UIA Associations Round Table Europe 2017

Brussels, Belgium

The UIA cordially invites you to its Associations Round Table Europe 2017.

For over 100 years the UIA has been working to promote and facilitate the work of international associations.

The UIA Associations Round Table is an opportunity to learn through networking and through practice:

  • meet representatives of other international associations and share experience and knowledge
  • gain practical skills and tools to help you do your work better

This year the Round Table Europe will take place Friday 10 November in Brussels. Please join us!

L'UAI vous invite cordialement à sa Table Ronde d'Associations Europe 2017.

Depuis 100 ans, L'UAI a oeuvré à promouvoir et faciliter le travail des associations internationales.

La Table Ronde d'Associations de l'UAI est l'occasion d'apprendre au travers d'échanges et par la pratique:

  • rencontrez des représentants d'autres associations internationales et partagez expérience et connaissance
  • acquérez des compétences pratiques et des outils qui vous aideront à améliorer votre travail

Cette année la Table Ronde en Europe aura lieu le vendredi 10 novembre à Bruxelles. Afin de répondre aux besoins d'une variété d'associations internationales la langue utilisée sera l'anglais. Soyez les bienvenus !

What participants say about the UIA Associations Round Table

At UIA we consider a Round Table a success if the participants go home with new ideas, with increased motivation, and with names of people with whom they want to stay in touch. What do the participants say?

“I am still buzzing from the whole experience and have come back to work this week with a renewed determination and belief in the power of associations.”

- Chloe Menhinick, Network Engagement Manager, International Water Association

"I have gained more from the Round Table in terms of networking and opening up opportunities than I had expected."

- Sally Kendall, International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research

“It was another great occasion to meet and learn from my peers. Thank you for arranging it so well! I enjoyed every moment.”

- Felicitas Wressnig, World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations

UIA Associations Round Tables: What, where, why? from World of Associations News, April 2016

UIA Associations Round Tables: since 2007 from World of Associations News, December 2016

List of the participating associations 2009-2016

Registration opens in early May, and is by invitation. If you would like an invitation, please contact nancy@uia.org

9.00-10.30 Opening keynote: “Is your association ‘political’?”
Presented by Cyril Ritchie, President of CONGO - Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations
followed by a panel of associations and round table discussions
and by short introductions by each of the six workshop facilitators
10.30-11.00 Refreshments
11.00-12.30 Workshop session 1, with a choice of six parallel workshops (*)
12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 Workshop session 2, with a choice of six parallel workshops (*)
15.30-16.00 Refreshments
16.00-17.30 Workshop session 3, with a choice of six parallel workshops (*)
17.30-18.30 Reception

(*) There are six workshops, and three workshop sessions. Every workshop is offered in every workshop session.

Workshops include:

Finding – and keeping – the right people
Facilitated by Michel Ballieu, Executive Director of Biomed Alliance - Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe

Recruitment of staff members is key to the success and sustainability of our associations, but this important task requires not only experience, but also time, a lot of time, and rare are the associations benefiting from a dedicated HR specialist. Conducting the search for the best candidate can easily become a discouragingly heavy workload. How can our associations make sure that this workload doesn’t affect our capacity to identify the quality among the quantity of applications? It is all about a process, starting with framing the need into a clear and precise job description, through the advertisement of the open position, to the selection of the right professional. This 2017 UIA Round Table workshop is dedicated to the important questions raised by the recruitment process and by the best way to retain right staff: Michel Ballieu, Association Adviser, will discuss this process with the workshop participants, based on his many years’ experience in hiring and managing associations staff such as operational specialists, team managers, and top executive positions.

Legal questions
Facilitated by Marleen Denef and Sarah Verschaeve, Partners at Curia

Creating sustainable funding models for small and medium-sized associations
Facilitated by Kai Troll, CEO of Best Buddies Europe/Middle East/Africa and President of Best Buddies Europe and Africa Foundation

Public relations on a shoestring
Facilitated by Christophe Ginisty, Former President of IPRA - International Public Relations Association

The value of collective action: what a national federation of associations can do
Facilitated by Danièle Vranken, Secretary-General of FAIB - Federation of European and International Associations Established in Belgium

Strong leadership
Facilitated by Philip Springuel, President of ESAE - European Society of Association Executives

Cyril Ritchie

President of CoNGO - the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (2011-2018)

President of the Council of Europe Expert Council on NGO Law (since 2008)

Senior Policy Advisor of WFC - World Future Council (since 2012)

Chair of ELCI - Environment Liaison Centre International (since 2000)

Vice-President of UIA - Union of International Associations (since 1998)

Titular of the World Order of the Smile (since 1979)

President of FIIG - Federation of Semi-Official and Private International Institutions established in Geneva (since 1978)

President of ICSFD - International Civil Society Forum for Democracy (2006)

Chair of WOCSOC - World Conference on Civil Society (1999)

Executive Director of ICVA - International Council of Voluntary Agencies (1964-1978 and 1990-1991)

Michel Ballieu

Association Adviser at Step2to…

Michel studied economics at the Brussels University, in Belgium, and holds a postgraduate in Management from the Solvay Business School. He gained his first professional experiences, mainly within BASF and Xerox, by coaching and managing sales teams, including several years of marketing management at multinational level throughout the European Union.

