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Sherrif Karamat, CAE

President and CEO


Sherrif Karamat, CAE, is President and CEO of PCMA and CEMA, the world’s largest community for Business Events Strategists, providing senior-level education, networking, and market intelligence for the global business events industry.

Karamat leads the vision, mission and promise for PCMA’s global family of brands. He is a prominent business architect, enabling communities to become a catalyst for economic and social progress, organizational success, and personal and professional development.

PCMA’s vision and purpose is to drive global economic and social transformation through business events. Central to this are expanding PCMA’s reach, enhancing its educational offerings, empowering more people, providing additional personal and professional development, and actively welcoming everyone, regardless of their ideas, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or cultural background.

Karamat also emphasizes the need for a fundamental change in the ways meetings and events are approached. He is Chair of the 2023 Events Industry Council’s (EIC) Board of Directors and serves on the Boards for Destinations International, Tourism Diversity Matters, and the US Travel Association. Additionally, Karamat is a member of the George Washington University’s Leadership Council for its Masters in Tourism Administration program.

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