Prof. Dr. Ana Adi
Professor of Corporate Communication
Quadriga University of Applied Sciences
Prof. Dr Ana Adi is professor for Public Relations and Corporate Communications at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin.
Being a true cosmopolitan, Prof. Adi is looking back on a broad portfolio of experience at an international level. Amongst other things, she has lived, worked and taught in the USA, Great Britain, Belgium, Bahrain, Thailand and Romania. In the course of her academic career, Prof. Dr Adi received a B.A. Hons in Communication & Public Relations from the SNSPA in Romania plus two master’s degrees, one of them as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Missouri. She received her doctor’s degree in the field of Communication & Media Studies on the grounds of her research on the Olympic Games’ coverage and presentation in the media.
Prof. Dr Adi is a firm advocatress of internationalising the field of education and – as a member of the Social Media Global Education Connection Project – actively campaigns for a competent utilisation of social media in research and teaching.
Founder & Senior Consultant
Baha is Founder of Solution Folder which provides training solutions to create collaborative work culture in companies. After obtaining a scholarship from Fulbright, he did his master’s in Washington DC, USA in the area of conflict resolution. He has more than 16 years of work experience residing in Germany, USA, Turkey, Cyprus and Ireland. He was also one of the first employees of Facebook in Europe where he helped Facebook scale its business. So far, he has given speeches and carried out training courses in 15 countries across 4 continents. Recently, he completed MIT Sloan Executive Education Program "Leading Organisations and Change". He is also a REMO-endorsed artist. Combining his skills in music and his expertise in business, he designs and delivers innovative learning experiences which empower business professionals to improve collaboration at work.
Founder and Managing Partner
PinPoint Internal Communications
Ada is a communications professional with over 14 years of experience in both internal & external communications. She has been taking various roles within PR and communications departments in international companies and local PR agencies. In 2016 she founded PinPoint Internal Communications Agency which delivers internal communications strategies and projects as well as offers recommendation and support for management teams on leadership communication.
Ada is also a certified facilitator, who supports companies with facilitation sessions & trainings for management teams, helping them improve employee engagement and build trust in their teams. She is particularly interested in neuroleadership and how it transforms leadership effectiveness.
Darren has over 20 years marketing experience spanning Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and Japan. He specialises in helping services brands retain relevance through the brand experiences they build. Given his services brand focus, a large part of the work Darren does entails internal communications and employee engagement. BUPA, Dubai Bank, Maybank, Johnson & Johnson, Orange, Caribbean Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Saudi Telecom Company are amongst the brands he has helped. Darren holds an MA in marketing and PhD in B2B services brand marketing. He is the founder of Wavelength Marketing. Wavelength specialises in helping services brands retain relevance through the experiences they build. Darren recently authored Building brand Experiences: A Practical Guide to Retaining Brand Relevance for global distribution and his book will be translated into Korean and Mandarin in 2020. In his spare time Darren enjoys spending time with his wife and family, playing tennis, motor boating, socialising, scuba diving, snoozing in his Mexican hammock, yoga and watching Birmingham City Football Club. Granted, some are more enjoyable than others.
Sr. Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Sarah Cordivano is Zalando's Sr. Diversity & Inclusion Officer. She is from Philadelphia and has a background in spatial data analysis, community management and project management. She is an active community organizer and advocate for diversity and inclusion. She has called Berlin home for the past two and a half years.
Hendrik de Wit
Director Corporate Communications
Hendrik de Wit is Director Corporate Communication at Intertrust, a Euronext Amsterdam listed financial services provider. With 20 years Marketing & Communications experience within the financial and pharmaceuticals industry, Hendrik managed several M&A trajectories, and key projects such as public listing (IPO), corporate repositioning, rebrandings and launching new strategy, purpose and values.
Andy has 20 years’ experience and expertise as a serial entrepreneur in the world of marketing, insight and strategy. Founder of multiple award-winning research agencies, and a well known thought leader in the sector, Andy has been experimenting with the measurement of meaning for some years. He believes AI and machine learning approaches generally have a pivotal role to play in improving humans’ understanding of the world around them – and of each other.
