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10th Oct, 2017

Introducing Niall Eastwood – JCI Cambridge 2018 President
by Naily Makangu on October 10, 2017 22:25


Looking to the new year, we are thrilled to announce the appointment of Niall Eastwood as JCI Cambridge 2018 President.


Niall moved to Cambridge from Northern Ireland in September 2016, and joined the Chamber in January 2017 in an effort to socialise and get out of his comfort zone. Since becoming a member, Niall has been actively involved in planning and running activities, putting himself forward  to showcase unprecedented events for the Chamber. Blog » niallEastwood.jpg


His active involvement has led to gaining worthwhile experience by managing projects, running our Business Books & Beers Club, creating valued partnerships within the community and more. Niall led one of our flagship community projects this year - British Sign Language Interpreted Training Workshop, aimed at an hearing and non-hearing audience.

Niall's enthusiasm and drive has also been fuelled by the many training events he attended across the country such as "Public Speaking Academy" and "Leadership In Action Programme (LEAP)".


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"I must say that I feel grateful to have stumbled across JCI and all it has to offer. The personal development opportunities as well as the friendships and social experiences are truly fantastic, you just need to put the effort in to make the most out of it! I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone seeking to develop themselves and get involved in some exciting projects."

Niall Eastwood

Niall's appointment reflects the Chamber's vision for the future. It is safe to say that working closely with the current president, Naily Makangu, has prepared Niall for this leadership position, an exceptional opportunity to further grow and prosper the Chamber in the Cambridgeshire area.


"The JCI incubator project for 2018 is my idea for a project that will give members the best possible opportunity to develop the skills of a successful entrepreneur. From pitching to negotiating and managing a project to developing a product or service that can make a profit."

Niall Eastwood

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Interested in meeting Niall Eastwood, finding out the vision for 2018 as well as providing your input to shape your chamber, then please join us on the 19th of October 2017. Alternatively, please email

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14th Aug, 2017

JCI Cambridge 2017 Projects - What, Why and How to Get Involved
by Naily Makangu on August 14, 2017 17:07


It is an exciting time to be a member of Junior Chamber International Cambridge. As a member, you get the first seat in witnessing and sharing the excitement that comes with growing a chamber and opening doors to opportunities that lead to our own personal and professional growth.

At the last Books & Beers Club - "What got you here won't get you there", we talked about the importance of learning to share information as a necessary skill to "get you there". As President, I have not always been good at sharing what the team is doing or even good news about possible partnerships. As an attempt to remedy the situation, I would like to start sending out what I've called "The Members Corner" - a series of short emails devised to give you an insight into your organisation.


Many people have often wondered - "What is the JCI Cambridge team doing?". Here is an highlight of all the projects that we have run or are currently working on. In addition to that, we also have a dedicated team that looks at our monthly training workshops/seminars.

List of projects we are working on

Why people get involved in projects? There is a misconception that all we do is "put on events for the community". We go way beyond that.

Apart from the fact that we all love JCI Cambridge and want to see it flourish, working on projects give us an opportunity to really hone our skills: leading projects, leading without authority, motivating a team, public speaking, negotiating, delegation (Not as easy as it sounds like in text books), trying your hands on something new/different and more. Soft/interpersonal skills will be key to our career progression. We might as well start working on them now.

More importantly, it's also about creating networking and lasting friendships. Our planning meetings are informal, usually over drinks, pizzas, in a pub/park or even at a bbq.


Team brainstorming bbq

How do I get involved?
My question to you is "What do you want to learn? Why do you want to get involved? What skills do you want to develop?". Once you have an idea about what you want to get out of JCI Cambridge, email me and we will find you a suitable project that will stretch you whilst being supported by the entire team.

Please email if you have any questions or feedback.

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25th May, 2017

Cambridge, UK – 19 May 2017: The award-winning and thriving voluntary organisation Junior Chamber International (JCI) Cambridge, hosted a quiz night at The Blue Moon Pub in Cambridge yesterday to support Cambridgeshire Deaf Association (CDA) and Cambridgeshire Hearing Help.

Over 50 people took part in a quiz with a twist, designed to raise awareness of living with a hearing impairment. Through different rounds, participants were asked to answer questions, to lip-read and guess lines from film clips, to play charades and to decide whether some statements given were true or false.


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Frances Dewhurst, Director of Cambridgeshire Hearing Help, opened the event by giving an introduction about the charity. She then emphasised the importance of raising awareness and gave those who took part in the quiz night a brief glimpse of what life is like with a hearing impairment.


