VIP engagement


Meaningful engagements | 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 Allied Transformation Command
  • Chief of Air Staff, Bangladesh Air Force
  • Chief of Army, Swedish Army
  • Commandant, National Defence College, Bangladesh
  • Commander German Training Command, German Army
  • Commander Simulation Center Land Warfare, Royal Netherlands Army
  • Commander Training, Exercise & Evaluation, Royal Norwegian Navy
  • Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Future Training, Royal Navy, United Kingdom
  • 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 Foreign Affairs, Romania
  • Vice Chancellor, Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka

2018 VIPs included...

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

Superintendent, Korea Military Academy, Republic of Korea Army


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 will be present at 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. You can RSVP to join our networking event by adding a complimentary ticket during registration.

VIP Benefits

Access to VIP Lounge and Dedicated VIP catering area

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

Support from our VIP Engagement Team

Pre-event and onsite, receive full support from our dedicated VIP team, providing a smooth experience via a dedicated registration desk.

Fast track entry

Enjoy fast track entry into the conference and exhibition on all shows days.

Personal Onsite Engagement Service

Take advantage of our personal onsite engagement service to plan your attendance at IT²EC.

This includes recommended conference sessions, bilateral meetings and exhibitor engagement.

Complimentary cloakroom & changing facilities

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

Free networking evening ticket 

Join us at a secret London location to create valuable connections at our renowned offsite networking event.

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 the show, 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