Gillian Hamburger is Senior Vice President of Commercial at Expo 2020 Dubai, where she is responsible for the overall delivery of various commercial aspects of Expo 2020 including partnerships, ticketing, licensing and retail, food and beverage and concessionaires. She is also in charge of sponsorships, maintenance of sponsor relationships, the donor program, putting sponsorship packages together, and actively securing strategic partnerships from an eclectic range of bodies. Gillian’s role is pivotal in ensuring that sponsorship of Expo 2020 Dubai reflects the theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ and key subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, and she will be engaging with a wide variety of international organisations, corporates and educational institutions.
She has been a member of the Expo 2020 Dubai team since November 2014. Prior to that, Gillian supported the Dubai bid team in its successful effort to win the right to be the host city for Expo 2020 Dubai.
Throughout her career, Gillian has worked on prestigious international sporting events including the Olympic Games. She was Press Chief for the Atlanta Olympic Torch Relay in 1996 and has worked on every Olympic Torch Relay since that date, including the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Torch Relay, the Rio 2007 Pan American Torch Relay, the Baku 2015 European Games and the Toronto 2015 Pan American Torch Relay.
Gillian has experience on prestigious projects within the United Arab Emirates including the opening of Meydan, Dubai’s premier horse racing course, and the inaugural Dubai World Cup at Meydan in 2010, Dubai’s annual thoroughbred horse racing event. Gillian supported the 2010 SportAccord Convention in Dubai in 2010, convening more than 1,500 international sport decision makers, and has also worked on the Dubai International Film Festival. Over the course of her career, Gillian has also directed multi-continent project management for companies such as BMW, Rolls-Royce, Land Rover, Jaguar, Volvo, and Visa.
Gillian holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in Environmental Policy from Cornell University.
In her spare time, Gillian enjoys running, hiking and struggling to keep a garden.