Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

The Political Life - from campaigns to capitols and everywhere in between. A show about the people whose lives are immersed in the political world, and how they got there. Politicians, lobbyists, pollsters, and business people. If they're on the show, they're living the political life.

Hosted by Jim O'Brien, The Political Life introduces you to the personalities and "day in the life" experiences of some of the most interesting and dynamic individuals in the field. 

Apr 26, 2021

Mark Dober is the Founder of Dober Partners, an Executive Search & Consultancy firm operating in Brussels and around Europe since 2010. Dober Partners headhunts senior communication and public affairs executives for corporates, associations, consultancies and law firms.

Mark has recruited many senior communication, public affairs and association leaders in Brussels and around Europe over the last decade. He has also been a shareholder in Ellwood Atfield and led their Brussels office since 2011. He has consulted with over 50 European association leaders, right up to the President of BUSINESSEUROPE and DG of the European Roundtable of Industry. He has also worked with major corporations including Johnson & Johnson, Novartis and GSK among others.

He was formerly APCO’s first employee in Europe and set up their Brussels office in 1995, acting as Managing Director in various roles until 2010. Mark was involved with recruiting many key positions around Europe for APCO Worldwide and its clients during 16 years of rapid growth at the company. Prior to APCO, he joined the London office of Hill & Knowlton and left its Brussels office as Associate Director.

Mark has twice been voted ‘European Consultant of the Year’ by ‘Public Affairs News’ and members of ‘The European Public Affairs Directory’. He has authored numerous reports on public affairs and communications including ‘Key Success Factors for European Associations’, ‘EU Media Relations’, ‘High Performance Secretariats’, ‘European Association Remuneration’ and ‘European Corporate Affairs Remuneration’.

He has a Masters in Political Science from the PUC University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Mark speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. He was the European kickboxing champion in 2002 and the European jiu-jitsu champion in 2011

Dober Partners publishes the "Best in Brussels" report annually - the first and only independent resource for organizations wanting to identify, compare and choose the best partners in Brussels for their advocacy needs. Mark also wrote a book, High Performance Secretariat, which breaks down the key attributes of high performance trade association leaders. 

Help us grow! Leave us a rating and review - it's the best way to bring new listeners to the show. Don't forget to subscribe!

Have a suggestion, or want to chat with Jim? Email him at 

Follow The Political Life on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter for weekly updates.