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Day 1: 28 May

08:30AM-09:30AM

Registration & breakfast

09:30AM-09:45AM

Welcome Remarks

Karin Helmstaedt

Karin Helmstaedt

Moderator
Deutsche Welle
Karin Helmstaedt is a Canadian-born journalist, moderator, and TV host based in Berlin, Germany. She studied in Toronto, Montreal and Paris, and alongside her studies had an impressive career as a member of Canada’s National Swim Team, participating in World Championships, Commonwealth and Pan American Games. It was from the international sporting arena that she embarked on her journalistic career, covering major sporting events, reporting extensively on doping, and eventually moving into broadcasting. Since 1999 she’s been one of the most constant faces on Germany’s global TV broadcaster Deutsche Welle, where she currently anchors the Arts & Culture news program. Fluent in English, French and German, Karin is also a sought-after moderator and facilitator for conferences and events around Europe, with experience in a broad range of sectors and topics including communications, food and agriculture, rail transport, plastics and sustainability.
09:45AM-10:30AM
Keynote

Described as “a Pioneer in Responsible Business” by Business Ethics Magazine, and “in business to save our home planet” according to its own mission statement, US outdoor apparel brand Patagonia is globally recognised as a pioneer in sustainability and a leading purpose-driven company.  At a time when business is expected to take a leadership role on a range of social issues, what role does culture and communications play in achieving change while also underpinning growth?  Corley Kenna, who leads Patagonia’s Global Communications, will share how her team amplifies the brand’s mission (including the Company’s lawsuit against the Trump Administration) and helps drive major policy changes while drawing on her extensive career in government, politics, agency and business to reflect on the transformative effect of strategic communications.
K. Corley Kenna

K. Corley Kenna

Director, Global Communications and Public Relations
Patagonia
Corley Kenna is a seasoned public affairs and communications professional with almost 20 years of experience. Corley began her career in government and politics. She got her start working for several US Congressmen and is a tested campaign operative, having spent election cycles with the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and on Hillary for New York (2006) and Hillary for President (2008). She rounded out her time in government in the Obama administration, serving as a Senior Advisor in the U.S. State Department in the Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

As Managing Director and Chief of Staff to the CEO of Burson-Marsteller, Corley built and maintained global client and media relationships at one of the world’s leading communication agencies. As Vice President for Public Affairs and Corporate Communications at Ralph Lauren Corporation, she led media response and strategy for all corporate affairs and crisis situations. She founded and co-lead the supply chain Traceability Working Group, a company-wide initiative to improve sustainability with respect to raw materials.

At Patagonia, Corley oversees all product, brand and internal communications. She led the media strategy around the 100% for the Planet Black Friday initiative, which resulted in $10 million in donations to environmental nonprofits worldwide. She currently leads all communication strategy around the company’s initiatives—from public lands to progressive family policies.
10:30AM-11:20AM
Panel

Shifting business models, demographics, regulatory contexts and geopolitical tensions are some of the factors that are redefining the CCO role: how do today’s communications and corporate affairs leaders stay in the know while navigating a transformed communications and business landscape.
Prof. Dr. Christof E. Ehrhart

Prof. Dr. Christof E. Ehrhart

Global Head of Corporate Communications & Governmental Affairs and Executive Vice President
Robert Bosch
Christof Ehrhart is Global Head of Corporate Communications and Governmental Affairs and Executive Vice President of Robert Bosch GmbH, a leading global technology and service company with more than 400,000 employees and subsidiaries and regional companies in more than 60 countries. From 2009 until 2018, he was Head of Corporate Communications and Responsibility and Executive Vice President at Deutsche Post DHL Group, with about 500,000 employees in more than 200 countries and territories the world´s leading mail and logistics Group. In 2017 he received the German Image Award from F.A.Z.-Insitute/PRIME Research International for positioning Deutsche Post DHL Group as the German company with the best international media image and the Seismograph Award from PR Magazine as PR Manager of the Year in Germany. Prior to joining Deutsche Post DHL Group in 2009, he was in charge of corporate communications at European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), the mother company of Airbus. Christof looks back on more than 20 years of experience as professional in international communications and public affairs for major global players such as America Online, Bertelsmann, Schering and JT International.
Brian Lott

Brian Lott

Chief Communications Officer
Mubadala
Brian is the Chief Communications Officer of Mubadala Investment Company, responsible for stewardship of the Mubadala brand and management of the Group’s corporate communications requirements. Brian has worked in the communications industry for over 30 years, beginning his career in Washington, D.C., where he served as chief of staff, spokesman and campaign manager for two members of Congress. Before joining Mubadala in 2009, Brian worked at global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller for 10 years, where he provided strategic guidance to the firm’s public affairs, corporate and technology clients. He is a board member of the following organizations: the Arthur W. Page Society; Institute for Public Relations; Middle East Public Relations Association; Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation.
Olga Podoinitsyna

Olga Podoinitsyna

Former Member of the Board
VTB Capital
Olga is an international award-winning communications and marketing professional. She is ex Member of the Board of VTB Capital and Senior Vice-President of VTB Group responsible for the global communications and marketing strategy, as well as the management of a communications platform for the VTB Group’ Corporate investment business, including regional development across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America.Before joining VTB Capital in April 2008, Olga led the communications and marketing function at Deutsche Bank for Russia and the CIS for eight years, where she also acted as member of the executive committee.
Robert Ardelt

Robert Ardelt

Managing Director Germany
APCO Worldwide
Robert Ardelt is managing director of APCO Worldwide’s offices in Germany. His main focus is reputation management and protecting the license to operate for international companies. He is part of the independent consulting firm’s Global Leadership team. Prior to joining APCO, Robert worked as a journalist for Germany’s leading news agency DPA and at RTL television, among others.
11:20AM-11:50AM

Break

11:50AM-12:20PM
Insight

In this session, Matt Painter and Thomas Fife-Schaw will bring delegates up to speed with the latest challenges, opportunities and emerging trends facing today’s CCOs, and how they are transforming their communication strategies in response. Matt and Tom will share the latest Ipsos data on key global trends, as well as insights from the Ipsos Reputation Council – an advisory group of 150+ senior communicators from some of the world’s most respected organisations. They’ll explore the strategies that forward-thinking businesses are adopting, as they seek to build reputation resilience against a backdrop of growing complexity and uncertainty. Themes will include the role of business leaders as a force for progressive change; growing expectations around diversity, sustainability and ESG; trends in data integration and communications planning; and the threat posed by fake news and disinformation.
Best Case

