Our Governance and Board
IPRA is governed by a geographically-representative Board of senior PR professionals from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. It is administered by a Secretary General and a Member Services Manager.
Svetlana Stavreva – President
Svetlana is Bulgarian and a public relations & communication professional at IBM in Europe. Svetlana has a masters degree in economics from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria. She also holds a diploma from the UK Chartered Institute of Marketing. In her spare time she has been a journalist, lecturer and car racer.
Nigel Chism – Treasurer
Nigel Chism is British and finance director of Kajima. Educated at the John Lyon School and the University of Westminster, he qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young in 1979. He served with the reserve forces in The Royal Green Jackets. He is a member of the Garrick, a freeman of the City of London and liveryman of the Wheelwrights’ Company. He still sometimes plays drums.
Philip Sheppard – Secretary General
Philip has joint British and Belgian nationality. As secretary general he is responsible for the day to day running of the association. He is a graduate economist and previously worked with Shell in London, Ireland and Dubai. After running his own communications company, he worked as a consultant for Ernst & Young in Switzerland and as a lobbyist for the European Brands Association in Brussels. Philip is a freeman of the City of London and was IPRA president in 2007.
Yusur Al Dabbagh
Yusur is an Iraqi national and founder of Rouya Public Relations Consultancy based in the United Arab Emirates. She has more than 14 years of experience in public relations for cultural organisations. Yusur helped launch key projects in the Gulf region including the Jameel Arts Centre and the Hayy creative hub in Jeddah. She is a member of CIPR and MEPRA.
Mohammed Al Eady
Mohammed is a Saudi national and advisor to the general manager public affairs of Saudi Aramco. He is executive vice president of the IPRA Gulf Chapter. He previously worked in various roles for the establishment of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture. Mohammed holds an MBA from the University of Hull, UK.
Philippe is Belgian and an independent public relations consultant based in Portugal, specialising in online, risk, and crisis communications. He started his career at Porter Novelli International and was PR manager for IBM for 10 years. Philippe is also a guest lecturer at several universities and is the producer of Wag The Dog FM, a PR podcast.
Esther is Ghanaian and CEO of the award-winning communications agency, Stratcomm Africa. She was previously external affairs manager for the West African Gas Pipeline Project and public affairs manager for the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation. In all these roles she has developed innovative communication approaches to address organisational needs. Esther is a graduate of the University of Ghana Legon and Cornell University, USA.
Elena is Russian and founder and general director of Moscow-based FleishmanHillard Vanguard as well as being president of Russia’s Orta Communications Group. She is the founder of the Russian Eventiada IPRA Golden World Awards with whom IPRA’s own Golden World Awards for Excellence has a close co-operation.
Edd, a Filipino national, is the founder and president of FuentesManila, one of the leading PR agencies in the Philippines. Prior to establishing the company, he worked with J. Walter Thompson as creative director servicing their client Unilever. Edd was as an IPRA council member from 2009 – 2011 and has served two previous terms on the board.
Maria is Bulgarian and managing director of Sofia-based agency United Partners. Maria served as IPRA president in 2009, a year in which she was also voted as Bulgarian Business Woman of the year. Maria is an active IPRA board member having served two previous terms and has co-organised IPRA events in central Europe. Maria has been a Golden World Awards judge for many years.
Alain Grossbard OAM
Alain is Australian and since 2011 has been an educator in public relations at RMIT University, Melbourne. He has worked in numerous senior roles in the energy industry nationally and internationally. Alain is past president of the Public Relations Institute of Australia Victoria division, as well as a national board member. He has won national and international awards and has been a recipient of a GWA. Alain is a Fellow of the International Specialized Skills Institute.
Anne-Gret Iturriaga Abarzua
Anne-Gret is Austrian and since 2008 head of communications for INEOS in Cologne, Germany where she is responsible for internal and external communications, community relations, lobbying, emergency response and CSR. She has a degree in economics and business communications from the University of Vienna. Anne-Gret is a member of a number of national PR bodies.
Jim is a US national and chairman of Winning Strategies. The company is a strategic communications firm based in Newark, New Jersey which seeks to integrate political strategy with advertising, public relations and digital content. Jim leads IPRA’s activities at the UN Department of Public Information in New York.
Enric is Catalan and a professor of corporate and international public relations, the academic director of MA-strategic management in global communication, as well as the professional careers director at Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations, Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, Spain. He works part time at Emerson College, Boston, USA.
Nataša is Serbian and founder of Blumen group, an agency for integrated communications and business consulting, based in Belgrade. She has more than 25 years of experience in strategic communications, brand development and market positioning. She has won national and international awards, including the GWA Grand Prix. In the last ten years Nataša has worked as a business coach, and gives guest courses and lectures in the Balkan region.
Jacqueline has Irish and British citizenship. An award winning president at Toastmasters International, she is CEO of Jasper Alliance London, and holds post-graduate degrees in research and education. She received an award from British Expertise for Outstanding International Leadership on Middle East Development projects. She serves United Nations clients, delivering curriculum development and in 2019, she received CIPR approval for her Modern International PR Media Programme.
Etsuko is Japanese and president and CEO of PR enterprise SUNNY SIDE UP, one of the largest agencies in Japan. She founded the company in 1985 and has created new and innovative social movements in strategic PR, marketing communications, sales promotion, and sports marketing internationally. The company has been a member of the Japanese business federation Keidanren since 2014. Etsuko serves on government advisory councils for sports development and women’s issues.
Faisal is a Saudi national and former director of media and PR at the Saudi Ministry of Health. He is also a former manager of PR at Aramco. He is active in international groups including the Arab Society for Social Responsibility. Faisal was president of the IPRA Gulf Chapter from 2008 to 2015. He graduated from the University of the Pacific, California in 1988.