About the EMENA Region

IABC EMENA is a region of the International Association of Business Communicators. IABC global headquarters is located at 601 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA. 

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 also hosts 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.

Board members
The board term runs for 12 months, from July to June. Find out more about our current board members. Use the hyperlinks in the profiles to get in touch with us individually via LinkedIn or Twitter.

If you would like to get more involved in IABC, why not consider applying for a board role? Email [email protected] for more information.

Past Region Board Chairs include:

2019-20 – Stephen Welch – meet the full board
2018-19 – Mike Klein – meet the full board
2017-18 – Alex Malouf – meet the full board
2016-17 – Nikki Edwards – meet the full board
2015-16 – Klavs Valskov – meet the full board
2014-15 – Michael Nord – meet the full board
2013-14 – Neil Griffiths
2012-13 – Philip Weiss
2011-12 – Michael Ambjorn
2010-11 – Marc Wright
2009-10 – Gloria Walker
2008-09 – Rob Briggs
2007-08 – Velin Velkov
2006-07 – Silvia Cambie
2005-06 – Kristen Sukalac
2004-05 – Barbara Gibson
2002-04 – Neville Hobson

The IABC has had members in Europe since the 1970s. The first chapter in Europe (IABC UK) 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 – in 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, we added North Africa, with members based in Egypt and Tunisia.

Today the IABC EMENA (Europe, Middle East and North Africa) Region is well-established and constantly growing, with chapters in the UK, Belgium, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland and the Netherlands, plus a group of collaborative and enthusiastic members-at-large in more than 20 countries. A Gulf development chapter was established in 2016 and promises to become one of the largest and most active in our region. We also have a development chapter in Ireland, which has seen some growth in recent years, due to the popularity of locally hosted IABC events. 

To find out more about chapters near you, visit the individual chapter sites listed below or email [email protected].

IABC Slovenia
IABC United Kingdom