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Polar Explorer and Environmentalist Robert Swan OBE Joins Corporate, Military and Government Leaders at International Summit on Strategic Communications in London Sept. 11-12

LONDON, August 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Some of the world's top communications and public affairs officers will speak at the International Summit on Strategic Communications on September 11-12 at the University of Greenwich when 100 leaders and CEOs from corporate, military and government communications, public relations and public affairs will assemble to identify and discuss strategies which enhance engagement and to share best practices.

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Robert Swan OBE is the first man ever to walk to both the North and South Poles, and Time Magazine calls him one of the world's top 10 communicators. Swan will share his unique insights and lessons learned in an hour-long interactive session with Summit delegates. Swan has earned his place in history alongside great explorers and adventurers who have tested their physical and mental strength to the limit. He will entertain and inspire Summit attendees with dramatic tales of adventure, incredible hardship and skills for overcoming the odds to finally triumph

Now in its 5th year globally, the Summit on Strategic Communications is co-hosted by the University of Greenwich Business School and is sponsored by the London Guild of Public Relations Practitioners, Bell Helicopter, HSBC and Apostol. The Summit is organized by the non-profit Strategic Communications Leadership Initiative and ExL Events Inc. The venue is the historic Queen Anne Building on the University of Greenwich maritime campus at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Full event information is at

"The London Strategic Summit aims for deeper understanding of communications opportunities and solutions to the complex challenges before us today," said Robert Grupp, Summit Director and chair of the non-profit Strategic Communications Leadership Initiative. "Although the context for work varies among the sectors represented, Summit delegates find much in common in challenges faced, strategies in play and channels being used. As a result, there is a great comradery among peers and professionals who attend."

"Research consistently shows companies with higher levels of engagement earn a return many times higher than those still relying on traditional structures or that drift into command and control style. The military learned long ago that if you want to win, you have to engage the intelligence of everyone involved in the battle. This Strategic Summit explains how." The complete program is online at

Featured speakers include:

  • Andy Berry, Regional Head of Communications EMEA, HSBC
  • Jonathan Chandler, Partner, REPUTATION INC. and Master of the LONDON GUILD OF PR PRACTITIONERS
  • Sue Clark, Managing Director Europe,  SABMiller plc
  • Jeremy Fern, Head of City Affairs, CITY OF LONDON
  • Robert Hastings, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, BELL HELICOPTER; formerly Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
  • Simone Hemingway, Human Resources Director, CARE UK
  • Kenth Kaerhog, Head of Group Communications,  The ISS Group
  • Jill Pearcy, Head of Communications, HS2 Ltd.
  • Zitah McMillan, Director Communications & International, FINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITY
  • Richard Morgan, Head of Government Relations,  ANGLO AMERICAN
  • Celia Richardson, Director of Communications, SOCIAL ENTERPRISE UK
  • Commodore Gary Sutton, Director of Communications, ROYAL NAVY
  • Simon Wren, Director of Communications, UK HOME OFFICE
  • And More… 

About the Strategic Communications Leadership Initiative ("The SCLI") 

The SCLI is a non-profit organization established to advance the profession by providing thought leadership and setting standards for practicing strategic communications. The SCLI connects a community of senior executives, communications directors and public affairs officers from corporations, the military, government agencies and other non-profit organizations and NGOs.

About ExL Events 

ExL Pharma, a division of ExL Events, Inc., is the industry leader in developing innovative, educational conferences that serve the pharmaceutical and allied communities in the United States, Europe, Latin America and other markets. ExL teams conduct extensive market research and targeted outreach, and results translate to successful, high-quality events and designed to exceed the dynamic informational and networking needs of audiences. 

For Further Information
Robert W. Grupp
Summit Director
[email protected]
[email protected]

John Norris
[email protected]


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