2016-17 EMENA Region Board

Nikki Edwards
Chair
As 2016-17 Chair, Nikki oversees the activities of the EMENA Board to ensure accomplishment of the region’s mission, goals and objectives. She is also liaison for development chapters, and is the region’s representative at the international levels of the association including a seat on the IABC Council of Regions. With more than 20 years of experience in employee communication and engagement, in both agency and global corporate environments on four continents, Nikki has worked with leading brands such as Visa, Bupa, Barclaycard, Rolls-Royce and more. She is an independent consultant currently working for, among others, London-based multinational financial organisations, on a range of strategy and communication projects. Nikki is also a managing partner at a boutique agency (hotchillibox.com) which provides end-to-end content, web development services and e-commerce solutions.
Alex Malouf
Vice Chair
Alex is the Vice Chair, and provides counsel to the Chair on direction and progress of the region, such as the strategic plan, and managing the EMENA Leadership Institute in 2016. He will automatically succeed Nikki as Chair. Alex is a marketing communications executive who has spent the last ten years in the Middle East. With a cultural mix that is both European and Arabic, Alex’s expertise spans communications for both multinationals in the energy, technology and FMCG space as well as several Gulf-based government institutions. When he’s not putting pen to paper, Alex can be found advocating for the region’s communications industry through not-for-profit organisations, with other like-minded comms professionals. Alex has a particular interest in change and cultural communications, as well as sustainability. Alex holds the position of corporate communications manager for the Arabian Peninsula at Procter & Gamble.
Jasna Suhadolc
Director-at-Large
Jasna is owner at communications agency Virtua PR and an experienced digital communications professional. She works with Slovenian and international clients and provides consulting, training and speaking. She is a specialist in digital PR, social media, internal communications, corporate communications, content marketing, and more. Jasna is also an author of the book New opportunities in e-communication (in Slovenian) and a frequent speaker at conferences.
Nada Haddad
Director-at-Large
A specialist in corporate communications, public relations and strategic communications, Nada previously worked as United Nations’ communications officer, and built as well as developing the regional communications function for Deloitte and Touche in the Middle East. Today, she is an independent consultant in brand and communication in the aviation, luxury retail, IT and development sectors.
Tim Hart
Director
For more than 20 years, PR and marketing consultant Tim has served some of the world's top food, wine, health, technology and charity brands as well as a wide variety of SME clients, including law firms, marketing agencies, artists, musicians, food artisans and tech startups. Originally from San Francisco, Tim worked 15 years at global and boutique PR firms and charities. In 2005 he launched his own PR firm, Hart Communications, providing consulting, content and media services to clients in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia; in 2015, he launched Grá Group, a social enterprise providing marketing education and services to small businesses in the UK and Ireland. He is an Associate Lecturer in the PR programme at the London College of Communication.
Nahla Nana
Director
Nahla heads up MarComms, Research and Innovation at Orient Planet Consulting (MENA) and has broad marketing, communications and consulting experience. She has degrees from Harvard University and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Nahla has garnered several accolades and is widely published on a range of topics ranging from business management and innovation to smart cities. She is a board member of Global Fletcher Women Association, and an active volunteer with various NGOs. As a member of UNGC local network, she engages in activities that create awareness about Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Mike Klein
Director
Mike is the 2017-18 Vice Chair, and provides counsel to the Chair on direction and progress of the region, such as the strategic plan, and managing the EMENA Leadership Institute in 2017. He will automatically succeed Alex as Chair. Mike is the Principal of Changing The Terms, a communication practice focused on identifying, connecting and mobilizing informal leaders at all levels of organizations. Based in Delft in the Netherlands, Mike has worked with large global organizations on internal communication issues for nearly 20 years, including VimpelCom, Cargill, Shell, easyJet, Barclays and the United States Department of Transportation, and is a also a former political campaign consultant. He is a graduate of London Business School and the University of Wisconsin, and is passionate about tribes, travel, Tottenham Hotspur FC and is the author of "From Lincoln to Linked In, the 55 Minute Guide to Social Communication."
Kasha Dougall
Director
Alba Perez Grandi
Director
Alba is a passionate communications executive with six years of experience working across different industry sectors for corporations, European Institutions/ associations and agencies. Her core strengths lie in corporate communications, PR, digital marketing, public affairs and organising high-level events. As an Account Manager at the European Business Summit, she works with European clients, mainly within the Energy sector such Statoil, Iberdrola, and SUEZ. She also focuses on ICT corporations/digital start-ups, carries out lobbying activities and organises high-level events that bring business leaders and decision makers together. A digital addict, Alba volunteers for TEDxWoman Antwerpen social media team. Driven to impact society and create positive change by listening and connecting people together, she is looking to expand her training, speaking and coaching capacities.
Ger Peerboom
Director
Ger has worked for 30 years in B2B environments within multinational companies (aerospace and petrochemicals). Well versed in working with people from different cultural and national backgrounds, he worked for a Middle Eastern company for 15 years, living in Saudi Arabia for three of these. He is a regular speaker and panelist on a wide variety of communication subjects. He was a mentor in the 2016/2017 EACD Mentoring program and is a member of several associations including EACD, IoD, PRCA, CIPR, IPR, IoIC and LOGEION.