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I am passionate about:
tech in emerging markets. feminism. community. spirituality.
A little known fact about me is:
I like to rap, by myself, in my room.
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"The more I give, the more successful I become"
I am passionate about designing products, services and systems that enable communities to live dignified lives. Over the last 7 years, my work has focused on the intersection of health and technology, specifically the use of mobile technologies to strengthen public health systems in India and Africa. I've worked in over 10 countries, with TELUS , The Earth Institute, Clinton Health Access Initiative, the UN Foundation, and healthcare startups. I'm a designer and strategist, and enjoy turning deep user insights into programs, products and services, grounded in sustainable business models.
Mobile phone penetration globally is changing the way we connect, communicate and, work. Now, more than ever, youth have the opportunity to use mobile phones as a gateway to employment, from the comfort of their communities.
Looking for a job is a skill like anything else - some people are better than others. Let's create a program that equips youth with job seeking skills, while establishing a "personal advisory board" to support their future growth and career trajector
Yeah. Need to do some thinking on this - since there is so many ways to slice this - do you drive decisions by geography, type of data, mobile penetration. I guess you would have to start with the latter and work backwards. I think we could learn from US-based startups dealing with retail data (my friend runs Mobee), and then perhaps shortlist a few governance topics, and reach out to some organizations in the space to uncover data gaps, and begin matching that with potential challenges. Hmm. Lots of moving pieces to this for sure.
My first job out of college was at this company based in Canada called TELUS. A company perk was that if you volunteered for 50 hours, the company gave you $200 to donate to a charity of your choice. I engaged in a lot of volunteer activities during my first few years of employment. I was looking for three things -- a long-term volunteer engagement, that connected me to new networks, and helped me learn, enhance or improve a skill, while giving back to the community. I think engaging young professionals to mentor unemployed youth by illustrating that is can have tremendous impact in their day-jobs as they grow and become managers, could be a way to get people engaged.
I've proposed an idea that has similar elements -- connecting youth with young professionals through an online program that helps you learn how to be a rockstar jobseeker. Check it out and let me know what you think: https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-employment-pathways/ideas/i-am-a-certified-jobseeker