About the group

Welcome to CIPR International, one of the largest sectoral groups of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. The group extends a warm welcome to PR professionals across the globe.CIPR International brings members together to network, discuss and learn from one another about issues facing communicators working internationally, whether in the UK or abroad, and those who wish to develop their careers in an international direction. If you are already a member we hope you will find the site interesting and informative. If you are not, please consider joining this dynamic group!

About the Community

Our Committee


Andras Sztaniszlav


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. He has an MA in media management and is the President of the Hungarian PR Association. He is a CIPR Accredited Practitioner.

Email: sztaniszlav.andras@gmail.com
Twitter: @logicisrelative
Linkedin: andrassztaniszlav


Beatrice Giribaldi Groak

Co-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 working 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 was selected as one of 35 Europeans to take part in an incubator on the future of the European Union, Siylab, organised by the Italian Ministry of Education. 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. 
Beatrice was named in Spear’s 500 Reputation Management ‘Rising Stars’.”


Merete Svendsen Dolon


A CIPR Accredited Practitioner, Merete is currently Senior Employee Communications Manager at HSBC, responsible for employee communications at its asset management business. She was previously Senior Communications Manager in the same team, focusing on strategic media relations and reputation management. Prior to joining HSBC, Merete represented a number of high profile financial services companies at strategic reputation management consultancy Lansons as an Account Director. Merete is a Mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation.

Twitter: @MereteSvendsen



Margarita Kouklaki Ntourou


Margarita is a communications consultant 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 with a distinction 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.

Email: MargaritaKN@lansons.com

Linkedin: margarita-kouklaki-ntourou



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.

Email: farzana@curzonpr.com

Twitter: @FarzanaBaduel



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.



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 has been a current CIPR Board Director since January 2019. She also chairs one of three of the Institute’s standing committees - the Coordination committee.”

Email: mail@maclainecomms.com



Shirley Collyer

Former CIPR International Chair Shirley Collyer has over 30 years’ experience in communications, mainly for financial services companies. Shirley recently retired from her role as board director and partner 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 Societe Generale Securities Services. 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



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.

Email: a.plichero@beatriceonline.eu



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.



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
Twitter: @northdownalex



Faryal Mirza

Co-opted Member - CIPR International Switzerland

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.

Email: faryal_mirza@outlook.com.
Linkedin: Faryal is the lead on CIPR International Switzerland



Richard Rose

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

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.

Twitter: @SamSeewoosurrun
Linkedin: samanthaseewoosurrun



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
Twitter: @balintbrunner
Linkedin: Balint Brunner




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