Post Covid-19 Leap Forward: Conversations Towards Restarting Kenya’s MICE Sector Webinar
This Friday 22nd May 2020
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Hon Najib Balala, EGH
Cabinet Secretary @Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife
Hon. Najib Balala, EGH, assumed the position of the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife in the 2015 government reshuffle. He moved from the Ministry of Mining where he was appointed as Kenya’s first Minister in May 2013 and is credited with delivering the Draft Mining Bill in 2014, the first policy and institutional framework review of Kenya’s mining sector since 1940. Having also served as Minister for Tourism from April 2008 to March 2012, Hon. Balala holds the record of being the longest serving Minister in the docket. During that tenure, Hon. Balala delivered the Tourism Bill and gave the sector a policy and legal framework geared towards maintaining sustainability. Hon. Balala has been elected Chairman of the United Nations World Tourism Organization twice, in 2011 and 2019, where he currently holds the position of Chairperson of UNWTO Executive Council.
National Coordinator, Kenya @ National Convention Bureau
Jacinta was appointed in October 2019 as the National Coordinator heading the secretariat setting up the Kenya National Convention Bureau, as a brand-new entity. Under her leadership, KNCB is working to be the leader in coordinating all the MICE activities in the destination and to position Kenya as a preferred MICE destination aiming at ranking 2nd in Africa by 2022. Previously, Jacinta had served as the Director of Marketing at the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) for 6 years where she was charged with the responsibility of leading Kenya’s global tourism marketing strategy. In 2016, she was the Acting CEO of the KTB for 11 months. She has over 20 years experience in Destination Marketing & Management. Recent recognitions: 2018 –Top 3 Women Leaders in Tourism in Africa (Africa Tourism Partners, in Ghana), 2017 –Africa’s Top 100 Most influential Women in Tourism (ATC in Nigeria & Ministry of Tourism, Kenya) & East Africa’s Top Woman in Public in Tourism (CEO Global Magazine, South Africa).
MICE Consultant @ The Tourism Business Company
Rick Taylor, Founder and CEO of The Business Tourism Company has framed, helped build and develop seven national conventions bureaux across the continent in South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, Togo, Tanzania, Ethiopia and now Kenya. He has headed Advertising Agencies, chaired Tourism Boards, sat on National and International Industry Forums. Rick successfully established and headed the Cape Metropolitan Tourism Board and launched Africa’s first stand-alone Convention Bureau (2000). Rick is the winner of the international IMEX Academy Award (2011). The Business Tourism Company has triggered over 100 Projects covering Business Planning (MICE + Leisure) engagements, Facilitating and Training/Professional Development Projects – in Australia (Australia Tourism Board), Serbia ,UK (Manchester), Ireland (Dublin), Finland (Helsinki), Cameroon, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Zanzibar, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya. He is a global Tourism strategist, destination brand architect, speaker & moderator
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