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Courtney H

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Last Login 10/24/2016
Location Council Bluffs, IA
Education Masters Degree
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Summary of Experience
Courtney has worked in journalism and communications roles across a diverse international spectrum. Most recently, she was a PR Manager for one of the Middle East's largest retail and hospitality companies, managing the PR department of their international division. Courtney's role was focused on devising and leading a regional PR and communications strategy in their headquarters in Dubai and five country territories across the Arabian Gulf region; as well as liaising with brand partners in the UK and Europe to advise on regional objectives and projects; a job that necessitated a fundamental understanding of business, cultural and political issues and financial markets, bilingual content creation, and keen marketing strategy. Growing media coverage, building strong press and media networks and driving company KPIs in contributing to retail targets formed the core of success in this role. This was rooted in an ability to conceptualize promotional content for successful delivery to audiences and networks, along with guiding the in-house communications policies and media training activities.

Prior to this, Courtney worked for a magazine and digital publishing house, in both Dubai and London offices, establishing a digital department in the consumer publishing division from the ground up. A cornerstone of this role was launching the Esquire Middle East website and digital products, the Ana Emra’a luxury lifestyle Arabic website, Harper's Bazaar Arabia website launch plan, and the Grazia Middle East back end system and digital database. The successful launch of these demanded the need for ambitious and stylized awareness and marketing campaigns, which provided me a fundamental understanding of how to reach and engage untapped markets.

Furthermore, Courtney has experience with many different types of writing and editing projects, from ghostwriting, to feature and journalism writing, to copywriting, copy editing, press releases and PR communications, speech writing and spokesperson coaching, social media management, and overall marketing strategy.
Writing, editing, public relations, marketing, social media, copywriting, copy editing, design, strategy, web re-development, SEO, press releases, external communications.
Travel, politics, art, culture, music, technology, languages, history, gender equality, human rights, the Middle East
University of Edinburgh Sep 2009 – Nov 2011
Arabic/Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Master of Science

—Arabic and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, two-year research masters.
—Dissertation: “The Revolution Will Be Blogged: New Media’s Tipping Point in Contemporary Egypt” (awarded a distinction).
—Third module of the degree and research undertaken in Damascus, Syria (Summer 2010). —Freelance reporting for both print and digital publications in Syria (working in both English and Arabic - Summer 2010).

University of Edinburgh Sep 2008 – Nov 2009
Film Studies, Master of Science

—Film Studies.
—Dissertation: “Obsession, Catastrophe And Victimization Personified In Arab Portrayals In Post- 9/11 American Cinema.”
—Selected to present a paper on post-9/11 trauma in American cinema at the University of Exeter’s annual critical theory conference.
—Summer press desk rotation with the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

University of Kansas Aug 2003 – May 2007
Journalism and Mass Communications, Bachelor of Science

—Journalism and Mass Communications, William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
—Opinion editor and head of the editorial board of the University Daily Kansan.
—Executive Producer of Jayhawk Sports Talk, weekly sports show on KUJH-TV.

Association Memberships
Democrats Abroad Aug 2012
United Arab Emirates chapter
-Chair (2015 - 2016)
-Vice-Chair (2013 - 2015)

Ellevate Global Women's Network Jan 2012

Projects by Industry

Head of PR for a large multinationa retail and hospitality organization. Writing and delegating up to three press releases a week, multiple PR communications (both internal and external), social media posts, feature stories and news briefs.

Consumer Goods

B2B pieces for glossy industry magazines, mainly focused on business, retail, design/construction, and hotels and catering.


Writing for consumer magazines and publications, including high end fashion and beauty titles, culture and travel publications and entertainment titles.

Projects by Asset Type
Press Release

Head of the PR department at a large multinational retail and hospitality organization. Wrote or delegated up to three press releases a week.


Freelance writer for a current news and culture digital publication, focused on gender equality, feminism and politics.


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