Tessa van der Meiden
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Shweta Mazire has joined NewForesight in November. We interviewed her to get to know her better!
What made you apply at NewForesight?
The prime reason for the application was NewForesight’s approach to solving global sustainability and market transformation challenges using the systems approach. It was something I studied during my master’s, and at NewForesight I got an opportunity to put those skills into practice. Secondly, while going through NewForesight’s website during the application process, I realized the range of positive impacts it had created in the global south, especially in the agriculture and food sector. Coming from a farming family myself, the possibility to actively contribute to tackling issues in this sector was another reason that motivated me to apply. Lastly, the internationally-diverse team and the company’s focus on the growth of its employees convinced me to go for it!
What is something that you can’t wait to work on?
I am looking forward to working on projects involving aspects related to social sustainability. During my master’s, I had the opportunity to work on understanding the labor rights issues in global supply chains in the energy sector and justice issues involved in renewable energy project development in India. These projects ignited my interest in responsible businesses. Since I started at NewForesight, I got an opportunity to develop my knowledge base in social sustainability through projects related to living income, impact measurement, and analysis. I am excited about further building expertise in these topics and generating research-based actionable insights for businesses trying to create a positive impact.
Was everything like you expected, stepping into the office?
In the first few weeks of starting the job, I realized that all my colleagues are deeply passionate about the work they do at NewForesight. I saw that their personal goals align so very well with the organizational goals. It also became evident in their initiatives outside work. I can say that their empathetic nature has helped them create a very enthusiastic, open, and dynamic work culture, making everyone feel safe and welcome. Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for more!
Are there books that you can recommend?
Yes. I have recently started reading a book called “Poor Economics”, and I think it could be an interesting read for anyone trying to understand the lives of the world’s poorest people and the choices they tend to make in the face of everyday challenges. It is written by two Nobel prize-winning economists, Abhijeet Banerjee and Esther Duflo. Despite spending billions of dollars on poverty-alleviation programs, poverty persists. This book attempts to give insights into why some interventions succeed while others fail and why we need to design them considering the beneficiaries’ perspectives, values, and culture.