Speakers 2018

Prof. Dr. Ana Adi

Prof. Dr. Ana Adi

Head of Department of Corporate Communication
Quadriga Hochschule Berlin
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.
Kajsa Arvidsson

Kajsa Arvidsson

Head of Strategic and Tactical Marketing, BU Cloud and IP
Ericsson AB
Kajsa is passionate about digital transformation and how new technology change the world to the better. In her current role, she is responsible for Customer Marketing and Communication for Nokia in Europe. In her background are senior leadership positions in Marketing and Communication, Business Development, Strategy and Sales in the global ICT industry.

Nokia is a global technology leader at the heart of our connected world.
Pascal Emmanuel Barollier

Pascal Emmanuel Barollier

Managing Director
GAVI The Vaccine Alliance
Andreas Bartels

Andreas Bartels

Head of Corporate Communications
Lufthansa Group
Andreas Bartels has been the Head of Media Relations for Lufthansa since January 2007. In this position, he coordinates all of the firm’s global media activities. Before joining Lufthansa, Mr Bartels worked for Deutsche Bank, as well as several other German banks. He studied Communication Science.
Niels Beernink

Niels Beernink

Digital Consultant
Global Image Management
Niels is a Digitalist, who strives to make the most from a brand’s technology ecosystem to engage, empower, align and inspire people to work positively and effectively with the brand.

He has spent over 10 years in the marketing profession, with broad experience in brand and marketing in both client and consultancy roles. Working with a wide range of clients and client teams, Niels
interprets brand and commercial needs to deliver valuable strategic insights and practical advice on digital solutions and improvements.

Niels has a proven ability to get things done, in complex international environments. He has delivered valuable returns for projects and organizations, such as: Achmea, UNIT4, Landal GreenParks, Canon, Booking.com, AkzoNobel, Raet and Heineken International.

Niels holds a degree in Marketing and Commerce and is a NIMA certified Senior Marketing Professional. His working languages are English & Dutch.
Liam Benham

Liam Benham

Vice President, Governmental Programs, Europe
IBM Europe
Liam leads government affairs activities for IBM in Europe, including relationships with the European Union institutions in Brussels and national governments across the continent. He leads a team of more than 25 government affairs professionals.
Key areas of focus include AI, privacy, cyber security, digitization of industry, intellectual property, trade policy, workforce flexibility and pensions, digital skills, taxation and the creation of a Digital Single Market in the EU.
Liam joined IBM in February 2012, having spent 15 years in senior government relations positions at Ford Motor Company, based in the UK, Brussels and Asia Pacific.
He is Vice Chair of the BusinessEurope Digital Economy Taskforce and has served as a Board Member of the American Chambers of Commerce in the EU and Thailand, as well a Board Member of DIGITALEUROPE.
Liam holds a Degree in Politics from the University of Bristol, in the UK. He resides in Tervuren, Belgium, with his wife and three children.
Luca Biondolillo

Luca Biondolillo

Chief Communications Officer
MSC Cruises S.A.
In his current role, Luca Biondolillo has global responsibility for corporate and financial communications, consumer PR, employee engagement, executive positioning, crisis and issues management, corporate and consumer events, sustainability as well as institutional and public affairs. Before joining MSC Cruises, Luca was head of corporate communications and public affairs at Italy-based multinational fashion and consumer goods business Benetton, a role he took on in 2011. Prior to that, he worked for eyewear brand Luxottica, first as group director of corporate and financial communications in Milan and later group senior vice president, international communication in New York City. Among other roles, he is a member of the board at the European Association of Communication Directors.

Gerben Bleijenburg

Gerben Bleijenburg

Commercial Director
Global Image Management
As Commercial Director, Gerben leads the team in driving and delivering both strategic and practical brand management solutions for global clients. He co-ordinates the largest brand network in the world, with offices in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

His experience in both Corporate Finance and the Commercial Graphics industry are complementary and Gerben is passionate about delivering brand value and business growth. With a strong focus is on digitization to achieve this.

Most recently he was instrumental in rebranding 300 Nokia sites in over 90 countries and is currently working with AIRBUS and FedEx on strategic rebrand programs.

With a strong belief in empowerment and that internal engagement is a key business driver, he is passionate about motivated people being the ultimate brand ambassadors.

Gerben studied Foundations of Management at the Business University in Nyenrode, The Netherlands.
Dmitry Bobkov

Dmitry Bobkov

Head of Communications Policy and PR Department
JSC Rosseti
Dmitry Bobkov is Director for Communications at Rosseti, the largest electricity transmission and distribution grid company in Europe.

Prior to joining Rosseti he worked in the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, where served as Assistant Secretary and then as Director of Information Policy Department. In 2008 Dmitry worked in the Fuel Company TVEL (State Corporation Rosatom), Head of the Department of Mass Communication.

His career in the field of mass communications began in the Russian Information Agency RIA Novosti (nowadays Russia Today) and worked as a senior expert of the Directorate for International Cooperation. In 2006 he held the position of Deputy Head of the Office in the United States (Washington, DC).

