Kuala Lumpur. The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has launched a Professional Development Grant aimed at growing the next generation of local meetings industry leaders. The grant will provide three young local association executives the opportunity to attend the ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) Congress 2016 which will be held in Kuching, Sarawak, to engage with leading international industry professionals and expand their knowledge and capabilities in association management at the same time, familiarise themselves with the global meetings industry and the bid process in anticipation of future regional and international congresses linked to their respective association.
Elaborating, the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor explained, “we believe direct exposure to industry experts and stakeholders will help equip the young executives with the tools to become ‘Malaysian Ambassadors’ for their association and the country. So we invite Malaysian association executives aged between 25 and 35 years old and who are registered and a participating member of a national association that is registered, active and holds an annual national conference, to apply (for the grant).”
The Professional Development Grant was launched, by Pryor and ICCA President, Mrs Nina Freysen-Pretorius, at the 10th edition of the facility‘s annual Association Seminar held on 10 March 2015. The Association Seminar is an annual thought-leadership and knowledge-sharing event; under the Centre’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) umbrella, held to educate, encourage and inspire local associations to proactively engage with their international counterparts to bring their meetings to Malaysia.