Press Release | Dec 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Global Internal Communications Leader Aniisu K. Verghese, Ph.D., Establishes Permanent
Base in Sydney, Australia. While Continuously Engaging with Leading Consultancies Including
Celsius 100 Consulting
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – November 25, 2023 Dr. Aniisu K. Verghese, an internal communications
and personal branding expert, author, and Prosci® Certified Change Management Practitioner, has
recently made Sydney, Australia, his permanent home under the prestigious Global Talent Program
with the Australian Distinguished Talent Permanent Residency Visa.
With over 22 years of experience, Dr. Verghese is recognized as a Linkedin Top Voice for Internal
Communications and Personal Branding in 2023. Holding a Ph.D. in HR&OB (organizational
communications) from Alliance University, India, he is the author of influential works such as
"Inclusive Internal Communications" (2023), "Internal Communications – Insights, Practices and
Models" (2012), and "Get Intentional" (2021). Among his numerous accolades, Dr. Verghese was
honored as the IABC APAC Communicator of the Year in 2022, is a recipient of the Public Relations
Council of India’s Hall of Fame award (2015) and a Bronze at the Godfrey Philips Acts of Social
While Dr. Verghese has been associated with Celsius 100 Consulting, a globally recognized agency,
he continues to engage with leading consultancies, including Celsius 100, to offer his expertise in
driving impactful change for organizations. Celsius 100 Consulting has been a longstanding
collaborator with Dr. Verghese, benefiting from his extensive experience and insights.
His relocation to Sydney marks a new phase in his career, making him readily available for direct
engagement with organizations and leaders globally who seek to enhance their internal
communications outcomes and leverage the potential of their presence and personal brands.
As a Prosci® Certified Change Management Practitioner, Dr. Verghese is well-positioned to guide
organizations through successful transformations. His thought leadership extends to industry
initiatives, such as serving on the IABC’s Organizational Structure & Governance Model Taskforce,
contributing to global publications like Communication World, and actively participating in prestigious
Says Aniisu K. Verghese, Ph.D.: "I am excited to embark on this new chapter in Sydney, Australia.
The country's dynamic business environment and the spirit of innovation align with my commitment to
driving positive change in internal communications. I am eager to contribute to Australia's growth,
collaborate with forward-thinking organizations, and make a meaningful impact on the business
Says Subhabrata Ghosh, Founder and CEO of Celsius 100 Consulting "Aniisu and I go way back,
having worked together since 2000 at Saatchi & Saatchi. Over the years, I have witnessed his growth
into a seasoned consultant and thought leader. Celsius 100 Consulting has had the privilege of
collaborating with Aniisu, and his wealth of experience has been instrumental in our success. We look
forward to continuing this fruitful association as he brings his expertise to organizations in Australia
Dr. Verghese looks forward to collaborating with organizations and leaders who share a vision for
positive change in internal communications and brand elevation.
About Celsius 100 Consulting Founded in 2005 as a brand consultancy firm based in Bangalore,
India, Celsius 100 Consulting has evolved into a dynamic platform that brings together experienced
strategists, planners, storytellers, creative minds, and marketing experts. Our mission is to inspire
change through the transformation of businesses and brands. We collaborate with industry experts
like Dr. Aniisu K. Verghese to offer innovative solutions and contribute to our clients' success. For
more information about Celsius 100 Consulting, please visit www.celsius100.com.
Read Latest Book: Inclusive Internal Communications
New Book by Aniisu K Verghese Ph.D. Challenges Current Internal Communications Practices and Builds a Case for Involving, Engaging and Partnering with Staff for Organizational Success
- Book creates compelling argument for organizations to revisit and scale staff involvement, advocacy and experience
- Offers unique INCLUSIVE Framework for practitioners and leaders to make staff engagement real and relevant
- Packed with contemporary tips, hacks and interviews with leading global professionals
- 3rd book by author, and his 2nd on internal communications, following Internal Communications – Insights, Practices, and Models (2012) and Get Intentional (2021).
Internal communications and change management expert Aniisu K Verghese Ph.D. has published a new book titled "Inclusive Internal Communications" that delves into the concept of inclusion from the perspective of staff as partners in communications and how it can help organizations achieve their goals. The book offers valuable guidance, tips, and tricks for internal communicators, as well as students, prospective communicators, and academicians who are interested in the evolving function of internal communications.
"Inclusive Internal Communications is more than just a buzzword or a trendy phrase in the corporate world," says Verghese. "It is a powerful tool that can help organizations build trust, increase productivity, and enhance their internal brand and reputation. By involving and engaging staff, inviting them to share their ideas and feedback, and making communication accessible and intuitive, organizations can create a culture of inclusivity, collaboration, and innovation."
