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Brand Finance Global Forum 2021 - Global vs Local Brands

30 September 2021, 14:00–15:00

25 years ago, on 1st April 1996, David Haigh launched Brand Finance to ‘Bridge the Gap Between Marketing and Finance’, in a bid to highlight the importance of marketing for driving growth as well as the need for financial accountability.

Brand Finance is now the World's Leading Brand Valuation Consultancy.

We invite all our clients, partners, and friends to come together for a special 25th Anniversary Edition of our annual Brand Finance Global Forum, in association with Tata Consultancy Services, to look back over the last 25 years and to debate what the future might hold.

We will host high-profile industry expert speakers who will explain how brand strategy can be leveraged to maximise financial performance and discuss other pressing topics from the world of brands and branding.

The online conference will consist of three one-hour-long webinars on the last Thursdays of September, October, and November 2021, featuring guest speaker presentations and interactive Q&A discussions.

Brand Finance Forums attract CEOs and CMOs of global brands, senior investors, analysts, marketers, and journalists who are eager to learn more about the role of brands in driving business value.

Join us as we celebrate the last and the next 25 years of Bridging the Gap between Marketing and Finance!


Our first webinar in the Brand Finance Global Forum 2021 series will explore the topic: Global vs Local Brands.

The worldwide recognition and expansion of global brands have resulted in their rapid brand value growth over the last 25 years. However, with the world economy in crisis, are local brands and their unrivalled understanding of different consumer cultures the best way to economic recovery and further growth?

Click the links below to register for our other webinars in the series:

Brand Purpose: Then & Now - Thursday, 28th October 2021

The Rise of Asian Brands - Thursday, 25th November 2021

In association with
Tata Consultancy Services
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is a global leader in IT services, digital and business solutions that partners with its clients to simplify, strengthen and transform their businesses. We ensure the highest levels of certainty and satisfaction through a deep-set commitment to our clients, comprehensive industry expertise and a global network of innovation and delivery centers.
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Museum of Brands

The Museum of Brands in London examines the history of consumer culture from Victorian times to the present day.

Museum of Brands Website
Foreign Press Association

The FPA is a not-for-profit Friendly Society. As a member of the UK Press Card Authority, it provides official journalistic accreditation to more than 1,800 international correspondents every year. All media are represented: from print and news agencies to broadcast and digital. Freelancers are welcome in all categories. ​

The FPA is the only association that can provide foreign journalist with access to Parliament. Throughout the year, the FPA holds a wide-ranging programme of briefings, facilitating access to Government Ministers, Whitehall, the City's financial district and Royal events. We also organise book presentations, Brexit briefings, events with key politicians etc.

Foreign Press Association Website
World Trademark Review
World Trademark Review Website


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).

Dagmara Szulce
Managing Director
IAA Global

Dagmara joined the International Advertising Association (IAA) in 2017 as the Global Executive Director in charge of overseeing the IAA business across 56 countries. As a global leader in the marketing and communications industry, she believes social and environmental responsibility are as important as profit. She has used this belief system to transform the IAA brand and it's culture over the last 4 years.

Prior to joining IAA, Dagmara was the President and Founder of Dagmara Szulce LLC, a marketing services consultancy focused on partnering with CMOs and CEOs in the luxury, fashion, beauty, real estate and private equity sectors to build purpose-driven brands. She is also

Dagmara has a 22 year track record building & transforming category leading brands globally and in the US.  She has unique expertise in crafting living brand ecosystems with a key objective of igniting ongoing consumer desire and irrational loyalty. Her Clients included: P&G, Unilever, Pfizer, Frederic Fekkai, Nespresso, Estee Lauder, Ralph Lauren, Taylor Swift Fragrance, The Diamond Trading Company/DeBeers, Steinway & Sons, The Corcoran Real Estate Group, Roberta Roller Rabbit.

She is a board member at ACT Responsible, MBA teacher at Baruch College, speaker and advisor to CMOs/CEOs.

Mehul Kapadia
Global Head of Marketing, MNC & Corporate
Vodafone Business

Mehul Kapadia combines his passion for technology and sports in the range of business roles in his career. Currently Mehul is the Global Head of Marketing, MNC & Corporate for Vodafone Business. Prior to this Mehul was the Chief Operating Officer at Motorsport Network, which is the leader in digital media, experiences and games in the motorsport and automotive segments. Mehul had over 19 years of experience with Tata Communications across various international leadership roles in marketing, sales, operations and product management, including Global Head of Marketing and Managing Director of F1 Business.

Mehul is also a Non-Executive Director on the board of England Boxing, National Governing Body for the sport of Boxing in England and a Board Advisor for Motorsport Network.

Mehul graduated as an engineer specialising in Electronics and Telecommunications, before completing an MBA in Marketing and lives in London with his family.

Rahul Malhotra
Head of Brand Strategy & Stewardship

In his 26 year career with Procter & Gamble and Shell, Rahul has led several multi-billion dollar, global businesses as P&L head, and helped shape the destiny of several global brands (eg. Shell, Pampers, Vicks, Metamucil, Whisper/Always, Tide, Ariel, Olay).

He has lived and worked in Singapore, India, Japan, Switzerland, the US and the UK. Rahul is a passionate historian and economist. He was a professional musician before choosing marketing as a career but continues with a new love for the piano. Married with two children, he enjoys reading non-fiction, hiking, and cooking.

His personal passion is to inspire organisations in the private sector to be more purpose driven, leveraging their expertise and resources to make a real difference to the people and ecology of the planet.

Richard Haigh
Managing Director
Brand Finance

Richard has over a decade in value-based marketing, brand valuation and intangible asset valuation. He sat on the ISO Technical Committee 289 on Brand Valuation and contributed to the Brand Evaluation standard ISO 20671. He lectures on brand valuation and other topics to business schools and has a regular guest lecture series at London Business School.

While at Brand Finance he has overseen an array of the internal initiatives and studies while also leading many of the client relationships. With experience from B2B and B2C industries and brands, Richard has worked across all of Brand Finance’s service lines as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing but particularly specialises in valuation.

In addition, he has a BA in Mathematics from the University of Oxford.


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