Over the past 10 years the Summit has established itself as the flagship event in the global communication landscape, with inspiring keynotes, different session formats, great speakers and a great deal more. Let’s travel back in time:
Selected recent speakers
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.
She is also Managing Vice President of the European Association of Communications Professionals (EACD).
Head, Corporate Communications
Deutsche Lufthansa AG
Journalist, broadcaster, political aide and author
Head of Strategic Communications
University of Oxford
American Chamber of Commerce to the EU
Senior Director Europe
Giulia Di Tommaso
Under-Secretary General for Global Communications
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
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).
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.
Anthony is also a member of the European Association of Communication Directors (EACD).
Pierre is also vice President of the European Association of Communication Directors (EACD
Head Public & Employee Communications, Roche Group
F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG
As Global Communications Solutions Lead, Abby Guthkelch is the Comms industry expert for the Workplace by Facebook team globally. Her focus is on advising our customers on Comms best practice, trends and thought leadership, as well as working closely with our engineering and product management teams specifically with our Comms customers in mind.
Prior to Workplace by Facebook, Abby has held a number of senior level Comms & Marketing roles both in-house and agency side - most recently as the Global Head of Social Media Engagement at HSBC, and Ketchum's UK Head of Digital. Abby has over 15 years' experience as a multi-industry, multi-channel content strategist and was ranked amongst the Top 25 marketing innovators in EMEA in 2017.
Head of Internal Communications & Engagement, BBC
Executive in Residence
Yale School of Management
Director of Communication
European Investment Bank
Head of External Relations
World Trade Organization
Head of Communications Innovation & Infrastructure
CEO, The Huffington Post
Editor-in-Chief, Caixin Media
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Ericsson
Head of Airbus Group Communications
Science City that off ers a variety of education programs, accelerators, makerspace as well as a co-working space for both startups and corporates leveraging exponential technologies to scale positive impact. Among others she has launched the highly successful accelerator thinkubator; a corporate, crowdfunded
accelerator program that helps corporates work with entrepreneurs and establish their own incubator to kick-start innovation and leverage tech nology. Similarly, she co-founded the award-winning innovation hub DARE2mansion, a professional playground which serves as an incubator, coworking and event space. Laila is also an active angel investor, board member and advisor to politicians and organizations through numerous appointed positions and has won several awards.
Frederik G. Pferdt
Head of Innovation & Creativity Programs
Member of the Board of Trustees
Senior Director, Campaigns and Communications
Frank X. Shaw
Chief Communications Officer, Microsoft
Vice President Communications
Philip Morris International
Director of Communications
Director of Communications
Uniper Energy E.ON SE