My Journey begins..

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Like any journey there is a start, middle and end. So firstly, where did mine start? I think we must go right back to the beginning with my heritage and culture. I am Indian by origin but born in Uganda and like so many members of my family came to England in 1972 because of Idi Amin dictating the removal of all Asians within a space of 90 days.  What a frightening time it must have been for all Asians leaving Uganda? Fortunately, me and my mum where on vacation in England at the time and I was too young to remember. What must it have been like for my mum to hear she wasn’t coming back and all she had was a suitcase of vacation clothes. My dad was able to join us after a few months with little more than what he could carry. How do you start again? They tell me of the hardship but also the kindness and support they received during this time. This has stayed with me and my family ever since in terms of giving back to people and society, which is also a foundation of our Hindu culture. So, the seed was sown at an early stage. How can I make a difference? Growing up and seeing how my parents built and supported me and my sister instilled in me the importance of how we do things. Doing a pharmacy degree further fuelled this need to help and support people. This led on to a career in the pharmaceutical industry. I have learnt and gained so much by putting people first in everything I do in work and life. I have been fortunate to work with so many people in the roles I have had. This led to one of my key drivers in supporting and development of individuals and teams. These key drivers and ongoing development plan discussions with my manager led to the start of my PULSE journey. After consideration over Xmas 2018 and discussion with the family, with support of my application by my manager Clint I started the application process in Jan 2019. This then led to a further assessment with the GSK PULSE team, then potential alignment with an assignment and then the final stage before approval of the assignment is the assessment by the NGO, Save the Children International. This whole process was completed in April this year.

I then moved into a preparation stage for my assignment, which included a fantastic orientation program with many highlights including meeting the other PULSE ambassadors, inspirational talks from previous PULSE ambassadors, dealing with difficult situations, and who would have thought bhangra dancing as an energizer! I have had fantastic support from so many people at GSK to enable me to take up this opportunity and I feel so grateful to my GSK team and colleagues. This helped to build the energy all the way to starting my assignment this Monday 17th June.  In the three days so far, I have gained so much understanding of Save the Children International as an organisation and have started to meet the most important aspect of the assignment the people and understanding key objectives and deliverables to help millions of children’s lives around the world.  During my 6-month secondment with Save the Children, I will be working with the SCI Health and Nutrition team supporting the Pneumonia Centenary Commitment as well as some of the Health and Nutrition Communities of Practice work. I am excited and inspired to see where the journey takes me next…

12 comments

  1. Hi Kiren, I loved reading more about your inspiration for applying. I know how excited you were to start your PULSE assignment, I can’t believe it’s already here. I wish you all the best at SCI and look forward to following your journey!

    1. Thank you Desmond for your continued support as always. I hope you are well I was concerned when I read about the Ebola outbreak in Uganda

  2. Wow! What an amazing story you have of why you are doing PULSE & how this dates back to your childhood! Thanks for sharing your WHY with us 🙂 I hope you continue to enjoy & learn & grow from this opportunity. All the very best!! P.s. love the photo & the backdrop! Best, Manu.

  3. This is the great story of your life and how you are as an individual, I am proud to count you in my close relations, we can all see how much this Pulse assignment makes full sense to you, take care of you and people around you as you always did, friendly, Eric

    1. Thank you Eric for your kind words and support as always. It is very inspiring being here that I want to bring back to GSK. Keep in touch and we can catch up when you are next in London

  4. Wishing you all the best Kiren as you continue to learn more about SCI & start to work on your assignment objectives. Looking forward to learning alongside you & reading your future blog posts about your PULSE journey!

  5. It’s so refreshing to know that people like you are still in the world today Kiren, and I love the fact that you’re taking advantage of this opportunity to follow your passion of giving back and helping others. I’m sure I speak for many people in saying how much I’m looking forward to having you motivate me to do more, through your stories and experiences in this PULSE assignment. I’m very excited to follow your blog and learn more about how you’re making a difference at SCI, and conversely how the experience is making a difference in you! Best of luck Kiren…we’re all supporting you here back in GSK!!

  6. Thanks for sharing such an inspiring story and the heart behind your purpose!

  7. Kiren – well done to you my friend – we have known each other so long and I am so pleased for you that you have taken this opportunity. I hope that this delivers all and more that you expect and that it continues to develop you as a great person

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