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“Cambridgeshire Hearing Help is incredibly grateful to JCI Cambridge for their fundraising support and for working towards ensuring that the wealth of opportunities they have to offer, including seminars, talks and networking events, can be enjoyed by those who are Deaf or hard of hearing” stated Amanda Morgan from Cambridgeshire Hearing Help.

JCI Cambridge managed to raise £230, these funds will be used to organise accessible events and workshops in collaboration with the CDA and Cambridgeshire Hearing Help.


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This was only the first of a few fundraising events that JCI Cambridge will be running this year. Naily Makangu, President of JCI Cambridge explained: “we are also organising a charity auction that will take place in June and have plans for a sign interpreted pantomime in October 2017”. In addition to that, Naily and other members of JCI Cambridge will be walking up Scafell Pike to raise money for CDA and Cambridgeshire Hearing Help. To donate please visit our official fundraising page: and to find out more about our upcoming events click here:



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About JCI Cambridge
Junior Chamber International Cambridge (JCI Cambridge) is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to support young professionals, between the age of 18 to 40, by providing them with a platform to develop themselves to further their careers. JCI Cambridge:

  • Provides learning opportunity through seminars, workshops and training events.
  • Empowers you to take control of your learning, personal and professional development.
  • Promotes a "learn by doing" philosophy.
  • Supports members wishing to attend training/residential courses within the UK or abroad by providing bursaries and more.
  • Helps you grow and strengthen your network.



About Cambridgeshire Deaf Association

Cambridgeshire Deaf Association (CDA) exists to support the welfare and interests of Deaf people living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. CDA works mainly with the Deaf community or people for whom deafness or deafblindness is a significant consideration when communicating.


Cambridgeshire Hearing Help

Charity founded in 1978 by the late Mrs Dorothy Parry, a lip-reading teacher. Our objective is to relieve the need and help people with hearing loss or deafness in or near Cambridgeshire, to remove or reduce the limitations caused by those conditions to the ability to communicate and to enjoy life.

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17th Apr, 2017

Alessandra Marini attended her first ever JCI Cambrige workshop on the 16th of March 2017. In fact, this was the first time that Alessandra came across JCI as an organisation. We caught up with Alessandra after the event. This is what she had to her own words.


Review by Alessandra Marini

I was so enthusiastic when I found out that a personal development workshop was taking place in Cambridge that I immediately decided to sign up for the event.

When I arrived, I met Naily Makangu, the President of JCI Cambridge and she introduced me to very friendly people from different backgrounds and countries. While drinking a good glass of wine and eating snacks, they talked to me about JCI and all the activities that they regularly organise in a broad range of fields.

After half an hour of networking, Rich Wainwright, award winning Business Coach from ActionCOACH, started talking about how our small daily choices shape our life decisions and how they can bring us closer or pull us away from our dreams.

We have learned how to plan actions to achieve our goals, how much impact our attitude can have in our performance and in our career path and how to prioritise tasks when we feel overwhelmed. For every topic, Rich provided very tangible examples where I could recognise myself.

But the most important lesson I have learned at the Power of Personal Development Workshop is that the environment affects our actions, our behaviour and our results. This is why it is important to be surrounded by inspiring people, people like those I met that night.


After the workshop, we still wanted to talk about so many things, that we decided to go in a pub nearby and have a few drinks together.

Not only I have learned more about the power of personal development, but I also met great new friends.

Thanks JCI Cambridge!

Alessandra Marini

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6th Mar, 2013

Passport to JCI - New to JCI? Not sure what it’s all about and want to know more?

Our special member education event on 30 April from 18.30 at Eversheds (Kett House, 1 Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2JY) could be just what you’re looking for!

Members and non-members are invited to an evening of drinks and networking, where you can find out all about JCI Cambridge and the five categories of activities we have to offer: Business, Community, International, Social and Training. Additionally, everyone who attends will be put into a raffle to win a bottle of champagne!The event is totally free and if you manage to collect the five stamps on your ‘Passport to JCI’, you will be put through to a prize draw to win a luxury package: dinner for two at The Cambridge Brewhouse (worth £100) and a full body massage for two with Finn Jordan Cambridge Spa & Beauty.

To find out if you’re a winner, you must attend our business seminar with The Big Issue’s John Bird on 14 May. All the money raised from this event will be donated to JCI Cambridge’s charity of the year, Mind in Cambridgeshire.

