Welcome to Nuru Saadi: Communications Officer.
Nuru is starting on 2 December and will be working with NCMM communications. She will be responsible for profiling researchers, highlighting publications and achievements, covering events and creating content for the website.
Photo: Nuru Saadi.
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
My name is Nuru, I’m 29 years old and I hail from the UK and Tanzania (born and raised in South London). I have a professional background in communications, project administration and research in the field of public and global health. Before joining NCMM, I was living in London and working at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy.
What were you working on before joining NCMM?
After graduating from the University of Manchester with an Anthropology degree, I started my professional journey when I began working at the European Food Safety Authority in the Communications Department. In 2017, I returned to London where I began working in the Department of Global Health and Development at LSHTM. It was a dynamic and international environment at LSHTM where I wore a number of hats – I worked in communications, events, project administration and research. At the same time, I completed an MSc in Global Health and Development from UCL.
What will you be responsible for in your new role?
In my new role I will be working with colleagues to enhance NCMM and the EMBL partnership’s national and international profile through building awareness of its impactful research. I will be responsible for maintaining and improving NCMM’s communications strategy, creating engaging content to promote NCMM and the Nordic EMBL Partnership, profiling researchers, highlighting publications and achievements, covering events, promoting news of interest - and so much more!
What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
Working in Communications is a great way to be exposed to people and knowledge, and I’m really excited to become embedded in the research environment at NCMM! Creating research impact has been a critical aspect of my career to date. In particular, I’m interested in what it takes to create stronger links between experts, the public and decisionmakers through science communication. I’m really looking forward to applying what I’ve learned in my career and developing myself in a new and innovative environment. Also, last but not least, I love Norway and I can’t wait to move!
Is there something interesting about yourself that you’d like to tell your new colleagues?
Hm, let me see...I would say that music is probably my biggest hobby. I sing, I play the guitar (badly), I produce my own music for fun, I’m a backing singer in an afrobeat band called Bukky Leo and Black Egypt. I’m just a creative person – which probably explains my affinity with communications!