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MARPE Talk Ghent

to Arteveldehogeschool
in Ghent, Belgium!

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The MARPE Diplo talks series begins with an incursion into one of the most pressing and consequential events of 2019: Brexit.

Our panel will offer varied and informed perspectives, exploring Brexit through the lens of public, corporate and civic diplomacy.

You can join us in three ways:

  1. by attending the event – please register below
  2. by following the event live on our Facebook page
  3. by addressing questions to our panel on Facebook or Twitter using #MARPEdiplo


Richard Linning (Public Diplomacy and Outreach project, EU Delegation Ha Noi Vietnam)


Nicolas Baygert (Professor, ULB, IHECS, Sciences Po Paris, CELSA)

Alastair McCapra (CEO, Chartered Institute of Public Relations)

Pierluigi Puglia (Head of Communications, British Embassy, Rome)

Nicholas Whyte (Senior Director, APCO Global Solutions)



09.00-09.30: coffee
09.30-09.45: official opening
09.45-11.45: moderated panel discussion
11.45-12.30: Q&A (room & Twitter)
12.30-14.00: networking lunch

Venue: Arteveldehogeschool. Campus Kantienberg. Voetweg 66 (Ghent, Belgium)

Public event – free entrance

Official language – English

Who are the members of our panel?

Richard Linning
Moderator MARPE Talk Ghent 2019

Richard Linning, Past President IPRA and Past President CERP, Fellow of the CIPR, he is firmly committed to the ethical practice on which the science behind the art of communication is based. He will moderate this first MARPE Diplo Talk, building on his international expertise earned during a career in which he has worked on every continent.

Alastair McCapra
Speaker MARPE Talk Ghent 2019

Alastair McCapra has been CEO of the CIPR (Chartered Institute or Public Relations) since 2013, having previously served as CEO of the Landscape Institute and of the Institute of Conservation. He sits on the Board of the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management and is an alternate member of the International Integrated Reporting Council.

CIPR is also one of the MARPE Diplo Associated Partners – see details.

Nicholas Whyte
Speaker MARPE Talk Ghent 2019



Nicholas Whyte, senior director, global solutions in APCO’s Brussels office, has more than two decades of experience in international affairs, advocacy and research. He counsels APCO’s clients on ally development and coalition building, advocacy, public affairs and strategic communication. Previously he was director of the Brussels office of Independent Diplomat, where he served as a key advisor to governments and organizations on foreign policy and strategic alliances.

Nicolas Baygert
Speaker MARPE Talk Ghent 2019

Nicolas Baygert is professor at the ULB, where he teaches political communication and media sociology, at IHECS where he teaches political sciences and critical perspectives, at  Sciences Po (Paris) where he teaches political communication in contemporary democracies, and at CELSA (Paris-IV-Sorbonne), where he teaches political branding. He is director of the think tank Protagoras.

Protagoras is also one of the MARPE Diplo Associated Partners – see details.

Pierluigi Puglia
Speaker MARPE Talk Ghent 2019

Pierluigi Puglia is Head of Communications and Spokesperson for the UK in Italy. Previously Press and Public Affairs Officer – Media & Strategy, he has been with the British Embassy in Rome for 14 years.

Pierluigi Puglia is also one of the MARPE Diplo Associated Partners – see details.


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