Empowerment, Diversity, and Professionalisation: Kicking off a new Decade for the European Association Summit

European Association Summit 2022
The Egg Brussels
© visit.brussels - Eric Danhier - 2022

The opening session will present the themes and set the scene for this year's renewed European Association Summit format. EAS2023 takes place in the context of the European Years of Skills (2023) and Youth (2022-2023) and links up with the blue (digitalisation) and green (sustainability) transitions taking place in Europe and beyond. The key themes for the 11th edition of the EAS are empowerment, diversity, and, more generally, professionalisation in the context of multiple new trends in association management.  

Elisabeth Van Ingelgem, Director for Strategy and International at visit.brussels, will sketch the key role Brussels plays and aims to play for European and international associations. Furthermore, some representatives of EAS key partners, together with EAS2023 NextGen association leaders, will contribute to the opening session with multiple pointers on what's to come during the next two days. The opening session will end with an interactive exercise allowing all participants to formulate and share their expectations for this event.


  • Elisabeth Van Ingelgem – Director, Strategy & International, visit.brussels

  • Marco Baldoli – EAS2023 NextGen Association Leader; Secretary General of European Federation of Rice Millers (FERM); Secretary General for TomatoEurope; Executive Director of European Potash Producers Association (APEP). Senior Association Manager, Kellen 

  • Isabella Beck Jørgensen – EAS2023 NextGen Association Leader; Communications Manager, Kellen

  • Benita Lipps - Women Who Advance Associations (WWAA); Head of DGA Association Management Practice; Partner at Dentons Global Advisors (DGA)

  • Mike Morrissey - President of the European Society of Association Executives (ESAE); Chief Executive of the European Cancer Organisation, Executive Director of the European Cancer Community Foundation

  • Martin Sirk - International Advisor, Global Association Hubs (Brussels, Dubai, Singapore, Washington DC) 

Announcer: Lydia Pernal-Stoddart – EAS2023 NextGen Association Leader; Communications Manager, Council of European Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR)