About the summit
The European Communication Summit, the annual event for international communications executives, is back! The event brings together cross-industry leaders and communications experts to discuss the transformation of community and communications across Europe. Join 400+ of your peers to talk about different areas of change and challenges that communicators are facing. In our 13th year, we will discuss new approaches to stakeholder engagement, evolving communication strategies, instruments and channels, tech trends of the future and strategies to lead and manage your comms department digitally and effectively.
Prof. Dr. Ana Adi
Being a true cosmopolitan, Prof. Adi is looking back on a broad portfolio of experience at an international level. Amongst other things, she has lived, worked and taught in the USA, Great Britain, Belgium, Bahrain, Thailand and Romania. In the course of her academic career, Prof. Dr Adi received a B.A. Hons in Communication & Public Relations from the SNSPA in Romania plus two master’s degrees, one of them as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Missouri. She received her doctor’s degree in the field of Communication & Media Studies on the grounds of her research on the Olympic Games’ coverage and presentation in the media.
Prof. Dr Adi is a firm advocatress of internationalising the field of education and – as a member of the Social Media Global Education Connection Project – actively campaigns for a competent utilisation of social media in research and teaching.
Edna has over 15 years experience in multinationals (Philip Morris International, STMicroelectronics), international organisations (UNESCO/OECD) and academia, covering a full range of disciplines, from internal communications to external relations to online communications.
Previously, as Director Governmental Affairs, he represented OSRAM's interests within several associations and the European Commission. At the same time, he also represented OSRAM in the United Nations Environment Program Initiative "United for Efficiency". Bachler, who studied European Business Studies in Regensburg and La Rochelle, has been working at OSRAM since 2004. Until 2013 he was responsible for various lamp and light technologies at several stations as Product Marketing Manager and Portfolio Manager.
His achievements are demonstrated by his leadership skills in brand strategy, reputation and communications. Nanne couples those capabilities with strong analytical skills that lead to high-driving results. Most notably, his solid management skills have helped him build departments from scratch into effective, well-respected operations with innovative approaches.
Nanne's business objectives are the key starting points in his approach to effective brand, reputation and change management. His credentials in creating campaigns and driving local implementation through local network structures have been well-applied.
Prior to his current role at ING, Nanne was a member of the board of ING Insurance Benelux with responsibility for the brand and the reputation of the insurance activities in the Benelux. He has over 15 years of experience in media and technology with various companies including positions with Siemens, CMG and Atos Worldline.
Nanne holds an executive master degree of change management from INSEAD, Corporate Communications from the University of Exeter and a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Nanne is a member of the Supervisory Board of the International Brand and Reputation Community, INBREC and Dutch Regional Coordinator of the European Association of Communication Directors.
Alessandro holds a BA in economics from Bocconi University and a MSC in International Management and Finance from Bocconi University and Stockholm School of Economics.
While these activities are broad in nature – ranging from creating physical activities which bring the sharing economy to life, or showing tech-savvy audiences how a mature trading platform like Gumtree can help you get a job, declutter your home, or find a new flatmate – consistent to all is a fundamental belief that Gumtree is in the business of helping people. Fergus also sits on a number of industry groups and associations.
Gosia has worked for all Skanska business units in Poland, including construction, commercial development and residential, managing communication and marketing. Now she serves as head of communications for the construction unit alone.
She is fascinated by other cultures and wildlife. Loves to travel. She combines two of her passions of travelling and communication by writing a travel blog [it is rather niche and unfortunately only in Polish] 😉
Gosia graduated from Warsaw University and Warsaw School of Economics.
Dr. Michael Fürst
He is currently the Head of Social Innovation & Strategy at Novartis. His accountabilities reach from the implementation of the Novartis CR and access to medicines strategy, inclusive business model innovation, innovative finance, ESG Investor Relations, measurement & evaluation, materiality analysis, stakeholder engagement, policy etc. Since more than 10 years, Michael is a key partner for the business to develop and run social business models such as Novartis Access, Novartis Healthy Families that is now operating in a number of low income countries and has broken even after 30 months.
Previously, Michael had responsibilities for the development of the CR and access to medicines strategy of Novartis. He conducted the first materiality analysis of Novartis in 2006 that became an established management instrument in the company. He developed a new policy architecture for Novartis and the Integrity & Compliance program of Novartis, wrote an updated Human Rights Guideline, developed a framework to respond to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and is now being involved in conducting Human Rights Impact Assessments in a number of countries.
Michael was the Secretary of the CR Board of Novartis and is an author and editor of articles and books in the areas of CR, social entrepreneurship, integrity management, risk and good governance. Michael has a PhD with honors (summa cum laude) and was awarded for his academic work (PhD thesis) with the German Max Weber-Price for Business Ethics (2006).
Prior to that, she spearheaded communication at the French Embassy in Ukraine during the Maidan Revolution and subsequent war in the Donbass. She holds a postgraduate degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Anthony Gooch Gálvez
During his time at the OECD, he co-ordinated the Organisation’s 50th Anniversary and its rejuvenated mission to deliver “Better Policies for Better Lives” by conceiving groundbreaking initiatives such as the Better Life Index (www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org). Through the ongoing Crisis he has worked to enhance the OECD's relevance in a changing world by combining its reputation for rigour and expertise with the latest communications and technological developments.
From 2006 to 2008, he headed the European Commission’s Media and Public Diplomacy operations in the United Kingdom. Between 2003 to 2006, he was based in Washington DC, heading the Commission's Media and Public Diplomacy operations in the United States, focusing on EU-US trade relations, competition cases such as Microsoft, EU global environmental and energy initiatives, bilateral negotiations on Open Skies and homeland security issues.
From 2002 to 2003, he was the EU’s Visiting Fellow to the University of Southern California Los Angeles Annenberg School, and became a Fellow of the USC Center for Public Diplomacy in 2005.
Between 1999 and 2002, he acted as the EU’s Trade Spokesman and special adviser to the EU’s then chief trade negotiator Commissioner Pascal Lamy, participating in WTO Ministerial Meetings in Seattle and launching the Doha Round, negotiating China's WTO entry, Free Trade Agreements with Latin American and African countries, launching the Everything but Arms Initiative and work to improve access to lifesaving medicines for the world’s poorest countries.
He has a Postgraduate degree (DEA) in Political Science & International Relations from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and an MA in Modern History from Cambridge University.
Angela has and continues to develop and build brand reputation for Climate-KIC. She has created a corporate brand strategy and partner brand strategy that has been implemented across Climate-KIC’s 13 European hubs. In this role she is also responsible for the Climate-KIC communications strategy, media relations, managing creative suppliers and leads the corporate communications team from across Europe. Angela is a highly motivated, strategic marketing communications professional, with over 13 years’ experience developed across private, public and not for profit sectors. She has a proven ability to manage people, budgets and clients; secure new business and build partnerships.
She has a wide range of past experience working with organisations such as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Greater London Authority, London Remade and London Borough of Lambeth. Angela’s campaigns have received numerous awards, namely the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Know Before You Go Champions League PR Campaign which won the Government Agencies and Parties category at the European Excellence Awards 2009 and the Travel marketing award runner up in the innovative marketing category 2011 for Tales of the unexpected bookmarks distributed in high street bookshops.
Previous to this, she worked as Head of Public Institution “European Innovation Projects” and Head of the PR company “EIP Communication”, as well as her earlier work, from 2000-2007 as Head of Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania.
Mounira brings 15+ years of leadership experience at international brands like Google, Red Bull and BMW. Next to heading PR for YouTube DACH and later heading the YouTube Space she was one of the pioneers of the mindfulness community at Google; it’s success gave her the opportunity to give mindfulness trainings as her 20% project to offices, teams and leaders around the globe.
She was one of the initial founders of the mindfulness conference MIND and is a member of the Mindful Leadership Institute.
Mounira is also an international certified Search Inside Yourself trainer, trains teachers and gives mindfulness & compassion keynotes and trainings to business people and companies all over the world. Mindfulness practice guided her personal empowerment and taught her strategies to become a better leader, learn skills to work in the digital time and shape a new culture - sharing this experience lies at the heart of her work.
After his studies he was appointed Junior Professor and Researcher at the University of Florence and collaborated with local institutions and government for scientific divulgation and communication projects, both online and through local events. Duccio Manetti is the Editorial Manager and founder of the international scientific journal Humana.Mente (www.humanamente.eu).
In 2011 he joined General Electric’s Digital Internal Communications Dept. and he then held the position of Global Digital Strategist for the Oil & Gas business and various global marketing communication roles for GE Oil & Gas headquarters. Today he is Demand Generation & Commercialization Manager for BHGE, managing commercialization and marketing of main product lines.
Sean Pillot de Chenecey
Rachel is named as one of the top ten Director of Communications in the public sector in the PRWeek 2018 Power Book. She Chairs the UK Health Communication Board and is a member of the Government Communication Service Professional Steering Group and the lead for diversity across the communication profession in the NHS.
Rachel is an advocate of implementing communication and engagement strategies for organisations that help drive culture change, leading to enhanced organisational performance and improved reputation. She is passionate about promoting communication excellence and has led the way in developing the communications profession across the public sector by promoting and improving access to communications qualifications, learning and development. She is also a university lecturer, judge on industry level awards and active member of the Charter Institute of Public Relations and Chartered Institute of Internal Communication.
positions with international PR firms including the Rowland Company and Hill & Knowlton. She has also worked for the Press Office of the Government of Israel.
Prof. Dr. Christopher Storck
Prior to joining Airbnb he consulted clients like Mercedes-Benz, Absolut Vodka, Vans & Coca-Cola while founding his own consultancy, content-production and publishing firm. He started his career working in editorial and publishing at Gruner & Jahr Publishing House in New York City and in various agencies focussing on performance marketing & brand strategy.
She is a frequent speaker on all things digital as well as innovation in the public sector.
Prof. Dr. Dejan Verčič
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Prof. Dr. Ansgar Zerfaß
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