Internal Communication Research Hub

Thought Leadership Circle

The Thought Leadership Circle, a key initiative of the ICRH, brings together distinguished thought leaders from around the globe in the field of internal communication. These dedicated experts, as supporters of ICRH, share a passion and commitment to advancing research and promoting best practices in internal communication.

If you are interested in joining the Thought Leadership Circle, please contact Dr. Rita Men at

Academic Thought Leaders

Bruce Berger, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Advertising & Public Relations,
University of Alabama


Sabine Einwiller, Ph.D. (Austria)

Professor of Public Relations Research,
Department of Communication, University of Vienna


Hua Jiang, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Associate Professor, Public Relations
S.I. Newhouse School, Syracuse University


Kim Johnston, Ph.D. (Australia)

QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology


Minjeong Kang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
The Media School, Indiana University


Young Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Strategic Communication,
J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication, Marquette University


Laura L. Lemon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor,
The University of Alabama


Alessandra Mazzei (Italy)

Associate Professor, Department of Business LECB “Carlo A. Ricciardi” and Director at CERC (Centre for Employee Relations and Communication)


Nance McCown, Ph.D.

Professor and Co-Chair, Department of Communication,
Messiah University


Marlene Neill, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Journalism, Public Relations & New Media, Baylor University


Julie O'NeillJulie O’Neill, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Administration


Hongmei Shen, Ph.D.

Professor & Emphasis Head,
San Diego State University


Holger Sievert, Ph.D. (Germany)

Head of Research Commission and Head of Faculty “Culture – Media Psychology”, Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany


Ana Tkalac Verčič, Ph.D. (Croatia)

Full Professor, Department of Marketing, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia


J.W.M. Verhoeven, Ph.D. (The Netherlands)

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Cognition, Tilburg University, the Netherlands


Justin Walden, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of organizational and strategic communication,
North Dakota State University


Yuan Wang, Ph.D. (Hong Kong)

Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Communication,
City University of Hong Kong


Industry Thought Leaders

Edna Ayme-Yahil, Ph.D. (France and Switzerland)

Founder and Principal, DigiComms Adjunct Lecturer, ISCOM – Institut Supérieur de Communication et Publicité


Louis de Schorlemer (Belgium)

Managing Partner, Corporate Diplomat & Lecturer, Luxembourg School of Business


 Sue Dewhurst (UK)




Alejandro Formanchuk (Argentina)

Director, Formanchuk CoCreated Communication


Jenni Field (UK)

Founder and CEO, Redefining Communications


Liam FitzPatrick (UK)

Partner, Donhead Consultants


Amit Govind (India)

Head of  Social Media &  Internal Communications, Tata Consultancy Services


David Grossman, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA, CSP

Founder & CEO, The Grossman Group


Coni Judge, Ph.D. (UAE)

Independent Researcher & Senior Executive, Eden Communication Strategies


Mike Klein (Iceland)

Founder, #WeLeadComms; Principal, Changing The Terms


Ethan McCarty

Founder & CEO, Integral


Lise Michaud (Canada)

Chief Executive Director & Founder, IC Kollectif


Jaya MurthyJaya Murthy

Global Chief of Internal Communication, UNICEF


Joanna ParsonsJoanna Parsons FIIC (Ireland)

Founder and Director, The Curious Route


Kevin Ruck, Ph.D., FCIPR (UK)

Co-founder, PR Academy


Adam Schair

Vice President, Global Internal Corporate Communications, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.


Eleanor Tan (Singapore)

Internal Communications and Employee Engagement Leader – Asia Market, Liberty Mutual Insurance


Aniisu K Verghese, Ph.D. (Poland)

Internal communications leader, author, and consultant
Founder, Intraskope sp. zoo. (Poland), internal communication and personal branding consultancy


Christopher Wade (Germany)

VP Internal & Employee Engagement Communications Fresenius Medical Care


Koichi Yamamura, Ph.D. (Japan)

Head of Communication, I Peace, Inc.



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