The real power of strategic communications is triggering behavioural change in individuals, teams and organisations: working closely with C-Suite, HR and teams and empowering people to become role models. However, this all depends on the communications leader stepping up and owning the power and responsibility of his or her role. Don’t wait for others to define your role – show ownership and shape it yourself. What role do you have in the organisation, what role could you have and what role do you want? Based on his own experiences leading transformation at the international industrial manufacturer the Viessmann Group, Byung-Hun Park will challenge and inspire you to think through your own capacity as change leaders, and provide actionable steps to be the change you want to see in the organisation.
Byung-Hun Park

Byung-Hun Park

Vice President Corporate Communications
Viessmann
Byung-Hun Park started his career at Burson-Marsteller in 2006. In 2007, he moved to the Hering Schuppener communications consultancy. In 2012, he joined Softweare AG as Senior Vice President Global Corporate Communications & Marketing DACH before joining Viessman, an international manufacturer of heating, industrial, and refrigeration systems, as Vice President Corporate Communications in July 2019.
Insight

Corporate communication is at a crossroad. The established processes and mind-set of the strategic comms advisor are currently being challenged. Strategic insight has never been more critical, yet a new playing field calls for instant communication and hands on, state-of-the-art, real time production. Showing leadership and getting the balance right offers a unique opportunity to strengthen the backbone of the function and significantly increase business value-add. Getting it wrong, however, could mean lost opportunities – and relevance.
Mette Refshauge

Mette Refshauge

Vice President Head of Corporate Communications
A.P. Møller - Mærsk
Prior to joining Maersk in August 2017, Mette Refshauge served as Head of Corporate Communications in Danfoss, Scandinavian Airlines and TDC, a Danish telecom provider. Corporate Communications drives stakeholder understanding of Maersk’s strategy to become the global integrator of container logistics and builds brand reputation. This is done through impactful leadership and employee engagement, positioning Maersk in the media through earned coverage and serving as custodian of the corporate brand, ensuring the visual identity is adhered to and the tone of voice positions the corporate brand effectively. Mette is responsible for corporate communications globally in Maersk which encompasses the Internal Communications, Media Relations and Branding departments. The corporate communication function consists of department leadership and associated teams based in Copenhagen, supported by a network of regionally based communication advisors and managers.
Panel

More is expected of companies today than ever before as partners of government in addressing the climate emergency. Companies’ pledges, practices and public positioning are under the spotlight and strategies are fragmented. What happens when there is a disconnect between pledge and practice? How do you ensure employees walk the corporate talk?
Workshop

Today’s fast-moving digital environment calls for agility and speed, whilst paper documents on shelves are rapidly becoming obsolete.
Join CS&A International’s session and find out how technology is enabling more effective readiness and faster response.
12:30PM-1:00PM
Transform Work

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IABC Presents

Great operational performance and strategic wins relies on consistent integration of company messages across brand marketing, internal communications, customer, market landscape, PR and stakeholder relations; it also requires open and transparent communications, including a management that is upfront about its challenges. In this session, Zipporah Maubanae will explain to Stephen Welch, Chairman of the International Association of Business Communicators EMNEA, about taking on responsibility for influencing and executing strategy, managing challenges and demonstrating  transparency – and why ensuring brand attributes are experienced by customers, stakeholders and the investor community is a great opportunity for the brand to show up.
Best Case

How do you position CEOs and board members as thought leaders in a massive transformation environment? Anna Beranek is part of the global communications thought leadership team responsible for positioning managing board members and top executives in an authentic way; in this session, she will explain how radical collaboration and trusting relationships enable Siemens’ top executives to communicate in fast-paced and political environments in real time.
Anna Beranek

Anna Beranek

Executive Positioning
Siemens
Anna Beranek is a senior communications manager with extensive experience in thought leadership, reputation management and social media in global roles in various countries at international organizations, including Siemens, BMW and the German Foreign Office. Having lived in Asia, Europe and the U.S., she speaks five languages fluently. Throughout her career, Anna has honed her focus on positioning managing board members, CEOs and top executives as thought leaders in an authentic way, effectively advising them in fast-paced and political environments, including change and crisis communications.
Panel

More is expected of companies today than ever before as partners of government in addressing the climate emergency. Companies’ pledges, practices and public positioning are under the spotlight and strategies are fragmented. What happens when there is a disconnect between pledge and practice? How do you ensure employees walk the corporate talk?
Workshop

Today’s fast-moving digital environment calls for agility and speed, whilst paper documents on shelves are rapidly becoming obsolete.
Join CS&A International’s session and find out how technology is enabling more effective readiness and faster response.
1:00PM-2:00PM

Lunch

2:10PM-2:55PM
Insight

Emotions play a vital role in decision-making, and therefore are a key consideration for any branding programme. But in a crowded market, creating an emotional bond between people and brands requires more than clever positioning: immersive technologies and sensory branding create far richer and more engaging experiences that make your brand stand out from the crowd. In particular, when brands present themselves in a physical, room-filling space, they become tangible. This creates sensual, emotional experiences that touch people and profile brands on a whole new level. In this session, Thomas Hundt of jangled nerves, a multimedia agency responsible for wow-inducing experiences for Mercedes Benz at CEs in Las Vegas – will explore how to transform messages into truly immersive experiences.
Prof. Thomas Hundt

Prof. Thomas Hundt

Managing Partner
jangled nerves
Professor Thomas Hundt studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich and architecture at the University Stuttgart. Since 1998, he is managing partner of jangled nerves, an interdisciplinary agency specialised in live communication combining the physical and the digital world. Since 2004 he is also professor for media and space at the Faculty of Architecture and Design of the Stuttgart University of Applied Science.
Best Case

Why so serious? Harness the power of laughter in your communications. Monique will share how using humour in your strategy can spark conversations, position leaders and enable difficult discussions as a part of transformational organisational change. Using a recent case study from one of Australia’s largest government departments, she’ll show you how cheeky cartoons and effective use of their enterprise social network ignited grassroots change. Monique will cover agile strategy implementation, negating risks, cultural considerations, lessons learnt and why letting go and giving ownership to employees brings results.
Monique Zytnik

Monique Zytnik

Assistant Director, Communications
Monique Zytnik is a senior communications and marketing professional with over 15 years of experience in internal and external relations, including global media relations, brand management and digital communications. She has worked nationally and internationally, in government, corporate, not-for-profit, member-based and start-up sectors, for organisations as diverse as Special Broadcasting Services Australia, ANZ Bank, adjust.com and the Australian Taxation Office.
Panel

Whilst the professionalization of corporate affairs and overall investment in the function is encouraging for those at a junior level, all too often there exists a lack of broader business opportunities for highly skilled, experienced professionals. After you have reached Chief Communications Officer/ Corporate Affairs Director level – what next? The not-for-profit and public sector can provide a rich ground of opportunities for those who are willing to take a more altruistic approach to their career. In this In Conversation session, Jennie Younger will share with Hannah Peech how she found a role that would build in her rich experience in corporate affairs, including executive committee-level roles for GlaxoSmithKline, Deutsche Bank and AstraZeneca, and explain why corporate affairs and communications professionals must be more proactive in their pursuit of wider leadership roles.
China Focus

The coronavirus Covid19 placed China under a lock-down with tens of millions of people in quarantine. Social media proved to be the backbone of Chinese society during these challenging times – for companies as well as citizens. How did social media and corporate communications work during the different phases of the crisis? How did consumers react? And what can communicators learn for other markets?
Sven Spöde

Sven Spöde

Senior Consultant Digital Communication
Oliver Schrott Kommunikation GmbH
Workshop

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3:05PM-3:50PM
DCA Presents

Delivering social media campaigns from a centralised location to points around the world requires brand consistency, social listening on a global scale, and the recognition that different markets have different needs. But who has priority, who should control the message, how to match resources, and how to create full strategy with global and local assets? In this session, we’ll take you through the essential of creating and executing a global social media campaign. Presented by the Digital Communication Awards.
Thiane Loureiro

Thiane Loureiro

Social Media Director
Hercules Transforming Communication
Thiane Loureiro is currently Global Social Media and Digital Director at Hercules Transforming Communications, part of Havas Group. She started her career in 1995 as a reporter for the Brazilian Abril Group and Thomson Reuters. In the field of public relations, Thiane worked at Hill & Knowlton Brazil and then at Edelman, wherein 2007 she started the digital practice, which later expanded to Argentina, Peru and Mexico. Thiane also acted as a Senior Corporate Communications and CSR Director for Latin America at CA Technologies, where she led employee engagement, external relations and digital. Prior to that, she was a Communications Director at Grünenthal Latin America and also worked as a Corporate Communications Senior Manager at Whirlpool Latin America and Mondelez.
Best Case

Are agile practices a case of hype – or hope? Kirstin Simons and Ernst Weijers present a field report on the steep learning curve involved in adapting agile practices for integrated corporate communication and public affairs. From breaking down silos to delivering more impactful campaigns, from project vision to Sprint meetings, Kirstin and Ernst break down the agile journey, step by step.
In Conversation

Corporate leaders today are expected to be many things – strategic, decisive, engaging, empowering to name but a few. This discussion will instead focus on the value of humanity in leadership. Oxford University’s Rupert Younger will talk with Thomas Middelhoff about his background leading major organisations and the personal transformation that he has undertaken following his removal from office and his time in prison. It will be a rare opportunity to hear about corporate hubris, learning from failure, and the power of forgiveness.
Best Case

Since 2015, the business strategy of Novozymes has been aligned with develo­ping innovations that will impact the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on six of the Goals: Zero Hunger, Quality Education, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Climate Action, and Partnerships for the Goals. In fact, the company’s engagement with the Goals stretches back right to the 2012 Earth Summit in Rio, where it played a key role in formulating the SDGs. Jeppe Glahn, Novozymes’ vice president of global communications and brand, will give insights into aligning strategy with the SDGs, in­novation pipelines and the brand value of sustainability.
Jeppe Glahn

Jeppe Glahn

Vice President Global Communications and Brand
Novozymes
Jeppe Glahn joined Novzymes in May 2005 as director of internal communications, before becoming its director of corporate communications in 2008 and taking up his current role in September 2019. Before joining Novozymes, Jeppe worked at Brodrene Hartmann in a variety of roles in sustainable development and communications from 1998 to 2005.
Workshop

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3:50PM-4:20PM

Break

4:20PM-4:50PM
Best Case

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China Focus

China is home to 1.4 billion people—more than 800 million of whom are now firmly online —and a growing middle class. But the public affairs and communications plans of most western companies fail in China because of inadequate research into the market, population, demographics, trends and culture. German Science and pharma company Merck has bucked that trend, and committed millions in investment in the Chinese market, including seed fund targeted at start-ups and innovation hubs in Shanghai and Guangzhou. Dr. Constantin Birnstiel explains why successfully undertaking public affairs work in China involves navigating an intertwined relationship between business and government.
Dr. Constantin Birnstiel

Dr. Constantin Birnstiel

Global Head of Group Communications
Merck
As a professional communicator, Constantin Birnstiel started his career in the mid 90s at global engineering giant Siemens. After holding several managerial positions in communications and investor relations, his last position was Global Head of Media Relations. In 2011 Constantin left Siemens to support the spin-off of the lighting manufacturer OSRAM. In his role, he accompanied the successful transaction and market implementation of the new stand-alone company as the Global Head of Communications, Governmental Affairs and Investor Relations. In 2015 Constantin was asked by the German giant utility E.ON to accompany the separation of its conventional energy generation and trading business into a new company, Uniper, which – in his role as Global Head of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations – he helped to successfully publicly list it in 2016.
Mid of 2017, Constantin joined DAX-listed Merck KGaA, a leading science and technology company, as Global Head of Group Communications.
Insight

In an era of constant digital disruption, mental health is crucial for wellbeing in the workplace. After having worked in the corporate environment for almost two decades, Karina Furga-Dabrowska is passionate about bringing mindfulness to the workplace, and introducing neuroscience-based practices that unlock and develop the human potential of business professionals. In this session, you will explore mindfulness, emotional intelligence and resilience as a means of improving leadership, team development and performance. The goal is a working culture where high performance is based on compassionate leadership, authenticity, appreciation, honesty, openness and respect.
Karina Furga-Dąbrowska

Karina Furga-Dąbrowska

Partner, Europe Chief Mindfulness Officer
Dentons
Karina Furga-Dąbrowska is Partner and Europe Chief Mindfulness Officer at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm. She is a lawyer with more than 20 years of professional experience in legal and tax advisory for international corporations. Karina has initiated and co-designed an innovative NextMind training programme for lawyers and legal professionals based on mindfulness meditation. She is currently developing and implementing the NextMind project in Dentons’ offices in Europe and worldwide. She is also Founder and President of the Board at Foundation Knowledge for a Better Life. Before joining Dentons, Karina was a Manager at EY from 2002-2006, having previously been Senior Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1999-2002.
Insight

Healthcare communications peaks at times of crisis, such as the current threat of a possible coronavirus pandemic. It is about reassurance and trust, and a spur to behavioural change. As we face new threats and new diseases, new and innovative approaches become the norm. Filter bubbles must be set aside in favour of larger conversations, from public health financing to innovations like personalised healthcare and new therapies. Using the example of India as a starting point, Bhavna Singh will examine the collaborative, digitally-evolving and nuanced nature of scientific and creative healthcare communications.
Bhavna Singh

Bhavna Singh

Senior Director Communications & Patient Advocacy
Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India
A communications professional with two decades of experience, Bhavna spearheads the OPPI’s communications function and works on multi- stakeholder advocacy and communications programmes. Her online campaigns; patient communication and comprehensive industry-wide publications have won her recognitions both in India and globally. Recently, Bhavna was named in the Mighty 50 list of corporate communications professionals of 2019 by Reputation Today and listed as one of the 100 important professionals in communications in 2019 by Reputation Today. Bhavna has been named among the 40 Under 40 – Class of 2017, by Reputation Today magazine, which recognises the emerging leaders in PR and corporate communications. Bhavna has been recognised by World Global Diversity & Inclusion Congress and World HRD Congress as Global Diversity & Inclusion Leader 2017 and is a winner of BAM Award for using Innovative Media Vehicles in healthcare Communications 2017.
Workshop

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5:00PM-5:30PM
China Focus

China has become an important market for many western companies, if not their largest single market in the world. Consequently, the Chinese government and public have become influential stakeholders for many companies. In recent years, Beijing has proved willing to focus on international companies when it comes to asserting its geopolitical ideas or gaining support for its initiatives – as a result, China’s public diplomacy is increasingly taking aim at the communications campaigns of international companies, presenting global crisis and reputation management challenges. Kerstin Lohse-Friderich of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) will explore resent high-profile controversies and analyses the corporate reputational risk lessons to be learned.
Kerstin Lohse-Friedrich

Kerstin Lohse-Friedrich

Director of Communications
Mercator Institute for China Studies
Kerstin Lohse-Friedrich is responsible for external and internal communications at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS). Prior to taking on this position, she worked at German television studio ARD-Hauptstadtstudio, reporting on economic, financial and foreign policy. From 2000 to 2005, she was the founding bureau chief of the ARD studio in Shanghai. She also worked on the editorial team of the radio program SWR2, where she was a senior editor and radio presenter. She studied Sinology and Political Science in Heidelberg, Beijing and Leiden (the Netherlands) and holds a master’s degree in Political Science and China Studies/Sinology from Heidelberg University and a MBA in Communication and Leadership from Quadriga University, Berlin.
In Conversation

Berlin’s start-up scene is second to none in Europe – a company is founded every 20 minutes in the German capital. But what can international corporate communicators learn from their counterparts in smaller start-ups about building up an organisational culture from scratch, establishing a hands-on and lean newsroom, working in close cooperation with company founders, establishing the strategic role of communications, and mining and deriving value from analytics? In this session, communication leaders from two of Europe’s most dynamic start-up success stories give front-seat insights into harnessing the passion and energy of the start-up scene.
Transform Leadership

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In Conversation

A world-leading organisation is challenged when multilateralism is called into question, relationships between the US, China and Europe come under strain, and public concerns about globalisation and tech find expression in populism. How does NATO’s Public Diplomacy meet these challenges head on through communication – not least when world leaders such as Macron and Trump play political football with the organisation ? How does it engage the next generation of leaders, which key areas does it prioritise as key messaging points, and how does it keep a unified front while also moving beyond geopolitical tensions to ensure its continued relevance in 2020 and beyond.
Carmen Romero

Carmen Romero

Deputy Spokesperson/Head of Press and Media
NATO
Carmen Romero was appointed NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy in October 2016. She joined NATO in May 2004 as Deputy Spokesperson and Head of Press and Media, a position she held for 12 years. She has also been Acting NATO Spokesperson, including during the Russia-Georgia war in August 2008.
Prior to this, Carmen had a long career as the Foreign Affairs Correspondent for EFE News Agency based at the United Nations in Geneva, Moscow and Paris, covering events such as the revolution in Romania, the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the war in Chechnya, the crisis in Kosovo, and the NATO campaign in the former Yugoslavia. From 2001 to 2004 she was the Defence and Foreign Affairs Correspondent for EFE News Agency to the European Union and NATO. During that period she was also special envoy to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Workshop

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5:40PM-6:20PM
Fireside Chat

Marian Salzman has been a disruptive force within the communications industry for more than three decades. One of the world’s most-awarded PR executives, she has enjoyed a varied career—from an early stint as an internet entrepreneur to chief marketing and chief strategy officer at several advertising agencies and nearly a decade as CEO of Havas PR North America. An author of multiple books, Marian is known as one of the world’s top five trendspotters. Her annual trends report has been called “a bible for companies wanting to know the next big thing.”

In this fireside chat, recorded live for the Women in PR podcast hosted by Ana Adi, Marian will share her insights into tomorrow’s transformational trends and will explore how we can inject calm, civility, and clarity into a world that can seem to be spinning out of control. Marian will also talk about the huge challenge she has taken on as senior vice president, global communications at Philip Morris International as the company undergoes the biggest transformation in its history to help address the problem of smoking.

Marian Salzman

Marian Salzman

Senior Vice President, Communications
Philip Morris International
Marian Salzman, Senior Vice President, Global Communications at Philip Morris International (PMI), has been named one of the world’s top five trendspotters and is among the most-awarded public relations executives. In recent years, she has been listed in PRWeek’s Global Power Book and as a PR News Top Woman in PR. She is also the recipient of the She Runs It 2017 Changing the Game Award, has been inducted into the PRWeek Hall of Femme and Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, and was on the Holmes Report Top Innovators List and on Business Insider’s 25 Most Powerful PR People.

Marian moved to Switzerland in 2018 to head global communications at PMI as it accelerates its mission to build a smoke-free future. As part of her proactive, multilayered communications program, Marian is forging active and productive alliances with NGOs, advocacy groups, regulators, and other parties involved in shaping the environment in which a smoke-free future can be realized.
Prof. Dr. Ana Adi

Prof. Dr. Ana Adi

Head, Department of Corporate Communication
Quadriga University Berlin
Ana Adi is professor of Public Relations and Corporate Communications at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Ana looks 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, Ana received a B.A. Hons in Communication and 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 and Media Studies on the grounds of her research on the Olympic Games’ coverage and presentation in the media. Ana is a firm advocate 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.
6:20PM-6:30PM

Closing remarks

Karin Helmstaedt

Karin Helmstaedt

Moderator
Deutsche Welle
Karin Helmstaedt is a Canadian-born journalist, moderator, and TV host based in Berlin, Germany. She studied in Toronto, Montreal and Paris, and alongside her studies had an impressive career as a member of Canada’s National Swim Team, participating in World Championships, Commonwealth and Pan American Games. It was from the international sporting arena that she embarked on her journalistic career, covering major sporting events, reporting extensively on doping, and eventually moving into broadcasting. Since 1999 she’s been one of the most constant faces on Germany’s global TV broadcaster Deutsche Welle, where she currently anchors the Arts & Culture news program. Fluent in English, French and German, Karin is also a sought-after moderator and facilitator for conferences and events around Europe, with experience in a broad range of sectors and topics including communications, food and agriculture, rail transport, plastics and sustainability.
6:30PM-open end

After closing out the first day, join the GCS community as we gather to network and celebrate. We‘ve got a cocktail bar, delicious food, 2 live performances, a DJ and a dancefloor to give you the full Berlin experience. So grab a drink and join us for a spectacular view of the river Spree.

Day 2: 29 May

08:00AM-08:50AM

Doors open & breakfast

08:50AM-09:00AM

Welcome remarks

Karin Helmstaedt

Karin Helmstaedt

Moderator
Deutsche Welle
Karin Helmstaedt is a Canadian-born journalist, moderator, and TV host based in Berlin, Germany. She studied in Toronto, Montreal and Paris, and alongside her studies had an impressive career as a member of Canada’s National Swim Team, participating in World Championships, Commonwealth and Pan American Games. It was from the international sporting arena that she embarked on her journalistic career, covering major sporting events, reporting extensively on doping, and eventually moving into broadcasting. Since 1999 she’s been one of the most constant faces on Germany’s global TV broadcaster Deutsche Welle, where she currently anchors the Arts & Culture news program. Fluent in English, French and German, Karin is also a sought-after moderator and facilitator for conferences and events around Europe, with experience in a broad range of sectors and topics including communications, food and agriculture, rail transport, plastics and sustainability.
09:00AM-09:45AM
Keynote

Navigating the complex media and communications landscape can be a challenge for companies across all industries. However, with the right approach, the media can help proliferate a brand’s core values and work’s impact on the world. Joy Tan will discuss how she leads her team and manages a comprehensive communications program to consistently engage with and nurture a positive relationship with the media in the face of adversity and bias in the U.S. Joy’s presentation will explore how modern media has evolved and how brands can use these developments to deliver meaningful stories to the media and the wider public.
Joy Tan

Joy Tan

Senior Vice President of Public Affairs
Huawei Technologies
Joy Tan, a highly respected global communications executive at one of the world's most valuable brands, is responsible for setting the public relations, corporate social responsibility, brand reputation and government relations agenda for Huawei Technologies USA. Widely recognized for her efforts that helped Huawei become one of the most powerful global players in technology, overtaking Sweden's Ericsson and Apple in the U.S. as the world's second largest telecoms-equipment and mobile device maker. With effective management and an excellent performance across all financial indicators, Huawei's business has remained robust in 2019.

In 2017, Tan received the SABRE Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement at the Holmes Report's annual Asia-Pacific awards ceremony and she has remained on the Holmes Report Influence 100 list consecutively for the past five years. Before joining Huawei, Tan worked at Verizon, where she was responsible for consumer strategy and digital marketing, and at TXU Energy, where she led customer acquisition efforts in the newly deregulated energy markets.
09:45AM-10:30AM
Panel

Does western brands’ ignorance of China hamper their ability to succeed there, particularly on occasions of reputation and crisis? How will global political tensions shape trade relations between China and the west – and what will the trickle down effects be on social media campaigns and employee engagement in China?
Noah Barkin

Noah Barkin

Visiting Academic Fellow
MERICS
Noah Barkin is a Berlin-based journalist who specialises in Europe's relationship with China. His work has appeared on Reuters, where he worked as a bureau chief, regional news editor and roving Europe correspondent, as well as in The New York Times, The Atlantic and Foreign Policy, among other publications. Over the past year, he has been focused on the impact of the US-China competition on transatlantic relations, delving into the 5G debate and emerging technology questions, as a visiting fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington. He is the author of a book on the euro. A native Californian, Noah has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and French from UC Berkeley and a Master's in International Affairs from Columbia University.
Jia Song

Jia Song

Principal
West meets East Business Consulting
Jia Song is Principal of West meets East Business Consulting, a consultancy firm providing western companies with market entry services to China. Jia is also the founder and president of the German-Chinese High-Tech Alliance e.V., a non-profit organization with the objectives to improve the exchange, mutual understanding and cooperation between scientists, entrepreneurs, startups and corporates, mainly in the fields of machine learning, green tech, life sciences, smart manufacturing, fintech and e-mobility. Prior to this, she worked as a consultant in transaction advisory at EY. Jia also gained professional experiences in trade and investment between China and Germany.
Dr. Yu Jie

Dr. Yu Jie

Senior Research Fellow on China, Chatham House / Head of China Foresight and Research Fellow
London School of Economics and Political Science
Dr Yu Jie is Senior Research Fellow on China at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, focusing on the decision-making process of Chinese foreign policy as well as China’s economic diplomacy. She speaks and writes frequently at major media outlets such as BBC, Financial Times, and regularly briefs senior policy practitioners from the EU institutions,the G7 member governments and advised the Silk Road Fund in Beijing, as well as FTSE-100 major corporates. Yu Jie has testified at the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and International Trade Committee; was head of China Foresight at LSE IDEAS and taught “Politics, Philosophy and Economics” at LSE. Prior to LSE, she was a management consultant, specializing in Chinese state-owned enterprises investments in Europe and Chinese market entry strategies for European conglomerates at the London Office of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Dr Yu has been recognized as a 'Leading Woman' of the London School of Economics for her contribution in teaching and engaging the debates on China’s foreign affairs.
10:30AM-11:00AM

Break

11:00AM-11:30AM
In Conversation

As Chief Storyteller at GE, Tomas Kellner leads GE Reports, the global engineering company’s award-winning content and media platform. In this conversation, Tomas will talk about his career in journalism and in producing content for a large, multinational corporation. He will explain the strategic value of brand journalism and address the importance of developing internal sources (and marshalling resources) to create engaging content that not only tells the story of the company and its people, but also supports its business strategy. He will also discuss the importance and benefits of rigorous internal checks and reviews, and explain how companies can use storytelling to provide customers, investors, and the public in general a unique perspective on what the world is going to look like.
Tomas Kellner

Tomas Kellner

Chief Storyteller
GE
As Chief Storyteller at GE, Tomas Kellner oversees the content and social media strategy of GE Reports, GE’s digital media hub, and the GE Brief, GE’s global newsletter. His career in journalism includes eight years as a reporter and staff writer at Forbes magazine in New York, where he covered business, innovation, and technology. Tomas also spent six years at Kroll as a senior director managing business intelligence research and investigations. Tomas graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and also holds a degree in mechanical engineering and materials science from Czech Technical University. He is a Fulbright Scholar.
Impulse

The digital revolution promised empowerment, and delivered it – but at an unforeseen cost: the acceleration of users’ status as “products”. The moto “Data is the new currency” is no longer merely relegated to the commercial world: for public institutions like the European Investment Bank, it imbues every transaction and raises dilemmas about communication partnerships, reach, impact and the proper use of knowledge and analytics, every step of the way. In his session, Matteo Maggiore will explore the implications of changing industry, technology, audience and public discourse, and reflect on the proper balance to be struck by public institutions, both in the financial and political realm.
Matteo Maggiore

Matteo Maggiore

Director of Communication
European Investment Bank
Matteo Maggiore has been Director of Communication at the European Investment Bank since October 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was Deputy Director of Communication at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for two years. He spent a big part of his career at the BBC where he started as a European Affairs Officer in 1992 and rose to the position of Controller of International Policy and Strategy. He served as Deputy Director for Television at the European Broadcasting Union from 1998 to 2000. He studied international relations and history at the Sapienza University of Rome.
Transform Leadership

More information coming soon
Panel

A word has always had the power to change the world, but the intensity of communications in a fragile political world reaches news peaks almost every day. Forces of division grow stronger as the liberal democracy is struggling to find a coherent messaging across the globe. Together with distinguished experts and practitioners from different world regions – Europe, North- and Latin America – we will explore the challenges for political communicators and discuss what works and what does not.
Workshop

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11:40AM-12:10PM
In Conversation

Named as one of the Top 10 of Britain’s Most Admired Companies by Management Today in 2019, British-Dutch oil and gas company Shell faces several areas of reputation challenges, from taxation to fossil fuels. These issues come into sharp focus in times of a crisis, as Carlo Parrado Curros, Shell’s Global Head of crisis Management, explains to Sandra MacLeod, Expert Witness in Reputation. He will discuss how to build robust capabilities for unexpected, unfortunate events impacting stakeholders’ trust in the organisation – and how this buffers a corporate reputation in the long term.
Best Case

How do you strategize and apply multi-layered channel methodologies to successfully communicate transformative innovation across the stakeholder ecosystem of an entire industry, and of the sustainable cities for our future society? What response can you achieve and how do you call to action, create engagement and progress your business performance in an increasingly complex, competitive and busy business context? Volvo Bus Corporation is a leader in the electromobility transformation of public transport, impacting CO2 emissions, air pollution, noise pollution, congestion, safety and energy efficiency, to name a few. Behind this drive for infrastructural transformation is a no-less ambitious marketing and communications strategy centred around a multi-layered approach to stakeholders. In this session, you’ll receive both strategic insight and practical takeaways in creating impactful stakeholder communications, omni-channel tactics and innovation messaging.
Stefan Nerpin

Stefan Nerpin

Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs
Volvo Buses
Stefan Nerpin is Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs at Volvo Bus Corporation, a world leading manufacturer of buses and coaches, operating with 8,000 people in +140 countries and with revenues of EUR 2.5 billion. In previous roles as Chief Communication Officer/Chief Marketing Officer for DNV GL Group, Vattenfall Group, SEB Group, and at TNT Global Express, Stefan together with his teams developed global brands and advanced profitable business growth in highly competitive markets. He has managed mergers and acquisitions with re-branding, business re-modeling and digital transformation, customer development, company/CEO positioning and organizational change. A common ambition has been to engage customers and key stakeholders in pioneering industry transformation, technology innovation, and safe and sustainable enterprise.
EEA Presents

As trusted advisor the CEO and C-Suite, it is up to the communications leader to bring cybersecurity – the protection of valuable intellectual property and business information – front and centre of the executive agenda. In this Insight session, Rainer Bock, Head of Production, Cyber Content at Kaspersky, explains how a proactive communications strategy can help comms teams benefit from the cybersecurity hype, improve cyber discussions within the organisation, and how content and brand activation can trigger top management buy in for a strategic approach to cybersecurity. Presented by European Excellence Awards
Rainer Bock

