The Europe, Middle East and North Africa (EMENA) Region is one of eight Regions representing the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) global enterprise. With active chapters in the Gulf, Switzerland, and the UK & Ireland, the EMENA Region has communities of members who also exist in other areas across the region including Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia, and Slovenia.

IABC EMENA has hundreds of members and continues to grow with more than 50 members-at-large throughout the region.

The Board and Board Members

Board members are elected / re-elected each year.  A board term runs for 12 months from July to June. Get to know the 2020-21 current EMENA board by visiting the board member page.

The EMENA Region board supports IABC primarily by providing various governance, administrative, support and development functions to chapters, chapter leaders and members-at-large in the region.

The board identifies opportunities to host a variety of events throughout the year, including professional development seminars, speaker programmes, networking events, and conferences, such as EuroComm and the regional Leadership Institute.


The IABC has had members in Europe since the 1970s. The first chapter in Europe was IABC UK and was founded in 1979 by a small group of communicators, including Tony Buckley, Ian Hawkins, and Peter Jackson. It remained the only chapter outside of North America until the 1990s.

In 1984, as part of a strategic effort to focus attention on international development, the Europe Middle East (EME) Region was formed when Tony Buckley became the first regional director, followed by John Ford.

By 2004, as one of three geographical regions outside North America, the regional body served over 300 IABC members in 35 countries including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE and the UK.

In 2013, North Africa was added with members based in Egypt and Tunisia and in 2016 a Gulf development chapter was established. 

Today the IABC EMENA region is well-established and constantly growing.

For more information about the IABC EMENA region contact IABC EMENA at [email protected] .