Digital Strategist and
Reputation Management Specialist
Christophe Ginisty is a digital strategist, social media intelligence expert, founder of AGOREP and creator of the ReputationTime cycle of conferences. He is also former IPRA President (2013).
Mr Ginisty started his career when he founded Rumeur Publique, a PR business specialising in technology that has become one of the leading agencies on the French market. In 2011, Edelman appointed him “European Digital /Technology Evangelist” and Deputy Managing Director for the EMEA region.
Mr Ginisty created the ReputationTime cycle of conferences in 2013. He later founded Internet sans Frontières (Internet without borders) in 2008, an NGO dedicated to promoting and fighting for freedom of speech online.
Regional Development Australia (NWQ), Australia
Over more than 30 years, David has built a well-respected reputation in communication strategy, issues management, and stakeholder engagement. With a background in Government communications, he founded niche consultancy QCCN which has grown to dominate its market sector in Australia. In 2016 his team was named one of the Top Ten Best of the Best globally.
As a Fellow and former President of the Australian PR Institute, a previous global Councillor and GWA judge for IPRA, an advisor to both Central Queensland University (Australia) and Universitas Trisakti (Indonesia), and with significant professional expertise in engagement and consultation, he is uniquely placed to chart the place of authentic person to person engagement in a digital landscape.
Don W. Stacks, Ph.D
University of Miami
Donald K. Wright, Ph.D
Harold Burson Professor
Chair in Public Relations, Boston University, USA
Donald K. Wright, Ph.D., is the Harold Burson Professor and Chair in Public Relations at Boston University’s College of Communication, the world’s first degree-granting institution in public relations. He is one of the most published public relations scholars in the areas of ethics, employee communication and social media, and is an internationally known professor, author, speaker, researcher, advisor, and corporate communications consultant. In addition to teaching, conducting scholarly and applied research, and lecturing in more than 30 countries on five continents, Professor Wright has worked full-time in corporate, agency and university public relations, and has been a communications consultant for more than three decades.
PR Week magazine has recognized him both as one of the Top 10 public relations educators in the United States and as one of the “15 Leading Lights” in US public relations. He has served 30 years on the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Public Relations (IPR), an independent foundation dedicated to exploring the science beneath the art of public relations. From 1989 through 2012 he served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Arthur W. Page Society, a select membership organization of senior-level public relations and corporate communications executives who seek to enrich and strengthen their profession. He is a past president of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA), a professional society with members in more than 100 countries, and served for two years as chair of the IPR Measurement Commission. He was the founding editor-in-chief of PRSA’s Public Relations Journal, the world’s first quarterly, open-access peer-reviewed electronic research journal in public relations, and also was the founding editor-in-chief of the Research Journal of the Institute for Public Relations. Dr. Wright is an active consultant in public opinion research, employee communications, organizational ethics, professional development as well as management and structure of the corporate communications function.
His consulting assignments have included many Fortune 500 clients including Bayer, Ciba-Geigy, Deere & Company, FedEx, Fidelity Investments, Florida Power, Fluor, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, International Truck and Engine Corporation, Li & Fung, Lockheed Martin, Miles Laboratories, Nortel (Northern Telecom), Siemens, U.S. Postal Service, United Technologies and Westinghouse. A former daily newspaper reporter, weekly newspaper editor and broadcast journalist, Dr. Wright previously held faculty positions at the Universities of Georgia, Texas (Austin), South Alabama and Wyoming. He has been a visiting professor at two Canadian institutions: the University of Calgary and Simon Fraser University.
For more than 25 years, Dr. Wright directed the Public Relations Executive Forum, a highly successful, annual, professional development seminar program designed especially for high-performing, mid-career corporate communications and public relations managers who reported to senior corporate communications officers. This program, cosponsored by the IPR, the Page Society and the PR Council attracted more than 1,250 aspiring public relations managers and executives from more than 200 different organizations including Aetna, Allstate, AT&T, Ameritech, Bank of America, Boeing, Cephalon, Chrysler, DuPont, FedEx, General Electric, General Motors, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, McDonnell Douglas, Motorola, Philip Morris, Praxair, R.J. Reynolds, Rockwell Automation, Sears, Swiss Re, Tellabs, Unisys, UPS, USG, Whirlpool and Xerox. From 2005 until 2017 he also directed the Public Relations Leadership Forum, a similar seminar program cosponsored by the Institute, Page and the Council of Public Relations Firms. For many years he also directed an annual Summit on Measurement for the IPR.
