Laura Nortey

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Laura Nortey
Program Administrative Specialist, Open Society Initiative for Europe

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Trevor Ray Hart for the Open Society Foundations
Laura Nortey

What do you do at the Open Society Foundations?

I started as the office and events assistant for the London office. In January 2016, I transitioned into the Asia Pacific Regional Office as program administrative specialist, and now, as of September 2017, I work with the Open Society Initiative for Europe, again as program administrative specialist providing administrative support such as managing travel, budget management, grant administration, event management, and other ad hoc responsibilities.

What’s the best thing about working at Open Society?

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. If you seek them out, there are many opportunities to be exposed to various discussions through brown bag lunches, communities of practice, and so on. I’m not sure if this happens with other foundations like Open Society, but I’ve had the opportunity to experience three different programs and departments, growing and broadening my expertise with each transition.

What makes Open Society unique?

The willingness as a foundation to take on issues that other organizations tend to shy away from. I also appreciate the initiatives to improve on the way we engage with partners, ensuring that the work is led by the partner or grantee, rather than the donor.

What’s the best spot near your office to get dinner or drinks?

Colibrì is a great spot for drinks and tapas around the corner from the office in El Raval. We will be moving to a new location soon so we will have to investigate the best spots for dinner and drinks there!