Geoff Donaghy (he/him)
Geoff Donaghy is CEO of Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue ICC Sydney and Group Director – Convention Centres, ASM Global (APAC). Since ICC Sydney’s opening, it has been wowing local, national and international visitors with its focus on delivering a high-quality menu collection and commitment to service excellence. As the Group Director of convention centres for leading venue management specialists, ASM Global, Geoff has had a long involvement with major facility projects across the region.
Geoff served two terms as President of the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) following several years as a board member and was their representative on peak global body, the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), where he was a longstanding member of its executive committee.
In the five years from 2005, he served as Chair of local peak body, the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA), where he steered greater government recognition for the industry and was reappointed to the board as Deputy Chair to assist in driving industry advocacy initiatives during the COVID-19 crisis. During this period, he was also appointed to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) Tourism Recovery Taskforce.
He is currently a board member of the New Sydney Waterfront Company and convenes and chairs the Sydney Business Events Coalition comprising the city’s major business and business events organisations which engages and lobbies the State government.
In 2021, Geoff was inducted into the USA based Events Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders, a prestigious international recognition program in the global meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry.