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AEO People's Award

Daria Smith

Daria Smith

Event Director, dmg events

Daria Smith is a senior event professional with over 20 years of extensive international experience spanning continents and sectors. Beginning her events career in London, Daria is currently Show Director at dmg events based in Dubai, overseeing design and hospitality exhibitions in Saudi Arabia.

Daria has held various commercial and leadership roles at leading event organisers, including Informa, Hyve Group, and dmg events, and has managed a diverse portfolio of international B2B exhibitions and conferences.

Daria sits on the AEO Development Board, actively contributing to advancing the exhibitions and events sector. As a founding member of Women in Exhibitions, she is deeply engaged in fostering diversity and inclusion within the industry. Furthermore, Daria is dedicated to mentoring and empowering the next generation of event leaders through her involvement in the Elevate Mentoring programme.


  • I think for us to actually champion the amazing people that work in this industry is to be hugely applauded and to be able to recognise the incredible talent that lives and breathes in our world is very important
    Lisa Tyson
    Deputy Managing Director, Aztec Event Services
  • It’s a great honour and an achievement to be nominated, shortlisted and even better to win one.
    Emma Barrett
    Managing Director, Broadway Events
  • I'm a CEO within the industry and it's my responsibility to support associations and talk to some of the new up and coming talent
    Mary Cole
    Owner & CEO, Skyline Whitespace
  • It feels absolutely amazing to be recognised for the work I’ve put in
    Melina Mavoungou
    Winner of Best Newcomer 2023


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