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*Please note that this agenda will be subject to revision as speakers are confirmed
Clare Dewhirst, Director, City Nation Place
& TBC, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Delivering an authentic place brand position for sustainable prosperity and long term economic success
Place branding for global competitive advantage
Clare Dewhirst founded the City Nation Place initiative in 2015 – City Nation Place has been established as an important global forum, bringing together those involved in understanding and managing nation and city brands around the world to share ideas, collaborate on projects and build an understanding of how a place brand can impact on economic development and investment promotion, tourism development, talent attraction and the wellbeing of citizens. The City Nation Place Global conference takes place in London every November and brings together 200 delegates from over 30 countries. Clare brings over 20 years’ experience of launching and managing successful international events in the marketing, media and other business sectors to the City Nation Place project – including two years as head of international events for The New York Times.
Bloom Consulting CEO
Since 2003 Mr. Torres has been advising Countries in the field of Nation Branding and City Branding, working directly with heads of state, directors of National Tourism Organizations and Investment Promotion Agencies.
His clients include Countries, Regions and Cities such as Australia, Costa Rica, Israel, Jamaica, Poland, Sweden, Stockholm and many others spread across all five continents.
Mr. Torres collaborates directly with the World Economic Forum in the matters of Nation Branding and is a guest speaker in some of the most prestigious universities in USA and Europe, such as HARVARD, the London Business School, Stockholm School of Economics and many others, being interviewed by The Economist, BBC, Guardian and CNN.
Since 2011 his company performs a global research project called the Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking and most recently the Digital Country Index and the Digital City Index
As Assistant Chief Executive (Marketing Group) of the Singapore Tourism Board, Ms Lynette Pang is responsible for building the Singapore destination brand globally and helms the international marketing efforts, driving the consumer-centric and yield-driven approach to marketing.
Her role as ACE Marketing gives her responsibility for brand strategy and global campaigns, corporate and consumer communications, marketing partnerships, digital and content, industry marketing, agency management and marketing capability development.
In her previous role as Executive Director, Arts & Entertainment, Lynette w as responsible for the strategic development of the Arts and Entertainment sectors for tourism contribution.
She also held a concurrent position as Executive Director, F1 &Sports, overseeing the growth of sports tourism. Lynette had also managed the Enrichment (Healthcare and Education) portfolio in STB previously.
Before joining STB, Lynette was General Manager at leading theatre company,Singapore Repertory Theatre and held marketing leadership positions at Yahoo! Asia and at film distributor, Warner Bros. Theatrical.
She started her marketing career at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising where she worked on the Singapore Tourism Board account. Lynette graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Artsin English Literature and Sociology and completed an Honours in EnglishLiterature. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Singapore International Film Festival and Arts House Limited.
Rebecca is a business veteran with over 20 years experience in marketing across diverse sectors such as Diary, Banking, Telecomms, IT, Manufacturing and Tourism.
Rebecca has led business growth, competitive repositioning, brand development and was a pioneer in digital and direct marketing in New Zealand. Having worked across sales, marketing, operations and manufacturing she brings a wealth of knowledge, real-life experiences and a practical perspective to her leadership of New Zealand's country reputation programme, the New Zealand Story.
The New Zealand Story was established in 2013 to expand the reputation of New Zealand beyond natural beauty. Rebecca's team enable the success of businesses by providing them with the skills, tools and knowledge to each share a compelling story that sets them apart on the world stage. In addition, Rebecca works with Govt. agencies to craft and harmonise messages about New Zealand through diplomatic, trade, and public channels.
Rebecca is passionate about enabling a sustainable and prosperous future for New Zealand and the world.