BestCities Global Forum Tokyo - December 2017

Does your association organise international events with an interest in enhancing your impact? If so, let us host you at the BestCities Global Forum in an intimate yet stimulating learning environment.

Building on the huge success and 100% satisfaction rates of the inaugural  Global Forum in Dubai, BestCities is delighted to announce Tokyo as the host partner for this year’s event from 4-7 December 2017.

Open to senior international association executives (or AMC on behalf of the associations), the Global Forum is the ideal opportunity for decision-makers considering hosting an event in a BestCities’ destination, to meet all the partner cities in one stunning location.

VenueHotel Chinzanso Tokyo

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
10-8, Sekiguchi 2-chome, Bunkyo-ku
112-8680 Tokyo, Japan

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, a luxury garden oasis in the heart of Tokyo. Their gardens were formally established in 1861, in what is called the Meiji era, but it is said this area was already appreciated with beautiful camellia hills with a long history dating back some 700 years. Guests will be surrounded by the  vast Japanese garden.

Who should attend?

Senior executives of associations that hold global events.


Participation is limited to 40 qualified international association executives.  There is no cost to attend.  We cover round-trip economy flights, accommodation and meals. For more information visit our FAQs.


To apply please click on the button below to complete the application form.

For further information on the next BestCities Global Forum 2017 please email [email protected]    @BestCitiesGA

Highlights BestCities Global Forum 2016 in Dubai:

Hosted in partnership with Dubai Business Events and PCMA, the inaugural Global Forum focused on advancing the purpose of meetings beyond delegate numbers to long-term legacy development. Through facilitation and key thought-provoking speakers and close collaboration with peers from around the world, we explored how global associations can create genuine partnerships with destinations, improving the event’s benefit to the host community and strengthen the success of the organisation moving forward.


Monday 4 December

13:00: Optional Tour

(pre registration required)

Tokyo International Forum
The Tokyo International Forum is Tokyo’s flagship convention venue, with great access and an impressive architectural outlook. Has a plenary of 5,000 seats, 34 different sized meeting rooms and an exhibition hall with 5,000 sqm space.

Akasaka InterCity Conference
The Akasaka InterCity Conference is the newest conference center in Tokyo, just opening in Oct 2017. Located in the midst of Tokyo’s center of government, business and culture, the new facility has 12 different sized rooms and excellent quality service.

The Sumida Hokusai Museum
Newly opened in November 2016, the Sumida Hokusai Museum displays the works of Katsushika Hokusai, a famous ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock print) artist. The museum’s contemporary architecture as well as the gallery inside is impressive. There is space available for receptions and private events within the museum and is great for off-site social functions.

18:00: Formal Welcome

19:00: Welcome Dinner

Tuesday 5 December

09:00: Opening

09:20: Exploring our Common Purpose

Rick Antonson

Cathedral Thinking

10:10: Presentation of 3 BestCities Partners

10:20: Break

10:40: Cultural Management & Intelligence

Miriam van der Horst

11:30: Knowledge Cafe

Mathias Posch

Knowledge Exchange & Transfer

12:20: Presentation of 3 BestCities Partners

12:30: Lunch

14:00: Power Cities of today and tomorrow

Prof. Hiroo Ichikawa

15:00: Break

15:10: Knowledge Cafe

Doing Business Internationally - Open Mic

15:50: Presentation of 3 BestCities Partners

16:00: Cultural Programme

17:00: Free Time

18:00: Ambassador Dinner

Wednesday 6 December

09:00: Welcome and Check In

Sean Blair

09:15: Final round of BestCities Partner Presentations

09:25: City Cafe Common Questions

10:00: Break

10:20: City Cafe 1

11:10: Break

11:30: City Cafe 2

12:30: What we Love about Cities

12:45: Lunch

13:30: Free time

15:00: Cultural Programme

18:00: Informal Dinner

Thursday 7 December

09:00: Welcome and Check-in

Sean Blair

09:15: Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions Theory

Miriam van der Horst

10:10: When you have an idea what do you do with it?

Rick Antonson

10:20: Break

10:40: Open Space Workshop

15:00: Action Planning

15:20: Learning Reviews

15:40: Handover and Closing

16:00: Free time

18:30: Closing Dinner


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Sean Blair

Global Forum Facilitator & Owner, ProMeet

Sean is a facilitator with over twenty five years’ experience of leading and supporting organisations to innovate, learn and change.

He is a co-founder of the Service Design Network. He was an honorary Fellow in Enterprise at Durham University. He served as a Trustee of the Royal Society of Arts, a council member of the Design Council and a commissioner on the Mayor for London’s Creative Industry Commission.

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Prof. Hiroo Ichikawa

Professor and Dean, Meiji University / Executive Director, The Mori Memorial Foundation

Hiroo Ichikawa is an expert in urban policy, urban/ regional planning, crisis management and has authored numerous books on issues related to Tokyo and metropolitan regions. Prof. Ichikawa will be discussing the strengths and opportunities of Tokyo in the next five to ten years and how Tokyo will be changing towards the 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games and onwards.

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Miriam van der Horst, MBA

Learning and Development Consultant, Learning 360

Miriam is an internationally experienced facilitator with a focus on talent development in the areas of global leadership and cultural intelligence. During the past 20 years, she has lived and worked in seven countries across Asia Pacific and Europe. Currently based in Singapore, Miriam helps talented professionals to develop effective leadership skills in a global context. Miriam will engage us in how to build productive professional relationships across cultures.

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Rick Antonson


Self-proclaimed “accidental executive” Rick Antonson habitually opts for the path less wandered - or sometimes where there’s not path at all. As former President and CEO of Tourism Vancouver, Rick also made time to travel the world and author five books, yet has had his hand in some of Canada’s most renowned accomplishments including the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games for which Rick served as an Ambassador.

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Mathias Posch

Vice President, IAPCO

Mathias Posch is President and Partner of International Conference Services (ICS). With its Headquarters in Vancouver, Canada and branch offices in Toronto, Denver, London, Vienna & Barcelona, the company manages associations, online education and conferences around the globe – in 38 countries on 6 continents thus far. Mathias is Vice President of IAPCO, represents the organisation on the Events Industry Council and leads the IAPCO Partnership Programme with PCMA and IPCAA. He is a respected industry expert and has been invited to speak at numerous international and national conferences. He is a Faculty Member of the IAPCO Training Academy as well as the Meetings MasterClass and has presented at many Industry Seminars around the world. Under his leadership, his company has successfully adapted the mandate of providing professionals with various continuing education options throughout their careers – inside and outside a conference center. Mathias has become passionate about Japan and Japanese culture and is excited to be part of the BestCities Global Forum in one of his favourite cities.

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Andrés Gómez

FTI Consulting

Mr. Gómez has been working in business consulting (specific in communications) for almost two decades: planning, developing and executing communications strategies for different companies. He focused on issues like crisis management, mergers, public affairs and corporate matters. Andrés started as a journalist, then worked in the public sector, and after started working in consultancy.

Andres in mentor for Endeavor and Ashoka. He is a speaker, teacher, and Ed Op for several magazines. He runs marathons. Andres studied mass media communications, he received a Master Degree in Media Management, Information and Audiovisuals and he holds two specializations: one in European Culture Studies focused on Politics, Sociology and Economics and the other in Political Marketing and Public Opinion. He also holds a GDP in business.

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