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Who qualifies for VIP access?

 IT²EC 2024 - defence training and technology event

Meaningful meetings | Powerful connections

The variety and relevance of VIP visitors attending IT²EC has long been a distinguishing feature of the event.

Senior military officers, influential public sector officials and international delegations attend the event as VIP guests. These most prominent members of the military training, education and simulation community include representatives of national governments, ministries concerned with defence and security, central defence staff, and armed services.

Exactly 128 visiting VIPs and delegations were present at ITEC 2019, an 11% increase compared to the previous edition. Our VIP engagement team work directly with exhibitors to create relevant, balanced programmes for each delegation, ensuring suppliers of appropriate products and services are matched with potential customers.

To find out whether you or a colleague would qualify for VIP access, contact Ben Smith.

VIP benefits include...

Dedicated VIP lounge and catering area

Enjoy access to our private seating area, great for networking during a break from the show. Complimentary lunch and refreshments are served throughout each day.

Personal onsite engagement service 

Receive full support from our dedicated team to plan your time at the event. This includes recommended conference sessions, bilateral meetings and exhibitor engagement.

Priority entry and networking access

Enjoy fast track entry into the conference and exhibition on all show days, as well as a complimentary ticket to our renowned offsite networking evening.

Luggage and changing facilities

Take advantage of our convenient onsite changing facilities, and enjoy complimentary use of our cloakroom.

VIP attendees from 2022

  • Head of Unit Simulation & Training Equipment, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence
  • Commandant and Rector, Royal Military Academy (Belgium)
  • Commander Centre of Simulation and Training Technologies, Czech Army
  • Vice-Rector for Research and Expert Activities, University of Defence (Czech Republic)
  • Chief Simulation Center, Danish Army
  • Commander, Naval Training Command, Hellenic Navy
  • Deputy Commander Hellenic Tactics Center, Hellenic Air Force
  • Branch Chief, J5 C4I Systems Development Branch, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
  • Director of Training and Education, Defence Forces Ireland
  • Chief of Training, Italian Air Force
  • Commander, Lithuanian Armed Forces Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
  • Branch Head Modelling and Simulation Training Technologies, NATO ACT
  • Commandant, Netherlands Defence Academy
  • Chief Simulation Centre of Excellence, Royal Netherlands Army
  • Chief of Transformation and Innovation, Nigerian Army
  • Senior Officer Training Department, Omani Ministry of Defence
  • Commandant, Polish Air Force University
  • Commander Joint Warfare Training Center, Qatar Armed Forces
  • Chief of Army Tiger Department, Republic of Korea Army
  • Commandant (Rector), ”Henri Coanda” Air Force Academy, Brasov, Romania
  • Head of Training Development Branch, Singapore Armed Forces
  • Chief of Joint Force Training Directorate, Swedish Armed Forces
  • Commandant, Army Training Centre, Swiss Armed Forces
  • Chief of Training and Recruitment, Uganda People’s Defence Forces
  • Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel Capability), UK Ministry of Defence
  • Head Cyber Awareness, Behaviours and Culture), UK Ministry of Defence
  • Commander Fleet Operational Sea Training, Royal Navy
  • SRO Collective Training Transformation Programme, British Army
  • Deputy Director Land Warfare, British Army
  • Chief of Staff, Royal School of Military Engineering, British Army
  • Assistant Chief of Staff (Capability Delivery, Combat Air), Royal Air Force
  • Assistant Chief of Staff (Capability Delivery, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance), Royal Air Force
  • Assistant Chief of Staff (Logistics and Support Engineering), Royal Air Force
  • Director General, Joint Force Development, UK Strategic Command
  • Head Operations, Plans and Training, UK Space Command
  • Head, Soldier, Training and Special Projects, Defence Equipment & Support
  • Head, Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)
  • Commandant, Defence School of CIS (United Kingdom)
  • Commandant, Defence College of Technical Training (United Kingdom)
  • Commanding Officer, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, U.S. Navy
  • Program Executive Officer, PEO STRI, U.S. Army
  • Director, Joint Multinational Simulation Center, U.S. Army

VIP attendees from 2019


  • Assistant Chief of Navy (Personnel and Training), Royal New Zealand Navy
  • Assistant Chief of Staff Requirements, NATO Allied Transformation Command
  • Chief of Air Staff, Bangladesh Air Force
  • Chief of Swedish Army
  • Commandant, National Defence College, Bangladesh
  • Commander Simulation Center Land Warfare, Royal Netherlands Army
  • Commander Training, German Army
  • Commander Training, Exercise & Evaluation, Royal Norwegian Navy
  • Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Future Training, Royal Navy, UK
  • Deputy Commander Allied Rapid Response Corps, NATO ARRC
  • Deputy Director, Expeditionary Warfare Division, US Navy
  • Director General, Australian Defence Simulation and Training Centre, Department of Defence
  • Director General, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)
  • Director Navy Training, Royal Australian Navy
  • Executive Director, Future Joint Force Development, US Joint Staff
  • Head, Defence and Security Accelerator, UK
  • Head, Soldier, Training and Special Programmes, Defence Equipment & Support, UK
  • Program Executive Officer, Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, US Army
  • Rector-Commandant, University of Defence, Czech Republic
  • Secretary of State - Head of The Department for Emergency Situations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania
  • Vice Chancellor, Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka