What do you do at the Open Society Foundations?
I started as the office and events assistant for the London office, and as of January 2016, I am the program administrative specialist for the Asia Pacific Regional Office. I support the operation and administration of the core team and programs through a variety of functions including grant-making activities, assisting with events and managing related travel, reviewing reports and documents, and other ad-hoc responsibilities.
How long have you worked here?
Almost three years, since February 2013.
What was it like to transition to your new role?
My new role is very different from my previous role, and I’m loving it so far. When I first joined Open Society, I never imagined I would get involved in program work, but during my time here my eyes have been opened to the various issues and causes around the world, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to contribute in my own small way to the work in the Asia Pacific region.
What’s the best thing about working here?
It’s so diverse. Conversations are never dull, and you’re always learning something new, especially if you put in the effort to get to know people.
How do you get to work?
I take the London Underground.
What’s the best spot near your office to get dinner or drinks?
There is a lovely pub in a boat moored directly opposite the office on the Thames. It’s great in the summer or on a dry day.