Hannah Yakobi is an award-winning communications executive, who has spent the last 20-plus years driving change at organizations in Canada and abroad. Her specialties include transformational leadership, diversity and inclusion, disruptive innovation, and strategic planning that is key performance indicator (KPI) driven.
Yakobi speaks four languages and has lived in six countries. Throughout her career, she has worked in the media, agency, not-for-profit and corporate sectors. Most recently, Hannah was the Vice-President of Marketing, Communications and Events at the Public Policy Forum. Other career highlights include Canadian Cancer Society, Plan International Canada, Postmedia, Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario, and Estee Lauder.
Her work has changed legislation, won awards, and supported leaders across Ontario during the challenging times of work-to-rule and the pandemic. Over the years, Hannah has also led many campaigns that went viral on social media and directly oversaw large-scale multi-sector events in Canada and abroad.
Yakobi has served on several boards, including the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Society for International Development. She is a former photojournalist and founder of Canada’s first digital fashion magazine. She graduated from Carleton University’s school of journalism, and has professional and executive certifications from Harvard, Oxford, and Queen’s universities.
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