Judges

A panel of international independent judges from consultancy, in-house, academic and media backgrounds, chosen for their experience and expertise will assess the entries.


Ana Adi

Professor of Public Relations/Corporate Communications, Quadriga University of Applied Sciences, Germanyn

Richard Bagnall

Americas & Global Co-Managing Partner, Carma & Chairman, AMEC & CEO, Europe

Richard has played a significant role in global communications evaluation trade association AMEC since the organisation’s inception 23 years ago and has served on the board on multiple occasions. He chaired AMEC’s work-groups that created two of AMEC’s best known educational initiatives, the Social Media Measurement frameworks and more recently the new Integrated Evaluation Framework which has been translated into more than 20 languages. Richard was elected Chairman of AMEC in the summer of 2016 and continues in that role to this day.

Richard’s career began in PR over 25 years ago where he worked in-house for a leading medical charity and at Saatchi and Saatchi’s global PR agency The Rowland Company. He co-founded PR measurement specialist Metrica in the mid 1990s driving the company’s growth from start up to world leader over the next 15 years. In 2009 he led Metrica’s sale to Exponent Private Equity, creating the Gorkana Group from the merger of Metrica, Durrants and Gorkana. In 2014 he joined international communications measurement consultancy specialists PRIME Research as CEO of UK and SVP of Europe. Richard worked closely with the owner of PRIME Research as a consultant on global strategy which culminated in the sale of PRIME Research to Cision in December 2017. In 2018 Richard was appointed CEO of CARMA Europe and the Americas as well as co-managing partner of CARMA International.

He is a member of the UK Government Communications Service’s Cabinet Office Evaluation Council which works to guide Government departments and Arm’s Length Bodies on how best to measure their communications.

Jonny Bentwood

Global Head of Data & Analytics, Golin

Jonny Bentwood heads data and analytics globally at Golin. Recently awarded both 2019 PR Global Agency of the Year and 2019 AMEC Large Research and Measurement Team of the Year, Jonny has put data at the centre of communications.

In his role Jonny enables Golin’s clients to be data-driven. A firm believer that when art is combined with science and decisions purely based on instinct are rejected, then clients will have winning programs. A champion of using data to deliver focus through the customer journey, Jonny has challenged historic approaches to measurement to evolve the approach from descriptive to prescriptive to predictive.
Jonny has worked on global and strategic clients providing counsel for Walmart, McDonalds, Microsoft, Carlsberg, ExxonMobil, Amgen, Unilever, the World Bank and Facebook. He has a successful record in creating award winning analytic and measurement tools including the Relevance Radar, Command Center, TweetLevel, BlogLevel and the patented Flow140.

Stuart Bruce

Managing Consultant, Stuart Bruce Associates

Deb Camden

Founder, The Communications Dividend

Deb Camden is the Australian innovator behind The Communication Dividend, a new best-practice data and analytics solution that empowers communication professionals to prove their value.

A self-confessed evangelist for measurement and evaluation, Deb has blended learnings from more than three decades of professional practice along with industry and academic research to create an integrated measurement solution that provides the missing link between business strategy and communication strategy.

A two-time AMEC Bronze Award winner in 2019, Deb is an avid advocate for the learning and development opportunities available for professionals who enter these important international awards for communication effectiveness.

James Crawford

Managing Director, PR Agency One

Carlos Diaz

General Manager, GlobalNews Group

Carlos has over 10 years of experience in information gathering, measurement and evaluation services. He has helped acquire and develop the methodologies, tools and skills necessary to extract meaningful information from huge amounts of structured & unstructured data at GlobalNews group.
He also has a background in IT entrepreneurship, having founded three different startups related to the media and information sectors (the last one resulting in a successful acqui-hire by GlobalNews Group) since the age of 18.

In his current position, he has spearheaded two Major acquisitions in 2017 (Reporte Informativo and ManagementPress) and has re-structured GlobalNews’ insights department as part of the current strategical growth objectives of the company, as well as entered into the Ecuatorian and Chilean Markets, becoming the second largest player in each market in less than a year. He has championed the re-organization of an industry that is more than one hundred years old from manual, human intensive processes into specialized high value-added human processes that are helped by heavy investment in artificial intelligence and allow the live monitoring and analysis of thousands of media outlets and millions of social media posts.

