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Ooga Omanga
Communications Consultant , Communication for development
Nairobi, Kenya
Development communications professional with over 10 years international experience consulting to donor agencies, governments and private sector in East Africa and Horn of Africa. Versatile communicator for diverse thematic areas. Able to engage a wide array of audiences using a creative and consultative approach. My motto - get things right the first time around.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Communications, IT, Media, Knowledge Management, Editor
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
Professional Experience:
A proponent of communication for development, and a driven communication specialist with over 10 years proven international experience. I can develop and implement targeted communication activities that inform, build credibility and cultivate buy-in with a view to achieving organization goals. Skilled in managing communication efforts for local and international organizations in the public and private sectors in Africa. I have a particular interest in creating sustainable socio-economic impact. As a consultant I have travelled across Kenya and beyond into wider East Africa and Horn of Africa, South Africa, the Middle East, and the UK.


My diverse experience allows me to engage a broad array of audiences. I have successfully delivered communication support for projects in several thematic areas including but not limited to: business environment transformation, public sector reforms, investment promotion, energy sector reforms, infrastructure development, regional economic integration, youth leadership and entrepreneurship, and digital transformation.


At present I am a senior communication consultant at Exclamation Marketing Ltd – a boutique multi-disciplinary consulting firm based in Nairobi, Kenya. The firm focuses on communication and strategic management support to major development organizations and private sector clients in Africa. Since 2019 I also play a voluntary leadership role in the Kenya PR sector as the current Secretary of the Association of PR & Communication Management firms of Kenya (APReCoM).


Key clients I have worked with include the World Bank Group/ IFC, the Multi-donor Trust Fund – South Sudan (MDTF-SS), the African Philanthropy Forum/ World Affairs Council, TradeMark East Africa, Dalberg Global Development Advisors, Microsoft 4 Afrika, Huawei Technologies Kenya, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Kenya Trade Network Agency (KenTrade), Kenya Climate Innovation Centre, Kenya Ministry of Petroleum & Mining, National Oil Corporation of Kenya, Kenya Ministry of Industry, Trade & Co-operatives, Safaricom, Google and Laboratoire Rivadis (France).


I embrace and leverage the various mediums appropriate for two way communication with desired targets, and for eliciting inclusive participation. My skillset cuts across strategic communication management, social media communication, communication advisory and media relations, crisis preparedness and crisis management, stakeholder engagement, key opinion leader engagement, project management and business development.


My current role involves working with a team of consultants to achieve the following:
Consultative solution provision; Designing and implementing communication plans; Managing high visibility and sensitive communication campaigns; Providing communication counsel to senior client counterparts; Identifying brand building opportunities; Documenting and communicating impact stories; Developing thought leadership initiatives; Design and production of communication products; Producing creative and appealing written and visual content; Reputational risk management and crisis management; Managing third party vendors; Identifying and developing partnership opportunities; Providing insights for cross-border operating environments.


As the current industry association Secretary my role involves: Convening board meetings to review engagements, ratify decisions and deliberate on next steps; Socializing external stakeholders and potential members with association ethos and intentions; General administration of the business membership organization; Handling correspondences and issuing notices; Ensuring compliance with association’s principles, structures and processes.
Education:
BA Business Administration with Marketing Communications from Middlesex University, London. Upper second class honours.
Affiliations and Achievements:
Involved in policy-making in my ongoing capacity as Secretary and Executive Committee member for the Association of PR and Communication Management firms of Kenya (APReCoM). This voluntary role involves convening board meetings to review engagements, ratify decisions and deliberate on next steps; Socializing external stakeholders and potential members with association ethos and intentions; and General administration of the business membership organization.


In 2018 I was part of a team which drafted the submission by communication firms for inclusion in a draft legislative framework for the communication industry in Kenya. Have also represented the industry association in round-table meetings with the President of Kenya and Speaker of the National Assembly.


Involved in national development initiatives e.g In 2012 I was a member of the Technical Working Group which formulated Kenya’s Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Strategy as part of Vision 2030 development blueprint. Colleagues included other youth leaders and drivers of youth initiatives. I focused on the role of strategic communication in highlighting initiatives which enable youth in business, and build useful partnerships.

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    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Bachelors
    Languages:
    English, Swahili
    Nationality:
    Kenya
    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/oogaomanga/
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