Senior Communications & Network Advisor
I am currently on maternity leave until August 2014 but when I'm not on leave, I work across Forum's Network and Communications teams. I coordinate the activities of the Forum Network to make sure all our members get the most out of being part of the Forum family, but I also work closely with a number of Forum project teams, advising on communications strategies and managing key comms outputs. Projects I have worked on recently include Megacities on the Move, Funding Revolution, Sustainable Economy in 2040 and Consumer Futures 2020, but I've mainly focused on managing communications for the Sustainable Shipping Initiative.
Following my degree in Applied Modern Languages I spent five years working in international recruitment at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, a place buzzing with creativity and talent. In 2006, I decided to say goodbye to admissions and education fairs and embarked on an MBA in International Marketing in Germany. Somewhere in-between working on a case study on marketing coffee filters in Brazil and reviewing corporate mission statements, I realised that I wanted to apply my skills not to flogging yet more stuff onto markets, but to making sustainability desirable and mainstream.
And so, I started out in a CSR consultancy in Germany, where I explored the potential of nanotechnology-based products for more sustainable purposes across energy, healthcare and water. Following my return to London, I moved into an Account Executive role in a sustainability communications consultancy where I managed the Green Awards for creativity in sustainability. In September 2010 I eventually joined Forum, and it really feels like the perfect fit.
What floats my boat outside work? Container gardening, exploring London on foot while I'm trying to overcome my fear of inner-city cycling, seeing obscure bands for a fiver, long country walks with great pub food, train journeys across Europe, and spending time with my little nephew.
Linkedin page: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/ulrikestein