Read about Poonam Chaudhary
Organizational Resilience Management System, Field Technology Service, United Nations Support Office in Somalia
What brought you to a career in technology at the United Nations?
I studied Electronics and Electrical Engineering, but I specifically wanted to become a network engineer. I need to pass more Cisco exams to work with network equipment. The challenging aspect of my job is that technology changes rapidly and to keep up with it, learning and reading are essential. There is never a dull moment as each job is unique. I am growing by learning new technologies. I began my career in this field and have never once thought of changing it. I want to grow further in technology. It's fun, exciting and challenging. I enjoy what I do.
What has been your favorite IT project at the United Nations and what was your technical contribution?
I worked on the Checkpoint Federation project, which involved setting up VANs for remote locations in Somalia, ensuring they had internet connectivity, voice and other services. My responsibilities included making the VANs readily available and transporting them to various sectors. As part of the technical team, my role included configuring and implementing routers, switches, firewalls and voice routers or call managers.
What advice would you give women interested in pursuing a field in technology?
Believe in yourself. If you can dream it, you can do it!