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Linda Pereira

Executive Director CPL Events, Lisbon, Portugal

Linda Pereira is the senior partner and CEO of the L&I Communications Group. In addition to her long and respected career as one of the most influential voices in the Meetings Industry. She is also Executive Director of CPL Meetings & Events. Respected internationally as a speaker, writer and as an educator, she has been an invited speaker in over 143 cities and all continents. She is also most proud of being the first woman ever to be invited by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a keynote speaker at a national event. She is internationally known as the Destination Diva for her work as expert bidder and is a feared competitor. She is often contracted by a variety of destinations to present bids on their behalf. She has also played an active role in many major events and bids for world events.
Linda has worked on the major events which marked the last 30 years from EXPO ’98, EURO 2004, World Stage Fencing Championship and various EU Presidencies among others. She is also an invited lecturer at three different international Universities where she lectures strategic meetings management. She is recognized for her efficiency and professionalism and thinking outside the box. She is absolutely passionate about associations and sits on a variety of international association boards herself. She is also a consultant to a variety of international Governments and associations. She is considered one of Europe’s most influential voices in the industry and received various education awards from USA-based IAHMP. In 2009 she received the medal of honour for responsible entrepreneurship for her commitment to promoting culture and heritage and for CSR initiatives.
In 2012 she was voted one of world’s top 100 PCOs for the third year running and was listed among the top 100 Women CEOs of ecommerce companies by WE magazine from the USA. She is currently the European Ambassador for the Sands Cotai Macao’, the City of Johannesburg and Ekateringburg in Russia for their bid to host EXPO 2020. She sits on various Advisory Boards, most notably the Meetings UK Show since 2013 and various Events Industry Awards as well as the IAHMP Education Committee which she presides and was the Chair of the International and European Association Congress for three years. In 2014 she was voted the Events Personality of the Year in Portugal and received the Global Marketing Personality Award from WE Magazine in the USA. In 2016 she was elected president of the Global Council for Women in Leadership. She is currently President of Spring Up Europe which attracts investment and venture capital for companies founded by women. She is also special advisor to the Minister for Tourism, transport and the Minister for the Maritime Economy of Cape Verde and sits on the Advisory Council for the Leader Magazine and the Venues of Excellence Certification Board. She considers her two daughters as her greatest achievement.

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