Award-winning consultant and acclaimed author brings expertise with workplace diversity and LGBTQ+ advocacy
The PR Trust welcomes Sharif Rangnekar, award-winning communications consultant and LGBTQ+ advocate, to the Advisory Council.
Sharif is author of Straight to Normal: My Life as a Gay Man (2019), and Realizing Brand India: The Changing Face of Contemporary India (2005). As a journalist, Sharif was correspondant for The Economic Times and The Pioneer, before leading Integral PR as its CEO and chairman. Named to the Global Power List by PR Week in 2015, he was recognised as PR Professional of The Year in 2013 by the India PR & Corporate Communications Association.
“Mr. Rangnekar joins us as not just an award-winning communications consultant, social justice and arts creative, but as an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights,” said tobias c. van Veen, Executive Director of The PR Trust. He added that Mr. Rangnekar curates Embrace: Music Justice Arts, a platform that blends art with social justice, and is frontman of the band Friends of Linger, which released India’s first song dedicated to the gay community, “Head Held High.”
“I am excited to see the PR Trust embrace diversity and inclusion as a key part of their platform,” said Mr. Rangnekar, who provides counsel in the area of workplace diversity and inclusion specific to the LGBTQ+ community, and is associated with Open For Business, a platform that promotes such policies.
The PR Trust recently launched a global call for experienced industry mentors for its Mentor Program in Global Communications. The Global Communications Mentorship facilitates the personal and professional growth of young professionals in developing countries through relationship building with experienced industry mentors. The Program is designed for senior undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline who wish to pursue communications and public relations as a career.
“The PR Trust is looking for experienced professionals who are passionate about sharing their expertise,” said tobias c. van Veen, Executive Director of The PR Trust. He added that becoming a PR Trust Mentor provides a unique opportunity to develop relationships with up-and-coming communications talent in the developing world.
About The PR Trust
Founded in 2014, The PR Trust promotes the value of communications for social and economic development by supporting learning opportunities worldwide. We provide young professionals with development opportunities through mentorships and education outreach programs that emphasise the role of communications in civil society. The PR Trust offers learning opportunities, exposure to applied communications skills, and assistance with entering the communications profession. The PR Trust is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization based in the United States. The Governors of the PR Trust are its Founder and Chair Allard W. van Veen (Canada), Richard Tsang (Hong Kong), Andreas Fischer-Appelt (Germany) and Madan Bahal (India).
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