Burson-Marsteller Africa CEO to speak at Parliament Lecture
Robyn de Villiers, Chairman and CEO, Burson-Marsteller Africa, will give this year’s prestigious CIPR International Maggie Nally Memorial Lecture in the Palace of Westminster on 4 May 2017.
De Villiers’ address “Out of Africa: an Insider’s Perspective” will tap into her extensive experience of the changing landscape of communication in Africa and the development of the PR industry across the continent. It will offer insight and advice to those wishing to engage with the very diverse markets and cultures of the continent.
The lecture will be held in the House of Commons and is followed by a supper in the historic Cholmondeley Room and Terrace in the House of Lords.
Africa is an extremely diverse region with different cultures, and is at different stages of development in terms of communication and PR. I am delighted to be speaking at this prestigious event and hope my lecture will be useful in increasing PR practitioners’ knowledge and understanding of the continent and the issues faced by the industry.
Africa is a fascinating continent and Robyn’s wide experience in the PR industry across the continent will provide valuable insight into communicating with diverse markets. CIPR International is all about breaking down barriers between people, countries and cultures. This lecture will be an important milestone in our programme.
About The Maggie Nally Lecture
The Maggie Nally Lecture is a highly respected annual event organised by the CIPR International, held in memory of Maggie Nally, the CIPR's first female president and a leading public relations figure of her time. Previous speakers have included Lord Bilimoria, Founder of Cobra Beer and the UK India Business Council, Bessie Lee, CEO, WPP China, deputy MD of the IMF Nemat Shafik, film-maker Lord Puttnam, economist Sir Howard Davies and pollster and media commentator Sir Bob Worcester, MORI.
About CIPR International
CIPR International represents around 1,000 CIPR members working internationally and in the UK. It facilitates understanding of cultural differences, builds relationships with other countries and benchmarks, shares and learns from inspired practice. The group brings together the many different sectors within the international communications industry to network, discuss, and learn from each other about the global issues facing communicators. For further information, visit the CIPR International website.