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Host City Asia announces stellar international speakers

By Hoct City Asia 19 Mar 2019

The second Host City Asia conference is less than a month away and the organisers are proud to announce their latest speakers, which include major cities, rights holders, organising committees and other stakeholders in event hosting.

Future Olympic host cities are represented by:

Jean-François MARTINS, Deputy Mayor in charge of Tourism, Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, City of Paris; 

Yasunobu NISHIMURA, Deputy Director General of Bureau of Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 Preparation, Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Hiromi KAWAMURA, Public Relations Secretary, Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Zhenhua ZONG, Executive Deputy Director, Zhangjiakou City Economic Development Zone

Laszlo VAJDA, Senior Operations Advisor, Minsk 2019 European Games; Senior Expert, Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Senior representatives of the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games (BOCOG) and the Beijing Olympic City Development Association (BODA)

International rights holders speaking at Host City Asia include:

Antonio ARIMANY, Secretary General, International Triathlon Union

Beng Choo LOW, Secretary General, World Baseball Softball Confederation

Kate HAN, Head of Events, Riot Games

Kelvin FANG, Senior Media & Marketing Manager, FIBA China

Erich WOLF, Managing Director, Red Bull Air Race

Clément DARRAS, International Sales Manager, Hurricane (owner of FISE World Series)

Tim BRIERCLIFFE, Secretary General, AIPH – International Association of Horticultural Producers

Brett CLARKE, Chief Commercial Officer, Nitro Circus

Other city representatives confirmed to speak include:

Xiaochun ZHAO, Director-General of Shanxi Provincial Sports Bureau

Yidong LI, Director, Tanggangzi New Town Conference and Exhibition Centre, Anshan

Michael BAIRD, Strategic Advisor to the Commissioner for Greater China, State Government of Victoria, Australia

James PATERSON, Director, MI Associates

Sim Lim NG, Deputy Director, Events & Projects, Singapore Sports Hub

World leading architects:

Hailiang CHEN, Director of Sport and Recreation, Wanda Cultural Tourism Planning & Research Institute

Jie XIAO, Associate Chief Architect/ARB,Ice & Snow Development Dept., Vanke

Other international expert speakers include:

David DE BEHR, Head of Sales, Aggreko Event Services

Daniel CORDEY, Chairman, Association of Global Event Suppliers

Nikki WANG, Head of Sports Business China, Deloitte

Jiang LI, Executive Director, Yutang Sports

Shoto Xiaodong ZHU, Founder and Chairman, OCEANS Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Ben Avison, Editorial & Conference Director of Host City said: “We are delighted to be setting the stage for such an illustrious cast of event owners, organisers, hosts and experts in Beijing. The second Host City Asia is on track to be an even greater success than last year’s launch event.” 

The conference will open with a welcome from the British Embassy Beijing.

Visit Host City Asia to find out more about speakers, the agenda and how you can get involved.

To become a sponsor or partner contact the sales team: or phone +44 (0)203 675 9531. To register as a delegate visit:   

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Host City: The Largest Meeting of Cities and Sports, Cultural and Business Events

Host City Asia

Now in its second year, Host City Asia builds on the successful legacy of its established European sister event and the original Host City magazine launched in 2003 for the organisers of the Beijing 2008 Olympics. 

Taking place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beijing on 11 April 2019, Host City Asia is where international event owners and associated services and suppliers meet Chinese and Asian destinations, event organisers and investors. 

Host City Asia engages international sports federations; rights holders in sports, cultural and business sectors; organising committees; cities and destinations; government; policy makers; industry experts and associated services and suppliers at the highest levels.

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