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Date Published: 07/02/10



Africa Progress Panel's Communications Officer to join APO's International Advisory Board  

The African Press Organization (APO) today announced that it has named Violaine Beix, Africa Progress Panel’s Communications Officer (www.africaprogresspanel.org), as member of its international advisory board.

Before joining the Africa Progress Panel, Violaine Beix was a researcher for Femmes Africa Solidarité and prior to that the Linguistic Attachée and Head of EduFrance at the French Embassy in Bangkok. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and IT from the University of Lille III and an MBA in management of International Organizations from the University of Geneva. She is also the co-founder of Hungry Man Books that publishes satires on international development.

" Violaine Beix’s position as Communications Officer of the Africa Progress Panel gives her a unique perspective from which to help APO make critical decisions. I am delighted to welcome Violaine Beix to the international advisory board ", says Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, APO's Franco-Gabonese general secretary.

Picture of  Violaine Beix : http://www.apo-opa.org/ violaine.jpg

Logo of APO’s International Advisory Board : http://www.apo-opa.org/IAB.jpg

Other members serving on the International Advisory Board include:

-        Hon. Dr. Gertrude I. MONGELLA – Former President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) – Pretoria (South-Africa)

-        M. Mahamat Saleh ANNADIF – Secretary-general of the Presidency of the Republic of Chad – Former Ambassador of the African Union near the European Union and the ACP Group of State in Brussels – Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chad – Former Chief of staff of the President of the Republic of Chad - Ndjamena (Chad)

-        M. Ahmedou OULD-ABDALLAH – Special Representative of the United -Nations for Somalia – Former Minister of Foreign affairs of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania – Naïrobi (Kenya)

-        M. Jiuma ABULKHER – Director-General of external information of the Libyan Arab Socialist People’s Jamahariya – Tripoli (Libya)

-        M. Jim BOUMELHA – President of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) – Brussels (Kingdom of Belgium)

-        M. Babacar FALL – Director-General of the Pan-African News Agency (PANA) – Dakar (Sénégal)

-        M. Kaizer KGANYAGO – Spokesperson for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) – Johannesburg (South Africa)

-        M. Amadou Mahtar BA – President of AllAfrica Global Media (AllAfrica.com) – Washington (USA)

-        M. Dominique GUIHOT – Director-General of Africa N°1 – Paris (France)

-        M. Franck SALIN – Editor-in-chief of Afrik.com – Paris (France)

-        M. Blaise MISTLER – Head of External Relations of Canal Overseas - Paris (France)

-        Mrs Ayoko MENSAH – Director of Africultures – Paris (France)

-        Mrs Melissa MILBURN – Deputy-Director, Media Relations of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Seattle (USA)

-        Mrs Heidi SINCLAIR – Former Director of communication of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Seattle (USA)

-        Mrs Jacquelline FULLER – Head of Advocacy and Communications of Google.org – Mountain View (USA)

-        Ms Julie HAYES – Africa Regional Director at the Open Society Institute in New York (Soros Foundation Network)  - New York (USA)

-        M. Robert SKINNER – Associate Director of United Nations Foundation’s New York Office – New York (USA)

-        Ms Risha CHANDE – Communications Officer of The Mo Ibrahim Foundation – London (United Kingdom)

-        Mrs Katy CRONIN - Communications Director of The Elders - London (United Kingdom)

-        Mrs Farhana HAQUE-RAHMAN – Chief, Media Relations, Special Events and Programmes of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) – Rome (Italy)

-        M. Sanjay ACHARYA – Chief, Media Relations and Public Information of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – Geneva (Switzerland)

-        Dr Ekwow SPIO-GARBRAH – Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation – Former Minister of Communication of the Republic of Ghana – Former Head of Communication of the African Development Bank Group – London (United-Kingdom)

-        Mrs Violaine BEIX – Communication Officer of Africa Progress Panel (APP) – Geneva (Switzerland)

-        Miss Tina MUSOKE – Media Relations Manager of Africare – Washington (USA)

-        M. Kenneth WALKER – Africa Communications Manager of CARE International – Johannesburg (South-Africa)

