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Details of Ms. Judith Szabo   


Gender female
Job title President & Managing Partner
J.J. Szabo International Strategic, Risk & Crisis Communications
K1S 5A5
Nationality Canada
Tel 1-613-798-2591
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Degree Masters in Public Administration
Job type Technical Advice & Consulting
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Ms. Szabo is an award-winning, bilingual communications project manager with over two decades of experience in Canada and internationally. A former journalist and broadcaster, Ms. Szabo specializes in strategic, risk and crisis communications. She excels in developing, implementing and monitoring international, regional and national communication campaigns for large organisations and governments in Canada and abroad. Her extensive experience working on complex emergencies and disaster risk reduction highlights her skills in making complex information understandable through the development and implementation of communication strategies, as well as engagement, public awareness, education and outreach campaigns targeted to multiple stakeholders. Ms. Szabo has worked in over 29 countries with the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministerial and high level, senior managers to direct international communication issues and programs in the private sector, civil society and governments. Ms. Szabo holds a Masters in Public Administration and a Certificate in International Gender Training. She was a member of the Canadian Board of Directors for UN Women for five years, as well as its Director of Communications and Media Relations.

Working languages English, French
Skills/Expertise Communications, public affairs, issues management, crisis communications, change communications, strategic communications, outreach & stakeholder engagement, internal communications, social media, event management

Direct work experience in 29 countries: Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Caribbean (9 countries), China, France, Japan, Ireland, Kenya, Lebanon, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Gaza Strip and West Bank (Palestine), Russia, Singapore, Sudan, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America



Feb 2015 – June 2016

Communications Advisor, MAMPU Program ‘Empowering Indonesian Women for Poverty Reduction.” Clients: Governments of Australia and Indonesia through Cowater International

March – Sept 2015

Communications Expert for the Office of the Auditor General of Nepal. Client: The World Bank, Nepal through Cowater International

March – Oct. 2014

Regional Strategic Communications, Training for Emergency Alerting Systems. Regional Public Awareness & Education Expert, Community Alerts Project. Clients: UNDP/ OECS


Strategic and Change Management Communications Advisor,  Health Canada

Nov. 2012 – March 2013

Regional Tsunami Awareness & Public Education Strategy & Consultation. Public Awareness & Education Advisor. Clients: UNDP Barbados/ OECS and UNESCO-IOC

Sept. 2011 – Dec. 2012

Regional Communications for Natural Hazards Emergency Warning System, The Caribbean. Public Outreach & Education Expert. Clients: UNDP Barbados/ OECS

Aug. – Nov. 2011

Public Information for the Horn of Africa Drought Crisis, Kenya. Acting Director, Public Information Unit for the Horn of Africa Drought Crisis. Client: IOM

Jan. – June 2011

Strategic Communications and Marketing to Youth in Canada and 32 Countries, Canada. Communications and Marketing Advisor. Client: DFAIT


2013     Certificate in Facilitating and Managing Complex Systems Change, NTL, Portland, Oregon, USA.

2010-2012  Courses at the Peace Operations Training Institute (POTI), United Nations Institute for Training and Research

2009     Certificate in International Gender Training, Gender Equality Incorporated, Toronto, Ontario Canada. 

2008       Certificate in Public Information for Stand-by Partners for first line communications response in disasters and complex emergencies, (UNOCHA), Dublin, Ireland

Group(s): IOC , GOOS , IODE , JCOMM , HAB , Tsunami , ITIC , ICAN
Created: 2016-06-16 Last Updated: 2016-06-16