Speaker line-up announced for AIPH Virtual International Conference on 15 September

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has announced some of the expert speakers for its Virtual International Conference; ‘Recovery from crisis – the future for ornamentals’.

The conference will take place on 15th September as part of the 72nd AIPH Annual Congress which is taking place online this year in partnership with FloraCulture International and headline sponsor, PERA Event. Supporting Partners are CIOPORA, Florint and Fleuroselect and media partners Horticulture Week (UK), China Flowers & Horticulture (China), Commercial Horticulture (New Zealand), Grower Talks (USA), Pod Osłonami (Poland) and Il Floricultore (Italy).

This conference is open to anyone involved in the supply chain for flowers and plants and delegates are urged to book now to benefit from the special ‘early bird’ price of only 55 GBP which is only available until 20 July. You can see all the details at http://aiph.org/conference-2020/

The conference will feature presentations and panel discussions and being online you can select the aspects you want to join. The special 3D system will also enable you to speak with other delegates. It will run from 8am CEST.

The conference program and speaker biographies are available online at http://aiph.org/conference-2020/ Some of the speakers and panellists already confirmed are:

  • Dr Charlie Hall from Texas A&M University, USA
  • Ms Carin van Huet, Director of Food & Agribusiness, Rabobank, the Netherlands
  • Mr Frank de Hek, Partner at Oaklins – Mergers and acquisitions in the ornamentals industry
  • Mr Josh McBain, Consultancy Director, Foresight Factory, UK – Impact of the pandemic on consumers
  • Mr Simon Ogrizek, President of Florint, the International Florist Organisation – future for florist shops
  • Mr Steven van Schilfgaarde, CEO Royal FloraHolland, the Netherlands
  • Mr Craig Musson, Managing Director, WAFEX, Australia – future for flower traders
  • Ms Gao Rongmei, General Manager, Kunming International Flower Auction Trading Centre (KIFA), China
  • Mr Augusto Solano, President of Asocolflores, Colombia
  • Mr Ryoji Kato of OTA Flower Auction Market, Japan
  • Mr. Jan-Dieter Bruns, Managing Director of Bruns-Pflanzen and President of ENA, Germany
  • Mr. Michiel de Haan, CEO, Royal Lemkes, the Netherlands
  • Mr Peter Vaughan, CEO, Greenlife Industry Australia
  • Mr Wojciech Wróblewski, President of the Polish Nursery Association
  • Mr Art van Wingerden, Co-CEO, Metrolina Greenhouses, USA
  • Mr Mattijs Bodegom, Head of Marketing & Communications, Anthura BV, the Netherlands
  • Ms Evelyn Lu, Deputy Chair of Taipei Flower Auction Market, Chinese Taipei
  • Mr. Andre van Kruijssen, CEO of Veiling Holambra, Brazil
  • Mr Dennis van der Lubbe, Managing Director, Flower Council, the Netherlands
  • Mr Mikaël Mercier, President, Val’hor, France

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