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Brand Finance at City Nation Place Global 2021

04 November 2021, 08:15–18:00 UK Time

Brand Finance was delighted to be part of the programme at the City Nation Place Global conference on Thursday, 4th November 2021.

The Global conference, held at Glaziers Hall in London and streamed online, was joined by place branding and marketing practitioners from all over the world, who led discussions on how to engage citizens, work in partnership with the private sector, and develop a strategic approach to attracting talent, tourism, and investment.

As part of the programme, Brand Finance hosted a dedicated session to launch the Brand Finance Nation Brands 2021 study, which ranks the world’s top 100 most valuable and strongest nation brands, and to discuss the impact of international perceptions of a nation brand on the region and city brands within the country.

View a full recording of the session here.


13.10 - 14.05Brand Finance Roundtable Discussion: Working Lunch
'Brand Booster or Budget Buster? Opportunities and Challenges for City Brands from Hosting Mega Events'
Hosted by Robert Haigh, Strategy and Insights Director at Brand Finance
Brand Finance Roundtable Discussion: Virtual Room
'A Tale of Two Brands. How Can City and Nation Brand Strategies Complement and Support Each Other?'
Hosted by Konrad Jagodzinski, Communications Director at Brand Finance
15.00 - 15.35 Brand Finance Breakout Session
'Understanding the Strength and Value of Nation Brands Post-COVID'
  • Discussing the findings of the latest Brand Finance Nation Brands 2021 report, which ranks the world’s top 100 most valuable and strongest nation brandsReflecting on the case study of the United States – what damage has Trump done, and can Biden repair it? Drawing on the Global Soft Power Index, with survey extended to 100,000 respondents in 100 countries
04 November 2021, 08:15–18:00 UK Time
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David Haigh
Chairman and CEO
Brand Finance

David is the Chairman and CEO of Brand Finance Plc – the world’s leading brand valuation consultancy. He has worked in the area of branded business, brand, and intangible asset valuation since 1991. He specialised entirely in the field after becoming the Director of Brand Valuation for Interbrand in 1995. He subsequently left Interbrand in 1996 to launch Brand Finance which is celebrating 25 years in business this year.

David represented the British Standards Institution in the working parties responsible for crafting international industry standards: ISO 10668 on Brand Valuation in 2010 and ISO 20671 on Brand Evaluation in 2019.

David is a passionate writer and has authored many articles on brand valuation, published in numerous marketing and finance newspapers and magazines, such as: Financial Times, Accountancy Age, and Marketing Week. He has also lectured on the topic of brand valuation for Harvard, Chicago, and London Business Schools.

David graduated from Bristol University with an English degree, qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London, and obtained a postgraduate diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). He is a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and has a practising certificate with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Parul Soni
Associate Director
Brand Finance

Parul leads the team of analysts and consultants behind Brand Finance’s annual Global 500, Nation Brands, and Global Soft Power Index studies. She has a wealth of experience in Business and Brand Valuation working across sectors, specialising in Nation Branding, Food & Drinks, and Utilities. She is an experienced research and data analyst with survey experience across a range of evaluation and research issues.

Parul has worked with a variety of clients such as GREAT Campaign and PromPeru. She has a BSc in Economics and Economic History from the London School of Economics and is a chartered global management accountant, CIMA.

Konrad Jagodzinski
Place Branding Director
Brand Finance

Konrad leads Brand Finance’s place branding and soft power practice. He liaises with clients, directs consulting projects, and is responsible for the creation and promotion of the annual Global Soft Power Index, Nation Brands, and City Index studies.

Konrad has extensive experience in advising clients in the fields of place branding and public diplomacy. Before joining Brand Finance, he worked at the Polish Embassy in London where he developed and delivered successful marketing communications campaigns as well as media relations programmes of official engagements by the president, prime minister, government ministers, and the ambassador.

In his role at Brand Finance, Konrad has advised a variety of place branding organisations, including the GREAT Britain and Northern Ireland Campaign, Austrade, and Cape Town Tourism.

Before moving on to grow the place branding practice, Konrad was the Communications Director of Brand Finance and Managing Director of Brand Finance’s PR agency – Brand Dialogue for 5 years. He has a proven track record in executing integrated communications strategies, having been responsible for publishing nearly 100 industry and country reports on the world’s most valuable brands on an annual basis.

Konrad has qualified with the Professional PR Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). He studied European Studies MA at King’s College London and the Humboldt University in Berlin, and International Relations with Political Science BA at the University of Birmingham.

Robert Haigh
Strategy and Sustainability Director
Brand Finance

Robert leads Brand Finance’s sustainability research and consulting practice, helping brands to understand the value of sustainability perceptions and how to manage these effectively.

Robert has a degree in Geography from the University of Oxford and an MBA from London Business School.

Robert began his career in marketing communications, later specialising in commercial strategy, due diligence, and insights.



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