and crisis communications.
He has extensive experience leading complex communications mandates for multinational organizations.
Julian has extensive experience leading complex communications mandates for multinational organizations. He also runs Kekst CNC’s Science & Innovation service area, helping companies gain competitive advantage through their innovation activities.
He has been a communications advisor to the global food manufacturer Mars, Incorporated for over a decade working with their Management Team, Board, and segment and functional leadership.
Q&A with Julian
Take the most interesting project you have worked on recently: Why was it interesting?
4.5 billion people living in developing countries chronically consume aflatoxin, a cancer-causing poison found in many foods. On UN World Food Day 2017, Kekst CNC teamed up with Mars, Incorporated to bring together scientists, gamers, business leaders and the media to launch a citizen science initiative to say game over to aflatoxin. The project was covered globally and shortlisted as a finalist for Fast Company’s 2018 World Changing Ideas Award. Check out Scientific American’s podcast on the initiative here: https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/gamers-wanted-to-attack-food-toxin/.
Who or what inspires you?
Cheesy as it may sound, I’m inspired a lot by my clients. Many of whom are striving to make changes that will benefit their organizations and also have wider social impact. It’s great to help them achieve their vision.
How has the firm changed since you first joined?
I joined Kekst CNC over a decade ago when we were only 6 people in London. Over that time we have grown significantly: we now have 50 people in London and 250 globally. One thing that hasn’t changed is the close-knit feel of the firm which probably owes a lot to the on-site pub we have.
What do you like most about Kekst CNC?
The team. It’s a really dynamic group, all pulling together to do phenomenal work.
What charity is closest to your heart?
My wife Charlotte is a hematologist so I’ve learnt a lot about the inspiring work that the Anthony Nolan Charity is doing working to save the lives of people with blood cancer. Find out more and donate at: https://www.anthonynolan.org/.