Emma Howell named as the Middle East Development Director for Informa Markets Maritime & Cruise portfolio

Published: Monday, February 27, 2023

Dubai, United Arab Emirates—In line with the strategic growth plan for the Middle East region, Emma Howell has been appointed as the Middle East Development Director for Informa Markets Maritime & Cruise portfolio.

This includes severalflagship Seatrade brands under its umbrella in the region, including Saudi Maritime Congressand Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East.

The Middle East region has for long been a key hub for several maritime and cruise brands, and home to many wider Informa Markets events. Her role will complement the SeatradeMaritime group of products led by Group Director, Chris Morley, and Seatrade Cruise, led by Mary Bond.

Commenting on the appointment, Andrew Williams, SVP of the portfolio, said: “Withoperations returning to normalcy across various brands and sectors, the Middle East is a keydevelopment location for the maritime and wider related business. This is a region wherethe Seatrade brand has enjoyed a significant presence for a long period of time. As we moveinto 2023, the opportunity exists to really push forward and uplift our activities in the areaonce again.”

Emma has a long business history in the Middle East, stretching back to 1996, when shejoined the launch team of Gulf Today as Business Editor, before moving into PR & Marketingfor multipleinternational brands, including, Aston Martin and Fairline Boats. She joined theSeatrade family on her return to the UK, and has worked on several events as the Digital &Marketing Director, and now, as a commercial leader for the business.

“I have either lived or regularly visited thisregion for nearly 30 years now, and I think it is fair to say that I feel intrinsically interlinkedwith its growth and my own career. I welcome and look forward to this opportunity andmeeting new faces, as well as working with friends and colleagues I have known for manyyears now,” said Emma.