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Places are limited, so please make sure you register early at

Free parking, food and drink!

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1st Feb, 2013

JCI Cambridge welcomes young award winning entrepreneur
by James Mitchell on February 1, 2013 16:25


Passionate businessman Jamie Dunn will be the first guest speaker of 2013 at JCI’s monthly business seminars on Tuesday 12 February.

Although only 20 years old, Jamie Dunn has achieved a huge amount in his short career. He joins the Cambridge chapter to talk about mentoring - a topic that is close to the chamber’s heart.

Jamie will be sharing his personal career journey that saw him start his first business at the tender age of 12. He applied to Dragon’s Den star Peter Jones’ National Enterprise Academy where he was chosen from thousands to be mentored by Peter and his team. He gained invaluable knowledge from the top business people in the UK and decided to share his experience with others upon graduating.

Jamie set up a course to help teenagers get into business and has helped over 800 people enhance their grades and career prospects.

Having expanded his business across 16 countries and been recognised as one of the Top Young Entrepreneurs in the World, Jamie will share his top tips on how to get the best from mentoring, both as a mentor and as a mentee.

Join Jamie on 12 February from 18.30 at Eversheds, 1 Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2JY. Visit to register your place.

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16th Aug, 2011

A word from The President!
by James Mitchell on August 16, 2011 09:22


Jen Little, JCI Cambridge President, looks back on the year so far and the Chamber's future plans.

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JCI Cambridge has had an amazing year so far! Having only been re-established for a year we have gone from strength to strength;  having new members join each month, a strong committee of enthusiastic and very capable young professionals, a vibrant business and networking programme of events each month coupled with the opportunities of the wider JCI UK programme.

It is difficult to pinpoint one experience of life within JCI Cambridge this year. In our first training session of 2011 business guru Philip Morley explained ""Why it pays to be clear - communication with clarity". Philips' session covered the commercial advantage of clarity and how dangerous it is when clients, customers, colleagues and investors get the wrong end of the stick. 

February saw the amazing Marcus Orlovsky give a talk on "Packed to be in the right place, at the right time" - a truly inspirational speaker! I was amazed at the power and strength of conviction of the conversations in the pub after this event!  We have also covered topics such as "Massively Improve Your Results : The Secret of Success",  "Time Management", "Personality Profiling in the Workplace", "Emotional Intelligence" and "Negotiation Skills". 

We also hold our social networking events once a month and have had a full house on most months - so much so we have had to find a new venue!

We held our inaugural Business Skills day in April and were the hosts of the President and Deputies day. We had a great night out with both JCI UK members and visitors where we were able to showcase our beautiful city.

We also had a very enjoyable JCI Cambridge summer party which included punting, cocktail making and dancing.

In August we held a Wine Tasting in Conjunction with Cambridge Wine which was very successful with over 30 people attending. 

We also hold special interest groups to give  LinkedIn training and shortly will be including Twitter to this highly informative scheme.

I have thoroughly enjoyed attending both the JCI Presenter and Trainer courses - a must for anyone and being a trainer at the JCI UK Marketing Academy was great fun. We are also extremely proud that one of our committee members attended the European academy.

We have built some strong business relationships and have corporate partners in place who sponsor our events - a big thank you to Eversheds, Emerald Frog Marketing, WKH, Pure Resourcing Solutions, Works In Print, Cambridge Wine and Oxbridge Tours.


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26th May, 2011

JCI Cambridge nominated for European Award
by James Mitchell on May 26, 2011 14:42


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We were thrilled to hear the news our award submission for "Best Membership Recruitment" and "Best Marketing and PR" is being put forward for an award at the European Conference at the beginning of June in Catalonia.

Cambridge marketing consultants and JCI committee members, Emerald Frog Marketing have been regularly promoting the group through marketing and PR activities such as email campaigns, press releases, finding speakers and, most recently, writing the content and optimising the new JCI Cambridge website. Membership of the Cambridge Chamber in that time has grown from a handful of members to now around forty. This is thanks, not only to Emerald Frog Marketing, but also the hard work and dedication of all the JCI Cambridge committee members who work so hard to make JCI Cambridge a success.

Back in December, at the UK conference for JCI Chambers nationally, JCI Cambridge won the UK award for "Best Marketing and PR" and "Best Membership Recruitment" among others ( including "Best Leader" for JCI Cambridge President, Jen Little - so we are pretty chuffed with that!

We can but hope; but know we are up against some VERY strong competition internationally. But even so, to be European Award Nominated is a huge achievement!

