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CEO Talk - Inspirational Leadership - Words of Wisdom Shared


Wednesday 26 Sept. 2018
17:00 - 18:00


IAAPA Theatre Sponsored by Polin Waterparks

Inspirational Leadership - Words of Wisdom Shared

What does it require to be a great Leader in our industry? Experience? Charisma ? Luck? Skill? Or maybe a little of everything?

Our guests are at the top of their game and this year they will share their hard earned career and industry life lessons with you. Make sure to treat yourself to one of the liveliest discussions and panels at EAS as you learn from some of the brightest minds in the business.


Julianna Delaney
Moderator - Juliana Delaney, CEO, The Continuum Group

Juliana has been at the forefront of visitor attraction success stories for the last 30 years, and was a founding member of the company under its first brand – Heritage. Juliana has brought all Continuum’s attractions to fruition; including Portsmouth’s Emirates Spinnaker Tower, and more recently Coronation Street The Tour. She heads a talented team of 400 – passionate about delivering unforgettable experiences for all their visitors.

Juliana also sits on the board of Marketing Edinburgh and chairs a group within the Tourism Council created under a new partnership between government and the tourism and hospitality sectors.

Ahmad Hussain
Ahmad Hussain, Deputy CEO, DXB Entertainments

Ahmad Hussain joined DXB Entertainments in August 2017. Ahmad is an experienced professional within the regional theme park industry with extensive experience in operations and Business Development.

Previously, he held the position of CEO at Global Village, the region's premier cultural and family entertainment destination, where he was responsible for the successful expansion of the business.

Ahmad is a board member at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). He started his career as an Inspection and Maintenance Engineer in the Oil and Gas industry in 2001.

Ahmad graduated with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northumbria, UK and earned his MSc in Engineering Management from Sunderland University, UK, in addition to graduating from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development in 2009.

Andreas Andersen
Andreas Andersen, CEO and President, Liseberg Group

Andreas is the CEO and President of the Liseberg Group, running Scandinavia's biggest amusement park in Gothenburg. Andreas has a legal and financial background; his passion for the attractions industry led him to Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he began in 2000; and later on as Executive Director of IAAPA in Brussels, Belgium (now IAAPA EMEA). Andreas is currently also IAAPA’s Chairman of the Board for 2018.

Michael Mack
Michael Mack, CEO, Europa-Park

Michael Mack studied international business in Basel, Switzerland; Lörrach, Germany; and Colmar, France; and graduated as a business economist. He started gaining his initial experience in the family company as a youth. He worked with the areas of attractions, dining, hotel and technology.

During his studies he completed numerous internships and worked for Hubert Burda Media in Offenburg, Munich and abroad as part of his dual studies program. Michael Mack also has international experience from renowned international amusement parks like Liseberg (S), Bush Gardens Williamsburg, VA (USA), Warner Bros. Movie World/Queensland (AUS), Nigloland (F) and Port Aventura (E).

Since the start of 2005 Michael Mack has strengthened the cooperation between the Mack Rides production company in Waldkirch and Europa-Park and is active on the Mack Rides GmbH & Co KG management board. As Member of the Executive Board of Europa-Park he has also been responsible for Mack Solutions, Mack Media, the strategic business development, entertainment and construction management at Europa-Park since April of 2007.

He was elected to the board of the Association of German Amusement Parks and Leisure Companies (VDFU) on February 13, 2008. In January of 2010 Michael Mack was asked to join the European board of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. He has been a member of the Liseberg Applause Award Board of Governors since 2011.

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Practical summary

Date: Wednesday, 26 September 2018
17:00 - 18:00
Location:   IAAPA Theatre Sponsored by Polin Waterparks
Fee: Free Admission with EAS badge (IAAPA-members)
'Conference Programme' add-on required (non-members) 
Notes: Must be 18 or older to attend.