Kirsten Walkom, Global Head of Communications – Save the Children
Save the Children
Global Head of Communications
Kirsten Walkom is an established global communications leader who has developed world-class brands in over 120 countries.
Recently named one of the Global In-House PR professional of the year by industry standard, PR Week, Kirsten offers her client’s extensive reputation management and corporate, creative, and branding communications experience. She has worked with UN organisations and NGOs, international governments, Fortune 500 corporations, heads of states, members of the Royal Family, and high-level personalities.
Kirsten strongly believes in strategy before tactics – delivering unparalleled results for clients. Kirsten has dealt with some of the world’s most challenging problems, including issues of safety and security; global immigration and migration; war and conflict; fraud and financial mismanagement; and issues of corporate litigation and governance. Kirsten is also an expert in public and brand engagement. She has delivered mass brand and engagement events for clients globally, including moments of global stage at the United Nations General Assembly, the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Toronto International Film Festival, the President’s Cup, and the Rogers Cup.
Kirsten’s work and leadership has been recognised by many top-tier publications, including being named ‘Top 10 Charity Communicator’ by PR Week, Marketing Magazine’s ‘Top 30 Under 30’ and as one of the ‘Top Ten to Watch.’ She has won multiple awards throughout her career, including recognition from the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, International Association of Business Communicators, and the Clio Awards. Kirsten was a recent the global keynote speaker at the Corporate Affairs Summit in Sydney, Australia and has been a key panellist for many leading industry events.
Kirsten holds an HBA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario with a specialisation in terrorism and counter-terrorism. She leverages this knowledge to strengthen communications in both traditional and crisis situations.