WHO WE ARE
EVA BARBONI | FOUNDER & CEO
Eva Barboni is a campaign strategist with experience managing projects across four continents, in often complex and demanding environments. Since her first national campaign in 2003-2004 on behalf of US Presidential candidate Howard Dean, Eva has developed and implemented innovative communications and grassroots engagement strategies for a diverse range of clients.
She has extensive global campaign experience, with a strong focus on the EMEA region, where she has managed multilingual projects in numerous countries. Her work has taken her around the world: from Iraq, where she helped launch a new political party, to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she managed an effort to push for free and fair elections.
ALISA SWIDLER | SENIOR ADVISOR
Alisa Swidler campaigns for access to HIV treatment for adolescents across the globe via her work with Charlize Theron's Africa Outreach Project and Elton John's AIDS Foundation. She is an Academy Ambassador for the UK Minister of Education and is responsible for the twelve schools that comprise The Aspirations Academies Trust. Alisa served as Chair of the UK Conservative Party's Summer Party 2016, is a Patron of Conservative Way Forward and one of very few women in The Conservative Party's Leaders Group.
Alisa is on the Advisory Boards of both Virgin Unite and the Branson's Big Change Charitable Trust, focusing on the quality of education in the UK. Her latest campaign is around food poverty in the UK, specifically serving on the development board of Akshaya Patra with the goal of creating a centralised kitchen in London in order to provide thousands of school meals each day.
ED STAITE | SENIOR CONSULTANT
Ed has more than a decade of experience as a communication advisor and strategic campaign consultant. He has built winning campaigns and advised political officials, parties and businesses on reputation management, messaging, crisis and communication strategy as well as preparing their leaders for media appearances, major speeches and TV debates.
Over the course of his career, he has helped a broad range of clients in the political and campaigning arenas to communicate more effectively, whatever the challenge. He has acted as an advisor to presidents, prime ministers, business leaders, global brands and multi-national companies in the UK, Europe, America, Africa and the Middle East.
NICOLA BROOKS | SENIOR ASSOCIATE
As a Senior Associate at Atalanta, Nicola provides communications and research support to clients including government ministries, political parties and candidates, multinational corporations, and non-governmental organisations. She has extensive experience in communications, having worked for both American and Middle Eastern media outlets as well as international consulting firms and NGOs.
Her speciality is in media in international development, having worked at the UNHCR Washington Bureau in the Public Information Unit, supported a women's empowerment project in Southern India, and completed her MA in Media in Development. She has worked in an international development context in Italy, India, and Turkey, and speaks Levantine Arabic.
NOXOLO NTSHABA | SENIOR STRATEGIC ADVISOR, AFRICA
Noxolo Ntshaba is a marketing communications strategist who has managed multiple corporate and political campaigns worldwide. Some of her experience includes digital communications for Michelle Obama’s policy advisor – Krishanti Vignarajah – who is currently running for governor of Maryland. She has also been involved in the national gender policy development for South Africa. Some of her other work includes marketing campaign strategies for UNDP, marketing brand management for Anheuser-Busch, and market access research for SpaceX. She holds a double major masters degree in Communications and Diversity Studies.
Sofia Pesce is a Politics Philosophy and Law student at King’s College London, where she is the Chief Editor of KCL Blockchain’s news division. She is interested in the ways in which new technology can be used for social change, specifically breaking down social and economic barriers for women and minorities. Her experience includes policy development roles in energy and environment policy with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and in healthcare policy with Cancer Research UK.
As a summer intern, Sophie works on a range of clients and also assists with Atalanta’s research and thought leadership. She is a rising sophomore at Middlebury College. During her gap year between high school and college she gained political experience working on a 2016 NY Congressional race, where she worked in the press office and ran a field organising office. She then lived and worked in Tel Aviv, running the English blog and maintaining the new English website for ‘Eco-Peace’; an Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian environmental NGO. At Middlebury she is involved in Chellis House, the gender studies house, and was nominated for Middlebury Feminist of the Year, 2018.
Atalanta builds bespoke teams for each of our client engagements, ensuring that the background and experience of our team members is the right fit for our client's needs. Members of the network include former journalists for top-tier international publications and former advisors to heads of state and senior cabinet members.