Dmitry graduated from Moscow State University in 2004 and was part of a Post-Graduate Study program at the Institute of Socio-Political Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences before gaining a PhD in Economics.
Torund Bryhn

Torund Bryhn

Director of Communications and Governmental Relations
Gassnova SF
Torund Bryhn has 15 years of experience within the field of communications, crisis management and governmental relations. Torund began her career as a researcher on U.S. public policy in Washington, DC, before shifting into communications and media relations, where she spent three years as press officer in the U.S Congress. Since 2008, located in Norway, she has led various communications departments within the oil and gas sector.
Alvin Carpio

Alvin Carpio

CEO
The Fourth Group
Carol leads the growth marketing and communications team and is the growth lead for the wider product and engineering tribe for B2B and Partners globally. She is responsible for embedding growth to the business product development and developing our partnerships with suppliers and in the industry. Alongside traditional marketing, advertising and PR, we are obsessing with A/B tests, developing new communications channels, testing virality factors and email deliverability rates at Skyscanner. Carol has worked at Skyscanner for 4 years coming from a travel background working in tourism and hotel brands for over ten years and was selected as a Phocuswright 35 under 35 travel leader last year.

Rod Cartwright

Rod Cartwright

Executive Consultant and EMEA Regional Director
Text100
Rod is Regional Director of Text100 in EMEA and sits on the firm’s global executive leadership team. He specialises in reputation management, integrated marketing communications, issues & crisis management and stakeholder & influencer engagement. Rod has advised major corporations and brands ranging from Nissan, IBM, Malaysia Airlines, Dell, Accenture and DHL to Toyota, Western Union and P&G.
Jonathan Chandler

Jonathan Chandler

Chief Executive Officer
Quiller Consultants
Jon is CEO of Quiller. His vast experience integrating reputation into business strategy, building powerful campaigns and coaching leadership teams includes leading the Communications and Public Affairs teams in Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East at the Coca-Cola Company and Eastman Kodak. He is a Chair of the PRCA Council.
Chloe Combi

Chloe Combi

Author
Chloe Combi is a writer, consultant, speaker and expert on youth
issues. She advises both side of the government in the UK
and has worked with the London Mayor advising on youth policy. She writes for
the UK Times, Guardian, Independent, TES and Daily Mail, and her first
book, Generation Z, Their Voices, Their Lives was published by Random House
and is being turned into a series with a major broadcaster. She is currently writing
her two next books. She advises brands all over
the world about future strategies and her clients include Coca-Cola,
Pepsi, Saatchi, Virgin, Red Bull, Vodafone and Disney. She lives in London.
Dr. Virginie Coulloudon

Dr. Virginie Coulloudon

Executive Director
Your Public Value e.V.
Virgine Coulloudon has been with Transparency International since 2012. Prior to this she was a spokesperson at OSCE, head of communications at RFE/RL, journalist & correspondent in Moscow and research director at the Harvard Davis Center for Russian Studies.
Susan Danger

Susan Danger

CEO
American Chamber of Commerce to the EU
In her role at American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU), Susan Danger has full strategic and operational responsibility for the association and represents it externally. AmCham EU speaks for American companies committed to Europe on trade, investment and competitiveness issues. Named by POLITICO as one of the top 20 women influencers in Brussels in 2016, Susan has dedicated her entire career to advancing transatlantic cooperation. She joined AmCham EU in 1995 as communications manager, becoming communications and operations manager in 2000. Since 2002 she has been leading the organisation as managing director and since 2016 as CEO. In 2003 she oversaw the re-branding of AmCham EU and its separation from AmCham Belgium. Susan also served as Vice-Chair of AmChams in Europe from 2009 to 2014, prior to which she was a Member of its Executive Committee (2005-2008).
Baran Dilaver

Baran Dilaver

Co-Founder of FutureScape, and COO / CSO of Namaste Technologies
Firefly Vapor
"Baran is an entrepreneur, creator, and an accomplished executive. He launched about a dozen well-known brands worldwide and conceived and developed over 80 products. Baran is the founder of FutureScape, a technology focused product design and branding company and recently, as the COO and CMO at Firefly, he created and implemented business strategies that established Firefly as one of the most admired brands in the cannabis and vaporization industries. Prior to Firefly, as the CEO of United Brands, Baran acquired the underutilized Whip-It! trademark, created a new identity and a product line around it and established it as the most recognized brand in its category. He is a speaker in conferences like Tech Open Air Berlin, CannaTech, and New West Summit. He was a scholar athlete at UC Berkeley and studied Economics. He loves kitesurfing and snowboarding around the world and building large-scale art installations at Burning Man."
Yevhen Fedenschko

Yevhen Fedenschko

Co-founder and Chief Editor
StopFake.Org
Yevhen Fedchenko is director of the Mohyla School of Journalism at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kiev, Ukraine. He has spent almost 20 years within the media industry, covering international stories for different types of media. He was co-founder of Digital Future of Journalism programme for journalists and Digital Media for Universities Internet journalism curriculum development programme. He has contributed to RFE/RL, BBC, NPR, Public Radio International, Radio Canada International, CBC, Mashable, SKY and more. In 2010-2011 Yevhen Fedchenko was Fulbright visiting professor at USC Annenberg in Los Angeles, USA.
Stephan Feldhaus

Stephan Feldhaus

Head of Group Communications
F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG
Dr Stephan Feldhaus jojed F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG in 2010, having previously lead several roles in communications and marketing at Siemens AG.
Peter Felsbach

Peter Felsbach

Head of Group Communications & Spokesman
voestalpine AG
MAS
Karin Fisher

Karin Fisher

Film Manager
Lloyds Banking Group
With over 16 years of financial services expertise, Karin has lead learning and communications teams to produce high quality solutions to meet our internal customer needs. She is currently the Film Manager in Lloyds Banking Group, driving the internal communication film strategy forward.
Liam Fitzpatrick

