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IAEE China Council

As a People’s Republic of China (PRC) approved Foreign Nongovernment Organization (NGO), IAEE established a representative office in Shanghai. The China Council will assist IAEE in establishing working partnerships with key exhibition organizations in China for the purpose of sharing vital information, promoting the global exhibition industry and enhancing effective communications.

To date, IAEE’s Certified in Exhibition Management® (CEM) Learning Program in China has yielded more than 1,616 graduates. In addition, IAEE has maintained a 20-year relationship with the Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Training Center in Beijing who is the licensee of the CEM program in China. In 2022, in conjunction with CCPIT, the Certified International Exhibition Professional (CIEP) was launched with currently 260 professionals having achieved this prestigious designation.

2024 China Council


Daben Mao

Executive Deputy General Manager | Shenzhen World Exhibition and Convention Center

Athena Gong

Managing Director | Informa Markets China


Vice Chairperson

Li Jian

Chairman and General Manager | Hangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Group


Council Members

Vincent U

President | Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM)

Zhou Yan

Professor | Beijing Union University

Xu Yingzi

Chairman and CEO | Xi’an Quijang International Conference and Exhibition Group

Louis Zheng

Partner | ExpoTec


Past Council Chair/Ex- Officio

Gu Xuebin, CEM

Founder and CEO | WeMeet


IAEE Chairperson

Marie Browne

Group Vice President | RX


IAEE Staff

Marsha Flanagan, M.Ed., CEM

IAEE President and CEO

Cathy Breden, CMP-F, CAE, CEM

IAEE Executive Vice President and COO

Jessica Jia

IAEE China Office