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The New Program Board for WCF 2018 Has Been Announced

Date: 09.06.17

The World Communication Forum’s Program Board for 2018 has been formed. For the next calendar year, the WCF will be led by 27 communication professionals representing 20 countries all over the world: Armenia, Russia, India, South Africa, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Turkey, the USA, Brazil, Poland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Canada, UK, and Holland.




In the nearest future, several significant for the communication industry events have already been scheduled by the Board, among others – the WCFA USA Trip, in cooperation with the PR Museum in New York, some regional communication forums, webinars, and the next annual WCF “Communication on Top”.

Tatevik Pirumyan, Executive Director of Armenian Public Relations Association (APRA) is also among the members of the new WCF Committee.



Other members of the Committee are:

1. Yanina Dubeykovskaya, WCFDavos Founder & Content Director, WCFA association's President (Russia)
2. Prof. Dr. Ali Murat Vural, Executive Board Member and Coordinator at Bersay Communications (Turkey)
3. Assel Kozhakova, DIPM MCIM, Founder & CEO of Red Point Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan)
4. Catherine Hernandez-Blades, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Aflac (USA)
5. Dymitr Romanowski, Co-founder of The Story, Design & Innovation (Poland)
6. Evgeniya Bliznyuk, Director and co-founder of Corestone, advisor at the Presidential Administration (Ukraine)
7. Faith Muthambi, former Minister of Communications (South Africa)
8. Flavio Oliveira, WCF rep in Brazil, Global PR Manager at UBM (Netherlands)
9. Gabor Hegyi, Founding Managing Director of Capital Communications (Hungary)
10. Guntram Kaiser, Chief Executive Officer of KaiserCommunication GmbH (Germany)
11. Jennifer Stapper, Chief of the Communications Section at UN Volunteers (Germany)
12. Gianni Catalfamo, CEO at One Wedge, Web 3.0 evangelist, Founder of cc:catalfamo (Italy)
13. Dr. Jon-Hans Coetzer, former Chief Academic Officer (CAO), Glion Institute (Switzerland)
14. Kara Alaimo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Relations, Hofstra University (USA)
15. Lina Duque, MBA, Social Media Strategist, Executive Branding Coach, University Lecturer (Canada)
16. Loula Zaklama, President and Managing Director of RADA Research & PR Co. (Egypt)
17. Maxim Behar, ICCO President, CEO of M3 Communications Group, Inc. (Bulgaria)
18. Olga Bereslavskaya, PhD, Founder of "Amazing Hong Kong" ("Amazing City Award"), Senior Investment Advisor at Qianhai Pacific World Assets Management Co., Co-founder of the World Communication Forum (Russia)
19. Olga Podoinitsyna, Member of the Board, VTB Capital (Russia)
20. Sandeep Malavi, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, PRO, Thane Municipal Corporation (India)
21. Saurabh Kumar Uboweja, Founder, CEO & Director Brand Strategy at Brands of Desire (India)
22. Sean Gardner, Co-Founder of the Huffington Post’s "Twitter Powerhouses Series" (USA)
23. Sergey Zverev, President of CROS PR & Public Affairs (Russia)
24. Scott Fahlman, Research Professor, Carnegie Mellon University (USA)
25. Solly Moeng, Managing Director of Don Valley, Marketing & Communications (South Africa)
26. Yuxing Han, Professor - School of Engineering, South China Agriculture University, Founder of Nanjing Yunyan Technology Ltd. (China)

Yanina Dubeykovskaya, Founder and Content Director of the World Communication Forum and President of the WCFA association, shared:



“There are plenty of interesting ideas and important events on our agenda for 2018. We continue to build the global communication community and the new WCF Committee of 27 communicators active in 20 countries is the confirmation of the fact that we are on the right way! I believe with such an international composition of experts we will be able to form, on the one hand, a highly involving and diversified agenda which will prove attractive and interesting to all players in the communication industry. On the other hand, the program will genuinely focus on global communications as a driver of human development, since all members of the committee are trusted leaders of local regional or national professional communities within the communication industry.”

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ICCO Global Summit 2017

Date: 02.05.17

In 2017 ICCO (International Communications Consultancy Organisation) Global Summit will take place at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Finland on 5th-6th October, hosted by Finnish association of Marketing, Technology and Creativity (MTL).



The Conference Chairperson is ICCO Vice President Elise Mitchell, CEO of Mitchell Communications and Dentsu Aegis Public Relations Network.

The theme for the event is “Innovate | Engage | Evolve: Leading in a transformational world”.

A “Call for Speakers” is open for the ICCO Global Summit 2017 with a deadline for applications being Friday 12 May.

Here you can find application form. Please complete it and return via email to ICCO General Manager, Charlene Corrin: charlene.corrin@iccopr.com.

Looking forward to another fantastic ICCO Summit later this year!

WCFDavos/Yerevan forum is over in Yerevan

Date: 23.03.17

The regional session of Davos World Communication Forum – WCFDavos/Yerevan, completed its activates in Yerevan, Armenia. Within the framework of the two-day forum held for the first time in the region in the current format, discussion on such issues as crisis communication, social media, corporate responsibility, state brands and community development have been held.



