ASSOCIATIONWORLD, in collaboration with the Geneva Convention Bureau and Congrex Switzerland, announce the launch of the Geneva International Association Forum (GIAF).

Gathering representatives of international and European Associations, Non-Profits, Federations, Societies, NGO’s and Universities, the GIAF aims at establishing an international leading platform and knowledge sharing event in one of the world’s flagship host destinations for professional association and non-profit organizationgathering.

“The GIAF is a logical next step in the developments of our activities in the Geneva association and non-profit market, supplementing our all-year-around workshops there”, says Kai Troll, President of Brussels-based ASSOCIATIONWORLD. “The GIAF’s primary mission is to bring together the Geneva-based and international / European associations and non-profit organizations to share knowledge, best practices and design joint initiatives to tackle common challenges, to help achieve better results and greater impact. Besides the rich program of interactive workshops, conferences, roundtables and knowledge-sharing tracks, the GIAF will provide a new kind of community exchange platform in Geneva, made by association, for associations”.

Didier Allaz, Geneva Convention Bureau’s Director adds: “Geneva is an institutional and scientific hub like no other in the world, and a central location for international diplomacy, scientific research and innovation and professional expertise gathering. The city’s unique ecosystem of public, private, non-profit and academic players provides a fertile ground for fostering an impactful dialogue and expertise sharing. Building more of a community amongst our Geneva-based international and European associations and non-profit organizations is the essence of the Geneva Convention Bureau’s mission. Hosting the GIAF with other international stakeholders and local partners in Geneva will only reinforce that critical position our city holds on the global scene.”

A long-time meetings industry addict, Gorazd is the Founder and owner of marketing and event agency Toleranca Marketing. He has many years of experience in planning, preparing and carrying out large international meetings and exhibitions. As the founder of the "Power to the Meetings" methodology, he still firmly believes in the power of live events and human to human communication. He is also the author of numerous articles and editor-in-chief of the meetings industry magazine Kongres Magazine.