About PublicAffairsAsia

PublicAffairsAsia is the network for corporate affairs, communications and public affairs professionals operating across the Asia Pacific region. We offer cutting edge insight through events, news and intelligence, training and the flagship Gold Standard Awards.

What We Do

PublicAffairsAsia delivers market insight, industry intelligence, original research and international peer-to-peer summits tailored to firms and clients of the corporate communications, government relations and corporate affairs industries.

We also connect corporations to their stakeholders through a series of online briefings and events: convening MNCs, governmental groups and NGOs on neutral platforms to debate emerging policy, regulatory and partnership-based developments.

We connect our audiences to their stakeholders - providing innovative platforms to engage with key influencers.

Who We Are

Mark O'BrienMark O'Brien, Vice President (Asia Pacific) and Commercial Publisher
Mark is a senior public affairs practitioner having represented several MNCs, NGOs and trade groups. He has also developed major environmental and CSR projects in the UK, Malaysia and Indonesia, working with government and NGOs. Contact Mark

Image result for craig hoy publicaffairsasiaCraig Hoy, Executive Director and Publishing Editor
Former managing director of Dods and a Downing Street lobby correspondent, Craig has over two decades of specialist publishing and editorial experience in the public affairs, communications and government arenas in Europe and Asia. Contact Craig

For billing and administration purposes contact Orachon Tanaka (Hong Kong and South East Asia) or Patrick Lai for mainland China. For design related issues contact Neramit - Mit@publicaffairsasia.com


PublicAffairsAsia is proud to be supported by an advisory board and a judging panel which, when combined, numbers nearly 100 communications and public affairs professionals from across the Asia Pacific Region.

Our most recent Gold Standard Awards Chairman is Shakilla Shahjihan, Senior Regional Director for Government Affairs, Abbott Laboratories Asia Pacific. Prior Chairs include Penny Burtt, Vice President, Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, Visa, Min Qin, Vice President, External Affairs and Communications, Fonterra Greater China, Elizabeth Hernandez, Executive Director, ShiftRunner and Steve R. Okun, founder and CEO, APAC Advisors.

Click here for details on the advisory board and judging panel which supports PublicAffairsAsia and The Gold Standard Awards

Our Network & Partners

We engage with the communications and corporate affairs teams of some of the world's best known brands: including VISA, HSBC, Yahoo!, 21st Century Fox, Kimberley Clarke, BASF and Coca-Cola.

Our sponsors and partners include the best known communications agencies in the world, including APCO WorldwideEdelmanFleishmanHillard, Ogilvy and Weber Shandwick. We also work with some of Asia's leading regional communications and public affairs firms, including GR Japan, North Head and Vriens & Partners.

Our Platforms

The Gold Standard Awards
Now in their 10th year The Gold Standard Awards identify and showcase excellence in corporate public affairs, strategic communications, citizenship and stakeholder engagement. Attracting nominations from agencies, MNCs, domestic Asian corporations, government and the not-for-profit sector, the programme has secured over 900 entries since its 2008 launch. With a judging panel comprised of nearly 100 senior practitioners the programme has generated over 2500 entries since its launch.

The Corporate Affairs Forum
The Corporate Affairs Forum is an annual interactive conference designed for C Suite professionals in public affairs, communications and corporate affairs. Now in its ninth year the forum  examines leading edge innovation and best practice in corporate affairs and stakeholder engagement.
Supported by organisations including Weber Shandwick, Dow Jones, CS&A, The Wall Street Journal, FTI Consulting and The Hong Kong Council for Public Relations Firms, it is a unique platform to drive awareness of emerging trends, practices and thinking about new approaches to corporate public affairs.
Themes have included reputation management, public private partnership, integrated communications and crisis management. Eighty per cent of previous attendees said the conference exceeded their expectations.

The China Government Affairs Forum (Beijing)
The Government Affairs Forum is the only dedicated conference focused on international public affairs and government relations  in China. A range of organisations including chambers of commerce, industry bodies, and corporates support the GAF with Weber Shandwick as lead sponsor. Now in its ninth  year, the event examines new strategies for effective engagement in China's rapidly evolving government, regulatory and policy landscape.

Leaders in Communications Live Hong Kong
This highly interactive forum brings senior corporate affairs and communications practioners together to share best practice and insight, exploring topics such as corporate reputation, business leadership, issues management and the impact of rapidly changing communications on the world of business.

Advance Professional Development
Advance is the professional development arm of PublicAffairsAsia. Our programmes are designed for corporate affairs and communications professionals seeking to develop into leadership roles. Interactive modules include essential corporate communications, crisis communication, effective government engagement, ethics for PA professionals, stakeholder mapping and coalition building.  Advance can also provide specific bespoke professional development modules to meet the needs of individual organisations.

Roundtables and Briefings
We produce a series of bespoke roundtables and events. Sponsors and partners have included Dow Jones, Edelman, Weber Shandwick, The National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand, HP, CARE International, FleishmanHillard, Vriens and Partners, BITE, Food Industry Asia and AmCham Singapore. Topics have included social media, Chinese health policy, ASEAN government relations, corporate diplomacy, NGO Engagement, business strategy in emerging markets and business leadership.

We increasingly build and deliver roundtables, briefings and events designed to assist corporate public affairs professionals meet their business objectives, connecting them to their key influencers and stakeholders. To find out how we can help connect you to your stakeholders on a neutral platform convened by PublicAffairsAsia contact Mark O'Brien.


Our Content Streams

www.PublicAffairsAsia.com is our principal online platform offering news, analysis, op-ed, press releases and industry insight. It is updated regularly to reflect people moves, industry trends and to promote our industry leading intelligence and events.

Our annual Salary Survey and State of the Industry Report examines the pay, bonus, benefits and satisfaction levels among middle and senior-tier practitioners. It is produced by PublicAffairsAsia and our talent partner Prospect. To download the latest survey click here.

The Digital Media Alert is the first in a series of stakeholder focused newsletters, covering developments in the digital broadcasting and media industries in Asia Pacific. The alert is distributed fortnightly. Click here to subscribe to this complimentary industry alert.

PublicAffairsAsia also works with a wide range of organisations to compile bespoke studies and reports designed for communications and PA professionals. For more information look at our Intelligence and Reports section and contact us to find out how to collaborate with PublicAffairsAsia.


Watch PublicAffairsAsia's Executive Director Craig Hoy discuss our Leaders in Communications Live event