Guest speaker: Simon Graveling, Chairman of Stage One, a Mega Event Staging Company
Simon Graveling has been in the live events industry since the early eighties, and is now the Producer of Olympic-scale Ceremonies. He was instrumental in Athens 2004 and has also consulted to organizing committees in Beijing, the Asian Games in Doha and the IOC itself. Last summer he returned to Athens to serve as Head of Ceremonies and Production Project Director for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
Through the course of his career, Simon has managed leading event agencies and specialist suppliers internationally that produce corporate events of every kind for world leading brands, create experiential environments from museums to visitor centres and deliver huge public events. He estimates that around half of the world’s population has seen an event that he has helped to create – he is ‘working on the other half!’