On 22 May 2019, at a press conference held in Frankfurt, the announcement was by Global Association Hubs Partnership partner cities of the appointment of Martin Sirk as new Advisor following the retirement of Hervé Bosquet.
The representatives of Brussels, Dubai, Singapore and Washington DC confirmed their commitment in helping associations to reach their strategic goals and after three years of positive impact achieved, chose to enhance the development perspective with a new executive guidance and leadership.
The Global Association Hubs Partnership (GAHP) was established in 2016 by Destination DC, Dubai Association Centre, Singapore Tourism Board and visit.brussels to support international associations achieve their global societal and business ambitions and to grow the presence of international associations in the partner cities.
Fresh in his new role, Martin Sirk has a long experience in business strategy-setting and analysis, as well as extensive knowledge of the international non-profit sector. Among others, he has previously served as CEO of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) for 16 years.
“My intention is to creatively build on this solid foundation to ensure that any international association will always think of Brussels, Dubai, Singapore and Washington DC as their natural destination partners in achieving their global business and societal objectives.”, he said prior to assuming officially its role on 1 June 2019.
As GAHP’s International Advisor, Sirk will have abroad range of responsibilities, including: advising, guiding and influencing the partnership in defining its strategy; overseeing its finances; planning and executing GAHP-powered partner and industry educational and networking events; and creating brand awareness through effective communications.
Hervé Bosquet, Outgoing GAHP International Advisor, said: “Since the launch of GAHP we have been fortunate to rely on the advice and support of many international association executives. Their presence in our partner hubs and their testimonials of how valuable our partnership has been in the process of internationalizing their activities make me immensely proud of what we have been able to achieve in GAHP during these first few years. It has been a privilege to work closely together with the GAHP partners and I thank them for their efforts and support, individually and as one team. I wish them and Martin Sirk all the very best in furthering GAHP’s mission, vision and strategy in the years ahead. Martin was one of GAHP’s early supporters and I trust the partnership will continue to thrive under his guidance”.
Thanks to GAHP as global platform associations may obtain:
- Better support their membership in the different regions of the world
- Build capacity in each region and use their potential in activities and membership
- Engage in a strategic dialogue on how to grow and better serve overseas members
The visit.brussels Convention and Association Bureau is part of GAHP’s network and a GAHP dedicated session is featured at the European Association Summit in Brussels.