The more things change, the more they remain the same. French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr coined the phrase French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr coined the term. Karr was born in Paris to German pianist and composer Henri Karr (1784–1842), and after being educated at the Collège Bourbon, he became a teacher there. Jean-Baptiste
Alphonse Karr was a French critic, journalist, and novelist. This statement has come to define and bring to the fore our understanding of the concept of time and change. Permanency has come to be seen via the lens of change, and somehow a good number of us now embrace it with a degree of optimism and positioning ourselves strategically for that next life-transforming move that we somehow know will come on the premise of change, which is the only constant that defines our existence.
Moving from one place to another is an aspect of human existence that cannot be pushed aside; instead, adequate mental preparation is necessary to deal with the expectations that will undeniably come with it. So transiting from place to place, from one job to another, is a given, but often so many people are not prepared for it, and this unpreparedness affects their mental health. So the question now is, how should one prepare for transitions, knowing that it is inevitable, it will indeed happen? This is what we will talk about on the show today. I will discuss this with Nike Kerstin Akerele-De Souza, Social Entrepreneur/Social Impact/Human Capital & Strategic Business Advisor with over 30 plus years in the Human Capital Development space.
She is an accomplished Executive (Human Capital/Social Impact/Strategic Business Advisor & Social Entrepreneur) with global exposure to a variety of industries to senior Board level, including the Private, Consulting, and Non-Profit sectors, with experience encompassing strategic & business planning, business development, auditing & compliance, risk management, accounting & financial management, human capital development, and program design & management.
Her specialism in the Non-Profit/Social Impact sector also includes the development of concept notes, impact planning, theories of change/log frames, work plan development, project planning & management, monitoring and evaluation/evidence gathering, client/partnership management, including public/private collaborations (PPPs).
Her passion for human capital development prompted my interest in education, youth development, and economic livelihoods as avenues for assisting populations out of poverty. This led to her decision to pivot my career to the Social Impact sector, where I have established various initiatives.
She enjoys supporting start-ups and scaling social investment interventions, especially those that enhance opportunities for marginalized and under-served communities and address existing inequalities in society. I am also passionate about supporting young people through education, employment, and entrepreneurship.
She is an advocate for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 1, 4, 5, and 8.