I am a Namibian, currently living in London and about to relocate to Stockholm with my Swedish husband. My aim is to find a position within communications - incorporating public relations and social media - in Stockholm that will allow me to use my international skills, ingrain myself in the Swedish culture and challenge me into new ways of doing what I've been doing across three continents over the past eleven years.
I've worked with over 50 international companies, including CMO's from Fortune 500's, and my team and I have launched some of South Africa's largest upscale consumer brands. I was in-house Director of Public Relations for one of New York's highly-regarded interior designers and discovered there a love for beautiful design. On a personal level I have done extensive traveling around the world while residing in various places including Cape Town, New York, London and – from 1 June 2012 – Stockholm, Sweden.
The bulk of my communications experience has been in communicating the intrinsics of consumer brands to the end-user through a variety of creative channels including traditional PR tactics to modern social media tools – using my strong interpersonal skills to build networks that benefit from my grasp of the communication requirements of individual ranges within the master brand.
I have run my own successful niche communications agency (www.kedoi.com) over the past two years. Clients include the British interior designer Nicky Haslam (www.nh-design.co.uk), the New York interior designer Vicente Wolf (www.vicentewolf.com) and the Swedish-based HR firm, Kandidata, for whom I strategized the communications for their roll out in Asia – see www.kandidataasia.com. Over the past year I’ve additionally been in the roll of Communications Director for Timesulin (www.timesulin.com) for whom I’ve managed communications, all social media, key opinion leaders and content strategies.
An ability to successfully manage the roll out of strategic plans is supported by evidence like increased agency retainers and ongoing client relationships - with clients even following me and my team to new agencies. I'm confident that my in-depth understanding of cultural and societal differences, my ability to present highly complex concepts in a user-friendly format, combined with my ability to think strategically, a definite creative flair and finely tuned communications skills makes me an excellent candidate for positions that deal with international communications and brands.
I learn fast, I thrive in a team-oriented environment, I pay attention to details, and I work very hard. Oh, and I speak Afrikaans, English and German fluently – my Swedish enrollment at SFI will start as soon as I set foot in my new home.