Communication Summit 2017

29th - 30th June 2017 Brussels

/01 About

Following the 10th European Communication Summit we are going to take it to the next level. 750 peers from across Europe will be in attendance with over 60 speakers also there to discuss: What cultural and structural changes are required to create the perfect setting for collaboration? How can communications promote collaboration? Finally, which technologies empower people to engage and share their knowledge? Once again the 2017 European Communication Summit will be a perfect platform for exchange, debate, networking and a great deal more.

/02 Keynote Speakers

Melissa Fleming

Melissa Fleming

UNHCR
Chief Spokesperson/Head of Communications

As Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Melissa Fleming leads all communications efforts around the globe. Operating in 120 countries, UNHCR provides shelter and help for over 30 million people who have fled wars and persecution.

In her role, Ms Fleming has introduced strategic communication planning designed to have more impact on the varied audiences, which include media, donors, governments and refugees themselves. She is also leading a rebranding project for UNHCR, and is launching a new digital platform for interactive engagement and individual giving. She joined UNHCR from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where she served for eight years as Spokesperson and Head of Public Information during the period the organisation made headlines for its inspection work in Iraq, Iran and North Korea and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

Prior to IAEA, she headed the Press and Information team at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and as a Public Affairs Specialist at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Cyriel Kortleven

Cyriel Kortleven

Global Speaker & Author

Cyriel Kortleven is a sought-after speaker at conferences, events and internal leadership development meetings. His mission in life: delivering an inspiring boost the creative & entrepreneurial mindset of professionals in change. Through his playful and enthusiastic attitude to life, he creates an open and informal atmosphere - ideal for bigger events and conferences. Cyriel stimulates people to break their fixed-thinking patterns and inspires you unleash your full potential.

Cyriel is already working more than 15 years in the domain of creativity and innovation. He delivers keynotes all over the world and is on average around 100 days a year on the 'road' (or in a plane) - he presented already in 23 different countries in 5 different continents. He is also author of 4 books. And one of the 700 Certified Professional Speakers (CSP) in the world.

/03 ECS Speakers

Prof. Dr. Ana Adi

Prof. Dr. Ana Adi

Quadriga Hochschule Berlin
Head of Department of Corporate Communication

Prior to her appointment at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences, Ana Adi worked as an academic in England and Bahrain, as a visiting lecturer in Belgium, Thailand and Romania and as a consultant in public relations and social media strategy in Scotland and Belgium. Prof Adi’s research and consultancy focuses on digital media strategy, storytelling and measurement. Find her online: Twitter @ana_adi and www.anaadi.net.
Alex Aiken

Alex Aiken

UK Government
Executive Director of Government Communications Prime Minister‘s Office and Cabinet Office

Alex is the most senior communications professional in the Civil Service. His role covers government communications strategy, management of the Cabinet Office and No.10 operation and leadership of the profession. Before, he was Director of Communications & Strategy at Westminster City Council, and he held senior posts at Conservative Central Office. He lives in Pimlico, London with his family.
Tom Armitage

Tom Armitage

Mondelez International
Regional CGA Director, Europe

Tom was appointed Regional CGA Director in January 2016 and is based in Zurich, Switzerland. He is responsible for a team of 50 people across 40+ countries in the European region, including European Union member states, Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia and Turkey. The team has responsibility for the internal and external communications agendas as well as for public affairs and community involvement across the European region. Tom sits on the Global Corporate Affairs Leadership Team.
Tom joined the company in Zurich in 2012 and previously held roles at Mondelez International as Communications Director, MEU; Area CGA Director for Central Europe (DACH & CEE); and Global Communications Director. Prior to joining Mondelez International, Tom worked at Swiss Re in Zurich, where he was responsible for international media relations and issues management. Before working in corporate communications, Tom was a journalist at Reuters.
Tom was born in the UK and has lived and worked in the UK, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and France.
Lisa Atherfold

Lisa Atherfold

Cisco
Director of Communications for EMEAR

With 16 years in communications, Lisa leads PR, Employee Communications and Analyst Relations across EMEAR, and has held a number of roles within communications during her 10 years at Cisco. She started her career at a technology PR agency, and before that she was the co-founder of a Manchester (UK) city lifestyle and culture magazine. Outside her career, Lisa is a dressage fanatic and trains her horse to compete through the ranks – fulfilling but much patience is required!
Åsa Degermark

Åsa Degermark

Ericsson AB
Head of Communications, GF Strategy and Technology

Åsa holds the position as Head of Communications at the corporate function Strategy & Technology. Åsa is responsible for the communication of Ericsson’s R&D capabilities, innovation and technology leadership. Åsa is very creative and just recently she was the main driver in developing a digital platform for communication to leaders spread across the world.
Melissa Fleming

Melissa Fleming

UNHCR
Chief Spokesperson/Head of Communications

As Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Melissa Fleming leads all communications efforts around the globe. Operating in 120 countries, UNHCR provides shelter and help for over 30 million people who have fled wars and persecution.

