Igor Palka

Igor Palka

Managing Director

VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific Co.


Igor is an experienced and seasoned trade show executive and, in his age, already looking at over 19 years being part of the exhibition industry, mainly in Germany and Southeast Asia. He spent most of his professional life with Messe Muenchen GmbH, a leading global player in the sector, where his profession began just after graduation and his career steps included the management of global leading brands such as IFAT and bauma, but also the leadership of Messe Muenchen’s subsidiaries in India as CEO and COO. After moving back to Germany and serving as Director for several portfolios in Munich, he got the opportunity to become the Managing Director of an international exhibition series in Berlin, Germany.

With his experience in India and Southeast Asia, he became in 2022 the new Managing Director of the Thai-Dutch Joint Venture of VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific while overseeing the entire ASEAN region with responsibility for continuing the rapid business expansion in the post-pandemic recovery phase. VNU Asia Pacific has a constantly expanding portfolio with currently 19 trade shows and event formats both online and face-to-face platforms including brands from the AgriTech, Animal Husbandry, Animal Companion, Food, Life Sciences, Biotechnology, 5G and IoT and Disaster Resilience industries. Igor is now in charge of executing the organization’s regional growth strategy with a focus on portfolio expansion, new business development, strategic joint ventures, operational excellence and digital transformation.

Apart from his current role, he is a globally connected representative of the international trade fair industry who is constantly looking for creating new connections and establishing new relations globally, whilst enjoying his free time with his wife and two young children and exploring the world again after travel-free years.

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