We are now exactly one week before our departure to Tanzania and the countdown has officially begun! Let me introduce you to our international Deloitte team, who is obviously very excited to commence the journey!
Mahu works as Manager of the Translation Department at Deloitte Slovakia’s office, which she joined 15 years ago. She lives in Bratislava, capital of the Slovak Republic. She loves traveling and backpacking (especially in Asia, which she has visited 8 times in the last 10 years), sports (yoga and running), reading, spending time with friends and family, and looking after her dog, Fidel (Havanese Bichon, hence the name :)). She is now training to run her first half-marathon. When travelling, she loves to help the local community – she worked as a volunteer in a village school in Sri Lanka, organised a fund-raiser for a Buddhist school in India and “adopted” a 6-year old girl there. Therefore, she is very much looking forward to visiting Tanzania (and Africa for the first time) and helping to make a change.
Toon is 31 years old and works as a Senior Manager in the M&A Transaction Services department of FAS since 2008. He already caught the travel virus when he was young and had already visited Africa a few times but has never experienced travelling to Tanzania. Next to traveling, he mainly likes playing with his baby son and go for orientation trips during the weekends (visit trol.be or orientatie.org for additional info). Together with the rest of the team, he is really looking forward to create an entrepreneurial spirit for the students at ICT4D and assist Worldloop to further develop their admirable project of recycling e-waste in Africa.
Laurent is 28 years old. After his studies at a business school in France, he joined Deloitte in 2009 as a financial auditor. 4 years later, he’s now Manager in the Valuation and Business Modeling team in Paris, where he performs valuation works for various purposes, including tax and transactions. He is a regular traveler and has a passion for photography.
Ula is 27, lives and works in Warsaw, Poland. She has been working at Deloitte for almost 5 years and she is keenly focused on the field of price and profitability. Some people say that Ula is a workaholic, but others just believe that she simply loves her job. When not in the office, she plays tennis, dances or enjoys her free time with friends and family. Ula is always keen on sharing her enthusiasm and experience – she hopes to bring a positive impact during the trip to Tanzania.
Sophie is working in Deloitte Belgium’s Marketing & Communications department in Brussels. She is 28 years old and lives in Antwerp. She’s passionate about her cat, traveling and sports (mainly volleyball, running and snowboarding). In fact, she will be participating to the half marathon in Brussels this weekend, just in time before leaving to Tanzania J. She has never been to Africa but this country has been on her ‘to do’ list for quite some time now, so just like the rest of the team, she’s very excited to be going to Tanzania, to meet the wonderful people of ICT4D and Worldloop in person and to make our own, albeit small, impact.
That’s it from the Deloitte side! We will be joined in the first week by Peter Manderick from Close the Gap and when we arrive in Dar Es Salaam we will be in close contact with the delightful Renalda Tenga from ICT4D, our partners from Wordloop and of course the people from the Deloitte Tanzania office: Frederick, Michael and Magdalena.
As a team, we would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made this project and our journey possible, especially Claire Van Bergen, Close the Gap and the CEOs of the participating Deloitte countries. We are all very proud and grateful to be part of this project and will do our very best to make this project a great success!
Stay tuned and cheers!