Keynote speakers and master of ceremonies for Cvent CONNECT Europe 2023

Pooja Sharma
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Double Olympic champion Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes among keynote speakers and BAFTA award-winning television presenter, Claudia Winkleman, announced as MC for the industry conference next month

Cvent, a leading provider of meeting, events and hospitality technology, has announced the line-up of keynote speakers for its technology conference for customer and industry events, Cvent CONNECT Europe (7-9 November). The line-up includes Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes MBE and BAFTA award-winning television presenter Claudia Winkleman, who will take on the role of Master of Ceremonies (MC) at the event. Mike Ford, CEO and founder of Grateful Lemon, has also been confirmed as a keynote speaker. Cvent CEO and Founder Reggie Aggarwal will deliver the opening remarks and for the first time, Aggarwal will participate in an armchair-style Q&A with Winkleman following his opening remarks.

Cvent CONNECT Europe will take place from 7 – 9 November 2023 at the Hilton London Metropole and will offer both in-person and virtual experiences. Cvent will also host Cvent CONNECT in Germany at the SPARK location in Frankfurt on November 8, 2023.

“We are excited to announce this premier lineup of keynote speakers who are icons, leaders and visionaries in their respective fields,” said Patrick Smith, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer of Cvent. “Their presentations and perspectives further strengthen our robust conference programming – giving Cvent CONNECT Europe attendees even more opportunities to learn and gain inspiration on the main stage.”

About Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes MBE

Kelly has had an international career as an athlete, spanning twelve years and winning multiple medals at Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic levels. She made history at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where she won two gold medals in the 800 meters and 1500 metres, becoming the first British woman to achieve the feat. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the sport, she was awarded a Damehood in 2005. Today, Kelly serves as a global inspirational speaker, award-winning author and philanthropist, and advocate for fitness, wellness and mental health. In June 2022, she publicly came out as a gay woman, in an emotional and powerful documentary called Kelly Holmes: I am, in which she explains how, after 34 years of fear, she finally feels free to be her authentic self. During her keynote session, Kelly will take attendees on a journey of transformative change, drawing from her illustrious career and personal experiences. She will also shed light on the crucial role of technology and data in decision-making and performance improvement.

About Claudia Winkleman

A renowned BAFTA award-winning television presenter, radio personality and journalist, Claudia is instantly recognizable as one of Britain’s best-known broadcasters. Known for her signature frills and captivating screen presence, Claudia has hosted some of TV’s biggest shows. She co-hosted the iconic Come strictly dance has been Radio 2’s Saturday morning presenter since 2012 and has presented celebrated shows such as A question And The piano on Channel 4 and BAFTA award-winning The traitors for the BBC. Claudia’s debut book will be published in 2022 Rather was published to critical acclaim and earned its status as a Sunday Times Bestseller. Claudia will be the MC of the conference and will take the main stage to welcome attendees, introduce keynote speakers and host panel discussions including Woman in Leadership and Safeguarding in Events.

About Mike Ford

Mike has built a career spanning over twenty years in the creative, engagement and events industries, managing and managing successful full-service agencies in both the UK and US. In recent years, he has pursued his passion for performance and wellness, culminating in the founding of Grateful Lemon – a consultancy committed to helping leaders, their teams and individuals realize their full potential by prioritizing sustainable wellness. During Mike’s keynote session, he will share insights into his innovative approach to wellbeing and performance, focusing on themes such as ‘reframing stress’, ‘rewiring the workday’ and embracing a concept he calls ‘unapologetic recovery’ mentions.


Cvent CONNECT Europe is open to all MICE, hospitality and marketing professionals. Visit the Cvent CONNECT Europe website to register or for more information.

For conference updates on social media, follow @CventCONNECT on X / @cvent_inc on Instagram


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