The ESAE Association Awards Celebrate the Association Community

22nd Jun, 2023

The ESAE Association Awards, held on 15 June 2023 in Brussels, recognised exceptional achievements by Association teams.

Mike Morrissey, the ESAE President, opened the ceremony, and attendees were greeted by a special video message from Roberta Metsola. Nathalie Moll, Director General of EFPIA, joined Mike Morrissey to reveal that the pharmaceutical trade Association is now an ESAE member, fostering an ongoing dialogue with ESAE's Health Community.

Guiding the event as the master of ceremonies was Mohamed Mezghani, the ESAE Board Member who initiated and led the Awards. He said: "I am proud and happy having chaired the first-ever ESAE association awards. They recognise the achievements of association professionals by their peers, independently from any industrial or commercial interest. This inaugural edition rewarded projects and initiatives of high quality which will certainly inspire trade associations as well as professional societies. It’s this spirit of innovation and sharing that drives ESAE and its members."

The awards ceremony featured the following categories and winners:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Award

  • Jury member Frederic Hoffman presented the Award with Solange Cleutjens, who represented I am Amsterdam, the DEI Award sponsor.
  • Winner: World Association of Chefs Societies, for their 'Like a Chef' initiative.

Digital Communication Award

  • Jury Member Cecile Koch presented the Award with Filip Lugovic, who represented The Right Street, the Digital Communication Award sponsor.
  • Winner: International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) for the growth of their LinkedIn page.

Event Transformation Award

  • Jury member Jenny Ennis presented the Award with Elisabeth Van Inglegem, who represented GAHP, the Event Transformation Award sponsor.
  • Winner: FoodDrinkEurope for their innovative event #FoodFuture Ideas Fest.

Impact Award

  • Chloe Menhinick presented the Award with Milo Vergucht, who represented Visit Flanders Convention Bureau, the Impact Award sponsor.
  • Winner: European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) for their project 'Love your liver.'

Special recognition was awarded to the Lithuanian Young Bar Association for their MEMO for war refugees from Ukraine arriving in Lithuania and the persons receiving them.

For more information on the ESAE Association Awards, visit the ESAE website

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