Bea World 2023: the jury is at work to assess 333 entries, the highest number ever

Bea World Festival will take place in Rome from 23 to 25 November 2023. It will offer all participants the opportunity to see the world’s best-in-class events live, to network with peers and industry leaders and to learn business strategies and new trends through inspiring keynotes, technical workshops and 1-on-1 meetings with leading experts.

MILAN – Agencies from 26 countries across the globe  have applied for the 18th Best Event Awards – the first and most authoritative event industry award – and are now waiting for the shortlist that will be determined by a preliminary online voting session and will be announced on 10 November.

“We have hit an important goal” says Salvatore Sagone, founder and president of Bea World Festival “and we are deeply satisfied with the results: we have surpassed last year in terms of events, reaching 333 entries, the highest number ever. All this considering that the economies of certain countries have been in deadlock and the European live communication market in 2023 was kind of flat”.

“The results confirm how strong the Bea World brand is. Integrity and transparency are main traits of our competition since its very first edition and have acknowledged its success and growth over the years. It is indeed a unique business and networking platform that connects supply and demand. We expect a great affluence of event professionals from all over the world that I am sure will enjoy the Festival more than ever, as this year it will be hosted, in the wider frame of the whole Live Communication Week, in Rome” adds Sagone.

The projects are now being assessed by an influential Jury chaired by Francesca Montini, Chief Communications Officer, Ferrari, and consisting of top representatives with national or international responsibility from corporate companies, as well as members of local national event agencies’ associations from different countries around the world.

The Jury panel of the 18th Best Event Awards is composed by:


Stephanie Dubois, Head of Global Event Management, SAP
Alexander Safonov, Global Event Director, Oriflame Cosmetics
Valérie Thielemans, Retail marketing & Event manager, Orange
Stefanie Winter, Vice President Events, Siemens AG

Jury members:

Guilherme Bailão, Brand Experience & Sponsorship Director, Heineken Brasil
Karim Bartoletti, Partner / Executive Producer / MD of Advertising, Indiana Production
Simona Basilicata, Global Events Manager, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA
Ander Bilbao, Chief Knowledge Officer, AEVEA
Karen Bogliacino, Head of Corporate Events, CNH Industrial Italia
Paola Capaldi
, Head of Events, Proximus Group
Antonino Caridi, Global Experiential Manager, Campari
Gaia Corradini, Corporate, Marketing & Digital Communication Manager, Bosch
Geeske Doeve, Head of Events Europe & UK, TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES (TCS)
Daria Dolnova
, PRRP Brand Manager, British American Tobacco, brand GLO
Nicolas Duplaix, Global Head of Experiental Marketing & Events, Nespresso
Andrea Faflíková, Director, PR, Communications, PR, The LEGO Group
Luca Favetta, International Council Board Member, World Tourism Forum Insitute
Fanny Favre, Event Manager – Europe, Lotus Car
Martina Hrivnakova, CMO, VUB bank (part of Intesa Sanpaolo Group)
Dion Janssen
, Chairman ‘24 IDEA, IDEA
Lucia Magliano, Head of Global Sponsorship, ENEL
Monika Mantuano, Marketing Manager, HP Inc.
Sabine Mpacko, Head of Congresses & Events, Takeda
Michael Mueller, Head of Brand Activation & Digital Services, Samsung Electronics
Flavia Muratori, Ceremonies Manager, UEFA
Davide Neri, Head of Marketing, Hasbro
Jimmy Pallas, Member, Club degli Eventi
Debora Piovesan, Head of Events, Uniceo
Michiel Pool, Head of Global Events, Ericsson
James Rabassa Casas, PR & Communications Manager, Mitsubishi
Maarten Schram, Founder & Managing Director, LiveCom Alliance
Netty Thines, CEO, Mediation SA
Ulrike Tondorf, Head of Brand Activation & Engagement, Bayer
Zeynep Uygur, PR & Communications Manager, The Walt Disney Company Turkey
Laura Sophie Wannemacher, Managing Director, SoFresh Touristik for RINGANA
Jia Wei, Head of Marketing of Western Europe, Xiaomi Technology
Laura Wieczorek, Brand Manager, L’ORÉAL
Thomas Wieringa, Founder, Quintessential

On 23 November, in Rome, during the Bea World Festival Experience – Where Creativity Meets Business, all nominees will have the chance to showcase their projects live to both the Jury and an audience of peers and will then be assessed again to establish the winners of the Best Event Awards. Winners will be announced on 24 November, during the Bea World Awards Ceremony.

Theodore is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of TravelDailyNews Media Network; his responsibilities include business development and planning for TravelDailyNews long-term opportunities.

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