John launched Ketchum Singapore (then known as ICON) in May 2005 and offers an unrivalled breadth of international experience, having worked in more than 50 countries in a 30-year career as a Public Relations practitioner and journalist. John led ICON’s development into the largest locally-owned PR agency in Singapore before it was acquired by Ketchum in November 2013.
John moved to Singapore from Geneva, Switzerland, where he created the successful IATA Crisis Communications consultancy service for the International Air Transport Association. At IATA, John played a pivotal role in developing and propagating “best practice” in crisis communications for the global airline industry, working with more than 60 of the world’s leading airlines.
John is a regular speaker at conferences around the world, and has lectured to undergraduate and masters’ degree students at the Singapore Management University, National University of Singapore, the Singapore Aviation Academy and the Singapore Institute of Management.
Roma Balwani, President, Group Communications and Sustainable Development, member of the Group Executive Committee, joined Vedanta in April 2014. She oversees key portfolios of Sustainable Development, brand management, stakeholder engagement and communication to promote Vedanta’s position as a purpose driven organization. Her focus on stakeholder engagement globally includes transparent dialogues on HSE and Social License to Operate with socially responsible investors, bankers, lenders, business partners, civil society and trade bodies.
With over three decades of experience in communications, prior to Vedanta, she was the Chief Group Communications Officer at Mahindra Group, India.
She completed EMPs from Michigan Ross Business School, USA & Harvard Business School, Boston, USA. She has won several Indian and International accolades.
Roma is an Ind. Director of CMI FPE Ltd., subsidiary of the Belgium manufacturer, CMI Industry Metals. She is the Chairperson of the CSR committee of CMI FPE.
Kelly Bennett is the Founder and Managing Director of award-winning One Plus One Group, a leading New Zealand corporate communications and strategic engagement consultancy servicing private and public sector clients.
Last year, he judged the PR category at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, and he has also judged at Spikes Asia. Domestically, Kelly has nurtured young practitioners in the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) mentoring programme, and lectured on communications at academic institutions Unitec and AUT University.
He is also a former advisor to the NZ Music Foundation, the NZ Arts Foundation, and recently completed a two-year term as Board Member of the NZ Dance Company. With 20-years industry experience from working in Europe and Asia, Kelly is a regular media commentator and speaker on PR, marketing communications and corporate affairs.
As Senior VP, Dr.Alok leads the Corporate strategy centre for Canon South & South east regional HQ covering Corporate Communications, L&D, Customer Experience, Business Excellence as well as emerging Asian business operations. Previously, he was EVP of Canon India. In his current role, he is leading several transformational projects.
Alok was conferred honorary doctorate in 2011. PR week Asia has featured him in Global Power Book 2016 edition. He has been listed in top 100 global influencers by ventureoutsource.com in 2012 as well as in ‘THE ‘A’ LIST’ of who’s who by Campaign media. Alok is a recognized speaker and a common face in many industry forums, panels and Juries. He has led several industry bodies as President & Chairman.
Besides Canon, Alok has worked in Motorola & Tata group and is an alumni of IMD Lausanne. He is based in Singapore.
Greg Brutus brings to AT&T more than 25 years of international PR and media relations experience. Before joining AT&T, he was account director at Newell Public Relations where he had responsibility for directing strategic PR planning and development for a wide range of telecom and information technology clients. Earlier he spent seven years with Chelgate Asia Ltd in Hong Kong, supporting a variety of clients from finance, trade and investment, to technology, government departments and telecom companies. Mr. Brutus is a regular speaker at PR events and conferences in the region. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation supporting the needs of street children in Vietnam and Mongolia in his personal capacity.
Kat Bloom is a Senior Director in the Singapore Strategic Communications practice of FTI Consulting, specialising in strategic communications campaigns and content development as well as crisis and reputation management.
Kat has over ten years of international strategic communications experience and has been based in Singapore, working with clients in the ASEAN region, for five years. In this time Kat has worked on various client briefs across Southeast Asia including corporate communications and media relations in Singapore, corporate campaigns in Malaysia, issues management in Indonesia, market-entry in Myanmar and profile-raising in Vietnam. Client engagements have included Ooredoo, MaGIC, GECommunity, Walk Free Foundation and the ITU.
