Registration opens in early May, and is by invitation. If you would like an invitation, please contact email@example.com
Thursday 9 November (optional)
Walking tour "1000 Years in Brussels"
Dinner with Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau
Please see the tab "Extra activities" for more information.
Friday 10 November
||Opening keynote: “Is your association ‘political’?”
Presented by Cyril Ritchie, President of CONGO - Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations
followed by a panel of associations and round table discussions
and by short introductions by each of the six workshop facilitators
||Workshop session 1, with a choice of six parallel workshops (*)
||Workshop session 2, with a choice of six parallel workshops (*)
||Workshop session 3, with a choice of six parallel workshops (*)
(*) There are six workshops, and three workshop sessions. Every workshop is offered in every workshop session.
Finding – and keeping – the right people
Facilitated by Michel Ballieu, Executive Director of Biomed Alliance - Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe
Recruitment of staff members is key to the success and sustainability of our associations, but this important task requires not only experience, but also time, a lot of time, and rare are the associations benefiting from a dedicated HR specialist. Conducting the search for the best candidate can easily become a discouragingly heavy workload.
How can our associations make sure that this workload doesn’t affect our capacity to identify the quality among the quantity of applications?
It is all about a process, starting with framing the need into a clear and precise job description, through the advertisement of the open position, to the selection of the right professional.
This 2017 UIA Round Table workshop is dedicated to the important questions raised by the recruitment process and by the best way to retain right staff: Michel Ballieu, Association Adviser, will discuss this process with the workshop participants, based on his many years’ experience in hiring and managing associations staff such as operational specialists, team managers, and top executive positions.
Facilitated by Marleen Denef and Sarah Verschaeve, Partners at Curia
On the agenda are a number of burning issues for international associations:
- Engaging in commercial activities as a source of income: issues and risks
- Partnering with a commercial company: issues and risks
- The Belgian “aisbl” status: present and future?
- Newsletters, membership lists and privacy regulations
- The multi-tasking CEO/Board Member: points of attention from a legal point of view
- From Brexit to Brussels: impact on international associations
Creating sustainable funding models for small and medium-sized associations
Facilitated by Kai Troll, CEO of Best Buddies Europe/Middle East/Africa and President of Best Buddies Europe and Africa Foundation
Best Buddies has long been a well established organization in the USA, and is now also is in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. How can a new (off-shoot) organization achieve financial independence – with no start-up investment from the parent body – and become a sustainable regional organization? We did it within two years, now have a staff of seven, and are growing. Keys are good governance, funding, strategic planning, and solid events and programmes.
Public relations on a shoestring
Facilitated by Christophe Ginisty, Former President of IPRA - International Public Relations Association
How can you make an impact on people with influence when you have very little budget? How can you stand out in a busy and noisy environment? How can social networks provide opportunities to reach your audience? Discover the latest techniques that will help you make a difference by designing and executing smart PR strategies.
The role and value of a national federation of associations: some case studies
Facilitated by Danièle Vranken, Secretary-General of FAIB - Federation of European and International Associations Established in Belgium
How is a national federation of international associations useful, relevant, even essential, to the work of international associations in that country? What, for example, does FAIB do for associations in Belgium, FIIG for associations in Geneva, or CEDAP for associations in France? We will look at these and other examples to see how they serve associations, how they are heard by regional authorities, and how they collaborate on joint initiatives with local partners.
Effective Leadership with Structure, Method and Respect
Facilitated by Philip Springuel, Immediate Past President of ESAE - European Society of Association Executives
In this interactive workshop, I will share my experience of both accomplishment and failure, and challenge you to re-think your leadership approach.
First, I will explain how structure and methodology are pillars of effective leadership. I will describe why this fits my own one-minute people management approach. Together, we will exchange views about the importance of human interaction, how these impact the mission and objectives of your organisation.
Next, we will break down into two groups to focus on how structure and method on one hand and attitude and professionalism on the other have impacted our own workplaces. When groups have reported their best practices in plenary, we will debate the subtleties that separate notions of respect, dignity, trust and confidence.
Finally, we will close with agreement on a short collective resolution about what we see as necessary to achieve effective leadership.