The Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA) has announced its new Chair and vice-chair of the Executive Board from 2019 to 2021. Jonty Summers, managing director, Hanover Middle East, has been appointed as Chair and Lisa Welsh, managing director, Hill+Knowlton Strategies MENA, as vice-chair for a two-year period.
Summers and Welsh were voted in by the MEPRA Executive Board this week, following an advisory ballot by the wider MEPRA Strategy Board in November. Both will assume their roles on January 1, 2019.
Summer has served on the MEPRA Executive Board for the past 12 months while also spearheading MEPRA’s partnership with PR Week UK and participating in the planning and execution of the prestigious MEPRA Awards.
He says in a statement: “I’m looking forward to continuing to build on MEPRA’s strong foundations as a champion of excellence in public relations. MEPRA’s work is shaped by the dynamics, creativity and energy that characterize the region. Signature events like last month’s REMAP creativity conference, the Majlis and the Awards, as well as partnerships with international bodies like CIPR, reflect this mission as we look to encourage ever greater levels of professionalism in the industry.
Welsh has served on the MEPRA Executive Board for the past 12 months where she led the planning and implementation of MEPRA’s inaugural REMAP Festival.
Welsh says: “MEPRA is transforming the communications industry as we know it, driving creativity, excellence and development across the region. I am honoured to take on the Vice Chair role, and thank both Ray and Deema for their exceptional work to date, along with the executive and strategy board. We look forward to announcing next year’s strategy in January, and taking MEPRA to the next level.”