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IAPCO champion Gonzalo Perez Constanzo dies, 61

Industry mourns loss of 'good friend and mentor' who was battling cancer

Pictured: Gonzalo Perez Constanzo

The meetings industry is mourning the loss of Gonzalo Perez Constanzo who has died, aged 61.

The former president of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) passed away at the German Hospital, in Buenos Aires, having battled cancer for a number of years.

His career highlights included an eleven-year stint as joint secretariat/conferences organiser for the World Bank and IMF and a three-year period as managing director of KENES Latin America, in Santiago, Chile.

During his tenure as IAPCO president (2012-14) he launched the Albert Cronheim Scholarship, which gives disadvantaged young people access to the association’s educational programmes.

But it was his personal qualities that will be remembered by those closest to him.

In a moving obituary, Mathias Posch, the current IAPCO president, said: “While Gonzalo will be remembered as a great professional and a champion for IAPCO, his greatest qualities were those of being a friend and mentor. Many of us have stories of the great times we were able to share with Gonzalo and the incredible impact he left on our lives and careers.”

He added: “So more than anything else, let’s remember Gonzalo as a true friend. Let’s remember the glasses of wine we shared, the deep conversations and the laughs. The moments when he was the adult in the room, navigating problems and finding solutions, as well as the moments when he was just relaxed and sharing his boyish smile.”


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