The book focuses on the INCLUSIVE Framework, which emphasizes the importance of involving staff, partnering with employees, and crowdsourcing solutions for communication and business effectiveness. It covers topics such as involving all staff, nurturing partnerships, co-creating solutions, leveraging employee insights, using inclusive language and actions, sharing stories of employee contributions, inviting ideas and feedback, valuing employee talent, and evaluating and evolving with employee input.
Verghese emphasizes the importance of internal communicators letting go of control and providing autonomy and choice to staff to create a culture where staff feel empowered to share their ideas and feedback, and where communication is seen as a two-way dialogue rather than a one-way information flow.
"How organizations approach internal communications needs a rethink. I believe our current internal communication approach is flawed. We don’t listen to staff enough. We don’t invite their views and involve them in planning and testing communications. We don’t trust them to partner on every day and organization-wide decision making. We continue to treat staff as an audience, rather than a partner in the process and success of communication at the workplace and beyond. With the guidance and insights provided in this book, internal communicators can continue to scale their impact and reclaim their position of authority in a world that thrives on chaos," says Verghese.
Keen to raise the profile of internal communications in your organization? Want to lead and influence with confidence? Interested in gaining commitment from your leaders on internal communications? Seeking ways to take your staff along the journey?
Find answers to these and more in Inclusive Internal Communications by Aniisu K Verghese Ph.D.
The book offers a simple framework to help you address employee communication challenges upfront, engage your staff and your managers to succeed at the workplace. With interviews, checklists, hacks, models and assessments, professionals, students, and academicians can gain perspectives on a range of topics, from executive presence to change management, from manager communication to employee advocacy.
Become a go-to internal communicator with clout. Gain insights from simple internal communication hacks, interviews, and ready-to-use templates that allow you to influence, champion, and control your impact as an internal communicator and leader.
Aniisu K Verghese Ph.D. is an award-winning change and internal communications leader, author, speaker, personal branding expert and research scholar with over 22 years of experience. The IABC APAC Communicator of the Year (2022) and the Public Relations Council of India’s Hall of Fame winner (2015), Verghese is the author of Internal Communications – Insights, Practices, and Models (2012) and Get Intentional (2021). He runs Intraskope, a boutique internal communications and personal branding consulting firm in Poland and is passionate about engaging communicators, academia, and students through workshops, speaking engagements, teaching assignments, and blogging.
Don't miss the opportunity to gain knowledge and insights into effective internal communication practices from an industry expert. Order your copy of Inclusive Internal Communications today and take your internal communications game to the next level.
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- Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0C3WFDT36
- Amazon India: https://www.amazon.in/Inclusive-Internal-Communications-Perspectives-Organizational/dp/B0C3WFDT36/re
- Notion Press: https://notionpress.com/read/inclusive-internal-communications
Featured Podcast on Inclusive Internal Communications | Strategies & Stories
I had the opportunity to have a chat with Doug Downs who runs a successful podcast called Strategies & Stories. Doug is based in Canada and we spoke on various aspects of internal communications – from the current challenges to the state of measurement; from the need to reframe how internal communications is managed to my latest book – Inclusive Internal Communications which I published earlier this month.
Listen to the complete interview here:
IABC APAC Communicator of the Year 2022 Award | Senior Professional Category
Delighted to be honored with the IABC APAC Communicator of the Year 2022 award in the senior management category.
More in the press release below
26 April 2022
Communication leaders from PH and India win top honors in regional awards
IABC ASIA PACIFIC NAMES WINNERS FOR
2022 COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Click the link to watch the announcement of this year’s winners: IABC Asia Pacific Facebook
and interview with senior communicational professional winner Aniisu Verghese PhD.
A veteran public relations professional regarded as a PR icon in the Philippines and an internal communications expert from India bagged the top honors at the IABC Asia Pacific 2022 Communicator of the Year Awards.
Charlie Agatep from the Philippines won in the executive leader category, while Aniisu Verghese, Ph.D., from India won in the senior communication professional category.
2022 marked the first time for communicators in Asia to win the top plums in the coveted annual awards program organized by IABC Asia Pacific (www.iabcapac.com), which has 12 chapters in eight countries and members-at-large throughout the Asia Pacific region.
The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Asia Pacific Communicator of the Year Awards honor outstanding communication professionals who have demonstrated leadership in driving strategic communication excellence.
Agatep, chairman and CEO of Grupo Agatep, has led a team of dynamic public relations and advertising professionals towards award-winning campaigns over a long career that began in the 1950s. He has won accolades from different local and international award-giving bodies and taught PR and communications at some of the Philippines’ leading universities.
“I am highly honored to be given this Communicator of the Year Award. It represents the triumph of honest communication over dishonest propaganda. The task of communication is to spread the truth for social change; to provide truthful information to citizens in order for them to be free and self-governing; to make the truth truly meaningful; and to render an entire population receptive to it, ready to secure its benefits and apply them to our daily life,” said Agatep.