Liam Fitzpatrick

Strategy & Change Communications Manager
Quiller Consultants
Liam's experience of change, transformation and PR comes from working in-house and in consultancy. He’s worked in civil engineering, food and hospitality, education, energy, government, manufacturing, NGOs, pharmaceuticals, transport and telecoms. He supports global organisations undergoing substantial change and transformation.
Christoph Gerber

Christoph Gerber

CEO & Founder
Talon.One GmbH
'Christoph Gerber, a native Berliner, is the founder of Lieferando.de, which he merged with TakeAway and took public in 2016. He is now the founder and CEO of Talon.One – a promotion API/ back-end company, which lets you create any kind of promotion without being limited by your development or product team. He has a dog, loves a cooking, and being offline.'
Simon Gittings

Simon Gittings

Creative Director
Investis
As Creative Director, working with the lnvestis inhouse team, Simon guides clients through the creative process, helping them to tell their story and enabling them to better connect with their audiences. Balancing his passion for digital and a curiosity for all things new with the fundamental need to contribute to client's business performance, Simon enables some of the most ambitious brands to reach their full digital potential.
Lars Erik Grønntun

Lars Erik Grønntun

Chairman and CEO, EMEA
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Lars Erik Grønntun is Chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He is an internationally respected client counsellor and strategic advisor working across a number of industry sectors. Lars Erik advises clients, and coaches CEOs, on communications strategy, public and governmental affairs, corporate communications, and crisis & issues management.
Mike Hall

Mike Hall

Director of Communications & Government Relations, EMEA
Ingersoll Rand International Ltd.
Micheal Hall, Communications Manager, joined Pioneer Europe in 2003, and is responsible for developing and coordinating internal and external communications strategies and tactics to support Pioneer Hi-Bred’s European Operation’s goals. Supporting the Regional Director for Europe, Hall leads external and internal communications strategies across a business region spanning some 42 countries and 1,200 employees. He sits on the management team for Europe, and coordinates closely with both Pioneer global public affairs and DuPont regional public affairs. Prior to taking his current role, Mr Hall was primarily responsible for developing, coordinating and executing communications materials and strategies in support of Pioneer’s biotech and conventional seed products. His background also includes working at the European Parliament and the UK Parliament, as well as holding various European student political posts. He holds a BA (Hons) in Political Sciences from Loughborough University, in the United Kingdom.
Neil Harbisson

Neil Harbisson

Artist and the First Human Cyborg
Cyborg Foundation
Ulrike Haugen

Ulrike Haugen

EVP Chief Communications Officer
DNV GL Group
Ulrike Haugen is executive vice president chief communications officer of DNV GL Group and member of DNV GL Group’s executive committee, has more than 15 years of communications, marketing and business development experience within international corporations with positions in Norway, UK, Germany and Italy. She previously held the role of vice president marketing and communications for ABB Marine, as well as marketing and business development positions in international energy companies and law firms. Her industry experience includes the assurance, maritime, oil and gas, and energy sectors as well as substantial experience from the legal sector.
Laurens Hoekstra

Laurens Hoekstra

CSO/Managing Partner
VIM Group
Since 2002, Laurens Hoekstra is CCO of VIM Group, specialising in brand implementation and management.

VIM Group is the founder of the ‘Brand Implementation’ business category and world leader in this area. Its activities cover both global rebrands as well as local single-site rebrands, covering all - or part - of the client’s brand touchpoints, including signage and interiors, online, print, IT-system output, corporate wear and fleet livery. Over the years, VIM Group has completed over 1,300 brand implementation projects. VIM Group operates worldwide, with specialist member companies operating out of 11 offices with over 200 people.

Clients include TNT, SKODA, Emirates NBD, SkyTeam, Caterpillar, ING, bpost, Rentokil-Initial, DHL, British Gas, AkzoNobel, Mediclinic, Randstad and Belfius.
Carol Howley

Carol Howley

Principal Growth Marketing Manager (Head of B2B Marketing)
Skyscanner
Hanning Kempe

Hanning Kempe

General Managing Director
FleishmanHillard Germany GmbH
Hanning Kempe is General Managing Director of FleishmanHillard Germany.
With more than 25 years of experience he is recognized as an executive communications consultant in all aspects of reputation and issues management, corporate strategy, corporate, change and crisis communications.
Julian Kornmaier

Julian Kornmaier

Head of Product Services & Product Manager
Made in Office GmbH
Abhinav Kumar

Abhinav Kumar

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer - Global Markets
Tata Consultancy Services Belgium NV/SA
Abhinav Kumar serves as the chief communications officer for Tata Consultancy Services Europe, the company’s second largest business unit, which spans 21 countries across Europe. He is the official spokesperson for the company and is responsible for managing the company’s reputation in the region, as well as their media and institutional relationships. He has held several management positions in the company, including previously as the Director for Marketing and Communications in Latin America, where he successfully introduced the Tata brand to the region. He led one of Latin America’s most successful PR campaigns and helped launch the company’s BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) business. Mr Kumar has also served on the advisory board of Endeavor, as coordinator of the Chief Communications Officer (CCO) Network, and worked on independent assignments with Johnson & Johnson and the World Trade Organisation. He holds a master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), and a graduate degree in Economics.
Dirk Lenaerts