Rainer Bock

Head of Production, Cyber Content, Brand Activation Studio
Kaspersky Lab
Rainer is a passionate communicator with more than 11 years experience in agencies and in-house with a strong focus on cybersecurity, honored to have been included in the Holmes Report's Innovator EMEA 25 list 2016. He believes: If we want people to listen to what companies have to say today, the stories we tell them have to differentiate a brand from others, be consistent and surprising. So he had a NFC chip implanted into my left hand on a stage at IFA in Berlin to visually support our PR efforts around research into implanted technology and stood in a Pop Up store for two days, trying to convince people to hand over private data in exchange for art. He believes PR has to dare more - we lost control over communications anyway, so more than ever we now have to be creative, unique and different.
Panel

A word has always had the power to change the world, but the intensity of communications in a fragile political world reaches news peaks almost every day. Forces of division grow stronger as the liberal democracy is struggling to find a coherent messaging across the globe. Together with distinguished experts and practitioners from different world regions – Europe, North- and Latin America – we will explore the challenges for political communicators and discuss what works and what does not.
Workshop

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12:10PM-1:10PM

Lunch

1:20PM-1:50PM
China Focus

Chinese translators still adhere to a golden rule first put forward by scholar Yan Fu (1854–1921 C.E.): faithfulness (信Xin), expressiveness (达Da), and elegance (雅Ya). These are also the requirements for a successful branding of a western company in China, a process that requires careful translating of the brand name and logo into a Chinse context. But there’s much more to the story; a heightened awareness of stakeholder sensitivities and local concerns, as well as mastery of digital channels – not least the ubiquitous WeChat – are also key ingredients. In this session, Cynthia Chan, Head of Communications, Greater China for Covestro (recently recognised as a Top Employer 2020 in China by the Top Employers Institute), shares first-hand insights into the change process of  redrawing and redefining a corporate brand and culture for Chinese consumption.
Cynthia Chan

Cynthia Chan

Head of Corporate Communications, Greater China
Covestro
Cynthia Chan is Head of Corporate Communications, Greater China for Covestro, a world-leading supplier of high-tech polymer materials. With solid professional experience and proven business acumen, she aspires to drive communications to the next level and drive a unique culture for the company which became independently in Frankfurt in 2015. Chan has worked with APAC based multinationals across a variety of sectors, including finance, technology and retail during her tenure at award-winning global PR agencies prior to Covestro.
Panel

A panel of diverse communications leaders will discuss today’s IC challenges, including: moving from a top-down flow and tone to a multidirectional approach recognizing the role different stakeholders play; addressing multiple languages, cultures and professional disciplines and workstyles; positioning internal communications as a value generator and/or risk mitigation; growing internal communications as an organization “scales up”; the role of communications leaders in creating the right climate for internal communications and addressing blockers and barriers in the path of any or all of these.
Forum

In this interactive forum, attendees will take part in a series of intense sessions focused on key milestones in the development of a trusted communications advisor – maximizing opportunities for development, creating defining moments, and understanding the business context. Through interactive conversations, the audience will be encouraged to find their own action plans for positioning their strategic value to the executive management.
Best Case

A company that sells 20 million products worldwide has a responsibility to think carefully about its sustainability strategy. RB has taken on that responsibility, along the way winning a Cannes award for its video communication on plastics. But making a change in the world must start from within – infusing the organisation’s people with a new attitude towards green issues, setting targets, starting conversations with management and the workforce. In this Best Case session, Jo Osborne will show what happens when you connect the dots between market-facing sustainability positioning and your employee value proposition.
Jo Osborn

Jo Osborn

Vice President Internal Communications & Corporate Brand
RB
Jo oversees the corporate brand, digital, social and internal communications for Reckitt Benckiser plc globally. In this role, she and her team are responsible for building the brand of RB from the inside out, starting with the 45,000 employees of the company globally.

Prior to RB, Jo spent 7 years at GE Oil & Gas, in Italy and later in London, where she led customer communications globally. In 2016 – 2017, she led the 360-degree communications for the integration and launch of Baker Hughes, a GE company (now Baker Hughes).
Jo’s professional passion is marketing and communications and her career spans several sectors from investment banking, to foreign direct investment, to energy, pharmaceuticals and consumer health. She has worked both in-house and as a consultant, in government and for blue-chip businesses. A graduate in Film, Media and Cultural Studies, she started her career in her hometown Hong Kong, before moving to Italy and then onto London. She has an MBA and is fluent in Italian.

Workshop

Working in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) requires you to be flexible and fast-thinking, as these markets are extremely complex. During this workshop, Alexandra Drobysheva will deepdive into the contemporary PR and communications landscape of Russia and CIS, sharing invaluable hints to help you navigate this unique market’s special features.
Alexandra Drobysheva

Alexandra Drobysheva

CEO
HINT Communication Agency
2:00PM-2:30PM
Insight

Louis and Corinne will share their experiences of working as communication leads in integrated deal-planning teams.  They’ll talk about the value that communications professional can bring to the to the whole process, from the earliest stages right through to announcements and closure. Their experiences at Cargill and further, working on early planning, due diligence and issues mapping, through the communications planning process, will provide an insight into the creation of a centre of expertise for M&A communications.  They’ll share insights on dealing with potential market leaks, working on reputational issues mapping, planning complex communications cascades and partnering with counterparties’ communications leads.
Panel

A panel of diverse communications leaders will discuss today’s IC challenges, including: moving from a top-down flow and tone to a multidirectional approach recognizing the role different stakeholders play; addressing multiple languages, cultures and professional disciplines and workstyles; positioning internal communications as a value generator and/or risk mitigation; growing internal communications as an organization “scales up”; the role of communications leaders in creating the right climate for internal communications and addressing blockers and barriers in the path of any or all of these.
Forum

In this interactive forum, attendees will take part in a series of intense sessions focused on key milestones in the development of a trusted communications advisor – maximizing opportunities for development, creating defining moments, and understanding the business context. Through interactive conversations, the audience will be encouraged to find their own action plans for positioning their strategic value to the executive management.
China Focus

From President Xi Jinping’s public support for blockchain to the billions poured into funding for start-ups and China’s championing of FinTech, China’s audacious and inventive tech scene is fast catching up to America’s pole position as tech leader -and contributes to political tensions on the global scale. But what do western companies need to know about China’s tech investment, what problems exist in legacy inconsistencies between eastern and western systems – and where will the next world-dominating innovation come from?
Peko Wan

