2016 Conference Speakers


Paul Andrew, Vice President for Public affairs and Communications, Harvard University

Paul Andrew serves as Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications at Harvard University, overseeing the University’s core external communications functions, as well as regulatory and community engagement efforts in Boston and Cambridge, and Harvard’s relationships with federal, state, and local policy makers and stakeholders.

As Vice President, Andrew has developed and implemented coordinated communications and advocacy strategies for key University priorities and strategic initiatives. He also acts as spokesperson and adviser to the President, Provost, and other University leaders.

Prior to joining Harvard, Andrew was Executive Vice President and chief growth officer at Weber Shandwick in Boston, a leading global strategic communications consultancy, where he advised governments, non-profits, trade organizations, and companies around the world.

A native of the United Kingdom, Andrew has also served as an adviser to Gordon Brown, then Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, and as director of communications for the European Parliamentary Labour Party in Brussels. He has extensive experience in international affairs, having led communications strategies for the National Democratic Institute; the Caribbean Community; and the UN-supported International Trade Center in Geneva. He has also advised governments and leaders in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa on communications and message development.

Andrew began his career as a reporter and has been a frequent commentator for the BBC, CNN, and Fox on politics and international affairs. He has presented on communications, reputation management, message development, and crisis strategy for a wide range of organizations including CASE Europe and the Building Universities Reputation International Conference at the Universidad de Navarra in Spain.

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Dan Dillon, Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, Arizona State University

Dan Dillon, Jr. was appointed SVP Chief Marketing Officer for Arizona State University in September 2013. In this role, he is responsible for raising the prestige of, and affinity for, ASU.
Dan’s passion for marketing began when he was 10-years old accompanying his father on the weekends to General Mills World Headquarters where his father was the Director of Marketing for Big G Cereals. This early childhood experience led to a 28-year marketing career in the Consumer Packaged Goods and Restaurant industries. Dan has helped build some of the biggest and most successful consumer brands throughout the United States and Europe such as Weight Watchers, Ore-Ida, Healthy Choice, Diet Coke, and Coke Zero. The last seven years were spent as Chief Marketing Officer for Outback Steakhouse and most recently as EVP Chief Branding Officer for Ruby Tuesday, Inc.
Dan holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Anselm College and an MBA from Bentley College. In their free time, Dan and his wife enjoy watching their two boys compete in USTA tennis tournaments throughout the Western United States.

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David Estok, Vice-President, Communications, University of Toronto

David oversees a team of marketing and communications professionals in digital media, brand marketing, media relations and communications. David has years of experience working in a collaborative manner in complex organizations in both the private and public sectors.

Prior to joining U of T, David was Vice-President, Communications for SickKids Hospital Foundation for five years. During that time, the Foundation was recognized for numerous awards in marketing and communications including a Silver Lion at Cannes for the “Better Tomorrow” campaign.

David was the Editor in Chief of The Hamilton Spectator, a large, suburban newspaper for three and a half years. Under his leadership the newspaper was nominated for 11 National Newspaper Awards, two Michener awards, dozens of Ontario Daily Newspaper Awards and was named best large-scale media organization in Canada.

David is also the former Associate Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs for The University of Western Ontario and has also worked as a writer and senior editor for a number of publications including Macleans Magazine and The Financial Post.

He regularly lectures on communications, marketing and journalism. He teaches communication and leadership at Western University. He is the recipient of numerous awards including “Journalist of the Year”, and the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his community service and achievements.

David holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from Carleton University and an Honours BA in English and History from The University of Western Ontario.


Dasha Karzunina, International Education Specialist, QS Intelligence Unit

As International Education Specialist in the QS Intelligence Unit, Dasha combines a largely public-facing role with extensive involvement in the unit’s research, analysis and rankings delivery. Leading on key partner and client relationships, she regularly liaises with university officials and presents at higher education conferences worldwide. She has been leading on the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia project since its inception in 2014.

Dasha specialises in qualitative research, having run focus groups with prospective international students all over the world. She comes from a student leadership background, having represented the academic interests of over 30,000 students in one of the biggest Students’ Unions in the UK. She has a BSc in Maths and Philosophy from the University of Nottingham.

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Ovidia Lim-Rajaram, Chief Communications Officer, National University of Singapore

Ovidia oversees institutional communications at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Her remit includes reputation management, strategic communications, branding and marketing communications, digital communications, special events and protocol, issues management as well as crisis communications for a diverse community comprising 17 schools and 27 university-level research institutes across three campuses. She is the press secretary to the university president, and university spokesperson. In her earlier life, Ovidia was a newspaper reporter, broadcast journalist, and a media studies lecturer. She graduated from NUS in political science and history, and holds an MA in International Communication from Macquarie University.

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Steve Thompson, Head of Digital, University of Sheffield

Steve Thompson is the Head of Digital at the University of Sheffield, with a focus on digital communications and showcasing research and its impact.

The University of Sheffield COP 21 communications campaign won the 2016 CASE European District Circle of Excellence award for Best Practices in Communications and Marketing.

Previous roles include eBay Enterprise where he led the implementation of the digital communications for the Times newspaper paywall launch and delivered global email marketing communications for British Airways.