Recipients of the 2018 UFI Next Generation Leadership Grant selected
An international jury, led by UFI President Corrado Peraboni, selected this group of future industry leaders for their initiative in driving change and innovation in their different areas within the exhibition industry.
The recipients of the 2018 UFI NGL Grant are: Lilian Burgardt (Informa, Brazil); Glen Foulstone (GES, UK); Kelly MacLellan, (Feathr, US); Miranda Martin, (Fresh Montgomery, UK); and Maria Tsedeviyn, (Expoforum International, Russia).
“As I was reviewing the applications for this year’s grant, I became a bit concerned about fulfilling my role as jury president: I feared it would be difficult to select just five recipients from the large number of great applications. And indeed, the jury had to make some tough calls,” said UFI president Corrado Peraboni. “I want to encourage all those who we could not select this year to continue to work on their impressive projects, and to re-apply next year.”
For this year’s programme, there was a significant rise of over 70 per cent in the number of applications received when compared to 2017. Applications were handed in from 15 different countries, representing all UFI regional chapters. UFI Next Generation Leaders will now engage in research concerning the future of the exhibition industry, working closely with the UFI team.
“The NGL Grant, which has now reached its third edition, reflects UFI’s commitment to recognising and supporting the best talents within the exhibition industry,” said UFI managing director/CEO Kai Hattendorf. “We believe in the importance of rewarding a global group of strong personalities who will be able to drive the needed changes in the industry in the upcoming years.”