Global Association Hubs Partnerships appoints Martin Sirk

The Global Association Hubs Partnerships appoints Martin Sirk

The Global Association Hubs Partnerships (GAHP) has appointed Martin Sirk to lead it into a new era as its International Advisor, following the previously announced retirement of Hervé Bosquet.

In his new role, Sirk will provide executive guidance and leadership to the partnership, building on the positive impact and progress made over the first three years of its existence, underlining GAHP’s commitment to helping associations achieve their strategic goals.

The appointment of Sirk, who previously served as CEO of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) for 16 years, was announced yesterday at IMEX in Frankfurt, where he was joined by representatives from GAHP’s four partner cities: Brussels, Dubai, Singapore and Washington DC.

At a press conference yesterday, representatives from GAHP’s four partner cities thanked Bosquet for his service and his immeasurable role in setting up the partnership and giving it a powerful voice in the global association sector over the past three years.

Martin Sirk, Incoming International Advisor of Global Association Hubs Partnership, said: “I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to be taking on this strategic role with GAHP, having been a huge fan of the concept since its original conception, and having followed closely the great work that the partners have undertaken over GAHP’s first three years.

My intention is to creatively build on this solid foundation to ensure that any international association will always think of Brussels, Dubai, Singapore and Washington DC as their natural destination partners in achieving their global business and societal objectives.”

Following the announcement of Bosquet’s retirement during IBTM World in Barcelona in November, GAHP issued a Call for Candidates in early January 2019, receiving a strong number of submissions from a field of highly qualified candidates. Interviews were then conducted with three candidates, with Sirk emerging as the most suitable for the role.

As GAHP’s International Advisor, Sirk will have a broad range of responsibilities, including: advising, guiding and influencing the partnership in defining its strategy; overseeing its finances; planning and executing GAHP-powered partner and industry educational and networking events; and creating brand awareness through effective communications.

Officially assuming his new role on 1 June, he will also be responsible for business development, contributing to the building of a global community of international association executives, as well as research and governance.

Under Bosquet, GAHP has firmly established itself as a thought-leader for associations that seek to grow and expand internationally, and also contributed to building the global community of internationally operating association executives.

As revealed towards the end of 2018, its members have been experiencing growth in the number of associations located in their cities at a significantly faster rate than global averages, underlining the benefits of their collaborative approach.

Incoming International Advisor Martin Sirk has almost four decades of experience with business events, associations and tourism. He was CEO at ICCA between 2002 and 2018, during which membership expanded from approximately 600 to over 1,100 companies and organisations in almost 100 countries. His career has also included senior roles at Hilton Hotels, Brighton & Hove Council and the British Tourist Authority (now known as VisitBritain).

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