«From Crisis to Development - Powered by Communication» forum was organized by the Armenian Public Relations Association (APRA) in cooperation with Davos World Communication Forum Association. The forum was attended by Armenian professionals, as well as leading experts from the five continents of the world.

At the end of the forum, President of the Armenian Public Relations Association Ara Saghatelyan thanked the guests and all the participants.
“The interactions were highly substantial and interesting. I am convinced that we will take measures, as we have already discussed, to turn such interactions with our partners into a tradition. We shall try to find out resources, create platforms and continue the professional communication and development in our professional community, which, as you saw, clearly maintains the principle ‘each of us is one of the equals’.

In fact, want it or not, our profession is a mission rather than a service. In case there are some issues we can assist each other to settle, we can establish a platform for continuous communication on the basis of the association,” A. Saghatelyan said.

Here yo can find some presentations of the speakers.

WCFDavos/ Yerevan 2017

Date: 10.03.17

Armenian Public Relations Association (APRA) in cooperation World Communication Forum Association (WCFA) with organizes WCFDavos/Yerevan two-day long forum “From Crisis to Development - Powered by Communication”, which will take place on 21-22 March, 2017, in “Elite Plaza” Business Center.



The forum will have 5 main panels:
1. Crisis Communication;
2. Social media and communication measurement;
3. Corporate reputation and CSR;
4. Country Branding;
5. Community development.

Armenian, as well as leading experts from 5 continents of the world will make presentations in each panel of the forum.

The target audiences of the forum are specialists in PR, marketing and related fields, experts from state and private sector, as well as specialists and organizations involved in community development.

For participation fill the registration form till 17 March.

You can find more information about the forum on these pages:
https://web.facebook.com/events/619538044914130/
http://www.forumdavos.com/regional/24/

The head of the «City Branding» team Vasily Dubeikovskiy in Armenia

Date: 29.01.17

On January 27, 2017, with the support of Armenian Public Relations Association and the Faculty of Sociology of Yerevan State University (YSU), Yerevan State University, the head of the «City Branding» team Vasily Dubeikovskiy visited YSU. He is the author of branding projects of many Russian cities.



Vasily Dubeikovskiy held a lecture on «City Branding», first of all speaking about the concepts of «brand», «city brand», about their role and importance, and through the interactive communication with the audience he came up with some theoretical bases.

Then the speaker presented several practical examples, in particular, he spoke about the history of brand creation of Russian cities Uryupinsk and Kostamus (Kostomuksha), about the principles, disadvantages, benefits and features of the work.



«This sphere is quite interesting. It should also be noted that team work, as well as being surrounded by supporters are very important for achieving the desired result », - said Vasily Dubeikovskiy.

At the end of the meeting students had the opportunity to ask questions to the speaker.

Yandex Company opened Programming School in Vanadzor

Date: 24.01.17

On January 20th, 2017, with the support of the Armenian Public Relations Association, Yandex Programming School was officially opened in Vanadzor Technology Center (VTC). Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia Levon Mkrtchian, CEO of Yandex.Taxi Tigran Khudaverdyan, Head of Yandex Academic Programs Sergey Chernishov, Director of Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF) Bagrat Yengibaryan, as well as representatives of the technological and business communities, students and teachers of the Programming School attended the event.



Programming School in VTC is a joint initiative of Yandex Company and the Enterprise Incubator Foundation for schoolchildren of 9-11 grades, who want to acquire basic web-development skills. The objective of the project is to introduce the students to programming, create perspectives of work in IT sector for them, and facilitate progress of IT-sector in Lori marz.



The lessons in VTC started on January 21st and will be held twice a week. Each course is one-year long. In that time children will learn the basics of Python programming language and try to make small projects. The school will monitor and estimate the students’ progress. The students who complete the course successfully will receive certificates of of completion of Yandex Programming School in Armenia.

Education in Yandex Programming School is free. 147 schoolchildren applied for the program, and 28 out of them were selected. Local experts, who have passed two stages of selection and training in Yandex School of Data Analysis, teach them.


Communication for Future (C4F) Awards 2017

Date: 16.11.16

Dear Colleagues,

The aim of C4F Awards is to reach truly creative, innovative and visionary professional communication experts or agencies, as well as graduates/students/specialists who shape up the future of communications with their remarkable initiatives, diploma projects, and innovative work!

Here are the categories for personal C4F Awards 2017:

• Grand Award
• Titan of the future
• Image of the future
• Relations of the future
• Idea of the future
• Evangelists of the future
• Talent of the future
• Leader of the future (supported by the WCFA association)


Here are the categories for corporate C4F Awards 2017:

WHO?

• Education of the future
• City of the future
• Media of the future
• Technology of the future
• Trust of the future
• Pro Bono of the future
• Community of the future (supported by the WCFA association)

HOW?

• Reputation of the future
• Communication of the future
• Branding of the future
• Creative of the future
• Anti Crisis of the future
• Value of the future
• Employee comms of the future
• New generation comms (supported by the WCFA association) >> FREE-of-charge

NB! >> FREE-of-charge category: New Generation Communications!

