17 March 2017

A Message from the President

Dear Friends,

Greetings from sunny Miami and I hope all is going well with you! I can’t believe that the year is going by so very quickly and we are already in March. The plans and objectives that we have set for EuroCHRIE as an organization are well on track and I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update.

  1. I attended the ICHRIE Board meeting in Baltimore on 27 and 28 January. One important issue that came out of that meeting was that we took the opportunity to advance our discussions with ApacCHRIE about a joint conference. There was a coin-toss (officiated by Maureen Brookes) and I’m glad to report that the first Euro-ApacCHRIE Joint Conference will be held somewhere in Asia in 2019. A Joint Conference Organising Committee has been formed between both Federations and the first meeting will be held at the upcoming ApacCHRIE Conference in Bali from 14 -17 June 2017. This is a first for both Federations and we are excited that this initiative is moving ahead as planned.

  2. The EuroCHRIE Spring Board Meeting was held in Nairobi on 1 – 2 March and I’m glad to report that this year’s Conference is shaping up extremely well. I was personally impressed with the Conference location, the Radisson Blu Hotel. For those of you who are used to the Radisson Blu in Scandinavia, you will be pleasantly surprised to find a newer and improved version in Nairobi. I’m sure all conference participants will enjoy Nairobi and the pre-conference and conference program that has been lined up. Conference registration is already open so please register early! Also, remember that there is a really special, not to be missed “Safari” after the conference in the Maasai Mara from 26 – 28 Oct. Please put in a paper if you have not done so – the deadline has been extended to 2 April 2017.

  3. A decision was also taken during the Spring Board Meeting for the next conference in 2018. There were a number of bids that were received and after much deliberation, the Board is delighted to announce that the 2018 EuroCHRIE Conference will be held in the city of Dublin, hosted by the Dublin Institute of Technology and the Conference Chair will be Dr. Ralf Burbach. Ralf and his team impressed the EuroCHRIE Board with their plans for the conference and based on the bid document that they have submitted, it will be another very memorable Conference. So please mark your calendars from 7 – 9 November 2018 for the EuroCHRIE Dublin Conference.

  4. We have now determined the Slate of Office for the 2017 EuroCHRIE elections so please remember to vote when the ballot opens in the next few weeks.

  5. Lastly, don’t forget to renew your membership – visit www.eurochrie.org for regular updates and if you face any difficulties in membership renewal, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

In a few months’ time, I will be handing over the EuroCHRIE Presidency to our current Vice President, Anders Justenlund. I have full confidence in him and I know that he will take EuroCHRIE to even greater heights.

I would like to personally thank all of you for your constant support and encouragement. Although EuroCHRIE is a voluntary organization, the commitment, professionalism and tenacity that I have witnessed from both internal and external stakeholders is inspiring indeed. It is a privilege to have served on the EuroCHRIE Board with such outstanding individuals!