Senthil has over 20 years experience in the meetings, association and leisure industry. He has held a wide spectrum of positions in the meetings industry, such as CEO of the Convention Bureau of Sri Lanka and Vice President of Kuoni. He moved to Dubai in 2006, working for Congress Solutions International, the Professional Congress Organizer (PCO) arm of the Emirates Group, and eventually became responsible for a wide range business development, sales and operations functions for some of the largest international meetings held in the UAE (including the World Diabetes Congress, UITP, and World Economic Forum). He has been involved in winning many Congress bids for Dubai, UAE and others in the region.
Academically, he holds a European Bachelor of Business Administration, Master’s in Business Administration, and currently is studying for his PHD. Senthil has been working with the global association fraternity for more than two decades and has in depth knowledge on global association segment development matters. For the last three years, he was the Middle East Regional Director of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), headquartered in Netherlands. Presently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of ICCA.
A passionate strategist, being creative and adaptable to the constantly changing environment are his key strengths. Always aims his professionalism and focus on achieving the organization’s objectives and financial goals. Winner of the Global Business Events Strategist of the Year Award given by PCMA – USA.
ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) – is a global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry.
ICCA represents specialists in organizing, transporting, and accommodating international meetings and events. Comprised with over 1,150-member companies and organizations in over 100 countries worldwide, ICCA specializes in the international association meetings sector, offering unrivalled data, communication channels, and business development opportunities.
Vision: Shaping the future and value of international association meetings.
Mission: To be the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry and to create:
• competitive advantages and business opportunities
• successful outcomes for association meetings
ICCA’s Head Office is based in the Netherlands. ICCA’s Regional Offices are based in Malaysia, South Africa, U.A.E., U.S.A. and Uruguay.