PRCA MENA restructures MENA Regional Board

The Public Relations and Communications Association Middle East & North Africa (PRCA MENA) has restructured its MENA Regional Board, a pivotal move aimed at fortifying strategic direction and industry representation in the MENA region.The MENA Regional Board serves as the guiding force behind PRCA MENA's initiatives, ensuring alignment with industry standards and fostering excellence in the field of public relations and communications. The restructured board brings together a diverse ensemble of esteemed industry leaders, poised to infuse their collective expertise and insights to propel the organisation to new heights. "We are delighted to unveil the restructuring of our MENA Regional Board, signifying our commitment to championing excellence and innovation in the public relations and communications landscape across the MENA region. The wealth of knowledge and experience brought forth by our board members will be instrumental in shaping the future trajectory of our organisation and advancing the profession as a whole,” remarked James Hewes, CEO of PRCA.The newly appointed members of the PRCA MENA Regional Board are:  Ahmad Itani, Founder & CEO, Cicero & Bernay Communication Consultancy. Chairman, PRCA MENA  Alexandre Beaulieu, Founder & CEO, TBWA DJAZ  Claire Micheletti, Founder & Joint Managing Director, Cosmopole Consultancy  Howard Kosky, CEO & Founder, Markettiers4DC  Ibrahim Al Mutawa, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Jummar PR  Imad Lahad, Managing Director, APCO Worldwide Dubai  John Rynehart, Managing Director, Seven Media  Joseph Nalloor, Discipline Lead - School of Communication, Murdoch University Dubai  Kamal Taibi, Founder & CEO, StratëusGroup  Khaled Alshehhi, Executive Director Marketing and Communications at UAE Government Media Office  Laureline Schwarz, Head of Global Corporate Communication, PR, Public Relations at Al-Futtaim Automotive  Louay Al Samarrai – Joint Managing Director, Co-Founder, Active (Digital. Marketing. Communications)  Natalie Amos, Managing Director - Lifestyle MENA at Four Agency  Natasha Hatherall-Shawe, Founder and CEO, TishTash Communications  Nick Sandham, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Alshaya Group  Petra B Spanko, Regional Director, Katch International  Samantha Bartel, CEO & Managing Partner, Instinctif Partners MENAThese professionals bring a rich tapestry of experiences and expertise to their roles, representing a diverse array of sectors and perspectives within the communications industry.

TishTash Communications named in Fast Company Best Workplaces for Women in 2024

Dubai: TishTash Communications was recognized in the Fast Company Middle East's Best Workplaces for Women 2024 list, named for Empowering Women Through Bold Initiatives. The award-winning agency’s female-centric workplace offers flexible working for all staff including a 4.5-day week, continued hybrid working, a “work from home country” allocation each year and industry-leading women's health policies including paid leave for fertility treatments, menstruation and menopause.  Success can be seen in the numbers,  with a happy and loyal workforce, and award-winning marketing work. The 100% female agency has seen a 50% year-on-year increase for the past 3 years, with a 62% increase in turnover in the last 12 months (2022-2023), significant client wins and international expansion and over 45% of the team have been with the agency for more than five years. Hundreds of companies applied for Fast Company Middle East’s Best Workplaces for Women List, and a team of editors worked relentlessly, sorting and sifting through nominations to make the final decision. The Top 10 list recognized companies that are paving the way for women to succeed in the workplace, including Magrabi Retail Group, Luxury Closet and Balinca to name a few. An inaugural edition of Best Workplaces for Women, Fast Company’s list recognizes companies across the Middle East that are empowering women by creating inclusive environments.“We are proud to be recognized in the list, as we have showcased first-hand how women in the workforce represent improving business results. As a company we intend to continue our commitment to training, inspiring, and empowering the next generation of female communications leaders,” said Natasha Hatherall-Shawe, CEO & Founder of TishTash Communications.“Best Workplaces for Women was an initiative we were really proud to launch, recognizing organizations that are striving towards gender equality and we were thrilled with the number of nominations received. This list reflects the massive strides the Middle East is taking to create more inclusive cultures, and we are happy to spotlight their success,” said Ravi Raman, Publisher of Fast Company Middle East.Today, TishTash Communications stands as a team of 68 women and intends to be a deliberate example of the effects of policy change in the workforce when it comes to women. Creative, supporting workplaces for women benefits society as a whole, and not just the bottom line.