MELISSA CRESSEY

USA/Sweden | Secretary General

Melissa Cressey was formerly the Vice President of Global Strategies at DSPolitical, where she led business development efforts both domestically and for DSPolitical Worldwide.

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BRENT BUCHANAN

USA | Treasurer

Brent Buchanan is President & Founder of Cygnal, an innovation-driven public opinion polling and predictive analytics firm. He started the company in 2007...

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MATT KLINK

USA | President

Matt has more than 27 years of experience working on complex, controversial, and high-profile issues for public and private sector clients, as well as candidates for elected office and ballot measure campaigns.

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MAURICIO
DE VENGOECHEA

USA | Past President

Mauricio De Vengoechea runs his own firm, De Vengoechea & Partners in which 18 consultants specializing in research, strategy, innovation, crisis management, digital and political communication participate.

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MARCEL WIEDER

Canada | Vice President Communications

Marcel Wieder combines a background in advertising with a passion for politics and public affairs to help his client’s craft and deliver powerful messages. As head of Aurora Strategy Group...

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CRYSTAL MARTIN
USA | Vice President
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Crystal Martin opened her Marketing Agency/Political Consulting firm in Northern California in 2005, followed by a Direct Mail firm in 2010, and now a Phone/Communications firm.

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CARLOS FARA

Argentina | Vice President Fundraising

Carlos Fara has 35 years of experience. Specialist in electoral campaigns, public opinion and government communication. President of Fara Veggetti since 1991. He received the first Annual Aristotle Award 2010...

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NECATI ÖZKAN

Turkey | Vice President Conference & Events

Necati Özkan is the founder and president of ÖYKÜ / Dialogue International (an Istanbul based independent creative agency) and Reform Institute (an Istanbul based think tank)...

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FINANCE COMMITTEE

JOSEPH "TEX" DOZIER  | USA
JUSTINO PEREIRA  | Brazil
MARILU BRAJER  | Argentina

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FEYI AKINDOYENI

Australia | Vice President Awards

With over 20 years of experience in strategic communications, Feyi is a Partner and global digital team lead at SEC Newgate. In Australia, she helps lead the largest integrated strategic communications firm for public interest issues...

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BOB PENNER
UK/Canada | Director of Communications

Bob Penner is the CEO of Strategic Communications Inc. (Stratcom), which he founded in 1991. Since then, Stratcom has become an industry leader...

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GISELLE PEREZBLAS
Mexico| Board Member Membership

Communications and mass media strategist; specialist in political and social communication and crisis management. He began his professional career in the production of Noticieros Televisa , the most important Spanish-speaking communication company. 

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EKATERINA EGOROVA

Russia| Board Member Conference & Events

Dr. Egorova, is founder and president of the “Niccolo M” Strategic Communications, one of the leading Russian companies in political consulting and public relations.   

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KURTIS ADIGBA

Nigeria | Board Member Awards

Kurtis Udenyi Adigba is an Attorney at law and a political consultant. His greatest passion is to see Nigeria make real progress and to take her rightful place in the world. 

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SAL RUSSO

USA| Board Member Fundraising

He is the founder of Russo Marsh + Associates, Inc. (RMA) and has spent over 50 years in the field of political consulting, advertising and public affairs, being in the forefront of some of the most prominent campaigns at every level. 

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WAYNE JOHNSON

USA | Honorary Chair

Wayne Johnson served as President of the Wayne Johnson Agency and CEO of Gateway Media until his retirement in 2019. During a career spanning four decades, he worked as strategist and advisor to candidates, parties and organizations on four continents... 

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ETHICS COMMITTEE

WAYNE JOHNSON, CHAIR  | USA
FELIPE NOGUREA  | Argentina
MARKO RAKAR  | Croatia

PAST PRESIDENTS

MICHEL BONGRAND | France

JOE NAPOLITAN | USA

MAX BEAUCHEZ | Belgium

F. CLIFTON WHITE | USA

JOSE LUIS SANCHIS-ARMELLES | Spain

MICHAEL ROWAN | USA

HARRY WALTER | Germany

JOE CERRELL | USA

KLAUS GOLOMBEK | Germany

JOHN M. SEIGLE | USA

PAUL BUIAR | USA

BEN GODDARD | USA

MARIO BALLERINI | Italy

JONATHAN GAUL | Australia

BO KROGVIG | Sweden

RICK RIDDER | USA

SEPP HARTINGER | Austria

KEN FELTMAN | USA

VOLKER RIEGGER | Germany

TOM EDMONDS | USA

FELIPE NOGUERA | Argentina

ILKKA AHTOKIVI | Finland

NANCY TODD | USA

MEHMET URAL | Turkey

MAURICIO DE VENGOECHEA | USA