Portland Profile: Joel Chacha

Portland Profile: Joel Chacha

What excites you about joining Portland?

I am excited to join Portland because of its commitment to promoting positive change and its focus on developing meaningful campaigns that have a real impact on society. I am very passionate about creating innovative and impactful communications strategies that can help shape public opinion and drive meaningful change, and Portland offers me the opportunity to work with a range of talented and experienced professionals, helping to develop and deliver successful campaigns.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received in your career so far?

I have received several – be consistent in your actions and always strive to be the best version of yourself, take risks, be willing to learn from your mistakes, showcase your unique skillset, be open to feedback, and lastly, network with other professionals, hence the reason why I serve on the board of the Marketing Society of Kenya, chair the media relations expert panel for the Public Relations Society of Kenya, and was this year appointed to the PR Week Global Awards jury, where I joined a panel of prestigious industry leaders to judge various entries from around the world. All this involvement has helped me to stay up to date with the latest trends in my industry. 

What is your favourite part about your role?

My favorite part of my role is the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people from across the world and be able to tap into a different skill set that Portland offers to help our clients break down complex ideas and package them into communication campaigns that resonate with various stakeholders. It’s incredibly rewarding to be a part of a team that is making a positive difference in the world.

A few weeks ago on 25th May, it was Africa Day. In your view, what is the significance of this day, and what can it do for collaboration within the African Union?

Africa Day serves as a reminder of the importance of working together to address common issues and foster a sense of unity and solidarity among African nations. The African Union can use this day to promote collaboration and strengthen the bonds between its member countries. It can act as a platform for African leaders to come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the continent. By doing this, it will help to create a stronger, more unified African Union that is better able to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.

What do you do to switch off from work?

I spend a lot of my time at the driving range and practice green with my sons Mio aged 9 and Abbe aged 5, working on our short game. I have stayed at the same level for so long, so I hope the practice pays off for my sons and that they’ll both be pros in the near future. When we are not at the golf course, we spend our weekends at the movie theatres catching up on the latest movies or in the backyard working on science experiments such as repelling glitters with dish soap, blowing bubbles, and volcano eruptions.

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