Professor Wright has received a number of awards including the Distinguished Service Award from the Page Society, the Pathfinder Award for research excellence from IPR and both the Outstanding Educator Award and the Jackson Jackson & Wagner Behavioral Science Prize from PRSA. He has received the Dorothy Bowles Public Service Award from the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication Dr. Wright holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota. His M.A. is from California State University, Fresno, and his B.A. degree was awarded by Washington State University. He is a Research Fellow of IPR, an accredited member of PRSA, a PRSA Fellow, an IPRA Fellow and an IPRA Member Emeritus.
Elizabeth G. Ananto, Ph.D, FIPRA
MM Communication Trisakti University, Indonesia
Global Alliance, Canada
Kate Dennis, MBus, BA (Org Comm), GCCM
Head of Corporate Communications
UTS Insearch, Sydney, Australia
Ms Dennis is an Australian post-graduate qualified corporate communications practitioner with 20 years’ experience, gained from the corporate, government, membership and education sectors. In the past three years, she has visited China, Indonesia and Vietnam presenting on topics such as careers of the future, and leadership skills
Ms Dennis has worked with leading international companies such as IBM in Australia and Canada, AMP and KPMG. She was the Assistant Director of Public Affairs and media for Australia’s largest urban Fire and Rescue service for five years. Her current role with UTS Insearch - the leading education pathway for the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) - is as a practitioner of communications and public relations.
Ms Dennis is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia’s Education Community Committee. She holds a Master in Business (Marketing) from the University of Technology Sydney, a Graduate Certificate of Change Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales, and a Bachelor of Arts in Organisational Communications from Charles Sturt University. She is currently studying the Emerging Leaders and Managers Program with the LH Martin Institute.
Ms Dennis volunteers as an industry coach in The Hatchery Ideate program, UTS’s extra-curricular education program which teaches entrepreneurial thinking and real-world problem solving. She is a Review Mentor for the Conference for Australian and Indonesian Youth Dialogue, and volunteers for Ruff Sleepers, a charity which helps care for the pets of homeless people.
She lives in Sydney, Australia.
Dr. Takashi Inoue
Chairman and CEO
Inoue Public Relations Inc. (IPR)
Takashi Inoue is Chairman and CEO of Inoue Public Relations Inc. (IPR), located in Tokyo. He is also a visiting professor at Kyoto University, Akita International University, and Communications University of China. In 1970 he founded Inoue Public Relations serving the high-tech industries during the early days of “Japan as No. 1.” His firm’s first foreign clients were two US high-tech startups: Intel and Apple. IPR was hired by Apple in 1980 and did the PR work for the 1984 launch of the MAC in Japan. Later on, when Japan INC’s trade surplus became a source of trade conflict, IPR successfully executed public relations programs that resulted in avoiding U.S. trade sanctions in the telecommunications, semiconductor and auto industries. Notably, IPR helped the U.S. auto-parts maker, Tenneco, realize de-regulation, and for that work won in 1997 the prestigious International Public Relations Association’s Golden World Award Grand Prize. In 2015 his firm won the Golden World Award for its work helping Concur change Japanese regulations for an innovative new product.
The author of several books in Japanese on public relations, his latest book, which is in English, takes on the challenges of globalization and new disruptive technologies under the title: Public Relations in Hyper-globalization: essential relationship management – a Japan perspective, Takashi Inoue, Routledge, 2018, London.
W. Timothy Coombs, Ph.D
Professor in Department of Communication
Texas A&M University, USA
Timothy Coombs is a full professor in Department of Communication at Texas A&M University. He has received the 2002 recipient of Jackson, Jackson & Wagner Behavioral Science Prize from the Public Relations Society of America, the 2013 Pathfinder Award from the Institute of Public Relations in recognition of his research contributions to the field and to the practice, and was the 2014 winner of the Dean’s Distinguished Researcher Award in the College of Sciences at UCF.
Dr. Coombs has won multiple PRIDE awards from the Public Relations Division of the National Communication Association for both books and research articles. He is also a member of the Arthur W. Page Society. Dr. Coombs was a Fulbright Scholar in Estonia in the Spring of 2013. In the Fall of 2013 he was the named NEMO Professor at Lund University, Helsingborg Campus. In 2015 he was invited to lecture at Tsinghua University, Beijing China. In 2015 he was designated an honorary professor in the Department of Business Communication at Aarhus University. He is also the current editor for Corporation Communication: An International Journal.