Michelle Jon Kuehn & Jill Downie

The PR professionals who know how to network
ByJasmine BandaliWednesday , 26 February 2014
Ten years from now… I intend to redecorate my chateau in the south of France and plan further ventures with Jill, poolside! MICHELLE
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Ten years from now… I intend to redecorate my chateau in the south of France and plan further ventures with Jill, poolside! MICHELLE
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Jill first came to Dubai in 2004 to work as a journalist on Ahlan!, following her role as Staff Writer on the UK’s bestselling celebrity magazine, Now. Having built up a strong network of contacts, she turned PR professional in 2008, founding her own agency, Aziza Communications. Michelle joined the company the same year after working as a Banquets and Events Supervisor for Hilton Hotels.

By 2011, Jill had also become Managing Director of the Beauty Network, the first online resource for the Middle East’s beauty professionals, but recognised a gap in the market for a similar platform for the media. Together with Michelle, she set about making the plan a reality. Working tirelessly through the night and using the knowledge gained from their past experience in the industry, the pair executed each element with meticulous precision. The Media Network was launched successfully in September 2013 and immediately became the online go-to resource for the industry throughout the region. While they admit the task was laborious, they believe that two things have contributed to their success – Dubai’s ‘can-do’ attitude and never being fearful of trying to achieve their dreams.