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Judges Alumni

Stephen McCallion

Global Head of marketing Communications at TAQA, former Global Head of Corporate identity Communications , SHELL

Globally experienced marketing communications, corporate brand/ branding professional with strong technical & leadership skills. Strategist with ability to develop internal & external networks, achieve buy-in from senior stakeholders, gain C-suite support and deliver-with-excellence. Well- honed decision-making skills. Collaborative. Keep-it-simple approach.

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Stephen McCallion

Stephen McCallion

Global Head of marketing Communications at TAQA, former Global Head of Corporate identity Communications , SHELL

Andrew Flowers

Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Microsoft & Nokia

Andrew is a content strategist and producer with in-house experience from the likes of Microsoft, Nokia, Ericsson and nASDAQ OMX. In the past few years Andrew has mainly been focused on producing online videos and TV advertisements for smartphones, yet his broad career also spans financial communication, consumer PR and B2B copywriting.

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Andrew Flowers

Andrew Flowers

Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Microsoft & Nokia

James Stevenson

Founder And Managing Director Of Bletchley Group Digital Consultant of Marks And Spencer, UK

James helped businesses create, transform and grow their digital presence, products and teams using strategy, marketing, product and technology. Working for global brands, offering a range of digital services from e-commerce, to online brand protection, digital business strategies and online marketing, helping clients understand new busi- ness practices, new consumer behaviour, and new digital technologies available.

His Clients include: Guardian News and Media, Selfridges & Co, Bacardi, News Interna- tional, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Grey Goose Vodka Hilton Hotels.

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James Stevenson

James Stevenson

Founder And Managing Director Of Bletchley Group Digital Consultant of Marks And Spencer, UK

Martin Kirke

Former Group HR Director Post Office Ltd

Martin has held international HR director roles with Dow Chemical, Ericsson, Serco and BP including vice President resource management for Ericsson based in Stockholm and HR Director Operations Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific for the BP Group. Martin has experience of running a business as a General Manager and has also led major change and transformation programmes.

Martin was the lead in HR at Transport for London for the 2012 Olympics after which he decided to focus on non-executive director and consultancy work. His clients include the Cabinet Office, UK (Cabinet Office supports the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, and ensures the effective running of government) and healthcare charity ‘Action for Change’ where he is also a non-executive director.

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Martin Kirke

Martin Kirke

Former Group HR Director Post Office Ltd

Tony Coll

Media & Communication Consultant, former BBC Journalist

Tony Coll is one of the UK’s most experienced media and presentation coaches and trainers. A former BBC TV and BBC Radio reporter and producer, he has worked for many years with senior figures from companies and organisations of all sizes; politicians; national and local government officers; health service and utility managers; pressure group spokespeople; charity workers; chief police and fire officers. He worked at cabinet level with the late Veronica Crichton, former director of communications at the Labour Party, in media training several UK government ministers.
Tony’s training can be delivered in the form of personal coaching or consultancy, in groups or as part of wider emergency response training. It covers effective emergency communication with newspapers, radio, TV and social media as well as addressing live audiences.

Tony Coll is an Oxford law graduate who began his career as a newspaper reporter in North East London and Sheffield.  He moved on to the BBC World Service, BBC Radio One ‘Newsbeat’, BBC and commercial local radio and BBC regional TV in Manchester and London.  He has interviewed cabinet ministers and other public figures; researched, produced, reported and presented news and current affairs programmes, from hard news, sequence programmes and “built” documentaries, through live political discussions and phone-ins, to lighter features, celebrity profiles and vox pops.

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Tony Coll

Tony Coll

Media & Communication Consultant, former BBC Journalist

Simon Nicholson

Social Media Manager, Honda Motor Europe Ltd
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Simon Nicholson

Simon Nicholson

Social Media Manager, Honda Motor Europe Ltd

Omar Rostom

Consumer Engagement and Media Manager Near East, North Africa, Levant, & Emerging Asia, Microsoft
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Omar Rostom

Omar Rostom

Consumer Engagement and Media Manager Near East, North Africa, Levant, & Emerging Asia, Microsoft

Christophe Ginisty

President 2013 , International Public Relations Association, Former Digital Evangelist for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Edelman

International public relations expert and a digital guru with more than 20 years of experience.
- Deputy Managing Director of Edelman EMEA, European Technology – Digital evangelist (2011-2012), fouunder and Managing Director Rumeur Publique (1988, 2011).
- President of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) for 2013.
- Founder of NGO ‘Internet sans Frontières’ (Internet without Borders) in 2007 then WebDiversity in 2011.
- Published author of Allons, enfants de l'Internet! (Publisher: Diateino, 2010).
- Creator of the "ReputationWar" international conference (2013).
- Professor of Lobbying & Influence at INSEEC (since 2010).

