Prof. dr. Joep Cornelissen
Professor of Corporate Communication and Management at RSM
Joep Cornelissen is Professor of Corporate Communication and Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. The main focus of his research involves studies of the role of corporate and managerial communication in the context of innovation, entrepreneurship and change, and of social evaluations of the legitimacy and reputation of start-up and established firms. In addition, he also has an interest in questions of scientific reasoning and theory development in management and organisation theory. His work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Organisation Science and Organisation Studies, and he has written a general text on corporate communication (Corporate Communication: A Guide to Theory and Practice, Sage Publications) with a fifth edition coming out next year (2017). He is an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Review, a Council member of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies, a former General Editor of the Journal of Management Studies (2006-2012) and serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies and Organisation Studies.
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 widely-read blog at rolfzwaan.blogspot.com, and is active on Twitter, @RolfZwaan.
Dr. Mignon van Halderen
Lector (Associate Professor) Thought Leadership at Fontys University of Applied Sciences
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.
Leadership coach, speaker and author
Chairman Public Relations, Chime Communications
Kevin Murray is a business leader and a communications specialist with more than 40 years of experience and two best-selling books on leadership to his credit. His two business books - "The Language of Leaders”, and "Communicate to Inspire - a leader's guide", examine how top leaders communicate to inspire, influence and achieve results. Available online at Waterstones, WH Smith, and on Amazon, the books have received much acclaim from the literary, and leadership worlds, alike. Both were finalists in the Chartered Management Institute's Management Book of the Year Awards. He has interviewed more than 100 CEO's on how to be inspiring, speaks at conferences and leadership events around the world, and does exclusive leadership coaching. He has also written a crime novel, "Blood of the Rose", also available on Amazon. Kevin is also Chairman of Public Relations for Chime Communications, a global sports and communications agency. He has been with Chime for 18 years and has led many businesses there. He was chairman of the Bell Pottinger Group prior to the buyout of Bell Pottinger companies from Chime in 2012. At the time, Bell Pottinger was the biggest PR Group in the UK. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.
Managing Director of External Communications at Liberty Global
Guto Harri was born in Cardiff and studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the Queen’s College Oxford, before a post-graduate in Broadcast Journalism and an 18 year career at the BBC. As a TV and radio correspondent he covered the collapse of communism in eastern Europe, two Gulf wars and more than a decade of British politics. He presented some of the BBC’s flagship programmes and a number of documentaries and served two foreign postings to Rome and New York. In 2008, he left journalism to join the public relations agency Fleishman-Hillard as a Senior Policy Advisor, and spent a week advising the Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. He left within a month to work for Boris Johnson when he was first elected Mayor of London. He spent four years as the Mayor’s spokesman and Director of all External Affairs, as well as a period as Chief of Staff. Following Boris Johnson’s successful re-election he accepted the challenge of restoring the reputation of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper group - News International – and oversaw its rebranding as NewsUK. He left in December 2015 when the former CEO, Rebekah Brooks, was re-appointed to the role, and accepted a job as the global Managing Director of External Communications for Liberty Global. Guto is a non-executive Director of the Hay Book Festival and S4C television, as well as a volunteer crew member with the Royal National Life Boat Institute. He is married with three children.