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AEO People's Award

Emma Lonsdale

Emma Lonsdale

Marketing Director, CONNECT

Since joining the exhibition industry in 2016 at i2i Events, Emma has built her skills as a strong marketer and senior leader through an ever-growing set of responsibilities. She has subsequently worked at UBM on their flagship series, and Clarion Events’ award-winning technology portfolio, working her way up from Marketing Assistant to Head of Marketing. In 2023, Emma joined CONNECT as their first Marketing Director, bringing Oman’s events to the world’s stage, with a focus on improving efficiencies within the team and optimizing their tech stack. Emma also chair’s the AEO Futures Board, who give junior-mid management level members a chance to have their voices heard on poignant issues that affect the industry.


  • 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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