Lunt brings over fifteen years experience of high-level expertise gained in the Middle East, South Asia, Western Europe and the former Soviet Union, most recently as communications adviser to the Prime Minister's office in Iraq, NATO chief civilian spokesman in Kabul, various government Ministers in Afghanistan and the leadership of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah.
Having held senior appointments with Weber Shandwick and Ogilvy, Lunt has led teams advising clients such as DHL Worldwide, Nike Europe, the International Space Station, Tata Motors, the Taj Group of hotels, Star TV, various European governments, the World Bank and the European Commission.
Whilst at Weber Shandwick he was creative director of the team supporting Paris's bid for the 2012 Olympics.
He will report to Stuart Leasor, the emerging market specialist who rejoined M: from the PBN Company in January this year.
Additionally consultant Robin Haddrill will transfer to the region from the agency's London office.
Haddrill has been part of the team advising Aldar Properties, Abu Dhabi's property development and management company, and recently advised international law firm, Gide Loyrette Nouel on the simultaneous launch of offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.