Previously, Kat worked in communications and policy development at the UK Government’s Department for Transport. She graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA Hons in French and History.
Lyanna is Vice President of Communications at Swiss Re, where she is responsible for external communications. She oversees the development and implementation of the strategic media plan across traditional and social media channels, drives coherent and impactful communications and campaigns, strengthening Swiss Re's brand positioning in Asia Pacific. 2016 saw Lyanna orchestrate the best performing LinkedIn campaign in Asia with Swiss Re content receiving over 26,000 clicks during the East Asia Insurance Summit.
Prior to Swiss Re, Lyanna was a Senior Manager at PwC, where she managed the firm's media relations, client hospitality, and brand.
Based in Hong Kong, with over fifteen years of experience in the financial industry, Lyanna specialises in media relations, marketing, brand management, event management and business development. PRWeek nominated her as one of the most influential PR professionals in the 2015 PRWeek Global Power Book.
Jenny Chan is Vice President Global Business Development of The Hoffman Agency, where she contributes to the global growth and performance of the organization through capturing multi-market opportunities, while guiding marketing champions across Asia Pacific in elevating the organization’s reputation in the region. Named as one of the 40 under 40 communications professionals by Campaign Asia in 2014 and awarded the Honorable Mention/Young PR Professional of the Year at the Asia-Pacific PR Awards 2008, Jenny counseled CEOs of leading multinationals and startups and advised Asian senior executives and officials in the public and private sectors on a diverse range of complex and challenging assignments. A Hong Kong native, Jenny specializes in providing strategic communications counsel to Asia-based companies expanding on the global front and advising Western companies entering Asia.
Dominic specialises in branding and strategic marketing with a decade of experience each in agency and client roles, including Young & Rubicam, SingTel and CDL. His diverse exposure has given him brand development and management responsibilities across many MNCs, SMEs and academic institutions. He has also published a white paper on brand architecture and is an active contributor and mentor to business students.
Kevin is Vice President of DeVries Global, handling P&G beauty accounts, including SK-II, Olay, Pantene, and Vidal Sassoon. A well-rounded communicator, he has 12 years of cross-market, multi-cultural work experience at Fortune 500 companies and top global agencies, with areas of expertise ranging from integrated marketing, brand communication, public affairs, and influencer marketing to corporate social responsibility.
Before joining Weber Shandwick and DeVries, Kevin worked as senior public affairs manager in Standard Chartered Bank Taiwan, helping drive business through collaboration with government on overseas trade programs and also planned government engagement for high-ranking executives, such as Group CEO, Chief Economist, etc. Prior to SCB, he worked with British American Tobacco Taiwan in corporate affairs, leading internal communication and CSR programs and working with management team and external stakeholders to shape government policies and regulation. Kevin holds a master degree of law from London School of Economics, UK.
Mr. Rene T. Co is currently leads Procter and Gamble Greater China Communications. Prior to this assignment, he was the Managing Director of Procter and Gamble Hong Kong from August 2000 to June 2006. He has been with the company for over 30 years. Prior to coming to the current and Hong Kong assignments, Mr. Co has had 15 years of Marketing and Brand Management experiences in several P&G subsidiaries including the Philippines, Taiwan and Mainland China. He has managed several categories including Hair Care, Skin Care, Health Care, Oral Care. He was responsible for launching Rejoice and Pantene in the Philippines, Vidal Sassoon in Taiwan and Mainland China, Clairol Herbal Essences in Hong Kong and China. He concurrently served as Asia Franchise Director for Pantene, H&S, Vidal Sassoon at various points in his Marketing career. He has also had several experiences leading integration of businesses and acquisitions including Clairol, Wella, Fab and Gillette in Greater China. He is a recipient of the 2014 SABRE Award for Individual Achievement from the Holmes Group.
Andrew Craig is an international communications professional with experience across Asia Pacific and the UK. He has worked in both PR agency and in-house roles providing strategic counsel to large corporations spanning a variety of sectors including payments technology, banking and finance, information technology, healthcare, professional services, FMCG, and the automotive industry. In his current role, Andrew leads the corporate communications team for global payments technology company Visa, across India, South Asia and Southeast Asia. Andrew resides in Singapore and is originally from Auckland, New Zealand.
