Tuuli Sauren


Donna Karlin


Valerie Elliott


Stephan Jacob


Alex Quinto


Erik Luntang


C. Jean Grover


Debbie Nelson


Franklin Apfel


about us -- the team

Tuuli Sauren, Creative and Art Director, is the founder of INSPIRIT International Communications and its Sustainable Design and Promotion Group.

“There isn’t anything I can’t do, if I really want to” has been her motto throughout her life. Determination to reach the goal and finding new solutions to get there is her modus operendi.

She started her career at McCann-Erickson in Helsinki, Finland as an assistant to art director, quickly climbing the ladder to become one of the most sought-after art directors.

During the agency years her clients included Coca-Cola, Shell, and Sportia, as well as many clients in the fashion industry and business-to-business sector.

Restless in the traditional hierarchical style agency, with too many layers between her and the client, Tuuli wanted to make a change from being employed to being an independent Art and Creative Director.

After working with other agencies, Tuuli broke out on her own and became a Freelance Creative in Holland, including work with and with J. Walter Thompson.

In the early 90s she moved to Brussels and established her own freelance brand, INSPIRIT International Advertising. She continued her work as an art director and designer for clients including the European Free Trade Association, EFTA Court, Global Reporting Initiative, World Health Organization, International Catholic Migration Commission, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Boole & Babbage Europe and many other international organizations.

INSPIRIT International Communications was born in 2005. Its ‘There is a solution to everything’, motto helped attract and retain long-lasting client relationships.

Tuuli is a Juror at ico-D (International Council of Design) Sustainability Standard and a Board Member of the Union Design of Belgium. In Spring 2015 she launched Sustainable Designers Initiative (SDI), an initiative of INSPIRIT International Communication, Sustainable Design and Promotion Group to help young design graduates make their mark on the industry.

She also has a passion for horses and human intellects.

After twelve years of extensive experience working as a personal and administrative assistant, Daniëlle Vergara changed her career to start working as a professional Personal Assistant in May, 2010. Since then, she has assisted many (international) professionals, to help their businesses thrive. Daniëlle, “I truly love what I do and how I relate to my clients, striving to help them with a broad range of business and personal support as effectively as possible. I love working as a Personal Assistant for Tuuli Sauren. Not only is she a dedicated business woman, who is extremely committed to her work. She is also a joy to work for. Encouraging, intensely likeable, full of ideas and always ‘on the go’. That is what makes my job such a pleasure.

Donna Karlin, MCEC, CEC, Diplomate IABMCP, is a behaviouralist, communications specialist and head of the Advisory Board for INSPIRIT International Communications. She is a Certified Master Corporate Executive Coach, Certified in Organizational Psychology with a focus on Executive Coaching by The Professional School of Psychology and certified as a Diplomate in Professional Coaching by The International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy. Founder and Principal of A Better Perspective®, Donna has worked for over 30 years with global leaders to develop the competencies and practices that enable them to meet the challenges of the future. She brings a dynamic, strengths-focused perspective to executive leadership development.

She is an author, lectures internationally and is on the coaching team of SupporTED, supporting TED Fellows. Donna is on the Advisory Council of The International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy (IABMCP), is Strategic Advisor for the University of Continuing Executive Coaching Education, and is a Founding Member of the Harvard Institute of Coaching Professional Association. She has just been appointed as Ambassador to Canada the Americas and Italy for the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches.

Donna’s work has been written up in Fast Company Magazine, The National Post (Financial Post), The Globe and Mail, The New York Times Business Section, The Boston Globe, Personal Success Magazine, as well as in numerous online articles and interviews. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Leaders: Their Stories, Their Words―Conversations with Human-Based Leaders™ and recently released The Power of Coaching: Don’t Give Up Your Day Job…Or Should You?

She has a proven track record in developing sustainable leadership.

Valerie Elliott has over two decades of experience working to refine strategies for brand reinforcement. A developer of proprietary branding tools, she is an award-winning designers who holds professional credentials as a certified graphic designer (CGD®) and public relations practitioner (CERT PR). Valerie is president of iD2 Communications, a small high-performance agency in Victoria, Canada. Under Valerie’s direction, iD2 specializes in the ethical management and production of communications with a focus on sustainability. Their services include brand development, campaign strategy, stakeholder engagement, design production and online product development. The iD2 team members are trained, certified and experienced creative professionals who are flexible and offer an enjoyable project experience with their clients at the helm. In 2009, iD2 became the first communication company to become carbon neutral in British Columbia.

Stephan Jacob is an award-winning designer with more than 20 years of experience in print and web design production. Hailing from Berlin, Germany, he is a founding director of iD2 Communications in Victoria, Canada and works for a wide range of non-profit organizations. Stephan is known for his sense of style and love of minimalism. He ensures all production work meets high standards.

Alex Quinto has over ten years of experience in graphic design for print and online communication products. Alex is the co-founder of E Buró, a digital and print communications agency in Mexico City working for clients in the Americas and Europe. His firm’s social responsibility initiatives include providing volunteer services for non-profit organizations around the world, including the IDEAS Global Challenge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Wecyclers in Nigeria. Alex has worked in multidisciplinary teams, where he co-designed a net-zero-energy housing system for homes; conducted research and design for the Massive Change: The Future of Global Design publication and traveling exhibit. He has taught at North Carolina State University, and was a Design Fellow at the Walker Art Center.

