Meet Serge Nguene, Senior Vulnerability Management Analyst.
Q: What does it mean to have a community at work?
A: As well-intended the private and public sector’s commitments may be, it is important to ensure that the bulk of the funds allocated ends up benefiting the targeted communities in question based on the due diligence conducted by the grassroots level. Therefore a Grassroots Level approach in solving complex community issues has proven to be more successful and effective than a Top-Down approach.
Q: What is the most important lesson you have learned during your journey at GE?
A: GE is the quintessential American conglomerate that has spun out cultivated leaders who now lead companies within the top Fortune 100. The lesson learned is that leadership is not a final destination but a lifetime of cultivation, divergent thought & strategy. Having been through three different business units going from GE Oil & Gas to GE Power and now GE Digital has served as a launchpad with a capacity to spearhead any Tech role.
Q: What does diversity, inclusion, and belonging mean to you?
A: In 1787, Count Constantine de Volney -- a French nobleman, philosopher & historian known to have introduced the concept of Separation of Church and State to Thomas Jefferson-- embarked on a scientific and anthropological 7-month journey to Egypt. Troubled by the institution of the slave trade benefiting France and most of Europe, he was shocked upon seeing and studying the famous Sphinx Statue of Ancient Egypt and its history and culture. he had this to say as encapsulated in one of the most famous intellectual quotes of all time:
"Just think that this race of Black men, today our slave and the object of our scorn, is the very race to which we owe our arts, sciences, and even the use of speech! Just imagine, finally, that it is in the midst of people who call themselves the greatest friends of liberty and humanity that one has approved the most barbarous slavery, and questioned whether Black men have the same kind of intelligence as whites!"
The point here is that diversity is about people in positions of power and leadership having a duty to cultivate the minds while addressing inequalities through community awareness and strategic constructive initiatives.
Q: What is your superpower?
A: My instinct to challenge the status quo is half of my superpower! The other half is about leveraging my linguistic capacity to speak fluently & write professionally in French and 3 other languages which have to this day opened a ton of opportunities for me during my lifetime. Currently, French is spoken in 29 different countries!
Q: What hobbies have you picked up during working from home over the past year?
- Hiking in San Ramon
- Virtualization using a cluster of Raspberry Pis
- Generating ancient Africa historical content for a research institute located in Central Africa.
Q: Who would play you in a movie?
A: King Taharqua – Conqueror of Ancient Egypt.
He was one of the legendary Kings of Ancient Nubia (now Sudan & S. Sudan) who not only conquered Ancient Egypt and the Levant but also kickstarted the legendary 25th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt. Nubian civilization is one of the longest civilization in history spanning over 10,000 years.