Who we are
He is a former Conservative Party Chief of Staff responsible for foreign policy evaluation and formulation (2001 – 2005), who possesses sound knowledge of political message control and media handling skills. Between 2008 and 2016 he handled numerous sensitive projects, from Belarus & President Lukashenko in 2008/9, followed by more traditional political projects in Zambia, South Africa, Gabon, Guinea, Zambia (mining), Niger, DRC, Republic of Congo (PCT), Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Ukraine and in the Middle East. In 2015 he worked on the Nigerian election and Republic of Congo Referendum. In 2016 he established Sans Frontières Associates Ltd.
Ileana has dealt with a wide range of communications issues and crises, notably with high-profile individuals who have had their operations adversely affected by politically motivated campaigns or corporate disputes, developing clients’ strategy on the ground and from London, often working alongside clients’ legal teams to preserve reputations ahead of, during, and following periods of conflict.
Aside from running corporate and personal campaigns, Ileana has worked with government ministries in frontier markets to help articulate economic growth strategies to key international audiences. In addition, her work has included awareness-raising of human rights offences in Africa at the United Nations Human Rights Council. Ileana graduated from Oxford University in Philosophy and Modern Languages.
Prior to joining Sans Frontières Associates, Jerome advised a number of CEOs on their personal communications needs around corporate transition, leadership profile and international engagement. Jerome also ran an external communications office of a boutique mediation practice advising private clients on sensitive issues concerning cross-border transactions, criminal wrongdoing and cultural heritage.
Maria is a Russian national and has led a charitable foundation from its inception to create a widely recognised name in charitable giving. Previous to that Maria executed PR campaigns, managed day-to-day financial PR services for corporate, B2B and B2C clients, including companies like Rosneft, KMG EP, Basic Element and Sochi.
Maria also has experience working as a journalist at BBC Russian Service.
Esme has an MA in international relations and journalism from New York University and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.