A futurist, strategist and frequent keynote speaker, Chris leads a team that has completed more than 100 visioning, strategy, planning, policy and branding projects for destinations and cities around the world. Chris holds a Masters degree in Studies of the Future, is an adjunct instructor in placemaking for New York University and is a member of the Project for Public Space’s Leadership Council, the Urban Land Institute and Destination Marketing Association International. In 2013, Chris was recognized as the place branding “Thought Leader of the Year” at the World Sense of Place Summit for his development of place branding methodologies.
Colin Ferguson joined Travel Manitoba as President and CEO in early 2011. Since then, he’s had the opportunity to travel to all corners of the province experiencing all that makes Manitoba an ideal travel destination. Well known in Winnipeg’s advertising and marketing community, prior to joining Travel Manitoba, he was partner in Ferguson Walker Marketing Communications and earlier, Senior Partner and General Manager of Palmer Jarvis Advertising/Palmer Jarvis DDB, working with local, provincial and national clients. He has also been active in the not-for-profit sector, as one of the founding directors of Partners in the Park, now Assiniboine Park Conservancy; president of the Children’s Hospital Research Foundation; and strategic planning and marketing lead for Winnipeg’s hosting of the 1999 Pan Am Games.
He too is the Founder of the Canadian Women’s Bandy team headquartered in Winnipeg... currently ranked fourth in the World.
English and French speaking Solly Moeng is an experienced expert in brand reputation management. He’s also a known independent media professional.
Born in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, he has lived and studied in France, Canada and the US and travelled in many other countries around the world for professional purposes. He was South African Tourism’s Marketing Manager in Canada, based in Toronto, before being appointed Country Manager in the USA, based in New York City, where he oversaw the roll-out of the organisation’s Tourism Growth Strategy.
Following the USA, Solly returned to France, then back to South Africa where he worked for and consulted for a number of companies and organisations spanning both private and public sectors in retail, oil & gas, destination marketing, public transport, nature conservation, logistics, energy, fashion, hospitality, etc.
Apart from his popular weekly column on www.fin24.com, public speaking engagements, ongoing PhD research through the University of Cape Town, Solly, former President of PRISA (Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa) and
Vice President: Branding & Reputation Strategies for the Davos-Switzerland-based World Communication Forum Association (http://www.wcfaglobal.com/founders-executives-vp-ambassadors) is also the Convenor of both the South Africa Brand Summit (www.sabrandsummit.co.za) and the Africa Brand Summit that will be launched in Kigali, Rwanda, in late 2019.
Socially, Solly is an avid road and off-road cyclist.
Daniela Montiel is a Strategy and Partnerships Coordinator at Marca Chile, a public-private foundation that manages Chile’s country brand. She proposes strategy and establishes partnerships which aim to position Chile’s nation brand internationally and provide support for international efforts carried out by members of the public and private sectors. Prior to this she spent six years developing communication strategy for economic development projects at the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds a master’s degree in public diplomacy from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in literature from Loyola Marymount University. Originally from California, she is currently based in Santiago de Chile.
Jose Filipe Torres
Bloom Consulting - CEO
Expert in Nation Branding
For the last 13 years, Jose has been advising countries in the field of strategy and branding, working directly with heads of state, directors of National Tourism Organisations and Investment Promotion Agencies, spread across five continents.
Moreover, Jose collaborates with the OECD and the World Economic Forum in matters concerning nation branding.
In 2011, his company initiated Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking.
Most recently, Bloom Consulting together with Digital Demand – D2© an analytical Software programme, released the Digital Country Index.
The Index measures the appeal of 245 countries in the digital world.