Jury

BAPRA Bright Awards is the first PR contest in Bulgaria where the evaluation will be conducted by foreign jury members only. The jury members are recognized communication experts with many years’ experience in the field.

Chairman

Andrew Johnson


Currently, Andrew is working for Rohde Public Policy, Brussel's leading healthcare and public affairs agency. Previously he served the Havas Public Affairs office in Brussels as a Managing Director and Partner. He is an expert with over 22 years of experience in EU law and public affairs. Andrew is a qualified barrister. With expertise in all aspects of Internal Market policy, health, environmental, consumer protection, industry, competition and trade policy, he has managed many major and pan-European campaigns. He chaired the AMCHAM EU Better Regulation Taskforce from 2001-2003, he served as a Council Member of the British Chamber of Commerce 2003-2007 and in 2007 he was elected Vice President of the Public Affairs Committee of COBCOE (the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe) a position he still holds. Andrew has served on the Management Committee of EPACA (the European Association of Public Affairs Consultancies) since 2007 and he was responsible for redrafting the Code of Conduct and procedural guidelines. He is also responsible for ethical and professional training within the Association. He is a visiting lecturer on EU lobbying theory and practice at the Université Dauphine, Paris. He regularly writes and speaks on public affairs.

Members

Alexandros Finomenos


Alexandros started his carrier as a software Engineer. His first project was to digitalize the ribbons communication system of the Hellenic navy. He moved very fast to digital strategy & marketing, mostly for AUTO & Banking sector. He participated in digital strategies and IT projects for the biggest auto and banking companies in Greece. 

He moved to Romania in 2011, as a Digital strategist and business developer for NCH, an American funding Group who holds the biggest online part in Romania.

He participated in Digital strategies and business modeling for the top online platforms in Romania. 

The latest years, He works as a Business Unit Director in Frank, thinking and strategizing side by side with a wide range of clients in several industries. 

He has experience in banking, auto, FMCG, entertainment and retail.

The main focus of his work at Frank is to use the right tools that will help him turn big data into big information, collaborate with the right people in order to plan, build, re-plan and re-build a winning digital strategy. 

Anna Fountouli


Head of PR & Strategic Planner

Anna joined Solid Relations in 1992 as an Account and Strategic Communications Manager. Since 2006, she holds the position of  Head of Public Relations and she is also the head strategic planner for all units of Solid Havas.

Anna has 26 years’ experience working with brands across a number of sectors and has handled issues management for top multinationals and local clients. She has designed and led numerous high-profile campaigns and PR projects for clients such as: Elais- Unilever, Jotis, SOS Doctors, G.D. Lemos Foundation, Ministry of Finance, Alpha Trust, Scoplife insurance, Sara Lee, Plaisio Computers, Papadopoulos, Moustakas Toys etc.

Throughout her career at SolidHavas, she has carried out crisis management training and simulation sessions for several key clients and she has run extensive media relations and CSR programs as well as Brand and Marketing PR projects.

Andrey Barannikov


He is the CEO of SPN Communications agency with offices in Moscow, St Petersburg, Almaty and Kiev. Andrey has 24 years of experience in public relations. Mr. Barannikov is a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Communications Consultancy Organization (ICCO) since 2013, the Chairman of AKOS (the Russian branch of ICCO) since 2012, the Vice President of the Russian Public Relations Association (RASO) since 2002 and also the Chairman of the North-Western branch of RASO since 2003. He is a member of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), and an Academician at the Russian Public Relations Academy (RAOS). Mr. Barannikov is the winner of many prestigious Russian and international industry awards, including: SABRE Awards (2006-2008, 2010-2014), Global SABRE Awards (2011-2013), IPRA Golden World Awards (2002, 2004, 2010, 2012-2014), IABC Gold Quill (2012, 2014), Cannes Corporate TV & Media Awards (2011, 2012, 2014), Media Manager of Russia (2006, 2011), The Silver Archer (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009) and others. He is the founder and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of Baltic Weekend international communications forum, www.balticweekend.com/en (since 2001) and the Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the nationwide public relations contest PROBA-IPRA Golden World Awards, www.pr-proba.ru (since 2000). He is a judge and expert at numerous Russian and international industry contests.

