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Best of association sector celebrated at Associations World Congress

Winners of International & European Association Awards announced at gala dinner

Pictured: Angela Cherrington (right) with fellow winners at the International & European Association Awards

Angela Cherrington, from the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa, was named Executive Director of the Year at the International & European Association Awards ceremony.

The event, at Grand Café Hauta Art Noveau Hall, in Antwerp, was one of the highlights of the Associations World Congress, which drew more than 200 association delegates to the city.

Cherrington was a double winner on the night, taking home the Best Membership Engagement programme for the Johannesburg-based institute, which has more than 5,000 members.

Other winners were:

Young Association Executive of the Year: Drilona Shtjefni, European Biomass Industry Association

Best Website and Integration Award: Union for International Cancer Control

Best Association Video: International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies,

Best Social Media Campaign: International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Best Association e-Newsletter: AOspine

The two-day Associations World Congress took place at Flanders Meeting and Convention Centre Antwerp, built inside the grounds of Antwerp Zoo, next to the railway station.

The event, organised by the Association of Association Executives, was quite a coup for the Belgian port city, which is trying to attract more business events to balance its mix of tourism.

Deputy Mayor Koen Kennis said: “This event is very important for us, because association delegates often become leisure tourists, or even, if they bring their companies back, business tourists. But more than that we can use association meetings to develop our areas of expertise, like fashion, petro-chemicals, logistics and Internet of Things. Antwerp is not a big city but it feels like one – we have 173 nationalities, which is on a par with somewhere like New York, and we have a strong cultural life, too, so we are sure it is the kind of place international delegates will love.”

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