Head of Internal Communications
Niki Fraiss found her passion for communication early in life – sharing stories with family and friends, watching people interact and encouraging conversations on all topics. Over the years, this moved into the professional sphere and Niki has now enjoyed 20 fulfilling years in the world of strategic corporate communication for international organisations. Previous roles include Head of Corporate Communication for the UK’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Head of Communication and Media Relations for the UK Energy Retail industry, and Senior Associate at consulting firm APCO Worldwide. Niki has been with Mondi for 6 years and is leading our internal communication and branding function within the Group Communication & Marketing team. Niki has a Masters in European Public Affairs and a Bachelors in Political Science.
Film Director and Creativity Consultant
Marcin is a film director and creativity consultant. He has won various accolades for his film work and consults teams and individuals to identify and resolve creativity obstacles to unlock their flow. He helps his clients to distill effective narratives and develop their storytelling strategies. Marcin also runs an independent film festival in Berlin and lectures at Tongji University in Shanghai.
Social Entrepreneur and Business Consultant
Kaye is a social entrepreneur and business consultant who helps companies advance through human-centred communication. He merges business, design, and technology together and has worked with leading organisations such as IDEO, Nike, Starbucks, American Express and more. Kaye has helped startups raise millions of dollars in funding and his entrepreneurial background drives his dedication to sustainability, education, and humane technology.
Head of Executive & Internal Communications
"Why is internal communication often so serious, even boring?" Steffen Henke has been asking this question ever since he became Head of Internal Communications at Vodafone Germany in 2014, after holding numerous communication leadership positions in the German industry sector. From digital channels to cross-media campaigns to gamification approaches, he and his team have since been working on a new architecture of internal communication – which is still under construction.
Specialist in Leadership & Management Behaviour
Tallant Jones Ltd.
Lizz has over 25 years’ experience in business, leadership and management. Her career encompasses positions in senior management; and freelance consultant roles in the delivery of high level, strategic initiatives including: employee engagement; leadership behaviours; talent management; and organisational development within organisations. She has worked with large private organisations, academic establishments, SME’s, public and voluntary sector bodies.
As well as public speaking; delivery of training; & facilitating workshops, Lizz works as a consultant and coach, and uses a range of diagnostic tools, surveys and profiling techniques to help businesses to understand some of the challenges they face within their organisations around: leadership & management; corporate values and culture; employee engagement; performance management; organisational behaviour; and, team dynamics;
She is always upbeat and possesses a seemingly natural ability to motivate & inspire others. On the basis of this, she developed The Positive Approach™ brand to encompass the work she has undertaken for years to help companies to develop employee engagement and improve organisational culture.
Regional Director APAC / Managing Partner UK
Tim has worked in talent communications for 20 years, with a good portion of that time at Havas People, building our agency network and client base in London, New York and Hong Kong. Enjoying the specificities and incredible cultural differences that each region has to offer, Tim has worked with a variety of clients on all manner of internal communications and employee engagement projects.
Head of Global HR Marketing & Communications
Dorothee is an optimistic and progressive communications professional with several years of international experience in corporate communication and H.R. In her current role, she is based in Frankfurt, leading the Global HR Marketing & Communications team at Merck. Merck is a global science and technology company with a passion for forward-thinking discoveries.
Jane Cordelia O'Farrell
Head of Internal Communications
Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
Jane is an organizational climate and culture protector and provocateur with more than 20 years of experience, motivated by a passion for people engagement.
Dr. Martina Olbertova
Founder & CEO
Dr. Martina Olbertova is a brand meaning expert, corporate meaning advisor, cultural strategist and semiotician helping brands worldwide restore their value through the power of meaning. She helps brand and business leaders navigate relevance amidst global cultural complexity to profit from culture change.
Martina is a founder and chief executive of Meaning.Global, a global strategic intelligence consultancy powered entirely by meaning. Meaning is the inner essence of value and relevance. So, for brands to retain their value, meaning needs to be at the core of strategy. She works with brands across sectors to evolve and redefine their meaning in the context of culture, increase brand valuation and boost symbolic equity. Her goal is to bridge the ‘gap of meaning’ between brands/organisations and culture/society to maximise meaningfulness, value creation and long-term growth.
