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Heike Mahmoud wins JMIC award for inspiring women

For her leadership role in paving the way for women in the meetings industry, Heike Mahmoud, COO of Congress Centre Hamburg (CCH) has been presented the Profile and Power Award 2019 by the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC).

An active industry advocate, Mahmoud is an inspiring female leader who has played a significant role in attracting new talent to the meetings industry.

Kai Hattendorf, JMIC president, said that this year’s award focused on “the critical need we have for prominent and respected individuals to act as attractions for others considering careers in our sector.”

Heike, who was once among the industry’s 25 most influential women worldwide, fit the bill perfectly. Her successful career spanning more than 25 years includes key roles across the industry, first as a PCO, then as head of the Berlin Convention Office, and now as COO of a major convention venue.

Hattendorf said: “She has not only acted to advance a positive image for the industry overall but demonstrated the kind of leadership that illustrates the key roles women can and are playing in the top ranks of the industry, which is in itself an inspiring message to aspiring future industry participants.”

JMIC is an organisation that represents the interests of 19 global meetings industry associations. It established the Power and Profile Award as a way of recognising individuals and organisations that have made significant contributions to advancing the awareness and influence of the meetings industry in their respective communities.

Recipients are chosen based on their efforts to innovate and transform the meetings industry positively.