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Graham Stephenson

Graham Stephenson

Executive Director, ADNEC
Graham Stephenson’s career in the events industry has spanned over 20 years. Following time at both the Sydney and Brisbane Exhibition Centres, Graham joined the Business Design Centre in 1999 on the operations side of the business. He was quickly promoted to manage all the commercial activities of the venue and its wider group in his capacity as Chief Operating Officer. Graham has also served two separate tenures as Chair of the Association of Event Venues (AEV) board between 2015 – 2016 and 2010/11 and was delighted to have been instrumental in the successful launch and hosting of the inaugural AEV Conference at the Business Design Centre in 2016. Graham and his family moved to the United Arab Emirates in 2016 where he works for the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) as Director of Sales.


  • The AEO Awards is great at bringing the community and the industry all together
    Carolyn Mason
    Director, Experience Staff
  • It is so much fun to have a day out with the industry and to just talk to everyone that loves it and is so passionate about it
    Nico Stanford
    Senior Sales Manager, Olympia London
  • I wanted to congratulate you both, and the wider AEO team, on such a fantastic awards ceremony last week. I have not attended the AEO Awards for several years, and perhaps I forgot just how much of a special day it is… it was incredibly well organised, and it was such a wonderful occasion.
    Ashley Roberts
    Managing Director, CONNECT
  • What a fantastic AEO Awards last Friday; such a buzz and a brilliant afternoon all round. Thank you all for putting on such a fabulous event. What Else Events will be back next year with an even stronger case. For now, being a Finalist is a major achievement in such a competitive category.
    Tim Else
    Founder & Managing Director, What Else Events
  • It was lovely to see you and the team and we had a fantastic night thank you! Everything looked incredible and it was a great event to be part of. Thank you
    Becky Oldham
    Marketing Manager, NEC Group


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