Tell us about yourself/your team.
I’m a Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline based in the RTP, NC. My company exists to help people do more, feel better & live longer. I had my basic education through my Masters degree in Ghana before I left to pursue a PhD in chemistry in the USA. Alongside my fulltime job at GSK, I volunteer for a non-profit whose mission is to empower underprivileged communities through health education and provision of basic educational materials.
What makes you an intrapreneur? What are the skills, capabilities, and personality traits that make you an intrapreneur?
My job requires interfacing between different groups with divergent goals, customers at multiple sites and negotiating with different vendors. This demand resolve, original thinking, and business-like approach to getting things done.
I have had to look for new ways to improve systems, and advance scalable solutions. As a process chemist, I undertake feasibility reactions at small scale and indentify solution to scale them up. I can transfer this background to identify and solve large-scale social problems.
I have global understanding of the health/educational needs around the world and the cultural understanding of the communities that grapple with these challenges, I believe these, in addition to the energy and passion I have, are vital in generating the necessary social changes.