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UFI launches “Next Generation Leadership” Grant programme for 2024

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Industry-leading talent initiative now in its 8th year. Deadline for applications is 7 April 2024.

PARIS – UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, is inviting talented industry professionals from around the world to apply to the 2024 edition of its “Next Generation Leadership” Grant programme.

The UFI Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Grant fosters emerging leaders within the exhibition industry by recognising individuals who demonstrate clear initiative in driving change and innovation in their respective domains. Now in its 8th year, the programme has been a stepping stone for dozens of rising leaders worldwide and is supported by leading global exhibition organisers Clarion, dmg events, Informa Markets, and RX.

Every year, NGL Grant applicants are asked to focus on a mission that tackles a critical topic facing the exhibition industry. The 2024 mission calls for applicants to assess the strategic and operational potentials that the rise of Artificial Intelligence has for the exhibitions and business events industry.

“There has never been a better time for talent in our industry to step forward and thrive, and the NGL Grant offers a unique opportunity for emerging talent and leaders. I call on all our industry leaders to encourage their best and brightest to apply, and I challenge all the bright talents from around the world: Throw your hat into the ring to become an NGL,” says Kai Hattendorf, UFI Managing Director and CEO.

UFI awards the NGL Grant to up to five future leaders. The winners will be selected by an international jury, chaired by UFI President Geoff Dickinson (CEO, dmg events). Applications are open to anyone who works full-time in the exhibition industry but who has done so for no more than ten years.

The 2024 programme will begin in May and is spread over 7 months, allowing the grant winners to participate while also continuing to fulfil their daily work obligations. Together, the winners will investigate the future of exhibitions through the 2024 mission and will work closely with the UFI team as well as receive support from the NGL alumni community and mentors.

The NGL grant winners will first be invited to the UFI European Conference in Zurich, Switzerland on 11-13 June 2024 to kick off their project together. The programme will then culminate in a special session at the 91st UFI Global Congress on 20-23 November 2024 in Cologne, Germany, where they will present their findings to our industry’s top leaders and decision-makers.

Applications are open until 7 April 2024.

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