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UFI Launches Online Series Program: UFI Connects


PARIS – UFI, the global association for the exhibition industry, has launched UFI Connects, a series of regular talks, sessions and panels streamed to support industry professionals from around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. Online sessions are free to industry professionals.

“As our industry’s global association, we are working to support our members and the industry at large through this unique time. The recovery of the world’s economies will rely on our companies, our skills. We will need to build and run the marketplaces and the meeting places for industries and experts to come together again. UFI Connects is a way to stay connected, to get through this pandemic and to be ready for the time afterwards,” said Mary Larkin, UFI President.

Sessions will cover a range of different regions and topics, with live sessions running the gamut from the Middle East to Africa to adaptability during crisis. Schedules and program announcements are posted on the UFI website at

Recent episodes and programs are also available on the hub:

“Empathy & Adaptability During Times of Crisis” featured Craig Newman (Johannesburg Expo Centre, South Africa), Trixie LohMirmand (Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE), Peter Hall (President EMEA, Informa Markets) and Peter Grinnall (Chief Executive Officer, REC, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), and was moderated by Naji el Haddad (UFI Regional Manager MEA).
“The Situation in Latin America” incorporated updates and insights from Pepe Navarro (Tarsus Mexico), Fernando Gorbaran (Messe Frankfurt Argentina) and Ana Maria Arango (UFI Regional Manager LatAm).
“An Update from Asia” included commentary from Aloysius Arlando (SingEx Holdings, Singapore), Michael Duck (Informa Exhibitions Asia, Hong Kong), Anbu Varathan (BIEC, Bangalore), and Michael Kruppe (SNIEC, Shanghai), and was moderated by Mark Cochrane (UFI Regional Manager Asia/Pacific). Read more here:
“The content we provide and deliver at our UFI events around the world are one of our association’s biggest assets. While our regular events and educational programs cannot take place as usual, UFI Connects is our way to continue to deliver,” said UFI CEO Kai Hattendorf.

Reach Mary Larkin at (207) 842-5542 or; Kai Hattendorf at (33) 1 46 39 75 00 or

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