PARIS – The UFI Board of Directors elected Geoff Dickinson as UFI President for the 2023-24 period. Dickinson will be part of the UFI Presidential Trio for the 2022-23 term, which includes:
- ▪ UFI President Michael Duck: Executive Vice President, Commercial Development Informa Markets, and Executive Vice President, Commercial Development Informa Group
- ▪ UFI Incoming President Geoff Dickinson: CEO dmg events
- ▪ UFI Outgoing President Monica Lee-Müller: Managing Director of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML)
The new lineup will take effect at the end of the 89th UFI Global Congress in Muscat, Oman, which is scheduled to take place Nov. 14-17, 2022. As UFI’s Incoming President, Dickinson will work closely with the President and Outgoing President as part of the presidential trio.
“I can’t begin to say how flattered, honored and delighted I am. It was a very pleasant surprise and something which I will truly treasure and honor,” Dickinson said
UFI, which was founded in 1925 as a non-profit, non-partisan, international association, today represents more than 50,000 exhibition industry professionals in almost 90 countries. The organization operates from four regional offices, in addition to its headquarters in Paris. Dickinson has taken part in several UFI events as a speaker and has been a sponsor of various UFI activities over the years.
“I’ve loved working with UFI over the last couple of years, and I think the association has done an exceptional job throughout the COVID crisis,” Dickinson said. “It’s been wonderful working with so many terrific colleagues and friends who I have enormous respect for — so I’m delighted to be taking on this role in 2024, and delighted to be supporting the executive team in the coming years.”
Dickinson began his career in publishing with emap in London and worked for a variety of events businesses holding numerous senior roles and he spent over a decade as an entrepreneur in Dubai launching two successful exhibitions businesses. In 2010 he became the CEO of dmg events, a leading organizer of more than 80 events in 25 countries and a publisher of trade magazines.
UFI President Lee-Müller, said: “I am pleased to welcome Geoff to the UFI leadership team, alongside Michael Duck. I look forward to working with him, as he takes on the role of Incoming President. I wish him every success in performing all the important duties that are required of this position. I know he will be a wonderful leader for our global industry.”
Reach Geoff Dickinson at +971 4 438 0355