Anna Krajewska


NBS co-founder in 1990 and president since 2004. Anna Krajewska laid the cornerstone for the development of PR industry in Poland. She has 25 years’ experience in managing corporate PR, financial PR and investor relations crisis management projects. She is a lecturer of investor relations on post-graduate studies at the University of Warsaw. In 2013 she was a member of the Committee of Ethics in PR in Poland.In recent years, Anna Krajewska advised on numerous IPOs, including the Polish insurer PZU, Polish banks such as Pekao SA, BZWBK, BRE Bank and Warsaw Stock Exchange. She also worked on many mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals involving companies such as Orange, AXA, ADM, Électricité de France and BNP Paribas. She advises clients on crisis management and conducts crisis communications workshops. She studied ethnology at Jagellonian University and Université de Paris X.

Elena Fadeeva


She heads FleishmanHillard Vanguard in Russia and is expanding its activities in the CIS. She is a senior consultant to the firm’s clients on reputation management, public affairs and international communications.

Elena founded Vanguard PR in Moscow in 1993. She holds leading positions in several NGOs in Russia, including honorary chairwoman of the board of the Russian Association of Communications Consultancies, head of Communications Group of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, head of Professional Services Industrial Committee, Association of Managers of Russia. Elena was named one of Russia’s leading executives by Association of Managers of Russia and Kommersant Daily in 2012 and 2013, and received the Media Manager of the Year 2013 Award for Contribution to the Development of the Industry. Elena is an Associate Professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, leads special program at the Philosophy Department of the Moscow State University and in Saint Petersburg State University.

Zehra Güngör, Phd


She has been appointed as a President of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) for 2014. She is a board member and a vice president of KAGIDER (Turkish Women`s Entrepreneurs Association), member of TUHID (Turkish Public Relations Association) and a former member of Propeller Club.
Dr. Güngör worked as an economics journalist for 20 years before founding a PR consultancy, STAGE Communications Consultancy in 1999. Dr. Güngör has been a member of IPRA for 15 years and has served on both the Council and Board for some 12 years. Zehra Güngör is a holder of an MA and PhD in communications together with a BA in English Literature. She also a lecturer in Communications at two private universities in Turkey.

Crenguta Rosu


Founding member of the Romanian Association of PR and the Romanian Public Relations Companies’ Club (PRCC). Mrs. Rosu is a Board member of the Centre for Independent Journalism. She is a PR professional with more than 20 years of experience in the field. She is a co-founder of the agency DC Communication and author of over 500 articles as a journalist and as a communication expert.

Christophe Ginisty


Christophe Ginisty is an international public relations guru and a specialist of social media, reputation management and crisis communications in the digital age. He is currently Senior Director and Head of Digital at FTI Consulting in Brussels.
Mr. Ginisty is the creator and the organizer of the ReputationTime International cycleof conferences. Its first edition was held in Paris on January 11, 2013. He previously worked at Edelman — the largest PR firm in the world — at the leadership position of European Digital Evangelist and Deputy Managing Director for Europe Middle East and Africa (2011-2012). He was the President of the International Public Relations Association for 2013 and in 2008, he founded Internet sans frontières (Internet without borders) an NGO devoted to promote the freedom of speech online. It was renamed to WebDiversity in 2011.

Ksenija Renko


Founder and Managing Director of Jupiter Strategic Communications. Mrs. Renko is a Senior Communication Expert on EU projects in Adriatic Region specialized in anti-corruption issues. She is also Founder, former President and Vice President at Croatian Professional Association of Public Relations. Mrs. Renko is an editor of the first Croatian Public Relations Manual.

Loula Zaklama


President and Managing Director of Rada Research & Public Relations Co and past world President IPRA (2006). Mrs. Zaklama is a public relations and marketing expert with 50 years of experience in communication sector. Her special expertise lies in designing marketing and communication strategies, for Multinational and Egyptian companies in Egypt. She was selected as one of the 50 Arab leading businesswomen in the Middle East 2006, by Forbes Middle East and as one of the 50 Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World by the Star Group, sponsored by IBM and Fortune Magazine, in May, 1998. Mrs. Zaklama received the Atlas Award International Lifetime Achievement from the Public Relations Society of America in October 2007. In 2013, she was awarded the International Advertising Association (IAA) recognition for her contribution to the communication industry for over 50 years.

Nick Andrews


Senior Vice-President & Senior Partner FleishmanHillard

Nick has been a communications consultant for almost thirty years. He has worked for FleishmanHillard for the last thirteen years, moving back to FH’s London office in 2016 after twenty years in Brussels.

