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t is an exciting time for the FCSI as we move through 2015 with a raft of new initiatives and ideas. Your engagement and communication has been incredibly helpful in shaping the direction of FCSI for the future. The Worldwide board has been very supportive of the divisions in helping with funding, assisting with trade shows and generally fl ying the fl ag for the FCSI membership around the world, with some notable successes earlier this year at the 2015 NAFEM Show in Anaheim, California, the Sirha show in Lyon, Gulfood in Dubai and Internorga in Hamburg. We have also had our challenges as we learn to work with each other on a global stage, respecting the subtleties and nuances of FCSI membership in each division and local unit. This has not always been easy and at times has been challenging, but as the most recent Worldwide board meeting at the FCSI


EAME conference in Madrid has shown, when FCSI professionals come together to work for the benefi t of the Society, we make real progress. I make no apologies for being

emotional, enthusiastic and demanding of the team around me at a Worldwide and divisional level, as we have much still to do. Madrid was a landmark occasion in many ways: a hugely successful conference, great networking and social activities and recognition for our Professional and Allied members. It was also the point at which the

Worldwide board and Educational Foundation agreed to work hand in hand on our Global Partners programme. For us to achieve the professional status we all desire, we need to attract the right quality of people and for that, we must invest in our future.

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Asia Pacifi c Division, FCSI Worldwide Board Director

Travel is inevitable when you live ‘down under’ in Queenstown, New Zealand, as I do. I consider myself extremely fortunate to live in ‘the adventure capital of the world’ while working in both in NZ and Australia and in both my role as Chair of the APD Board and in representing APD on the Worldwide Board. The FCSI Asia Pacifi c Region is vast and multicultural and growth is staggering. It off ers opportunities for all FCSI members, both consultant and corporate. FCSI APD provides a platform for members to participate and contribute across a range of activities such as: attending trade

shows and conferences; speaking at industry forums; networking with industry peers; experiencing advances in technology, equipment and sustainability; observing the latest trends in food, design and concept development; sharing knowledge and mentoring the next generation of FCSI members.

APD Members Tony Wang, Anton

Lee, Francois Tesniere, Bruno Magro and myself all took part in the ‘21st Century Kitchen’ Public Forum (1 April) at Hotelex Shanghai. Our judging panel is in the process

of reviewing the submissions for the inaugural ‘Asian Catering Equipment

(ACE) Award’ which will be presented on 6 May at HOFEX Hong Kong (6-9 May) and we will hold our APD AGM on the same day. Our corporate/allied base is strong and eager to support growth, networking and knowledge sharing. The challenge to motivate the APD consultant membership remains signifi cant. We need to encourage contribution and participation in divisional activities. Increased activities and growth will only come with your involvement. Contact me at to express your interest in joining the APD Board or a regional networking event committee.

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