The Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers & Destinations Events Specialists (HAPCO & DES) has appointed Sissi Lygnou as the president of its new Board of Directors, following its annual congress that took place between April 12-13 in Athens.
Lygnou, who has been on HAPCO’s board since 2007, previously served as the association’s secretary general. She is the CEO of AFEA Travel and Congress Services and counts more than 20 years in the meetings industry. Since 2009, Lygnou has represented AFEA in the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) and has participated in many IAPCO committees and working groups, representing the international body as a speaker and trainer. In February 2021, she was elected as a member of IAPCO.
The new Board of Directors of HAPCO & DES is as follows:
Irene Tolis, ERA Congress & Events
Sissi Lignou, AFEA Travel & Congress Services
1st Vice President
Panagiotis Podimatas, PODIMATAS AUDIOVISUAL
2nd Vice President
Maria Papadaki, EVENT MAKERS
Antonia Alexandrou, CONVIN SA
Dimitris Paliouras, GLOBAL EVENTS
Irini Toli, ERA Congress & Events
Zenia Kerasidou, MEGARON ATHENS, International Conference Centre
Costas Karageorgakis, ETS EVENTS & TRAVEL SOLUTIONS
George Kiagias, OPTIMUM GREECE
Maria Papapanagiotou, KEGM Tourist & Conference Enterprises SA Congress World
Evangelos Pantos, GRAND HYATT ATHENS
Thanos Marinoglou, MD CONGRESS
HAPCO was established in 1996, aiming to bring together professional congress organizers (PCOs) and companies from the whole range of services and products of the conference market on an institutional level as well as represent them.