MSc International Disaster Management. Graduated 2015.
What inspired you to study this course?
I wanted to be in the humanitarian/disaster relief since I was 16, and after completing my undergrad in Political Science, a masters felt like the right move. The course felt like the right fit and the logical next step to work in disaster relief.
How has your career progressed since completing your course?
Since completing the course, I completed a three-month internship with International Medical Corps as a Disaster Risk and Resilience Assistance (Nov 2015-Feb 2016) in Washington, DC. After that I did a six-month internship in London with Action Against Hunger (Feb 2016-Aug 2016). I then took a break in France to figure life out. In January 2017, I did some consulting work for Action Against Hunger before then going back to Action Against Hunger full-time as a Senior Project Officer – Information Management (Mar 2017 – July 2017). At the same time as that, I interned remotely for a private intelligence company. In March 2018, I was hired full time by that company, Intelligence Fusion, as their Senior Regional Analyst – Americas, focusing on security threats in the region. I’ve been with Intelligence Fusion since then.
How have the skills and knowledge gained on the course helped you in your current role/career progression?
It gave me a good theoretical grounding in the material and gave me an understanding into the driver of humanitarian crises.
What is your current role and what do you enjoy the most about it?
My current role is as Senior Regional Analyst – Americas at Intelligence Fusion. In my role I monitor and geolocate security threats in the region, as well as manage a team of 10 to ensure we get the coverage necessary. What I enjoy the most is the granular understanding I get of the security threats in those countries and knowing what happens at all times.
Do you have any advice for people wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Don’t follow in people’s footsteps. I did things my way and it made me realise the humanitarian sector was not for me, as there are too much politics involved in organisations, and it therefore led me to where I am now, where I am much happier. If you try to do things like others, you’ll miss out on what makes you happy.
What did you enjoy most about HCRI?
The people. Our cohort bonded well that year, and many of us have remained in touch since, however far we might be from one another. Additionally, the professors were outstanding during the time, and they made the material interesting to learn.
What advice would you give someone considering undertaking a Master’s at HCRI?
Don’t think the Masters itself is the key to opening doors in the sector. Volunteer (in-person or remotely), do free courses and certifications online that can provide more practical skills, and network, network, network. Also, become an Excel god, as it’s one of the key skills in any NGO.