Dirk Lenaerts

Joint Managing Director
CS&A International
Axel Löber

Axel Löber

Head of Corporate Branding & Strategic Communication Projects
Merck KGaA
Axel is Head of Corporate Branding & Strategic Communication Projects of German science and technology company Merck. He led the company’s transformational rebranding in 2015 and is responsible for the current global brand campaign #catchcurious (https://curiosity.merckgroup.com). Before joining Merck in 2011 he held corporate and financial communication positions at pharmaceutical wholesaler and pharmacy operator Celesio, and strategic communications consultancy Hering Schuppener.
Andrew Lowe

Andrew Lowe

Senior Partner, EMEA
Korn Ferry
Andrew is a Consultant in the Global Corporate Affairs practice for Korn Ferry International. He leads on Corporate Affairs, Communications and Investor Relations assignments, as well as Corporate Development / Merger & Acquisitions functional appointments at Group, Divisional and Regional Head level. Andrew has successfully partnered with global, European and UK clients across all industry sectors. Areas of personal expertise include: executive search, employee engagement and culture, leadership development, assessment, succession planning, and organisational design. Prior to joining the firm Andrew worked for a leading European search & selection boutique, where he specialised in financial services. This followed a six year career in the British Army as an officer in the Corps of Royal Engineers, having commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Anneke Luijkenaar

Anneke Luijkenaar

Vice President Global Talent Acquisition
Royal DSM
Anneke Luijkenaar joined DSM in 2011 as Vice President Global Talent Acquisition. Together with her team she is responsible for the global recruitment organization of DSM and to implement the vision of becoming a strategic and proactive talent acquisition partner to DSM businesses. Prior to joining DSM Anneke spent her entire career in the executive search industry and most recently worked with Heidrick & Struggles based in Amsterdam. Her focus has been on global leadership recruitment in the Industrial sector including chemicals, natural resources, food ingredients and manufacturing.
Rainer Maassen

Rainer Maassen

Managing Director
Convento GmbH
Rainer Maassen is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Convento a software developing company specialising in software and services for public relations and investor relations, which is located in Germany near Cologne and Düsseldorf. Mr Maassen studied Business Administration at Cologne University. After university, he published several books on the subjects of databases and software development.

In 1992 he founded Convento, and two Years later, the Company developed the first version of its Software Suite: ‘Convento PR-Manager’. Convento optimises all forms of PR Workflows and Media Relationship Management, as well as Contact Management and PR Evaluation. Today Convento is the market leader in German-speaking countries with more than 2,000 users in the Industry.
Maik Matischak

Maik Matischak

Associate Vice President
NBA EMEA The National Basketball Association
: Maik Matischak is Associate Vice President Communications, EME and began to work for the NBA in 2014 as NBA EME Senior Director, Communications. Since 2017 he also oversees and sets the strategy from an overall business approach for the German market. Based in the NBA's EME headquarters in London, he manages the communication strategy and leads the execution of all public relations activities for the league in the region.
Matischak comes to the NBA from Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., an American multinational semiconductor company, where he led EMEA-wide PR activities for the consumer segment. Previously, he held the role of Senior International PR Manager for EA SPORTS in Geneva, Switzerland. Matischak also served as PR Director of NFL Europe franchise the Berlin Thunder, and subsequently as Director of Communications with NFL Europa in Frankfurt, Germany. He lives in London with his wife Nicole and their sons Ben and Flynn.
Carl Mavromichalis

Carl Mavromichalis

Associate
CS&A International
Mark McKenzie

Mark McKenzie

Global Marketing & Communications Director for Sustainability Services
KPMG INTERNATIONAL
Dr. Angeles Moreno

Dr. Angeles Moreno

Titular Professor of Public Relations and Communication Management
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Prof Dr Ángeles Moreno has taught Public Relations from 1994 at different universities in Spain and abroad.

Nowadays, she teaches at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid. She has occupied diverse managerial positions at this university and is now the Director of the Postgraduate programme in Online Strategic Communication. She obtained her Doctorate in 2003 and a PRSA award in 2012. She is an active member of the Group of Advances Studies in Communication (GEAC) and participates in the research projects of this institution at the MICINN, EUPRERA, UE, University of Alabama and University of Florida.

Ángeles is member of the scientific board and core of reviewers of diverse international congress and journals and of the Ministry of Science and Innovation (ES).
Alexandre Munafò

Alexandre Munafò

Head of Global Engagement
Interpeace Global Headquarters
Alexandre Munafò is Head of Global Engagement at Interpeace. In this capacity, he oversees and manages the organization’s engagement with a broad variety of external stakeholders and partners including donor governments and policy makers. Alexandre joined Interpeace in 2008 and has since held several positions, including Legal Advisor and Institutional Support Officer.

Alexandre is member of the Geneva Diplomatic Club and founding member of the Association AGIR, whose purpose is to build bridges and synergies between the “International Geneva” and the wider public in the Greater Geneva area. He is also Vice-President of ASED (Action for the Support to Deprived Children), a Geneva-based organization supporting access to education in 6 developing countries.

