Linda Pereira will be presenting the Keynote: International Hosting Etiquette – “To Kiss or Not to Kiss”
Linda Pereira is the senior partner and CEO of the L&I Communications Group. In addition to her long and respected career as one of the most influential voices in the Meeting Industry, she is also Executive Director of CPL Meetings & Events. Respected internationally as a speaker, writer and as an educator, she has been an invited speaker in over 143 countries and all continents. She is also the only female ever to be invited by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to speak at a national event. She has worked on the major events which marked the last 30 years from EXPO ’98, EURO 2004, World Stage Fencing Championship and various EU Presidencies among others.
Ms. Pereira has played an active role in many major events and bids for world events. She is also an invited lecturer at three different international Universities. She is recognized for her efficiency and professionalism and thinking outside the box. She is absolutely passionate about associations and sits on a variety of international association boards herself. Linda is also a consultant to a variety of international Governments and associations.
In 2008 Ms. Pereira was considered one of Portugal’s five most influential people in the industry and received the annual education award from USA-based IAHMP. In 2009 she received the medal of honour for responsible entrepreneurship from the Government for her commitment to promoting culture and heritage and for CSR initiatives. In 2012 she was voted one of world’s top 100 PCOs for the third year running and was listed among the top 100 Women CEOs of ecommerce companies by WE magazine from the USA. She is currently the European Ambassador for the Sands Cotai Macao’, the City of Johannesburg and Eketaringberg in Russia for their recent bid to host EXPO 2020. She sits on various Advisory Boards, most notably the Meetings UK Show, as well as having Chaired the Association Planner’s Conference for 3 consecutive years.
She also sits on the Boardof Portugal’s Events Industry Awards as well as the IAHMP Education Committee which she presides and was the Chair of the International and European Association Congress for the last two years. In 2013 she was voted the Events Personality of the Year in Portugal and received the Global Marketing Award from WECIA in the USA.
She is married to a Career Military Officer and has two daughters.