2019 Through the Eyes of Kenes Group

Welcoming a new decade

”We embrace a new decade and wonder about the changes it will bring. January 2020 is a good opportunity to reflect on the past and look toward the future. As ten years ago smartphones were something that we didn’t really foresee changes they would create, now we are looking forward to guessing what the future holds,” by our CEO, Dan Rivlin.

In this spirit, we will use this opportunity to reflect on what happened in 2019. And before we do the big dive, we would like to thank all our clients, partners, suppliers, team, and of course, our families, for the love, support, and patience. Thank you!

" We embrace a new decade and wonder about the changes it will bring. January 2020 is a good opportunity to reflect on the past and look toward the future. "


The year started quite dynamic, working hard to set up our new office in Israel. Doing the move in the heat of the season was challenging, and yet the team pulled it off smoothly, without any disturbance to our work, the delivery and support to our events. As this new space is carefully chosen and designed to match the needs of all employees toward improved productivity and creativity, we are looking forward to its fruits this year.

We also opened two new offices in the Iberian Peninsula. We welcomed Lisbon and Seville to our office map. The new teams brought new talents, that enable us to expand our services to clients. And also, together, they strengthen our presence and work in Latin America.


Our team got stronger with quite a few new faces. We are very excited that our management grew with José María Ávila, who joined as Vice President Business Development for Iberia and Latin America – an accomplished event professional with over three decades of experience in the international events sector.


We are proud to say that we inspired the creation of a few new communities around hot topics, as hospitals at home, microbiome, medical cannabis, lymphocyte engineering, and more. We also strengthened a lot of the societies that we work with for a long time through milestone events (ATTD, EPA, SIOP, WCN, to name a few), new education products (ISE Global Education Hub, ATTD Education Portal), and awareness campaigns (World Stroke Day; HPV Awareness Day). In total, we held 126 events and hosted 140 920 delegates in 83 cities around the world.


By creating so many events, touching so many people in different ways, supplying different information on various topics – from various medical specialties, through board games and higher education, all the way to aviation – we learned a lot ourselves. So, we created multiple case studies (10 to be exact) and we took the stage of 17 industry events to speak about what we’ve learned in the hope to give our contribution to bettering the industry. The best prize for us is staying connected with our industry roots, meeting old friends, and making new ones along the way.


Speaking of prized, we were very excited to get seven new awards on our shelves from IAPCO, Eventex, and the International & European Association Awards. Three team superstars also got listed in the Eventex All-Stars 100 Most Influential People in the events industry – Ori Lahav, VP Client Operations, Audrey Alloul, VP Sales & Business Development, and Rosa Garriga Mora, Meeting Architect.


We are grateful for all the lessons that 2019 thought us. We are ready for the ups and downs that 2020 has prepared. We wish you an exciting year ahead.

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