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2019 IIC Future Leaders' Competition


The IIC is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2019 Future Leaders’ Competition is Angel Fu, Associate at Clifford Chance, Australia. Angel will be presenting her winning entry, entitled Playing Fair in the Platforms Playground - A Case for Regulatory Neutrality and International Cooperation, at our 50th Annual Conference in London this October.


Who are we?

The International Institute of Communications is an independent, global organisation that brings together senior policy makers from across the emerging digital ecosystem to explore and discuss the opportunities and challenges that the new environments bring.

Indeed, across the industry we work in, the rapid pace of technological change and the concurrent emergence of new user behaviours mean that policy makers face ever-evolving challenges to permit innovation, offer protection to all stakeholders (users and industry alike) and respond to political and governmental needs.

The strength and value of the IIC is to offer the opportunity to learn and share information, in an atmosphere of collaboration. This is through access, among other factors, to the IIC’s journal: Intermedia, the website, social media presence, global and regional events – all contributing to a matrix of information-sharing, relationships and influence.

What is this initiative?

Now in its second year, the Future Leaders' Competition widened its call for entries to beyond the IIC's membership to reach an even wider pool of rising stars within the sector who would not normally have access to our events. This ‘Competition for Future Leaders’ seeks to encourage and promote original thought in the areas of communications and policy.

What do you need to do?

Produce a digital report1 (which can include a multimedia presentation) on the topic of ‘Global Realities, National Choices: communications policy making in a cross-sectoral, cross-jurisdictional world.’

Some suggested areas that you might address are:

  • What does the theme mean to you? What are the policy issues that might be addressed?
  • What are the benefits and what might be the challenges?
  • How did your insights and your experience inform your suggested commentary? How did you develop, test, iterate and refine your concept?
  • Commercial awareness – does your answer make sense from a financial and competitive point of view?
  • Draw on relevant international examples (if applicable).

You should:

  • Demonstrate a clear point of view
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of contending viewpoints
  • Provide a structured, clear, and cogent position and justification for that position.

1Up to 5,000 words


The overall winner will receive paid travel and accommodation expenses to present their entry at the IIC’s 50th Annual Conference in London (October 9-10, 2019). They also will be given £250 for subsistence.

The top 10 entries will be published online and in the IIC’s journal, Intermedia, which is distributed to all IIC Members and beyond.

The top 10 entries also receive a year's complimentary Membership to the IIC Future Leaders’ Network, which includes access to the IIC’s networks and resources.

Judging Panel

The judging panel comprises:

Andrea Millwood Hargrave

Andrea Millwood Hargrave

Director General, International Institute of Communications

Bárbara Navarro

Bárbara Navarro

Head of Google Cloud APAC, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google

Derek Wilding (Dr)

Derek Wilding (Dr)

Co-Director, Centre for Media Transition, University of Technology, Sydney; President, IIC Australia Chapter

James Filippatos

James Filippatos

Vice President, Global Public Policy, The Walt Disney Company

Monica Ariño

Monica Ariño

Director Regulatory Affairs, BT Group

Steve Simpson

Steve Simpson

Former Commissioner with the Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commissioner (CRTC)


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