Interview in Business World, July 14, 2017

Sharing a recent interview that appeared in Business World about the work that Tesco Bengaluru does with CSR funding and volunteering.

Panelist at PRune Discussion on Employee Advocacy

Recently, I had the opportunity to be on a panel discussing employee advocacy and brand ambassadorship. PRune is a knowledge sharing platform that brings together practitioners to engage on topics shaping the world of public relations. In our conversation topics such as employees’ motivation levels, the role of leaders, the impact of social media, channel usage and managing millennials were covered as we decoded what it means to engage employees in a constantly evolving business environment.

Read more about the event here:

Speaker and paper presenter at BLEDCOM 2017 (Slovenia)

I am pleased to share that my paper on inter-organizational collaboration in CSR was accepted at the 24th International Public Relations Symposium at Bled, Slovenia. I will be presenting my paper this month.

Download FREE ebook - Disrupting the Function of IC – A Global Perspective

Humbled to be part of a collective global initiative led by IC Kollectif that reviews the progress of the internal communication function, the challenges practitioners face and opportunities which can reshape its future.

Disrupting the Function of IC – A Global Perspective consists of 8 chapters and features 30 practitioners, scholars and consultants from around the world. The ebook is free to download.

The 222-page ebook was launched in New York on June 12 by the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management.

In my chapter I discuss the evolving rules of internal communication and make a case for employee involvement, alignment and advocacy. Do look up the ebook and share your feedback.

Panelist at Impact 2030: A Roundtable on Volunteering, Bengaluru - March 28, 2017

I had the opportunity to discuss opportunities with volunteering with peers as we work towards theo Global Sustainable Goals.

Panelist at 11th Global Communication Conclave, PRCI - March 2017

Had the opportunity to join a panel discussion on the disruption related to the recent demonetization drive in India.

Speaker at 2016 Asia Pacific Communications Summit, Singapore

I had the opportunity to speak at this conference - the topic: Hyperconnected Communication. Sharing an article from my session - Humanizing Communication In A Hyperconnected World.

Speaker at 2015 Asia-Pacific Communication Summit (Hong Kong)

Had an opportunity to speak at this conference at Hong Kong.
You can also view an article on the topic I addressed - 'In It Together - Communicating in a New World Order'

2015 SABRE Awards - South Asia Jury

Had the opportunity to evaluate and recognize the best PR work in South Asia.

Inducted Into Public Relations of India Council (PRCI)'s 2015 Hall of Fame

Receiving The @PRCI 2015 Hall Of Fame Award From Union Minister For Tribal Affairs, Jual Oram (@jualoram)

Keynote speaker at Strategic Internal Communications, Melbourne – Australia (February 10-11, 2015

Had the opportunity to conduct a workshop and speak at the Strategic Internal Communications, Melbourne – Australia

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Keynote speaker at ‘Strategic Internal Communication’ on the 10-11 Feb 2015 in Melbourne, Australia


Speaking Engagements

Employee Engagement Masterclass (Praxis 2013)

Internal Communications – How to Be An Effective Manager and Leader (2013)

Bridging the Skills Gap - Management Conclave (2012)

Speaker at 2011 World International Association of Business Communicators, San Diego, US (2011)

NASSCOM Foundation’s Connect IT Forum on Leveling Web 2.0 for Social Causes (2011)

National Seminar on Media and Manipulation, Department of Mass Communication, St. Aloysius College, Mangalore (2011)

Talk at students of Bangalore Management Academy on New Media and Careers, February 18, 2009. Read more

Talk at Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Bangalore Campus…April 26, 2008. Read more

Talk at students of Bangalore Management Academy on New Media and Careers, June 27, 2008. Read more

Presenting paper at BLEDCOM, Slovenia (2017)


I will be presenting a paper called Combining Forces For Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – An Investigation Of Inter-Organizational Collaboration


Presentation at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (India)

I had the opportunity to interact with a group of IIM students recently and discuss approaches to manage and communicate corporate reputations. My message focused on how behavior, performance, and communication combined with authenticity could essentially change how stakeholders perceived the brand. That is, reputations are best managed inside-out and is mostly about culture change.



Testimonials From Internal Communications Workshop Participants

“For a moment, your workshop seemed like the center of the Internal Communication world, with professionals converging from every corner of India to have conversations around Internal Communication and to discover for themselves–a rich lode of industry insight! The value, for me, in Internal Communication 101 workshop lay in its ability to meld research, insight and theory into one vibrant learning experience. The practical exercises simulated real-life work environments. And for every participant, there were valuable communication takeaways. I highly recommend your workshops to any seeker of knowledge in Internal Communication. And, I personally look ahead to the new learning spaces you will create for communicators worldwide.

- Joseph Fernandez, UST Global


“What I liked most about this workshop is that it spelt loud and clear that Internal Communications has arrived. Now young communicators can look up to a very happening career with internal communications. It was the convergence of very talented people from the industry and I came away with a lot of value – an action packed day focused on communications. I look forward to more of these from Aniisu.”

-Anney Unnikrishnan, Allianz Cornhill Information Services (Trivandrum, Kerala)


“The workshop was an amazing experience and an eye-opener in terms of the diversity in internal communication practices across industries and organizations. I have learned as much from my peers at the workshop as from Aniisu’s insights and exercises. Too bad it got over so soon! Would have loved to have a discussion on social media as well. I would definitely love to attend the next one.”

