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Over a century worth of experience

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Paul Berger
Chief Executive Officer

Paul Berger has been working in event management, sports marketing and sponsorship activations in the UAE since 1993. Paul became a shareholder in Arena on 1st March 2009 and was subsequently appointed to the board of the Arena Group of Companies. As the CEO of Middle East & Asia, Paul continues to drive the business forward.

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Manufacturing & Technical Director

Shanker is a veteran in the event industry with over 25 years of experience. Shanker’s expertise lies in the design and fabrication of overlay structures and has project managed several local and international events across 22 countries. Shanker is also the Technical Director for Arena Group in Asia.

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Matthew Flannery
Head of Operations

Matt Flannery joined Asia Tents Arena in 2016, bringing with him over 20 years’ experience and a vast knowledge of temporary structures. Initially a member of the UK & Europe team, Matt has worked with the Arena Group since 2002.  In 2009 he relocated to Dubai where he quickly became key in the growth and development of the Middle East & Asia business.

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Neal Giddings
Senior Project Manager

A highly competent project and site manager for both overlay and permanent construction works, Neal has successfully managed many prestigious projects worldwide. Neal’s notable project saw him managing the overlay works at 5 venues for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He was also the site manager for FWC 2010 at Soccer City Stadium, the largest single sports overlay venue in history. With 25 years of experience, he is known to have a strong background in delivering projects on time and on budget to the satisfaction of clients worldwide.

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Elaine O’Dwyer
Design Director / Arena Middle East & Asia

A graduate in Interior Design from London’s prestigious Inchbald School of Design, Elaine has worked in the event industry in the Middle East & Asia for over 13 years. She had established the design and interior production departments from ground up. She was also responsible for designing and delivering interiors at many of the Group’s prestigious events worldwide. From the Presidents’ Cup in Korea and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championships, to hospitality chalets in Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Vietnam, be awed at her extensive experience in creating Interior and Event Designs.