Read about Folu Odusote
Chief of Section
ICT Audit, Internal Audit Division, Office of Internal Oversight Services
What brought you to a career in technology at the United Nations?
Joining the United Nations was my opportunity to advocate for the importance of technology in enabling the Organization to deliver its mandate. The ICT landscape is wide and diverse. I’ve had the opportunity to audit and assess different technologies and emerging technologies ranging from cybersecurity, ICT governance, cloud services, and ICT infrastructure including communication systems such as satellite, microwave, and radio communication. I have also participated in the use of drone technology within the Organization. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to impact how the United Nations utilizes technology and to see the impact of these technologies in areas such as the SDGs, peacebuilding, humanitarian activities and the environment. Being an ICT auditor within this great Organization has been fulfilling and I have never regretted my decision to be a part of it.
What has been your favorite IT project at the United Nations and what was your technical contribution?
I worked on the Umoja project as part of the ICT audit team in OIOS. I conducted pre-implementation and post-implementation reviews to assess the adequacy, availability and security of the system design, underlying infrastructure and functionality.
What advice would you give women interested in pursuing a field in technology?
The ICT world has moved on from the nerd stereotype and ICT has become more fashionable with the digitalization of everyday activity. You can never be bored in the field of technology; the pace of emerging technologies and the scope of the ecosystem make the subject matter ideal and suitable for women who may be interested. You can pick and choose to do so many things within the ICT ecosystem.