19 years ago he entered the Non-For-Profit world by running the European Operations of the Up with People exchange student programme. Later he acted as the European Executive Director for several US based professional associations (on behalf of MCI-Association Management Company). As a Chief Executive Officer he joined ECCO – the European CanCer Organisation in 2006, overseeing a team of 30 professionals, and retired in 2016.

Today he works as a staff recruiter for non-profit organisations, and as an association adviser, in that capacity he also acts as the Executive Director for the Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe.

Sample link to a Colorox biography: Cyril Ritchie

Susan West

Susan West is currently Managing Director at SJ West Consulting, a Brussels-based leadership development firm. She is an executive coach who brings a wealth of business experience and leadership insights to individuals and organizations to help them build the competencies they need to move themselves forward. She is also a minority shareholder of a privately-held chemical company and an angel investor/ non-Executive Director in a renewable energy development firm, where she advises the management teams.

Earlier in her career she held leadership roles in several Fortune 100 companies including Citibank, Honeywell and Merck & Co. Her responsibilities included leadership and organization development, talent management, succession planning and management of enterprise-wide change initiatives. She held positions at the business unit and corporate level. After moving to Belgium, she became the Chief HR Officer of a global non-profit association.

Ms. West is a faculty member at the Cambridge Leadership Group and teaches leadership and change in the Executive Master in International Association Management at the Solvay-Brussels School of Economics and Management. She is also a regular speaker at international events. Born in New York, she is based in Brussels and has dual American/ Belgian nationality. Ms. West holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages from Princeton University and a master’s degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University.

Chloe Menhinick

International Water Association

Chloe has worked at the International Water Association since 2005. With an academic background in Political Science and a Masters in Diplomacy and International Relations she has worked across all areas of membership management and engagement. In her current role as the Network Engagement Manager, Chloe is responsible for IWAs Membership and Network retention and growth strategy - which includes responsibility for IWAs Membership Services team, IWA Network Marketing and IWAs Awards & Recognition Programme.

Deeply committed to contributing to IWAs theory of change, Chloe is working to drive opportunities to recognize contributions from, and inspire collaboration of, members from across all sectors and geographies through the development IWAs digital networking platform. As part of this, Chloe is leading the development of IWA Connect - IWAs new online platform for collaboration and participation which aims to elevate and reflect the richness of IWAs offline activities in a thriving online environment.

Chloe has lived in The Netherlands since 2007 and before that has lived in Belgium, Cyprus, Australia, UK and China.

Paula Byrne

Paula Byrne is Director for Membership and Business Development at CSR Europe, the European business network for Corporate Social Responsibility.

Formerly she was Sustainability and CSR Director for the European Association of Chocolate Biscuit and confectionery Industry, CAOBISCO.

She is an EU Public affairs professional with experience in building relationships and alliances in public and private sectors including NGOs and Academia on sustainable and responsible sourcing in priority supply chains.

Her main achievements at CAOBISCO include a Public Private Partnership project in the Turkish hazelnut sector, European- wide palm oil coalition to support the up-take of sustainable palm oil and the joint industry programme and fund for cocoa research. She formerly held numerous other positions in CAOBISCO and the International Confectionery Association.

Paula is an Irish national and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts (Hons) from University College Dublin, Ireland. She lives in Brussels with her partner and her son.

Denise Farrar

CISV International

Denise has around 30 years’ experience in communications and fundraising and is a former CEO of a UK not for profit. She is currently the Communications and Fundraising Manager for CISV International, where she has worked for the past 8 years.

CISV International is a federation of member associations in 70 countries around the world, which brings its own exciting communication challenges!

Much of Denise’s work with CISV has centred around finding a common organizational language and communication style that works across borders, languages and cultures.

Denise’s current projects include the development of an international alumni association, a comprehensive brand review, the development of a new international marketing campaign, setting up a new regional fundraising initiative in the Americas, and an international consultation on the future of the youth arm of CISV.

She is excited to speak to the UIA Round Table about international communications and the lessons we can learn from each other.

Prof Amara Amara

IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Prof. Amara AMARA obtained his HDR (Confirmation of Leading Research Capabilities) from Evry University, a Ph.D. in computer science in 1989 and a Master in 1984 in microelectronics and computer science from Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris VI).

