Geoff Dickinson graduated from the University of Birmingham, UK with an LLB Law honours degree. He started his career in publishing with emap in London going on to become part of the team that launched emap exhibitions. In the late 80’s he launched Haymarket Exhibitions in the UK with Peter Osborne. He has worked for a variety of events businesses holding numerous senior roles including being the Global Managing Director of IIR Exhibitions in the mid 90’s. Geoff went on to spend 12 years as an entrepreneur in Dubai launching his first business and selling it to become Messe Frankfurt Middle East. He then created a second business which he sold to Clarion. In 2010 he returned to the corporate world by joining dmg events for which he is currently the CEO. dmg events is a global events business with offices in ten cities specializing in events in energy, construction, interiors, coatings, hotel & hospitality, food, manufacturing and freight.