Welcome & Introduction
Steve Squires & Ajay Parekh, Connektd
Steve Squires & Ajay Parekh are Founder and Directors of Connektd - Your Freelance Community - the community platform for companies and freelancers working in events, exhibitions and brand experience.
We're delighted to welcome you to the Event Freelancer Summit today. Between us we have 50 years experience in the industry, either as freelancers or through working in some of the most prestigious agencies in the world, so we know the challenges that you face.
We have developed the agenda today specifically with you in mind, and hope that you will find it useful and informative. Please do use this opportunity to interact with the sessions on the day and ask questions where this is available. We will endeavour to follow up on anything that cannot be answered during the sessions today. For freelancers not already signed up we encourage you to do so on the Connektd platform.
Steve is the Founder & Managing Director of Connektd - Your freelance community.
He has worked in event production and operations since 1996, following 7 years working in a marketing environment. Starting out as an exhibition and event Production Manager, and working in various roles including Producer, Project Manager, Operations Director, and Sponsorship Activation Manager, he has worked with clients in all sectors and around the world. He has been Global Head of Retail Operations working for Cheil in Seoul, South Korea and Head of Operations for Brand Activation and BTL at Leo Burnett. He is currently freelancing in the industry in various Project Director roles.
Ajay has worked in event production and operations since 1994, prior to this a short stint in Feature Films and Theatre. Trained in Theatre Stage Management at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Starting out as a Creative Producer at Park Avenue Productions for 7 years, then Head of Production at MCI UK and for the last 11 years Managing Director of his own production company, Kabuki Productions Ltd. He has worked with clients in all sectors and around the world. He is a natural networker and social butterfly. Ajay join Steve to launch Connektd in the interest of developing the platform to reach the widest corners of the industry.