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

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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


IPRA and Syntec PR get together for the ReputationWar Conference

Conference 11 January 2013 – Paris


Dr Zehra Güngör Elected President of IPRA for 2014

Zehra Güngör will officially begin her presidency early January 2014

The International  Public Relations Association – IPRA  is most pleased to announce that  Ms. Zehra Güngör, Ph.D (Turkey) has been elected as President  for 2014.

IPRA Past President joins Center for Global Public Relations

Welcomes opportunity to advance universal professional values

Richard Linning, FIPRA FCIPR, Immediate Past President of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA), has accepted an invitation to become a 2012/2013 Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Global Public Relations (CGPR).

Arturo J. Jesurun, IPRA Past President and Member Emeritus has passed away

One of the veterans of IPRA – Arturo J. Jesurun, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, passed away in January at the age of 84

He joined the association as early as 1962 and was one the members who met in Athens in 1965, when the first copy of our code of ethics –the Code of Athens – was presented to the Greek Minister of Culture.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation wins the International Public Relations Association President’s Award in 2009

The International Public Relations Association (IPRA) has announced UNESCO as the winner of its highest honour for last year. IPRA thus recognizes the outstanding work of UNESCO to insure better educational and cultural prospects to people and thus to help bridge divides created by the different levels of access to education in different world regions.

Stratcom Africa CEO elected to council of International Public Relations Association

The Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Communications Africa Limited (Stratcomm Africa), Ms. Esther Amba Numaba Cobbah, has been elected to membership of the Council of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) as the Representative for Ghana and to chair the Ghana Branch of the IPRA. Her two –year term of office took effect from 1st January, 2010.

Arabic Website for IPRA

Arabic website for IPRA heralds accessibility as IPRA goes global further language

The International Public Relations Association (IPRA) officially launched its website in the Arabic language on Monday 07 December. The IPRA Arabic website has been identified as an essential resource for public relations professionals in the Arabic speaking countries to gain knowledge and expertise in their own language, making IPRA truly accessible in the Arab world.

IPRA chooses 2009 Golden World Award winners for excellence in public relations

The International Public Relations Association (IPRA) has chosen the winners of its 2009 Golden World Awards for Excellence in PR. The winners ranged from a campaign designed to increase Australian tourism in New Caledonia to the launch of the Slavinsky Art Gallery in Russia.