Meet the speaker: Baris Onay

Founder of Virtual Strategy Ltd, Co-Founder of TURNKEY Event Management and Co-Founder and CEO of Precision Communities

Entrepreneurial executive with 15+ years of experience in B2B media, events, exhibitions and conferences, operating experience in emerging markets, developed markets and global business; Delivered results within many different management structures (decentralised -> matrix -> centralised); Assumed both general management and functional positions as well as regional and C-Level Group roles; Solid understanding of operating both in tail and headwinds from various markets; Assumed executive roles in Growth, Digital, Marketing, Transformation, M&A and divestment projects. Led teams of 100+ in London and 200+ globally in matrix structures.
  • How long have you worked in the events industry and what keeps you interested in it?

    I’ve been a part of this industry for more than 15 years. I love the opportunity to work on many different industries at the same time and learning about their business models.
  • Best (and worst?) moments working in the events industry?

    Best…   Everytime we broke visitor records

    Worst… that one time we forgot to book a simultaneous translator for our conference that had a huge international keynote!

  • What was the last event on which you worked?


  • From your experience, how has tech been best utilised at an event? / What’s the best way to utilise tech at an event?

    As a tool, as an enabler for your general strategy, not as a purpose

  • We all learn from our mistakes! What was the biggest lesson you learned from a mistake since being in the industry?

    Never assume you know everyone in any industry!

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

    Hearing from great speaker

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

    A chance to update myself on where the industry’s thinking is at

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

    On pain points of large organisers in data consolidation and potential fixes

  • Which one piece of tech couldn’t you live without? 

    My iphone

  • Most pointless tech you have purchased? 

    An applewatch

Join Baris for his session: Breaking free from data silos at
ETL US & Canada on June 9th on The Main Stage – Book your ticket here