This is the second in a series of interviews with the WINGS staff team. It will give you the opportunity to get to know a bit more about them and the work that they do. The staff member we want to introduce you to today is Julia Catani. You can see profiles of all the staff here.
1) What is your role?
My role is Programme Assistant- I support the planning and implementation of WINGS Programs. I’m also fully involved with communications and work closely with our consultants.
2) How did you end up working at WINGS?
I had just come back from my year studying abroad in France and was finishing my studies in International Relations when my friend – who used to work as an intern – was leaving the position and suggested me to replace her. I was interviewed a few times, and here I am, I’ve been working at WINGS for 2 and a half years now!
3) What are you working on at the moment?
Now that we are finishing the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Meeting Report, the Affinity Groups are our focus – we are launching 2 WINGS-led groups, the Enabling Environment Affinity Group and an Ecosystem Reflection Group which I am excited about. I’m also working on the webinars we are having this year and the next – some interesting things are coming up!
4) What is your favourite thing about your job?
My favorite thing of all is the amount of interesting content I learn every day. I’m a person who is always looking for new learnings and this is something I get at WINGS. Another thing that makes me excited about working here is that we are a very small team which gives me the opportunity to not just be familiar with everyone’s work, but also be given a lot of great opportunities that I know not that many people have at my age. Last August, I was chosen to be one of the 1,000 SDG talents – that’s what they called us – at the first UNLEASH Innovation Lab in Denmark, where I finally got to meet some of our members (including Emmanuel Marfo from GADeF, a dear member who is highly passionate and involved with Youth Philanthropy!) and meet an amazing part of the international development professionals community. Last but not least, my amazing colleagues with whom I work every day and are always supporting my professional – and personal – development.
5) What is an inspiring quote that you would like to share?
“Sair do lugar é aceitar o desequilíbrio do andar” – I love this saying in Portuguese which basically means that life doesn’t always go as planned and accepting it means understanding that we are not walking on a straight and clear path.