The 3rd Annual Interel
Global Public Affairs Summit

9 - 10 June 2016, Brussels

Driving the global public affairs agenda
Tackling the issues that matter to public affairs professionals


Public affairs professionals from 60 countries got together to talk about the issues that most affect the public affairs profession today. We focussed on global disruption and how a strategic approach to public affairs can help business navigate a way through political, economic disruption and instability.

Public Affairs Awards

Innovation Award


Changing the Law on Reproductive Health

Farner took the top award for their cutting-edge, multi-lingual, digital campaign which mobilised the population to vote for a constitutional change to allow childless couples to benefit from the most modern, most effective innovations in reproductive medicine.


Online Stakeholder Engagement

Using online stakeholder management tools to win legislative change.

More Nurses for Poland

The team secured a government commitment to invest in more nurses and midwives and mobilised more than 650,000 people to sign a petition calling for action.

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Bringing public affairs events to life.

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Impact Award


More Nurses for Poland

The team secured a government commitment to invest in more nurses and midwives and mobilised more than 650,000 people to sign a petition calling for action.

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€1 Million for Kidney Health

The Interel EU campaign secured €1 million for kidney health in the EU’s annual budget, through building a coalition of health professionals and researchers working on kidney health across the EU.

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Growing the Market for Private Health Insurance

The team secured a change in the provisions on reimbursement of private health insurance to make it more accessible.

Promoting Non-Hydraulic Fracking in France

Raising awareness about an alternative to hydraulic fracking and changing the debate on shale gas extraction in Europe.

New Laws on VAT Refunds for Ukraine

Achieving significant change to the VAT reimbursement law, creating better conditions for inward investment.

Saving the School Summer Holidays

Securing a government U-turn on proposals to reduce the length of the British school summer holidays on behalf of the leisure industry.

Global Public Affairs Survey


Every year, we survey independent public affairs consultancies across 60 markets to measure developments, optimism and growth in the industry around the world.

The results of the third annual Global Public Affairs Survey were announced at the Interel Global Partnership Summit, held in Brussels on 9 June 2016.

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Keynote Speakers

Peter Hinssen
Author of ‘The Network Always Wins’

A serial entrepreneur, advisor, keynote speaker and author, Peter is one of the most sought-after thought leaders on radical innovation, leadership, and the impact of all things digital on society and business. He lectures at various business schools including London Business School, the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. Peter has founded nexxworks to help organisations become fluid, innovate and thrive in The Day After Tomorrow.

Karl Cox
VP Global Public Affairs, Oracle and Chair, American Chamber of Commerce to the EU
Dr Eberhard Sandschneider
Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations
Dr Fruzsina M. Harsanyi
Director, Global Government Relations Forum
Fredrik Lofthagen
CEO, Interel
Michael Murphy
Former Global CEO, Grayling
Robert Nuttall
Founder and Partner, Fortitude Partners
Viktor Sundberg
VP Environmental and EU Affairs, Electrolux Major Appliances
Tangui Van Der Elst
Director of European Government Affairs, WestRock
Flora Coleman
Government Relations, TransferWise
Natalie Maule
Managing Director UK and International, Africa Practice
Marek Matraszek
Founding Partner, CEC Government Relations
Lindsay Paterson
Group Practice Director, Interel
William Sellery
Gavel Resources
George McGregor
Managing Partner, Interel UK