Alexandre holds an Executive Certificate on Advocacy in International Affairs and a Diploma of Advanced Studies in International Relations with a specialization in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He also holds a BA in Law from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Mazen Nahawi

Mazen Nahawi

Group Chief Executive Officer
CARMA
Mazen Nahawi is the Group CEO of CARMA, a global media intelligence provider which serves over 1,200 clients in 43 countries. The company forms a major component of News Group International, a global company which focuses on insights and stakeholder engagement through media intelligence, eGovernment solutions, content curation and digital engagement. Mazen began his career as a journalist before working in senior positions in PR and management consulting. Mazen is ex-president of FIBEP and is on the board of the Middle East PR Association.
Dr. Anneke Neuhaus

Dr. Anneke Neuhaus

Head of Thought Leadership
Siemens AG
Francois Nicolon

Francois Nicolon

Chief Marketing Officer
Kantar Media
Simone Niven

Simone Niven

Group Executive, Corporate Relations
Rio Tinto PLC
Simone was appointed Corporate Relations Group executive in January 2017. Simone joined Rio Tinto in 2008 and has accountability for the Group’s reputation and corporate relations areas – external affairs, communities, media, brand, reputation and employee communications. She also has responsibility for the leadership of the country and regional office teams including Africa, Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, UK and the US.
Prior to joining Rio Tinto Simone spent over 15 years working in senior roles at some of the world’s largest companies across many continents, including Vodafone, the United Technologies group, Smiths Group plc and Smith & Nephew plc in a range of corporate relations fields.
A graduate of the University of Canberra, Australia, Simone has lived and worked in Sydney and London. She began her career in communications in 1993 as a communications officer at the Grains Research and Development Corporation.
Simone is a board member of both The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the UK-Japan 21st Century Group.
David Noël

David Noël

Co-Founder
Role Models
David Noël is the founding partner of Noël & Co. Prior to starting the firm, David was an early employee at SoundCloud, one of the world’s leading music streaming services, and over the course of 8 years, helped the company scale from 7 to 400 people first as its Vice President Community and then Director of Internal Communications. As a member of the senior management team, he was instrumental in building SoundCloud’s culture and community.
David has 15 years of operational experience in scaling teams, organizations, and cultures as a generalist specialized in culture development, communication, community building, and leadership development in startups and high-growth companies in fast-paced environments.
He is a frequent public speaker, host of The Role Models Podcast and co-founder of Role Models, a series of events and podcasts that features candid conversations with inspiring women.
David was named Best Startup Mentor & Advisor of the Year by TechCrunch Europe in 2012 and won SXSW Interactive Award for Best Community of the Year with SoundCloud in 2013.
Dr. Karsten Nohl

Dr. Karsten Nohl

Chief Scientist
SRLabs in Berlin and Hongkong
Karsten is a cryptographer and security researcher. He likes to test security assumptions in proprietary systems and typically breaks them. His professional work includes support of Reliance Jio, the fastest growing telco in the world.
Helena Norrman

Helena Norrman

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Ericsson Headquarters
Helena Norrman is Head Ericsson's global marketing and corporate relations and is a member of Ericsson's Executive Team. The unit responsibilities includes marketing, brand, communications, sustainability and public affairs. She joined the company in 2006 as Vice President of Internal Communications, before becoming Vice President Communications Operations in 2010 and then Senior Vice President Communications in 2011. Prior to joining Ericsson, Ms. Norrman worked as a communications consultant with Swedish firm JKL and before that as PR consultant at Johannson & Co.
Ryan O'Keeffe

Ryan O'Keeffe

Director of Communications
Enel S.p.A. Roma
Ryan O'Keeffe oversees Enel's brand strategy, global advertising, internal communications, media relations and digital communications at Group level. Ryan joined UBS Investment Bank in its South African office before moving to London where he worked in the M&A and Leveraged Finance teams. In 2006 he joined Finsbury, the global strategic communications consultancy, culminating in leading Finsbury's 2011 merger with US-based Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery. Ryan is a board member of Enel Cuore Onlus, and is also involved with various educational charities in South Africa and the UK.
Nicole Orgnon

Nicole Orgnon

Vice President Communications
Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
Nicole Orgnon has been in charge of worldwide communications for the Chassis & Safety Division at Continental since 2011. As such, she heads up external, internal, product and on-line communications for the division. She also coordinates external press work within the Automotive Group and is a member of the Global Communication Leadership Team at Continental AG. In this function, she reports directly the president of the Chassis & Safety Division.
Aytunc Ozturk

Aytunc Ozturk

Founder & CEO
Developeo Ltd
While helping and advising to new tech companies & speaking in Tech Conferences about AI & Blockchain in London and several cities, he currently resides in Budapest.
He is also helping on localization of Reddit, Fedora, Kindle Touch Framework, Django, Arduino IDE 1.5, Woocommerce since 2002.

Ozturk believes in untapped potential, teamwork and most importantly it is always the little details making big things happen.
Matthew Painter

Matthew Painter

Managing Director
Ipsos MORI Reputation Centre
Matt has spent 15 years advising senior communicators from some of the world’s most respected brands on how to measure and manage their corporate reputations, and engage more effectively with the people who matter most to their businesses. He is a member of Ipsos’ Public Affairs Management Board.
Hugh Pope

Hugh Pope

Director of Communications and Outreach
International Crisis Group Headquarters
Since February 2015, Hugh Pope is responsible for the overall planning, organisation and direction of the Communications and Outreach department, for building up Crisis Group's public face, impact and support for conflict prevention by developing its presence and on international news and social media. Hugh’s areas of expertise include Turkey, the Middle East and the Cyprus dispute. Before joining the Group, Hugh worked as a journalist, including positions at The Wall Street Journal, The Independent, Reuters and United Press International. He is the author of Dining with al-Qaeda: Three Decades Exploring the Many Worlds of the Middle East, Sons of the Conquerors: the Rise of the Turkic World and Turkey Unveiled: a History of Modern Turkey (a New York Times notable book, 1999).
Kevin Prösel

