Thomas Crampton

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(lobbyist, journalist)
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Alma materUniversity of Virginia, Trinity College (Dublin), Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris
Member ofWEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/2003, WEF/Young Global Leaders/2005
PR-executive who has worked on lots of WEF-connected projects, including the Commons Project. Per 2021 works as PR-manager for GreenLight Biosciences

Thomas Crampton In January 2021, he started leading corporate affairs, including marketing, communications (PR) and government affairs (i.e. lobbyism), for GreenLight Biosciences, a biotech company focused on cutting edge RNA research, design and manufacturing. Before that he was a journalist for the New York Times, an executive at Edelman and Global Principal for Ogilvy Consulting.

GreenLight is applying RNA technology to human therapeutics including COVID-19 vaccine candidates, animal health, and plant health (crop protection) His role is to promote these projects with investors, partners, regulators, customers and the general public.[1][2]


For nearly two decades he was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times and International Herald Tribune based out of Asia, Europe and the United States, covering the2003 SARS outbreak in Asia, rare diseases in Africa, the 2004 U.S. presidential campaign, economics and technology.[1]

Crampton then worked for 6 years at Ogilvy Consulting, including as global managing director for Social@Ogilvy, leading more than 1,500 social media experts across over 60 territories.

After that he moved to Edelman, where he was Chair of Edelman Digital practice, which employs more than 700 globally, reporting to Edelman president and CEO Richard Edelman[3]. Clients included MSD Merck, Philips, McKinsey, Nestlé and Samsung.[1]

The Commons Project

Crampton joined GreenLight from The Commons Project Foundation, where as the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer he led the launch of high-profile digital services and multi-stakeholder digital initiatives. [1]

The Commons Project, a World Economic Forum project established with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, is building digital services which it states is "for the common good". Its digital platform "allows people to collect and manage personal health data and sharing it with the health services, organizations and apps they trust"[4]. This sharing is of course not voluntary. If people they ever want access to any service again, they will have to divulge this data.

A frequent public speaker, he has delivered keynote speeches at many leading events and universities, including the World Economic Forum in Davos, SXSW, Cannes Lions, Digital Life Design, Stanford University, Tokyo University and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. [1]


Event Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/200421 January 200425 January 2004Switzerland
World Economic Forum
2069 billionaires, CEOs and their politicians and "civil society" leaders met under the slogan Partnering for Prosperity and Security. "We have the people who matter," said World Economic Forum Co-Chief Executive Officer José María Figueres.