Mark Dober

Managing Director, Brussels

Mark is a Senior Director and shareholder in the Brussels office of Ellwood Atfield. He has recruited many Brussels association leaders and senior public affairs executives around Europe. He has twice been voted ‘European Consultant of the Year’ by ‘Public Affairs News’ and members of ‘The European Public Affairs Directory’.

He was previously APCO’s first employee in Europe and set up their Brussels office in 1995, acting as Managing Director in various roles until 2010. Mark was involved with recruiting many key positions around Europe for APCO Worldwide and its clients during 16 years of rapid growth at the company. His ambition was to build Brussels’ number 1 agency by revenue from scratch, which he achieved on his departure.

Prior to APCO, he joined the London office of Hill & Knowlton and left its Brussels office as Associate Director. He also served briefly with the Brigade of Gurkhas in the British Army.

Mark has consulted on key communications and public affairs issues with over 40 European association leaders, right up to the President of BUSINESSEUROPE, and continues to work with major corporations including Johnson&Johnson, Syngenta, and McDonald’s among others.

He has also authored numerous reports and studies on public affairs and communications including ‘Key Success Factors for European Associations’ and ‘EU Media Relations’. Mark has taught semesters for Masters in Strategic Communications at Brussels IHECS University. He has a Masters in Political Science from the PUC University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. A dual Belgian-British citizen, Mark speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

When not headhunting, Mark can often be found networking in Brussels brasseries enjoying a glass of Rioja, or strangling one of his wayward Jiu-Jitsu students.