Expression of interest to speak at the WPRF

The Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) is hosting the World Public Relations Forum in Melbourne from 18 to 20 November this year. The theme of the forum is communication without borders, with the program exploring the theme from a range of perspectives. Preparations are going very well and with 5 months left we already have 400 registrations from 20 nations. The program in particular is looking sensational.

Currently confirmed speakers are:

  • Richard Edelman, President & CEO, Edelman, leading global PR firm
  • Wadah Khanfar – President of Sharq Forum, and former Director General of the Al Jazeera Network, Qatar
  • Anna Adriani - Global Public Relations and Corporate Responsibility Director, Illy Coffee, Italy
  •  Professor Chin Chuan Lee - Chair Professor and Head, Department of Media and Communication, City University, Hong Kong
  • Charlie Miller - Vice President of International Corporate Communications, Boeing, UK
  • Dan Tisch, Chair Global Alliance, Canada
  • Jean Valin, Valin Strategic Communication, Canada
  • Emilio Galli-Zugaro, Head of Group Communications, Allianz, Germany
  • Michael Sheldrick, Campaign Manager, The Global Poverty Project, Australia
  • Paull Young, Director of Digital, Charity: Water, USA
  • Gerard F. Corbett, Chair & CEO, PRSA, USA
  • Elizabeth Linder, Politics & Government Specialist for the Europe, Middle East and Africa Regions, Facebook, USA/UK
  • Anne Gregory, Professor of Public Relations & Communication, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
  • Virginia Trioli, Master of Ceremonies and facilitator, Australia

Arrangements are now being finalised with more international and Australian speakers and will be announced via the World Public Relations Forum 2012 website – stay tuned for detailed information.

As the program for World Public Relations Forum 2012 is refined, the program committee is extending a limited number of invitations to submit a proposal nominating a speaker or speakers to join panel sessions, or to deliver a lightning talk.

Please note that if you have previously advised us that you have an interest in speaking and have not been advised of a confirmed session you will need to submit an expression of interest through this process.

Panel sessions
Expressions of interest can be submitted to join panels exploring the conference theme of communication without borders, in the following sessions:

  • Public relations and communication in the resources sector
  • New thinking for new worlds – creativity and innovation
  • Integrated reporting and investor relations
  • Consumer and lifestyle brands: from fast moving to the slow movement
  • Multicultural communication and engagement
  • Great people in great places: career planning and keeping the best talent
  • Communicating and connecting in digital and social spaces
  • Metrics and measurement
  • The Asian Century

The expression of interest for panel sessions should provide profile of the suggested speaker/s, specifically the expertise and experience to present on the session topic.

Lightning Talks
Lighting Talks are hot topics and thought starters, presented as concise 15 minute presentations, designed to spark conversations, and perhaps some controversy. The expression of interest for Lightning Talks should provide profile of the suggested speaker/s, and a description of the focus of the talk, including a title.

Review process
The World Public Relations Forum Program Committee will review all expressions of interest and select speakers to join panels, and Lightning Talks with consideration to:

  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge, expertise, and experience linked to the session topic
  • Balance and diversity across the forum program
  • History of commitment to PRIA and the World Public Relations Forum

Speakers and panelists will receive complimentary access to the World Public Relations Forum on the day of their session.

Please note that sales and product pitches will not be considered for these sessions. If you are interested in sponsorship of the forum, or a booth please contact Kim Nicholls on +61 3 9320 8689 to talk about a booth or sponsorship.

Expressions of interest on the attached form must be received by COB Thursday 26th July. The conference organisers will confirm acceptance in late August.

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