In 1988 he joined IBM research and development laboratory at Corbeil-Essonnes as invited researcher where he was involved in SRAM memory design with advanced CMOS technologies. From 1989 to 1992, he was associate professor developing microelectronics academic programs for CEMIP (Microelectronic Center of Paris Iles-de-France) and took part actively in many European Research Projects. In 1992, he joined ISEP (Paris Institute for Electronics) in charge of the microelectronics laboratory where he headed a joint team (Paris VI and ISEP) involved in High Speed GaAs VLSI circuit design and developed curricula in Microelectronics. He was involved in education management and research management for almost 34 years. Currently he is Deputy Managing Director of ISEP in charge of Research and International Cooperation and member of the ISEP ExCom (5 members). His research interests are mainly focusing on Low Power and Low Voltage circuit design techniques and on Circuit and Device Co-design for advanced technologies (SOI, DGates FD SOI, Ultra Thin Body SOI, 3D Integration, molecular…). In 1999, he spent his sabbatical at Stanford University working as a visiting researcher in Professor De Micheli’s group.

ISEP Executive Committee has appointed Amara in the position of Director of Research with the goal of establishing advanced research activities at ISEP in the fields of micro and nanoelectronics, telecommunication, signal and image processing as well as computer engineering. He started from scratch and his continuous effort has led to the creation of a well established laboratory called LISITE which is now composed of 21 researchers, 18 PhD students split over 3 teams in addition to visiting scholars and visiting researchers. The laboratory is mostly funded by industry through collaborative research projects or bilateral research agreements. 17 PhD students among 20 he advised so far were funded by industry. His laboratory is now associated with the famous Doctoral School EDITE, one of the Doctoral Schools of the prestigious Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC).

Amara initiated many international partnerships with international universities, among them Stanford University, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Tsinghua University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), National Chiao Tung University (NCTU, Taiwan) and many other European and Asian universities.

Amara has a strong activity within IEEE since he joined this prestigious organization in 1992. He has been Vice President of the French IEEE Section since January 2004. He has been elected President of the IEEE France Section for a 3 years term starting from January 2014. From 2000 to 2004 he was Chairman of the IEEE-CAS France Chapter (Recipient of the 2004 Best Chapter of the Year Award and a Certificate of Appreciation from IEEE Regional Activities), he was member of the IEEE CASS Board of Governors (2008-2014) and was elected in November 2013 member of CASS Executive Committee as Vice President for Conferences (term 2014-2015) and reelected in November 2015 in the same position for the term 2016-2017. As VP for conferences he is the Chair of ISCAS (IEEE CASS Flagship Conference) Steering Committee. As President of the IEEE France Section, he represents France in the IEEE Region 8 board.

Among other activities, Amara is member of the Board of Directors of “ISEP-Enterprises” association, member of the CEMIP Executive Committee (Center for Microelectronics Education), former member of the CEA (Atomic Energy Agency) Scientific Committee, and expert for the Swiss National Science Foundation and the ANR (National research Agency). He initiated in 1997 FTFC, an IEEE Low Voltage and Low Power Conference. Amara is member of numerous Conference Technical Program Committees and Conference organizing Committees, member of the Editorial Board of Microelectronics Journal (ELSEVIER). He chaired IEEE ICICDT 2008 in Grenoble and IEEE ISCAS 2010 in Paris for which he has been awarded the Bronze Medals respectively of the cities of Grenoble and Paris.

Amara published a book on Molecular Electronics (more than 3000 chapters downloads from Elsevier web site) and co-edited two books: “Double-Gate FD SOI devices and circuits” and “Emerging Technologies and Circuits”. He is author and co-author of numerous papers published in IEEE conferences and journals. He supervised 20 PhD students on subjects related to his research interests.

Clara Fernández López

External Relations Manager of UIA

Clara is a skilled mediator with a training in understanding-based approach to conflict. As an independent consultor, she supports academic and professional publishing houses, organizations and academic institutions in diverse areas of company strategy, publishing, marketing and in international relations development.

Clara joined the Union of International Associations as External Relations Manager in 2011. In her role as Publisher, Managing Director and Member of the Management Board with various international publishing and media companies such as K. G. Saur in Germany, Gale in the U.S., Thomson Learning in U.K. and De Gruyter in Germany, from 1988 to 2011 she was the Publisher of UIA’s "Yearbook of International Organizations".

Since 1998,Clara is a Lecturer in Media Sciences at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany.

Ryan Brubaker

Web developer and database programmer, UIA

Ryan has worked with the Union of International Associations since 2011. He is responsible for the user interface of UIA's databases, the ongoing development of its website and the visual identity of the organization. He also provides regular training sessions on the use of UIA's Yearbook of International Organizations and International Congress Calendar digital publications.

Before joining UIA, Ryan ran a communications design studio crafting online identities for associations and small businesses. Its principle designers were most often collaborating between Belgium and Alaska, 10 time-zones apart. He now works from both Brussels, Belgium and a small mountain town in the United States.

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Date & Venue

Friday 10 November 2017

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