A Marketing and Corporate Communications Executive with over 20 years solid experience in Integrated Marketing Communications. Her expertise lies in Strategic Communications for Corporate, Brand, and Crisis Communications. She does stakeholder relations involving employees through Internal Communications and culture development, customers, communities, media and government relations. She also oversees the company’s corporate social responsibility and Sustainability programs.
2013 President, Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP); 2016 Director, Philippine Association of National Advertisers (PANA) and PANA Foundation.
Member of Asia Pacific Association of Communications Directors (APACD), Public Relations Society of the America (PRSA), and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).
Judge, PR Week Asia Awards 2014-2016; Judge, Marketing PR Awards 2015-2016
Top 500 Most Influential in Global PR Industry by PR Week Global Power Book 2015-2016
Lynne Anne oversees the agency's fast-growing APAC network, including three brands across 10 countries. She leads growth strategies, business expansion, and enhancement of the global consultancy's reputation for quality consulting and creativity, thought leadership and as an employer of choice. FleishmanHillard's celebrated success in Asia, including multiple Network of the Year honors, earned Lynne Anne a debut on PRWEEK’s 2015 ‘Global Power Book’.
In 2015, as President of the PR Lions jury in Cannes, she advocated the growing power and influence of the PR profession in the new world order of creative communications, in a landmark year when the PR Lions hit an all-time high for entries and PR firm participation and recognition. Also in 2015, she was named in the inaugural Debrett’s Hong Kong 100, which lists the most influential people who have inspired change and innovation over the past year, shaping their environments to the collective benefit of society.
As an active thought leader on industry trends and issues, she champions Shared Value, which featured in her main stage talk, “Our Power to Change The World” at the 2013 SPIKES Asia Festival of Creativity, where she also served as president of the PR Jury.
Mr. Dai Shu, born in 1974, has been Global Spokesman of ZTE since 2012, has been Assistant to President of ZTE since 2014. Mr. Dai has developed rich experience in media communication, branding management and telecommunications technology as well. He worked as Director of ZTE Corporate Branding and Communication Business from 2007 to 2014. Mr. Dai joined ZTE Corporation in 1998. Mr. Dai graduated from University of Science and Technology of China in 1996.
EON Chair and Chief Executive Junie del Mundo strongly believes that communication is the
most valuable gateway to building trust. A belief he holds with such fervor that it became the
cornerstone of a dream venture he founded with two of his closest friends almost two decades
From its pioneering roots as a stakeholder relations firm, The EON Group has expanded into an
integrated communications company committed to the vision of truth-telling as a compelling
instrument for meaningful and lasting change, blazing trails in public relations (EON PR),
reputation management and public affairs (Engage), creative technology (DiG), and experiential
Recognized as one of the world's most influential people in public relations by PRWeek in its
annual Global Power Book since 2014, Junie continues to participate actively in industry
associations and foreign chambers where he drives conversations that help shape national
policy and public opinion, particularly on country branding and ASEAN Integration.
As Vice President, Head of Marketing & Communications for MetLife Hong Kong, Sunshine is leading the firm’s most significant branding and marketing efforts in its 20-year history in Hong Kong. Sunshine conceptualizes and oversees integrated marketing and branding strategy and execution across digital, advertising, product marketing, mobile, social media, PR, media relations and community engagement.
Over her 17 years in integrated B2C and B2B marketing, having worked in Mexico, Australia and the US, Sunshine has developed an obsession with digital. Her passion for using social media and mobile to connect with consumers has recently been evidenced by award-winning campaigns to acquire and engage with customers and elevate the MetLife brand through financial services marketing innovations.
Recognized by Campaign Asia as one of the ‘40 Under 40’ marketers in Asia in 2015 and selected as Campaign Asia’s ‘Women to Watch’ in Asia in 2016, as well as winning Gold as ‘Female Executive of the Year in Asia, Australia or New Zealand’ at the Stevie Awards for Women in Business in 2015. Sunshine and her team have earned over 30 industry awards for innovation, digital marketing, and mobile marketing excellence.
