Monday, March 22, 2010
Julie then introduced me to Alina Pawlowska, the head of UICC's membership department. Alina has connections everywhere and is helping me to connect with various NGO's. She also had great suggestions of what countries might be the best for me to go to, places where she has great contacts, like Armenia and Nepal. I am going to try to add those to my list, and nix some places where she thought I might have a tough time with contacts. She immediately gave me some contacts in Ghana (I had been very unsuccessfully trying to get in touch with people there). I emailed them from the airport in Geneva on my way home, and by the time I got to London, I already has responses! She is going to send me more lists of contacts over the next month or so. I am really looking forward to working with her!
I then was introduces to Danny Greenstone who is a marketing consultant for the UICC. Danny is working on projects to promote the UICC. He relayed to me some great ideas he has for future projects. His positive, gregarious attitude is absolutely infectious! I hope that I can be of help to him on my travels.
What was not lost on me was that this "face-to-face" meeting was exactly what the British Airways grant was all about. I would never have been able to establish the same relationships with the UICC through emails and phone conversations. I am so thrilled that this first trip has set a super positive tone for my project. I am moving forward with such enthusiasm and excitement, I can't wait until the next leg begins!! The only negative is that I am going to have a very hard time not traveling in business class on BA after this grant is over. After just one trip, I feel pretty spoiled, it really makes the travel a million times easier, in fact I am really looking forward to my next flight!