With over fifteen years experience in public affairs and politics, John has advised a number of leading companies and organizations on their public affairs and communications strategies. John launched Insight in 2006, having gained extensive experience running UK and international strategic communications programs.
His clients include Betfair, Emirates, International SOS, and Pfizer, and John provides pro bono support to several charities. He has established many campaigning coalitions and has a track record of developing public policy initiatives that have informed and shaped Government policy. A former parliamentary candidate, following the 1997 election John spent two years working in Parliament before moving into consultancy.
Paolo heads the Government Relations and Business Diplomacy practices at Cattaneo Zanetto & Co. Before joining the public affairs industry, Paolo was in the Italian government service for 10 years, as a policy adviser on many topics, both in Italian and European institutions, and later on as ministerial aide in the Italian cabinet.
Paolo is a regular contributor to national newspapers in Italy. He has published a handbook on political marketing (“(E)lezioni di successo”, Rizzoli-Etas, 2003). He has also published a book on the Microsoft antitrust case in the European Union (“Il caso Microsoft e il futuro della concorrenza in Europa”, Rubbettino, 2005). Recently he published a handbook on lobbying and public affairs (“Fare lobby”, Rizzoli-Etas, 2007) together with Alberto Cattaneo.
Virginia B. Foote founded Bay Global Strategies, LLC with the goal to provide clients with critical knowledge and strategic planning for doing business in and with Vietnam. With over 20 years of experience in Vietnam and commendations including the President of Vietnam's Medal of Friendship (2007), Ms. Foote provides clients with top notch on-the-ground strategic advisory services, stakeholder engagement, and government relations.
Ms. Foote's extensive international experience ranges from investment banking to advising businesses, from leading NGO's to government consulting. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Foote served as President and Partner of Vietnam Partners LLC, providing investment banking and advisory services in Vietnam. With offices in New York City, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Washington, DC, Ms. Foote's work has included partnerships and advisories with Fortune 500 companies, major Vietnamese corporations, and small and medium size international companies, continuing today.