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Selected recent speakers

Edna Ayme-Yahil

Edna Ayme-Yahil

Corporate Head of Marketing and Communications
Edna Ayme-Yahil is Head of Marketing and Communications at Panalpina, a Swiss-based provider of forwarding and logistics services, specialising in intercontinental air and ocean freight and associated supply chain management. She is also Founder and Principal of DigiComms, a communications consultancy that works with corporate and public sector clients throughout Europe

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).

Andreas Bartels

Head, Corporate Communications
Deutsche Lufthansa AG


Alastair Campbell

Journalist, broadcaster, political aide and author

Oliver Cann

Oliver Cann

Head of Media Content
World Economic Forum
Oliver oversees all communications campaigns at the World Economic Forum. With a portfolio covering economics, climate change, the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and dozens of other institutional priorities in between, his recent work has generated huge worldwide media attention around critical global challenges such as ocean plastic, the future of work and the global gender gap. As a member of the Forum’s Executive Committee, Oliver is also responsible for the Forum’s brand identity and the publication of over 100 individual insight reports and white papers each year. Before joining the Forum in 2012, Oliver worked in the private sector, first as a partner in a London-based financial publishing business and then, following a successful sale in 2007, as an international media consultant.
Sue Clark

Sue Clark

Non-Executive Director,
Imperial Brands, AkzoNobel, Britvic and Bakkavor Group
Sue is currently non-executive director on the boards of AkzoNobel, Imperial Brands, Britvic and Bakkavor and was formerly managing director of SABMiller Europe prior to its merger with Anheuser-Busch InBev in 2016. She joined SABMiller in 2003 as corporate affairs director and was a member of the executive team that built the business into a top five FTSE company. Previously, Sue held director of corporate affairs roles at Railtrack Group and Scottish Power demonstrating that broader business leadership roles can be realised through a career in communications.

Carolyne Culver

Head of Strategic Communications
University of Oxford


Susan Danger

Managing Director
American Chamber of Commerce to the EU


Greg Dawson

Senior Director Europe
Samsung Electronics 

Giulia Di Tommaso

Giulia Di Tommaso

Chief Communications & Sustainability Officer
Giulia joined Ferrero in April 2018 to lead the global corporate communications function as well as the sustainability department of the Ferrero Group. Her international career includes more than a decade with Unilever at its headquarters, as well as in Brussels and Africa. She has been senior advisor to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on private sector partnership engagement, and led negotiations culminating in the international agreement on climate change, food loss and waste and smallholders farmers between Unilever and FAO. She is a qualified attorney at law and before joining Unilever, Giulia led the Brussels-based EU office of Italian law firm Chiomenti Studio Legale and worked at both the European Commission and the European Parliament. She has a master's in European law and is a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, as well as an alumna of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, UK. Giulia chairs the business and human rights programme at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) in Venice.

Melissa Fleming

Under-Secretary General for Global Communications
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Dr. Michael Fürst

Dr. Michael Fürst

Head of Social Innovation & Strategy
Novartis International
Michael has 20 years of experience in Corporate Responsibility (CR), social business & innovation and integrity & compliance management, in business and academia.
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

Anthony Gooch Gálvez

Director Public Affairs & Communications
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Anthony Gooch joined the OECD in 2008. He is responsible for developing and implementing the Organisation's public affairs, communications and publishing strategies engaging globally with the breadth non-governmental stakeholders on all areas of public policy.

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 ( 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 Goad

Pierre Goad

Group Managing Director and Group Head of Communications
Pierre Goad is Chief Communications Officer and Group Managing Director at HSBC Holdings plc. He has extensive international experience and was previously Global Head of Corporate Communications at Zurich Insurance Group in Switzerland, and before that held a series of strategy and communications roles at HSBC in Hong Kong and London. He was also a correspondent and editor at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., The Wall Street Journal and Asian Wall Street Journal.

Pierre is also vice President of the European Association of Communication Directors (EACD

Nicole Gorfer

Head Public & Employee Communications, Roche Group
F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

Abby Guthkelch

Abby Guthkelch

Global Communications Solutions Lead
Facebook Inc.

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.

Jon Iwata

Executive in Residence
Yale School of Management


Constance Kann

Director of Communication
European Investment Bank


Bernard Kuiten

Head of External Relations
World Trade Organization

Sean MacNiven

Head of Communications Innovation & Infrastructure


Jimmy Maymann

CEO, The Huffington Post


Bruno Motta

Senior Partner, Fair Play Consulting


Helena Norrman

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Ericsson


Günther H. Oettinger

European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources


Rainer Ohler

Head of Airbus Group Communications

Laila Pawlak

Laila Pawlak

SingularityU Nordic
As CEO of SingularityU Denmark, Laila heads up the campus in Copenhagen
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


Viviane Reding

Member of the Board of Trustees
Bertelsmann Stiftung


Thomas Schultz-Jagow

Senior Director, Campaigns and Communications
Amnesty International 


Frank X. Shaw

Chief Communications Officer, Microsoft


David Shing

Digital Prophet


Ha Shuli

Editor-in-Chief, Caixin Media 


Tony Snyder

Vice President Communications
Philip Morris International


Anna Soellner

Director of Communications


Roger Strandhal

Director of Communications
Uniper Energy E.ON SE


Angelo Vermeulen

Crew Commander
Nasa HQ