The Team

The Team

Symon Rubens
Chief Executive Officer

Symon Rubens has two decades experience in managing and growing business conference organizations across 5 continents. His conference career commenced at Terrapinn where he held production, sales and general management positions in the Australian and Singapore offices, before being promoted to Managing Director of the Australasian operations in 2003. In 2007 he opened Terrapinn’s Middle East operations, before becoming Regional Managing Director of IQPC Middle East, Africa and India. In 5 years at IQPC he opened offices in South Africa, India, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, growing the business by 300%. In 2014 Symon left IQPC to start The Rubens Group, a consulting and trading company based in Dubai. In 2015 he moved to Houston to start the Energy Conference Network, which has quickly grown to be the preeminent energy conference company in the world.

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Team Members

Caitriona O’Mahony
Marketing Director

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Caitriona has almost 20 years’ experience spear-heading the marketing and sales of international B2B businesses. During that time, she has been instrumental in streamlining organizations from a structural and strategic level, increasing acquisition of critical new business, identifying avenues for growth and improving profitability. Caitriona brings a wealth of international … read full profile

Dan Gedal
Sales Director

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Dan brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in generating revenue and developing the necessary relationships with corporations, sponsors, donors and other entities that contribute to the revenue-generating activities of an organization. Leading initiatives for several major conference and trade show firms across sectors including Oil & Gas, Energy, Defense, and … read full profile

Pam Pierce
Operations Director

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Pam Pierce is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has lived in Houston for over 15 years. She earned her undergraduate degree from LSU and a master’s degree from the University of Houston. Pam spent the first part of her career in Education, as a teacher of teachers, in … read full profile

Virginie Striebel
Project Director

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Virginie graduated with a Master of Management in France and now offers 13 years of experience managing various projects, departments and business development. She is multilingual and multicultural, having lived in 20+ countries. She speaks French (mother tongue), English, Spanish, German and Italian and basic Mandarin, Polish and Korean. Furthermore, she … read full profile

Renu Kannu
Project Director

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Renu’s work experience includes 6.5 years in project management, market research, stakeholder management, digital marketing (including content and social media), media and strategic partnerships as well as developing communications and marketing plans – in the conference and events business. Originally from Singapore, she grew up and spent most of her … read full profile

William Winkler
Research and Content Manager

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William Winkler is a Texas native born in Dallas that grew in the great state of Wyoming. While attending the University of Wyoming, William was a sports writer for the university student publication. He also had the honor of playing for the university’s rugby team.  After graduating from the University majoring … read full profile

Michaela Menezes
Research and Content Manager

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Michaela has fifteen years’ experience in the research, production and management of small- and large-scale, global conferences, boutique seminars and webinars across a multitude of sectors including: fintech / blockchain, digital disruption, emerging technologies, financial services, oil and gas, pharma, supply chain, telecoms, retail, manufacturing, defense and transport. She is tri-lingual … read full profile

Kyle Cornish
Marketing Manager

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A Kansas native, Kyle Cornish joined the Blockchain Conference Network Team as a Marketing Manager. A lifelong fan of the Jayhawks, Kyle’s dream was to play basketball at the University of Kansas – however, the lack of a required growth spurt and general skill thwarted his plans. Kyle graduated from KU with a degree … read full profile

Akhtar Samani
Partnerships Manager

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Akhtar was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and has lived in Houston for over 15 years. He earned his bachelors of business administration from the University of Houston, where he received a double major in Entrepreneurship & Marketing. Akhtar began his career with IT cybersecurity software sales and has amassed … read full profile

Raj Parmar
Partnerships Manager

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Raj Parmar has over 11 years experience within the corporate events industry, which initially commenced in London where he was born and educated. His primary responsibilities are understanding each and every clients needs and requirements, to establish their new new and existing business channels. Raj has gained a sound and solid … read full profile

Mohammed Asif
Partnerships Manager

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Asif has over 10 years of experience working in sponsorship and exhibition sales across different industries including Defense, Transportation, Construction, Mining, Cyber Security and Emerging technologies. He has successfully handled events across Middle East, Africa and APAC region. … read full profile

Christe Cantu
Event Operations Manager

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Christe Cantu is a Texas native who spent the first part of her career in education. Upon leaving the classroom, she became a national consultant and speaker in the industry, helping other professionals build connections to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Christe is active in her community, serving … read full profile