EUROPEXPO is a company specialized in Trade Show & Congress organization, present in Europe, China & Hong Kong.


EUROPEXPO is a team of very experienced entrepreneurs focusing on development through the build-up and creation of new businesses.


The company’s strategy is to identify high potential markets where there is a need for new Trade Shows, and to implement high-range events with innovative formats.


EUROPEXPO belongs to EUROPEVENTS Group, founded in 1980, which includes the following activities:

  • Exhibition & Congress organization
  • Event communication agency
  • Services to government institutions


Key figures : €11M equity – €20M turnover – +100 collaborators around the world


Gilles Barissat founded EuropEvents Group in 1980 and is Executive Chairman.


Serial entrepreneur, Gilles created several companies in the trade show, event and media sectors:

La Compagnie Française de Presse (BtoB magazines in transportation and agriculture), sold in 1993 to Altedia.

Européenne de Salons (EDS), a trade show and event organizer. EDS notably developed Milipol, the international trade show for national security which became within over a decade the unrivalled global leader in this sector. The company was sold in 2006 to Comexposium.


Gilles graduated from ESCP, University of Massassuchets and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

René Pérès is IPEM Chairman.



After starting his career in banking, René held national and international responsibilities as Managing Director inside several groups and companies specialized in event and trade show organization such as: Reed Midem, EMAP, GL-Events exhibitions.


René also was Vice Chairman, in 2013, of UNIMEV The French Meeting Industry Council – and Chairman of the Exhibitions Organizer Group.


René holds a master’s degree in law from Paris X University and followed the INSEAD International Executive Programme.

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