Roundtable Asia-Pacific 2018 Programme


Wednesday 26 September

9.00-12.00 Optional tours of KL for international delegates
Note: Pre-registration is required! Sign up when you register for the Round Table
Tour 1: A Taste of Bijan
Tour 2: KL Heritage Walk
Tour 3: School of Hard Knocks
Tour 4: The Art of Batik Making
See the tab "Extras" for more information
12.30-14.00 Lunch for all delegates
Optional, on request: site visit of the venue
14.00-15.30
UIA Round Table session 1

Opening keynote by UIA President Cyril Ritchie on the role of international organizations today

Panel of speakers:

What impact/influence does your association have on society/environment?
What external factors impact/influence your association’s work?

followed by round table discussions
15.30-16.00 Refreshments
16.00-17.30
UIA Round Table session 2

Case studies: associations share their experience in meeting challenges

17:45 Walk together to Pool Residence at the Grand Hyatt Hotel for a "Colours of Malaysia" dinner

Thursday 27 September

9.00-10.30
UIA Round Table session 3

Case studies: associations share their experience in meeting challenges

10.30-11.00 Refreshments
11.00-12.30
UIA Round Table session 4

Panel of speakers:

What external factors impact/influence your association’s work? (reprise)
How do you respond to these factors, and in turn, influence them?

followed by round table discussions
12.30-14.00 Lunch for all delegates
Optional, on request: site visit of the venue
14.00-17.00 MyNEXT 2018
Where local associations meet and share knowledge on association management

Cyril Ritchie

President of CoNGO - the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (2011-2018)

First Vice President of CoNGO (2018-2021)

President of the Council of Europe Expert Council on NGO Law (since 2008)

Senior Policy Advisor of WFC - World Future Council (since 2012)

Chair of ELCI - Environment Liaison Centre International (since 2000)

President of UIA - Union of International Associations (since 2017)

Titular of the World Order of the Smile (since 1979)

President of FIIG - Federation of Semi-Official and Private International Institutions established in Geneva (since 1978)

President of ICSFD - International Civil Society Forum for Democracy (2006)

Chair of WOCSOC - World Conference on Civil Society (1999)

Executive Director of ICVA - International Council of Voluntary Agencies (1964-1978 and 1990-1991)

Steve Tunstall

CEO & Co-Founder, Inzsure.com
General Secretary and Co-Founder, Pan Asia Risk and Insurance Management Association
Pan-Asia Ambassador, International Insurance Society, New York
CEO & Owner, Tunstall Associates Pte Ltd

Inzsure is a technology solution transforming commercial insurance. The platform leverages a conversational interface on a mobile friendly basis powered by AI and informed through intensive actionable intelligence data analytics. The radical, transparent and trustworthy business model significantly lowers frictional transaction costs and improves both speed and security. The platform is blockchain ready and investigating the adoption of Ethereum smart contracts.

Steve has over thirty years of experience in owning, running and future proofing companies. He has been CEO, Managing Director or equivalent in seven companies in four countries managing teams of up to 500 employees and based in Asia for over 20 years. He has deep domain knowledge in Insurtech, Fintech, commercial insurance, compliance, risk and crisis management.

“RISK and the Asian CEO” Steve’s first book, was published on Amazon Kindle in 2016. He has been recognised as the No.1 worldwide influencer in Insurtech according to the Global Instech 100 in early 2017. He features in the Top 20 Global Influencer lists of Rise, Richtopia and Onalytica in the areas of Insurtech, Fintech and Blockchain. He has a significant presence on Twitter (42k), LinkedIn (22k), Instagram (6k) Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat and Tumblr.

Previous roles include:

  • Head of Compliance, Insurance, Legal and Risk at Cathay Pacific and risk advisor to the rest of the Swire Group globally
  • Vice President of Risk for Genting Singapore & Resorts World Sentosa, responsible for enterprise-wide risk management, insurance and business continuity management
  • Managing Director for Jardine Pacific, Schindler Lifts Singapore

MSc in Project Management & Risk, BSc in Surveying and a Diploma in M&E Engineering. Member of the Institute of Risk Management, the Business Continuity Institute, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Association for Project Management and the Association of Cost Engineers.

