Karen Bolinger

Driving Social & Economic Progress with Business Events

3 – 4 p.m., Monday, Forum on Economic and Social Progress

Karen Bolinger joined MCB as Chief Executive Officer in November, 2011. Ms Bolinger has more than 20 years’ industry experience. She has a strong background in branded sales and marketing across a diverse range of sectors, and has developed robust relationships within the business events industry.

Prior to commencing her role at MCB, Ms Bolinger was the General Manager of Strategy and Marketing at the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) and in addition, she has also held various roles at: Staging Connections Group Limited (SCVB); the Sydney Convention and Visitors Bureau; Sheraton on the Park, Sydney; and Renaissance Sydney Hotel.

Ms Bolinger is Chair of the BestCities Global Alliance and ICCA Australia. She is the President of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) and the Victorian Advisory Board for the Starlight Foundation.