Kevin Prösel

Management
Saint Elmo's Interaction Berlin GmbH
Simona Radu

Simona Radu

Internal Communications Business Partnership Director (Global)
Schneider Electric
Simona Radu drives global employee and leadership communications for Schneider Electric, whose workforce of 140,000 people is spread over 100 countries. She oversees the design and deployment of internal campaigns and strategic projects and enjoys moderating large-scale events and interviews with senior executives. With 10 years of business, marketing and communication experience, her knowledge and experience in terms of Change Management is key to Schneider’s internal campaigns today.
Phil Riggins

Phil Riggins

Founder and CEO
the Brand & Reputation Collective
Phil Riggins is the founder and chief executive officer of the Brand & Reputation Collective. The BRC combines senior counsel, deep insight and creative thinking to help organisations navigate the inevitable choices and trade-offs required to manage stakeholder expectations, build trust and deliver their organisation’s strategy.
Prior to creating the BRC, Phil worked at senior levels with the world’s leading communications agencies, including the Brunswick Group, Weber Shandwick, and APCO Worldwide.
Ariel Rubin

Ariel Rubin

Head of digital content
International Committee of the Red Cross
Philipp Schindera

Philipp Schindera

SVP Corporate Communications
Deutsche Telekom AG
Philipp Schindera is Senior Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications for Deutsche Telekom. He leads all communications activities for Deutsche Telekom and its affiliates worldwide including communications with media employees and the general public, and is also in command of corporate responsibility. In his role, Mr Schindera reports directly to Deutsche Telekom’s CEO, Tim Höttges . Prior to his current position, he was Head of Corporate Communications at T-Mobile International from 2003-2006. He has held a variety of roles with the company, which he joined in 1996, including Head of Press and PR. He began his career as a radio
journalist for various radio stations in Germany
Stephan Schraff

Stephan Schraff

Leiter Liaison Office Berlin
Bayer AG
Stephan Schraff has been heading the Berlin Liaison Office of Bayer AG since July 1, 2012. The 48-year-old lawyer has a strong background in German and EU environmental and chemical regulation. Before taking over the position as Head of Bayer’s German Liaison Office, he worked for the company in Brussels from 2010 to 2012 as Manager Europe for Public & Governmental Affairs at Bayer CropScience. Prior to that his work experience include governmental affairs responsibility for a European trade association in the chemical sector as well as several years of work for a Brussels based consultancy specialized in Public Affairs.

Christian Schubert

Christian Schubert

Leiter des Berliner Büros
BASF SE
ist seit 2001 Leiter Corporate Communications der BASF Group. Zuvor war er für die DaimlerChrysler Services tätig: seit 1997 als Leiter der Presseabteilung davor seit 1996 als Referent in der strategischen Planung in Berlin. Ab 1993 arbeitete der gelernte Wirtschaftsingenieur als Attaché im Auswärtigen Amt und später als Referent in der dortigen Wirtschaftsabteilung.
Holger Schubert

Holger Schubert

Head of Brand Management
Airbus
Holger Schubert, 54, married, living in Toulouse and Munich. Head of Brand Management at Airbus. Passionate mountaineer, cook, culture vulture and brand-addict. Background in design and identity business, worked in aerospace for the last 17 years. Firmly believe that more than ever brand and reputation management is key for growth in a digital age.
Thomas Schultz-Jagow

Thomas Schultz-Jagow

Senior Director, Campaigns and Communications
Amnesty International London
Thomas Schultz-Jagow is the Senior Director of Campaigns and Communications at Amnesty International. He leads on the organization's brand strategy, global campaigns, communications and media strategies as well as language services. He is a key spokesperson on Amnesty International's campaigns and on organizational issues.

Thomas previously held Director-level campaigns and communications roles at Oxfam GB, WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and Greenpeace International. He holds degrees in Political Science and History.
Frank X. Shaw

Frank X. Shaw

Corporate Vice President, Corporate Communications
Microsoft Redmond
In this role, Shaw is responsible for defining and managing Microsoft's communications strategies worldwide, company-wide storytelling, including planning and execution, product PR, consumer marketing, media relations, executive communications, employee communications, global agency management and military affairs.

Frank is an avid technologist and digital conversationalist with a Twitter following of more than 26K <@fxshaw>. In 2016 he was recognized by Business Insider as #1 on a listing of the 50 best PR people in Tech, and was awarded a SABRE Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in 2016.

With more than 20 years of experience in communications, Frank has led diverse teams representing government, entertainment, food and retail. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2009, he was president of the Microsoft account worldwide at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide where he held key responsibilities for all global PR, communications and influence efforts.
Shahar Silbershatz

Shahar Silbershatz

CEO
Caliber
Shahar is a Director at Reputation Institute International, where he leads the Advice team across the EMEA region and helps clients generate long term value from their brand and reputation efforts.

Shahar has more than 15 years of experience in business and brand strategy in New York, London and Copenhagen both as a business owner and a consultant at firms like Mitchel Madison Group, Karakter and Siegel & Gale.

