The European Society of Association Executives (ESAE) is the voice of association leaders in Europe and a platform for senior-level association managers in Europe.

ESAE believes that associations play an essential role in European society and policy-making and aims to strengthen the role of the sector and its people. We do this through networking, education, advocacy and community-building activities.

At ESAE, association executives find a community of peers, tailored services, the opportunity to exchange tricks of the trade and essential information about the art & business of association management.

Our goal is to help members to work both smarter and better by connecting knowledge, insights and people.


Education & Training

ESAE specialises in peer2peer training – offering regular continuous education sessions on key topics. These are devised and led by association professionals for association professionals. ESAE has teamed up with the Solvey Business School in Brussels to deliver the Executive Master in International Association Management, taught by academics and practitioners. ESAE partners up with the key industry platforms such as the European Association Summit, IMEX, IBTM, The Meetings Show to offer tailored sessions to a larger association community.

Setting Standards

ESAE believes that associations play a major role in European policy and society. We promote association management as a profession and aim to set standards for excellent association leadership through the Executive Master programme, training sessions and white papers. ESAE aims to highlight the value of the association profession to boards, industry and policymakers. We strive to keep our members informed about the latest technological, regulatory and political developments through our education programme, our website and newsletter.

Sharing Knowledge and Ideas

ESAE is an association run by association leaders for association leaders. We believe that – as a community – we can improve our knowledge and practices by sharing ideas and exchanging experiences. ESAE members use the peer2peer forum to present case studies, ask questions and discuss challenges. The association provides a save and confidential platform for open and honest exchange.

Networking & Exchange

Whether as a session participant, faculty member, committee member or volunteer – ESAE offers many opportunities for face-to-face exchanges. While the focus is on Brussels, sessions at key industry events and peer2peer seminars in other European destinations open up the network for everyone. In addition, our online member’s area provides opportunities to connect and exchange ideas.