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Zehra Güngör: Turkey is flying high

My being elected president of the IPRA is as important for the country of which I am a citizen as it is for me personally. Not only am I there as someone representing my country, the 50th president of a enormous world organization is also going to be from Turkey!
Zehra Güngör

Interview and photo by SKYLIFE

IPRA Golden World Awards has a new final entry deadline for the competition

Due to numerous requests, we have extended the deadline for entries. Now 4 June is the new last day that late entries will be accepted with payment of a late fee.

Peruvian university wins international IPRA President´s Award

Universidad de San Martín de Porres (USMP) based in Lima- Peru was awarded the IPRA President´s Award, the highest honor granted by the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) -a worldwide organization bringing together public relations practitioners from all over the globe- for its permanent labor and contribution to research in Public Relations as well as to position  the profession in the Latin American region developing relevant international events and undergraduate, graduate and specialized academic programs.

Launch of the first Arab International Public Relations Conference

A Press Conference was held at the permanent headquarter of the Arab Organization for Administrative Development (ARADO) in Heliopolis Cairo last Sunday April 21st, 2013 to launch the activities of the first Arab International Public Relations Conference under the slogan of “Is Transparency in communication the future of Global Public Relations”, which will be held in cooperation with the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) in the Egyptian City of Sharm El Sheikh on June 25th and 26th, 2013.

IPRA works on a freedom of expression project in Burma

The International Public Relations Association (IPRA) is working on a freedom of press and expression project in Burma with several NGOs.
Jim McQueeny, who participated in the annual meeting World Press Freedom held in New York City, will be IPRAs team member in-country later this month working on that country's drafting of their new Constitution after years of military rule.

McQueeny is a non-government organizational representative to the UN's Department Public Information, for the London-based International Association of Public Relations where he is a board member.

Top International PR Awards competition issues call for entries

IPRA Golden World Awards Deadline Is 6 May

The 21st annual IPRA Golden World Awards, the top international public relations awards competition, has issued a call for entries. The entry deadline is 6 May.

Today is the early-bird entry deadline for the IPRA Golden World Awards

Today is the early-bird entry deadline for the 21st annual IPRA Golden World Awards, the top international public relations awards competition. You'll save £50 per entry if you submit your nominations before 12:00 pm GMT tomorrow.

IPRA Golden World Awards 2013: The competition is now open

The great moment has arrived!

From this March 11 begin the registrations for the 21st edition of the IPRA Golden World Awards, the premier awards for excellence in public relations.

The First Arab International Public Relations Conference Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt

Photo: TripAdvisor

Sixth All Africa International Public Relations Congress

Christophe Ginisty, IPRA President, invites you to this important event

The International Public Relations Association (IPRA) has the pleasure to invite all Public Relations practitioners and Public Relations consultants to the beautiful city of Kampala, Uganda to attend the 6th All Africa International Public Relations Congress, put together by International Public Relations Association, African Public Relations Association, The Management School, London and BEEC International.

"ReputationWar” Conference: a roomful at Sciences Po and a success in social networks!

Nine conclusions of the event

The purpose of the conference was to assess the opportunities provided by the emerging new dialogue spaces between the organisations/enterprises/brands and the publics.

Mini minutes Paris 2013

We will shortly be announcing a new membership structure which acknowledges the different ways in which individuals wish to engage with IPRA


The rise of the internet and the advent of social media have forced organisations across the world to rethink the way they operate. Membership associations like IPRA are no exception. During meetings in 2012 and more recently in Paris last week the Board of IPRA has been working on plans that will help us to move forward. Here in brief is where we heading.

Message from Christophe Ginisty, new president of IPRA 2013

By working on these two angles, I want to achieve two goals: grow the membership and bring value to the membership.


Words from Johanna McDowell, IPRA President 2012

This year for me personally, has been one of the highlights of my career and I intend to continue with my work for IPRA next year as Past President and while I am still on the board.
Johanna McDowell

We have managed our finances prudently – with no wasteful expenditure.  We have held a regional conference in Lima – very successfully – and continued with our work with the GWA.  In line with our strategy to expand both the awards and our organisation, we have appointed an professional company to run and manage the awards, under our direction of course, so that we can produce even greater levels of income for IPRA than previously.  The GWA is key to our success as an organisation in that its funds will enable IPRA to do the work that it is – and always has been – destined to do in terms of leading the PR industry worldwide.

I spoke at a regional PR conference in Russia in April, at the All Africa PR conference in Johannesburg in July and of course in Lima.  I received many invitations but as I run two companies it is not always possible to  accept everything. Luckily, Christophe, as incoming President, was able to accept two invitations on my behalf and he attended some awards and a conference in Latvia and another conference is shortly coming up.

We have a conference planned in Cairo in conjunction with the ARADO organisation next year, one in Costa Rica in 2014 and of course, we are already planning the 2015 World Congress which will celebrate 60 years of IPRA in that year. That conference in planned to take place in the US in Florida.

While IPRA is not only about conferences, we have worked hard to develop a calendar of activities and out reaches which will demonstrate that IPRA is alive and well. Our communication on the web is critical and we have just commenced issuing a series of papers through our website, Linked In and the egroup channels to our members.  In addition we have created a new category of membership – Professional Members – which enables members and their companies to be found via our website – for commercial purposes ie their business links.

It has been a busy year for a group of volunteers and I am pleased that the board has been very supportive and very stable during the period. Our President for 2014 – Zehra Gungor – is in place and again, I believe that this level of stability has created a new platform from which IPRA can once again take up its unique position in the world of PR.  We have brought on board a part time membership manager to assist Jim Holt and I am pleased that Janice was able to come to Istanbul last month and meet the board.

During my year we were also able to deepen our relationship with the UN and I met with them in New York specifically to discuss future opportunities plus we met with the OECD in Paris in April.

This year for me personally, has been one of the highlights of my career and I intend to continue with my work for IPRA next year as Past President and while I am still on the board.  My President’s Award is being given to the University of San Martin de Porres in Lima and they have invited me over in March to present this and to give a workshop at the same time.

Our IPRA policies have all been reviewed and amended as necessary to stay up to date and our process with regard to supporting other conference has been formalised and is a potential revenue earner for IPRA.

2012 will be a year to remember for me and for all those around me for the rest of my working life, as a career and personal highlight. It has been a privilege for me to serve you as IPRA President 2012 and I look forward to welcoming in Christophe Ginisty as President for 2013.  

I would also like to thank Jim and Janice for their support this year in the secretariat. Through their administration, we have achieved much. I also extend my gratitude to Nigel Chism, who continues to ensure that the IPRA funds are carefully managed and secured, ready to support IPRA as it expands into the future.

Kindest regards
Johanna McDowell, IPRA President 2012

The Stevie® Awards to manage IPRA’S Golden World Awards

The IPRA Golden World Awards offer world-wide recognition and acclaim to world-class public relations programmes