UFI Elects Monica Lee-Müller as President for 2021-22

August 4, 2020
Monica Lee-Müller

For the second year in a row, the UFI Board of Directors has elected a woman president. In an announcement made July 29, UFI declared Monica Lee-Müller as president of UFI for the 2021-22 period. This decision will become effective at the conclusion of the 87th UFI Global Congress, set for Nov. 15-20.

Lee-Müller has served as managing director of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML) since 2012. HML is the professional private company responsible for the management and operation of the 306,000 square-metre Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). About 1,000 events are held at the HKCEC every year.

She has been active in UFI for many years, supporting the association’s mission and driving developments, especially on diversity and sustainability projects. In addition, she has served as a board member of UFI for the past 12 years.

“I am thrilled to welcome Monica to the UFI leadership alongside Anbu Varathan,” said Mary Larkin, UFI’s current president. “Monica has been a very active member in our industry and has... also been very involved with UFI as a board member, and I look forward to working with her as she takes on the role of incoming president.”

She added, “Having worked with Monica, I know she will be a wonderful leader for all aspects of our industry.”

The UFI Presidential Trio for the 2020/21 term will comprise of:

  • Monica Lee-Müller, Incoming President
  • Anbu Varathan (Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association - IMTMA, India), President 2020/21
  • Mary Larkin (Diversified Communications, Portland, USA), Outgoing President

“As we experience the world’s economy being seriously impacted by COVID-19, I am more confident than ever about the significant role of UFI and importance of the exhibitions it supports,” says Lee-Müller. “It will be an extraordinary honour to join with the UFI leadership in the coming years in moving this remarkable industry forward into a new era. I accept the challenge ahead, for it is our global network of industry professionals working together that can meet that challenge.”

Lee-Müller will work closely with the incumbent president and outgoing president to make up the presidential trio, managing UFI at the highest level and helping the organization continue its global mission to connect, support and promote the exhibition industry around the world.

UFI was founded in 1925 as a non-profit, non-partisan international association, and today is the global association for the exhibitions industry, directly representing more than 50,000 exhibition industry professionals in almost 90 countries globally. UFI operates four regional offices in addition to its headquarters in Paris.

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