Peko Wan

Chief Ecosystem Officer
Pundi X
Peko Wan is the Chief Ecosystem Officer for Pundi X, a leading blockchain-based smart device and solution company. Peko is responsible for growing and strengthening the decentralized ecosystem. She facilitates strategic partnerships as well as drives initiatives to deploy Pundi X solutions globally. She has over 15 year experience in the IT industry. Prior to Pundi X, Peko was the Head of Communications, Asia for Opera Software and she led the global PR activities for Opera Max, a leading data management and saving app for Android users.
Workshop

Working in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) requires you to be flexible and fast-thinking, as these markets are extremely complex. During this workshop, Alexandra Drobysheva will deepdive into the contemporary PR and communications landscape of Russia and CIS, sharing invaluable hints to help you navigate this unique market’s special features.
Alexandra Drobysheva

Alexandra Drobysheva

CEO
HINT Communication Agency
2:30PM-3:00PM

Break

3:00PM-3:30PM
CIPR Presents

Identifying skills gaps within your Communications team not only improves the functions’ performance – it can effect organisational transformation. From resource and people management to boardroom skills or tech expertise, missing competencies in your team members – whether they are new talents or experienced leaders – can be plugged up in a way that brings measurable value; drawing on the latest CIPR research, Jenni Field will explain how.
Jenni Field

Jenni Field

President
Chartered Institute of Public Relations
Jenni Field is a Board Director for Chartered Institute of Public Relations as well as the President for 2020. Working at Director level for a global pharmaceutical company Jenni has worked in the public sector, defence, advertising and retail and hospitality industries. Working with a remote workforce, running a global communications function for a FTSE250 business her experience in gaining buy-in at senior level, creating functions from scratch and creating campaigns that put the employee voice at the heart are all in her skillset. She is also founder and director of Redefining Communications.
Transform Organisations

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Insight

Inclusion and diversity are strategic advantages for any organization. While prioritizing inclusive communication can be a powerful tool to reach your audience and engage employees in an authentic way, it is above all an organisation’s leadership that is expected to set the agenda in diversity strategy and programs. But how do leaders develop the skills and confidence necessary in order to act authentically and with conviction as role models on diversity and inclusion?
Sarah Cordivano

Sarah Cordivano

Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Zalando
Sarah Cordivano is Zalando's Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer. In this role, she is the primary driver and leader of internal diversity and inclusion topics for Zalando, a 5.3 billion euro fashion e-commerce company with over 15,000 employees. Her main responsibilities include: development and driving of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy for Zalando and management of employee related topics that arise outside of longterm strategy planning. Sarah is from Philadelphia and has a background in spatial data analysis, community management and project management, including working in data analytics at certified B Corporation Azavea. She is an active community organizer and advocate for diversity and inclusion.
Insight

How can constructive journalism push the sustainability agenda forward, and what messaging galvanises change? Thomas Ravn-Pedersen is the CEO and editor in chief of World’s Best News, an independent organisation that reports on progress and solutions to challenges in  global development. It is also a frontrunner in communicating the Global Goals. In this session, he will discuss the power of constructive news in developing sustainability narratives that galvanise us to fight for change.
Thomas Ravn-Pedersen

Thomas Ravn-Pedersen

CEO & Editor-in-Chief
World's Best News
Thomas Ravn-Pedersen is the CEO and editor in chief of World’s Best News, an independent news organisation for constructive journalism and campaigns that reports on progress and sustainable solutions to challenges in global development. World’s Best News also publishes verdensmål.org, which is sponsored by the Danish government as a pilot for how a national digital platform on the Global Goals can be rolled out globally. Thomas is a member of The 2030 Panel, an advisory board to the all-party coalition The 2030 Network in the Danish parliament, a board member of Game, a NGO working with street sports and street culture, and member of the advisory board at Orestad Innovation City Copenhagen.
Insight

In this session, you will learn the vital importance of building an ambassador community to reinforce your employer branding. Questions to be answered will include how to start a movement of engaged employees, what content is relevant when you run an employer branding programme, and what KPIs can be used to determine success.
Patrick De Pauw

Patrick De Pauw

Chief Executive Officer
Social Seeder
Patrick De Pauw has 25 years of experience as a communication and marketing director. Five years ago, he founded the start-up Social Seeder, which is currently helping over 250 organisations with its SaaS solution. Prior to Social Seeder, Patrick worked in marcomms, business development, sales for connections, SAS Airlines and more.
3:40PM-4:20PM
Keynote

Black holes are the universe’s most mysterious phenomenon: extreme concentrations of matter with a gravitational attraction so strong that not even light can escape. The inside of black holes is shielded from observations by an event horizon, a virtual one-way membrane through which matter, light and information can enter but never leave. Recently, a team of scientists achieved the unthinkable and made the first image of a black hole – named the top scientific breakthrough of 2019 by the journal Science. The team’s chief scientist, Professor Dr. Heino Falcke, is also a lay pastor: for him, black holes do not represent a contradiction with his religious beliefs. In his keynote, Heino will discuss the work involved in photographing black holes and reflect on the relationship between science and faith.
Prof. Dr. Heino Falcke

Prof. Dr. Heino Falcke

Professor of Astrophysics
Radboud University Nijmegen
Heino Falcke is professor of astroparticle physics and radio astronomy at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He is chair of the science council of the Event Horizon Telescope, member of the royal Netherlands academy for arts and science, a knight in the order of the Dutch lion, and recipient of the Spinoza Prize, the highest science award of the Netherlands.
4:20PM-4:30PM

Closing remarks

Karin Helmstaedt

Karin Helmstaedt

Moderator
Deutsche Welle
Karin Helmstaedt is a Canadian-born journalist, moderator, and TV host based in Berlin, Germany. She studied in Toronto, Montreal and Paris, and alongside her studies had an impressive career as a member of Canada’s National Swim Team, participating in World Championships, Commonwealth and Pan American Games. It was from the international sporting arena that she embarked on her journalistic career, covering major sporting events, reporting extensively on doping, and eventually moving into broadcasting. Since 1999 she’s been one of the most constant faces on Germany’s global TV broadcaster Deutsche Welle, where she currently anchors the Arts & Culture news program. Fluent in English, French and German, Karin is also a sought-after moderator and facilitator for conferences and events around Europe, with experience in a broad range of sectors and topics including communications, food and agriculture, rail transport, plastics and sustainability.