Wish us luck!

The next seminar is on June 14th at 6:30pm at Eversheds, Kett House, Station Road, Cambridge - Kevin Bullock presenting "Leadership and Emotional Intelligence"



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3rd May, 2011

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Jen Little from JCI Cambridge is not only an outstanding leader she is also an expert in how to use LinkedIn. As a recruiter she is always looking for new candidates and LinkedIn has in last couple of years become more and more important in the search for the right person for the job.

How has the way you use LinkedIn changed over the last couple years?
LinkedIn has risen in popularity over the last couple of years which is great as more and more people are using it. This makes it easier to connect to people and from a recruiters point of view it means we have a wider pool of people we can contact. At the bottom of your profile you are able to indicate if you are looking for a new job opportunity again which helps enormously! 

As more people have joined LinkedIn the use of the group function has also grown. We have used this to great effect within JCI Cambridge and gives us some fantastic visibility to non JCI members as well as being a great forum opportunity for discussions for our members. I have found the use of the status update section particularly useful in being able to advertise JCI Cambridge events to all of my contacts. 

You write and edit your own profile on LinkedIn, is it a trustworthy place for information? 
Absolutely! At the end of the day your profile can be viewed by your peers and your boss - in fact anyone! So if it isn't accurate then people will soon tell you! 
What makes a LinkedIn profile look professional? Can you give us some tips?
Make sure you have a photograph on your profile, a head and shoulders crop is fine. Logos or you at a distance just don't work, especially if you are using the LinkedIn app on your smart phone when the photo is even smaller! 

Always make sure you include any professional qualifications as well as it is easy to miss these off. And finally ensure that you mention JCI in your profile or hobbies section!

How important is it to have recommendations from others on your profile?
I would say very! Make sure you ask for recommendations from your clients, ex-bosses or even teachers. Just be weary of asking your current colleagues as this does look a little unprofessional.

Jen Little was one of the trainers at the JCI UK marketing Academy and involved in organising JCI Cambridge Business Skills Day earlier in April. 



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3rd May, 2011

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Ismail Haznedar is JCI Vice President assigned to JCI UK. For many members that doesn't mean much and we tend to use lots of abbreviations in JCI.

Here is a quick lesson how it works: JCI is present in over 115 countries and to keep all countries together and make them work toward our mission there are some "layers" of leadership.

So in short, we have our members, Local Presidents, Regional Group Chairmen, National President, International Vice President (IVP), Executive Vice President (EVP) and JCI World President. Lots of titles and people. In JCI you have one year to lead, one year to make an impact and one year to learn, develop and grow.

Ismail is from JCI Eurasia, one of the chapters based in Istanbul in Turkey (they have eight chapters in total) and JCI Turkey have been growing a lot over the last few years. He was National President 2010 and as IVP he is assigned to JCI UK, JCI Scotland, JCI Ireland, JCI Germany, JCI Switzerland and JCI Austria.

Ismail, how long have you been an active JCI member?
I discovered JCI in 2005 through a training event. After participating in the event I decided to be a member and took responsibility to be a project director.
What was it that made you put yourself forward for the role as IVP?
International Vice President position is a great opportunity to continue your development. I also have the chance to share my experience and best practices I learned during my membership and to help support JCI's National Organisations to accomplish their targets. Meanwhile, it also gives a chance to experience the international leadership and to create value within a global network.
I happen to know that there are some members of JCI who are aspiring to go for an international position within JCI, do you have any insider tips that they should follow?
Actually, the best advice is always to concentrate on your current responsibility. You can build a career just with a success story. If you can do the best and be open to serve in any position, then opportunity  finds you... Regardless of what it is, in JCI to be active and have a responsibility is a living mission and creates development opportunities.
Who is a leader you admire?
I had a great chance to meet, work and participate in academies where JCI World President's shared their experiences. Kentaro Harada, Roland Kwemain, Jun Sup Shin, Graham Hanlon, Scott Greenlee, Lars Hajslund, and other past World Presidents are great leaders, true global networkers and people of inspiration.  
How do you describe their values?
They are the ones who live the values of JCI and who realise the chance, first starting with themselves and then being an example for ourselves.
You seem to have a lot of energy, do you have any tips you would like to share on how to keep a high energy level?
When you are active and involved with something you love it gives you a positive energy. There's no secret, just keep doing the things you like most. I think that I am lucky to have that.
Do you have a favourite quote?
Joel Barker's quote 'Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world' is one of my favorite quotes.



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