MUMBAI — Sports for All, one of India's largest tech-enabled multisport grassroots competition platform, has appointed Pooja Trehan as VP of communications & public policy. Trehan (pictured) will support the deployment of the future strategic plan at SFA, to amplify its growth plans across the Indian sporting landscape. Her responsibilities will include developing the organization’s communication strategy, working closely on building integral conversations for the policy domain and boosting efforts on employee engagement and employer branding initiatives. In a career spanning 18 years, she has previously worked with Colgate-Palmolive, Castrol-BP India, Bennett & Coleman and Genesis BCW, along with her entrepreneurial venture PRestaurants. In her last role at Sugarbox, Pooja set up the complete communication foundation for the hyperlocal cloud-tech startup.

SINGAPORE — Sandpiper has announced a new, pro-bono ‘Voice Your Vision’ training programme for public representatives of non-governmental and other not-for-profit organizations in Asia Pacific. Sandpiper's consultants will provide professional communications training to effectively present and share their story with key audiences to representatives of underrepresented issues across the Asia Pacific. The program will consist of face-to-face group workshops starting June 2023 and will be offered in nine locations across the region, including Australia, China, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

GURGAON — Patna Metro, an urban Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) under construction in Patna, Bihar’s capital city, has appointed PR Professionals as their PR agency of record. PR Professionals will oversee stakeholder mapping and engagement, public relations and crisis management.

NEW DELHI — Kaushik Kashyap has joined On Purpose. Kashyap previously served as VP at Weber Shandwick for seven years and aided clients on various issues while leading the content vertical.

MELBOURNE — Icon Agency has appointed public affairs specialist Benjamin Haslem as director of media and public affairs. His experience in issues management, government relations and high-level media training will see Haslem become a key driver of Icon’s Reputation division, helping clients with corporate communications and reputation management. Haslem has previously co-founded and led two leading public affairs firms, and boasts more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and communications expert, specialising in corporate communications, issues management, and government relations. He was also a journalist for The Australian for a decade, working as a federal and Victorian political reporter and High Court Correspondent.Haslem was also previously CEO of Jackson Wells Morris, before co-establishing his own public affairs business of 10 years, Wells Haslem Mayhew.

SINGAPORE — Redhill has announced strategic partnerships with PR Wire, a leading public relations consultancy in Sri Lanka, and Aroca Consulting Group (ACG), a full-service public affairs and business advisory firm from Singapore. These collaborations will enable Redhill to strengthen its market presence and capabilities in Sri Lanka, as well as broaden its offerings in government relations and public affairs. Meanwhile, both PR Wire and ACG will gain access to Redhill’s portfolio of communications and storytelling services, along with international expertise and reach from its global network.