Having graduated from Oxford University, UK, in Politics, Philosophy and Economics in 1998, Carina began her career in retail and catering, in the newly established GoodBean Coffee – a family owned chain of coffee shops located throughout the South of England. As Managing Director, Carina was in charge of the running of the business which grew to 13 stores in three years and was sold to a publicly listed company in December 2001. An avid skier, Carina enjoyed a short break working in a ski resort in Italy, before entering the meetings industry in 2002 as the Marketing and Operations Director for IMEX in Frankfurt as part of the original launch team for the exhibition. Following the expansion of the IMEX brand into America in 2009, Carina was appointed CEO of the IMEX Group. In this role, Carina is responsible for all aspects of the business. Throughout her career, Carina has been an active member of the meetings industry. She was Chair of the Marketing Committee for MPI’s European Meetings & Events Conference, London (2008), has served on the Board of the MPI UK Chapter, the MPI International Multicultural Committee and on PCMA’s Global and Advocacy Taskforces. She is currently President of the SITE Foundation and serves on the AEO Council. Carina lives on the south coast of the UK, near to the IMEX Group office in Brighton, called "London-by-the-Sea" for its cosmopolitan nature and youth culture. She enjoys spending time with her family (she's a mother to two boys), and is a keen climber and skier, hitting the slopes with friends and family when she can.
He also has a background in public relations, being Head of Communications of the Association for the of German Travel Agents and Tour Operators (DRV) from 2001 till 2004 and Manager of Media Relations for the Federal Association of German Tourism Industry (BTW), both in Berlin, from 2002 till 2004.
Harry Mirpuri is the Director, Research & Insights at London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official promotion agency. His day job is to help ensure London remains an attractive place to study,
visit and set up a business.
Harry also has the honour of chairing the ECM Research & Statistics Knowledge Group, sharing and learning from this community of extremely intelligent and inspirational data gurus.
Harry has a strong background in research innovation and is a big believer in forging strong partnerships with agencies and trying new approaches. He loves being part of ECM to learn, make amazing friendships and cycle around our beautiful host cities.