Clara Fernández López

External Relations Manager of UIA

Clara is a skilled mediator with a training in understanding-based approach to conflict. As an independent consultor, she supports academic and professional publishing houses, organizations and academic institutions in diverse areas of company strategy, publishing, marketing and in international relations development.

Clara joined the Union of International Associations as External Relations Manager in 2011. In her role as Publisher, Managing Director and Member of the Management Board with various international publishing and media companies such as K. G. Saur in Germany, Gale in the U.S., Thomson Learning in U.K. and De Gruyter in Germany, from 1988 to 2011 she was the Publisher of UIA’s "Yearbook of International Organizations".

Since 1998, Clara is a Lecturer in Media Sciences at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany and since 2017 Member of the Executive Board of the International Youth Library Foundation.

Jeffers Miruka

Mr. Jeffers Miruka is the President and Founder member of the African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE). AfSAE is a pan-African professional community of association executives formed in 2015 to serve as the professional society for those within the Association Management profession in Africa.

Mr. Miruka is also the Executive Director of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE), a Nairobi based association of agricultural and development economists with over 3000 members spread globally, with specific interest in African agricultural transformation.

Mr. Miruka has over 13 years combined experience in association management and MICE. He has a rich experience in association development, convention bureau management, and is a frequent speaker and contributor to many global publications, media interviews and association forums.

Mr. Miruka is currently involved with the government of Kenya, activating the Kenya National Convention Bureau. He is well known internationally in the MICE Business events industry and easily recognized as the pre-eminent African associations ambassador and a leader of the association movement in the continent. He has a Masters in Global Marketing.

Noor Ahmad Hamid

Regional Director Asia Pacific, International Congress and Convention Association

Noor has been the Regional Director Asia Pacific of ICCA since 2009. Prior to joining ICCA, he began his career in tourism marketing with the national tourist authority - Tourism Malaysia where he has handled and overseen the international & domestic tourism promotion, media hospitality, meeting & incentive projects and event organising.

In 1989, he was posted to Los Angeles and high-jumped to the meetings & incentive side for 5 years when the sales responsibility was incorporated into his portfolio. After 16 years with Tourism Malaysia, he joined the business sector in event management, sponsorship and innovative tourism projects, a background that uniquely helps him understand ICCA members’ vast range of business cultures and working environments.

Under Noor’s leadership, ICCA Asia Pacific Office has seen a major expansion in terms of size with the establishment of a Global Research Centre, and it paved the way for more comprehensive research projects undertaken by Kuala Lumpur-based research team for the benefit of members and the association community worldwide.

In his current role as Regional Director Asia Pacific, Noor continues to be a vital ambassador for ICCA and represents ICCA in numerous talks in the region at national & regional meetings forums. In addition, he provides training workshops and leads educational seminars in bidding & marketing. He also sits on the Founding Advisory Board and serves as Ambassador for the ASAE Great Ideas in Association Management Conference Asia Pacific. His aim is to help grow the international meetings industry in the Asia Pacific region.

Stacey Huang

Stacey is the Executive Director of the Pan-Asia Risk and Insurance Management Association (PARIMA). She is responsible for setting up and implementing strategies and programs that will maintain PARIMA as the fastest growing professional association for Risk managers in Asia. Besides managing the overall planning and development of PARIMA, she is also in charge of the day to day operations. PARIMA’s members are solely corporate risk managers and it has currently more than 1400 members, representing more than 800 companies and spread across 30 countries. Since joining PARIMA, she has grown the association by more than five times and introduced new initiatives such as certification, partnerships, competency modelling and self-assessments.

Stacey believes in the need and importance of strategic development. A management consultant with over 10 years of experience, she has helped companies with their transformation and growth agenda. She has worked across multiple industries, countries and cultures, having lived and worked in Kenya, London, Hong Kong and Singapore. She has a Business Management Degree and a Masters in Business Psychology and has a passion for enabling organisational and individual change. Her expertise are in Business modelling, Process Improvement, Change Management and Digital Transformation.

