Read about Marame Sene
Information Technology Officer
Regional Office for West and Central Africa ROWCA, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
What brought you to a career in technology at the United Nations?
I have always been fascinated by ICT. I had a master's degree in physics and chemistry, but that did not prevent me from looking for a master's degree in computer science. I am the first woman working as an ICT Officer in the United Nations system in Senegal., That is why my job has always been to be able to meet challenges. As a standard bearer, I had no choice but to show that I was up to it. Working in the United Nations system has always been motivating for me and I am very proud of it. In my daily work, I frequently face difficult situations like when I have to respond to two or more urgent things at the same time.
What has been your favorite IT project at the United Nations and what was your technical contribution?
One of my favorite projects at the United Nations was to support, outside the regional office, three Humanitarian Advisory Teams (Nigeria, Mauritania and Burkina Faso), the office of the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel and three countries facing the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
What advice would you give women interested in pursuing a field in technology?
Even if the ICT field was previously reserved for men, I ask all women to believe in themselves and to impose themselves in this environment. I strongly recommend that young girls specialize in ICT. It's an exciting field.