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Former two-term President of SITE, Rajeev Kohli, CIS, CITP, was today inducted into the Event Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders, the premier recognition programme in the business events industry, its de facto “lifetime achievement award.” Rajeev joins an illustrious group of truly extraordinary SITE leaders including Roger Tondeur, Patti Roscoe, Bill Boyd, Patrick Delaney, Fay Beauchine and the late Jane Schuldt to have received this prestigious award.

Commenting on his induction into the Hall of Leaders, Rajeev Kohli said “I am stunned, humbled and super-excited. I never imagined how highly my friends and peers would think of me but I now realise, and not for the first time, that success in our industry is determined in no small part by the relationships you build along the way. Thank you to my friends at SITE, Euromic, across the Indian sub-continent and, indeed, all over the world. If I stand here today, it’s because of you.”

Since 1985, the Events Industry Council has distinguished the industry through the Hall of Leaders awards programme in order to promote the value of the industry and the contributions of the leaders working within it. The award recognises outstanding leaders who have undoubtedly shaped the industry.

Aoife Delaney, CIS, CITP, President, SITE and Director of Global Sales & Marketing, The DMC Network added “At the heart of Rajeev’s personality and modus operandi, there’s a human decency that’s focused on giving, rather than receiving, being open rather than closed, sharing rather than hoarding, helping rather than seeking to be helped, serving rather than being served. These powerful values have driven all his achievements – his championing of diversity and inclusion, his great vision for youth, his passionate belief in the unique value of the DMC.”

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Commenting on the award, Jenn Glynn, CIS, CITP, Immediate Past President, SITE and Managing Partner, Meeting Encore Ltd said: “Rajeev has played a seminal role in SITE’s recent growth, bringing our association beyond its traditional borders into new, emerging regions and destinations. Always the big picture thinker and strategic innovator, many of Rajeev’s ideas and concepts have been at the heart of SITE’s record growth in recent years. His focus on diversity and inclusion, for example, may be seen in the composition of the present SITE board where the demographic, ethic, age and gender balances are best-in-class.”