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GM of new Bahrain Convention Centre appointed

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Debbie Kristiansen; photo credit: ASM Global

ASM Global has appointed Middle East venue management and entertainment professional Dr. Debbie Kristiansen as General Manager of the new Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre, due to open in 2022. With 95,000 sqm of exhibition space over 10 Halls, a 4,000-seat tiered auditorium, 95 meeting rooms, Royal & VIP Majlis and a 250-seat restaurant, the Centre will be the largest venue of its kind in the Middle East.

The appointment of Dr Kristiansen, who has lived and worked in the Middle East for 16 years, has been applauded across the industry, according to ASM Global. She has been ranked in the Top 30 Most Inspirational Women in the Arab World 2019 and Middle East Female CEO of the Year 2018, with more than 30 years experience in the tourism, exhibition, events and entertainment industries.

ASM Global APAC & Gulf Region Chairman and Chief Executive, Harvey Lister AM said Dr. Kristiansen is the ideal candidate to take on the role of General Manager of this landmark development. “Her appointment will help consolidate ASM Global’s reputation in the region as the world’s leading producer of event experiences and enhance Bahrain’s standing as an international meetings destination.”

Iain Campbell, Executive Vice President, ASM Global – Gulf Region, welcomed Dr. Kristiansen’s appointment and said it highlighted ASM Global’s reputation and ability to attract the best talent from across the globe. Iain Campbell said he looked forward to welcoming other industry professionals to the team as the project progressed, offering a unique opportunity for those wanting to be part of the Middle East’s biggest and most advanced exhibition and convention facility. Visit www.bahrainiecc.com for more information.

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