Raj Pannu


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RAJ Pannu

CO FOUNDER & CEO

Raj is an expert at adapting private sector approaches to behaviour change for application in the public sphere.

Raj has introduced large-scale communication strategies and advised on major initiatives while partnering with a range of groups including the Coca-Cola Company, Sesame Workshop, and PEPFAR.  While acting as Director of Global Health at McCann Health, Raj facilitated collaboration between McCann, multinational companies, and not-for-profits, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and UNICEF. A former member of the UN Essential Medicines Working Group, Raj has been an  invited speaker to numerous institutions, including the Kennedy School of Public Policy at Harvard University, The Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and the Qatar Foundation. He holds an MS of Immunology and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta.


Eric Verkerke


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ERIC VERKERKE

Co Founder &  Chief Creative Officer

Eric brings an eclectic mix of entrepreneurial and scientific insight to the evolving creative strategies  needed to engage a modern global audience.


Eric led innovative strategy and accounts for Coca-Cola and other major clients while at McCann Global Health. He helped found and build a startup medical device company focused on bringing affordable technology to the developing world. Prior to venturing into social enterprise, he worked in science journalism for National Public Radio and Cal Tech, agricultural research for Oxford University, and consulted on new media, business, and research. Throughout his career, Eric has distilled complex scientific and business ideas into clear and powerful stories. His hands-on experience in product development and chicken farming instilled a healthy respect for the nitty-gritty reality of building something that works.


Bill Keane


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BILL Keane

Copywriter & brand strategist

Bill is an experienced copywriter and brand strategist with a particular interest in public health, social justice, and the arts.

A former Fulbright Scholar in Germany, Bill left academia for advertising in 2009 and spent the ensuing 7 years at McCann Worldgroup in New York City. During this time, he worked on a wide range of brands in the healthcare space, crafting several award-winning disease awareness and patient education campaigns. Since joining Emergence Creative, his strong background in research and storytelling has produced compelling narratives and campaigns for clients in the public health, international development, and social impact spaces. Bill holds a BA in English from Boston College and an MA in English and Literary Theory from the City University of New York, Hunter College.


Abby Conger


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Abby Conger

Director of Accounts & Operations

Abby brings public relations expertise with a background in consumer brands and a passion for social impact. 

Abby began her career at Edelman working on Unilever and Mondelez, as part of the consumer marketing team. She focused on garnering local and national media coverage in  top-tier outlets and was part of the popular campaigns such as the AXE Detailer, Showerpooling for water conservation and the launch of BelVita Breakfast Biscuits. Prior to coming to Emergence Creative, Abby served as Director of Public Relations at Civic Entertainment Group where she worked on clients like Think It Up, Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Ford Motor Company. Her deep understanding of media and how consumers interact with brands has given her an appreciation for the art of efficient storytelling. 


Fre Sonneveld


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FRé Sonneveld

ART DIRECTION

Fré integrates fluency in industrial and graphic design with a flair for cutting-edge marketing campaigns.

Fré lives in Berlin, where she is the driving designing force and artistic mastermind behind Chasin’ Pigeons. From building compelling brand identities and User Experience systems to illustration and exhibition designs, Fré helps companies arrive at their goals. She works with multinational corporations, social ventures, arts groups and nonprofit organizations.  Her portfolio includes Career Foundry, Yunus Social Business and Tech Open Air Berlin. Fré holds a BSc in Industrial Design from the Eindhoven University of Technology and a MDes in Graphic Design from St. Joost Masters Breda.


Jewel Tolbert


Jewel Tolbert


 
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JEWEL TOLBERT

DESIGNER

 

Jewel is an experienced Visual Communication Designer with an interest in social impact.

With 7 years experience working in New York City, Jewel has produced engaging print, digital and package designs for non-profit organizations, advertising agencies and fashion & beauty brands. Having founded her own non-profit, Art of Hearts, Inc., she is passionate about using design and technology to bridge cross-cultural communication while fostering arts in education opportunities for children in developing countries. Currently living in London, Jewel uses Design Research to translate insights into strategic designs for innovative products, services, and experiences for various cultures and industries. Jewel holds a BA in Business & Graphic Communication with a minor in French from Baruch College in NYC and a MA in Design Management & Cultures from University of the Arts London.


Savi Pannu


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SAVI PANNU

Director, Public Relations

Savi bio coming soon.


Awurama Acquah


Awurama Acquah


 
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Awurama Acquah

Associate Creative Strategist

Awurama Acquah was born and raised in Florida and is a University of Florida alum (Go Gators!) with a strong love for puns and Beyoncé. She has a background in data analytics, social media and research for accounts such as Smart Cities New York 2018, Stop & Shop, Purina and T. Rowe Price. She has also worked on survey design for a proprietary online community panel geared towards millennials and social media campaigns to spread the word on mental health. Her passion and love for mental health is one of the main reasons that attracted her to the social impact space.


Anand Shah


Anand Shah


 
 

Anand ShaH - Advisor on Global initiatives

An innovator at heart, Anand embraces the potential in any opportunity, and has played key roles in the success of several high-profile university fund development projects.

As the Global Venture Strategy Officer at BMW Group, Anand identifies viable partnerships to reveal untapped opportunities. He has a history of furthering the potential of post-secondary institutions, as demonstrated by his work at India’s Vedanta University, where he oversaw the outreach and acquisition of $1 billion funding for a world-class research center. Building on this expertise, Anand joined the newly formed Ahmedabad University as Dean of Strategy and Planning, assisting in the drafting of legislature and designing programs in management education. Anand has been recognized for his personal and professional successes by publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes and the Economist.


 

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Liz Goode


Liz Goode


 
 

LIZ GOode - copywriter

Liz’s love of writing has carried her through the sphere of non-profit marketing, into the world of journalism and now onto the pursuit of finding unique and compelling angles to every brand’s story. She is a highly skilled communications professional with demonstrated proficiency in digital marketing, social media management and brand journalism. When she’s not busy mixing up creative masterpieces of all shapes and sizes, you can find Liz traversing across NYC with camera in hand searching for her latest magazine article.

 


 

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