Chair: Dr. Kendi Guantai
Dr Kendi Guantai is an award-winning Communications and Marketing expert at the Leeds University Business School (LUBS), where she manages and teaches post-graduate courses in Corporate Communications and Public Relations. She also designs and delivers business related courses on the Goldman Sachs 10K Women’s Programme and sits on the advisory board of Archetypical, the company behind the simulation game ‘Corporate Snakes and Career Ladders’. Kendi is a Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) Fellow, researching students’ intersectional lived experiences of authentic self and belonging during their studies, and the impact of these experiences on the student lifecycle. In addition to Sense of Belonging, her current research interests include Authentic Leadership and Public Sector Communications, and she is actively involved in Decolonising initiatives at the University of Leeds. Kendi is the Vice Chair of Leeds ACTS! (Academic Collaboration with the Third Sector) as well as the Chartered Association for Business School’s REAG (Race Equality Working Group). She is a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2019) as well as the faculty partnership award for Equality and Inclusion (2021). In 2020, she was recognised as a ‘Local Hero’ by the Leeds City Council for ‘outstanding and tireless services within the local community during the Covid-19 pandemic’.
Past Chair: Ana Margarida Ximenes
After a year as Chair, Ana will become past-Chair IABC EMENA. She is also President, Portugal for Atrevia, Iberia’s largest Communication Agency. Ana Co-founded ATREVIA in 1999, and co-leads ATREVIA’s overseas international business development. With more than 20 years of experience, she assists clients in crisis communication, reputation and change management, lobby & public affairs, internal communication, community relations, brand & marketing management working with major category leaders. Ana began her career as a journalist (in print, radio & television). She holds a Degree in Social Communications (Universidade do Minho) and a Business Management Degree (PDE) from AESE Business School. In 2009, she was elected one of the Most Motivating Persons in Portugal by Business School ISCTE. She speaks Portuguese, English & Spanish. Ana is based in Lisbon, PT.
Vice Chair: Monique Zytnik
Monique is a senior communications and marketing professional experienced in internal and external relations, including global media relations, brand management and digital communications. Her focus areas include health, medical, investment and banking, broadcasting, and technologies such as mobile marketing and renewables. She has worked nationally and internationally, in government, corporate, not-for-profit, member based and start-up sectors. She recently spoke at the Quadriga Global Communications Summit on the theme of humour in work communications. She has a Master’s in Communication (PR) from Melbourne’s RMIT University. Monique is based in Berlin, DE.
Secretary Treasurer: Gloria Walker
Gloria is an Associate Lecturer at both the London College of Communication and Hult Business School. She’s an experienced communications consultant in both internal and external communications. Positions both in-house and in agencies have equipped her with wide perspective of role of communications. Experienced in research and planning work, as well as implementation. Interested in project work that uses communications effectively to achieve business goals. She has a MA in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently serving as Secretary-Treasurer and would like to stay in the role to bring some continuity. Gloria is based in London, UK.
Board Member: Emma Hanley
Emma is a Marketing Manager at Teamwork, a B2B SaaS company whose products work together beautifully to support teams with improved collaboration, seamless communication, and faster project delivery. Emma previously worked as the Product Marketing Manager at Poppulo. She is an active member of the IABC EMENA Board since 2018 and has recently joined the UK & Ireland Board and was also a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the IABC World Conference 2020. Emma is passionate about good communication, with keen interest in Marketing, Internal communication, and Employee Engagement. Emma has an Masters of Science from the Cork Institute of Technology and is based in Cork, IE.
Board Member: Michael Nord
Michael is a GCCC Certified Communications Professional with 25+ years’ international experience in marketing, PR, corporate communications and consulting. His focus is on brand alignment, breaking down silos, creating innovative ways for employees to deliver their purpose, identifying influencers, enabling bottom up and sideways communication in organisations. Until recently Michael was Secretary-Treasurer of IABC Global. Michael is based in Amsterdam, NL
Professional Development: Bhanu Prakash
Bhanu is head of MENA Operations Internal Communication at Amazon. He recently moved to our region from India and has been working at Amazon since 2016. Before that he held senior communication roles at AXA and HSBC, and will bring a new perspective to our Board. He has an MBA from Andhra University and speaks English, Hindi and Telugu. Bhanu is based in Dubai, UAE
Professional Development: Catalina Gardescu
Catalina Gardescu, CMP, is Manager of Admissions and External Relations at the American International School of Bucharest. She has responsibility for sales, reporting, client relations, communications, fundraising and events. Catalina has a BA in Communications and PR from the University of Bucharest and is based in Bucharest, RO.
Membership: Dieuwke Swain
Dieuwke is a Communications Manager at IDEXX, a global leader in veterinary diagnostics, software, and water testing. With a Black Belt from Melcrum (now Gartner) in internal communications and over 20 years’ experience as a creative communications, supply chain and project management professional, Dieuwke has worked both in-house and as a consultant for multinationals within the non-profit, FMCG, oil and gas, and healthcare sectors. Her focus is on strategic internal and change communications. Partnering closely with business leaders, she provides guidance on the most effective and purposeful ways to positively influence understanding, behaviours and outcomes. Dieuwke is based in The Hague, NL.
Membership: Colin Hensley
Colin has been a Consulting Partner at Hensley Consulting for over 10 years and currently advises businesses on all aspects of business strategy, branding, innovation, marketing, and communications. He has lived and worked on three continents. His work focuses on communications as a driver for change – changing opinions, changing minds, and changing organisations. In his work, he has been both public and private, corporate and consultant. He has worked with clients across a wide variety of sectors, from cars to cardboard, deliveries to diamonds, and tyres to technology. Colin is based in Brussels, BE.
Board Member: Karen Matthews
Karen is senior manager of Corporate Relations and Communications at RMIT, Europe. She has extensive experience in corporate communications including internal and external communications, risk and change management, media relations and strategic event management. Her career spanned global environments in research and innovation, higher education, government, not-for-profit as well as for multinational corporations in Australia, Vietnam, Spain and Canada. Karen is based in Barcelona, ES
Key Programmes: Pooja Kamat
Pooja Kamat is a 23-year-old PR professional hailing from Mumbai, India. A Master’s graduate from the University of Leeds, Pooja has been an active part of IABC UK & Ireland and now joins the EMENA Board. She is a correspondent for PR Nation (USA) and has worked in both the UK and India. She speaks English, Hindi and Spanish and her interests are integrated communications, influencer and media relations and corporate communications. She is an avid reader and networking enthusiast. You can get in touch with Pooja on LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram.