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Virtual Events Institute Announces Ahmed to step down as CEO

Delaware, USA, Thursday 7 October, The Virtual Events Institute (VEI), the global platform that inspires and educates event professionals on how to produce exceptional virtual and hybrid events, today announced that Co-Founder, Sophie Ahmed, will step down as Chief Executive Officer.

Ahmed has led VEI from concept to realization. In just over one year since launch, VEI has produced a CPD accredited online certification program, trained nearly 2000 event professionals, created an awards campaign, a virtual event marketplace, numerous industry and association partnerships and produced dozens of tech talks and online events, dedicated to the rapidly evolving digital and hybrid event landscape. Simon Burton and RD Witney, VEI co-founders and serial event industry entrepreneurs, will share interim CEO responsibilities.

Ahmed said, “I have relished my role at VEI, helping drive digital transformation at this vital inflexion point for the world of events. From conceiving and creating the certification course, to producing summits and webinars to meeting the inspiring entrepreneurs who are shaping the future of events and event marketing, this has been an enormously stimulating and rewarding journey and I am grateful for all the support we have received from the industry.”

Burton commented, “Sophie will be recognized as a pioneer in this industry. At a hugely pivotal moment for event professionals worldwide, she was the driving force behind the Virtual Events Institute, establishing the accreditation, benchmarks and tools that will help lead this industry on the path to digital transformation. We are all grateful for her leadership, energy and commitment.”



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