For the past 15 years, Martina has worked in four different countries (UK, Ireland, USA and Czechia) for global clients, including Kantar, Unilever, Vodafone, IBM, London Gatwick, British Land, ICAEW, KBC, Visa, Lloyds Bank, Bank of Ireland, J&J, Heineken or Pernod Ricard. She holds a doctoral degree in Media Studies from the Charles University in Prague and also studied Political Journalism at Georgetown University (USA) and Media and Culture at the University of Glamorgan (UK). As a guest lecturer, she taught Semiotics & Cultural Branding at universities in Czechia and Trinity College Dublin and spoke at conferences in Toronto, Shanghai, Prague, Paris, Slovenia & the UK.
She is a resident author on brand meaning management at Branding Strategy Insider, the world’s primary resource for knowledge of brand strategy, member of The Core Code, new think-tank humanising businesses worldwide, and a fellow of the RSA. She is based in Europe and helps brands find their meaning around the globe.
Advita has worked within internal communications for the past 15 years in various industries including Healthcare, Education, Energy and Transport. Advita is the Director of CommsRebel and believes a little bit of rebellious thinking within internal communications can have a powerful impact across organisations and their employees. As well as internal communications, she has experience in employee engagement / experience, digital transformation and change programmes. Her area of specialism is helping businesses and teams develop innovative ideas, to help improve communications, in large operational organisations.
Advita is a chartered PR professional and Chair for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Inside committee (internal Communications). In 2018 she was awarded a Fellowship by CIPR for her outstanding work in the communications community. Advita is also the founder of The Comms Hive, a networking dinner for communicators who are keen to learn from each other and share ideas. You will normally find Advita sharing her thoughts about IC on twitter under @Advita_p.
VP, Head of Corporate Communications
Mette joined Maersk in August 2017. Prior to joining Maersk, she has served as Head of Corporate Communications in Danfoss, Scandinavian Airlines and TDC, a Danish telecom provider. She has a Master’s degree in Philosophy and Media Science from the University of Aarhus, Denmark.
Corporate Communications drives stakeholder understanding of Maersk’s strategy to become the global integrator of container logistics and builds brand reputation. This is done through impactful leadership and employee engagement, positioning Maersk in the media through earned coverage and serving as custodian of the corporate brand, ensuring the visual identity is adhered to and the tone of voice positions the corporate brand effectively.
Mette is responsible for Corporate Communications globally in Maersk which encompasses the Internal Communications, Media Relations and Branding departments. The Corporate Communication function consists of department leadership and associated teams based in Copenhagen, supported by a network of regionally based communication advisors and managers.
Head of Communications (UIS)
University of Cambridge
Nigel Thornton has 25 years’ experience in international corporate communications. He has held senior communication roles in the chemical, life sciences and FMCG sectors with Unilever, Amgen, Syngenta and Clariant. He is currently a head of communications at the University of Cambridge focused on a major change agenda supporting the digitisation across teaching and research. Nigel has wide ranging expertise including media, digital, marketing, internal and change communications. He has passion for sustainability and considerable experience of helping senior leadership teams to communicate their vision and implement major change programmes effectively.
Expert in organizational alignment for performance
Lindsay Uittenbogaard began her career running small businesses before spending 15 years in communication leadership roles with multinational organisations in the energy, IT, and telecommunications industries. It was the contrast between micro and macro working environments that sparked an insatiable curiosity around how people align differently in different contexts and the profound implication of that on business performance. This led Lindsay to develop an alignment process for organizations called Mirror Mirror.
An IABC Accredited Business Communicator, Lindsay is also a certified member of the Reputation Institute and a published author in the Gower Handbook on Internal Communication 2008. She holds a Creative Arts degree with honours, post-graduate diplomas in International Business Communication Management, and Broadcast Journalism, and is certified by the CIPD.