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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Andras Sztaniszlav - 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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Beatrice Giribaldi Groak - Vice Chair

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.

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Margarita Kouklaki Ntourou - Secretary

Margarita is a consultant at award-wining reputation management agency Lansons, working across a variety of sectors, with a particular focus on the financial services industry. She has worked on communication and reputation projects targeting both an institutional and consumer audience for several clients, including BlackRock, Allianz Global Investors, Earthport, The Royal Mint, Yolt, Société Générale, Shawbrook Bank, Opinium and Just Retirement.

Margarita graduated with a distinction from Cardiff University, completing a master’s degree in International Public Relations and Global Communications Management and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She also comes from a multilingual background being business fluent in English and Greek, and having a good knowledge of French, Spanish and Italian.

In her spare time, Margarita loves to cook, experimenting with new recipes and cuisines.

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 consultant based in the UK and Italy who specialises in supporting small and medium enterprises in strategic reputation management and crisis communication. She assists in implementing communication and stakeholder engagement plans and annual and multi-year public relations strategies. 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

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Balint Brunner

Balint is a bilingual PR graduate with experience in media relations and internal communications, having worked in-house for world-leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus, a B2B digital tech agency and several organisations in the not-for-profit sector. With a CIPR-accredited degree from Bournemouth University, Balint is an Account Executive at The PC Agency, specialising in PR and content marketing for the aviation industry. Since 2017, he is also a founder and Co-Chair of an unincorporated charity offering pro bono PR support to local community groups across the UK.

 

A former member of the Hungarian Public Relations Association, Balint has served on the CIPR Wessex committee for two years before joining CIPR International. Balint speaks fluent Hungarian and English, with some competence in Catalan and French.

Email: balintbrunner@gmail.com

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Chared Verschuur

Chared is a strategic communications professional with 20+ years’ experience in journalism, communication and marketing. She founded Good Comms with the vision of contributing to a more inclusive, positive and sustainable world through communications that align, connect and co-create.

 

Her work is all about creating understanding, building bridges and breaking barriers through internal and external communication, advocacy and storytelling.

 

She has a broad and good mix of experience in various fields from TV news to European-funded projects and international development and has dealt with topics such as travel and culture, science and healthcare, innovation, gender equality, food systems and sustainability. At present, she leads the marketing communication team at SNV Netherlands Development Organisation.

 

A staunch advocate of diversity and inclusion, she is an active member of Lean In Netherlands, a qualified “50 Ways to Fight Bias” trainer and serves on the International committee and Diversity Network of the Chartered Institute for Public Relations (CIPR).

 

When not developing campaigns, Chared can be found learning something new, trying her hand on a new creative project or packing her ultralight backpack for the next travel destination. Fluent in English, Dutch and Filipino, Chared thrives in multicultural environments and has a penchant for creating mnemonics, ancient civilisations and exquisite typography.

 

Email: chared@goodcomms.nl

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Crispin Thorold

Crispin has worked in more than forty countries leading the communications for global not-for-profits and international organizations. He is currently a communications/media strategist for the University of Toronto, Canada’s leading and world top 20 university. He started his career with the BBC as a resident correspondent in the Middle East and South Asia. Since leaving journalism Crispin has led communications and public affairs for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the first international terrorism tribunal, and for WorldSkills a global not-for-profit which organizes the world championships of trades and promotes vocational careers globally. He has degrees from King’s College, London and the University of St Andrews, and is a contract lecturer in Professional Communications at Ryerson University in Toronto.

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Eva Maclaine

Principal of Maclaine Communications, Eva specialises in global communications programmes and in strategy development, issues management, stakeholder engagement and corporate responsibility. Clients include numerous blue chip UK organisations and, as a multilingual PR practitioner, she also advises internationally at senior government level. Projects have spanned diverse countries including Poland, Samoa and Cyprus. She is a CIPR Fellow, a past chair of CIPR International and was a CIPR Board Director for four years. As director she also chaired two of three of the Institute’s standing committees – the Coordination Committee and the Professional Practices Committee. 

She is an occasional guest lecturer and a contributing author on international communication to An Introduction to Public Relations (Pearson May 2013) and to CIPR’s Platinum (2018) to celebrate the Institute’s 70th anniversary.

Email: mail@maclainecomms.com

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.

Faryal 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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Jason Mackenzie

Jason MacKenzie is managing partner, corporate communication at Nudge Factory, and was president of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in 2017. He has also served the Institute as a group chairman, national council member and executive board director.

 

Jason is a Visiting Industry Fellow in Public Relations at Birmingham City University and a Fellow of the CIPR, the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), and the British-American Project. He's also a Founding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner, and holds and MA in PR, and postgraduate diplomas from the CIPR and the CIM.

 

Jason has spoken at conferences across the world, from Egypt, Iran, Oman and Saudi Arabia to Mexico, Poland and Germany. He's also in demand as an after-dinner speaker and guest lecturer at universities across the UK.

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Richard Rose

A senior communications practitioner, consultant and mentor, skilled in developing integrated communication strategies; managing high-profile stakeholder relations programmes; internal engagement; media relations; and advising at Board level.

Richard has held senior communication management 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, where he was until recently Director of Communications and Public Education at a leading government agency. Richard is passionate about sharing best practice in communications management and is a former visiting lecturer on a Master's degree programme in PR.

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Samantha Seewoosurrun

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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Shirley Collyer

Former CIPR International Chair Shirley Collyer is a CIPR Fellow, 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, mainly for financial services companies. 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, including NOW: Pensions, J.P. Morgan, the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry and Société Générale Securities Services. 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.  

Email: Collyershirley@gmail.com 

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Sudha Singh

Sudha is a seasoned leader with over 28 years of experience in advising C-Suite of multinationals, governments, industry associations and NGOs across geographies including UK, India and Africa.

A defining feature of her career has been building robust partnerships to deliver on unique integrated campaigns and managing complex projects and governance structures. She has advised clients faced with regulatory, political and environmental challenges as well as those facing union and civil society activism.

She believes the future belongs to brands that are intentional, empathetic and purpose driven. Sudha is a certified EDI trainer advising clients on creating measurable frameworks for organisational change. Sudha is the host of ‘The Elephant in the Room’ Podcast, a founding member of PRCA Race and Ethnicity Equity Board(REEB), a member of CIPR Diversity Network, an advisor to PRADAN and a volunteer campaign champion with Save the Children.

Businesses she has advised include DuPont, IHG, Tata Sons, Board of Investment Mauritius, EDB, Tata Sons (and group companies), Tata Steel (other group companies), Molson Coors, Vedanta, Reliance Industries, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Confederation of Indian Industry, a global luxury jewellery brand, Huawei, among others.

She loves spending time with her three (adult) children, volunteering and reading poetry.

Founder, The Purpose Room Ltd (www.thepurposeroom.org)

Podcast Host: The Elephant in the Room

Email: sudharajsingh@gmail.com

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Susan Simmonds

Susan is a strategic communications expert with experience communicating effectively with stakeholders including the media, elected and government officials and the international community about law and policy issues including human rights, international development, citizenship, refugees and elections. She has designed and implemented programmes to manage global issues such as the Kosovo Humanitarian Evacuation Programme for the British Refugee Council, major infrastructure consultations for Transport for London and providing technical assistance to the Independent High Election Commission in Iraq.

She has worked in challenging environments including fragile and transitional states.  Before working in Iraq, Susan observed elections in Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Ukraine and Cambodia and provided training in strategy for NGO's working in Nepal, Bangladesh, South Africa and India.

Email: susansimmonds@hotmail.com