Hugo Setzer at Camera Colombiana del Libro

IPA President Hugo Setzer recently visited Bogotá, Colombia, where he had meetings with IPA member, the Cámara Colombiana del Libro and with the Colombian IP office. 

Attendees at the 2019 PublisHer’s dinner in London. Image: Nabs Ahmedi

At a time when gender balance is a priority for many industries and companies, the publishing industry couldn’t lag behind. Bodour Al Qasimi, IPA’s Vice-President, and Maria Pallante, AAP’s President and CEO, embraced the challenge and launched a network to promote women’s role in shaping leadership in the publishing business.

The Publishers Association has continued its ground-breaking work into diversity within the UK publishing industry. Their latest survey reveals that while there are many positives in terms of women in leadership positions and representation of LGBT+ and disabled staff, there is still progress to be made. 

Michiel Kolman at Sharjah International Book Fair 2018

Sharjah International Book Fair featured keynotes from IPA President, Michiel Kolman, and President-elect, Hugo Setzer, alongside panels on freedom to publish and educational publishing. Setzer’s message was that local, regional and international cooperation are essential to the future of our industry.

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At the London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards on 11th April, Jacks Thomas, Director of the Fair looked back at his career in publishing, which started when he was just 11, and included time at the Times of India Group, Prentice Hall, and his current position as Chairman and Managing Director of PHI Learning where his focus is on low-cost educational books. She closed, calling him “effectively the father of Indian publishing”.

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