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Dimitri Kerkentzes named Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE)

Member States of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) have approved the nomination of Dimitri Kerkentzes as Secretary General of the Organisation. Mr. Kerkentzes will succeed Vicente G. Loscertales, who has served as Secretary General since 1993, on 1 January 2020.

Dimitri Kerkentzes joined the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) in 2003 and served as the Secretary General’s Counsellor and Chief of Staff since 2009, before being appointed Deputy Secretary General in 2015, and serving as Acting Secretary General between December 2016 and January 2018. He was the BIE representative to Specialised Expo 2008 Zaragoza, World Expo 2010 Shanghai, Specialised Expo 2012 Yeosu, World Expo 2015 Milan, and Specialised Expo 2017 Astana. During his tenure as Deputy Secretary General, he has notably overseen the establishment of the World Expo Museum, the launch of comprehensive impact studies on World and Specialised Expos, and the restructuring and expansion of the BIE Secretariat.

Dimitri Kerkentzes previously worked in the energy industry in London, before moving to the United Nations in New York in 2001. He graduated from the University of Kent with a master’s degree in International Relations and Human Rights.

A Greek national born in London, Dimitri Kerkentzes speaks English, French and Greek.

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Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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