Former tennis professional and high profile events producer Pancho Campo will be the first keynote speaker for IBTM World 2020 in Barcelona from 1-3 December. In his talk titled ‘The future of events: Lessons learned from working with Barack Obama’, Pancho will draw on his more than 30 years’ experience organising major events to explore how to run an event with high profile attendees, as well as sharing practical solutions to overcome the unique challenges inherent to this type of event. Pancho will also discuss how event organisers can adapt in a Covid-19 world and give insight into what events of the future might look like.
Originally from Santiago, Chile, Pancho is a former ATP tennis professional and Olympic captain, who participated in the 1992 summer Olympics in Barcelona as a coach for the Chilean team. In 1995 Pancho retired from tennis to set up his events management company, Chrand Marketing & Events. He initially worked on sporting events such as the Davis Cup, the Pro Beach Soccer Tour and sports tournaments with fellow celebrities Andre Agassi, Stefan Edberg, Pat Cash and Eric Cantona, but later expanded to music, promoting concerts with music artists Sting, Enrique Iglesias and Pink Floyd.
Pancho’s interest in the environment and climate change led him to meet former Vice-President Al Gore, with whom he went on to produce several conferences, as well as US President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
During lockdown, Pancho produced a virtual climate change conference called Marbella Futuro 2020, one of the first online summits to take place under Covid-19. The one-day, non-profit event brought 61 speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds together over 35 panel sessions to discuss ideas and share inspiration.
Pancho Campo’s session will take place on 9am on Thursday 3 December in IBTM World’s Inspire Theatre, which forms part of the event’s Knowledge Programme. Pancho is a member of the Thinking Heads speaker bureau.