I am George Mwika Kayange. Certified Project Management Professional (PMP®). Non-profit and international development management expert. Personal and team productivity coach. And innovation enthusiast.
However, my professional experience spans several disciplines starting with journalism as my earliest career path. Over the years, I have been quite flexible in gaining multiple expertise in various disciplines. I have applied most of these to social or development work within my country, Malawi, and at the international level.
In addition, for over 20 years, I have worked mainly in the development sector. I have spent eight of those years based in Botswana. This is where a significant part of my escapades was not only to work and impact communities across Southern Africa. I also toiled to develop myself academically and professionally. And to the level that I can now confidently describe myself as an accomplished project management professional and development specialist.
My Journalism Stint
It all started with a Certificate in Journalism from the Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) way back in 1997. The following year, I was privileged to be one of the pioneer students of the Diploma in Journalism from the same institution.
This was the golden key that opened the door for my first full-time employment at the Malawi News Agency (MANA) headquarters in Blantyre in 2001 where, interestingly, I only worked for one full year.
That was before I grabbed a chance to spend one year in New Delhi, India, There, I worked as a Media and Communication Intern at the Global March Against Child Labour (GMACL) from November 2002, with partial sponsorship from UNICEF. My role at GMACL was to manage what we used to call the Child Labour News Service (CLNS). My work involved writing, editing, and publishing stories from around the world. These articles were about child labour, child trafficking and sexual exploitation, child education, and other forms of child exploitation.
Consequently, I regard my work at GMACL as another golden key that opened the world for me from a different perspective. The opportunity to work with and learn from the GMACL founder, Kailash Satyarthi, who is also a 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate, remains one of my profound life and career experiences.
How I Became a Productivity Coach
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