Speakers

Jessica Alm

Jessica Alm

Executive Vice President and Head of Group Communications
Sandvik Coromant AB
Since joining Sandvik in 2006, Jessica Alm has held various senior positions, including Vice President Communication and Marketing at Sandvik Coromant 2012-2013 and Internal Communication Manager at Sandvik Coromant 2010-2012. Sandvik is a high-tech and global engineering group offering products and services that enhance customer productivity, profitability and safety.
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.
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.
Alvin Carpio

Alvin Carpio

CEO
The Fourth Group
Alvin Carpio has spent the last decade working on issues of social justice, human rights, and public policy. He established The Fourth Group to understand the impact of the fourth industrial revolution on society and how political actors must respond. In 2017 he was listed on "Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe" for his work.
Rod Cartwright

Rod Cartwright

EMEA Regional Director and EVP
Text 100
Marc Cloosterman

Marc Cloosterman

CEO/Managing Partner
VIM Group
Marc heads up VIM Group, the leading international brand implementation consultancy.The group has founded the brand implementation discipline in 1991, and in Europe they have offices in London and Amsterdam.

His passion is to advise, write and speak in the area of (re)branding and brand efficiency improvement, across touchpoints and across channels. Marc is a regular speaker on these topics and has written several articles.
Marc's ambition is to create global recognition for 'brand implementation’ as one of the core process disciplines within the brand management domain.

Research from VIM Group’s Impact Valuator™, shows that for every Euro 1 spent on strategy and creation, one spends on average Euro 20 on brand implementation & management.
Marc founded the working group Brand Management of the EACD. Clients include JuliusBaer Bank, SkyTeam, Airbus Group, ING, bpost, Danfoss, DHL, RBS, AkzoNobel, IKEA, Mediclinic, Randstad and Deutsche Telekom.
Chloe Combi

Chloe Combi

Author, Generation Z
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

former COO & CMO
Firefly Vapor
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
Christoph Gerber

Christoph Gerber

CEO & Founder
Talon.One GmbH
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.
Claire Hyde

Claire Hyde

Head of Internal Communications - Group Functions
Lloyds Banking Group
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.
Axel Löber

Axel Löber

Head of Corporate Branding & Strategic Communication Projects
Merck KGaA
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

Geschäftsführer
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.
Mark McKenzie

Mark McKenzie

Global Marketing & Communications Director for Sustainability Services
KPMG N.V.
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 started his career 15 years ago as a journalist before moving into public relations and consultancy. In 2002 he set up Media Watch one of the first media monitoring agencies in the Middle East (now known as CARMA), with a view to using actionable and measurable information as a catalyst for modernisation and progress in emerging markets. 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
David Noël

David Noël

Co-Founder
Role Models
Helena Norrman

Helena Norrman

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Ericsson
Ryan O'Keeffe

Ryan O'Keeffe

Director of Communications
Enel S.p.A.
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.
Matthew Painter

Matthew Painter

Managing Director
Ipsos Mori
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.
Markus Payer

Markus Payer

Vice President, Corporate Communications and PR
SES S.A.
Markus Payer is the Vice President, Corporate Communications and PR at SES, the world’s leading provider of satellite services. Markus joined SES in 2005 and works in SES’s corporate headquarters in Luxembourg. He is responsible for developing, managing and implementing the external (corporate and commercial) communication plan and strategy and leads the overall SES PR and media relations.
Prior to his role at SES, he held various media relations and communications management positions within international and global companies in the media sector, like Bertelsmann and RTL Group, and the chemical sector, like Syngenta in Basel, Switzerland. Before, he worked many years in journalism, mainly in Frankfurt, as a reporter and editor for renowned publications like the leading German national daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) and the international newswire Reuters.
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).
Simona Radu

Simona Radu

Internal Communications Business Partnership Director (Global)
Schneider Electric Grenoble
Simona Radu is responsible for giving line of sight for communications strategy, design and deployment of internal campaigns and strategic projects and initiatives of Schneider Electric, as well as partnering with the CEO for his internal communication and moderating large-scale internal events and interviews with senior executives. Leading a a global team of internal communications business partners, Simona drives global employee and leadership communications, overall content strategy and communications governance.
Jane Rygaard

Jane Rygaard

Head of 5G Marketing
Nokia Danmark A/S
Jane has a passion for digitalisation and how technology changes our lives and enables new business. In her current role, she is responsible for marketing of the advanced mobile solutions like Private mobile networks for industries, public safety communications and IoT connectivity. She has a background in the telecom software and cloud.
Caroline Sapriel

Caroline Sapriel

Managing Partner
CS&A International
Caroline Sapriel is the founder and Managing Partner of CS&A International, a global risk and crisis management consulting firm working with multinational clients across industries. Caroline is a leader in her field and provides customised, results-driven counsel and training at the highest level.
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, René Obermann. 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
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.
Thomas Schultz-Jagow

Thomas Schultz-Jagow

Senior Director, Campaigns and Communications
Amnesty International
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 Corporation
Shahar Silbershatz

Shahar Silbershatz

CEO
Caliber Group
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 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
Cathy Twigg-Blumel

Cathy Twigg-Blumel

Co-Founder and Chief Production Officer
The Rogue Initiative
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.
Bart Visser

Bart Visser

Director of Brand Marketing
Affinitas GmbH eDarling
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.
Louise Wadman

Louise Wadman

Head of Internal Communications
Lloyds Banking Group
Bernhard von Weyhe

Bernhard von Weyhe

Head of ESOC Communications Unit
European Space Agency
1999-2002: Market Analyst und International Partnerships Coordinator, Cadres Online
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.