Isabel Bardinet began her career in the meetings industry in 1988 at SOCFI, a French PCO company, later becoming Executive Sales Director at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, where she actively participated in the creation and development of the “Leading Venues of Paris”.
In 2005, she joined the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) as Congress Division Director. The ESC organises over nine congresses a year, including the largest medical congress in Europe and biggest cardiovascular disease congress in the world with over 34 000 participants.
In October 2009 Isabel was appointed CEO of the ESC which currently gathers 6 sub-specialty associations, 15 working groups, 56 national cardiac societies and 5 councils, with 94 000 member in over 90 countries.
Isabel Bardinet was president of the AC Forum, Vice President of the Club des dirigeants of the technopole Sophia Antipolis from 2012-2014 and in September 2014, obtained the Certificate in Corporate Governance from INSEAD. In January 2016, Mrs Bardinet was awarded the 2015 PCMA Chairman’s Award, for her creative involvement of the community in advancing the ESC’s mission at ESC Congress 2015, in London UK.
She leads a staff of 165 at the Society’s head quarters located in Sophia Antipolis and at the ESC’s Brussels office. She is frequently invited to address international congresses and executive management development courses, where audience participation is enthusiastic. Recent lecture topics have included evolving Association models and pharmaceutical/medical device ethics and compliance issues in the European Union.