Penang, Malaysia -- ICCA Malaysia recently elected a new Committee line-up for the term 2019 – 2021. Ashwin Gunasekeran takes the helm as the ICCA Malaysia Committee’s Chair and Fu Kei Cheong, CMP as Deputy Chair.
Ashwin is the Chief Executive Officer of Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB), while Kei Cheong (better known as KC), is the co-founder of Anderes Fourdy, a Malaysian professional conference organiser.
The ICCA Malaysia Committee currently comprises 16 ICCA members, made up of national and city bureaus, venues, meetings technology companies and professional congress organisers (PCO). ICCA Malaysia has become increasingly active over the years, strengthening Malaysia's profile as a business events destination by organising industry training programmes and advocacy campaigns. Since 2017, the ICCA Malaysia Committee has adopted the Global Meetings Industry Day campaign, which each member gets involved with by running their own micro-campaigns to create awareness of the Business Events industry in Malaysia and to share the power of meetings.
Speaking after the appointment, Aswin said: “ICCA Malaysia has always been a supportive community that has been working together to strengthen the Malaysian business events industry. Since 2016, Penang, through PCEB, has part of the ICCA Malaysia family. With my appointment as the Chair, I look forward to Penang taking a stronger role in growing the efforts of ICCA Malaysia.”
“It will be an interesting term for me as part of ICCA Malaysia, and I thank the ICCA Malaysia Committee members for nominating me as the Deputy Chair. I will endeavour to support the members’ agenda and deputise Ashwin,” said KC.
The ICCA Malaysia was re-launched in 2014 as a formal gathering to bring all Malaysian members together as a team to strengthen the industry further, by pooling resources and working closely with national academia and government entities. The Committee is dedicated to organising activities related to the four pillars of Students (Education), Government, Associations and Trade Associations.
About the new ICCA Malaysia Committee Chair and Deputy Chair
Mr. Ashwin Gunasekeran is the Chief Executive Officer of Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB), the first State Convention Bureau in Northern Malaysia set up in 2016 to develop and grow its Business Events industry. Prior to joining PCEB, he was the Assistant Vice President of Group Sales & Marketing of Destination Resorts and Hotels. A born and bred Penangite, Mr. Ashwin worked for the Penang Tourism Action Council upon obtaining his Master’s degree in International Tourism from IMI University, Switzerland. An industry veteran of over 15 years, he brings to PCEB his accrued experience in tourism and hospitality management, revenue analysis, yield management, business development and business tourism.
Fu Kei Cheong, CMP
KC co-founded Anderes Fourdy, a Professional Congress Organizer and Business Events Consultant. Reputed as the rock-star PCO in Malaysia, his clientele includes NGOs, corporates, convention centres and bureaus. His business events experience spans geographically from Western Europe to Asia-Pacific.
He is the first International Affiliate Member of Australia’s Professional Conference Organisers Association. He was also previously on board the Malaysian Business Events Academic Board.
A CMP holder, KC is a Certified Train-the-Trainer for SACEOS - Singapore Association of Convention, Exhibition, Organizers and Suppliers. He graduated from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, majoring in Economics & Finance. He was also an American-based Professional Convention Management Association scholar. He contributes his time back to industry by mentoring talents and conducting structured course.
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