Formula One fan, fashionista and fitness fanatic Kamari Ademiluyi is as versatile as he is organised. Here Kamari explains how his project management skills complement the inglis jane offer, as well as his many voluntary roles.
Please tell us about your career to date.
“I’ve been a programme / project management office lead for almost a decade, working in fast-paced complex environments including the NHS, logistics and telecoms businesses. My roles have always been about problem-solving, bringing innovative solutions to address difficulties and create business value within an agile environment, as well as meeting deadlines, applying best practice and keeping good governance control frameworks in place.”
When did you start working with inglis jane?
“I first worked with ij in September 2017, I was part of a managed service PMO team at Vodafone. The team delivered a variety of services in support of complex digital and regulatory projects.” I studied mass communications at university, and hence I have always been attracted to the telecoms industry. Thanks to ij, I’ve now had several opportunities to contribute my skills to the industry.”
Why do you like working with inglis jane?
“Everyone at ij is a pleasure to work with. From senior executives to junior administrators, they are all very supportive and make working in this way enjoyable. ij have allowed me to think outside the box and have those thoughts considered. As a result I was able to grow and expand my skills and knowledge and also push myself in areas that I wanted to develop. Everyone is encouraged to speak up – many minds are truly better than one.”
What do you think are your core strengths?
“I’m confident, punctual and have been told I ‘ooze positivity’. I believe being a good PMO is not just about being organised and able to solve problems and plan effectively, but is also about being a good team player, having clear communication and strong interpersonal skills. I try to embody that. Another thing I’ve learned throughout my career is how to cope with failure, learn the lessons fast and come back stronger.”
What do you do outside of work?
“I organise fundraising events, charities and fashion shows. I am the Co-Founder of Africa Fashion Week London, an annual event that showcases young, new and upcoming fashion designers that are influenced by African designs, fabrics, textiles and patterns. I also host a mini-fashion family event sponsored by the Mayor of London in Trafalgar Square called Africa on the Square – it has live entertainment, a market and food stalls. And I’m a member of the Anglican Church Trustees Board in Tottenham, which is involved in a lot of community work. My agile scrum and project planning skills have been very useful in all of those areas!”
Do you have a philosophy or a motivating quote that means a lot to you?
“I’m very interested in self-development and read a lot of books on the subject. When it comes to an individual quote I like this one from George Burns: ‘Look to the future, because that is where you'll spend the rest of your life.’”
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