For Immediate Release:  September 20, 2016
Media Contact: Carol Crabbe
Phone: (202) 461-2215 or (571) 232-5615


(WASHINGTON) – Wilson Global Communications, a strategic international consultancy based in Washington, D.C., recently named its 2016-18 Board of Advisors, with Dana Sigalos, Director of Stakeholder Engagement & Social Responsibility for ConocoPhillips as Board Chairwoman.

Wilson Global is headed by Julia A. Wilson, the public relations liaison representative for the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) based in Hong Kong and independent marketing representative to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).

Wilson Global is the clearing house managing the HBCU-China Scholarship program in the U.S. for the 40-member university network participating in the 1,000-scholarship program awarded to 104 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in 2013 by the Chinese government. The credit-bearing program is sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education, enabling underserved American students to study in China. On behalf of CUSEF, Wilson Global manages 400 scholarships for students from 46 Congressional members’ districts to study in China.

“I’m delighted to have Dana serve as Wilson Global’s new board chairwoman, and excited to welcome a distinguished group of professionals and executives with such a wide range of expertise and experience to our board of advisors,” Wilson said.

“I believe our advisors’ many talents, wisdom and professional networks will help guide and support Wilson Global’s vision and business mission, making us even more efficient, agile and profitable as we expand our efforts to connect American businesses, educational and governmental institutions and entrepreneurs – with potential partners, investors and customers in the global marketplace.”

Other board members include: Stephen D. Barnes, a partner with entertainment law firm Morris, Yorn, Banes, Levine, Krintzman, Rubenstein, Kohner & Gellman, whose clientele include Scarlett Johansen, Matthew McConaughey, Ellen DeGeneres, Zoe Saldana and NASCAR; David Binns, President of Macfadden, a professional services company based in Silver Spring, Maryland, whose company won a $300 million U.S. government contract with USAID; Lloyd McKinney, a high-performance team leader with Northrop Grumman Aerospace System and chair of the University of Southern California’s Black Alumni Association; Alexis P. Norman, a licensed certified public accountant who serves as the associate director of finance for the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Washington, D.C., with more than 10 years’ experience in finance and accounting in our nation’s capital; Chris O’Donnell, founder of Development Essentials, who has more than 33 years of public service, including stints in Africa as a U.S Air Force Reserves major, and the U.S. Foreign Services, where in 2005, he served as a controlling officer over the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the President’s Malaria Initiative; and Wilson Global CEO & founder Wilson.

“It is with honor and enthusiasm that I have accepted the position of Chairwoman of the Advisory Board for Wilson Global Communications 2016 – 2018 term,” said Sigalos. “Wilson Global has a renowned reputation for providing customized services that build productive and meaningful relationships for its clients globally. It is an exciting time to be a part of Wilson Global’s growth plans, and I look forward to working with Julia, the Wilson Global staff and the distinguished Board of Advisors in this next phase of success for the company,” she added.

Wilson founded her firm in South Africa, and has worked on projects in several African nations. She covered the first democratic elections in South Africa as a television journalist, and made history as the first American woman to found a full-service public relations firm in the new South Africa. She operated Wilson Global for several years while living in Johannesburg during Nelson Mandela’s presidency. A global leader and international pioneer, Wilson expanded the company to Ghana during Pres. Bill Clinton’s visit to Accra.

Wilson also has provided consulting expertise to numerous clients and communications projects in the United States, France, Brazil, China and South Africa, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Malawi and Tunisia. A graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Journalism, Wilson serves on USC’s Public Relations Board of Advisors in the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communications. A 2014 graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Babson College Initiative, and a 2010 Fulbright Grant recipient, Wilson has served as a lecturer and adjunct professor for leading American, European and Chinese universities, including USC, George Mason University, Science Po University in Paris, France, Ecole Internationale de Commerce et Developpement 3A and Grand Ecole School of Management in Lyon, France, and the Hebei University of Science and Technology in Qinhuangdao, China.



Wilson Global Communications (Wilson Global) is one of the leading international public relations consulting firms specializing in strategic cross-cultural relationship building services between the United States and various countries in Africa and Europe, China, and Brazil. Founded in 1994 in South Africa by Julia A. Wilson, and headquartered in Washington, D.C., Wilson Global focuses its customized services on bridging relationships between American and foreign leaders and organizations in education, business, media, and civic affairs.

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