Consultants Against COVID-19: Abhi Shekar supports Lively Minds

Consultants Against COVID-19: Abhi Shekar supports Lively Minds

In reaction to the outbreak of COVID-19, Movemeon developed an initiative titled ‘Consultants Against COVID-19‘. This initiative comprises of 400+ highly skilled consultants and ex-consultants willing and ready to provide their services for free to support any charities, public sector and other not for profit organisations in need during the crisis. Headed up by Jack Fitch and Clare Tsangari (who are also volunteering their support for free) they are matchmaking the best skills to key roles and creating awareness through a dedicated LinkedIn channel.

40+ consultants have currently been placed with a variety of public health organisations, charities and government at the national level. This is Abhi’s journey to supporting Lively Minds, dedicated to improving the education and care given to pre-school children in Ghana and Uganda.

Where did you start your career/where are you going?

I am a management consultant focusing on tech/digital-led transformation, having worked in India, Australia and the UK. I work with healthcare organisations on maximising the use of technology/digital to improve patient experience, clinical workflows and processes, giving clinicians easy to use tools and harness the data captured to improve healthcare outcomes.

What first attracted you to volunteer your time and join Consultants against COVID-19?

At the beginning of this year, I made a commitment to myself to offer my consulting skills and experience pro bono to those organisations who need the most. Consultants against COVID-19 made it easier to seek out such opportunities. In the current climate, I feel like my skills are being put to the best use

What are the key aspects of your new role and how do they help support your new company?

Lively Minds is working to improve the education and care given to pre-school children in Ghana and Uganda. A lot of this happens through face-to-face interactions. With COVID-19, they have had to transition to remote working and run programmes through local radio. I am working with them to maximise the tech available to make this transition smoother.

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How has this worldwide pandemic affected you personally/your work life?

Not spending 1.5hours each day on a train is a good outcome. I have had more time to spend with my son and wife. On the negative side, I am still trying to manage my working hours as I seem to be working more and longer hours.

What are you doing more of because of coronavirus?

I should probably spend less time on social media! I generally read a lot and have kept up with it despite the longer hours.

Finally, what are you most looking forward to doing once social distancing rules have been relaxed?

Resuming team sports. I miss beach volleyball (yes, in London) in Summer. And meeting people face-to-face. Although, I do expect working from home will increase from pre-COVID levels.

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Whether you’re on the front lines of fighting the virus or not, Consultants Against COVID-19 are helping companies with full-time support down to one-off expertise. Please contact freehelp@movemeon

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