Pauline Draper-Watts

Executive Vice President, Edelman

Rowena Ebanks

PR, Measurement and Rapid Response, Google

Rowena Ebanks is part of the Corp Comms Measurement and Rapid Response Team at Google. She is a member of the Institute for Public Relations Measurement Commission and has a Master of Science in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University. When not obsessing over orchids, she can be found enjoying a cup of ginger tea and a good book. She currently lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband Mike and their Catahoula Leopard Dog, Leo.

David Geddes

Principal, Geddes Analytics

Dr. David Geddes has 30 years experience in consulting; market research; and marketing and communications measurement. Previously, David Senior Vice President and Partner at FleishmanHillard. David is past-chair of the Institute for Public Relations Measurement and Evaluation Commission (2011-2012), and chair of the Coalition for Public Relations Research Standards. He received a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard, an M.B.A. from the University of Kansas, a D.E.A. from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

John Gilfeather

President, John Gilfeather & Associates

John Gilfeather is a veteran marketing research with extensive experience in the public relations industry. He was head of all custom research at Yankelovich and led the corporate reputation practice. At Roper (now GfK), he was Vice Chairman and leader of the Public Affairs and Communications group and then head of Stakeholder Management at TNS.

John is a founding member of the IPR Measurement Commission, a member of the Advisory Committee for the International Public Relations Research Conference, a 2017 inductee into the PR News Measurement Hall of Fame and a 6-time judge for the Best Use Research for the annual Big Apple awards presented by the NY Chapter of PRSA.

Mohammad Hamid

Management Consulting Executive, Radian Partners

Mo is the managing partner of Radian Partners and the Chairman of IPR’s Measurement Commission. For the past decade, Mo has led a variety of different analytics companies as CEO, including Unison, a media monitoring firm that provided corporations with predictive insights on crisis communications. Mo started his career as a data scientist and software engineer; to this day, this continues to be lens through which he provides counsel to his clients.

Shelley Hammond

Founder & Managing Director, One Roof Agency

Francis Ingham

Director General, PRCA and Executive Director, ICCO

Francis Ingham is Director General of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), operating out of London, Dubai, and Singapore; and Chief Executive of the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO), operating in 66 countries across the globe.

Representing over 30,000 practitioners, the PRCA is the largest PR association in the world. ICCO comprises 41 national associations, collectively representing over 3,000 PR firms.

Natasha Kennedy

Global Managing Director, Research, analytics and measurement practice, Fleishman Hillard

Natasha Kennedy leads the global intelligence practice for FleishmanHillard. Natasha is a growth strategy executive with over 20 years of B2B and B2C experience. She has worked with organizations including eBay, Edelman, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, Monsanto, Oracle, PepsiCo, Salesforce, SEI, Starbucks, Solo Cup and others.

Natasha has led global teams as a general manager, delivering research, analytics and measurement solutions to Fortune 500 organizations. Her business intelligence expertise includes employee acquisition and development; go to market strategy, learning and development, technology strategy and deployment, crisis, brand positioning, corporate and consumer communications, business development and marketing. She has developed balanced scorecards in complex supply chains and managed datawarehouses to deliver analytics and measurement to drive performance. She has extensive experience transforming people, process and technology.

Natasha has authored thought leadership on subjects such as innovation, leadership and project management and speaks at innovation, media and measurement conferences globally. She is a member of the Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communications (AMEC), and an Advisor to the PR Council on ROI.

Maya Koleva

Head of Research & Insight, Commetric

Maya leads the development of new insights products and research methodologies. Since January 2019 she is also member of the International Board of AMEC. Prior to stepping in the media measurement and evaluation sphere ten years ago, Maya used to work as a policy research analyst at the Central European University, Budapest, focusing on media and content regulation, internet governance and copyright. She has been on research teams conducting policy review for the OECD.

Kate LaVail

Vice President, Research & Innovations, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Nitin Mantri

CEO, Avian Media

Tina McCorkindale

President & CEO, IPR

The IPR is a global industry nonprofit association devoted to research in the profession. Tina taught as a professor for 15 years and has more than 10 years of experience working in corporate communication and analytics. She serves on the boards of several industry associations and has received several awards for her contributions to the profession. She has more than 150 presentations and publications in books and journals with a research focus in digital and behavior. She lives in Seattle, WA.