-Ashwini Mishra, Tata Consultancy Services


“Hi Aniisu Firstly, I would like to congratulate you on the success of your second workshop! It was a great experience overall. As I am a fresher in this domain, I learnt a lot about IC from the case studies and the practical experiences of other participants. The session answered many of my questions. I look forward to more of these sessions In future. Thank you for the opportunity.”

  • Anindita Bagchi, HCL


“Congratulations on putting together a commendable demonstration of a lesser weighed subject – Internal communications and the grit to pull it off emphasizing that IC need be under the CEO’s umbrella. More commendable was your conviction that an IC professional, should get into consulting mode…way to go. Your practical insights and case studies were helpful. Getting further into discussions on the IC measurement strategy, will be very welcome.”

  • Renuka, independent consultant


“Aniisu, thank you for providing internal communication (IC) practitioners in India a platform to come together debate and discuss. It was a fantastic workshop where we got to hear perspectives from divergent industries on IC. What I particularly appreciate is the thoroughly researched data that you presented to us and your viewpoints about the same. I look forward to your next workshop and I hope that as IC practitioners we can all collaborate to provide more value to the function and elevate it’s presence within our organizations.”

  • Lisa Thomas, independent internal communications practitioner


“The workshop was a great experience! It was great, because

- I realized that there were a lot of more Internal Communication professionals in India

- it gave IC professionals an opportunity to voice their issues (Boy am I glad there are so many other people on the same boat)

- it was a learning opportunity. (best practices and experiences)

- different perspectives were examined

- it was shown that EVEN IC could be measured and shown to have an ROI (more in the next workshop)

I enjoyed the hands-on approach as we formed teams and brainstormed.

Thank you Aniisu. Look forward to the next one.

  • Collin, Subex Systems


“Thanks Aniisu, the workshop really helped me to understand future trends and current practices of internal communication across industries. the most importantly brainstorming sessions were extremely helpful. the workshop was quite enriching and i am sure this will help me to put my learning into practice as well as to design concrete structure and road-map of employee engagement for my organization.” – Amin, Cipla


“Thanks Aniisu. The workshop was a great experience. It helped me to understand the importance and challenges of IC in today’s world of transparency and democracy. Best of all was the knowledge that everyone brought to the table.” – Arpita, Yorke Communications


“The workshop was good and gave good insights on engagement and communications. I loved hearing different industry perspectives.” – Dipti Rawal, Bank of America


“Thanks Aniisu, the workshop was really very interesting and insightful. It helped me to understand the internal communications practiced in diverse industry sectors. While our organization practices internal communications at a very niche level and department-wise, ideas and thoughts discussed in the forum has given me a benchmark for me to put across an uniform internal communications strategy for the organization as a whole. I believe frequent workshops like these would set a platform for the communication professionals to exchange ideas and thoughts, thereby build internal communications as one of the important stakeholder communication for the future.” – Jaisingh, Cipla


“It’s been just 2 months since I have been inducted into the Corporate communications team in my organization, and this workshop gave a very holistic understanding of internal communications. Different perspectives, from experienced industry experts added value to my learning. As the workshop progressed, I learnt there is a lot of scope for improvement, and as a team we hope to bring in positive changes in our organization. It was certainly a lot of fun working on the collage, ‘envisioning work place at 2030′. Thanks to Aniisu and the other participants for ‘Co-Creating’ a knowledge database, which we could take back home. Hope to be a part of more such fun learning workshops.” – Anushree, Cipla


“Thanks Aniisu, for making the efforts and taking time out to organize this workshop. It was inspiring to know how others carry out the Communication role in their companies and their respective practices. The knowledge and research facts that you shared were an eye opener for me, considering that I was on a year long sabbatical. Eagerly waiting for the next workshop to learn more.” – Suneha


“A highly engaging and interesting workshop. Full of fresh insights and new trends and interesting perspectives.” – Udayabhanu


“The workshop was an effective mix of hands on exercises and presentations that touched on so many relevant aspects of communication. I particularly benefitted from the passion, energy, perspectives and varied experiences from other participants. Thanks Aniisu for this opportunity!” – Aparna Kher, Direm

Testimonials for the book: Internal Communications – Insights, Practices and Models (Sage Publications, 2012)

"Aniisu has always been an evangelist for internal communication; indeed he came to my attention 10 years ago as probably the first commentator on internal communications in India.  Since then I have been delighted to publish his articles to a worldwide audience of thousands of practitioners on our website. His book will be a valuable cornerstone to anyone hoping to develop their career or just become a better communicator in the workplace."

Marc Wright - Chairman, simplygroup

“The greatest organizations, the iconic ones we admire from our age, are built by men and women whose lives are transformed by inspiring corporate visions. Internal communications shapes the conversations that build those great organizations. Aniisu is a pioneer internal communicator, whose insights have enriched the communication world since 2006. He has a unique insight into the realm of internal communications. Whether you are taking your first steps or creating your internal communications niche, I recommend Aniisu’s book Internal Communications: Insights, Practices and Models to you. Read it. For, it holds the keys to the kingdom of internal communication.”

Joseph Fernandez, Author, Corporate Communications: A 21 Century Primer