Head of Communications & Marketing
Jan 2018 - December 2019: 2 years
Creation of a Communications department from scratch to disseminate the findings from our research to policy-makers, donors, private companies and non-profit organisations. Undertook full global rebrand (5 international offices) and grew audience +40% into an active community of professionals and academics. Achievements include:
Hiring and management, 9 people : (6 direct reports) talent development, retention, performance tracking, etc
Creation of a Design team, 3 people: Creative Lead to grow the team and diversify skill sets (infographic, animated video, illustration, etc)
International & Local Press Relations, working with a global PR agency to target large donors, other non-profits and new clients
Quarterly "Press breakfast", activating local press with updates from our research findings, subsequently published in leading papers
Event management to establish thought leadership, grow brand equity and increase opportunities for collaboration
Monthly "Think Tanks" of 60-80 academics, students, professionals to discuss current issues (e.g. "Machine Learning of the Future)
Annual (one-off) "Busara at 5", presenting 5 years of our work, inviting all clients and partners to date, 300 guests attended event in Nairobi
Securing speaking positions for senior staff at global conferences such as Women in Data Science, Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Summit, etc.
Content marketing & social media community building
Creation of a monthly e-mail newsletter "The Behavioral Lens", sent to existing and potential clients, sign-ups via our social channels
Launch of online and blended Education initiatives
"Behavioral Science in the field", in partnership with MIT
"Behavioral Skills for Public Policy Leadership", partnership with Strathmore University.
May 2016 - Dec 2017: 1 year 7 months
Final participant in a 6-month "High potential" talent development scheme, with C-level weekly mentorship and quarterly 360° Feedback sessions.
May 2012 - Dec 2012: 7 months
May 2011 - Apr 2012: 1 year
It is impossible to have a sound marketing strategy without sound data.
Here are some tools or agencies I have worked with:
MSc in Marketing and Creativity
An 18-month programme at ESCP's London and Paris campuses. ESCP's groundbreaking curriculum integrates traditional lectures with creative industry seminars offering a professional internship, direct experience with start-up communities and a consultancy project for a corporate client.
MSc Thesis Title: "How to build trust in an e-commerce brand and the implications for the magazine publishing industry"
United World Colleges (or UWC) is an educational movement comprising 14 international schools and colleges. Students are selected from around the globe based on their merit and potential; at UWC, diversity extends to differences in socio economic background, culture, race and religion as well as nationality.
Apps for Good is a non-profit organisation which teaches the fundamentals of the digital world to students aged 10 to 18, culminating in the annual Apps for Good Awards at the end of the academic year where the top 7 student teams have their apps launched commercially. As “Expert Volunteer”, I advise student groups throughout the process to guide their product development. Weekly 2-hour Skype meetings.
Annual summer kids camp near Aix-en-Provence, offering a five-day adventure for junior school pupils to experience music, drama, sports, crafts and games in English. Camp instructor for three summers running.