Debbie Kristiansen to lead the Middle East’s largest exhibition and convention centre

Dr. Debbie Kristiansen has been appointed general manager of the new Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre, due to open in 2022.

Operated by ASM Global, the new Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre will be the largest venue of its kind in the Middle East offering 95,000 sqm of exhibition space over 10 Halls, a 4,000-seat tiered auditorium, 95 meeting rooms, Royal & VIP Majlis and a 250-seat restaurant.

Kristiansen has lived and worked in the Middle East for 16 years, with a long career in the tourism, exhibition, events and entertainment industries.

“Her appointment will help consolidate ASM Global’s reputation in the region as the world’s leading producer of event experiences and enhance Bahrain’s standing as an international meetings destination,” said Harvey Lister, ASM Global APAC & Gulf Region chairman and chief executive.

Kristiansen said the new role was “a dream come true”.

“This will allow me the privilege to help mentor and build the talent and skill set of young Bahrainis for generations to come,” she said.

“I look forward to working closely with Bahrain Tourism & Exhibition Authority to develop and grow the international MICE business, and to create a long-term legacy for Bahrain.”