Portrait: Nadia Kähkönen
Nadia Kähkönen, Head of Communications
Nadia has completed a Master's in corporate communication and environmental policy, adding to her previous degree on international business. During her academic studies she focused, among others, on government to business stakeholder communication in the context of sustainable development.
Our Bangkok-based Head of Communications has strong experience of working in dynamic, international communications environments in the fields of climate action, CSR and sustainable development at the European Commission, UNESCO and CSR Europe. At South Pole, Nadia is in charge of directing and managing the Communications unit of our company of 200+ climate experts; implementing and overseeing global, integrated communication strategies to support business objectives; grow our brand and nurture brand communities for our different value offerings. She is also our point person for managing relationships with key media contacts.
A cocktail of cultures, Nadia is able to exchange views with colleagues and stakeholders fluently in English, Finnish and French.
Tell us about your work at South Pole?
I start my day by taking a Bangkokian minivan to our offices in the southern part of the city centre. Overall, I am responsible for creating and implementing the strategic content and communications strategy for our company. I make sure that South Pole communicates consistently and effectively across a selection of relevant media channels. This would also include ensuring uniform presentation of the company in our partners' and stakeholders' communications. I am the key contact point for managing media outreach and public relations. Additionally I of course support my colleagues in shared tasks in whichever way I can.
What inspired you to work at South Pole?
The first thing that attracted me was the company's ability to change along with the demand of the market as well as the regulative contingencies. Climate change is not a simple problem with a simple solution - organisations of all sorts must be able to take on a diverse approach and offer services that are closely matched to local social and environmental needs and concerns. The dedication of the "South Pole penguins" in empowering organisations to take decisive action was another crucial tipping point for submitting my application.
What is the best thing about working at South Pole?
The global scope of operations means that the company is always on the move in some part of the world. I feel that I learn something everyday when working with international colleagues and experts. Another thing is of course the fun atmosphere at our office - in addition to work we also share a lot of laughs!
What do you do when you're not in the office/at work?
I currently charge myself with renewable energy mainly by running and doing a lot of photography. I am also working on a short documentary project that deals with second generation Finns with mixed cultural heritage.