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 Joshua’s journey to supporting INCO, a venture capital firm managing four investment vehicles and investing in startups and companies with strong social and environmental impact.
Where did you start your career/where are you going?
I started at EY’s (formerly Ernst & Young) graduate program in Management Consulting six years ago. At the end of 2019, I left EY to move to the UK, seeking my next career move. However, Covid-19 has thrown a spanner in our plans and right now I’m holding out in Australia as this situation evolves.
What first attracted you to volunteer your time and join Consultants against COVID-19?
Knowing my plans have been disrupted by Covid-19 was disappointing but at the same time, I knew that many people around the world are more likely to be adversely affected by this pandemic and it made sense to offer my support where I could. INCO’s Education Accelerator Program, in particular, attracted me due to the greater significance of ensuring equitable access to schooling right now.
What are the key aspects of your new role and how do they help support your new company?
The INCO Education Accelerator is an emergency response program to support the digitalisation of services for education NGOs and ensure equitable access to schooling during the COVID-19 crisis. This program is part of Google.org’s global initiative, the Distance Learning Fund, and includes both financial support and an online acceleration program, to be implemented over the next few months in 9 countries across Asia and Europe. I supported by performing a Digital Strategy diagnostic for Indonesian grantees from INCO’s Education Accelerator Program to help assess the maturity of their digital strategy and the expert support they might require from this program.
How has this worldwide pandemic affected you personally/your work life?
Apart from changing our plans to move, this pandemic has given me the time and space to reflect and appreciate the things we do have rather than what we don’t. Personally, I’ve been using this time to challenge my fitness goals as well as picking up new hobbies.
What are you doing more of because of coronavirus?
I have been reading the news and exercising a lot more than I used to. Ironically, this isolation period is the fittest I’ve ever been! I’ve also been trying to read and meditate more where possible.
Finally, what are you most looking forward to doing once social distancing rules have been relaxed?
In the short-term, visiting restaurants – old favourites and new restaurants. In the long-term, travelling!
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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