Andrew Binning, CEO of Inkanyezi Events, has been elected as the new President  of one of South Africa’s  largest business associations, The Exhibition and Event Association of Southern Africa (EXSA).

Binning took office on 01 February 2017, succeeding outgoing President Mr. Neil Nagooroo.

With over 100 member organisations, EXSA, is the longest established member-based association representing the exhibitions and events (organisers, venues and suppliers) industry in and around Southern Africa.

Inkanyezi Events, co-founded by Binning in 1998, has been an EXSA member for over a decade and Binning a board member for four years.

“It is an honour and privilege to serve the sector as President,” says Binning. “As an existing EXSA board member, I look forward to this opportunity, with the board, staff, members and partners, to extend the influence and value of the association to the exhibitions and events industry.”

Binning said the board would continue to work closely EXSA General Manager, Mr. Phumulani Hlatshwayo and team to “deal with challenges and unearth opportunities that ensures healthy growth for the Association and industry at large.

Binning said recent research indicated the immense value to the economy of events.

“According to the South African National Conference Bureau, South Africa hosted 90 international and regional association conferences between January and October 2016. The estimated economic impact of these conferences alone is over a billion rand (about $70 million), with the total number of delegates estimated at 60 911.”

“Added to exhibitions which remain a robust sales and marketing channel for brands of all sizes, the events sector in South Africa is anticipated to continue to grow,” Binning said.

Binning is an active member of several Business Chambers, The Exporters Club, SKAL and SAACI. He has sat on the National Board of The Services Seta, EXSA and African Enterprise. He attended Muir College Boys High School in Uitenhage and holds a B.Comm degree from Nelson Mandela University and a Higher Diploma in Education (HDE) from UNISA. He is married and has three young daughters. He enjoys golf and spending time with his family.