I am a Partnership and Business Development Assistant at GCA. My role is to research and identify prospective partners in Europe and Africa, to respond to their needs and to develop and manage engagement.
I have a background in international development and was looking for an approach to development that would be problem-driven, user-centric, collaborative and iterative. To me there is a strong cybersecurity-development nexus. The general mission is to achieve an open, free, and secure Internet to enable all countries to generate growth and opportunity online. I took my first steps in the international public sector and worked at the International Organization for Migrations, a UN Agency, on an inter- governmental and informal consultative process to share best practices and enhance the opportunities between migration and development. Then, I worked at the Swiss Embassy in Accra, Ghana where I managed a portfolio of projects. Through these experiences, I acquired a great ability to work in teams and adapt to various cultures of work. This helped me engage with the remote GCA staff and the large diversity of GCA stakeholders internationally.
What I like most about working at GCA is that the diversity of work I do ensures that no day is like any other, it is always evolving, and we are always focused on bettering the community, which motivates me every day!
What is the last book you read?
Under the Udala Trees of Chinelo Okparanta
What is the greatest bit of advice a parent or mentor has given you?
Focus on the positive. When I was a kid my dad would ask me every evening to tell him something positive that happened during my day. This taught me that everything is a matter of perspective and we can choose thoughts that make us feel happy.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Painting. I started at a very young age and progressively developed my skills and participated in several exhibitions in Belgium, France, Italy and Switzerland.