Structure & Legal Aspects

UFI is an international, non-profit association conforming to the French law of 1st July 1901. Its structure consists of decision-making bodies, regional chapters and thematic committees, devoted to serving the interests of its members and the entire exhibition industry. This structure aims at answering the needs and requirements of all UFI members, by providing them with worthwhile information for their business. Click here to download UFI Statutes or the Internal Rules.
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The General Assembly:
This is the most important decision-making body and retains final authority. Only full UFI members are entitled to attend and vote at the Ordinary and Extraordinary General Assemblies.

The Board of Directors:
The Board of Directors is tasked with implementing decisions taken by the General Assembly, with developing UFI policy, and preparing all proposals related to matters affecting international trade fairs. After thorough preparation, these proposals are submitted for vote to UFI members at the annual General Assembly. The Board of Directors is comprised of a maximum of 60 members.
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The Executive Committee:
The Executive Committee develops the general policy positions of UFI. The Executive Committee's recommendations are submitted to the Board of Directors for its further review and action. The Executive Committee is composed of the UFI President, a maximum of 6 Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer, the Secretary, the Chapter Chairmen and the Chairman of the Associations' Committee.
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The UFI President:
Elected by the General Assembly for a one-year mandate, he is the legal and official representative of UFI. He chairs the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and the annual General Assembly.

The Trio:
This is the term used to refer to the UFI President and the two Executive Vice-Presidents (Incoming and Outgoing Presidents) all three of whom work closely together. 

UFI Presidents:





Sergey Alexeev RUEF - ExpoForum St Petersburg 2016
Andrés López-Valderrama Corferias Bogota 2015
Renaud Hamaide Comexposium / VIPARIS Paris 2014
Chen Xianjin CAEC Beijing 2013
Arie Brienen Royal Dutch Jaarbeurs Utrecht 2012
Eric Everard Artexis / easyfairs Brussels 2011
Manfred Wutzlhofer Messe Muenchen GmbH Munich 2010
John Shaw Comexposium Paris 2009
Cliff Wallace Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre Hong Kong 2008
Jochen Wïtt Koelnmesse Cologne 2007
Tom Beyer Stockholmsmässan AB Stockholm 2006
Ruud G. van Ingen Royal Dutch Jaarbeurs Utrecht 2004-2005
Sandy Angus Montgomery Exhibitions Ltd. London 2001-2003
Prof. Dr. Manfred Busche Messe Berlin Berlin 1998-2001
Dieter Ebert Koelnmesse Cologne 1997
Bryan Montgomery The Building Trades Exhibitions Ltd. London 1994-1997
Bernard Laguens COSP Paris 1991-1994
Cornelius Juul de Vriese Koninklijke Nederlandse Jaarbeurs Utrecht 1989-1991
Carlo G.Bertolotti Torino Esposizioni S.p.A., Turin 1985-1989
Olle Herald The Finnish Fair Corporation Helsinki 1981-1985
Jean Taelman Comité des Expositions de Paris Paris 1977-1981
Carl Theodor Steidle Messe Frankfurt GmbH Frankfurt 1973-1977
Luciano Dal Falco E.A. Fiera di Verona Verona 1967-1973
Karl Eugen Mössner Deutsche Messe AG Hannover Hanover 1966-1967
Marius Ghiglione Foire de Marseille Marseille 1965-1966
Ramon Gordillo Carranza Feria Valencia Valencia 1963-1965
Lucien Cooremans Foire de Bruxelles Brussels 1961-1963
Lucien Chatin Foire de Lyon Lyon 1955-1961
Eugène Martel Foire de Paris Paris 1947-1955
Piers Puricelli Fiera Milano Milan 1931-1939
Cesare Nava Fiera Milano Milan 1926-1931


UFI current President
Mr. Sergey Alexeev
President - RUEF
ExpoForum International
St Petersburg (Russian Federation)

UFI Managing Director:
Mr. Kai Hattendorf

UFI Executive President
(Outgoing President)
Mr. Andrés López-Valderrama
President Corferias
Bogota (Colombia)

UFI Executive Vice-President (Incoming President)
Mr. Andreas Gruchow
Executive Vice-President (Ingoing President)
Member of the Managing Board,
Deutsche Messe AG,
Hannover (Germnay)

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