The Conference Company has been appointed professional conference organiser (PCO) of the 32nd Triennial Conference of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), based in Geneva, Switzerland, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 21-27 August, 2016.
Nina Freysen-Pretorius, chief executive officer of The Conference Company, said she and her team are very honoured by this appointment. “This is not only a major achievement for us, but as a team of all women, we believe we are perfectly suited for the job. It is important for a PCO to not only deliver a seamless event, but to understand the dynamics and the content thereof.”
She said The Conference Company, which has offices in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, has been researching the IFUW and its conference for more than four years and eventually participated in the PCO election process that was managed by Wesgro, the destination marketing, investment and trade promotion agency for the Western Cape.
“This international conference will bring together opinion leaders and grassroots community leaders on the theme of education, looking at topical subjects ranging from current challenges in education to new technologies, access to education and human rights education,” said IFUW president Catherine Bell.
The IFUW conference is expected to draw approximately 800 delegates from the Federation’s affiliates in 62 countries and individual members in more than 40 others.
Founded in 1919, the IFUW is the leading girls’ and women’s global organisation advocating for women’s rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality education and training up to the highest levels. The Federation is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is maintaining official relations with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
The Conference Company specialises in the association market. Major conferences managed by the company include the COP17 climate change conference held in Durban in 2011, the International Confederation of Midwives in the same year and the Zambian leg of the UN World Tourism Organisation’s world congress at the Victoria Falls in 2013.
Ms Freysen-Pretorius is president of the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA) and former national chairperson of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI).