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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.

Andras Sztaniszlav

Chair

Andras is an expert in strategic communication 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. He has an MA in media management and is the Vice President of the Hungarian PR Association. He is a CIPR Accredited Practitioner, CIPR Council member and member of the Professional Development and Membership Committee.

Merete Svendsen Donlon

Co-Vice Chair

A CIPR Accredited Practitioner, Merete is currently Senior Employee Communications Manager at HSBC Global Asset Management and Mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation.

 

Prior to joining HSBC, Merete represented a number of high profile financial services and investment management companies at reputation management consultancy Lansons as an Account Director

 

Merete graduated with a BA (Hons) in Multimedia Journalism from Bournemouth University in 2012, having written for publications such as This is Money. She also worked for Halden Arbeiderblad in her native Norway.

Beatrice Giribaldi

Co-Vice Chair

Beatrice is a trilingual (English, French and Italian) communications professional, with a wealth of experience working across a variety of different sectors and geographies. Currently working at Digitalis Reputation, the only 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 was previously selected as one of 35 Europeans to take part in an incubator on the future of the European Union, Siylab, held by the Italian Ministry and the University of Siena. She continues to collaborate on the project.

 

Beatrice holds a Bachelor in History and a Master's in History of International Relations from Sorbonne University.

Margarita Kouklaki Ntourou

Secretary

Margarita is a Junior Account Executive at Lansons, working as an integral member of client teams on a wide range of sectors including asset management, property, personal finance, consumer research and payments. She completed her master’s in international public Relations and Global Communications Management at Cardiff University after completing a bachelor’s in Journalism. Margarita comes from a multilingual background being business fluent in English and Greek, and having a good knowledge of French, Spanish and Italian. 

Eva Maclaine

Special Advisor

Principal of Maclaine Communications, Eva specialises in global communications programmes and on 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 Board member and Fellow, and chairs the Professional Practices standing committee. 

Alessandra Plichero

An international PR consultant, Alessandra specialises in advising small and medium enterprises about corporate communications. She holds an MBA, a degree in economics and she attended the London School of Journalism. Alessandra has some academic teaching experience as a guest lecturer. She assists companies in implementing communication and stakeholder engagement plans and annual and multi-year public relations strategies. She speaks Italian (Italy is her home country), English, and basic French and Spanish.

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.

Farzana Baduel

Farzana Baduel is the founder and CEO of Curzon PR. She set up Curzon PR in 2009, having previously served as Vice-Chair of Business Relations for the Conservative Party.

 

Farzana has been appointed as the resident public relations expert and ambassador for the Oxford Foundry, the University of Oxford’s entrepreneurship centre, where she delivers masterclasses in PR and strategy and mentors female entrepreneurs.

 

Farzana is a CIPR Chartered PR practitioner, a CIM Fellow and a 4-time awardee.

Jason MacKenzie

Jason is vice-president, Executive Board director and Council member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, having served as president in 2017. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the CIPR and the British-American Project. He is also a Founding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner and a Chartered Marketer.

Jason is a PR and marketing strategist and trainer and has addressed conferences across the world, from Mexico City to Tehran. He frequently judges leading national PR awards, including the CIPR Excellence Awards, and is a visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University and guest lecturer at various universities and learning organisations.

Committed to continuing professional development, Jason holds CIPR, CIM, IPA and PRCA qualifications and an MA in Public Relations.

​Oshin Sharma

Oshin is a communications professional currently working at Lansons. Her portfolio includes various international clients within the Asset Management and Banking industry. She holds a first class honors degree in business management from Queen Mary University of London and an MSc in media and communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She also has past experience of working within the marketing and social media sector, for a hotel management company in London.

Shirley Collyer

Shirley Collyer joined Lansons from J.P. Morgan in 1994 and is a Director and Partner. She provides strategic advice to – and implements 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 Societe Generale Securities Services. Shirley has worked in Spain and Belgium, speaks Spanish and French and heads the International Team at Lansons.

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. 

Stuart Graham

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.

Bahareh Khezr

Co-opted member

Bahareh Khezr is an experienced marketing and communication professional, who advises corporates to cultivates and maximize relationships with external clients and communicate their missions, policies and goals to the public. Bahareh is also responsible for Curzon PR’s marketing initiatives and contributes to the overall strategic growth and direction of the company. She has over 15 years of experience in the Financial Services, Technology and Professional Services with expertise in marketing, performance & strategic analysis, managing client relationships and business development. In her previous roles, Bahareh advised Banks and FinTech companies on their branding and strategy to expand and develop their client acquisition in Europe.

Faryal Mirza

Co-opted member

Faryal is a CIPR Accredited Practitioner, specialising in international communication in the not-for-profit sector. She is well versed in creating and implementing communication strategies, particularly within the United Nations system after almost a decade at the Universal Postal Union, a UN specialized agency.
 
Faryal has recently taken up a new position with the University of Bern to create and implement its first international communications strategy. Her experience also includes external relations, advising the C-Suite and other colleagues on communication issues, managing online and offline corporate publications in multiple languages, media relations and public outreach, as well as social media.
 
A languages graduate of the University of Oxford, she holds postgraduate qualifications in law and communications, including the CIPR Diploma in Public Relations.

Richard Rose

Co-opted member

Richard is a strategic PR and communications practitioner, skilled in managing high profile stakeholder relations programmes; crisis and reputation management; and advising at Board level. He is currently on contract in Jamaica as Director, Communications and Public Education at a leading government agency.

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 operations for A-level and GCSE results.

Samantha Seewoosurrun

Co-opted member

Samantha is a seasoned international PR professional, working across corporate, financial and government communications. She has been based in Mauritius since 2015, after working for some of the world's leading agencies and international institutions. She is Chair of the PR & Communication Technical Committee of Global Finance Mauritius, the largest financial services trade association on the island, and has been appointed as Ambassador for Mauritius by the Women in Africa Initiative. 

Samantha has experience of directing campaigns for the Mauritian Government and the European Union 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 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. She launched the CIPR network in Mauritius in March 2019.

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