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Christophe Ginisty

Christophe Ginisty

President 2013 , International Public Relations Association, Former Digital Evangelist for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Edelman

Hannu Koikkalainen

Head of Digital Planning, Microsoft, Finland
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Hannu Koikkalainen

Hannu Koikkalainen

Head of Digital Planning, Microsoft, Finland

Guy Perry

Managing Director, Gulf Media Experts, UAE

Guy has 30 years’ experience in international BBC TV news, corporate communications and media consultancy. Now based in the UAE since 2006, he founded and ran for 10 years a successful media training and consultancy firm in London, Greenwich Village PR, working with blue chip clients such as KPMG, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), L’Oreal (Paris) and the Crown Estate.
In 2006, as adviser to the spokesman of the Asian Games Doha, he led the official response to the media onslaught following the death of a competitor.
Guy has worked for many international news organisations such as BBC TV, BBC World Service Radio, International Television News (ITN), Reuters, EuroNews and Channel 4 News.

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Guy Perry

Guy Perry

Managing Director, Gulf Media Experts, UAE

4 Tips on How to Retain and Develop Talent by Gyan Nagpal [INTERVIEW]

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Gyan Nagpal-Interview

CEO of PeopleLENS and bestselling author of Talent Economics, Gyan Nagpal shares his 4 Tips on How to Retain and Develop Talent. Gyan will be facilitating the ‘Talent Economics’ masterclass, part of the Emerging Markets HR Summit, 11-13 November 2015.

1) Open the doors

We must drop the mind-set of scarcity. Several companies report that they struggle to find talent. As I explained in the Neil Armstrong example (see the first blog above) – the numbers tell us this isn’t a problem of availability of talent. It is in fact a problem of employers providing limited entry points and limited internal mobility for talent.

2) Think beyond Full Time Employees

Open up to what I call the Open Talent Economy. I believe every business has a unique talent recipe. A perfect blend of internal and external capability which can survive market volatility. This hedges against the binging and purging of headcount with every market shift, which is unfortunately very common today. One way of really appreciating the Open Talent Economy is through deep diagnosis (studying and understanding). Every organisation exists in a unique talent ecosystem, which depends on factors like geographical footprint, industry, rate of innovation, revenue streams and technology changes within our business.

3) Refocus people management

Our current management toolkit comes from the industrial age and its factory shop-floor realities, and includes artefacts such as overseeing work, driving performance and motivating via monetary incentives. The shift to a knowledge economy has proven devastating for management. Workers dealing with complex cognitive tasks seek coaches rather than supervisors and managers.

Moreover, the nature of intellectual work makes it difficult to supervise and control in the short term. That’s why managers are increasingly struggling to integrate effort across the network of alliances, outsourcing relationships, joint ventures or partnerships that form the footprint of modern business. Today’s management shouldn’t be about overseeing an ever shrinking base of internal headcount. Instead, it is more about curating capability or contribution across a network of sources.

4) Generate “Flow”

In “Talent Economics,” I described a “flow organization” – an organization where everyone has the space, time and support to sharpen the axe. The first step to generating flow is through an atmosphere where employees feel comfortable sharing their ideas. This takes courage. It also takes a genuine invitation, and we must teach managers to coach and champion employee genius. The more examples you showcase, the greater flow you generate. The best talent values this, with many reporting professional development and learning on par with compensation as a career driver. In high-flow cultures, employees don’t turn up just for a paycheck or to fulfill a routine need. They turn up bright-eyed because they have an idea in play.

Join the Emerging Markets HR Summit

Do not miss the opportunity to join Gyan Nagpal’s one-day Masterclass at the Emerging Markets HR Summit to build talent foresight. The course covers practical tools, which are customisable across emerging and developed markets. Other leading HR keynote speakers at the Emerging Markets HR Summit are from Coca-Cola, Essar Group, ING and many more.

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About the Author: Kelly Verdonk

Kelly Verdonk is Communications-Researcher at imgZine. Kelly writes posts and reports on the latest internal & external communications trends, market research and customer insights.

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