Nick is a corporate communicator, specializing in employee engagement, messaging, positioning, thought leadership, issues campaigns and crisis management. He is the EMEA Reputation Management lead and, in this capacity, manages pan-European and global accounts, mobilizing the FH network to serve client needs. He is a generalist and has worked with clients from sectors including, inter alia, airlines, chemicals, financial services, food & beverage, healthcare, insurance, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, and transport.

Nick was a scholar at Worcester College at Oxford University from where he has an MA in Modern History, is a Fellow of the RSA, and is a lead singer in a rock band, where he also plays the guitar if it is not too hard.

Paul Haugen


Partner and Director of Planning for EMEA FleishmanHillard. In this role, he is responsible for research, analytics and insight development for pan-regional and significant local clients. He also leads the firm’s Strategic Integration efforts bringing clients idea-centric ideas that are realised in paid, earned, social and owned media. Paul Haugen is one of the most experienced strategic planners and facilitators in the public relations industry. He has 30 Years International Public Relations Consultancy Experience in the U.S. and EMEA working for Golin/Harris, Hill and Knowlton, Edelman and The Engine Group. He has worked cross-discipline including consumer, corporate, B2B, technology, and health. He has led planning for multi-year, global programmes for McDonald’s, Shell, Unilever and Coca-Cola. He has twice been awarded UK PR Week Magazine’s Best International Campaign of the Year.

Scott Gould


Authorq The Shape of Engagement

Scott Gould is an author, speaker and management advisor on engagement. He has helped some of the world’s most well known brands with how they build enduring connections with their customers, employees and communities. Scott draws on the experience of working across many sectors, including formerly being a church pastor, television producer, creative director, charity founder, and lecturer.

Wouter Glaser


Entrepreneur with more than 13 years experience in the fields of marketing, PR, social media and marketing-communication. First dotcom in 1997, various communication and PR roles at TomTom, Social network Hyves and TBWA. Currently working MD/founder of company Glasnost, an award-winning agency that understands communication in this day and age. Glasnost works for a number of clients including VodafoneZiggo, Google and Unilever.

Fiorenza Plinio


Fiorenza Plinio is the Head of Development,

Creative Excellence,Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Ascential Events

 

She is responsible for developing the awards competitions across all the company’s products as well as for creating new opportunities for growth and engaging with customers and wider organisations. In 2009 she launched the PR Lions awards, working closely with the PR industry to create a platform to promote and reward the freshest creative PR campaigns, programs and tactics that demonstrate the highest levels of creativity and business results. Previously Fiorenza was Editor at news agency ANSA Paris, and she wrote for several international publications. Originally from Rome, Italy, Fiorenza holds a Masters’ degree in Media and Journalism from the LUMSA University in Rome and the Sorbonne in Paris.

Francis Ingham


He is a Chief Executive of the International Communication Consultancy Organization (ICCO) - the voice of public relations consultancies around the world. The ICCO membership comprises national trade assocoations in 32 countries across the globe in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia. Colectively, these associations represent some 2,500 PR firms. Francis is a General Director of the UK Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA).

 

Juergen Gangoly


Managing Director of the Austrian PR agency The Skills Group, an affiliate of FleishmanHillard International Communications. His agency celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014 and is since its founding in 1984 amongst the leading communications consultancies in Austria. Juergen Gangoly is specialized in issue management, crisis communications and high-end strategy consulting. In the recent years, together with his agency team, he became internationally one of the most-awarded European PR experts and won since 2010: 5-times a SABRE Gold Award (EMEA), 4-times the 1st prize of the Austrian Best Practice Award, twice the   PR Prize (2013, 2014), two German PR Report Awards and received 2013 ­ for the third time ­ the renown Austrian State PR Award. Mr. Gangoly is a Board member of the Austrian Public Relations Association (PRVA) responsible for International Affairs and Quality Standards, and represents Austria in the board of the International Communications Consultancy Organization (ICCO). He is an author and co-author of several publications on online communications and E-Commerce and regularly active as a lecturer on social media and mass communications.

Jan Boman


Experienced PR and PA professional based in Copenhagen, covering the Nordic and the Arctic. He is Managing Director of Boman Communications/PRN Denmark and earlier served as Vice President of the Danish Association of PR Agencies, on the Board of Management of ICCO and as a judge on European PR Awards. He is a graduate from Copenhagen Business School – not in communications or anything remotely close to it, but in the sinister field of Logistics and Management. He worked his way into communications, public relations and public affairs, always trying to stick to the principle ‘Less is more – except when complicated looks really cool…’