Erik Luntang graduated as Photojournalist from the Danish School of Media and Journalism. As an award-winning photographer, Erik has worked for several of the world’s leading news agencies including Reuters and Associated Press. His experience in photojournalism extends far and wide covering major international sports events, most of the European Union summits since 1992, as well as conflicts in the Baltic States and Palestine/Israel. Erik was the head of operations of the Scandinavian photo agency Nordfoto/Scanpix in Brussels from 1994 to 1999, and was the official photographer during the Danish and Finnish Presidencies of the European Union. Today, he works for a variety of international and governmental organizations, NGOs, European institutions, and leading European media organizations.

Erik is a partner of INSPIRIT international Communications. Since 2006, he has also produced a series of highly successful multimedia stories and video for the web. Since 2010 he’s been in the process of taking a diploma in journalism and communications.

An experienced all-round journalist Þröstur has worked for a wide range of Icelandic media, daily and weekly newspapers, radio, as well as magazines and trade publications. He has also contributed regularly to Danish newspapers. Alongside his writings Þröstur has worked as an editor of The Farmers’ Journal in Iceland and has a long experience of layout work. He has been working for INSPIRIT International Communications during the past 10 years on a regular basis. Currently he is working as a freelance journalist and editor in his office in Reykjavík.

C. Jean Grover has worked as a graphic designer, copywriter, illustrator and web designer since 1983. She has worked with large clients, such as Xerox, Bausch and Lomb, Kodak and The American Society of Association Executives; but founded her own company, Grover Web and Design, in 1988 with a specialty in graphic design and illustration for the small to medium-sized organization.

Jean’s proficiencies are in html, css, and php code, and she is fluent in Dreamweaver and the Adobe Creative Suite programs, as well as WordPress. She is an Illustrator in both digital and traditional (paint and graphite) media. Her design work, over the years, has won several awards in the local and national (US) Printing Week Competition. She is listed in a number of online directories.

Jean is enthusiastically involved in her community, in Rochester, New York, USA, along with her husband and 4 children. An individual with a disability since birth, she has a special interest in human services organizations, and is always willing to round out her schedule with public speaking engagements and civil rights activism.

Debbie Nelson is the founder and principal of DNA Creative Communications, a specialized public relations and marketing firm which develops and executes awareness campaigns. She has a wealth of experience understanding critical issues and communicating with various stakeholder groups on topics relating to education, children, health and the environment. DNA works on an ongoing basis with numerous public and nonprofit initiatives to further their missions. In addition, Debbie offers her professional expertise by speaking at conferences with presentations on building communication strategies, promoting public education efforts and developing media relationships.

Debbie’s community and business leadership has been recognized by the Community Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce with the2011 Creative Spirit Award, the Ruth Alexander Nicholson Leadership Award and the 2005 Small Business of the Year. She is proud of the growth of her business and her ability to give back to the causes she believes in. Debbie is an active partner with organizations such as the United Way, Community Foundation, Water Environment Association, A Child’s Haven, YWCA, Child Watch, Dining for Women, Center for Developmental Services, Meals on Wheels, Public Education Partners and United Ministries.

Debbie founded her firm in 1997 with nearly twenty years of professional experience in both the public and private sectors. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College, a Masters of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Business Administration from The Citadel.


Franklin Apfel MD MHS is Managing Director and founding partner of World Health Communication Associates Ltd and serves as a visiting faculty in Health Science at the University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol, UK). World Health Communication Associates serves as the secretariat for the World Health Editors Network (WHEN). WHEN is co-sponsored by the International Council of Nurses (ICN), FDI World Dental Federation (FDI), International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and the World Medical Association (WMA).

Previously, Franklin has worked as Head of Communications for the WHO Regional Office for Europe (Copenhagen), Primary Health Care Fellow of the King’s Fund (London), Regional Director Central and Eastern Europe Project HOPE (Bratislava), and a General Practitioner and medical director/CEO of California Health Leadership Inc. (Ukiah, USA). Franklin specializes in conference moderation, event communication strategies, writing policy briefs and campaign development.

Steve Turner has worked in TV and radio broadcasting and international communications for many years, providing products and services for broadcasters, WHO, United Nations, several UN agencies, EU, EC, FCO, WHCA and several NGOs. He has held directorial positions in the commercial world with Phoenix Television, APTN, Worldwide Television News, Molinare, and Capital Radio. He is currently director of Turner Associates.

Steve’s current work includes consultancy and execution in communication and advocacy, media, broadcast services, photography and video production.


Elke Jakubowski has 15 years’ experience in international European and national public health policy work. Her expertise lies in health system and health policy analysis and consulting at international, governmental, and institutional levels.

During the 8 years that Elke worked with (for?) the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Copenhagen, Elke set up and led the WHO’s ‘Futures Fora’ programme that works with chief medical officers and director generals of health in western European countries to address future-oriented critical challenges in health policy decision making.

Now running her own public health policy consultancy, Elke is working on international and national projects with several health ministries in Europe and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe. She maintains several lectureships in European comparative health system analysis.

Elke has a medical doctoral degree from Germany and a Masters of Science in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Rebecca Warden is director of ICE, a Barcelona-based company which provides writing, editing and translation services to international organisations. ICE is an organisation of flexible, hardworking people who are always willing to go the extra mile to make the final product just a little better.

ICE edits and translates reports, articles, conference papers, policy briefings, text for websites and promotional material. ICE editors are used to working on texts by non-native speakers or meeting a very tight deadline without letting standards slip. ICE translators have excellent language skills and are used to producing smooth, stylish translations every time.

ICE writers are veteran journalists who write for a variety of publications. They can write news articles, features, entire newsletters, press releases, speeches or text for your website as well as producing any leaflets or brochures you may need. They are happy to travel to cover an important event. ICE writers are used to taking dense, technical source documents and turning them into clear, engaging prose that really gets your message across.