CEO and Editor-in-Chief, The Holmes Report
About Arun Sudhaman
Arun Sudhaman is CEO and editor-in-chief at the Holmes Report.
In this role Arun oversees the Holmes Report's global content offering, including its analysis and insight into reputation, public relations and communications trends and issues. Since joining the Holmes Report in 2010, Arun has led a comprehensive relaunch of the title’s content platform, including its digital presence and new products such as the Influence 100 compendium of key global influencers, the Global Communications Report , the landmark Creativity in PR study , and the Echo Chamber podcast .
Arun has also played a pivotal role expanding the Holmes Report’s coverage into Asia-Pacific and other emerging markets, and has helped steer the company’s international events programme, particularly the Global Public Relations Summit — which has featured such luminaries as Sir Martin Sorrell, P&G’s Marc Pritchard, Chuck Porter and IBM’s Jon Iwata.
He brings to the position more than a decade’s experience as a journalist and digital content specialist, most of which has been spent analysing the media, marketing and communications industries. His career has encompassed coverage and analysis of reputation and leadership issues in numerous countries across the world, including the US and UK, Russia, China, India and South Africa.
Prior to joining the Holmes Report, Arun spent more than seven years with Haymarket Media in Hong Kong, Singapore and London. He joined Haymarket title PRWeek UK in January 2009, after covering Asia’s media and marketing landscape at sister Haymarket title Campaign Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Before Haymarket, Arun spent one year at public relations firm Weber Shandwick during its tumultuous mergers with Weber and BSMG. During his career as a journalist he has also contributed to The Guardian and the South China Morning Post, where he began his career as a business reporter.
In 2015, Arun was inducted into the ICCO Hall of Fame.
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Manager, SmartGrowth Bay of Plenty Partnership
About Bernadine WalshBernadine (Bernie) Walsh has more than 20 years’ experience in public policy, corporate affairs and collaborative work in government and industry. Her work history includes editing urban planning, travel and transport magazines in the UK and leading media and policy advice to government, industry and city leaders. She has been manager of the SmartGrowth Bay of Plenty Partnership since May 2016 and before that spent four years as corporate communications manager for industry body DairyNZ. She worked for seven years as a principal advisor on engagement and communications with the Ministry of Transport, based in the Auckland Government Policy Office. She specialises in politics, leadership and creating strategic clarity for partnerships and businesses wanting to engage and communicate with impact – from analysis to activation. She is a Winston Churchill Fellow who used her award to travel and study the politics of policymaking. She led the DairyNZ team that won the 2015 PRINZ Corporate PR award.
About Carl DavidsonCarl Davidson is a Director at Research First, PRINZ’s research and insights partner. Carl was a founding member of Research First, and he has seen the company grown into one of the largest and innovative independent insights agencies in the country. Carl’s career has been spent at the intersection of ‘curiosity and evidence’. He has worked as a university lecturer; a social scientist in a crown research institution; a market researcher; a strategy consultant; and company director. Between 2010 and 2012 Carl was the Chief Commissioner of the New Zealand Families Commission; and in 2017 he was re-elected to the Board of the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce. Carl regularly presents and writes about business strategy and the changing competitive landscape in New Zealand. He is the author of eight books (and is currently working on a ninth) and a regular contributor to Stuff, where he writes about ‘the social science of everyday phenomena’.
Founder and Managing Director , Thankyou
About Daniel FlynnDriven, resourceful and determined, Daniel Flynn is one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs under the age of 30. He is the founder and managing director of the social enterprise Thankyou, which has given more than $5.5 million to help end global poverty. Thankyou’s 50 products are stocked by major retailers in Australia and 100 per cent of profits go to funding water, sanitation, food and child and maternal health projects around the world. In nine short years, Thankyou has directly impacted the lives of 755, 338 people in 20 countries, including Australia. Daniel is also the author of best-selling book Chapter One - a book that tells the raw and real start-up story of Thankyou and is sold using an unorthodox ‘pay-what-you-want’ method. In a challenging publishing landscape, the book defied all odds by generating over $1.4 million in sales and selling over 55,000 copies in its launch month.
Daniel is the recipient of EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Southern Region) and Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs.
