WHO WE ARE
EVA BARBONI | FOUNDER & CEO
Eva Barboni is a campaign strategist with experience managing projects across five 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.
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.
AURÉLIE WIELCHUDA | SENIOR ASSOCIATE
Aurélie has extensive political communication experience, having worked as a policy advisor to a Member of the European Parliament, where she focused on social media communication and legislative work, before moving to Westminster to work with Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Kate Osamor MP.
Holding a French-German MA in European Politics, she previously worked on developing women’s rights and LGBT rights campaigns in Brussels and volunteered for immigration and refugees’ NGOs in both France and Germany. She is a fluent English, French and German speaker.
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.
NOXOLO NTSHABA | 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.
ALEX SPILLIUS | CONSULTANT
Alex is a highly experienced communications adviser and former UK foreign correspondent and editor. He served as Southeast Asia correspondent, assistant foreign editor, Washington correspondent and diplomatic correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. Based in Asia from 1997-2004, he reported regularly from Afghanistan, winning an Amnesty International prize for reports from Kandahar on the Taliban’s rule.
As a campaign consultant, he served as media adviser to Prince Ali of Jordan’s 2016 FIFA presidential bid and to the European Movement UK’s referendum campaign. He has undertaken lengthy assignments as a communications adviser to national electoral commissions in Papua New Guinea and Sierra Leone during general elections in 2017 and 2018, providing both strategic guidance and hands-on tactical advice during key moments of the cycle. He is one of the leaders of Foreign Desk Ltd., a communications advisory firm with several decades of combined experience in foreign affairs and investigative journalism.
ED STAITE | 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.
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.