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CARE International Development Masterclass


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Presentation by Geoffrey Dennis, Chief Executive at CARE International, at University of Sussex Alumni Masterclass, 5th May 2010

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CARE International Development Masterclass

  1. 1. 1 MASTER CLASS University of Sussex May 5 th 2010 <ul><li>3 Sections </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Geoffrey Dennis </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2. CARE International </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3. Advice and Ideas </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Section 1: Geoffrey Dennis 2 <ul><li>Summary of Career to date </li></ul><ul><li>How I came to be in my present role </li></ul><ul><li>How my career is progressing – managing working life </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>Future plans </li></ul>
  3. 3. Section 2: CARE INTERNATIONAL 3 <ul><li>Background of CARE International </li></ul><ul><li>My Role </li></ul><ul><li>What do I enjoy </li></ul>
  4. 4. Section 3: ADVICE 4 <ul><li>Attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Useful Training </li></ul><ul><li>Ways professional bodies might have helped </li></ul><ul><li>Tips – interviews, CV </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>What I know now, that I wish I’d known before </li></ul><ul><li>CARE International - ideas </li></ul>
  5. 5. Section 1: Geoffrey Dennis 5 <ul><li>The Early Years </li></ul><ul><li>First degree in Business Studies/Economics </li></ul><ul><li>Industrial Year - Esso Oil Company </li></ul><ul><li>Finished my degree – then joined Esso as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Investment analyst – London </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transport supervisor – Glasgow – language and couldn’t drive. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Sussex University: 6 Sussex University – MA in Urban and Regional Studies Why Sussex? – good hockey team, played for University and Sussex County Ran out of money, so initially worked in a restaurant in Brighton and Falmer Bar Then joined Cunard to finish my dissertation
  7. 7. Commercial Sector - Consultancy 7 Consultancy multinational – joined as economist, set up department then division, then promoted to Main board. 2 nd Consultancy company as CEO
  8. 8. Charity 8 Decided on a complete career change: British Red Cross – International Director (5 years) International Red Cross – Country Director, DPR (North) Korea (1 Year) International Red Cross – Regional Director, South Asia, based in Delhi (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan). (3 years)
  9. 9. Charity - Continued 9 Returned to London – CEO large homeless and elderly care charity CEO CARE International, UK and now main board of CARE International Globally, (6years)
  10. 10. Stages in my life – why change 10 Esso Assesment and future Cunard Opportunity to get involved in overseas development 1st Consultants Head hunted 2nd Consultants Decided on career change Red Cross - London Desire to work overseas Red Cross - overseas Chance to be a CEO of a very interesting charity Homeless/Elderly Care Charity Chance to head CARE International
  11. 11. How my career is developing 11 <ul><li>Held a discussion at No.10 Downing Street with Gordon and Sarah Brown on maternal health </li></ul><ul><li>Spoke as the key note speaker at the Institute of Civil Engineers annual event with Princess Anne </li></ul><ul><li>Spoke on stage at the Brixton O2, live with Kaiser Chiefs </li></ul><ul><li>BBC National TV and Radio 4 today programme on Haiti </li></ul><ul><li>Slept in a sleeping bag amongst the rubble in Haiti </li></ul>
  12. 12. How my career is developing - Continued 12 <ul><li>Meeting with Boris Johnson in Copenhagen </li></ul><ul><li>Joined the Chairman’s Charity Board of Barclays with Paddy Ashdown </li></ul><ul><li>Spoke at a golf club in Surrey – they raised money for CARE in Haiti </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewed by the Times of India </li></ul><ul><li>Slept in a truck stop in Bangladesh </li></ul>
  13. 13. Highlights of my Career 13 <ul><li>Escorted Princess Diana </li></ul><ul><li>Being kissed on the cheek by Jordon – fortunately only on the cheek </li></ul><ul><li>Having a meeting with Bill Clinton </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting with Queen – several times </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting with Kofi Annan </li></ul>
  14. 14. Who is CARE International ? 14 <ul><li>CARE originated globally in 1945 </li></ul><ul><li>Food packages to Europe at the end of 2 nd World War </li></ul><ul><li>CARE is now one of the largest international aid organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Works in over 70 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Assists more than 65 million people worldwide every year </li></ul>
  15. 15. Who is CARE International – Cont. 15 <ul><li>Emergencies - Haiti </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Indonesian earthquake (shelter) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Madagascar (cyclone preparedness) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Niger (food and security) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Pakistan earthquake (shelter) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Tsunami (shelter) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Peru earthquake (shelter) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Gaza (livelihoods) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Long-term work - Livelihoods, Governance, Conflict, Education, Micro Finance, HIV/AIDS, Climate Change, Private Sector Engagement </li></ul>
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  24. 24. Gaza Destruction 24
  25. 25. Gaza Agriculture 25
  26. 26. Bangladesh - Rehana 26
  27. 27. Section 3: Advice and Ideas <ul><li>General: </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer work - Rockinghorse Appeal, Trustee & Chairman </li></ul><ul><li>Apply – get used to interviews - e.g. Homeless and Elderly charity </li></ul><ul><li>Spread the net – you will be amazed </li></ul><ul><li>Interns </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to people </li></ul><ul><li>Seek advice on sectors-who’s good, which charities offer the most opportunities for entry etc. </li></ul>27
  28. 28. CVs: <ul><li>Maximum 3 or 4 pages </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to read – bullet points </li></ul><ul><li>Layout </li></ul><ul><li>Understand someone will scan it very quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t lie, but do have 2 or 3 really strong points </li></ul>28
  29. 29. Covering Letter: <ul><li>One Page </li></ul><ul><li>Make it really positive </li></ul><ul><li>Be polite, finish with, ‘I would really be delighted to be given the opportunity….. </li></ul><ul><li>Explain why you want to work for that organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Really want it </li></ul>29
  30. 30. Skills I have learnt: <ul><li>Running a business </li></ul><ul><li>Listening </li></ul><ul><li>Being able to change my opinion </li></ul><ul><li>Be quiet when things are going your way </li></ul><ul><li>Managing people </li></ul><ul><li>Assess people – then when you can trust them give them space </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t worry unnecessarily </li></ul><ul><li>Be one step ahead </li></ul>30
  31. 31. Useful Training: <ul><li>IT Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid Reading </li></ul><ul><li>How to deal with difficult people </li></ul>31
  32. 32. Interviews: <ul><li>Be polite </li></ul><ul><li>Be very smartly dressed </li></ul><ul><li>Listen </li></ul><ul><li>Have some key points you want to get across </li></ul><ul><li>Look people in the eye </li></ul><ul><li>If asked to give a presentation – stand up </li></ul><ul><li>Have a page handout of key points </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t talk too much </li></ul><ul><li>Have at least three questions ready to ask, but only use two </li></ul>32
  33. 33. What I know now, that I wish I’d known before: <ul><li>What my wife’s mother was like </li></ul><ul><li>Be tough with time-wasters – there is too much to do in life </li></ul>33
  34. 34. CARE International: <ul><li>Volunteer position during the summer </li></ul><ul><li>Research posts </li></ul><ul><li>Adverts </li></ul>34