Stephen is Managing Director Public Affairs at Temasek, the Singapore investment company. In this role, he oversees Temasek’s external communications, media relations, social & digital media, brand and corporate identity. He is a former President of the Institute of Public Relations of Singapore. Prior to Temasek, he held senior public affairs and corporate communications roles with Microsoft and Singapore Airlines.
Stephen is an active social media practitioner and frequent speaker at universities and conferences about the discipline of public relations. He has lived in Singapore since 2004, originally from Australia, where he was a former political and campaign adviser.
A key member of W’s founding London team, Annabel has nearly 20 years of experience in PR. In 2013 she left the UK for Southeast Asia, working first as the Marketing Director of the Banyan Tree’s beach-club operations in Thailand before setting up W Asia in Singapore in 2015.
Her previous experience spans from working in-house at the UK’s leading record and broadcast companies to working agency-side - where she managed the PR for a host of consumer and lifestyle brands, from W Hotels to Gallo Family Vineyards as well publishing clients from Cosmopolitan to the London Evening Standard.
She has clocked-up several awards in the Asia region, including Asia One’s ‘Outstanding Business Enterprise’ and a Shorty (the social media ‘Oscars’) for her work with Google Singapore & Paul Oakenfold.
In 2016, Annabel was listed as one of PR Week’s most powerful PRs in Asia in and has secured W Asia’s first award as the ‘Best Consultancy in APAC’ (2016 Sabre Awards). She leads W’s Asia operations from its Singapore hub.
Neil specialises in reputation management, corporate communications, strategy and issues management. He has deep experience in issues relating to the energy, transport, finance and the government sectors, as well as providing strategic communications advice to leading organisations on social marketing and behaviour change.
Neil is a well-known and respected figure in New Zealand business, with a 27-year career that has seen him operate in New Zealand, Australia and New York. He was recently appointed Vice-Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Crisis Group for PROI Worldwide, the world’s largest global international partnership of independent public relations firms.
Within SenateSHJ, Neil heads the reputation management and corporate relations team, providing strategic counselling, corporate communications, crisis and issues management advice to clients.
Brian Griffin is the CEO of Vero, a PR, digital, social agency focused on supporting clients in the ASEAN region.
Vero was thrice nominated as “Southeast Asia Agency of the Year” by the Holmes Report.
Brian has extensive experience in marketing, reputation management, lead generation, and media training. Brian has led assignments with major US, EU and Japanese corporations and trade associations in over 20 industries in Southeast Asia.
Brian was named to the PR Week Global Power Book in 2015 and the PR Week Power List in 2014. Brian writes and blogs frequently about PR and Southeast Asia.
Brian has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in journalism and mass communications from the University of Iowa.
Alannah HALL-SMITH joined The Walt Disney Company in 2005 in Hong Kong and in 2015 relocated to Shanghai to focus on Disney's operations in this market. Disney is the world's biggest family entertainment company powered by the biggest brands in storytelling: Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, ABC and ESPN. In her role as Vice President, Corporate Communications she is responsible for overall corporate communications activities, related to the company’s business operations and strategic initiatives across China and the Asia region.
Prior to joining Disney she held senior agency roles with Edelman and Fleishman Hillard and has an extensive communications background working with multinational clients across the Asia Pacific region. Previous clients have included Microsoft Asia Pacific, Goldman Sachs, Intel, PCCW, Pernod Ricard, British Airways, and Qantas.
Kate combines deep capital markets expertise with extensive corporate communications experience. She is a Brunswick veteran having joined the communications consultancy in London in 2000 where she led two global sector groups. She moved to Singapore in 2013 to open the firm’s fourth office in Asia and drive the development of Brunswick’s Southeast Asia practice.
Kate graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Physics from Keble College, Oxford University. She began her career in the British Diplomatic Service and served in London and Ankara before joining Kleinwort Benson, the London investment bank, as a corporate finance practitioner.
A multidisciplinary communications planner and strategist, Tadashi heads Dentsu PR’s Communication Design Division. In over 20 years in public relations, he has worked with a variety of clients from governments to multi-national corporations.
