Europe & Middle East 2011-12 in review

Thanks to all who attended the recent Annual General Meeting – here’s the presentation setting out what the board delivered in the past year and I am also pleased to say that the proposed slate was adopted.

Here are just a few highlights worth exploring further:

Here are the members of the 2011-12 board who carry on for 2012-13:

Michael Ambjorn

Michael Ambjorn

Neil Griffiths

Neil Griffiths

Phil Weiss

Philip Weiss

Claudia Vaccarone

Claudia Vaccarone






Thanks for all you did in 2011-12!

Outgoing board

Meanwhile a fond farewell and BIG THANKS to our outgoing board members:

marc wright

Marc Wright

Marc Wright is a past chair, World Conference All Star Speaker and a longstanding supporter of IABC. You can continue to keep up with both him and the work he does to support the association by subscribing to SimplyCommunicate – and attend the montly SimplyTV broadcasts. The most recent one featured incoming IABC UK President Stephen Welch on the year ahead for his board.

Clare Woodcraft Scott

Clare Woodcraft-Scott

Clare Woodcraft kept tabs on our members-at-large and helped them connect both virtually as well as face-to-face at a series of events in Frankfurt, Abu Dhabi – and of course hosted last year’s AGM in central London. Clare is Chief Executive of the Emirates Foundation and will continue to support IABC at the local level working with incoming Director Rebecca Hill.

Here are a few words from Clare Woodcraft on how IABC can help communicators advance their career from IABC Europe & Middle East.

Daniella Cross

Daniella Cross

Daniella Cross stepped up halfway through the year to help with the comms portfolio and you will have noticed a nice uptick on the social comms side helping our members stay posted and keep track of events on Twitter, LinkedIn etc.

Daniella also did a superb job on the comms around this year’s EMErald awards.



Last but not least a big thanks to the indefatigable team at Simply (Bev, Maddy, Karuna) who hosted a stack of meetings including the EMErald and Gold Quill judging and especially Sophia Cheng without whom the Leadership Institute in Copenhagen wouldn’t have run so smoothly. She’s probably a bit biased, but here’s a few words from her from that: Sophia Cheng on the 2011 IABC EMELI. [The person gesticulating in the background is incidentally Kerby Meyers, the new chair of the IABC International Executive Board who made the journey from Colorado for the event].

You’ll shortly hear from incoming chair Phil Weiss and his team. This means you’ll hear a lot more from Phil, Neil Griffiths (the new vice chair) and the board which got seriously energized when it met for the first time this last Friday in Brussels – and a little less from me.

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve you.

Posted in EMENA Regional news.