In her role, Ms Fleming has introduced strategic communication planning designed to have more impact on the varied audiences, which include media, donors, governments and refugees themselves. She is also leading a rebranding project for UNHCR, and is launching a new digital platform for interactive engagement and individual giving. She joined UNHCR from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where she served for eight years as Spokesperson and Head of Public Information during the period the organisation made headlines for its inspection work in Iraq, Iran and North Korea and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

Prior to IAEA, she headed the Press and Information team at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and as a Public Affairs Specialist at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
James Gibb

James Gibb

Dell EMC
EMEA Communications Director

James Gibb is Communications Director at Dell EMC for Europe, Middle East & Africa. He is responsible for helping devise and execute strategic communication programmes to the company’s 28,000 team members in the region. James has over ten years’ experience at Dell in a number of strategic roles. He previously ran his own U.K. small business and sat on the board of an award-winning international arts not-for-profit. He is currently based in Dubai.
Sander Haas

Sander Haas

Asito
Internal Communication Manager

Eight years ago, Sander Haas started as the first Communications Manager ever at Asito, a large cleaning company in The Netherlands. He initiated social programs around the environment and cultural diversity, looking for additional value for the company. Now, Asito has moved away from being a supplier of a commodity service, to a partner for big corporates and national government on topics as diversity, inclusion and sustainability. www.twitter.com/sander_haas
Cyriel Kortleven

Cyriel Kortleven

Global Speaker & Author

Cyriel Kortleven is a sought-after speaker at conferences, events and internal leadership development meetings. His mission in life: delivering an inspiring boost the creative & entrepreneurial mindset of professionals in change. Through his playful and enthusiastic attitude to life, he creates an open and informal atmosphere - ideal for bigger events and conferences. Cyriel stimulates people to break their fixed-thinking patterns and inspires you unleash your full potential.

Cyriel is already working more than 15 years in the domain of creativity and innovation. He delivers keynotes all over the world and is on average around 100 days a year on the 'road' (or in a plane) - he presented already in 23 different countries in 5 different continents. He is also author of 4 books. And one of the 700 Certified Professional Speakers (CSP) in the world.
Sharon McKoy

Sharon McKoy

Ministry of Defence UK
Head of Internal Communications at Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Sharon McKoy is a communications professional with extensive experience in delivering corporate communications and marketing strategies for complex, international organisations in both the public and private sectors.

Sharon has worked across diverse industries including manufacturing, media, entertainment and most latterly defence. Sharon is currently Head of Corporate Communications for Defence, Equipment & Support, the procurement arm of the UK Ministry of Defence where she is responsible for internal communications and engagement, as well as the external PR and media strategy for the organisation.

Sharon’s previous positions include Head of Internal Communications for the UK Government’s, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and Head of Corporate Communications for the Tata Steel Long Products division. Sharon’s particular interest and experience is in employee and leadership engagement, storytelling and campaign strategy.
Roger Strandahl

Roger Strandahl

Uniper Energy
Director of Communications

Roger Strandahl has worked within the field of Communication since 2003, mainly in the energy sector, but also in the medical implant area. He has studied industrial Engineering and Management, a Masters in Civil Engineering at Linköping Institute of Technology. He lived and worked for four years in Germany. He also has in total three years of military experience in the Swedish Airforce and from Bosnia and Kosovo.
Matija Varga

Matija Varga

ING Belgium
Head of HR Communication & Employer Branding

In his current role, Matija Varga is responsible for defining and executing the HR Communication & Employer Branding strategy at ING Belgium. Prior to this role, Matija was a Communication Manager driving communications for multiple strategic transformation projects. Matija has over 10 years of experience in communications, branding and international business development in various companies including Thomson Reuters.

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