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Empowering the Next Generation: Introducing the AAXO Youth Chapter

The Association of African Exhibition Organisers invites individual members to join the Youth Chapter Committee for the AAXO Youth Chapter officially launching at the end of June 2024.

by Tia

Africa boasts the world’s youngest population, with 70% of sub-Saharan Africa under the age of 30[1]. This significant youth demographic in Africa presents a growth opportunity for the continent, which can be realised by ensuring youth inclusion in decision-making processes and providing suitable opportunities for work and innovation.

Recognising the critical contributions made by the youth to the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) sector across Africa, the Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) is proud to launch the AAXO Youth Chapter, an exciting new forum for members dedicated to empowering the young voices within the industry.

This initiative calls upon AAXO members aged 18-35 (defined as ‘Youth’ in the South African National Youth Policy) who have at least two years of industry experience and are employed at an AAXO member organisation to join the committee, with the aim of providing a platform for the industry’s youth to voice their perspectives.

“The main objective of the AAXO Youth Chapter is to empower our industry’s future leaders by offering a platform for their voices to be heard. In order to effectively address the needs of this important demographic, we believe it is crucial to involve youth input and participation. That is why we are thrilled to announce the formation of a Youth Chapter Committee, responsible for spearheading relevant initiatives and activities within the chapter. Through this committee, we hope to create a dynamic and engaging space for the next generation to share their ideas and perspectives while paving a path towards a more inclusive and successful events and exhibitions industry,” says Devi Paulsen-Abbott, Chairperson of AAXO.

Why Join the AAXO Youth Chapter Committee?

Members are encouraged to seize the opportunity to express their innovative ideas and engage in meaningful discussions about industry challenges with their peers. By joining the AAXO Youth Chapter Committee, they can expand their professional network and enhance their visibility within the industry through this exceptional opportunity which will enrich their experience with a role that showcases their commitment and contributions to the MICE industry.

Nomination Process:

Nominations for members to the AAXO Youth Chapter Committee must be completed on the nomination form (accessible by clicking here) and emailed to aaxo@aaxo.co.za by the 5th of July 2024. Voting opens on the 8th of July 2024, and closes on the 12th of July 2024 with the newly elected Committee members being announced on the 16th of July 2024.

For more information, visit www.aaxo.co.za/aaxo-youth-chapter/

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