Three-Year Partnership Will Apply Behavioral Sciences to Communications Planning

Edelman Singapore and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) today announced a three-year strategic collaboration to research and develop new approaches to communications marketing planning using predictive and intelligent technologies. The partnership, which will be known as the Edelman Predictive Intelligence Centre in Singapore (EPIC), will address a gap in the data analytics market, deploying behavioral science to help brands improve their understanding of human behavior and the motivations that influence and inform people’s decision-making.

The Centre’s vision is to change the way organizations build relationships and trust with consumers and stakeholders through scientific analysis of what matters to people and drives their behavior. EPIC is committed to ethical practices in the collection and management of data and will ensure that its standards are in compliance with GDPR and other regulations.

“EPIC will strive to use analytics insightfully, purposefully and always ethically so that brands can achieve more meaningful change for themselves and for society,” said Matt Harrington, Global COO of Edelman. “This partnership is a triple win, enabling us to do good, build industry best practices and standards, and nurture talent.” 

Mr. Kelvin Wong, Assistant Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board said: “Edelman’s decision to base its Predictive Intelligence Centre in Singapore is a boost to our efforts to grow data-enabled marketing innovation capabilities. This is in line with the Professional Services Industry Transformation Map launched in January this year, which seeks to equip the workforce with specialized skillsets in high-growth areas such as data science, analytics, and artificial intelligence. By developing new data-driven approaches to communications marketing planning, Edelman will be able to better serve brands looking to tap into growth opportunities in ASEAN and beyond.”

Over the next three years, the Edelman Predictive Intelligence Centre will hire and train skilled data analysts based in Singapore and will collaborate with Edelman’s key markets to drive innovation globally.

“Many of our clients are looking for new ways to responsibly combine the treasure trove of data they have with new technologies like AI and blockchain to achieve business goals,” said Amanda Goh, CEO, Edelman Singapore. “It is no longer enough to target audiences solely by demographics. Now we can use predictive analytics and behavioral research to better understand how to effectively communicate with audiences. The Edelman Predictive Intelligence Centre is here to help our clients tap cutting-edge tech to achieve data wisdom.”

About Edelman

Edelman Singapore has a team of more than 120 communicators specializing in marketing, health and sciences, corporate and public affairs, digital engagement, creative and content strategy, crisis & issues and financial communications. We serve as the Asia Pacific hub for our leading global network and for Edelman Intelligence – our integrated research, analytics and measurement division.

Edelman is a leading global communications marketing firm that partners with many of the world’s largest and emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Among its many honors, the firm was awarded the Cannes Lions Grand Prix for PR, named one of 2018 “Agencies to Watch” by Advertising Age and “Global Agency of the Year” by both the Holmes Report and PRWeek, and cited five times by Glassdoor as one of the “Best Places to Work.” Edelman owns specialty firms Edelman Intelligence (research) and United Entertainment Group (entertainment, sports, lifestyle).

About the Singapore Economic Development Board

The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), a government agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, is responsible for strategies that enhance Singapore’s position as a global centre for business, innovation, and talent. We undertake investment promotion and industry development, and work with international businesses, both foreign and local, by providing information, connection to partners, and access to government incentives for their investments. Our mission is to create sustainable economic growth, with vibrant business and good job opportunities for Singapore. For more information on EDB, please visit