Keynote Speakers announced for IPRA World Congress 2015


The organisers of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) and their official partner, the Public Relations Institute of South Africa (PRISA) are delighted to announce the keynote speakers for the World Congress which takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa, 27 -29 September 2015.

The esteemed speakers are:

  • Alan Vanderemolen, Vice Chairman, DJE Holdings
  • Rod Cartwright, Global Partner and Director of the Global Public Affairs Practice, Ketchum
  • Heath Applebaum, Canadian Professor and Reputation Expert
  • Msindisi Fengu, Former journalist, winner of the CNN award of Best African Journalist, now Communication Director in a Telco company
  • Jose Filipe Torres, CEO Bloom Consulting, Country Branding Specialist
  • Jeremy Galbraith, CEO, Europe, Middle-East and Africa, Global Chief Strategy Officer, Burson Marsteller
  • Robert Phillips, former CEO Edelman EMEA, author of the coming book "Trust me, PR is dead"
  • Colin Byrne, CEO UK & EMEA Weber Shandwick

The IPRA Public Relations World Congress is held approximately every three years and is a major event in the Public Relations calendar. Attracting speakers and participants from many countries, it provides an important focus for the association’s activities and is a major opportunity for adding to the intellectual capital of the profession. PRISA has enjoyed a long relationship with IPRA and its local South African members.

The official opening of the Congress will be done by one of South Africa’s most celebrated singers, songwriter, anthropologist and a musical activist whose infectious crossover music, a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms, exploded onto the international scene. In France, he enjoys a massive following and is fondly called Le Zulu Blanc – the white Zulu also known as Johnny Clegg.

Johanna McDowell, IPRA Congress Chairman for the 2015 World Congress commented: "It has been wonderful to have the support of South Africa and all of the local organisations in order to host this congress."


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