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The Rome Debate: Rebuilding trust in the misinformation era

Thursday, 2. March 2017 - 18:00
ENEL Group

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We are excited to announce the very first event of our new EACD Debate series and delighted to invite you to join The Rome Debate.

The Rome Debate: Rebuilding trust in the misinformation era

Date: 2nd March 2017
Time: 6.00pm (doors open at 5.30pm) 
Location: c/o ENEL Group (Sala Avogadro), Viale Regina Margherita 125, 00198 Roma

The current controversy about misinformation comprises several topics. It fuses together the phenomenon of filter bubbles on social media, the role of traditional journalism, the unscrupulous use of data and emotional messaging in shaping public opinion. The after-shock of the global economic crisis has resulted in a lack of trust in established organizations.

The final simplification is the new use of the word “post-truth” to explain the resulting effect. Even the British Oxford Dictionary made "post-truth" its word of the year, "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief".

Today’s companies, institutions, academies and governments suffer from a lack of trust since people are more likely to focus on horizontal discussions and engagement with peers. People are able to easily sidestep traditional intermediaries such as the media, political parties, unions or associations.

How can we defend the truth, present the correct information and give balanced opinions? What major challenges must communicators overcome to achieve a new level of trust and reputation for their organizations?

Marco Magli, Head of Media and External Relations at Avio Aero (General Electric) and EACD Regional Coordinator in Italy, will open and moderate the event.

We are pleased to announce the following speakers have been confirmed:

Anthony Gooch Gàlvez, Director of Public Affairs and Communications at OECD & EACD Vice-President
As Director of Public Affairs and Communications at the OECD, Anthony Gooch Gálvez is responsible for shaping the OECD’s global strategic communications effort covering media, public affairs and publishing operations. This includes orchestrating the OECD’s public expression of its role as the international organisation working for a stronger, cleaner and fairer world economy through all policy areas. Prior to joining the OECD, Anthony spent 13 years with the European Commission, serving as the EU’s Trade Spokesman and Special Adviser to the EU’s Chief Trade Negotiator, Pascal Lamy.

He specialised in EU relations with Latin America, coordinating the EU’s Free Trade negotiations with Mexico. He also headed the Commission’s media and public diplomacy operations in the US and the UK. He has been an EU Visiting Fellow to the University of Southern California (USC) and a Fellow of the USC Center for Public Diplomacy. Prior to joining the European Commission, he worked for a strategic EU public affairs consultancy and as a freelance journalist.

Ryan O’Keeffe, Director of Communications at ENEL
Ryan O'Keeffe oversees Enel's Brand Strategy, Global Advertising, Internal Communications, Media Relations and Digital Communications at Group level. Following postgraduate studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Ryan joined UBS Investment Bank in its South African office before moving to London where he worked in the M&A and Leveraged Finance teams. In 2006 he joined Finsbury, the leading global strategic communications consultancy, where he advised the CEOs and boards of directors of a number of the world's largest companies on their strategic communications.

In 2009 he moved to Finsbury's office in New York where he spent three years, culminating in leading Finsbury's 2011 merger with US-based Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery. Ryan has broad experience in international media engagement, investor relations, as well as internal communications, crisis management and regulatory investigations. He is a board member of Enel Cuore Onlus, and is also involved with various educational charities in South Africa and the UK.

Aura Salla, Adviser for Communication and Outreach at the European Political Strategy Centre of the European Commission
Aura was previously working as a Member of Cabinet and Communications Adviser of Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice President responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. She joined Mr Katainen's team in August 2014.
Before joining the Commission she worked in a consultancy firm Recommended Finland as a Project Manager specialising in EU Affairs and Communications and before that as a speechwriter in the Finnish Parliament. Aura has been visiting lecturer in Harvard University. She holds a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Turku Finland and she has also studied Economics of the European Union in University of Leipzig, Germany.

Paolo Messa, Member of Board of Directors at RAI Radio Televisione Italiana
Graduated in Political Science, Paolo Messa is Director at the Center for American Studies. He is founder of Formiche, a publishing project that includes a monthly magazine, an online newspaper ( and Airpress, a review devoted to policies for aerospace and defense. Paolo is also member of the board at RAI, the Italian public tv broadcaster, at the CONAI, and at NIAF Italy.

Previously, Paolo was Communication Advisor to the Vice Prime minister and to the minister of the Environment. From 2001 to 2006, he was Chief of Communication to UDC, an Italian political party.

Luigi Contu, Editor in Chief of the Italian news agency ANSA
He has been the editor in chief of ANSA since June 2009. He was born in Rome in 1962. He started his career in the '80s working for the economic newspaper "Ore 12". In the middle of eighties he started his collaboration with the finance editorial department of ANSA. In 1990 he moved to the political newsroom continuing to take care of economics and finance, closely following the work of the parliamentary committees and the government's activities. In 1997 he led the political news department and subsequently he was appointed Deputy Director of the Agency with the task of coordinating the political information and institutional relations. In those years he was appointed secretary and later vice president of the Parliamentary Press Association. In 2004 he was the head of the internal affairs newsroom for La Repubblica newspaper, which will lead up to 2009 before being appointed as editor in chief of ANSA.


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