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Martin Sirk to lead Global Association Hubs Partnership

Former ICCA chief executive promises to strengthen global community of association executives.

The Global Association Hubs Partnership (GAHP) has appointed Martin Sirk as international advisor, following the retirement of Hervé Bosquet.

In his new role, Sirk will provide executive guidance and leadership to the three-year-old partnership, which consists of four cities: Brussels, Dubai, Singapore and Washington DC.

Taking the reins this month (June), he will be responsible for business development, contributing to the building of a global community of international association executives, as well as research and governance.

Sirk, who previously served as CEO of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) for 16 years, said: “I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to be taking on this strategic role with GAHP, having been a huge fan of the concept since its original conception, and having followed closely the great work that the partners have undertaken over GAHP’s first three years.”

He added: “My intention is to creatively build on this solid foundation to ensure that any international association will always think of Brussels, Dubai, Singapore and Washington DC as their natural destination partners in achieving their global business and societal objectives.”

Following the announcement of Bosquet’s retirement last November, GAHP issued a call for candidates in early January 2019, receiving a strong number of submissions from a field of highly qualified candidates.

As GAHP’s international advisor, Sirk will have a broad range of responsibilities, including: advising, guiding and influencing the partnership in defining its strategy; overseeing its finances; planning and executing GAHP-powered partner and industry educational and networking events; and creating brand awareness through effective communications.

Under Bosquet, GAHP firmly established itself as a thought leader for associations that seek to grow internationally, and also contributed to building a global community of internationally-operating association executives.

GAHP members have reportedly been experiencing growth in the number of associations located in their cities at a significantly faster rate than global averages, underlining the benefits of their collaborative approach.

Bosquet, said: “Since the launch of GAHP we have been fortunate to rely on the advice and support of many international association executives. Their presence in our partner hubs and their testimonials of how valuable our partnership has been in the process of internationalising their activities make me immensely proud of what we have been able to achieve in GAHP during these first few years.

“Martin was one of GAHP’s early supporters and I trust the partnership will continue to thrive under his guidance.”