"Patience and perseverance are critical for a career in international diplomacy," says Ria Sen (India). Ria works as a Preparedness and Resilience Officer in the TEChnology Division of the World Food Programme. Ria holds an MSc in Media, Communication, and Development London School of Economics and we asked her a few quick questions.
The World Food Programme is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization, the largest one focused on hunger and food security, and the largest provider of school meals. Founded in 1961, it is headquartered in Rome and has offices in 80 countries
What do you like most about your job?
I love that I can support national governments in meeting their emergency telecoms “readiness” goals. These efforts ultimately contribute to enhanced resilience and recovery post-disaster.
An unusual or surprising fact about yourself?
I have a keen academic interest in ancient Egyptian studies, particularly architecture and myths!
The best advice you have ever received?
The best advice I received was that patience and perseverance are critical for a career in international diplomacy.
The worst advice was not to aspire for a career in programmatic work. Originally coming from a communications background, with passion and self-learning, the transition is indeed very much possible!
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