Professor Dr Teo Soo Hwang PhD FASc OBE

Chief Executive, Cancer Research Malaysia

Prof Teo Soo-Hwang is Chief Executive of Cancer Research Malaysia. Her team works with global teams to ensure that the fight against cancer doesn’t miss Asians.

Cancer Research Malaysia is a company limited by guarantee, governed by a Board of Trustees and in her role as founding CEO, Prof Teo has worked closely with the Founding Trustees to establish a governance framework, strategic plan and operational plans for the Foundation.

Prof Teo’s contributions to medical research have been acknowledged through appointments as an Adjunct Professor of University Malaya in 2008, an Eisenhower Fellow in 2010, a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences on 2014, Top Research Scientist Award in 2014 and Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2017.

At the Round Table in Seoul in 2013 Steve told us about the birth of PARIMA: the reason for founding it and for selecting the location; the challenge of attracting partners; and, of course, engaging members. PARIMA has grown considerably since those beginnings six years ago and now has 1400 members representing 800 companies in 30 countries in Asia Pacific. Steve and the other founders have done an outstanding job in creating a community of risk managers in the region. We invite him back to the Round Table in 2018 to tell us how they did it.

Fundraising is often a topic and a function that can strike a raw nerve in the heart of even the most seasoned association professional. Fundraising is fundamentally viewed as asking people for money, and this often makes many of us feel uncomfortable and we are, generally, untrained in this key area.

As association executives, we constantly ask people and organizations to invest in our mission, programs and services. Each membership contribution, each event registration, and each education class or credential application are all the result of creating a compelling value proposition in which a member believes giving his or her funds to you will result in mutual gain or return on investment.

Although fundraising is different from a purely transactional relationship, the elements of research, marketing, budgeting, and assessment are all fully present. When applicable to an association, or to any non-profit organisation, many of us think that finding money is always the first step. The not-for-profit executives will agree that it is more difficult to get funding than it often seems at the start. Besides, there is a lot more to fundraising than just having a good idea.

UIA’s 2015 Survey on International Meeting Issues shows that 51% of international associations worldwide are not familiar with the services offered by a Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) – and only 14% have used the services of a CVB in the past 5 years.

There is a huge potential for associations finding neutral support, assistance and advice for planning their events in destinations worldwide. And at UIA we see a huge need of increased communication between the meetings industry and international associations.

  • What is a CVB and why is its service free of charge for you?
  • How can you approach a CVB, which information will the CVB need from you, how do CVBs and international associations cooperate?
  • Why could your event be more successful with the support of a CVB?
  • Where is there a potential for win-win interactions between a CVB and international associations?

Discussing and finding answers to these questions is crucial for an enhanced networking and interaction between international associations and those players in the meetings industry, who will help associations planners in the organization of their events.

The UIA focus and aim is to encourage and undertake all activity aimed at promoting the development and efficiency of non-governmental networks, as well as intercommunication between people working in the international framework and in interassociative cooperation. One of the most important tools for associations work is their meetings and congresses, and UIA encourages the interaction between the meetings industry and associations by providing a networking space.

The growing phenomenon of so called "predatory conferences" is not something new by now, as demonstrated in the recent number of high-profile news stories on this subject. Increasingly we are learning that these disreputable “conferences” have been on the horizon for a long time - they are being organized under the umbrella of “international associations”, or predatory entities which have become notorious for organising conferences that appear to be scholarly but are strictly exploitive money-making. These are often referred to as fake, fraudulent, scam or downright bogus, however we regard them as "questionable meetings".

In this presentation we’ll talk about what you need to know about questionable conference, what a predatory organizer is, why they are a menace to academia and a checklist to detect and avoid falling prey to this type of conferences. The goal is to provide a clear overview of what is going on out there and highlight some of the specific concerns as predatory conferences should ring the alarm bells not only to the associations, but also the academics.

  • How PARIMA set it up
  • Lessons learnt in the process of setting it up
  • Making it sustainable after the launch