The PR Trust today said that Sharif Rangnekar, former CEO and director, Integral PR and a seasoned communications consultant and LGBTQ+ advocate, has joined its advisory council.
Sharif is the author of 'Straight to Normal: My Life as a Gay Man' (2019), and' Realizing Brand India: The Changing Face of Contemporary India' (2005). As a journalist, Sharif was correspondent for 'The Economic Times' and 'The Pioneer', before leading Integral PR as its CEO and chairman. Named to the Global Power List by PR Week in 2015, he was recognized as PR Professional of The Year in 2013 by the 'India PR & Corporate Communications Association'.
“Sharif Rangnekar joins us as not just an award-winning communications consultant, social justice and arts creative, but as an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights,” said tobias c. van Veen, executive director of The PR Trust. He added that Rangnekar curates Embrace: Music Justice Arts, a platform that blends art with social justice, and is the frontman of the band 'Friends of Linger', which released India’s first song dedicated to the gay community, “Head Held High.”
“I am excited to see the PR Trust embrace diversity and inclusion as a key part of their platform,” said Mr. Rangnekar, who provides counsel in the area of workplace diversity and inclusion specific to the LGBTQ+ community, and is associated with Open For Business, a platform that promotes such policies.
The PR Trust recently launched a global call for experienced industry mentors for its Mentor Program in Global Communications. The Global Communications Mentorship facilitates the personal and professional growth of young professionals in developing countries through relationship building with experienced industry mentors. The Program is designed for senior undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline who wish to pursue communications and public relations as a career.