VIP engagement


Meaningful meetings | Powerful connections

The number and quality of VIPs attending IT²EC has long been a distinguishing feature of the event.

Senior military officers, influential public sector officials and international delegations attend ITEC 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.

2019 VIPs included...

  • Assistant Chief of Navy (Personnel and Training), Royal New Zealand Navy
  • Assistant Chief of Staff Requirements, NATO ACT
  • Chief of Air Staff, Bangladesh Air Force
  • Chief of Army, Swedish Army
  • Commandant, National Defence College, Bangladesh
  • Commander German Training Command, Germany Army
  • Commander Simulation Center Land Warfare, Royal Netherlands Army
  • Commander Training, Exercise & Evaluation, Royal Norwegian Navy
  • DACOS Future Training, Royal Navy
  • Deputy Commander Allied Rapid Response Corps, NATO ARRC
  • Deputy Director, Expeditionary Warfare Division, United States 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, United Kingdom
  • Head, Soldier, Training and Special Programmes, Defence Equipment & Support, United Kingdom
  • Program Executive Officer, Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, United States Army
  • Rector-Commandant, University of Defence, Czech Republic
  • Secretary of State - Head of The Department for Emergency Situations, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Romania
  • Vice Chancellor, Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka

2018 VIPs included...

  • 3* Commandant, National Defence College, Bangladesh
  • 3* Superintendent, Korea Military Academy, Republic of Korea
  • 2* Director, Armed Forces Simulation Centre, Nigeria
  • 2* Sub-Director General, Defence Resources Directorate, Ministry of Defence, Portugal
  • 1* CO Department for Research & Development, Military Academy, Austria
  • 1* Dean, Military Institute of Science & Technology, Bangladesh
  • 1* Chief of Education, Finnish Defence Forces, Finland
  • 1* Brigadier, UAE Armed Forces, United Arab Emirates
  • 1* Commandant, Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration, United Kingdom
  • 1* Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, United States of America
  • ½* Director of Navy Training, Royal Australian Navy, Australia
  • ½* Head of DEMA Emergency Services College, Ministry of Defence, Denmark
  • ½* Chief of Training Division, German Navy, Germany
  • ½* Director, NATO Modelling & Simulation Centre of Excellence, Italy
  • ½* Assistant Chief of Navy (Personnel & Training), Royal New Zealand Navy, New Zealand
  • ½* Commandant, NATO School, United States of America

Further networking opportunities

The opportunity to meet and connect with VIP guests is not limited to exhibitors and sponsors. A large proportion of military and VIP attendees attend the official IT²EC networking evening. Tickets are available to purchase for industry delegates and exhibition-only visitors.

Always a memorable affair, the event takes place offsite at a secret location in the host city. Don't forget to add your networking ticket during registration. 

Get in touch

As we look ahead to 2020, we are pleased to offer an enhanced meeting request service to add greater value to exhibitors and visitors alike.

For further information on the Personal Onsite Engagement Service at IT²EC, please contact Head of Defence Engagement Steve Baker.


  • “ITEC is such an important event for the military simulation community. From the first contact, to the information passed by email, the way we were received and everything we experienced was incredible. Congratulations on the event and I hope to be present again next year.”
    Alexandre Villarmosa
    Lt Commander, Brazilian Navy
  • “ITEC is important for a mixture of reasons. It is a really good engagement platform for customers, partners and suppliers so we can understand where we are going, what we have got right and where we need to improves further into. It also provides visibility of what everyone else is doing.”
    Alison Heminsley
    Simulation & Training Technologist, BAE Systems
  • “DisTec brings together industry from all parts of the world and gives us an opportunity to showcase what we can do and understand more what they can do for us. We met lots of interesting companies.”
    Lucy Mason
    Head of Defence & Security Accelerator (DASA), UK MoD
  • “ITEC is Europe's most important event in modelling & simulation-based training and education for military, civilian defence and societal security. It raises awareness, conveys knowledge and promotes networking among professionals.”
    Dr Arne Norlander
    LtCol (Retd), CEO, NORSECON AB
  • “The show is successful for us and really great to meet our international customers. Our stand is very crowded all the time.”
    Hans Lindgren
    Head of Business Development, Saab