2020 MEPRA Annual General Meeting & Board Elections

MEPRA would like to invite all members to attend the 2020 MEPRA Annual General Meeting to hear about the success from 2019 and the plans for the new year! Board Elections will also take place for the Executive and Strategy Board. These candidates will drive key initiatives for the communications industry in our region.


MEPRA members are invited to attend the 2020 MEPRA Annual General Meeting to meet this year’s nominees for the Strategy Board and Executive Board. You will be asked to vote by secret ballot for members to stand on the MEPRA Strategy Board for the next two years. Executive Board nominees will be voted for by the Strategy Board. Results will be announced during the event. All nominees have been listed below.

Once elected, the new Strategy Board and Executive Board members will work closely with MEPRA staff to drive key initiatives for the communications industry in our region for the next two years.

During the AGM, MEPRA Chair, Jonty Summers and Treasurer Mazen Nahawi will also deliver a presentation on the association’s success in 2019 and talk through the 2020 strategy and activity plan for the year ahead. Please note, this is a members-only event.

Please RSVP by 21 January 2020 by completing the registration details below or email community@mepra.org. We hope you can join us.

2020 MEPRA Board Nominees

To view 2020 MEPRA Board nominee bios, click here.

To find out more about the board election process, click here.

Executive Board Nominees

Mamoon Sbeih Managing Director – Arab Region APCO Worldwide
Peter Ganney Communications Director Performance Communications
Peyman Al Awadhi Senior Vice President and Official Spokesperson DIFC Authority
Yasser Mohamed Zaki Events and Sponsorship Manager Sadara Chemical Company, KSA

Strategy Board Nominees

Amina Taher Vice President, Corporate Affairs Etihad Aviation Group
Andrea Gissdal Head of Communications & Marketing Emirates Literature Foundation
Benjamin Schroeder Senior Vice President, Communications ME Siemens
Camilla d’Abo Managing Director, Dubai APCO Worldwide
Cheryl King Managing Director markettiers MENA
Christine Sarkis External Communications Advisor Saudi Arabian Airlines
Elías Jabbe Communications Consultant  
Euan Megson Managing Director Action Global Communications
Fahad Al Qahtani Chief Executive Officer The Corporate Office
Farah Al Alami Chief Communications Officer UEMedical
Heba Fatani Executive Director RAK Media Office
Henry Jakins Head of Communications, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa Travelport
Inka Stever Professor of Practice at College of Communication and Media Sciences Zayed University Abu Dhabi
Jon Barber Vice President Communications ADNOC
Joseph John Nalloor Programme Coordinator for Media and Communications Murdoch University Dubai.
Libby Hennigar Head of Narrative & Corporate Storytellin Mubadala Investment Company
Louise Jacobson Managing Partner Brazen PR
Nick Edwards Head of Communications, MENAT HSBC
Oisin Commane Head of Abu Dhabi Sustainabiltiy Week Masdar
Peter Bellini Head of PR & Influence, UAE Memac Ogilvy i
Roland Buerk  Global Head of Media DP World
Rosa Bullock Founder SOCIATE
Salem AlNuaimi Communications Director Abu Dhabi Media
Samia Bouazza Managing Director Multiply marketing & Consultancy
Simon Buerk Director, Corporate Affairs Emirates Global Aluminium
Sophie Toh Managing Director TOH PR
Taryam Alsubaihi  Head of Corporate Communications EWEC
Tracy Faulkner Chief Communications Officer Majid Al Futtaim
Ziad Hasbani Chief Executive Officer Weber Shandwick MENAT

MEPRA Executive Board

The MEPRA Executive Board takes on an operational role of MEPRA and will work closely with MEPRA staff to implement initiatives throughout the year. This board is the decision-making body of the Association, comprised of a Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary plus a small group of Executive Directors. An Executive Board Member will be committing to twelve meetings per year plus time allocated for sub committee planning, projects and industry social events.

Executive Board positions available for nomination in 2020 include:

  • Executive Director(s): x 3

MEPRA Strategy Board

The MEPRA Strategy Board serves as an advisory body to the Executive Board and will help identify and shape the strategy for MEPRA moving forward, particularly around our major initiatives and events. A Strategy Board Member will be committing to four meetings per year plus time allocated for sub committee planning, projects and industry social events.

  • Number of positions available: Unlimited

By committing themselves as a MEPRA board member, candidates will be working towards an industry collective goal to:

Raise awareness and build understanding of public relations in the Middle East, both as a profession and as a driver of organisational reputation. We do so by promoting industry standards, sharing knowledge and thought leadership and building the capabilities of professionals in the region. 


9:00am – 11:00am

Networking breakfast

2019 MEPRA Activity Review
2020 MEPRA Board Elections
2020 Strategy & Activity Plan

For any questions, please contact Sabrina De Palma at sabrina@mepra.org.