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While some may think taking professional certification exam could be a high pressure experience, our SCMP and CMP panelists described the whole experience of GCCC certification as manageable and which was completed with ease. The exam also  allowed them to revisit the day to day communication skills. Not only has the accreditation helped with their career development, but it has also earned them valuable friendship and support in the IABC global network. Special thanks to Brad, Genevieve, Michelle and Virginia for the interactive discussion at the webinar.

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Date: Tue, 9 April 2019
Time: 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM HKT
Location: FleishmanHillard, Suite 1501, CityPlaza 4, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong.

A round-table discussion among senior communications experts examined what will the communications organization (in-house and at agencies) look like when digitalization reaches an advanced state, in particular, in the Asia Pacific region.

A variety of views were exchanged among the panelists as well as the other participants particularly on whether the title “head of digital” will still be relevant in the future when digitalization has been fully realized.


Rachel Catanach, President & Senior Partner, Greater China, FleishmanHillard
Virginia Chi, President, IABC Hong Kong
David Ketchum, CEO, Current Asia
David Ko, Senior Vice President and Asia Lead, RFI Asia (a Ruder Finn company)
Stephen Thomas, Head of Group Brand and Communications, AIA Group
Moderator: Arun Sudhaman, CEO/Editor-in-Chief, The Holmes Report

Big thanks to our venue sponsor FleishmanHillard.



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Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 6:00 PM
Mr Wolf, 5/F, 70 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong

Members and friends of IABC and ICON Hong Kong's networks of business professionals raised a glass to the Year of the Pig in a fun evening event co-hosted by the two organizations.

Apart from chatting about what’s got them excited about the year ahead and what challenges they’re taking on over good wine and drinks and enjoying the beautiful city views, the participants also heard from Dr Zoë Fortune about the tips on how to take care of ourselves and others in a city that boasts some of the longest working hours in the world.

Zoë is the CEO of the City Mental Health Alliance Hong Kong, a not-for-profit organisation which works to create a culture of good mental health in the workplace, shares best practice and increases mental health understanding. A researcher by background, Zoë has led research programmes across various academic, psychiatric, criminology and international development settings.

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 8:00 AM
BASF, 45/F Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central Hong Kong

IABC Hong Kong and ICON Hong Kong jointly held a year-end morning celebration of the holiday season and the spirit of giving in December 2018.

Apart from enjoying a morning treat while making new IABC and ICON friends, the participants also heard from Wendy Ng and Lauren Houghton of Asian Charity Services (ACS) about how to share expertise through pro-bono business consulting for NGOs through structured workshops, hackathons and training seminars.

ACS is a registered charity that supports nonprofit organizations that serve Hong Kong's neediest citizens and communities.

A very special thanks to BASF for hosting the event.

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After quite a wait due to the postponement caused by the super typhoon Mangkhut in September, the seminar finally took place on 27 November.

The seminar was hosted by Ron Christianson, Global Head of Corporate Relations for McDonald’s Foundational Markets. Ron is responsible for driving the development and implementation of Brand Reputation and Corporate Relations strategies for the McDonald’s brand to support its business growth within 85 diverse and dynamic global markets, consisting of more than 10,000 restaurants in Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Managing a successful global brand is a balancing act between local strategy and internal vision. At the seminar, apart from hearing how the communications strategies and actions are aligned with the brand’s vision and mission, the audience also learned about the very extensive roles the corporation communications function is taking up to meet the changing needs and expectations of consumers, employees and stakeholders of the global brand.

The shared case studies which took place in different cultural settings showed how unexpected and unique challenges the communications function has to embrace when dealing with markets across so many different borders and cultures. A seminar well worth the wait.  

IABC would like to give a very special thanks to Meltwater Hong Kong for being the venue sponsor of the seminar.


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