Link: http://c4fdavosaward.com/Nominations/27/New-Generation-Comms-WCFA/

A new nomination, for any graduate/final-year/MBA students in Media, Comms, Journalism, Management, Leadership, Innovation and any similar studies: supported by the WCFA association!

>> Standard Entry period is now expiring in all categories!

>> Sandard Entry (100 CHF): deadline by 1st Dec, 2016!

>> Online payment >> http://c4f-davos-awards-2017.evenium.net/

- Best price offer for easier access into all categories! (for comparison: Last-min entry fee is 150 CHF).

- Global recognition and prestige!
C4F Awards Gala - 14 March, 2017!
President Wilson Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland

Time to get Global! Join the C4F Awards now!

The C4F Awards Team

Get Ready For World Communication Forum 2017 in Geneva

Date: 15.11.16

During the week of 13-17 March 2017, the World Communication Forum will be held again in Switzerland, for the 8th time. However, this time the Forum is planned to be hosted by the global capital of the world – Geneva, not in Davos.

Yanina Dubeykovskaya, Founder and Content Director of the World Communication Forum and President of the WCFA association, shared: “During the past 7 years, the Forum in Davos helped us shape a global community of communicators who view our profession as a mission – the mission to make this world more connected, more open, and more trusted. We believe that, especially today, communication is the key driver for the future development of the world, of humanity, and of each individual. We have created a new format for holding a business event and we have accepted representatives of more than 58 countries in our WCF family. Over 263 speakers have stepped-out in Davos during these 7 years. In the offline and online media, there have been 110 publications of the last edition – the WCF’2016. We launched the regional WCF format back in 2013 and we have already held over 15 regional forums in different countries. What is best of all is that we have made a lot of friends!”

Yanina Dubeykovskaya added that the Forum has grown and is ready to move from a Global Village, Davos, to a Global Capital, Geneva. The Forum aims to shape the global communication agenda and foresee new opportunities for communication’s impact on the future of humanity. Two days have become insufficient, so the organizers are launching a series of events under the brand WCF Geneva Week, focusing on different areas of communication: Global & Corporate Communication, Branding & Design, Science & Innovation Communication, and Education & Communication.

“I hurry to thank our partners: The Story (Poland), Don Valley (South Africa), GROU (Ukraine), Kaiser Communication (Germany), RADA (Egypt), JSP Communications (Nigeria), CROS (Russia), M3 Communications Group, Inc. (Bulgaria), Capital Communications (Hungary), Competence Communication (Italy)”, - said Ms Dubeykovskaya.

WCFDavos – 7 editions (2010-2016) – in figures:

• 42% agency managers • 32% CorpCom Heads • 11% university reps • 10% Gov reps • 5% media • 7 years WCFDavos • 58 countries • 263 speakers • 202 presentations • 165+ consultancies • 115+ companies • 125+ partners • 19 Gov units • 20 international orgs • 22 educational institutions • 45 media partners • 65 panel discussions • 32 keynotes • 140 videos • 28 personal + 7 corporate C4F awards • 13 case studies • 5 training classes • 12 regional forums • 5 projects of the WCFA association.

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World Communication Forum 2017 Moving from Davos to Geneva, the Global Capital

Date: 14.11.16

During the week of 13-17 March 2017, the World Communication Forum will be held again in Switzerland, for the 8th time. However, this time the Forum is planned to be very different. Compared to its previous 7 editions that took place in Davos, the upcoming WCF will offer a larger scale of content, hosted by the global capital of the world – Geneva.

The main aim of the World Communication Forum and the WCFA association is to increase all communicators’ influence on the future of humanity, on the development of the business in different countries, on their nations, and on each person in particular. Therefore, Geneva, the ‘global capital’ that hosts the highest number of important international organizations within the world, is the perfect location. Starting from 2017, the C4F Awards ceremony will also take place in Geneva. The motto of the Awards is ‘Communication for future’, and Geneva is the cradle of the world’s future.

Moving to Geneva, the World Communication Forum has also changed its format. The 8th edition will last longer and will be far more intensive. Additionally, the Forum will be held in cooperation with various international organizations. Here is the preliminary agenda:

13 Mar’17, Geneva Motor Show: Branding & Design;

14 Mar’17, UN Headquarters: Global orgs & Government communications;

15 Mar’17, UN Headquarters: Global companies & Business Development;

16 Mar’17, CERN: Science, Innovation & Technology;

17 Mar’17, GLION Institute of Higher Education: Education in Communications.

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World Communication Forum Association (WCFA) Poll

Date: 09.11.16

Dear colleagues - professional communicators from all over the world,

Dear WCFA members,

Kindly spare a few minutes to check this poll of the World Communication Forum Association and answer the questions given below – your replies should be submitted by 13th November the latest.

Your own professional contribution and other experts' participation in filling out this 5-10 minute survey will help us collect sufficient data which is to be processed and shared among the WCFA’s global community.

Thank you for your cooperation!

NB: The poll expires on 13th November, 2016.

Here is the link of the survey: http://www.survio.com/survey/d/D0L0W2O6Q7D2N7V1S/