THE Global Chamber of Business Leaders (GCBL) has appointed the founder of Poiyah Media, Ilke Platt, as their director of communication.
According to a statement released by Poiyah Media, Platt is the first candidate to represent Namibia at the chamber.
The GCBL is a coalition of governmental leaders, chief executive officers and entrepreneurs, investors, business and industry leaders, who share a common vision, namely the sustainable well-being and growth of business in a disruptive and ever-evolving global economy, the statement reads.
Platt has 20 years’ experience in the media industry and has served on several prestigious boards.
The chairman of the GCBL, Dejan Stancer, said Platt’s ability to engage with various stakeholders in Namibia through the Office of the President in November last year with its director, Shakemore ‘Shacky’ Timburwa, showed her ability to drive the narrative of the GCBL on a global level.
“We were impressed with Platt’s strategic ability to communicate with all media houses, including that of the highest office in the country to help synergise our partnership with various partners to drive our mission and vision. “It was an easy decision to make based on her skills shown as well as credentials that suit the profile for this task to drive and lead communications within our organisation,” he said.
Timburwa said Namibia has so many strategic partnerships and influence in all industries – especially in driving the conversation around green energy.
“My official visit to Namibia last year convinced my team that allowing Namibia to drive communication through Platt came as the best option to also allow other African countries to customise their message from a place that has so many natural resources, and communities that have power and impact to change the world,” he said.
Platt said with the new appointment, she will showcase that Namibia can lead conversations, but also be of influence in directing African stories which are more understandable to the rest of the communities from an authentic point of view.
“We are delighted that we surpassed the expectations and are now appointed as the director of communications for the GCBL until the end of this year.
“It shows that service delivery is critical to maintain relevance and preference – even if it is in my private capacity. I look forward to this six-month term with the GCBL, and am looking forward to other opportunities,” Platt said.