Meet the speaker: Arvi Virdee

Arvi is an experienced thought leader who delivers strategic business transformations for meetings and events agencies, technology providers and event organisers. His projects range from outsourced event technology services, through business process reviews to Global Strategic Meetings Management Program implementations (SMMP).

Arvi is a  qualified GDPR practitioner who incorporates data protection principles into all of his engagements. He is uniquely placed to comment and advise on data protection matters, given that the events industry is global, and processes large volumes of personal data. He has spoken on technology and data within the meetings and events industry at Confex, the Meetings Show and at TEAMS in Louiseville.
  • How long have you worked in the events industry and what keeps you interested in it? 

    15 years and I love the constant innovation and progressive mindset of fellow event technologists. #eventtech is constantly evolving, with new players entering the market with brilliant ideas based on a need they have identified.

  • Best (and worst?) moments working in the events industry? 

    The best moment was to design a proprietary event-spend management platform for a global enterprise, whilst the worst was to give a presentation to Hosted Buyers at the Meetings Show, on a topic that was totally irrelevant to them ☹

  • What was the last event on which you worked? 

    A virtual event for a company in the care sector – after the year they have had, it was great to see 500+ staff members engaging on a common platform and recognising the effort put in all of them.

  • From your experience, what’s the best way to utilise tech at an event? 

    I have been so impressed by the way #eventtech suppliers have been so creative since the pandemic has struck. Many of the have looked at their offering and re-engineered much of it suit new demands – this innovating thinking speaks well of the innovative #eventtech mindset.

  • What are you most looking forward to at Event Tech Live? 

    Who needs Google when you have ETL, right? I’m looking forward to meeting (albeit virtually) the innovators behind the systems, and hear about their products and their roadmaps, hence gain a glimpse into the future of #eventtech

  • What do events, such as ETL, mean to you? 

    Primarily, events are about networking and content. ETL is great example, as it allows me to meet with my peers and learn what’s hot… and what’s not!

  • What can our delegates expect to take away from your session at ETL? 

    We all went through GDPR a few years ago, and the UK has just gone through Brexit. Combining GDPR and Brexit may not sound like fun, but it’s impact is huge on any business that processes large volumes of personal data… like those in the events industry. Attendees will learn what they need to do to remain compliant with data protection regulations.

Join Arvi for his session: The Implications EU GDPR and UK GDPR has on #EventTech Businesses in
North America at ETL US & Canada on June 10th on the Main Stage – Book your ticket here