Chairman, Strategic Counsel, FPRCA
Named by PR Week as one of the 100 most influential figures in its 25-year history, Michael is one of the most respected figures in public relations and public affairs in the world. Before Eurasia Advisory, he was European Vice-Chairman at Edelman. He has twice been Chair of the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) and is a senior adviser to the European Centre for Public Affairs. Michael has provided UK, EU and global public affairs advice, crisis management and media relations counsel to a wide range of businesses, trade associations, governments and regulatory bodies, often at chairman and CEO level, over a long period. His experience has encompassed many sectors including aviation, energy, financial services, pharmaceuticals, technology and telecommunications. The wide range of clients whom he has advised includes Aviva, BT, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Gazprom, Microsoft, Pfizer and Samsung. He is a Fellow of PRCA, the world’s largest PR professional body, a rare distinction designated for an outstanding contribution to the business of PR and communications.
Sir Stephen Bubb
Strategic Counsel, Senior International Adviser, Global CSR & Philanthropy
Sir Stephen Bubb is globally recognised as a leading voice in philanthropy, social enterprise and corporate social responsibility. He has provided strategic advice to governments and businesses, often at Minister and Chairman level. He was formerly Chief Executive of ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) for 15 years, and Secretary General of the European Third Sector Leaders Network, which creation he has driven. He is Director of UK’s Charity Futures Programme, which promotes NGOs’ governance and leadership. Sir Stephen has taken part in numerous global events speaking on civil society, business and government relations, including G7/G8 summits and international investment forums. Sir Stephen has received accolades for his work and leadership from former UK Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron. Sir Stephen Bubb was knighted in 2011.
Senior International Adviser, Crisis Communications, Campaigns, Media Training
Cathie Burton is a globally renowned communications expert in international media relations, managing crisis response, and developing campaigns and messages that resonate across borders. She has worked as a media trainer providing counsel to senior decision-makers and preparing leaders for media engagements, hostile questioning and public enquiries. Cathie has served as OSCE Spokesperson and its Head of Communications & Media Relations, where she managed major crises and led a revamp of online communications. Her previous role was at the Council of Europe, where she was Head of Campaigns and later Spokesperson. Starting her career as a journalist in the UK and France, she worked for outlets such as the Guardian, the BBC, Reuters and Agence France Presse. She previously worked as Labour Party Spokesperson in the European Parliament. She was a professor at Syracuse University and the University of Strasbourg. She is a co-author of Hitting The Headlines in Europe textbook, published by the Institute of Public Relations and catalogued by the British Library and The Library of Congress.
Recommended by Spears 500, Alex is a senior strategic adviser with vast experience with international businesses, high-profile individuals, and philanthropy foundations. His strengths are in global public relations, reputation management and storytelling, crisis and litigation communications, building relationships and alliances, and in global public affairs. He has held advisory roles in London, Brussels and Strasbourg, which often included counsel to senior figures and business leaders. Alex has worked with the UN's World Food Programme, the Council of Europe, G7/G8 summits, leading consultancies, CSOs, and international and national media. He ran projects with the world's leading brands including Hyatt, Bosch, Intel, Motorola, Oriflame, EuroChem, SUEK, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, MTV, BBC, and worked at global agenda-shaping events. In 2017, Alex was part of the European Meeting of the Trilateral Commission in London. Alex holds the MSc in International Public Policy (Analysis & Administration) from UCL.