IH Directors' Conference 2019

Catania, Sicily
4-7 May 2019

Join us in Catania for the IH Directors' Conference 2019

The IH Directors’ Conference affords an opportunity for those who own or manage International House schools to invest time in their own personal development and leadership skills, hear from industry experts and share their own knowledge with each another. It is also a time for celebrating the IH network, highlighting everything we have achieved in the previous year, and informing our strategy for the future.

In 2019, the IH Directors’ Conference will be hosted by IH Catania in the beautiful, coastal Hotel Baia Verde from Saturday 4th – Tuesday 7th May 2019.


Registration is closed, if you would like to register please contact marta.roblesvillarino@ihworld.com. 


You can now book a room at the conference hotel, Hotel Baia Verde, where we have a very special rate of 114 Euros per night including breakfast. Availability is limited so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappoint. To book, please download and complete the booking form and return it to the email address on the document. Download Booking Form 

For those looking for a slightly cheaper hotel, the Zeus Residence Hotel is just five minutes from the Baia Verde  conference hotel and offers 14 rooms with a variety of bed options for between 70 - 90 Euros per night. To book email  info@zeusresidencehotel.it and quote the reference “International House Directors Conference”.

Pre-departure Information

We have prepared a guide with all the pre-departure information you will need before (and during) the event, including details about the conference hotel, local taxis, electrical plugs, Sicilian weather, evening dress codes, and some useful Italian phrases. Click here to download it.

Programme Overview

Delegates, sponsors and guests will enjoy 3 days of conference sessions, networking and a fantastic social programme

The outline programme is as follows:

Saturday 4th May:
09.00 – 14.30 City tour of Catania with snack lunch
15.00 – 17.00  Workshop: Sell more courses - Nicola Lutz, No Fluff (for community schools)
15.00 - 17.00   IH Study Abroad Group Annual Meeting 

Welcome reception and dinner at the Baia Verde 

Sunday 5th – Tuesday 7th May:

3 days of conference sessions and workshops, including the following plenaries from our guest speakers. 

Change and Transformation of Business through Teams - Carlos Escario

Think by Design: Human-Centred Research – Rupert Daniels, Global Marketing Director for Cambridge University Press

Positive Education Simon Ward, Educational Psychologist

For the full programme, click here

Evening social activities including an evening at IH Catania and our closing dinner at Palazzo Biscari.

Beyond the Conference 

Wednesday 8th May: Optional full-day tour to Mount Etna and Taormina - Tour Information.

Please book directly with the tour company using this form - Tour Booking Form 

IH Palermo Language Centre and IH Palermo London School have invited IH directors to visit Palermo and their schools on the 3rd May, before the conference. If you would like to visit them please contact Marco. For the programme and more details click here.

Thank you

Thank you to our partners guard.me - International Insurance for their support and sponsorship. 

Thank you also to our fantastic conference exhibitors:

Also sponsoring the Welcome Dinner

Also sponsoring the Gala Dinner

Find out a little more about Catania in this video!

Check out these videos about Sicily and the IH Directors' Conference below.