Emily Adhiambo Okonjo MCIPS Chartered
Kenya Branch Africa
What are the reasons you choose to volunteer for CIPS?
I volunteer for CIPS in order to give back to the society through coaching, mentoring, supporting and guiding students and other members of the society on the importance and benefits of having a CIPS qualification. I felt there was a big knowledge gap within the procurement and supply chain profession in my country. Many people experience challenges in developing a career path, getting value adding training opportunities, knowing where to benchmark best practices from, and general capacity building in procurement teams. I wanted to be part of the team that would empower them through creating forums and opportunities for them to have the much-needed information and knowledge. Being a CIPS member it was important for me to champion and further the mission of CIPS within my country. This also came as a good opportunity for me to interact with the industry leaders, to learn from them and also develop meaningful networks within the profession.
What is your biggest achievement whilst volunteering for CIPS?
My biggest achievement while volunteering for CIPS is the ability to create trust within my community that CIPS is a credible body and a go to reference point in matters procurement and supply chain. Between the time I volunteered with CIPS as the PR and Communications committee member, I and my fellow volunteers have had an opportunity to host over 30 forums both physical and virtual where members of the profession turned up in large numbers. We have also seen several students reach out to seek mentorship opportunities and career guidance on how to achieve CIPS qualifications and identify a career path within the profession.