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Sarah Allen
Director, Internal Communications China, KPMG

Sarah Allen is an award-winning communications professional with over 20 years' experience in corporate and internal communications in the Asia-Pacific region. She spent 12 years at HSBC in Hong Kong in a variety of communications roles starting as managing editor of the HSBC Group’s country profiles. She went on to build and head an internal communications team for HSBC in Asia-Pacific. Sarah has worked at KPMG in China since 2012 and has embedded a more strategic and structured approach to internal communications there led by a diverse and talented team covering some 12,000 colleagues across China.

 

Virginia Chi
President
IABC, Hong Kong

With over 20 years of professional experience in communications, Chi has a broad array of experience spanning journalism, public relations, marketing communications, advertising and event management. In addition to her work in communications, she also held senior positions in marketing management in major corporations. Chi is currently Senior Manager of the Hong Kong Construction Arbitration Centre. Organizations served include Jardine OneSolution of the Jardine Matheson Group, PCCW, the Hong Kong Tourism Board and the South China Morning Post.

Chi is an adjunct lecturer of various academic institutions. She has served the International Association of Business Communicators Hong Kong Chapter as Board Executive since 2013, and is its President of the current year. She is also a Founding Member of the Hong Kong Public Relations Professionals’ Association, and has served in its Steering Committee and Executive Committee.  Chi holds a Master of Arts in Communications.

 

Sarah Crawshaw
Managing Director, Taylor Bennett Heyman

Sarah is the Managing Director of Taylor Bennett Heyman, a specialist executive search firm focused on strategic communications and corporate affairs.  Based in Hong Kong, she leads Taylor Bennett Heyman’s operation throughout Asia Pacific. She consults with businesses across all industry sectors and works closely with professionals in the communications and corporate affairs industry, helping them to navigate and build their careers.

Sarah has considerable experience in communications search and has provided executive search and talent management solutions to many leading listed companies in markets across the Asia Pacific region. She also consults with businesses on matters pertaining to organisational design and competency framework development.

In 2018, she was appointed to the Institute of Public Relations Board of Trustees. She is also a nominated   member of Page-Up, the exclusive membership and professional development organization from the Arthur W. Page Society, for senior communications executives and she has been an active member of the International Association of Business Communicators since 2016.

Prior to her career in Asia, Sarah worked in executive search in London again specialising in communications, with a focus on UK public affairs and investor relations assignments. She holds a Master’s in Economics and Politics from the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelor of Laws from the BPP Law School, London. 

 

Tommy Han
Interim China Chief Representative, Bupa

Tommy Han is Bupa’s Interim China Chief Representative based out of Beijing. He is leading Bupa’s stakeholder management, strategic planning and business negotiations in China. Tommy joined Bupa in 2015 and has been responsible for Bupa’s public affairs agenda in Asia. He was also the lead for the licensing process of Bupa’s first wholly owned medical center in China.

Prior to Bupa, Tommy was the public affairs head for Pernod Ricard Asia and organized a number of lobbying campaigns on various trade issues across over 18 markets in the region.

Tommy holds a Master in Economics from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, USA. He lived in Beijing, Vancouver, New York and Hong Kong before relocating back to Beijing in 2018.

 

Genevieve Hilton
Head of External Communications, Asia Pacific, BASF

Genevieve Hilton has worked in corporate affairs and sustainability in Asia Pacific since 1994, primarily in Vietnam and Hong Kong. She has worked at BASF since 2008. In her current role she is responsible for stakeholder engagement, crisis readiness, online communications, media relations, sustainability reporting, corporate publications, and channel management for 18 markets in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining BASF, she was most recently Senior Vice President, Client Services, at Ketchum Greater China. She is currently Vice President, International Association of Business Communicators / Hong Kong, and is the recipient of the IABC Excellence Award for contribution to the communications profession in Asia Pacific. She is also the first person in the Asia Pacific region to be certified as a Strategic Communications Management Professional by the Global Communications Certification Council.