With many awards and recognitions to his name, Tadashi became the first Japanese PR professional to win a WOMMY Award in 2014; he also served as a jury member for 2012 Cannes PR Lions, 2012 Spikes Asia (PR category), 2014 Asia-Pacific SABRE Awards, PRWeek Awards Asia 2015 and 2016, 2015 NY Festivals (PR category), and was named to The Holmes Report's Asia-Pacific Innovator 25 in 2016.
A PRSJ accredited PR Planner, Tadashi’s penned Essence of Strategic PR in 2013 and co-authored Strategic PR in Public Sector published in 2016.
John’s 25-year career has spanned seven countries, four continents, in-house to agency - spread across communications, interactive and brand marketing.
He holds two roles at Zeno Group (part of Daniel J Edelman group of companies). As Chief Digital Officer (CDO), he leads the firm’s global efforts to build a differentiated digital organisation and go-to-market proposition – focused on next-generation analytics, paid innovation and technology.
As MD of APAC, he has led exceptional social and digital growth at Zeno Asia, since its entry into the region in 2012 - delivering campaign and branding expertise; via planning, servicing, consulting and creative services. Example of clients today include; Audi, Far East Hospitality, Intel, Motorola, Nestle, P&G and Tesco.
Worked at Mindshare/GroupM in Japan for over 13 years, last several years as management role. In 2011, moved to Danone as Senior media manager to oversee overall media planning and buying. In 2014, moved to McDonald’s Japan as Media Director and also experienced other responsibilities such as merchandising and food promotion. Currently as Senior Director of Marketing, responsible for overall marketing of several categories including Family, Breakfast, Coffee, Dessert, and Value.
Scott is a 30-year veteran of Ogilvy & Mather, having started his career with Ogilvy Public Relations in New York in 1987.
Today, Scott is responsible for the leadership and management of Ogilvy Public Relations’ highly awarded Asia-Pacific network, covering 30 offices in 15 countries. It is the largest and most influential international public relations network in Asia, and the largest region in the company’s global network.
Since 2011, Scott has been North Asia President for Ogilvy Public Relations and was subsequently appointed President and CEO, Asia Pacific in 2014. Under his leadership, Ogilvy Public Relations served as counsel to Lenovo during the highly publicized Lenovo-IBM PC acquisition, led the award-winning “Pambassador” campaign created for the city of Chengdu, and produced the critically-acclaimed “Great Chinese Names for Great Britain” campaign for VisitBritain which picked up one Gold and two Silver PR Lions at Cannes Lions 2015.
As Executive Vice President of Asia Pacific at WE Communications, Matthew is responsible for leading and expanding the agency’s presence in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and India; and a network of affiliates that cover all major markets. Matthew works with the APAC Leadership Team to bring WE’s unique integrated influence proposition to clients in growing health, technology and consumer industries.
Charles is a multi-award winning, global marketing and communications leader, specialising in reputation and risk management, advising Fortune 100 corporations, governments and high-net worth individuals. Based in Hong Kong, he specialises in the financial services, technology, food and pharmaceutical sectors and is responsible for global portfolio of clients. Advising clients on both mitigating reputation risk and capitalizing on new opportunities, Charles is experienced in both the start-up and global corporate environments. Dynamic, inquisitive, focused, outcome-driven, he has an inclusive, high-performance management style and has built and run businesses and teams across Asia-Pacific and Europe. Artfully navigating the digital marketing environment of 2017, Charles creates memorable, business-building and award-winning campaigns for clients across multiple platforms, screens and environments.
Diana V. Lesaca leads a dynamic team of young PR practitioners whose passion for the profession has made Weber Shandwick Philippines known for its strength in strategic crisis communication, reputation management, and media relations. Under her leadership, the agency also stands out in the industry for having a strong editorial team dedicated to writing content for both traditional and digital media.
Diana also oversees operations for consumer, corporate, public affairs, CSR and business development communications for accounts from various industries. Diana also supervises the facilitation of crisis preparedness workshops and media skills training seminars to clients, bringing experts from Philippine media to help implement the programs.