Speaker Profile

Darren Burns
Darren Burns
President APAC

Based in Singapore, Darren recently joined Golin to lead its operations across Asia Pacific. Prior to this, Darren spent 13 years at Weber Shandwick, most recently as Vice Chair, Asia Pacific where he led collaborative efforts to build the next generation of the agency to help clients solve their most pressing issues by putting analytics, creative and digital thinking at the heart of the business.

Darren’s experience extends from launching new companies and initiatives to guiding leaders through a range of mission-critical situations, including crises and change management programs.

For his services to Shanghai, Darren was awarded the “CSR Ambassador” award by Lujiazui Financial City in 2018. In 2016, he was honored by PRovoke in its inaugural Asia Innovator 25 list. He was also named Australia China Alumni of the Year for Corporate Achievement in 2015.

From 2015-2018, Darren was an adjunct lecturer at China’s Fudan University, co-delivering a course on strategic media communications in conjunction with the London School of Economics and Sciences Po. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Darren is a regular industry commentator and speaker. He is also a frequent communication, creative and industry awards judge.