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2023-10-30 | Shenyang

EXPO GM elected to the UFI Board  and Vice-Chair of Asia-Pacific Chapter

(Shenyang, 30 October 2023) – Ms. Diane Chen, General Manager of the Shenyang New World EXPO, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors and Vice-Chair of Asia-Pacific Chapter of UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. The 3-year mandate will begin after the association’s annual General Assembly which will be held ahead of UFI’s Global Congress on the 1st of November 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA).

Ms. Chen is also a member of the Board of Shenyang New World EXPO (Management) Ltd. that manages and operates EXPO, the premier and most state-of-the-art exhibition and meeting venue in Northeast China. She has been active in UFI for nine years, supporting the association’s mission and driving its development programs within China.

UFI is the global trade association of the world’s tradeshow organisers and exhibition centre operators, as well as the major national and international exhibition associations, and selected partners of the exhibition industry. UFI’s main goal is to represent, promote and support the business interests of its members and the exhibition industry. UFI directly represents more than 50,000 exhibition industry employees globally, and also works closely with its 60 national and regional association members. More than 820 member organisations in 85+ countries around the world are presently signed up as members. Around 1,000 international trade fairs proudly bear the UFI-approved label, a quality guarantee for visitors and exhibitors alike.

UFI’s Asia-Pacific Chapter Leadership is comprised of 4 Chairpersons and Vice-Chairpersons; elections take place every three years. During this process, the members elect a truly global body with representatives from UFI chapters around the world. The Board of Directors is tasked with implementing decisions taken by the General Assembly, developing UFI policy and preparing all proposals related to matters affecting international trade fairs. After thorough preparation, these proposals are submitted for vote to UFI members at the annual General Assembly.

“I am very pleased to thank all newly elected and re-elected Board members and industry Chapter leaders including Ms. Chen. I am constantly proud that we have so many enthusiastic members who wish to contribute to our global industry. It's such an exciting time to be making such a contribution as we regrow and restart our shows around the world. I wish to say a big, personal THANK YOU!” says Michael Duck, UFI President and Informa Markets, EVP Commercial Development.

Cliff Wallace, EXPO Senior Executive Advisor, past SML Chair and a past President of UFI sent personal congratulations to Ms. Chen saying, “Your election to the board highlights your commitment to this important industry in China and the confidence UFI has in you input to the Board. It is also an indication of the success of EXPO as well as the professionalism of you and the great team we have in place there. With the genuine ongoing support of Liaoning and Shenyang Government, EXPO will continue to excel and enhance visitation and the related economic impact to the province and city.”

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Leo Liu