LONDON, UK – Nokia World 2011 is fast approaching and delegates are flying to our London phone-fest from all over the planet. So we asked four Nokia execs to share their world before they meet up at the Docklands ExCel Centre at the end of the month.
Rahath Ahmed, Dhaka, Bangladesh Communications Manager, Nokia EA. Emerging Asia consists of Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. My nation of 160 million people welcome all the opportunities of connecting with a better living and a better future. And that’s why Nokia stays very close to their heart. No wonder we have been the No1 brand for three years. We have a small team at my office, but the passion is big.
Our team believes in openness and freedom through responsibility. The team members work together by sharing and caring for each other and lending hands whenever support is required. It’s my first Nokia World and I’m looking for a reason to believe, a reason for conviction, a reason to say “bring it on”.
I am looking forward to seeing Nokia giving us all reasons to be excited and committed. I’m also hoping to meet up with some very close friends with whom I studied and see how they are getting on in life. If I have time I want to go to a Premier League soccer game and even a concert at the O2.
Nikka Abes, Makati City, Philippines, Corporate Communications Manager. I have two kids so my day starts and ends with them. The alarm goes off at 5am and I rush to make it in time for the school carpool. I then try to hit the gym or, more often than not, climb back into bed.
Thankfully the office is just 20 minutes away and I either drive or hitch a ride with my hubby. At the office, the first task is to check the media for stories about Nokia and after that, it’s a whirlwind of reports, planning and media meetings.
I have to be home before dinner to help my kids with homework and to put them to bed by 8pm. I either fall asleep with them, or work some more, or read a book. At least once a week we have a glass of wine to relax. This is my third Nokia World after Amsterdam in 2007 Stuttgart in 2009. This time, we need to bring back the love for Nokia.
And the belief. And I hope the media I’m taking with me feel it and relay that to the Filipino readers back home. I feel all eyes are on Nokia. It’s my first time in London, so I’m hoping to take some of the journalists on a sightseeing tour.
Andrey Orlov, Moscow NOKIA Communications manager Eurasia. I am responsible for communications in Ukraine, and South CIS countries (which stands for Commonwealth of Independent States). My job is to ensure the best media coverage for our products. Living in here is great, there’s so much to do to relax, but recently I have been spending more time with my family, especially my little girl born in August.
This will be my third Nokia World after 2009 in Stuttgart, and London in 2010. I love London. It’s a unique city, filled with unbelievable energy. Sadly I won’t have time to meet up with my friends over there.
Delia Sieff, Johannesburg, South Africa, Director of Communications for Nokia Middle East and Africa. I am a working mother with a two-year-old, so a lot of juggling is involved in my life. I drive about 15Km to the office which is in Sunninghill and my day is spent co-ordinating activities in nine local sales units and around 20 key countries, stretching from Pakistan in the East, to Nigeria in the West.
In the evening, I will try to take my daughter and three dogs for a walk before getting dinner ready and spending time with my husband. We often enjoy a traditional braaivleis (barbecue) with a good glass of wine in the garden. It’s my third Nokia World. I really enjoyed last year because there was so much change in the air.
Stephen Elop had just been appointed and made a guest appearance at the closing. Also, our region took the $1milliion prize, awarded to a developer from Kenya. I felt a great sense of pride.
This year I would love to see a genuine positive sentiment towards the direction that Nokia is going. I lived in London for two years and it is one of my favourite cities. I have one very good friend who lives there, so I really hope I can catch up with her, and even go shopping.