Michelle Farber


Works at:
Farber Strategies Ltd.
Location in:
London, United Kingdom


Michelle A. Farber seeks a challenging, full-time leadership role where she can leverage her global communications and strategy skills. She is a results-driven and analytical business development and strategic communications professional with an MBA, blue chip consulting experience and impressive track record of developing and implementing global strategies. As Founder & Managing Director of Farber Strategies Ltd., a London-based, emerging markets-focused communications and business development consultancy, Michelle guides start-ups in the conceptualisation and implementation of their strategic visions.

She graduated from The Lancaster University MBA programme in 2011 and focussed her studies on strategy and emerging markets, including international study abroad stints at world-renowned universities in Mumbai, India and Beijing, China. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and has a genuine interest in human behaviour and decision-making. Her international travels to 46 countries coupled with her exposure to highly complex , multinational organisations has helped her to understand how to build and maintain trust amongst a diverse group of stakeholders. She is a citizen of the US and UK.

Michelle has worked/studied in

  • China
  • India
  • Italy
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

Michelle speaks

  • English

Michelle has experience in

  • Consulting
  • Technology

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2011 – present

Founder & Managing Director

Farber Strategies Ltd. , United Kingdom
  • Manage London-based, emerging markets-focused strategic communications and business development consultancy.
  • Advise clients on the creation and implementation of robust strategic growth strategies. Assist with activities throughout the growth life-cycle from market-entry strategy and business planning to partnership development and public relations. Current clients/partners include an Azerbajani entrepreneur who is launching a UK-based social media start-up and a privacy-focused Malaysian consultancy with offices in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and London.
2008 – 2011

Managing Consultant

IBM , United States of America
  • Spearheaded strategic business transformation initiatives for a U.S. Federal Agency's Privacy Office, and led client staff team of 8 senior employees in the development and implementation of marketing communications plans and change management strategy.
  • Led presentation of risk mitigation strategy for enterprise-level adoption of social media tools to Obama-appointed officials in the Information Protection and Risk Management Department. The success of this initiative resulted in leadership buy-in for fast-track implementation of numerous media platforms.
  • Developed Privacy Office maturity model and capability roadmaps which aligned with the Office's strategic vision. Roadmaps outlined necessary actions for improvement and modifications of existing practices and detailed clear paths for organisational growth.
  • Authored the 5- year Privacy Office Business Plan for 2009 and 2010, which provided both short and long-term strategy for Privacy Service growth. Both documents bolstered the business case for additional budgetary support.
(Jun – Aug)

MBA Fellow- Comms & Marketing Strategy Lead

Ruvento Venture Capital , United Kingdom
  • Helped to mature Startup Roulette (“SR”), a scalable online business model for pairing MBAs with startups for Moscow-based VC. Played an essential role in the business development strategy from conceptualisation to launch.
  • Mapped key stakeholders to engagement incentives, and advised on the design, mechanics and functionality of the website.
  • Developed the SR Communications Marketing Plan and related policy documents, as well as standard operating procedures that would ensure a comprehensive approach to external communications management.
2007 – 2008
(Sep – Aug)

Manager, Corporate Responsibility

Direct Marketing Association (DMA) , United States of America
  • Developed industry standards and consumer education programs around privacy, e-commerce and environmental sustainability for 3,600 DMA Members (incl. the majority of Fortune 100 companies) from the U.S. and 46 other nations.
  • Managed the Corporate Responsibility Committee comprised of 8 senior executives (CPOs and other C-level) from member organisations, e.g. Kraft Foods and American Express. Identified challenges germane to direct marketing companies being good corporate citizens, recommended best practices to the direct marketing community and DMA’s Board, and influenced DMA members to make progress on these challenges over time.
  • Drafted best practices guidelines to promote industry self-regulation (enforced by DMA membership requirements), to complement existing laws and regulations that surround direct marketing, identity theft and consumer privacy.
2004 – 2005
(Apr – Jan)

Marketing Coordinator

Salans , United States of America
  • Developed personalised business development plans for firm partners and established relations with the media to generate effective pitch letters and press releases for the New York Office.
  • Created, revamped, and published marketing materials for global distribution (22 international offices including CIS, Central and Eastern Europe and China) and managed branding, voice and tone across all publications.


2010 – 2011

Lancaster University Management School

Lancaster MBA: Emerging Markets & Strategy Concentration (MBA)

Peking University: Guanghua

(MBA Study Abroad Course): Doing Business in China (other)

S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research

(MBA Study Abroad Course): International Business in Context (other)
2000 – 2003

University of Michigan

BA, Psychology (Bachelors)


Not a member of any clubs


  • Lancaster MBA Leadership Scholarship Recipient
  • Director of External Relations, MBA Board of Directors
  • Co-Founder, IBM Public Sector AIS Global Women’s Diversity Networking Group
  • Won 2007 PRNews Awards Honourable Mentions for DMA in: Overall Leader in CSR Practices, Business Ethics Communications and Environmental Stewardship
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/U.S.Government (CIPP/US)
  • Completed 6 Marathons (26.2 miles)

Additional Info

  • American