Happy New Year - Letter - 2020

Updated: Mar 20

My fellow intelligent being,

"You're facing the most significant and rapidly occurring set of changes in history. The evidence is clear that all of us are living through the first years of a new revolution, a transition from one age to another." 

The Revolution is transforming how we interact, learn, travel, and work but what does this revolution mean to each of us, our organizations, and for society? The world is always changing, are you going to sit on the sidelines and watch it pass? or are you going to be a fundamental part of it this time?

To live a healthy life, we need oxygen and nutrients. The flow of oxygen and nutrients throughout our body is vital. If that flow stops, our lives are in danger. The same happens in Organizations. Companies require a few things to continuously flow: People, Information, and Money. Executives are like great coaches. They know the value of building a good team and they understand how every person on the team can help them win.

When I was 15 years old not only was I the youngest 12th grader at my secondary school but I was also one of the top students in the city of South Bend, Indiana. Upon completion I was recognized for my academic excellence by a few local and regional community institutions including an Induction into the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools. I went on to study both Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Butler University.

In 2005 My involvement in the Butler EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) program lead my team to win an award at the Idea-to-Product (I2P) Competition held at Purdue University for our work on SAVI dot org. SAVI began in 1994 as a program of The Polis Center at IUPUI in a partnership with United Way of Central Indiana. Since then SAVI has become one of the country’s first and largest online community information systems.

I dropped out of Butler University during my Junior year to pursue my passion in music. Despite not having a college degree I was fortunate to experience the front lines of a diverse set of business processes. In 2014, 7 years after dropping out of University these experiences translated into an Information Management position in the Executive Office of the Department of Political Affairs at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. In 2016, I resigned from the Executive office and accepted a newly created Information Systems position with the Security Council within the Department of Political and Peace-building Affairs.

I have played a key role in the design and implementation of the United Nations Security Council Sanctions Application Systems which have been in active use since September 2016. Collaboration has been one of the key factors in overcoming challenges while working closely with both internal and external actors has also yielded desirable results. A few of these projects include collaborations with the White House’ Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) within the United States Department of The Treasury, Deloitte, Swift (The Global Provider of Secure Financial Messaging Services), and Interpol (The International Criminal Police Organization). These application systems have evolved into what is now a project known as the United Nations Subsidiary Organs Lists (UNSOL), which benefits the UN Department of Political and Peace-building Affairs and the Security Council Subsidiary Organs Branch and their progress on SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).

In addition, I have completed 90+ courses within the past 3 years while working full-time. I have thus earned continuing academic credits applying to but not limited to the following skill competency’s: Business, Human Resources, Executive Leadership, Management, Public Relations, and Technology. Last, and most important, in 2019 I became a husband, and a proud father.

Operating any organization to desirable results is a tough job and it is a very delicate balancing act. Success requires a team effort, and in huge organizations, leaders build teams made up of individuals with different strengths and capabilities. As I look to grow, I will not underestimate the power of knowing the people around me and how each of them can be a productive part of my life.

Thank you for your time, and all the best in 2020.

Yours sincerely, Mainza Kangombe