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Newsletter 05/2015

Face to Face with... | Bridget Rive


Please tell us a little about Baku 2015 European Games

I have recently joined Baku 2015, the local organising committee of the first ever edition of the European Games, in Baku, Azerbaijan. Athletes from 50 countries will participate in 20 sports during the Games, most of which are qualifying competitions to Rio 2016.

Azerbaijan was awarded the European Games in December 2012, and I’ve joined the team of approximately 2,000 in Baku to assist in the final stages of preparation and the transition to Games-time operational mode.

Baku 2015 is an incredibly multicultural, diverse team, with experts, graduates and volunteers from dozens of different countries, so it is a really interesting environment to work in.

What is your role at Baku 2015 European Games?

I am a Senior Media Manager in the Communications department, which involves managing a team of local media specialists to deliver media activities, promotional events, press releases and content to promote Baku 2015.

I’m also responsible for managing media activities around the Baku 2015 International, Athlete and Celebrity Ambassador programmes, as well as the Volunteers programme.

With only one month to go, we have shifted into operational mode, and I will be spending more and more time in the Games Operation Centre. This is like a ‘nerve centre’, where all the functional areas of Baku 2015 are brought together in one place to work together to resolve issues as quickly and efficiently as possible.

How long have you been working in the role and where were you working previously?

I’ve only just started!  I’ve been here for a couple of weeks. I previously worked at the International Cricket Council.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The diversity of work and the diversity of people.

The mix of backgrounds and experience forms a great environment for generating ideas, being creative and working as a team.

What does a typical day at work look like?

A typical day usually commences just after 8, and is predominantly taken up planning media activities, interviews and venue visits, as well as co-ordinating these activities each day. I provide briefings to management, Ambassadors and Volunteers for interviews or appearances, and write media releases.

Overseeing the media relations’ programme entails managing and allocating resources for the activities, ensuring the activities are in line with our core objectives and key communication needs, and of course reporting.

On the days that I am in the Games Operation Centre, I don’t move much from my desk and phone. I monitor issues and communications throughout the day, and am the main point of contact for crisis management.

How do you like to spend your leisure time?

I love good food, good friends, and exploring new or favourite old places. Diving in Oman is one of my favourite weekend escapes, and I am a very keen but very amateur photographer.

Do you have any general comments to make about living in Dubai?

I think Dubai is what you make of it; it can offer great opportunities to meet dynamic people, travel to new places and learn countless new things. Make sure you enjoy all these aspects of Dubai while you’re here.

What is the best piece of advice you could give new arrivals to the business world of Dubai?

Dubai is a place where innovation and creativity are not stifled, so be confident in your idea/skill/business, and just go for it.

Bridget Rive is a member of the ABCD

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