Emma Clark achieves a first for events professionals in the Middle East

Action Impact’s Event Director, Emma Clark, has achieved the International Special Events Society’s prestigious global designation as a Certified Special Events Professional. This accolade makes her the first person in the Middle East to be able to put the much coveted initials, CSEP, after her name.

“After more than 10 years of hard work I thought it was the right time to prove myself on a global stage and get a qualification that could help me develop my skills even further,” said Clark.

Since 1993 the CSEP qualification has provided global recognition to event professionals who have successfully demonstrated the knowledge, skills and ability to carry out all the components that contribute to a successful special event around the world.

Action Impact’s Directors, Mike Wain and Adrian Bell, supported Clark’s studies. “It was a hard programme, and very demanding, but I managed to organise my time and got great support from other members of the team at Action Impact,” Clark commented.

She sat the exam under controlled conditions in a specially set-up facility using a secure, virtual link.

Clark added: “I’m very proud, not just because I’m the first person to achieve the CSEP in the Middle East, but because it shows just how committed to quality Action Impact is as a company. The industry is maturing fast in the region, and more and more professionals will achieve this kind of global accreditation. That’s healthy for them as individuals, and for the industry as a whole.”

Clark’s achievement means that her abilities have been benchmarked against the best in the world, and it also reflects the qualities that are at the heart of Action Impact’s philosophy. “I don’t want this to sound like a tearful awards ceremony acceptance speech,” she said.

“But I couldn’t have achieved this without Mike and Adrian’s support. I was always confident in my ability, but having those letters after my name, just makes me more determined to keep on developing my skills.”