 hrs.

Registration & Networking

Friday, 05May 2017 – BEC

10:00 – 11:00 hrs


Chief Guest: Shri Jaykumar Rawal, Minister for Tourism, Govt. of Maharashtra

Guest of Honor: Mr. Kai Hattendorf, MD & CEO, UFI, Paris

                                 Mr. Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB

Present: Mr. KV Nagendra Prasad, President, IEIA | Mr. Ravinder Sethi, Vice President, IEIA |

                   Mr. Rajiv Malhotra, Hon’ Secretary, IEIA | Mr. MB Naqvi, Hon’ Treasurer, IEIA |

                    Mr. Sumant J Patel, Executive Chairman, NESCO Limited

Signing of Reciprocity Agreements with

Italian Exhibition and Trade Fair Assn. (AEFI),

International Association of Exhibitions in Latin America (AFIDA) and

Brazilian Association of Promoters of Business Fairs (UBRAFE)

Presentation of IEIA Lifetime Achievement Award

Friday, 05May 2017 – BEC

11:00 – 11:45 hrs

Special Address - ‘India as a Trending Investment Destination’

by Mr. Varun Sood, Invest India

Friday, 05May 2017 – BEC

11.45 – 12.30 hrs

Session 1 : Building robust eco system for development of exhibition industry in India


Mr. Michael Duck, Executive Vice President of UBM ASIA

Mr. Vinay Shankar Mathur, Dy. Secretary General, FICCI

Mr. Anbu V,DG, Indian Machine Tools Mfrs. Assn. & CEO, BIEC

Mr. J Shankar, GM - Trade Fair, CII

Moderator : Mr. Ravinder Sethi, MD, RE Rogers India

Friday, 05May 2017 – BEC

12:30 – 13:00 hrs

Special Address: ‘Global Exhibition Industry Trends’ by Mr. Kai Hattendorf, MD & CEO, UFI, Paris

Friday, 05May 2017 – BEC

13:00 – 14:00 hrs

Networking Lunch

Friday, 05May 2017 – BEC

14:00 – 14:45hrs

Session 2 : Developing Leaders for the development of the Industry


Mr. Praveen Kumar Mittal, Addl. Director - Trade Fairs, FICCI

Mr. Sajid Desai, CEO, NürnbergMesse India

Mr. Sumit Gandhi, CMD, ABEC Exhibitions and Conferences Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Ashish Kumar, Partner, EAC International Consulting

Mr. Sooraj Dhawan, Director, Falcon Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd.

Moderator : Mr. Bhupinder Singh, CEO, Messe Munich Intl. India

Friday, 05May 2017 – BEC

14:45 – 15:30                  

Session 3 :    Leveraging Technology for Greater Experience to Exhibitors & Visitors


Dr. Mykyta Fastovets, Co-founder and CTO, ExpoPlatform

Mr. Atul Todi, Co-founder and CEO,

Friday, 05May 2017 – BEC

15:30 – 15:45 hrs

Networking Coffee Break

Friday, 05May 2017 – BEC

15:45 – 16:30hrs

Session 3 : - Innovative Stand Designs that made a difference – Case studies


Mr. Vinay Mittal, CMD, Deepali Designs & Exhibits Pvt. Ltd,

Mr. Vipul Agarwal, MD, Expro Events Pvt. Ltd

Mr. Balaram Babu, Director, Violet Worlwide Pvt. Litd.

Friday, 05May 2017 – BEC

16:30 – 17:00 hrs

CEM Graduation Ceremony

Presided by: Mr. Anbu V, CEO, BIEC

Certificates awarded by: Mr. Dennis Smith & Mr. Antonio Manuel Brito Directors of IAEE

Friday, 05May 2017 – BEC

17:00-19:00  hrs

B2B – Match Making Session

Young Professional Meet-up, by IAEE, USA

Tour of Bombay Exhibition and Convention Center

Friday, 05May 2017 – BEC

19:00-22:00  hrs

IEIA OS 2017 – Gala Dinner

Saturday, 06 May 2017

10:00– 10:45 hrs

Special Address: Future of the Indian Economy

by Mr. Ashok Wadhwa, Group Chief Executive Officer, Ambit Pvt. Ltd.

Saturday, 06 May 2017

10:45 - 11:15 hrs

Special Address :US Trade Fair Industry outlook, by Mr. Dennis Smith, Director, IAEE & President, Messe Frankfurt North America

Saturday, 06 May 2017

11:15 - 11:30 hrs

Networking Coffee Break

Saturday, 06 May 2017

11:30 - 12: 15 hrs
 Special Address : The new challenges to the exhibition industry in  21 century”,,by Mr. Antonio Manuel Brito, Director, IAEE & CEO, Newevents Global

Saturday, 06 May 2017

12:15 – 12:45 hrs

Special Address : “Trade fairs, a bridge to the world: the Italian exhibition industry and its expectations from India”, by Mr PIETRO PICCINETTI,Convener of the Internationalization Commission of AEFI, CEO of Fiera di Roma and of Fiera di Pordenone

Saturday, 06 May 2017

12:45 – 13:30 hrs

Session 5 : Making Exhibitions Work – Crossing bridges with Organisers, Venues, Stand Contractors, Freight Forwarders, etc.


Mr. Binu Nanu, MD,Meroform India Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. M.R. Baburam,CMD, Pavilions & Interiors (I) Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Armayesh Buhariwala,Partner, Buhariwala Logistics

Mr. Satyendra Mehara,COO, Nuernberg Messe India

Mr. Balasubramanian,COO, Bangalore Intl. Exhibition Centre

Mr. Dibakar Chatterjee, CEO, Bombay Exhibition Center

Moderator : Ms. Seema Srivastava, Executive Director, India ITME Society

Saturday, 06 May 2017

13:30- 14: 15 hrs

Networking Lunch

Saturday, 06 May 2017

14:15– 15:00 hrs.

Session 6 : Innovative Exhibitions – Case Studies

‘IndExpo’ by Mr. RK Agarwal,CMD, Indore Infoline Pvt. Ltd.

‘Kisan’ by Mr. Niranjan Deshpande , MD, Kisan Forum Pvt. Ltd.

Saturday, 06 May 2017

15:00 – 15:45 hrs

CEO Conclave: Key Learnings & The Way Forward


Mr. Udo Schuertzmann,MD, ITEI Exhibitions

Mr. Yogesh Mudras,MD, UBM India Ltd.

Mr. Bhupinder Singh, CEO, Messe Muenchen India
Mr. Manish Gandhi, COO & ED, ABEC Exhibitions and Conferences Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Jayaraman Nair, Chairman, Virtual Info Systems Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Gaurav Juneja, Director, MEX Exhibition Pvt. Ltd.

Moderator : Mr. Ashish Gupta,Director, Winmark Services

Saturday, 06 May 2017

15:45 – 16:00 hrs

Presenting “The Way Forward” by Market Insight Consultants

Saturday, 06 May 2017

16:00 – 16:30 hrs

Presentation of Mementoes & Vote of Thanks

Saturday, 06 May 2017

16:30 – 16:45 hrs

Networking Coffee Break