CIPR International committee

The CIPR International committee includes people from all branches of PR, including city, public affairs, and education.

We welcome new committee members. Please contact our secretary to show your interest or for more information.

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Samantha Seewoosurrun - Chair

Samantha is a seasoned international PR professional, with experience across corporate, financial and government communications, having worked for some of the world’s leading agencies and international institutions. She has been based in Mauritius since 2015, where she is Managing Director of the PR and publishing firm Perpetual Motion, which focuses on financial services, technology and FinTech. Samantha has experience of directing campaigns for the Mauritian Government and the EU and offering high-level strategic advice and counsel to private sector companies, trade associations and not-for-profit institutions, leveraging insights from her past work in the European Parliament, UK House of Commons and US Congress. 

Samantha is the creator and co-founder of the pan-African news portal PlatformAfrica.com and has been appointed as Ambassador for Mauritius by the Women in Africa Initiative. She launched the CIPR network in Mauritius in March 2019, and in 2020 fostered a collaboration between CIPR International and Africa Communications Week to promote training among Africa-based PR professionals.

Samantha graduated in Government and Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science and holds a City & Guilds of the London Institute Certificate in Journalism and Radio Competences.

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Andras Sztaniszlav - Vice Chair
Andras is an expert in strategic communications and public relations with a solid track record of building bespoke solutions for different organisations in the UK and mainland Europe (mainly Central-Eastern Europe). His wide variety of projects include reputation, CSR, digital and content strategy as well as crisis comms and public affairs campaigns. Multiple award-winning professional, frequent speaker at international conferences. He is the President of the Hungarian PR Association, a Fellow of the CIPR and Chartered Practitioner.
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Tatiana Baió - Secretary

Tatiana is a bilingual (Portuguese and English), detail-oriented Marketing and Communications Officer at the leading provider of Public Services, Serco Group Plc Company. She works within the Marketing team for the Employment, Skills and Enterprise sector and specializes in Strategic Communications, Stakeholder & Community Relations and Digital Marketing. Tatiana works closely with Welsh local authorities to expand digital support to SMEs across Wales. She is a recent Masters graduate in International PR and Global Communications Management at Cardiff University.

Stuart Graham - Treasurer

Stuart is the Finance Director of Lansons Communications LLP.  A Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, with over twenty-five years’ experience in the media & research industry, Stuart not only looks after the partnership's finances at Lansons, but also has a hand in helping run the day to day business operations.

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Alessandra Plichero

Alessandra is an international PR strategist based in the UK (London) and Italy (Vicenza). Alessandra helps global corporations to manage their communication strategy, to create long-term stakeholders engagement programmes and to preserve reputation alongside continued media presence. Alessandra primarily works in the manufacturing industries of biotech/agri-food/ leather and furniture and have high level of experience in these sectors. Alessandra holds an MBA, a degree in economics and attended the London School of Journalism and has some academic teaching experience as a guest lecturer at international universities. She speaks Italian (Italy is her home country), English, basic French and Spanish.  Email:  pr@bpr.london

Professor Anne Gregory PhD

Professor Emeritus Anne Gregory, is former Chair of the Global Alliance and past President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Anne is an internationally recognised teacher and researcher on public relations leadership, planning, ethics, evaluation and capability. She works with the UK Government Cabinet Office, National Health Service, World Health Organisation and is a member of the CIPR’s #AI in PR Panel. Anne holds the CIPR’s Sir Stephen Tallents Medal, the Institute for PR Distinguished Pathfinder Award, the Premio Internacional Award from Portugal, The Atlas Award from the PRSA the CPRS Outstanding Achievement Award.

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Balint Brunner

Balint is an aviation and travel specialist PR consultant, having worked at world-leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus and travel PR company The PC Agency, before setting up his freelance consultancy. Based in North Wales, he is an MBA International Marketing student at Bangor University and Co-Founder of communications charity Preflect. With a CIPR-accredited PR degree from Bournemouth University, Balint’s experience spans strategic communications, media relations and internal communications. Having served on the CIPR Wessex committee before joining CIPR International, Balint is also an Affiliate member of the Chartered Management Institute. He speaks fluent Hungarian and English, with some competence in Welsh.

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Beatrice Giribaldi Groak 

Beatrice is a trilingual (English, French and Italian) reputation professional, with a wealth of experience working across a variety of different geographies. Currently a Partner at Digitalis, a tech-powered digital reputation and risk management firm, she advises clients on mitigation of reputational, privacy and security risks which can originate online. Beatrice previously worked at strategic consultancy Lansons, where her portfolio included international clients within the asset management and banking industry. Beatrice holds a Bachelor in History and a Master's in History of International Relations from Sorbonne University.

 

Beatrice was named in Spear’s 500 Reputation Management ‘Rising Stars’ and PR Week’s ’30 Under 30’ top PR professionals in the UK.

Claire Benson

Claire is the co-director of SDG Changemakers, an all-female-led sustainability consultancy that supports organisations in adopting sustainable business models. Balancing profit with purpose and being a force for good, Claire and the team advise SMEs, SE, and Corporate foundations to understand the SDGs, align vision and mission, improve value and supply chains, and communicate their impact.

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Crispin Thorold

An international communications consultant who has worked in more than forty countries, leading comms for global not-for-profits and international organizations. Crispin started his career as a BBC correspondent in the Middle East and South Asia. He has since led communications for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the first international terrorism tribunal, and for WorldSkills a not-for-profit which organizes the world championships of trades. He has also worked as a crisis comms advisor at the University of Toronto. Crispin is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Chartered PR practitioner, and holds masters degrees from King’s College, London and the University of St Andrews.

Derek Chung

Derek was born and raised in Hong Kong. He finished his master's degree in International Public Relations and Global Communication Management at Cardiff University, studying celebrities' crisis management and reputation rebuild as well as cultural differences between the East and the West for his dissertation.

 He holds a bachelor's degree with honours in politics and public administration in HK. He has an international perspective and is trilingual (English, Cantonese and Mandarin). He starts his career as a Junior PR Executive focusing on logistics. 

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Emma Duke

A Chartered PR practitioner, Emma has 18 years of experience in corporate communications, working for PR agencies and complex global organisations such as Diageo and Oxford University Press. Emma brings strong leadership communications, public affairs, thought leadership and crisis management expertise. She has managed global crises, created award-winning thought leadership campaigns, implemented stakeholder engagement strategies across multiple countries and merged complex teams. Emma is the owner of Emma Duke PR and co-founder of Public Relations Oxford.

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Eva Maclaine FCIPR

Principal of Maclaine Communications, Eva focuses on strategy development, issues management and stakeholder engagement. Clients include blue chip UK organisations and, as a multilingual PR practitioner, she also advises internationally at senior government level. She is a CIPR Fellow, a past chair of CIPR International and was a CIPR Board Director for four years. In 2021 she was invited to join the Global Alliance’s European Regional Council. Eva is an occasional guest lecturer and a contributing author on international communications to An Introduction to Public Relations (Pearson May 2013) and to CIPR’s Platinum (2018). She was awarded the CIPR Sir Stephen Tallents medal and the PRO PR Globe Award.

Faryal Mirza

Faryal is a Chartered Public Relations Practitioner (Chart.PR) and an expert on international communications.  As External Relations Manager at the University of Bern, her main focus is on international-stakeholder relations. A graduate of the University of Oxford, Faryal holds postgraduate qualifications in law and communications, including the CIPR Diploma in Public Relations. She is well versed in creating and implementing communication strategies for the public sector. Her extensive experience covers advising top and middle management and other colleagues on communication issues, managing outreach campaigns, online and offline corporate publications in multiple languages and social media, producing videos and media relations.


Faryal is the lead on CIPR International Switzerland: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7457479/

Email: faryal_mirza@outlook.com

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Ferdinand L. Bondoy 

Ferdinand L. Bondoy is a globally award-winning communications practitioner and a certified digital marketer and crisis counselor in Asia-Pacific. He specializes in a number of disciplines including Strategic Communications, Integrated Marketing Communications, Marketing and Corporate Public Relations, Advocacy Communications, and Digital, Social and Content. He is the Regional Integration & Chief Executive Director, Partner and Co-Founder of COMCO Southeast Asia, a global award-winning integrated communications agency headquartered in the Philippines with affiliate network presence in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, that champions the practice of the emerging global disciplines of New PR and Smart Social.

 

Website: www.comcoleague.com

Email: ferdinand.bondoy@comcoleague.com

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Klao Bell-Lewis MA (Hons) PMP, Chart.PR

Klao Bell-Lewis is a professional communicator who has led teams and strategies in public relations, marketing, journalism, and project management for multinational organisations based in the Caribbean. A graduate of the University of Cardiff, Wales (which she attended as a Chevening Scholar), and of the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, she holds a MA in International Public Relations (Hons) and a BA in Literatures in English (Hons). As evidence of her commitment to lifelong learning and enhancing her effectiveness, she has earned accreditations from the UK-based Chartered Institute of Public Relations (Chartered PR Practitioner) and the USA-based Project Management Institute (Project Management Professional - PMP).

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Mabel Aladenusi – Adeteye

Mabel Adeteye is a classically trained corporate communications and public relations expert with over 12years full time experience and practice covering various marketing communication in customer relationship marketing, public relations, digital media marketing, brand management/roll out, event management and branding. Mabel is accredited in public relations with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) UK, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), accredited in Digital Marketing, Integrated Communications and Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) UK. She's also an alumnus of the department of Business Administration of the prestigious Babcock University, Ahmadu Bello University and the Lagos Business School. She is a certified Advanced Branding expert with numerous digital certifications with Google such as digital Sales Certification, YouTube Channel Growth, Campaign Manager certification etc.

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Margarita Kouklaki Ntourou 

A CIPR accredited PR practitioner, Margarita is a consultant at award-wining reputation management agency Lansons. A CIPR International volunteer since 2019, she was previously committee secretary for two years. Working in corporate communications with a focus in financial services, Margarita’s consultancy spans from asset management to banks and fintech. Client portfolio includes BlackRock, Allianz Global Investors, Capital Group, The Royal Mint, Société Générale & Kleinwort Hambros. Margarita graduated with a distinction from Cardiff University, completing an MA in International PR and Global Communications Management and a BA in Journalism. She is business fluent in English and Greek, and has a good knowledge of French, Spanish, and Italian. In 2022, she was shortlisted for Headlinemoney’s Rising Star PR Professional of the Year award - the only agency candidate.

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Richard Rose

Richard is a senior communications practitioner, consultant and mentor. He has held senior roles in the UK including Head of Communications at the Joint Council for Qualifications, where he spearheaded the national media operation for A-level and GCSE results. He is currently on assignment in the Caribbean and has held roles including that of Director of Communications and Public Education at a leading government agency. Richard is skilled in developing integrated communication strategies; managing high-profile stakeholder relations programmes; internal engagement; media relations; and advising at Board level. He is passionate about sharing best practice in communications management and is a former visiting lecturer on a Master's degree programme in PR. 

Saad Al Rubaiaan, Chart.PR, MCIPR

Al Rubaiaan is a Kuwaiti professional who has served previously for both private and government sectors in Dubai and is now running his agency, CYLKA, which specializes in communications and CSR advisory. Currently, he sits in multiple boards including, YAL organization, LSE Generate (GCC), College of Communication at University of Sharjah and RYTS Investment group. Al Rubaiaan received his BSc. degree in PR from University of Sharjah and Executive Master’s in Social Business & Entrepreneurship from London School of Economics (LSE). Al Rubaiaan has co-authored 4 publications and writes frequently for the Middle East version of “Harvard Business Review”.

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Shirley Collyer

Former CIPR International Chair and CIPR Fellow Shirley Collyer is on the CIPR Council for 2021/22 and was coopted onto the CIPR Board for 2019. Shirley has over 30 years’ experience in communications. She spent over 25 years at Lansons,  the reputation management consultancy, where she provided strategic advice to, and implemented programmes for – a range of clients across the financial services industry. She retired from her role as board director and partner at Lansons in 2019.  Shirley has worked in Spain and Belgium and speaks Spanish and French. She chaired GCP, the specialist international network of leading independent public relations consultancies between 2017 and 2019. 

Stuart Bruce

Stuart is internationally recognised as a PR Futurist – a thinker and doer in modernised public relations and communications. He specialises in strategy, measurement and evaluation, crisis communications and PR/communications technology. He is the co-founder of Purposeful Relations, a digital transformation consultancy for communications teams and PR agencies. Based in the UK Stuart works globally with clients throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, including Ukraine, UAE, Australia, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey and many more.  He helps clients modernise and improve communications and public relations through measurement and use of new technology, professional practice and new workflows. Since 2003 he has blogged at  stuartbruce.biz. Stuart is a frequent speaker at international conferences (in person and remotely) and an international awards judge. He recently chaired the jury for the Global Davos Communications Awards. He is a Fellow of the CIPR, a Chartered Practitioner and has served on the CIPR board.  

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Sudha Singh

Sudha is the founder of The Purpose Room a virtual consultancy working at the intersection of organisational purpose, inclusion and business sustainability. She has over 30 years experience advising C-Suite of multinationals, governments, industry associations and NGOs across geographies including UK and India. Her expertise lies in building robust partnerships to deliver unique integrated reputation campaigns, managing complex thought leadership and crisis projects. She has advised clients faced with regulatory, political and environmental challenges as well as those facing union and civil society activism. 

 

Sudha is also a certified EDI trainer advising clients on creating measurable frameworks for organisational change including culture change and diversity in leadership. She is passionate about helping working women to unlock their potential and thrive (12 Weeks to Leadership).

 

Sudha hosts the The Elephant in the Room podcast - it is her own listening and learning project. The purpose of the podcast is to amplify the voices of diverse people on a range of topics including systemic and institutionalised racism, casteism, discrimination, poverty, mental health, climate change, anything that is a taboo and deserves to be mainstream(including culture).

 

She is the Co-Chair of the PRCA Ethnicity & Inclusion Advisory Council; a founding member of PRCA Race and Ethnicity Equity Board(REEB) and also an advisor to PRADAN. Sudha loves to volunteer on causes that are close to her heart, is a mother to three rockstars, loves poetry(reading and writing) and is an activist at heart.

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Susan Simmonds

Susan is an experienced strategic communications, capacity building and governance professional with senior leadership experience in For Purpose organisations (including for the UN system in Iraq) and government in the UK and internationally. She specialises in communicating complex law and policy issues including human rights, citizenship, international development and democratisation/elections to senior stakeholders and media. She has worked in the Middle East, Europe, central and south Asia and in fragile, post conflict environments. Susan has created successful strategic communications campaigns for the Brave Movement, Electoral Commission in Iraq and the British Refugee Council.  She is Chair of Learning for Life, which provides education to girls in south Asia.