His work focuses on harnessing the power of the corporate brand and reputation to enhance his clients’ business value. He has advised clients such as ABB, UniCredit, Tetra Pak, Bear Stearns, American Express, Danone, Roche, Reuters, LEGO Group, Arla Foods, Sanofi, Norsk Hydro, Czech Airlines, Cushman & Wakefield, UBS, LyondellBasell, Vestas and others. Shahar holds an LLB Law Degree and an MBA from Columbia University.
Anna Soellner

Anna Soellner

Director of Communications
Reddit
Tobias Spaeing

Tobias Spaeing

Pressesprecher
Deutsche Kreditbank AG
· Since January 2018 – Spokesman Deutsche Kreditbank AG (DKB)
· From Feb 2015 until Dec 2017 – Economic and Financial Spokesman at Air Berlin PLC Luftverkehrs AG (Airline-Industry) and Spokesman for the subsidiary companies NIKI Airline Austria, airberlin technik, Leisure Cargo and the comms areas Human Relations, Airport Berlin-Tegel, company restructuring, traffic rights and associations.
· From Oct 2008 – Feb 2015 – Senior Consultant and Head of Corporate Communications at the PR Consultancy pioneer communications in Berlin and Leipzig
· From 2006-2008 – Graduate and project staff at BMW Group with focus on Corporate and Change Communications
· University degree: Master in Communications Management and Public Relations at the University of Leipzig
Anna Trane

Anna Trane

Head of Corporate Media Relations & Press
NCC Group
- Head of Corporate Media Relations at NCC, largest construction company in the Nordics, listed on Nasdaq Stockholm
- Moderator, Key Note Speaker and Blogger
- Former presenter and commentator at Swedish Television
- Winner of IRE prize (Investigative Reporters) for investigative reporting in Swedish business
- MBA in International Economics at Uppsala University
- Cofounder of Leadership yoga
- Certified Yoga Instructor at Yoga Alliance
Chantal Tregear

Chantal Tregear

Head of Corporate Communications Practice
Russell Reynolds Associates
Chantal Tregear is a leadership consultant in Russell Reynolds Associates’ Corporate Affairs and Communications Practice. Based in London, she advises local, European and global clients with a focus on all areas of corporate communications and corporate affairs, including media relations and PR, government affairs and internal and change communications across all sectors. Chantal also undertakes searches for directors of investor relations.
Cathy Twigg-Blumel

Cathy Twigg-Blumel

Co-Founder and Chief Production Officer
The Rogue Initiative
Twigg began her career at MTV Films where she was responsible for discovering new talent and adding projects to the development slate. Over her industry tenure, Twigg has served at Dreamworks Television Animation, Sony Pictures Television, Bandeira Entertainment and Dreamworks Animation working on several live-action television series and notable projects including Toonsylvania, Invasion America, KUNG FU PANDA, MONSTERS VS ALIENS, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, SHREK THE HALLS, MADAGASCAR, MADAGASCAR 2, PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, TIGERLAND, SLAP HER, SHE’S FRENCH and THE LOVE LETTER.

Using her well-rounded film, animation, television and worldwide product distribution experience, she has produced, directed and written several short films and web series and is currently developing the company’s IP for VR, interactive, feature and television projects.
Lindsay Uittenbogaard

Lindsay Uittenbogaard

Director Communications
i2i Practical Communications
Lindsay is an internal communications leader with deep experience in managing teams, establishing communication infrastructures and processes, designing strategies and plans, enabling engagement and change through communications, managing external consultants & suppliers, and working alongside IR and external communication functions on the release of co-ordinated results and announcements. She has additional experience in general management, marketing and media relations. Before joining the Amsterdam-based HQ organisation at VimpelCom in 2012, the world’s 7th largest mobile operator, Lindsay led communications for T-Systems’ global IT Hosting & Storage contact across the partnership with the Shell Group, based in The Hague. She has 10 years prior organisational communications experience in staff and consultancy capacities, is UK educated with a BA (Hons) and two post-graduate diplomas in International Communication Management and Broadcast Journalism, is a founding member of the LinkedIn group, ‘Commscrum’, and a published author in the Gower Handbook on Internal Communication Management, 2008.
Anita van de Velde

Anita van de Velde

Managing Director
DeVelde International
Anita van der Velde's career spans 15 years within the UK advertising and marketing industry, in both agency and corporate environment. She gained a wealth of experiances at leading London agencies holding positions such as Media Director at Proximity London, where she oversaw the communication strategy of a number of blue chip clients. She also worked for UK retailer Sainsbury's, before establishing a communications and media offering within a boutique creative agency in the UK.

With a history of developing communications for client's business needs, van de Velde now applies these keen problem solving skills in her current role as Head of Corporate Communication Practice. With support from O'Connel's internal research resource, this practice has delivered successful bespoke solutions for a diverse range of corporate communication roles, spanning all aspects of this function for leading international companies thoughout continental Europe.
Paul Venn

Paul Venn

Managing Director, International Business
CARMA
Paul has worked in communications for 25 years in senior positions in global PR consultancies, and in-house for twofour54 Abu Dhabi leading global PR, Events and Sponsorship. He joined CARMA in 2015 and uses his deep knowledge of communications to consult clients on the integration of measurement into PR strategy and plans.
Prof. Dr. Dejan Verčič

