Prof. dr. Cees B.M. van Riel

Programme director/ professor of Corporate Communication

Corporate Communication Centre

Prof. dr. Cees van Riel is professor of Corporate Communication at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He is director and Founder of the Master of Science in Corporate Communication programme (MSc degree programme) at the same business school. He is also the co-founder of the Reputation Institute (www.reputationinstitute.com) in New York. In 2011 Cees van Riel has received the Pathfinder Award, the highest academic honor bestowed by the Institute for Public Relations (IPR) for his contribution to research in the field of corporate reputation and strategic alignment. Cees van Riel has published articles in prestige journals as The Academy of Management Journal, Long Range Planning, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Marketing, and ten books. His best known books are Principles of Corporate Communication (1996), Fame & Fortune (2004) and Essentials of Corporate Communication (2006), The Alignment Factor (2012).

Prof. dr Rolf Zwaan

Professor of Biological and Cognitive Psychology
Department of Psychology Erasmus University

Rolf Zwaan is Professor of Biological and Cognitive Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Erasmus University. Between 1994 and 2007, he was a professor at Florida State University. He received his PhD from Utrecht University. He has over 125 publications to his name. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health in the United States and is currently being funded by the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the European Science Foundation. Between 2010-2014 Rolf Zwaan was Editor-in-Chief of Acta Psychologica. He has just been appointed as Senior Editor of Collabra a new open-access science journal to be published by the University of California press. He writes monthly columns for De Psycholoog, maintains a wildely-read blog at http://rolfzwaan.blogspot.com/, and is active on Twitter, @RolfZwaan.        

Mignon van Halderen (PhD)

Lector (Associate Professor) Thought Leadership at Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Owner www.leading-thoughts.com

Mignon runs the Professorship Thought Leadership at Fontys University of Applied Sciences (School of Communication) in Eindhoven. The goal of this professorship is to develop innovative knowledge on Thought Leadership and share this with a large community of organisations, researchers, communication professionals, teachers and students. She also advises organisations on making choices about thought leadership strategies and offers in-company presentations to organizations that are keen on pursuing a thought leadership strategy, but first like to have a richer insight into its meaning and how it can be pursued. Within the MCC program of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Mignon teaches the executive course Thought Leadership and coaches students during their graduation project. She also teaches Communication Research at the Master of International Communication Management at The Hague Applied University. With regard to the latter, she won the Lecturer of the Year award in 2014.

Dr. Stuart Hanscomb

Professor of Philosophy and Communication
School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Glasgow University

Stuart Hanscomb took his degree in philosophy and psychology at Hull University, and wrote his Ph.D. on existential philosophy at Durham University. He has lectured in the Philosophy Department at Durham, and taught both philosophy and psychology at a number of other institutions including City University (London), The City Lit. (London), Birkbeck College, Stirling University, and Edinburgh University. He now teaches philosophy and communication at the University of Glasgow’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies in Dumfries. Current areas of interest and research include the psychology and philosophy of higher education (esp. graduate attributes and authenticity), virtue theory, and critical thinking (in particular the relationship between informal logic and rhetoric). He is author of various book chapters and articles on critical thinking, existential philosophy, and higher education, including ‘The Critical Being of the Liberal Arts Student’ (2007), Teaching Critical Thinking beyond Philosophy’ (2010), and Assessments and the Self: Academic Practice and Character Attributes (2014). He is currently writing a book called Critical Thinking: The basics (Routledge, forthcoming 2016). Dr. Hanscomb has also worked as an academic consultant and trainer for marketing company Mountainview (London) who specialize in the role of emotion and the unconscious in processes of persuasion.      

Kevin Murray

Good Relations Group (
Public relations division, Chime PLC)

Kevin Murray is a communications specialist with more than 40 years of experience and two best-selling books on leadership to his credit. He is author of “The Language of Leaders” and “Communicate to Inspire”, both of which deal with how top leaders communicate to inspire, influence and achieve results. They were the result of more than 70 in depth interviews with the Chairmen and CEO’s of some of the world’s leading businesses, charities and public sector organisations.  Both have received much acclaim from the literary, and leadership worlds, alike. (www.leadershipcommunication.com). Kevin is also Chairman of the Good Relations Group, the Public Relations Division of Chime Communications. The Group comprises of well-known brands such as Corporate Citizenship, Good Relations, Harvard and InEvidence. It employs 280 people serving 300 clients in the UK and internationally. As a consultant, Kevin specialises in the field of strategic communications and reputation management, and leadership communications coaching. He has years of experience advising chairmen and chief executives, as well as directors of communication and marketing. He also has considerable experience in managing complex and global communications projects and departments. His own leadership journey started when he had to lead a newsroom full of highly independent journalists on The Star newspaper, in Johannesburg. Since then, he has led teams and businesses for more than three decades. For clients, he has managed significant issues and crisis communications in the heat of national controversies in the chemicals, nuclear, aviation, and banking sectors, to name but a few. Previously he was the director of communications for British Airways and, before that, Director of Corporate Affairs for AEA Technology, the business that was floated off from the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. Prior to AEA, Kevin was Group Public Relations Manager for Bayer companies in the UK. Bayer is one of the world’s major chemicals-to-pharmaceuticals companies. Kevin has advised companies including BSkyB, G4S, Gazprom, Airbus, Lloyds TSB, McLaren F1, British Nucleur Fuels, Emirates Airline, 118118, Marconi, Vauxhall, British Gas, Permira, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Adobe, Fujitsu, SABMiller and Allen & Overy.

He is also a former national newspaper journalist, magazine publisher and marketing director, having started his career as a crime reporter on The Star newspaper in Johannesburg. Kevin is also an enthusiastic husband, father and grandfather, a mad keen golfer, a theatre-goer, film-watcher, traveller, TV watcher, book reader and story teller.

Sarah Gagestein

Language Strategist

Sarah Gagestein (MA) is founder of Taalstrategie, a company specialised in framing and rhetoric in practice. After receiving her master's degree in Rhetoric (Universiteit Leiden, cum laude), she worked with public and private clients such as GroenLinks, D66, SP, several ministries and health insurance company Achmea. She is mostly interested in how abstract, public issues and policies can be framed in a persuasive manner. She offers research combined with comprehensive recommendations and media training. Sarah Gagestein is the author of the Dutch published book 'Denk niet aan een roze olifant. De psychologie van onzichtbaar overtuigen met framing' (2014), nominated for Communication Book of the year 2014.

Hans Koeleman

Director Corporate Communication &CSR

Hans Koeleman has held his current position at KPN since June 2007. During his leadership he transformed the Corporate Communications & CSR function within the company. KPN has reputation targets linked to the long term bonus scheme of its top managment and a clear approach to support this. The Dutch market leader in ICT has for instance developed a state of the art internal social media platform. KPN is frontrunner in CSR, worldwide the nr 1 Telecom company in Climate Change and recently awarded ‘sponsor of the year 2014’ for its contribution to the Dutch Skating Sport, the Rijksmuseum and for fighting social isolation with its KPN Mooiste Contact Fonds. Prior to this position, Hans held various key positions in corporate communications in sectors such as retail (Ahold), financial services and transport & logistics. Hans has studied Dutch Language and literature, and holds a MA in Business Communications and a MBA. He is active member of the Reputation Platform the Netherlands, regional coordinator for the European Association of Communication Directors in the Netherlands and member of the Arthur W. Page Society. Hans is father of two children, Markus (8) and Tanne – Jo (7).