Association of Event Organisers appoints new CEO

The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) has appointed former ITE Group and Expomedia staffer Karim Halwagi as its new CEO.
Halwagi officially joins the AEO on 30 August and will take over from current CEO Austen Hawkins. His resume includes stints with ITE Group and Expomedia, where he launched and managed exhibitions in both the UK and abroad. Since 2008 Halwagi has owned and ran his own baby gift online portal, BabyBox London.
“I am absolutely delighted that the AEO has attracted such a high calibre operator,” Hawkins said. “Karim brings a huge amount of knowledge, experience and talent and I look forward to Karimdriving AEO’s development forward to greater success.”

Hawkins will remain CEO until the end of the year as part of an extended hand over.

“I am looking forward to working with our existing and new members, to further enhance and develop the promotion of our industry and its continued growth,” Halwagi said.

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Paul Colston

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