Verghese, an award-winning internal communications leader, author, speaker, trainer, and blogger with over 22 years of experience, considers helping individuals and organizations discover and develop their sweet-spot through effective communications as his mission. He is a Public Relations Council of India’s Hall of Fame winner and founder of Friends for Life, and a visiting faculty at leading business schools.
“I feel honored to have been recognized in the Senior Professional category,” said Verghese. “Communicating during these times is quite challenging and yet exciting. As the world recovers from the impact of the pandemic and is now facing a geopolitical crisis that could upend how organizations and staff respond, there are opportunities for communicators to serve as catalysts of change.”
IABC APAC Chair James Howe said the winners have inspired many people in the industry over the course of their long careers.
“As we recognize these excellent individuals in the field of communications, we also hope that other communication professionals will be inspired by their example and emulate them. In IABC, we believe in being stronger together, and these awards are the perfect way to build a circle of excellence that we need for all communication professionals in the Asia Pacific,” said Howe.
Kane Errol Choa, IABC APAC Recognition Director, said the winners exemplify the high standards, dedication, values, and longevity of communication professionals who truly shine in this field.
“We wish to instill in our community the same qualities that our winners have exhibited in their successful careers. Through these awards, IABC Asia Pacific demonstrates its commitment to honoring excellent communication leaders who bring positive change to our society,” said Choa.
The past IABC Asia Pacific Communicators of the Year winners all hailed from Australia. They include Kate Carnell (Executive Leader) and Gabrielle Dolan (Senior Communication Professional) in 2020, and Sia Papageorgiou (Senior Communication Professional) in 2021.
Setting the standard of excellence since 1970, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a vibrant global membership association with thousands of members from around the world.
It delivers on the global standard in communication through educational offerings, certification, awards program, resource library, online magazine, and annual World Conference. It also supports a community of business communication professionals with innovative thinking, shared best practices, in-depth learning, and career guidance.
Kane Errol C. Choa
IABC Asia Pacific
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Strategic Internal Communication Course at ISM University of Management & Economics, Lithuania
Sharing a recent update on my engagement with the ISM University of Management & Economics, Lithuania.
Read Get Intentional - my book on personal branding and professional advancement
Pleased to share that my second book, Get Intentional is now out!
Intraskope's interview with Gloria Walker featured on IABC MENA website
Look up this interview that is featured as a podcast on the IABC MENA website
Listen to Comms Minute Podcast | April 2021
Pleased to share that my interview with Mike Klein is now live on Smarp's Comms Minute podcast. I speak on the 3R's of internal communications from the Indian context.
Online Panel Discussion | Creative Sandbox | Weber Shandwick: November 20, 2020
I had the honor to be part of an engaging conversation with communications leaders across various industries. Hosted by Nikhil Dey of Weber Shandwick. the chat discussed the role of internal communications COVID19 and what the future holds. Read more here about the dialogue: https://www.adgully.com/the-internal-communications-pulse-check-98187.html
PodText Interview | Mike Klein on Local Internal Communications | Feb 26, 2021
Post COVID-19: 5 Trends In Corporate Social Responsibility
Read my article in Business World, Aug 31, 2020
Article on Communications and Covid-19 in Reputation Today
Reputation Today featured my article on March 12, 2020
Keen to hear your thoughts.
Speaker at IABC Fusion20 (New Zealand)
Humbled to be invited to speak at the Fusion20 Conference on March 25-27, 2020. I will be sharing my views on employee involvement, empowerment and collaboration on storytelling.
Research paper ranks first in HR category at academic conference
Pleased to share that my paper received the first place in the HR & OB area at the recently concluded International Conference on Global Challenges and Local Prospects in Management Studies [AMSICON] on April 11 and 13, 2019.
Read more here:
Read FREE E-Book On Internal Communications: ‘The Next Level’
Interview at EuroComm18
I recently spoke at EuroComm 2018 about my presentation - “Trust, involve and get out of the way. Look up the interview done ahead of the event.
Personal Branding Webinar (Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore) - Sept 14, 2018
Blog on Intrapreneurship and Internal Communications
Pleased to share that my blog on intrapreneurship and internal communication is published on the Institute of Public Relations website. Look up the complete piece here:
Make Your Employees Feel Like the Founder
Featured in Entrepreneur.com
Link to complete article: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/308936
Interview in Communication Director Magazine
Paper abstract at BLEDCOM 2017
Paper: Combining Forces for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – An Investigation Of Inter-Organizational Collaboration
Interview in Responsible Future Blog (The Economic Times)
This interview focused on the employee volunteering initiatives at Tesco Bengaluru (February 1, 2016).
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.
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.
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: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/like-employee-branding-way-forward-organizations-aniisu-k-verghese?published=t
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.