International delegates representing various sectors of the Aerospace industry will
gather in Dubai during the Aerospace Supply Chain Summit in December 2014 to discuss
its global supply chain aspects which is an important exercise to ensure their future
growth. This two days event is hosted by Dubai World Central (DWC) in association with
Arabian Reach FZ LLC.
This summit will bring together the stake holders representing global OEMs and suppliers
to explore opportunities in the DWC and will reinforce UAE's vision for industrialization.
The participants will discuss how to build and maintain success partnerships to overcome
the challenges and risks associated with entering new markets from a supplier's perspective.
Leaders responsible for driving industrialization in non-traditional aerospace economies
will have the chance to highlight the impact of international joint ventures in the emerging
aviation markets. The concept of developing a globalized supply chain will be a key focus at the summit.
The summit is strategically positioned as organizations operating within the UAE's aerospace
sector are becoming increasingly focused on attracting local and international suppliers to
explore business opportunities in the region.
According to Raj Menon, General Manager of Arabian Reach FZE LLC, “This summit will reinforce
long term success within the global aerospace manufacturing sector that is highly dependent
on a world class integrated supply chain cycle, starting from research, development, manufacturing
and reaching the end users.”
Coming at an opportune time as Dubai World Central gears up to be the undisputed aerospace hub,
The Aerospace Supply Chain Summit is aimed at welcoming aviation supply chain companies to operate
from Dubai and to service Europe, Africa, Middle East, Far East and Indian Subcontinent.

About Dubai World Central (DWC)
A strategic initiative of the Dubai Government that continues to open new possibilities in the
global aviation industry. The Aviation District, in particular, attracts major industry players
from all over the world in line with DWC's master-plan as the first purpose-built Aerotropolis,
which significantly optimizes the business potential of all aviation services particularly it
brings together world-class expertise and leading-edge technology to offer best-in-class MRO
(Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) services. This aviation district will provide excellent
support for general aviation, aircraft manufacturing component fabrication, MROs, helicopter
modification & maintenance, training and other related aviation businesses will be held at the DWC
About Arabian Reach FZ LLC
Arabian Reach FZ LLC, a progressive events organizing and management company established in 2009.
Hq in Dubai and having networking offices across the Middle East, specialized in organizing aerospace,
airports, cargo, education and other trade events in the region.




7 August 2014 – The Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity has announced the final names that will form the Branded Content & Entertainment, Digital & Mobile, Direct and Promo & Activation, Healthcare, Innovation and Integrated juries for the 2014 awards.

Connie Lo, Chief Creative Officer - Southern China, Leo Burnett, Hong Kong – Jury President
Chee Keong Tan, Executive Creative Director, BBDO Proximity, Malaysia
Jeremy Heng, Director, Strategy & Content, Havas Media, Singapore
Mike Jackson, Managing Director, MEC Access, APAC, MEC, Asia Pacific
Qanta Shimizu, Chief Technology Officer / Founder, PARTY, Japan
Scott Lambert, Creative Director, Innocean, Australia
Shivani Raina Ghosh, AVP, Client Servicing, Colors, Viacom18, India
Sirena Liu, Founder/President, Filmworks China Entertainment Marketing, China

Haydn Evans, Founder & Executive Producer, Six Toes, Singapore – Jury President
Chandini Rajaratnam, Vice President, Chief Creative Officer, JWT, Sri Lanka
Eddie Wong, Chief Creative Director, Innocean Worldwide, China
James Moore, Managing Director & Executive Producer, Flying Fish, New Zealand
Lien Dang, Executive Producer, Echo Production, Vietnam
Lizzy Nash, Company Partner/Executive Producer, The Feds, Australia
Wuthisak Anarnkaporn, Film Director, Factory01, Thailand

Jean Lin, Global Chief Executive Officer, Isobar, Global – Jury President
Aaron Lau, President & Chief Executive Officer, Greater China, Cheil Worldwide, China
Ben Cooper, Group Innovations Director, M&C Saatchi, Australia
Eugene Demata, Executive Creative Director, DDB Di9it/DM9JaymeSyfu, The Philippines
Kaoru Sugano, Creative Director/Creative Technologist, Dentsu, Japan
Ki Young Kim, Senior Creative Director, Innocean, South Korea
Paul Soon, Chief Executive Officer, XM Asia Pacific, Singapore
Vicky Hui-Ying Lee, Senior Creative Director, Medialand Digital Strategy, Taiwan

Josy Paul, Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, BBDO, India – Jury President
Andy Chan, Executive Creative Director, FCB Shanghai, China
Chow Kok Keong, Creative Director, Dentsu Utama, Malaysia
Fumitaka Takano, Creative Director, ADK Tokyo, Japan
Iggy Rodriguez, Creative Group Head, Leo Burnett, Australia
Jaesan Kim, Executive Creative Director, Cheil Worldwide, South Korea
Megan Clark, Founder/ Managing Director, Copper Brand Experiences, New Zealand
Riley Peter, Head of APAC, Creative Shop, Facebook Singapore, Asia Pacific

June Laffey, Executive Creative Director, McCann Health, Australia – Jury President
Ali Shabaz, Chief Creative Officer, Grey Worldgroup, Singapore
Joey David Tiempo, Creative Director, TBWA\Santiago Mangada Puno, The Philippines
Mayuko Kamo, Senior Creative Director, Dentsu, Japan
Pierre Loo, Regional Professional Director – Creative, Red Fuse, Hong Kong
Scott Smith, Creative Director, DDB Remedy, Australia
Vineet Vijayraj Thapar, SVP, Creative, Digitas Health LifeBrands, India/UK

Emad Tahtouh, Director of Applied Technology, Finch, Australia – Jury President
Eugene Cheong, Chief Creative Officer, Asia Pacific & Singapore, Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific
James Hurman, Principal, Previously Unavailable, New Zealand
Koichi Yamamoto, Senior Planning Director, Dentsu, Japan
Kristian Barnes, Chief Executive Officer Asia Pacific, Vizeum, Asia Pacific
Nicholas Ye, Chief Executive Officer, The Secret Little Agency, Singapore
Oliver Palmer, Head of Innovation, Tigerspike, Singapore

Andy Greenaway, Chief Creative Officer, APAC, SapientNitro, Asia Pacific – Jury President
Ben Cooper, Group Innovations Director, M&C Saatchi, Australia
Connie Lo, Chief Creative Officer - Southern China, Leo Burnett, Hong Kong
David Brain, Chief Executive Officer, APAC/MENA, Edelman, Asia Pacific
Jean Lim, Global Chief Executive Officer, Isobar, Global
Lana Roulhac, Design Director, Siegel+Gale, China/UK
Mark Patterson, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific & Chairman, China, GroupM, Asia Pacific

Commenting on the juries, Terry Savage, Chairman of Lions Festivals, says, “This completes an exceptional line-up of talent, all of whom are passionate, forward-thinkers within their fields. Collectively they will be responsible for selecting the most creative and ground-breaking work to come out of the region and we are delighted that such an esteemed group will be awarding the Spikes trophies.”

Spikes Asia is accepting entries until Friday 8 August. Anybody who wishes to enter can do so at, where further information on the categories, rules and fees can also be found. The Festival takes place from 23-26 September in Singapore and culminates in the much anticipated Awards Ceremony where the 2014 winners are revealed and celebrated.



5 August 2014 – The Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity has today released the programme of inspiring seminars that delegates will benefit from at this year’s Festival.

Global perspectives will be shared from a host of speakers including addresses from some of the jury presidents. Stefan Sagmeister, Creative Director, Sagmeister & Walsh, will explore the possibilities to achieve happiness as a designer; Jean Lin, Global Chief Executive Officer, Isobar, will take a look at bringing innovation principles to marketing; and Ted Royer, Chief Creative Officer, Droga5, will focus on the partnership between agency and marketer and how the rules of relationships can be applied to advertising.

Other thought-provoking seminars include DDB Presents with Casey Neistat, Writer, Director, Editor and Filmmaker. FCB with ‘Unleashing Potential: Creativity & Innovation’, seeing FCB’s Worldwide CEO, Carter Murray and James Mok, Executive Creative Director, APAC, exploring how transformative change can be achieved by unleashing potential in creativity, brands and consumers. Amir Kassaei, Global Chief Creative Officer, DDB Worldwide, will provide his point of view on how the power of influence can change the way people think, behave and purchase. Global digital companies will also take to the stage and include Twitter, Google and YouTube.

With a focus on the region and sharing insights on how to resonate with Chinese audiences, Longyin Review will present a session on ‘Touching the Hearts of a Billion Chinese’. Jimmy Lam, Vice Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, DDB Group, North China; Tomaz Mok, Chairman, McCann China; and Norman Tan, Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, Lowe China, will use their accumulated decades’ worth of experience to share their insights on how to tap into a country that has such vast geographic, culinary and dialect differences.

Continuing with the theme of culture, Cheil will turn their attention to India; another country where language and culture change every few hundred kilometres. ‘Communicating to Two and a Half Indians’ will see Nima DT Namchu, Chief Creative Officer of Cheil India, discussing whether it’s possible to be creative in both communication and technology.

“With 40 seminars taking place, Spikes Asia is the essential destination for anyone in the industry wanting to stay ahead of the game. This region is culturally diverse and complex and Spikes Asia offers a unique platform to learn, test and develop ideas through our unmissable regional and global speaker line up, masterclasses and networking opportunities,” says Andrea Hayes, Festival Director, Spikes Asia.

Spikes Asia offers four days of inspiring seminars, forums, tech talks, networking nights and awards. Taking place from 23-26 September at Suntec Singapore, registrations to attend the event are now open and anyone wishing to book their place can do so through

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The Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity celebrating and inspiring Asia-Pacific creativity in communications. Suntec City, Singapore, 23-26 September 2014.
Building on 27 years of the illustrious Spikes Awards, the Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity is the result of a collaboration between the Lions Festivals, organisers of Cannes Lions, Lions Health, Dubai Lynx and Eurobest, and Haymarket, publishers of Campaign Asia Pacific. The Festival provides the region’s growing creative and advertising industry with a platform to network and exchange ideas, bringing together some of the finest creative thinkers from across the region and around the world.
Spikes Asia, attended by over 1,800 delegates from 30 countries in 2013, offers an inspirational programme of seminars and workshops focusing on creativity and learning, exhibitions of creative work from Asia-Pacific, networking events in the evening and the Spikes Asia award show.
The Awards, judged by leading international and regional creatives, honour the best creative work in the categories of Film, Print, Outdoor, Radio, Digital, Integrated, Direct, Promo & Activation, Media, Print Craft, Film Craft, Design, Mobile, PR and Branded Content & Entertainment.

Key 2014 Dates
Delegate Registration: open
Entries: open
Extended Entries Deadline: 8 August 2014
Spikes Asia Festival Dates: 23 - 26 September 2014, Suntec, Singapore

Camilla Lambert (née Cole), Press & PR Manager
Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity
33 Kingsway, London WC2B 6UF, United Kingdom Tel: +44-20-3033 4000
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PEOPLECERT and the Iranian Technical & Vocational Training Organization (TVTO)
sign a 10-year cooperation plan for the enhancement of skills in Iran

July 2014 – PEOPLECERT (, the global certification organization, and the Iranian Technical & Vocational Training Organization (TVTO) (, today announced the signing of an agreement which commits the two parties to a 10-year cooperation plan for the elevation of technical skills and vocational education in Iran.

Affiliated to the Iranian Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare, TVTO is responsible for the provision of vocational training and research through 700 public centers across Iran, mobile training teams in remote areas and 14,500 government-authorized private training institutions.

PEOPLECERT is a global leader in the certification industry, delivering millions of exams in 24 languages 125 countries through a global network of test centers and an award-winning online proctored exam service.

The agreement covers a wide range of services, including the delivery of certifications PEOPLECERT already offers worldwide and the recognition of the Iranian public certifications through international quality standards, enhancing TVTO’s aim to demonstrate its ongoing investment to the people of Iran and its commitment to the fight against social & professional exclusion, through internationalization of its certification programs.

“In line with TVTO charter and policies of the 11th government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, one of TVTO’s key aims is to increase its presence in the international education and training community which will lead to employment opportunities for our people worldwide. Partnering with a global certification organization such as PEOPLECERT creates a unique opportunity for TVTO to deliver current, globally-recognized qualifications and reach professionals from different industries with different skills, experience and career paths. Moreover, PEOPLECERT’s state of the art solutions and global experience will help us introduce innovative learning and certification techniques that will transform Iran’s vocational training sector and ultimately contribute to the development of our society overall”, says Dr. Koroush Parand, Deputy Minister and President of TVTO.

On signing the agreement, Byron Nicolaides, PEOPLECERT’s Chairman & CEO, also added: “We are impressed with TVTO’s range of quality programs and the commitment of TVTO to harmonize with the international standards. PEOPLECERT has a long track record in working with governmental bodies and developing innovative & locally customized exam delivery solutions that match cultural and regional needs. Through this experience combined with TVTO’s dedication to becoming a pioneering technical and vocational regulatory body, this agreement will contribute to the enhancement of skills, and ultimately, the enhancement of Iran’s position as stronghold for technical and vocational education.”
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Delivering millions of exams across the world, PEOPLECERT offers globally recognized certifications in 24 languages. Through flexible and secure examination systems, PEOPLECERT also offers a suite of online services that further simplify the exam experience, including web proctored exams, online exam booking, e-certificates and online certificate verification.

About TVTO
Technical and Vocational Training Organization of Iran (TVTO) affiliated to the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor and Social welfare was founded in 1980 by integrating three training bodies - MOLSA’s General Directorate for Vocational Trainings, Apprenticeship Fund and Apprenticeship Society - as Technical and Human Force Training Organization. TVTO is the main organization in charge of Technical and Vocational Trainings through both public (700 training centers) and private (13,500 institutions authorized by TVTO) sectors.