Meet the 2017-18 EMENA Region board

Alex Malouf
Chair
As Chair, Alex oversees the activities of the EMENA Board to ensure accomplishment of the region’s mission, goals and objectives. He 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. 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.
Mike Klein
Vice Chair
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."
Nikki Edwards
Past Chair and acting Treasurer
As Past Chair, Nikki counsels the Chair and the board ensuring smooth transition and capturing gained knowledge and experience for posterity. Nikki will oversee the election process of the 2018-19 board. 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.
Jasna Suhadolc
Director
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.
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.
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).
Willem de Ruijter
Director
Willem is Executive Director at VMAGROUP where he started as Head of Europe in 2012. It was his passion for the (marketing) communications profession that motivated him to join VMAGROUP after having lead a Dutch recruitment company for 4 years. In earlier years he developed his career from marketing research to marketing and communications management to general management positions in the FMCG sector, and he also worked as a business consultant for a couple of years. He is a day to day witness of exciting developments in the communications profession. A recently published study by VMAGROUP, "Beyond Communications. A CEO perspective of reputation leadership", clearly underlines the growing impact of the (marketing) communications function.
Susan Walker (ABC)
Director
Susan is an author and specialist in communication measurement and employee research. Her career includes six years as internal communication manager with Thomson Holidays, after which she joined Market & Opinion Research International (MORI) where she headed the engagement and communication research practice. She now works independently, with a particular focus on aligning research with business, to show its value, gaining deeper insights through data analysis, focus group discussions and practical action planning. She has spoken for a variety professional associations, and the Prime Minister's office in Downing Street.
Katharina Noll
Director
Vija Valentukonyte
Director