His big picture thinking is behind Thankyou’s disruptive marketing campaigns that have led to Thankyou products being stocked by Australia’s biggest retailers. Daniel has also received widespread media coverage for his unconventional approach to business and marketing. He is an engaging and thought-provoking speaker who leaves his audience challenged to take on the impossible. His talks offer a blueprint for challenging the status quo and how to turn ideas into reality.
former Edelman APACMEA CEO
About David Brain
David has just finished 13 years with Edelman, the world’s largest PR firm where he ran Europe from London and then Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa from Auckland…which nearly killed him. Before this he was Co-CEO of Weber Shandwick in the UK and had stints at Burson Masteller and Visa International as well as in advertising and at an ill-fated start-up. He is currently on the board of The Spinoff, the on-line magazine and Parkable, the new economy business that matches people wanting to park, with those that have parking spaces. He trained as a journalist, supports Manchester City, is married with two kids and dog’! Full bio here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidbrain1/
Critically acclaimed Michelin star chef
About Josh EmettCritically acclaimed chef, Josh Emett, came from humble beginnings growing up on a dairy farm just outside Hamilton, NZ. After studying to be a chef at Waikato Polytechnic he quickly progressed to fine dining restaurants in Auckland and Melbourne and then moved to London and worked for Gordon Ramsay for over 10 years, quickly becoming head chef at the world renowned Savoy Grill (1 Michelin star) before opening restaurants for Gordon Ramsay in New York (2 Michelin stars), Los Angeles (1 Michelin star) and Melbourne.
In 2011 Josh took on the role of judging Masterchef New Zealand making him a household across New Zealand and continued on through 5 seasons of the hit show. In 2012 Josh returned to NZ and set up his first restaurant, Rātā in Queenstown which was awarded Two Chefs Hats in the 2017 Cuisine Good Food Awards. In 2013 he opened Ostro in the Britomart precinct of Auckland’s downtown area as food director. In 2014 he opened Madam Woo in Queenstown, a casual Malaysian restaurant to huge success. Seeing how popular this was he has gone on to open four more Madam Woos in Dunedin, Takapuna, Hamilton and Christchurch. In December 2017 Josh and his team opened Hawker and Roll, a fast-casual spin off of Madam Woo in Sylvia Park, Auckland with a Queenstown site set to open in Mid February.
Managing Director, The Economist Group
About Laurel WestLaurel is managing director of The Economist Group’s Content Solutions Unit for Asia, overseeing the group’s fast-growing content business. She is based in Hong Kong but covers the region spanning from Australia to India.
Prior to taking up a more commercial role in April 2017, Laurel was the editorial director of the Asia Thought Leadership team.
Earlier in her career with The Economist Group, Laurel spent ten years as an India analyst with The Economist Intelligence Unit, editing the fortnightly report, Business India Intelligence and writing and editing several research reports on India, including Joint ventures in India: Structuring and managing for success. Prior to India, she covered Asean markets.
In all, Laurel has more than 20 years experience researching and writing on Asia. Prior to joining The Economist Intelligence Unit she spent four years in Tokyo where she wrote and edited market research reports for the Japan External Trade Organization, and helped to edit the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s research on industrial sub-sector development in Asean. She is a guest lecturer at the Journalism & Media Studies Centre at Hong Kong University and a judge of the Society of Publishers in Asia’s annual awards for editorial excellence.
About Leigh CatleyWellington-based communications and advocacy specialist Leigh Catley has spent more than 10 years working in the engine room of the New Zealand economy – its primary sector - first with Horticulture New Zealand and more recently with Federated Farmers. Leigh started her career with a decade in journalism, including working for Radio New Zealand, before moving into news media sales, business development and marketing roles with both the New Zealand Press Association and the Australian Press Association in Sydney. She has significant experience working for associations, including the Employers Association, and understands the power of communications to engage and grow membership.
About Rachel TauleleiRachel (Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Rarua) is an award-winning entrepreneur and
business womanwho has demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability, and support for the establishment and growth of other people and companies.
As founder and CEO of sustainable seafood company Yellow Brick Road Ltd, Rachel was described as having led change in the New Zealand fishing industry, developing an innovative, provenance-based supply of responsibly caught fresh premium seafood to hundreds of establishments across the country. She has taken this demonstrable commitment to
kaitiakitangainto her current role as CEO of Maori food and beverage company, Kono NZ LP.
