Name: Kelly Gilmour
Position: Program Manager
Location: South Africa
Hometown: Welkom, Free State, South Africa
College: Damelin Business College (Welkom, South Africa) and University of the West of England (Bristol, United Kingdom)

 

How did you get interested in global poverty?
Born and raised in South Africa, seeing the effects of poverty on a daily basis made me realize that I can make a difference in the world, no matter how small my contribution.

 

What’s your favorite thing about being part of The Borgen Project?
Knowing that we are working for a cause that really does matter! I love my colleagues and team member too – great bunch of selfless and good people.

 

What advice do you have for people who’ve just joined the organization?
Always remember why you have joined the team – to fight and alleviate global poverty! Your contribution to your internship matters!

 

What does your typical day look like?
Management of the HR team, recruitment screening and correspondence, updates on trackers and various recruitment spreadsheets, amongst many other administration duties.

 

Where’s your favorite place in the world?
A small seaside town in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa called Ballito. It has the most amazing beaches!

 

Top three life highlights?

  1. The birth of my beautiful daughter
  2. Meeting my amazing fiancé
  3. Returning to my birth place, South Africa in late 2015, after a 14 year stay in the United Kingdom.

 

Favorite book?
I love all Jodi Picoult’s work – my favorites are Change Of Heart and My Sister’s Keeper.

 

Favorite movie?
Too many to mention… If I had to choose though I’d go with The Green Mile with Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan. Forrest Gump is also amazing!

 

Any random facts you can share with us?
I am a qualified Paralegal in Company Law.