About Us


Who We Are

PublicAffairsAsia is the network for senior government relations, corporate affairs and corporate communications professionals operating across the Asia Pacific region. We offer cutting edge insight through events, intelligence, publications, awards and the recently launched platform SharingValue.Asia.

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 affairs, government and public relations industry.

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 service the public affairs and communications industries internally and increasingly connect them to their stakeholders – providing innovative platforms to engage with key influencers.


Mark 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.

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Craig Hoy, Executive Director, Founding Director and Publishing Editor:

Former managing director of Dods and 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.

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For billing and administration purposes contact Orachon Tanaka (Hong Kong and South East Asia) or Patrick Lai for mainland China.

Lionel Zetter, Vice President (Europe) is a leading lobbying authority, former President of the UK Chartered Insitute of Pulic Relations and author of ‘Lobbying: The Art of Persuasion.

Steven Atack, Vice President (Europe) is the founder of the U.K’s Public Affairs News and a global public affairs recruitment specialist.

Our Network

Active in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Beijing, Singapore, Australia  and New Delhi, PublicAffairsAsia maintains a core network of public and corporate affairs professionals across Asia, Europe and America. With a wider non-registered network of 30,000 stakeholders, we are the natural partner for those wishing to engage with senior corporate affairs practitioners, and, increasingly, for those corporations seeking to interact with stakeholder groups and influencers in Asia Pacific.


Our Platforms

The Gold Standard Awards

Now in their eighth 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 70 senior practitioners the programme is widely respected and is supported by companies including 21st Century Fox, HP, Yahoo!, Edelman, FleishmanHillard and partners including AmCham China and PR Newswire.

The SharingValueAsia Summit

SharingValueAsia is PublicAffairsAsia’s flagship platform to develop, showcase and advocate corporate-led solutions to social issues forged between business leaders, policymakers, NGOs and civil society. The initiative  is supported by Hewlett-Packard, KKR, FleishmanHillard and Food Industry Asia, in addition to the NGOs CARE, World Vision, Malaria No More and ActionAid. The annual SharingValueAsia Summit was launched in 2013 in Singapore. Complementary to the summit and launched in 2014, the SharingValue.Asia website is a practitioner’s open platform providing knowledge and information on shared value initiatives and thinking.

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 sixth 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 forum has been held in Singapore and Hong Kong and next takes place in Singapore on Tuesday 10th May 2016.

The China Government Affairs Forum (Beijing)

The Government Affairs Forum is the only dedicated conference focused on  public affairs and government relations  in China. A range of organisations including chambers of commerce, industry bodies, and corporates support the GAF with AmCham China as lead partner and Weber Shandwick as lead sponsor. Now in its seventh year, the event examines new strategies for effective engagement in China’s rapidly evolving government, regulatory and policy landscape. The seventh forum takes place on  16th June 2016 .

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 is the professional development arm of PublicAffairsAsia. These 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

In addition to the above 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. Previous 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.

Digital and Publishing Platforms

PublicAffairsAsia magazine is he quarterly journal offering news, interviews and analysis is read by top-level practitioners operating in MNCs, government agencies, the diplomatic community and NGOs in Asia Pacific. It is available on subscription, with a controlled circulation of 2500. To subscribe and become a full member of the network contact Orachon Tanaka.

www.PublicAffairsAsia.com is PAA’s main platform of news, analysis, op-ed, press releases and industry insight that is regularly updated.

www.SharingValue.Asia is the principal resource supporting the SharingValueAsia initiative. With expanding content practitioners are able to access and download reports, case-studies and sharingvalue guides.

• The Digital Media Alert is the first in a new 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.

• The annual salary survey examines the pay, bonus, benefits and satisfaction levels among middle and senior-tier practitioners. It is produced by PublicAffairsAsia and our talent partner Prospect in association with The Research Pacific Group. To download the latest survey, click here.

PublicAffairsAsia has also worked with a wide range of organisations to compile bespoke studies and reports designed for communications and PA professionals. Clients and partners include Ogilvy Public Relations, BITE Communications, HP, Prospect Resourcing Ltd, APCO Worldwide, FleishmanHillard, GR Japan, Ketchum, Gavin Anderson and Dow Jones.

Sponsors & Partners