Founding & Managing Partner
Julien is highly regarded as one of the leading technopreneur and industry veteran in the corporate meetings sector. He is the Founding and Managing partner of 1000Meetings which has an expanding portfolio of operations in the Asia Pacific region. Right after graduating with a computer science degree in 2003, Julien started his career in the IT industry founding his own company specialized in developing SaaS B2B applications in France. With a deep interest in China, he decided to move to Shanghai in 2005 and shortly after in 2008, he founded 1000Meetings, a leading platform that incorporate technology and innovative solution to help corporate planners procure key meetings and event spaces globally. Under Julien’s stewardship, 1000Meetings have grown into a key driving force in enabling strategic meetings management initiatives for corporates both in and outside of China. The success of him and his team has led to more than 15,000 hotel partnerships being signed up over the last 12 years.
Sam brings with him more than 20 years of MICE industry experience across diverse business sectors. He is currently one of the founding partners for 1000meetings.com. Prior to this, Sam was the Regional Managing Director of Asia Pacific for CWT Meetings & Events where he was responsible for growing the MICE business in the region. Before CWT, Sam heads up Greater China for BCD Meetings & Events based out of Shanghai. He was also the Regional Meeting Leader for Merck in 2012 where he led a core team in driving strategic meeting management programs in 14 Asian countries. Sam spent more than 5 years as the project director for Suntec International where he co-led the planning for new convention venues in Australia, Canada, Malaysia, India, and China. During this period, Sam oversaw special projects involving mega events such as APEC, Formula One, and the first Youth Olympic Games. For the period of 2003 to 2006, he was part of the Singapore Tourism Board team as the pavilion manager responsible for the operations of the Singapore Pavilion during the Aichi World Expo held in Nagoya, Japan in 2005.