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In an era defined by geopolitical competition and mounting global threats that can only be addressed in cooperation, it is important to assess and compare how people in different parts of the world view some of the most critical global security risks. To this end, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) and Kekst CNC together have built a new dataset on global risk perceptions: the Munich Security Index. Based on a survey conducted among 12,000 people globally, it provides an in-depth view of how G7 and BRICS nations view risk in 2021.
The eighth Kekst CNC international tracking survey shows surprising responses when it comes to the public’s confidence in their country’s economic situation, uptakes in vaccine roll-outs and the reputation of Governments and large businesses. This study shows that countries with strong vaccine rollouts have seen higher public confidence and an overall positive perception of government and business performance, particularly so in the UK and U.S.
Sustainability and the supply chain have been under the magnifying glass for some time now: Witness the fashion and textile industries where the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killed more than 1,100 workers at five garment factories.
The SPAC boom is on everyone's lips – investors, regulators and the media. A SPAC (“special purpose acquisition company”) is a shell company created for the sole purpose of raising funds from investors in an IPO, with the aim of acquiring or merging with a private company within a two-year period.
Capital markets are rewarding companies that explicitly account for ESG factors – and they’re also punishing organisations that get ESG wrong. While Deliveroo’s share price suffered a nearly 30% nosedive on its first day of trading, other businesses get away with lighter financial reactions from the market.
In our 11th Global Thinking podcast episode, guests Simon Pfeiffer and Randolf Carr, Policy Advisors at the Munich Security Conference and Kekst CNC’s James Johnson discuss the findings of a recent European survey conducted by Kekst CNC on behalf of the Munich Security Conference on digital (dis)trust. The research finds that Europeans are deeply concerned about their security online and worry that their countries are too dependent on foreign suppliers of digital technologies. Tune into this episode to learn more about the research findings and implications for businesses, governments and regulators.
Broadcast content in the Middle East is heavily regulated, regularly censored and has been quite stagnant for a while. The arrival of the podcast boom to the region has given a voice to content creators who are looking for new ways to express themselves. In our latest podcast episode, host Maram El Hendy, Senior Associate at Kekst CNC and Co-host of the podcast DXBabies, speaks with Leila Hamadeh from Finyal Media and Ramsey George from Sowt, who discuss the huge potential for diverse and cultural growth in the Middle East’s podcast space as barriers get broken down around taboo topics.
In our 9th Global Thinking podcast episode, host Eleanor Cavill is joined by colleagues from Kekst CNC’s German offices, Victoria Jodl and Dr. Jana Edelmann, for a quick chat about the rapid rise of Clubhouse in the German market, as well as the platform’s future potential. Is the audio-only social platform a trend that is here to stay?
Dubai, 1 June 2021 – Kekst CNC, a leading global strategic communications firm, announced today the strengthening of its Middle East business with the appointment of Scott Melrose as Director.
London, 12 May 2021 - British people are the most confident that the economy will be stronger in three months’ time than any other country surveyed, according to the latest wave of the Kekst CNC COVID-19 tracker, a survey of public attitudes in the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, and Japan.
NEW YORK, May 12, 2021 – Americans’ willingness to take COVID-19 vaccines has increased dramatically since February, as have their expectations for economic recovery and confidence in President Biden, the CDC, and all levels of government, according to the newest edition of a pandemic opinion poll surveying a nationally representative sample of 1,000 American adults, conducted by leading strategic communications firm Kekst CNC.
On Friday May 28th, Kekst CNC were delighted to host the panel discussion “Beyond Brexit: Redefining the Relationship Between the EU and the UK”. The event brought together Sir Robbie Gibb, European Parliament Vice-President Roberta Metsola, and former Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger and was moderated by Benjamin Fox, EURACTIV’s Brexit correspondent. With almost 100 attendees from across Europe, the session provided a lively debate, and valuable insight on what to expect from the future partnership between the entities.
The Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) phenomenon has grown dramatically in the US. Now, the trend is also gaining momentum in Europe. Several SPAC offerings are in process. What risks and opportunities are connected to a SPAC investment? What is necessary to know if planning for a SPAC listing? What activity do we expect going forward? What are the communications for such a listing compared to an ordinary IPO? These are some of the questions we discussed on our panel event, drawing on the perspectives of Deutsche Bank’s Jan Olsson (CEO Nordics) and Saadi Soudavar (Head of ECM Europe) and Kekst CNC experts Daniel Yunger and Harry Kinzler.
“The Continuing Storm: Global Threats in the Wake of a Worldwide Pandemic” a Kekst CNC and CMi Forum webinar, chaired by security experts Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and former German Ambassador to the U.S. and the UK, and Tom Hurd, Director General of the UK´s Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, was a must-attend for all those interested in global dynamics. The discussion was informed by Kekst CNC research, which provided an analysis of global threats as viewed by the public in six countries.