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Hear from Ms Paula Ghergu

A social justice advocate with a passion for innovation and technology, I have recently graduated from the Humanitarian Engineering MSc at the University of Warwick. Looking at bridging the gap between existing technologies and the humanitarian sector, this course allowed to explore my passion for innovation in the area of disaster relief and recovery. In particular, for my master’s thesis, “Digital Innovations in Disaster Relief Management: The MSFCalc Solution”, I worked alongside Humanitarian professionals at MSF (Doctors without Borders), for the development of a web-based application which allows field workers to calculate their resourcing needs in times of emergency preparation.

Further to my academic training, I have worked in the field of data analysis for the past 4 years. This experience alongside my drive to put my skills to use in the humanitarian sector, and the benefit of society at large; prompted me to open my own start-up (JustDataThings Ltd) where I aim to intertwine my work experience and academic background by providing local authorities valuable insights and consultancy into crisis developments .

As a tech nerd with a passion for innovation and the humanitarian field, I recently took part in The Port Humanitarian Hackathon in Geneva, where I developed an energy efficient stove, ready for use in emergency settings and Missing Maps London – a mapathon organised by the British Red Cross alongside MSF UK, where we help increase the mapping of disaster-affected areas.

Fri 15 May 2020, 13:26