Emmanuel Ofosu-AppiahSenior Associate
He has extensive experience within the real estate, financial services and CEO profile raising arena and has advised several clients in the UK and internationally on corporate communications mandates.
Emmanuel joined Kekst CNC in September 2017. He has a wealth of experience by working across a variety of sectors including financial and professional services, real estate, asset management and wealth management.
Emmanuel is a Governor at South Quay College and sits on the board of the Tower Hamlets based college. He is also an Ambassador for One Young World – the global forum for young leaders across the Globe.
Emmanuel studied English Language, Literacy & Communication at The University of Manchester.
Q&A with Emmanuel
Describe your typical day.
Most mornings, I arrive at my desk just before 8.30am. I tend to read the main stories and business sections of the national newspapers and then check to see if there is any specific news concerning my clients. I also use this time to think and set out my day and key projects. My day is then split into a various activities, which include internal meetings, engaging with clients, speaking to journalists or writing articles, creating content briefs or updating project pipelines. Working with the media is a key part of my role, which means I try to speak to key international media and trade titles daily. This is something I really enjoy.
I also get the opportunity to support new business drives and I have worked with colleagues at every level. We all have the opportunity to contribute, no matter how many years of experience you may possess. There are also lots of chances to travel abroad which is another great perk of working here. As the saying goes, travel really does broaden the mind!
What advice do you have for aspiring communications professionals?
There is an opportunity for you in this industry even if you have no experience. I came into the corporate communications world with minimal to no experience. However, in a few years I have been able to learn from some of the best PR professionals in the industry and have adapted and expanded my skill set.
It is all about your mind set really and how serious you are about progression.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your career?
My mentor Dr Lord Michael Hastings has played a huge role in my life and career.
Lord Michael Hastings began his career as a teacher at Greenway Secondary school in Uxbridge. In 1990, he moved to work at TVAM on education programing and then GMTV as Chief Political Correspondent and then the BBC in 1994 as a presenter of the weekly Around Westminster program before joining the BBC Corporate Affairs division in 1996. He is now the Global Head of Corporate Citizenship at KPMG International.
He has always pushed me in all areas of life and encourages me to be the best version of myself.
Which city will be the most exciting in 10 years?
Accra – there is a huge amount of investment going into tech and digital ventures. There are a lot of expats now living and thriving in the city which is even more exciting. Accra also has an exciting ambition to be one of Africa’s top players in terms of African business hubs.
Which gadget could you not live without?
My iPhone. How could I possibly live without posting on Instagram?