-        M. Elroy BOS – Senior Manager, Communications & Advocacy Program of The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) – Geneva (Switzerland)

-        Mrs Lucia GRENNA – Head of the Unit of the Communications for Development of the World Bank – Washington (USA)

-        Mrs Aminata D. TRAORE – Former Minister of culture of the Republic of Mali – Author – Bamako (Mali)

-        M. Patrick LUCAS – President of the African Committee of MEDEF International and PDG of Gras Savoye – Paris (France)

-        Ms Rutendo KAMBARAMI – Outreach Officer of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) – Harare (Zimbabwe)

-        Mrs Frances Anne HARDIN – International Independent Consultant – Former Senior Press Officer of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – Washington (USA)

-        M. Jon LIDEN – Head of Communications for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – Genève (Switzerland)

-        M. David BARNARD – Executive Director of the Southern African Non-Governmental Organisation Network (SANGONeT) – Gauteng (South-Africa)

-        Maître Robert BOURGI  – Lawyer – Paris (France)

-        M. Nicholas BRAY – Head of Media Relations at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – Paris (France)

-        Ms Vanessa VALLEE – Communications Manager of the Africa Partnership Forum Support Unit – Paris (France) 

-        M. Normand LAUZON – Director of the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC) of the OECD

-        M. Reed BRODY – Spokesperson of Human Rights Watch (HRW) – Brussels (Kingdom of Belgium)

-        M. Esben Q. HARBOE - Head of communication of the Africa Commission – Copenhagen (Denmark)

-        M. Jacques GODFRAIN – Former Minister of Cooperation of the French Republic – Millau (France)

-        M. Geert SCIOT – Vice President Communication – Extrenal Communication of Brussels Airlines – Brussels (Kingdom of Belgium)

-        Mrs Cécile SPORTIS – Diplomat – Former Director of the World Food Program office in Paris (WFP) – Paris (France)

-        M. Peter BALLANTYNE – Director of the Europe’s Forum on International Cooperation (Euforic) – Maastricht (Netherland)

-        M. Samuel MIKENGA – Programme Coordinator, Media, at Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation ACP-EU (CTA) – Wageningen(Netherlands)

-        M. Rigobert EMILE-FONGNI – Communication officer of the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (EMUWA) – Ouagadougou (Burkina-Faso)

-        M. Eric MGENDI – Regional Communications Co-ordinator for Africa of ActionAid International – Nairobi (Kenya)

-        M. Joris ZYLBERMAN – Representative of Radio France Internationale (RFI) in Shanghai – Shanghai (China)

-        M. Pascal DROUHAUD – Geopolitical Expert – Area manager for Latin America of Alstom – Paris (France)

-        Mrs Marie-Laure de BERGH – Former Program Officer at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) – Maastricht (Netherland)

-        M. Damien AMADOU  – Press officer of France 24 – Paris (France)

-        M. Dapo LADIMEJI – Executive Member of the Free Software and Open Source Fundation for Africa (FOSSFA) – London (United-Kingdom)

-        Mrs Sarah BEL – Communication and Information officer of the Micro Insurance Innovation Fund ( ILO) – Geneva (Switzerland)

-        Mrs Lucine HAPI – Communication and Solidarity Actions Director of AREVA Ressources Central Africa – Bangui (Central African Republic)

-        M. Bill ANDERSON – Director of African Development Information Services Ltd (AfDevInfo) – London (United Kingdom)

-        M. Wole ADAMOLEKUN – Secretary General of the Federation of African Public Relations Associations (FAPRA) – Abuja (Nigeria)

About the African Press Organization (APO)

The African Press Organization owns a media database of 25,000 journalists and media professionals who actively follow events in Africa.  The organization offers a complete range of media relations tools including press release distribution, press videoconference, webcast, events promotion, and media monitoring.

The African Press Organization provides free services to African journalists, innovative communications products to Public authorities and supports many African and International institutions in their strategic communications.


Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard – Secretary-General, APO – Tel +33-6-61-79-77-18 or email sg@apo-opa.org


http://apo.implementek.ws  (beta)


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