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The 2019 Brussels Debate: How to address citizenship in a polarised world?

Wednesday 19 June 2019
EACD Debate
AXA Belgium, Place du Trône 1, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
17:30 - late

The 2019 Brussels Debate: How to address citizenship in a polarised world?

Shortly after the European Parliament elections, the second EACD Debate of 2019 will explore the concept of citizenship in a polarised political and social landscape.

With speakers from the forefront of business, public affairs, political communications and more, join us for this free to attend event as we debate:

  • Citizenship in an increasingly polarised society: What will the new, post-European Parliament election political landscape mean for citizens and citizenship?
  • A contentious partnership? Should corporates and government collaborate on social issues?
  • Purpose, sustainability and the positioning of the communications function: Climate activism (as witnessed recently at Davos and in Brussels)
  • Winning back trust: the role of a robust corporate citizenship strategy in reputation management.

The Debate moderators - Inge Wallage (Managing Director, EACD - European Association of Communication Directors) and Marcel Halma (Chief Communications Officer a.i., Nouryon and Coordinator of the EACD's Corporate Citizenship Working Group) are looking forward to welcoming four exceptional speakers to this evening event:


Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman: The European Ombudsman is an independent and impartial body that holds the EU’s institutions and bodies to account, as well as promoting good administration. Emily O'Reilly was previously Ireland's first female Ombudsman and Information Commissioner. She is an author and a former journalist and broadcaster, whose career has attracted significant domestic and international recognition.


Alex Aiken, Executive Director of Government Communications, UK Government: Alex Aiken is the most senior communications professional in the UK’s Civil Service. His role covers government communications strategy, management of the Cabinet Office and No.10 operation and leadership of the profession. Previously, Alex was Director of Communications & Strategy at Westminster City Council and before that held senior posts at Conservative Central Office.


Inge Massen, Global Director Purpose & Brand, Royal DSM: Inge Massen is responsible for embedding purpose into all aspects of the DSM, developing thought leadership and leveraging the impact on stakeholders in close collaboration with the businesses, functions and regions. She is also responsible for shaping and developing the DSM company brand strategy. Inge has 25 years of international experience in B2B branding, marketing and communications.


Torsten Albig, Vice President Corporate Representation Brussels, Deutsche Post DHL: Torsten Albig leads the corporate representation for Deutsche Post DHL in Brussels. Prior to taking on this role, he served as the first minister of the German state Schleswig-Holstein, having served as Lord Mayor of the state capital, Kiel. Before that, he served as press spokesman to then German Federal Minister of Finance, Peer Steinbrück. 


17:30: Registration

18:00: Welcome words by Utta Tuttlies, EACD Board Member

18:05: Keynote by Emily O'Reilly

18:15: Moderated panel discussion (with question from audience): Alex Aiken, Inge Massen, Torsten Albig, Emily O'Reilly

20:00 - 22:00: Networking and drinks

The venue is Room One ( -2 Floor), AXA Belgium, Place du Trône 1, 1000 Brussels, Belgium (Closest parking: 'Interparking 2 Portes')

This event is free of charge though spaces are limited so please register below: