Genie’s Matt Fearon confirmed among IPAF Summit 2019 speakers

Matt Fearon, Genie President, Terex AWP, Speaking at IPAF ElevAÇÃO ​​​​​​​2018 in Brazil

The speakers for this year’s Summit of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) have been announced, with Matt Fearon, Genie President, and Peter Schrader, Managing Director of Zeppelin Rental, among the high-profile names confirmed.

The IPAF Summit takes place in Dubai, UAE, on Wednesday 6 March, on the same day as the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs). It is the first time the event has been staged in the Middle East. There will be an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Manlift rental depot in Dubai the following day, available only to those booking to attend the Summit and IAPAs.

Those wishing to attend the IPAF Summit & IAPAs are advised to book without delay, as the special early-bird discount rate is only available up until the end of January.

The theme of the IPAF Summit, which brings together representatives from across powered access to discuss and debate the latest developments in our industry, is “Get Ready for Digitalisation”. The confirmed speakers for the event are:

  • Erhan Acar – General Manager of Rent Rise
  • Mohsen Ahmad – Chief Executive Officer, Logistics District – Dubai South
  • Jim Colvin – CEO of Serious Labs
  • Giles Councell – IPAF’s Director of Operations
  • Andrew Delahunt – IPAF’s Director of Technical & Safety
  • Matt Fearon – Genie President, Terex AWP
  • Benjamin Legg – Vice President, Aecom
  • Murray Pollok – Managing Editor of Access International
  • Peter Schrader – MD & COO of Zeppelin Rental
  • Richard Whiting – IPAF's UK Market General Manager

Having been added to the Summit programme for the first time in Miami in 2018, a special break-out session on MCWPs has once again been scheduled, and will be led by IPAF’s Ángel Ibáñez and Romina Vanzi, with additional presenters still to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, more than 100 entries were received for the IAPAs 2019, and an independent judging panel of access industry experts with longstanding international experience has concluded its deliberations to determine the shortlisted entries, which will be announced in due course.

There are 13 award categories, ranging from new products and innovations to safety and training, including the new Digital Development Award, designed to recognise a significant innovation in the use of digital technology. The IAPAs dinner regularly attracts audiences of around 450 and is a joint venture between IPAF and its official magazine, Access International.

Euan Youdale, Editor of Access International and non-voting Chairman of the IAPAs judging panel, comments: “The organisers would like to thank all those who have sent in entries – it has been a fantastic response – and the judges for their efforts to come in deciding the shortlist at a meeting scheduled for mid-January. The shortlist will be published soon, with the winners announced at the awards ceremony on the evening of 6 March.”

Attendance is free for the IPAF Summit, which brings together senior representatives from across the access community to discuss and debate the latest developments in our industry.

Those wishing to attend the IAPAs celebration dinner can book at a discounted rate until 31 January, while a small administrative fee for transport and refreshments will be charged to those wishing to join the Manlift site visit on 7 March. Places are limited on the site visit, and delegates are advised to register without delay via www.iapa-summit.info/booking

Image: Matt Fearon, Genie President, Terex AWP, Speaking at IPAF ElevAÇÃO 2018 in Brazil

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