Freysen-Pretorius has been second vice-president of ICCA since 2010 and joined the board of directors in 2008. She is the first ICCA president from Africa, and the third female president in ICCA history.
She beat off competition from two other candidates – Handan Boyce of the Halic Congress Center in Turkey and Martin Winter of Gold Coast Tourism Corporation, Australia – to secure the role.
"With ICCA celebrating 50 years of industry involvement I am so glad an African leader is given an opportunity to lead," she said.
"Now is the time for ICCA to extend its influence into new markets and developing countries, fostering continued growth that will provide jobs, assist in the alleviation of poverty and contribute to a better life for many," she added.
ICCA’s current president Arnaldo Nardone has stepped down after two terms of two years.