With an infectious passion for the primary sector, Rachel has created values-based business models focused on the sustainability of the country’s resources - this is the hallmark of her leadership.
Rachel’s directorships include NZ’s largest iwi-owned fishing company Moana NZ, Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, The Sir Peter Blake Trust, Young Enterprise Trust, New Zealand WineGrowers, and Aquaculture New Zealand. Rachel was formerly NZ Trade Commissioner In Los Angeles, in 2012 received a Sir Peter Blake Leadership award and in 2015 was
honouredby becoming a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit: For services to the food and hospitality industry.
Chief Marketing Officer, Isentia
About Richard SpencerRichard Spencer has been working in marketing and digital communications for 20 years, and as Chief Marketing Officer, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the marketing and communications functions of Isentia. His specialist social media agency, Two Social, was acquired by Isentia in 2013, and continued its growth and success under his leadership. Richard is a regular media commentator, sharing his expertise on social media strategy and execution. Prior to founding Two Social, Richard was Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Interactive with TMP Worldwide and lead numerous agencies. Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) in Business and a postgraduate Diploma in Marketing (CIM).
Robyn de Villiers
Robyn de Villiers
Chairman and CEO, Burson-Marsteller Africa
About Robyn de VilliersRobyn is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Burson-Marsteller Africa. She has been engaged in public relations and corporate communications both in South Africa and across the continent for over 25 years. Through Burson-Marsteller Africa, the unique network of indigenous, in-country communications consultancies she founded, Burson-Marsteller provides local and international clients with market relevant communications services in over 50 African markets.
The Burson-Marsteller Africa network is recognised locally and globally as the premier Communications network on the continent and in 2016 Robyn was recognised by the Holmes Report, the PR industry’s most highly regarded trade publication globally, with an EMEA SABRE Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement. In 2017 she was invited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations International (CIPRI) to deliver the Maggie Nally Memorial Lecture in the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster – her presentation was on Communications in Africa.
Robyn’s experience includes issues and reputation management, communications strategy development, crisis communications, public affairs and investor relations. A respected communications practitioner, Robyn is called upon by business associations and local and international communications associations to address, and facilitate training for, communications professionals, public relations and corporate communications students and corporate audiences on a range of topics including reputation management, issue and risk management, crisis communications management and working across Africa.
Robyn holds a BA (Languages) degree and is a Chartered Public Relations Practitioner (CPRP). She holds full membership of PRISA (the Public Relations Institute of South Africa), IPRA (the International Public Relations Association), the IABC (International Association of Business Communicators and the IMC (Issues Management Council. Robyn is the Vice President of the African Public Relations Association (APRA) where she is also the Chair for Training. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the National Business Initiative (NBI), a voluntary group of leading national and multi-national companies, working together towards sustainable growth and development in South Africa through public private partnerships, practical programmes and policy engagement. She is on the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce for Southern Africa and she serves on the Steering Committee for the 30% Club of Southern Africa. Robyn represents Africa on the Burson-Marsteller Europe, Middle East and Africa Leadership Team and is on the Global Advisory Board for Burson-Marsteller’s Advantage Women Initiative.
Twitter Handle: RobynDeVilliers@RobynDeVilliers
Author of One + One = Three
Born in east London.
Won a Rockefeller Scholarship to Pratt Institute in New York to study advertising.
After graduation, trained mainly at Carl Ally Inc on Madison Avenue.
Came back to London to work at BMP with John Webster.
Became joint creative director and, in 1980, left to found Gold Greenlees Trott.
GGT was voted ‘Agency of the Year’ by Campaign and ‘Most Creative Agency in the World’ by Ad Age in New York.
In 1990 founded Bainsfair Sharky Trott with the managing directors of Saatchi & Saatchi.
In 1993 founded Walsh Trott Chick Smith with the managing director of WCRS.
In 2003 this merged with The Gate, became Chairman in 2005.
In 2004, the D&AD President’s Award, for lifetime achievement.
In 2014 left The Gate.
Written 3 books on creativity:
‘1+1=3’ (to be published June 4th).
In the 1970s, set up the ‘D&AD Creative Workshop’ course to train young copywriters and ADs.
This ran for thirty years.
Trained hundreds of young creatives, many of these are now top creative directors.
Thanks to One Plus One Communications for its support in bringing Dave Trott to New Zealand.