 

John Jamison
Postgraduate Researcher, HKUST

John Jamison is a Postgraduate Researcher in the Hong Kong University of Science’s Department of Management. His research projects include HR systems, corporate narratives, and employee creativity, onboarding, burnout. Prior to his academic research, John spent over 15 years in corporate communication in both consulting and in-house roles. His corporate communication work has included internal communication, marketing communication, communication auditing, employer branding, and organizational change. John has lived in Greater China for 22 years including roles in Guangzhou, Beijing, and Chengdu and has occasionally worked in Mandarin Chinese.

 

 

Walter Jennings
Vice President, Corporate Communications, Huawei Technologies LTD

Walter Jennings is a seasoned global public relations professional with over 30 years of experience in Greater China, Southeast Asia, Australia and the United States.

He is Vice President, Corporate Communications at Huawei Technologies LTD based in Shenzhen, China. There he is leading a global transformation project focused on all aspects of corporate communication that influence corporate reputation. He manages agency relationships, and is tasked with building relations with key opinion leaders.

Prior to Huawei, he was Managing Partner for Greater China at Kreab Gavin Anderson, a boutique financial, corporate and public relations consultancy. He led client teams for The Wall Street Journal, the World Health Organization, United Nations Water and more. The focus was on strategic positioning, issues management and communications in Greater China, Asia Pacific and worldwide.

Earlier, Walter led the Australian operations of a global public relations firm. His core expertise is in financial services public relations and corporate communications. For five years he led global communications at Ford Credit, the US$210 billion finance arm of Ford Motor Company. There he managed communications for the complete restructuring of the US business, the largest case of identity theft at that time, credit rating downgrades and the abrupt departure of the CEO.

Walter has in-depth crisis and issues management expertise gained managing high profile national and international issues. In Asia Pacific he advised the Government of Macau in the lead-up of the transition of sovereignty from Portugal to China.

Walter is a dual-national American-Australian. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and French from St Lawrence University in New York, and is fluent in French and conversational in Mandarin.

 

James W. Robinson
Managing Director, Shanghai, APCO Worldwide

James W. Robinson is managing director for APCO Worldwide's 30-person Shanghai office, where he counsels and supports clients in developing their China strategies; accelerating growth in the market; navigating the often complex government and regulatory environment; managing public affairs and perception issues; and supporting ambitious entities looking to “Go Global.”

Before his move in 2016, Mr. Robinson was based in New York for more than a decade, where he led APCO’s global sustainability and purpose practice. He was also client leader for several of APCO’s most significant global assignments and was named to PR Week’s “40 Under 40” list of leaders in the communications industry.

Mr. Robinson had formerly served in the investment and government relations practice of APCO’s Beijing office. He also spent a year in APCO's office in Indonesia. Mr. Robinson graduated China studies from the University of Cambridge and speaks Mandarin proficiently.

 

Lisa Sha
Associate Director of Employee Communications, Asia Pacific
Fidelity International

Lisa has over 13 years of communications experience covering internal and external communications, government and media relations, traditional and digital/social media in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Lisa is currently Associate Director of Employee Communications in Asia Pacific at Fidelity International, responsible for employees in mainland China and Hong Kong.
Prior to her current role, she used to work in various positions in HSBC, including leading employee communications for 15,000 operations and technology employees in China.

She is also a certified China-European Union simultaneous interpreter and a Certified Professional Coach.

 

Wendy She
Head of Internal Communications, Corporate Affairs – Hong Kong, Bupa

Wendy She has over 15 years of experience in internal and marketing communications across insurance & healthcare, professional services, retail, and technology sectors in Hong Kong, China and the U.S. She has served reputable companies at local, regional and global levels and is currently Head of Internal Communications for Bupa’s businesses in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Bupa, Wendy was most recently Senior Director, Internal Communications at Walmart, where she was responsible for developing employee communications and engagement strategies for over 100,000 associates in China. She has also led extensive communications efforts at KPMG and adidas. Wendy is currently Vice President, Finance of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)’s Hong Kong Chapter.

 

Rong WangDr. Rong Wang
Vice General Manager, Unicepta Information Consulting (China) Ltd.

Since 2011, Dr. Wang has been working in media monitoring, analysis and consulting at UNICEPTA in Cologne and Shanghai, responsible for Fortune 500 companies. She has extensive expertise in consulting, strategy planning, evaluation as well as research. Her academic background includes a Doctorate at the University of Heidelberg, BA & MA degree at Renmin University of China.

 

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