Emerald: Global Group of Winners Announced for 2022 UFI Next Generation Leadership Grant

Paris – April 12, 2022: UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has named the winners of this year’s UFI Next Generation Leadership Grant (NGL), following expert deliberation by a jury of trade show industry leaders.

The judging panel, chaired by UFI President Monica Lee-Müller, met earlier this month to assess all qualified entries submitted from around the world. The UFI NGL grant promotes next generation leadership in the exhibition industry, rewarding professionals who show clear initiatives to drive change and innovation in their field. This year, the aim of the NGL project is to develop a new talent narrative for the exhibition industry, a subject of crucial importance for the future of our sector.

This year’s winners are:

  • Monika Baro – Project Manager at VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. (Thailand)

  • Daniella Galante – Senior Digital Marketing Executive at RX Africa (South Africa)

  • Joseph (Joe) Kowalsky – Show Director at Emerald X LLC (USA)

  • Justine Rabel – Key Account Manager at Eventmaker (France)

  • Maria Victoria Piñeres – Operations Manager at Costa Rica Convention Center / Grupo Heroica Volio & Trejos SA (Costa Rica)

  • Jon Yahirun – Customer Success Manager at Clarion Events (USA)

UFI President Monica Lee-Müller described this year’s grant program – sponsored by Clarion, dmg events, Emerald, informa market, RX and Tarsus – as clear and positive news in an otherwise complicated time for the exhibition industry.

“As the industry continues to face global challenges, developing a dynamic talent narrative for the exhibition industry is critically important to the future of the sector. Congratulations to industry professionals who have won this prestigious scholarship and who will have the opportunity to participate in our talent accelerator program. We look forward to their contributions,” she says.

The jury adds: “Due to the record number of applications, we have decided to award a total of six scholarships this year. It is with great pleasure that we congratulate the winners. Their applications were exceptional. We were impressed to see so many motivated people and talented candidates from different backgrounds and regions, eager to contribute to the development of the talent narrative of our industry. It is a sign of their optimism, as well as our hope for the future of our industry. Thanks again to everyone who participated.

Spread over an 8-month period, the program allows winners to share their story of how their leadership, commitment and experience help them succeed, while fulfilling their daily professional obligations.
To be eligible, candidates must have a maximum of 10 years of work experience in the exhibition industry and continue to be employed full-time (within the industry).

About the jury

The jury is chaired by Monica Lee-Müller – President and CEO of UFI at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center and includes:

  • Danielle Antes – Director, Talent Acquisition at Emerald Holding, Inc

  • Premila Braganza – HR Manager at dmg events

  • Heather Crovo – Vice President, Human Resources at Clarion Events North America

  • Kurt Gamauf – HR Director, Global Projects at RX Global

  • Kai Hattendorf – MD/CEO at UFI

  • Tom Humphris – HR Manager at Informa Markets

  • Rachel Wimberly – Executive Vice President of Business Development at Tarsus Group

For more information, please visit the UFI website here: www.ufi.org/ngl

About UFI – The Global Exhibition Industry Association: UFI is the global trade association for trade show organizers and exhibition center operators, as well as major national and international trade associations. exhibitions and selected exhibition industry partners. The primary objective of UFI is to represent, promote and support the business interests of its members and the exhibition industry. UFI directly represents over 50,000 exhibition industry employees worldwide and also works closely with its 60 national and regional member associations. Over 780 member organizations in 83 countries around the world are currently registered as members. More than 900 international trade fairs proudly display the UFI approved label, a guarantee of quality for visitors and exhibitors alike. UFI members continue to provide the international business community with a unique marketing medium aimed at developing exceptional face-to-face business opportunities.

For more information, please contact: UFI Headquarters: Email: media@ufi.org Tel: +33 (0)1 46 39 75 00 or www.ufi.org

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