As Founder and Chairman of The PR Trust, Allard W. van Veen has over forty years of experience in the global communications and public relations industries. He is a Founding Partner of PROI Worldwide, the world’s largest partnership of independent integrated communications companies, and has also served as its Global Chairman. From 1967–1996, Allard was Chairman and Founder of The Noram Group, which became the third largest independent integrated communications company in Canada. With seven offices across the country, The Noram Group included advertising, public relations, graphic design, marketing research, exhibition services and management consulting. Allard has also founded and operated North American companies involved in technology, medical equipment and real estate, and from 1979–1986 was the Agent General for The West Midlands (UK) in Canada and the US. A Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS), Allard is also a former Honorary Representative for the Canada–UK Chamber of Commerce.
Richard is Chairman of SPRG Asia, and an investor relations and public relations veteran with over 25 years of industry experience. He founded Strategic Public Relations Group (“SPRG”) in 1995, now the largest PR consultancy in Hong Kong, and one of the largest PR networks in Asia, with offices in Singapore, China, Malaysia and Taiwan. Richard holds over 40 board, committee and advisory positions with religious organisations, NGOs and academic institutions. Accolades that Richard have earned include the 2003 “Young Entrepreneur Award” by DHL/SCMP Hong Kong Business Awards; “Excellence in Achievement of World Chinese Youth Entrepreneurs,” presented by Yazhou Zhoukan and World Federation of Chinese Entrepreneurs Organisation in 2009; and “Outstanding Individual Achievement” at the 2012 Asia-Pacific SABRE Awards.
Andreas Fischer-Appelt is Founder, Managing Director and owner of fischerAppelt AG, one of the largest German agency groups with agencies in the field of PR, advertising, TV production, design, live marketing, strategic consulting and digital communications. The agency group was founded in 1986 and is one of the leading communication groups in Germany. The agency has more than 450 employees and offices in Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich and Doha (Qatar). Andreas is a specialist for brand management, corporate communications and dedicated to providing consultancy services for both big businesses as well as for start-ups. He has been awarded with several PR awards including the Cannes Lions, the European Excellence Awards and the London International Awards. He was a jury member at the Deutscher PR Preis, the leading PR award in the German-speaking area.
Madan Bahal is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Adfactors PR, India’s largest and most awarded public relations firm. Adfactors PR is also the youngest and the only independent firm in its peer group in India. In November 2017, the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) inducted Mr Bahal into its Hall of Fame. The Holmes Report has named Mr. Bahal as one of sixteen professionals from the international marketing communications and public relations industries poised to make waves in 2016, and in 2013 he was recognised for “Individual Outstanding Achievement” in the Asia-Pacific region. PRWeek too has been including Mr Bahal in its Global Power Book since June 2015. In 2016, Adfactors PR won all five Agency of the Year awards for India, and The Holmes Report has conferred the firm with awards for Asia-Pacific Corporate-PA Consultancy in 2018, Global Corporate Agency in 2016, Global Financial Agency in 2015, and Asia-Pac Financial Consultancy of the Year in 2015 and 2013. Mr Bahal is a member of the esteemed Arthur W. Page Society as well as of the governing council for The Yoga Institute, Mumbai. The Institute is the world’s oldest body of organised yoga teaching.