Jon Meakin

Global Head of Strategic Services, Grayling

Jon has more than 25 years’ public relations experience and is currently responsible for Grayling’s West Coast team in the United States. Previously, Jon was responsible for Grayling’s global Strategic Services team, encompassing research, insights and strategy; measurement and evaluation; creative and content solutions; and the agency’s proprietary online reputation management tool, GCore.
Jon is also an AMEC Board member and the founding Chair of its Agency Group, where his focus is on embedding measurement and evaluation best practice throughout the PR agency world.

Marianne Morgan

Director of Research and Analytics at Citypress and European Chapter Chair

Marianne Morgan is Director of Research and Analytics at UK PR agency Citypress. She is responsible for ensuring that the agency delivers best-practice measurement and reporting and oversees the development and innovation of new measurement strategies for clients. In 2019, her team won Small Research and Measurement Team of the Year in AMEC’s global excellence awards. Marianne previously spent almost a decade as a PR practitioner, leading client communications programmes.

Katie Paine

Paine Publishing

Khali Sakkas

Aseem Sood

CEO, Impact Research and Measurement Pvt Ltd

Aseem Sood is a technology enthusiast. He loves to evaluate and apply technology solutions to solve business problems. He believes that companies offering news analysis services can help PR professionals demonstrate the importance/ attention that communication, as a function, deserves in the corporate boardroom.

Aseem is Director at The International Association of Measurement and Evaluation of Communication, UK (AMEC). He also plays the role of Vice President in the Executive Committee of International Association – FIBEP.

Prior to Impact, Aseem worked with McKinsey & Co. as an analyst. At McKinsey he worked with clients in Europe, US and China, helping them improve their operations’ effectiveness in the domain of purchasing and supply management. He also worked in McKinsey & Co.’s Business Technology Office (BTO) practice, a special initiative of McKinsey & Co. that offers technology consulting services.

Nadin Vernon

VP, Cision Insights UK & AMEC Board Director

Nadin Vernon has over 20 years’ experience in the communication and research industry, providing analytics and insights counsel to global accounts. Nadin leads Cision’s insights division in the UK. Her expertise covers the full customer journey from setting up integrated programmes to measuring impact. Nadin is a member of the AMEC board and promotes elevating the role of research in communication via thought leadership activities.

Mark Weiner

Chief Insights Officer, Cision

Andy West

Group Development Officer, Hotwire

Andy West is an AMEC Board Member and Chief Development Officer at Hotwire, a tech-specialist integrated comms firm with offices around the world. He leads worldwide sales and marketing for the company and advises a number of the agency’s top clients on communication strategy, insights, evaluation, international account management and multi-region growth plans. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Westofcenter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/andyjhwest/. More information on Hotwire can be found at www.hotwireglobal.com

Colin Wheeler

Managing Director, Survey Solutions

Colin Wheeler is Managing Director of Survey Solutions, helping clients understand their customers, and how to engage employees effectively. Previously, he provided freelance consultancy utilising 20 years’ experience in agency and client-side roles in research and insight.

Colin has been a member of the International Board for AMEC for 6 years, and a member of the Market Research Society for over 20. At WE Communications he setup and ran the EMEA Insight & Analytics team and during 9 years at British Airways specialized in global brand, communications and reputation research.

He has served on the panel of judges for both the International AMEC awards, the ICCO Global Awards and the PR Moment awards.

Koichi Yamamura

Principal, TS Communication

Koichi Yamamura, Ph.D. is a communication consultant with extensive experience in corporate communication, M&A and communications measurement. He has published many articles including case studies and on historic evolution of PR in Japan. He is a co-editor of “Public relations in Japan: Evolution of communication management in a culture of lifetime employment.” A former executive vice president of a PR firm in Tokyo, he has also held positions as head of measurement of a global automotive company and a senior advisor of a global communications measurement company. He teaches global PR at Akita International University graduate school as visiting professor.

Michael Ziviani

Precise Value

Michael is the founder and CEO of Precise Value which he launched in 1999 and today employs 20 people Australia-wide. With over 25 years industry experience, Michael is responsible for driving client business growth by developing new go-to-market strategies, delivered through targeted market research, data analytics, performance evaluation, advanced customer modelling and their application to digital transformation.

Michael provides strategic advice at board and senior management level to numerous organisations and is an active international speaker at conferences and forums. He is also an adjunct MBA Analytics Lecturer at the Business School, University of Technology (UTS), Sydney, and author and co-author of numerous articles and White Papers.