Teri O'Donnell

Founding Partner & Chair of Manara Global
Advises on: #Reputation #ThoughtLeadership #Strategy #ExecutiveLeadership #Purpose #Positioning #Communication #Transformation #GenderParity #ESG #Sustainability #ClimateChange #Talent #Influencing

Teri is a leading reputation management specialist with over twenty five years’ global experience advising a diverse range of clients across purpose-led marketing and communications.

Teri founded Manara Global, a strategic communication and advisory agency partnering with businesses, governments, and organisations to enhance their reputation, define their purpose, and shape their communication strategy. At the helm of Manara Global, Teri spends her time counselling the c-suite in exciting start-ups, government entities, big business corporates and transformational foundations.

Previously a partner at freuds London, Teri counselled founders and boards for the world’s biggest businesses and brands across a range of industries; professional services, oil and gas, technology, energy, food and beverage, health and well-being. These have included Mars, EY, BP, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Pepsico, PWC, Thrive Global and Ariana Huffington, The Queen Rania Foundation, and The Nike Foundation.

Teri has worked with leaders who have had the ambition and commitment to make a positive difference on the world around us, through purposeful leadership, sustainability and ESG communications and she has successfully counselled and partnered with some of the world’s leading CEOs, founders, High Net Worth Individuals and Family Offices in personal reputation building.

Teri very much believes that reputation is driven by great leadership and is representative of what a group of individuals do rather than what they say. Teri’s broad worldview, optimism and dedication is the key to her ability to expand the possibilities for her clients. An enjoyable experience. Always.

Teri is on the Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA) strategy board, is a founding board member of Global Women in PR (GWPR) MENA and is a committed professional mentor.

Teri is proudly Kiwi and subsequently British and now is just as proud to call the UAE home. Growing up in New Zealand, she is interested in all sports and always participates with relentless competitiveness. She passionately follows US politics, and is an avid reader and listener of podcasts. She also loves endless debates with her business partner Robin Gordon-Farleigh.

Teri holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.  

  • Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA) strategy board

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