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Chairman's Message

I hope 2016 has started on a positive note for you all.

We had a very thought provoking First Board meeting to kick start our preparations for our 58th Annual WACRA Conference in Helsinki, Finland. The green capital of Finland is a compact city easily explored on foot. Design, architecture, culture and shopping are all great exploration angles and large park areas, forests, lakes, and the coastline with numerous islands sprinkled off it make certain there’s no shortage of natural presence. The weather in Helsinki during August can range from 15°C to 32°C (59-90° F).

Finnish food itself is all about local, seasonal, wild and fresh- with game, fish, mushrooms and berries at the core of it all – these innovative food events embrace all culinary cultures and tastes of the globe. Our gala dinner theme will be built around this. For those of you taking the opportunity to spend more time in Finland either before or after the conference there is useful information available at

Our theme for this year is Under the Nordic Lights - the next phase…   The conference dates will be Sunday 28 through to Wednesday 31 August, so make sure you block your calendar and start on travel approvals NOW! The hotel selected is the Crowne Plaza Helsinki. It has one of the best locations as it is a 3-minute walk from the Finnish National Opera, 2 km from the art exhibits at Ateneum, 1,5 km from shopping and 2,5 km from the harbor and the Market Square.

The board will meet mid-May here in Helsinki to finalize the speakers, agenda and conference events. We welcome any suggestions or ideas you may have to make this conference even more successful. We will be posting important announcements, updates and the 2016 agenda on the WACRA website. Very soon you will have easy registration available from WACRA website where you can pay the conference fee, book your hotel room and later even choose the workshops you wish to attend. If attending the annual WACRA conference and visiting Helsinki isn’t enough of an incentive, for those of you who pay the annual fee before 15 May, we will reduce the  first delegate conference fee by USD 100.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the board members for their contribution and time as we gear up to putting together a very exciting 2016 conference.

On behalf of the entire Board, we look forward to seeing you all soon in Helsinki.

Warm Regards,

Kavita Sharma

Kavita Sharma Al Jassim

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