Prof. Dr. Dejan Verčič

Professor of Public Relations
University of Ljubljana
Dr. Dejan Vercic is Professor of Public Relations at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he heads the Centre for Marketing and Public Relations. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and was a Fulbright scholar at San Diego State University, USA. He has a long-time track record in strategic communication practice and consulting on the board level. He was awarded the Alan Campbell-Johnson Medal by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in the United Kingdom.
Prof. Dr. Piet Verhoeven

Prof. Dr. Piet Verhoeven

Associate Professor of Corporate Communications
University of Amsterdam
Dr. Piet Verhoeven is Associate Professor of Corporate Communication at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, the top-ranked university in the world in the field of communication science and media studies according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings. He started his career as a scientific researcher following several positions in corporate communications, including an inhouse role in which he coordinated the strategic rebranding of Amsterdam Schiphol airport into an international brand.
Bart Visser

Bart Visser

Director of Brand Marketing
Spark Networks
Bart is responsible for global offline marketing activity, public relations, brand (Campaign) management, Social Media and Content, heading up the team at the Berlin office.

Prior to joining Spark Networks SE, Bart was Senior Marketing Manager at Gymondo – an innovative ProSieben-owned online fitness startup. He helped establish the brand through integrated offline marketing campaigns, partnerships and became well-versed in performance marketing. In this role, Bart was heavily involved in developing the core proposition and its commercial successes.

Throughout his career, Bart has developed a meticulous solutions-led approach to project management and strong diplomacy skills. He is passionate about startups, brand building, conquering new markets and entrepreneurship.
Bernhard von Weyhe

Bernhard von Weyhe

Head of Communications Unit, ESA (Darmstadt)
European Space Agency
Bernhard L. von Weyhe has been a Comms professional at the European Space Agency (ESA) since 15 years. Before, he worked with players like Voice of America, Deutsche Welle and RTL TV. Currently, he is "Head of External Customer Relations Group", resp. for Comms at ESA's Operations Centre in Darmstadt (D) and for certain ESA-wide coordination tasks. In this context, he has always been working on ESA CRM issues.
Louise Wadman

Louise Wadman

Head of Internal Communications
Lloyds Banking Group
Laurent Winnock

Laurent Winnock

Chief Communication Officer & Director Brand and Sustainability
AXA Belgium S.A.
Laurent Winnock (40) is Chief Communication Officer and Director Brand & Sustainability at AXA Belgium. He’s an executive with 15 years of profound expertise and key role in:

- Translating a company's/personality's strategy into a long term positive communication strategy
- Brand management, Corporate identity and Media management
- Reputation Management and stakeholder management within complex organizations
- Communication tools/services innovation
- Strategic positioning, lean management and cost saving change management
- Integration of talent based people management into the company's leadership framework
- Culture builder
Laurent is also President of the Communication Committee of the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB) and Board member of the Belgian Union of Advertisers (UBA).
Barney Wyld

Barney Wyld

Director of Corporate Affairs
Rolls Royce
Barney joined Rolls-Royce in October 2017, and has responsibility for external and internal communications, government relations, public affairs and the Rolls-Royce brand. Barney has worked in corporate communications and public affairs for a number of businesses, as well as stints in consultancy, the UK government and the UK parliament. He joined Rolls-Royce from Network Rail where he was group communications director, accountable for all internal and external communications, public affairs and contact with the public. Prior to that he was global vice president, communications at Unilever plc where he helped create and lead a global communications function of 350. Before joining Unilever he was senior director, strategy and communications for the UK’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
Ahmed Zahran

Ahmed Zahran

CEO & Co-Founder
Karmsolar
Zahran is the Co-founder and CEO of KarmSolar, an Egyptian joint stock company established in 2011, working in the field of off-grid and on-grid solar innovations. He holds a MSc. in Economics from SOAS, University of London, a BA. in Business Administration & Finance from the American University in Cairo, a diploma from the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin in Philosophy & Literature and a certificate in social entrepreneurship from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Zahran has 10 years of experience in renewable energy and carbon trading working at Shell in the UK and Tunisia, and working in Egyptian Kuwaiti Holding in Egypt as a business development manager for renewable energy and clean development mechanisms, initiating the company's carbon trading and renewable energy business. Zahran is responsible for guiding, coordinating and overseeing the commercial and technical growth strategies of KarmSolar. Zahran is also the co-founder and former board director of Nahdet El Mahrousa, one of the largest youth-run NGOs in Egypt, which works on various youth development projects. Currently he is a member of the board of trustees at TIEC, a hub for ICT based innovations and entrepreneurship.
Prof. Dr. Ansgar Zerfaß

Prof. Dr. Ansgar Zerfaß

Professor of Communication Management
Universität Leipzig
Prof. Dr. Ansgar Zerfass is a professor of communication management at the University of Leipzig and vice dean of the school for social sciences at the same university. He also holds a professorship for communication and leadership at the largest European business school, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, and serves as president of EUPRERA, the European Public Relations Education and Research Association, Brussels. The association has members from more than 30 countries represents the leading academics and universities in the field across the continent. Before entering academia, Ansgar Zerfass worked as a communication professional and in executive management positions for ten years.

He holds a diploma and doctorate in business administration and a habilitation (second doctorate) in communication science. His research, which has been published in almost 30 books and more than 200 journal articles and book chapters in several languages, has received prestigious awards both in Europe and in the United States. The annual 'European Communication Monitor', a joint project by EACD and EUPRRA, is run by a research team from 11 renowned universities across Europe under his leadership.