Exclusive Event

London: Wednesday 24th March | New York: Wednesday 31st March at 12pm -130pm


Issa PR will host an annual symposium featuring leaders from some of the world’s top luxury brands to discuss today’s evolving landscape and the future of luxury. This will include future forecasts for the industry, the importance of philanthropy and CSR, and diversity and inclusion in news, and society. Today, these themes are critical parts of the communications strategy and brands have a responsibility to give back.

The symposium will also discuss innovation and the evolution of the industry following the unprecedented impact of 2020.

Moderated by …


A dynamic leader & strategist with over 20 years experience, which includes working at Edelman, #1 agency in the world building their luxury & lifestyle division. Vanity Fair named her on the “Downtown 100” list of most inspirational people in NYC. New York Business Journal voted her a “Woman of Influence” in 2018. She is also currently lecturing at New York University’s School of Business, Stern on “The Intersection of Luxury & Philanthropy”, and future of the industry. PR Week selected Viet for their Power Book of most powerful people in PR in 2020 and 2021.

Meet your speakers …

Creative Director
Temperley London

Award-winning fashion designer and member of the British Fashion Council Advisory Board, Alice Temperley founded her eponymous label Temperley London in 2000, a year after graduating from the Royal College of Art. Alice heads up the creative direction of the British independent brand, now in its twentieth year of business. Alice launched Temperley Bridal in 2006, which operates stores on Bruton Street, Mayfair and in Dubai, and Qatar. An ambassador for a nonprofit humanitarian organisation, Women for Women International for female survivors of war, Alice is involved with several charities. Her work has been recognised by numerous awards, including an MBE in 2011 and Positive Luxury’s Butterfly Mark in 2018.


Annastasia is the first female and millennial Group CEO of Quintessentially, the world’s leading lifestyle group. She has an acute understanding of the latest consumer trends, with a key focus on today’s new era of connection – the evolving values and desires of society and brands with the importance of meaningful experiences and authentic human connections at its core. Featured in publications such as Forbes, who hailed her ‘The Queen of Luxury’ and British GQ, who listed her as one of the ‘ Top 50 Most Influential People in the UK,” she often speaks at high-profile events such as Web Summit and FT conferences. Annastasia commands an empathetic style of leadership and champions inclusivity and diversity across business.

Warner Music Group

Over the last two decades, Bob has built an illustrious career working at Island Records to Spin Music, one of the UK’s first agencies specialising in brand partnerships to EMI Music, as VP of Brand Partnerships. Currently an SVP for WMX, Warner Music’s UK brand partnerships division, Bob and his team partner with globally renowned brands to establish and engage creative collaborations with Warner’s local and international artists, from emerging talent to the world’s biggest acts. WMX has delivered breakthrough campaigns across numerous industries with artists, including Dua Lipa x Dior, Coldplay x Beats, Ed Sheeran x Heinz, and Gorillaz x Red Bull, E:ON, Nike and G-Shock. WMX offers strategy, creative, talent, campaign management, production and amplification.

Former Style Editor, Vogue US & Head of Editorial,
Victoria Beckham

Edward Barsamian, who began his career working for publications like VOGUE Magazine and T, The New York Times Style Magazine, has over a decade of experience in the editorial, fashion and media industries. During his tenure at VOGUE.com, the site was Condé Nast’s leading editorial outlet across all platforms. In 2019, Edward joined Victoria Beckham as the Head of Editorial, and developed VBL’s digital first, direct-to-consumer ambitions through content, events, marketing, and special projects. After working with Victoria Beckham, Edward returned to New York in 2020 to set up his global advisory and consulting firm focused on organic brand growth and maximizing brands’ potential.

Quantum Projects

Emerson Barth has ten years of experience in talent management and marketing at IMG Models, the modelling agency responsible for supermodels, celebrities, and influencers such as Gigi Hadid, Chrissy Teigen, and Jeremy O Harris. Emerson worked as a senior manager in the London and New York office. This year he launched Quantum Projects, a multidisciplinary advisory for global partnerships, business development, and consulting. He is based between London and NYC. Prior to IMG, he worked in celebrity services, culture, and trends and completed an engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania.


Pranav Yadav is an international innovation and thought leader dedicated to bringing a deeper understanding of human motivation to the forefront. A principal player in building the neuromarketing industry, he has changed how brands and customers communicate. Pranav advises CEOs and CMOs on how to make compelling connections between product, communication, and the consumer without being held back by existing frameworks or models. Pranav’s previous work experience includes: Red Associates and Goldman Sachs. He is a winner of numerous awards and accolades, including Forbes “30 Under 30”, “Under 30 All Star Alum”, Ad Age “40 Under 40”, Ad People of the Year awardee, and a Great Mind Award winner.

Head of Creative Diversity
News UK

Shelley has worked in the media industry for more than 15 years. In April 2018, she joined News UK to head up the partnerships for The Times and Sunday Times. She created News UK’s first network for Black, Asian and ethnic minority employees – The Cultural Diversity Network, founded in 2019 which ensures Black, Asian and ethnic minority issues are represented across News UK. Her role as Head of Creative Diversity addresses stronger representation in all content output. She is a mother of two young black boys and has a deep-rooted desire to push for a better world for them to grow up in.

Head of Client Solutions, Neuro Insight

Samrat has worked in the Insights industry for 12 years, with experience leading iconic brands at Pepsi and Anheuser-Busch. He is Neuro-Insight’s most recent addition and after being a client of the company for five years, he was appointed the role of Head of Client Solutions. An early advocate of neurosciences, Samrat has developed breakthrough campaigns and spearheaded the transition of his Insights teams to next generation neuro technologies that drive consumer-centric thinking and business results.

To join the discussion or for key insights following the symposium, please email info@issa-pr.com.