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Mappa Mundi Consulting

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Mappa Mundi research network

The members of the Mappa Mundi research network have a wealth of experience working with governments, Fortune 500 companies, foreign ministries, cultural relations agencies and NGOs, to develop effective, international communications research and strategy.

Members of the network are valued for their diversity of experience, approach, thought and knowledge. In addition, members of the network act as bridges into networks of their own. They facilitate the flow of innovation and expertise into the Mappa Mundi research network. Some of the members who have been involved in collaboration through the research network are listed below;

Ali Fisher
Ali chairs the Mappa Mundi research network in his role as Director of Mappa Mundi Consulting. Ali Fisher is an independent strategic communication strategist. He specialises in providing insight to enhance organizational strategy and evaluation through network analysis. He regularly advises governments, charities, companies, and NGO on best practice for online engagement, collaboration and network building.

Ali edited Trials of Engagement; The Future of US Public Diplomacy (Brill, Spring 2011) with Professor Scott Lucas and The Playbook with Professor Nick Cull. He recently wrote a chapter on the use of social media following the Iranian election in Yahya R. Kamalipour, Media, Power, and Politics in the Digital Age; The 2009 Presidential Election Uprising in Iran (Rowman & Littlefield, November, 2010)

He is honorary research fellow in the School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine at the University of Birmingham where he also completed his PhD in the Department of American Studies.

Sarah Curnow
Sarah runs Develop Services and is a founding member of Mappa Mundi Consulting. She previously worked as a researcher at Accenture Consulting on thought leadership research projects and business development initiatives. She then moved to the communications consultancy Hill & Knowlton to provide a strategic knowledge management and research service. Whilst at Hill & Knowlton she was a member of a WPP working group to develop a communications evaluation approach with Millward Brown and MindShare. Since 2006 she has worked with Dow Jones as a Media Consultant, writing executive reports for Fortune 500 clients on their media profile and its potential impact. She also has provided media evaluation training to the Chartered Institute of Marketing, among other clients.

Philip Fiske de Gouveia
Philip is a founding member of Mappa Mundi Consulting, and most recently published ‘Learning to Listen: Intercultural Dialogue in Africa‘. Previously, as director of the Foreign Policy Centre’s Public Diplomacy programme (2005-7) Philip published a number of influential policy reports including ‘An African Al-Jazeera? Mass Media and the African Renaissance‘, ‘European Infopolitik: Developing EU Public Diplomacy Strategy‘, ‘Public Diplomacy and the Blair Effect‘, and ‘The Future of Public Diplomacy’ (Real Instituto Elcano, Madrid). Philip previously spent 5 years as a BBC World Service journalist (1998-2003) specialising in trans-national crime issues, reporting from the Middle East, West Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Balkans. He is a graduate of the University of Dublin (Trinity College) and the Institute of Communications Studies at the University of Leeds.

Matt Armstrong
Matt Armstrong consults, lectures, and publishes on public diplomacy and strategic communication policies, institutions, legislation, and related topics. He advises Congress, the Departments of State and Defense, and other organizations. He blogs at www.MountainRunner.us.

Mr. Armstrong is a frequent presenter at and facilitator of conferences, symposia and workshops around the world on public diplomacy and strategic communication, including how to operate in the modern “now media” environment and inter-agency challenges across the U.S. Government. He has also written and spoken extensively on robots in counterinsurgency operations and the privatization of force.

Mr. Armstrong is founder & president of MountainRunner Institute, a non-profit think tank, adjunct professor at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, a member of The Public Diplomacy Council, senior adviser to Business for Diplomatic Action. His memberships include the International Institute of Strategic Studies, Senior Information Operations Advisory Council, and the National Press Club.

Indra Adnan
For over twenty years, Indra Adnan has been writing, consulting, network-building and event-organising in the international arena of soft power, conflict transformation and integral leadership. As founder and Director of the Soft Power Network, she works in both the public and private sphere advising on personal, local and global agency. Indra is also a partner in New Integrity management consultancy and founder / Director of The Downing Street Project for balanced leadership.Her clients have included the World Economic Forum, the British Council, the Scottish Executive and the Institute of Contemporary Arts. She writes regularly for The Guardian and The Huffington Post. IA@softpowernetwork.com +44 (0)207 443 9417 twitter @indraadnan @thedowningst

Caroline Jaine
Caroline Jaine is a communications trainer & strategist and a visual artist.  She has worked on projects in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan and has had articles printed in national and international publications, and regularly writes for Diplomat Magazine. Caroline spent many years working with the British Government including as Head of Press & Public Affairs in Basra, as Ministerial Speech Writer & Researcher and heading strategic communications and outreach for Pakistan. Whilst on assignment to Sri Lanka she published a photographic book promoting peace on the island. Caroline has held many exhibitions in Europe and Asia and is currently studying a Masters in Fine Arts in Cambridge, where she is exploring participatory art practice with a focus on “common ground” see www.jaine.info for more.

Scott Lucas
Scott Lucas has been on the staff of the University of Birmingham since 1989 and has been Professor of American Studies since 1997. A specialist in US and British foreign policy, he has written and edited seven books, including Divided We Stand: Britain, the US and the Suez CrisisFreedom’s War: The US Crusade Against the Soviet Union, 1945-56George Orwell: Life and Times; and The Betrayal of Dissent: Beyond Orwell, Hitchens, and the New American Century, and published more than 30 major articles.

Professor Lucas is the Editor of the Journal of American Studies. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for American Studies and Research at American University Beirut and has been Visiting Professor at the Clinton Institute for American Studies at University College Dublin and  Adjunct Professor of the Institute for North American and European Studies at the University of Tehran.

Professor Lucas is the founder and editor of EA WorldView, one of the leading news and analysis sites on US foreign policy and international affairs, especially in the Middle East and Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Before this, he was the creator of Libertas, an academic website connected with the Centre for US Foreign Policy at Birmingham.

Professor Lucas edited Trials of Engagement; The Future of US Public Diplomacy with Ali Fisher

Philip Fiske de Gouveia
As director of the Foreign Policy Centre’s Public Diplomacy programme (2005-7) Philip published a number of influential policy reports including ‘An African Al-Jazeera? Mass Media and the African Renaissance’, ‘European Infopolitik: Developing EU Public Diplomacy Strategy’, ‘Public Diplomacy and the Blair Effect’, and ‘The Future of Public Diplomacy’ (Real Instituto Elcano, Madrid). Philip previously spent 5 years as a BBC World Service journalist (1998-2003) specialising in trans-national crime issues, reporting from the Middle East, West Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Balkans. He is a graduate of the University of Dublin (Trinity College) and the Institute of Communications Studies at the University of Leeds.

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