At the start of the year, we rolled out a campaign known as #FacesofPIN through which we engage our team members who work tirelessly to support our work in seven African countries and beyond. Through this campaign, we highlight what they do for the organisation, their inspiration, and lessons, among others.
In this edition, we spoke to our Executive Director, ‘Gbenga Sesan, and this is what he had to say:
What do you do for the organisation?
As the Executive Director, it is my job to make sure that everyone has the right set of tools and resources to help them enjoy building their career while helping us move closer to the PIN vision.
What is your inspiration or what inspires you in life?
I love solving problems. My favourite thing as a young student was solving equations and writing “quod erat demonstrandum” (QED)! Problems keep my hands, heart and head busy.
What do you love about your job?
The opportunity to work with passionate and skilled people (team members, board members, partners and other stakeholders) who are focused on solving some of our world’s most ignored problems; the continued relevance of the work we do, and the fact that I get to build an institution that will be here — solving important problems — after I am long gone.
What do you love about PIN?
I love the fact that I have the opportunity to create the kind of world I, and others, desire. Thankfully, when others stop at defining the problems that bedevil the digital environment, I get the chance to think about, find and implement solutions.
What are some of the lessons you have learned over the years? (This could be regarding work or life).
I have learnt that life is made up of moments, and those that make us smile are the best! Maybe there is actually no bigger lesson for me than the fact that “east or west, home is best”; regardless of how far we go in life or how much pressure we face, family is where the smiles are at, with whom the best moments are made.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Watching movies, swimming and travelling with my family.