Meet IAC Advisory Council – Bobby Peralta

Bobby Peralta – President & CEO at Philippine Council for the Advancement of Association Executives

What industry sector does your association/ organization represent?
My organization, the Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE) is the “association of associations” in the country. PCAAE www.pcaae.org represent a diverse group of membership organizations such as chambers of commerce and industry, professional societies, clubs, foundations, cooperatives, and others that serve business, medical, scientific, educational, technical, social welfare, philanthropic, agricultural, sports, and other non-profit undertakings.

What are the most pressuring issues in your association/ organization, which you observe in the global market?
Disruptive technologies, competition from non-association content providers, security, climate change, and trade protectionism are some of the more pressing issues our association discuss and take action on.

What potential do you see in India Association Congress 2019 and whom do you think should attend it?
We live in a small, interconnected world now and the potential for collaboration among associations is enormous. There are lots of opportunities to share experiences and co-create knowledge content that will be useful to association members across the globe. I think association leaders and professionals will benefit in attending IAC 2019 in terms of experience sharing, knowledge exchange, and collaborative networking.

Among all the IAC topics, which is the most interesting for you and why?
Interesting topics for us are “Collaboration without Fear”, “Cooperation not Protectionism” and “Data: Essential for Association Innovation” as they relate to the issues mentioned above.

What do you see the future of Associations and the role they can play?
For as long as associations remain relevant to their members, efficient in their operations, and sustainable in their resources (talent, finance, and partnerships), they will still be around in the future – enhancing volunteerism, improving competitiveness through continuous learning and standard-setting, and making an impact in national economy through policy advocacy and trade expansion.

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