Geoff Donaghy

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Geoff Donaghy

CEO, International Convention Centre Sydney and Group Director Convention Centres, AEG Ogden

PRESENTATION TOPIC: Unlocking Business Potential in Asia


Geoff Donaghy is CEO of Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue, ICC Sydney, which since its opening has been successfully attracting local, national and international visitors with its focus on high quality events, local produce and commitment to service excellence.


He is also the Director of Convention Centres for leading venue management specialists, AEG Ogden, with a long involvement delivering major facility projects in Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

Geoff is the immediate past President of the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) and is on the executive committee of global body, the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC).

He served five years as Chair of peak convention and exhibition body, the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA), and has sat on several industry and Government boards including state tourism and event corporations. He was an inaugural director, then Chair, of North Queensland’s world heritage rainforest management authority.


Geoff was awarded the Australia Centenary Medal by the Federal Government in 2001, the Australian industry’s Outstanding Contribution Award in 2009, the Joint Meeting Industry Council’s 2010 Global Power and Profile Award and 2016 IMEX Academy Award for outstanding Asia Pacific industry service.

Session Overview

Access to information and insights is the key to unlocking business potential in Asia. Our two industry speakers have spent a lot of time travelling and working throughout Asia over many years. They will provide timely insights and thought leadership to help you understand the opportunities and pitfalls if you are thinking of Asia as a new market for your business.  We will explore the question of whether the Australian industry is still sitting on the fence when it comes to doing business with Asia?

Three key takeaways from Geoff and Mike’s presentation

  • Opportunities for Australia in Asia
  • A better understanding of what is happening in Asia that will impact on Australia
  • How to work the Asia market

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