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.
TANYA CHARLES | GENDER & COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
Tanya has many years of experience working internationally on women’s rights, gender and sexuality. She has designed a number of bespoke training programmes on a variety of issues; from women’s empowerment in the mining sector to engaging faith-based leaders in actions to bring about gender justice. She has conducted research with the Institute of Development Studies in the UK, Oxfam South Africa, and Oxfam Zimbabwe. Tanya has written for publications such as Huffpost Women, South Africa’s Mail and Guardian and is currently one of eighteen global activists leading as Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity based at the London School of Economics.
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.
LINDSEY NKEM | INTERN
Lindsey Nkem is a University of Edinburgh alumna currently completing a master's in Emerging Economies and Inclusive Development at Kings College London. She has a background in sociology and psychology with research experience focused on race, gender, and sexuality. Lindsey has previously worked with the Government of Canada Treasury Board Secretariat on projects dealing with government transparency. She has also coordinated outreach projects on international affairs and development as part of the Seminar on the United Nations and International Affairs (SUNIA).
GABRIELLA SALAZAR | INTERN
Gabriella Salazar is currently completing her second master’s in Human Rights at Goldsmiths, University of London. She holds a master’s in Media & Politics and has experience in advocating for women’s rights at the legislative level. Gabriella has previously worked for the British Embassy where she handled embassy communications surrounding the EU referendum. She also spent time on Mayor Eric Garcetti’s economic opportunity team where she pushed progressive policies through the Los Angeles City Council.
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.