An experienced consultant, trainer and speaker, Charlie Pownall helps international bodies, governments, companies, leaders, executives and entrepreneurs build their profile, communicate more effectively, and manage their reputations.

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Charlie Pownall

Charlie has worked with and advised senior leaders and teams on their communications and their reputations from the start of his career.

Organisations Charlie has worked with include the European Commission, Singapore government, Hong Kong Civil Service Bureau, Barclays, BP, CIMB Group, HP, Huawei, Indofood, Johnson & Johnson, London Business School, MTR Corporation, Qualcomm, Safwa Islamic Bank, Taylor’s Education Group, The Peninsula Hotels, and the V&A museum.

Before his current job, Charlie was Regional Managing Director (Asia-Pacific) at communications consultancy Burson-Marsteller (now BCW), Group Communications Manager at WPP plc, and Group Communications Director at digital marketing agency SYZYGY Group AG.

Charlie Pownall started out as a speechwriter and press officer at the European Commission, followed by a stint as a journalist at Reuters London News Radio (now LBC).

Author, commentator, speaker, advocate

Charlie Pownall is the author of Managing Online Reputation: How to Protect your Company on Social Media, a practical, common-sense guide to protecting and defending corporate name and image on the internet and social web.

He speaks on communications and reputation management at conferences, business schools and universities, and is quoted by business and marketing communications industry publications.

Long fascinated by technology and its impact on business and society, Charlie is an active proponent of safe and trustworthy technologies.

He is a Fellow at the RSA, an Advisory Board member at artificial intelligence NGO WE and AI, and a member of digital rights advocacy organisation the Open Rights Group.

A member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Charlie chaired the Communications and Marketing Committee at The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong for three years.

International footprint and outlook

Charlie has worked for international organisations and multinational companies for much of his working life, giving him a decent understanding of different societies and cultures.

Born in Hong Kong, he has lived and worked in Singapore, Hong Kong, Brussels and Madrid, and has served lengthy placements in Tokyo, Sydney and other locations.

Based in the UK, much of Charlie’s work is in Europe, the Middle-east and Asia-Pacific.

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