intercultural

GovTech is my Mission

“Number 26 in Global Top 100 Influencers & Brands List in less than 6 months”

“Nuray, why are you so passionate about GovTech?” This question is becoming more and more relevant in my life and career.

GovTech

GovTech is short for Government Technology, also referred to as Tech City, Smart City, Tech Nation, or Smart Nation. My latest initiative rated number 26 on the Global Top 100 Influencers & Brands in less than 6 months time! This has overwhelmed me with joy :D And also encouraged me to continue my mission in the Government Technology cosmos. Yes, I said cosmos, instead of universe, world, country, or city ;)

“You have to do, what you dream of doing, even while you’re afraid.” - Arianna Huffington

Education | Academics | Research

As a student in Business Information Systems and Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam, I had the opportunity to experience the academic lifestyle. Towards the end of my Master specialisation Intelligent Sensory Information Systems, I was writing my thesis Multimodal, Affective, and Intelligent Human-Computer Interaction. This research allowed me to join my professor at various IEEE conferences. Reading hundreds of articles and attending dozens of lectures, I was extremely inspired by the potential impact and value of technology. At the same time, I realised that this research was not yet applied in real life. And that specific technology could be adopted smoothly by one culture and easily rejected by another culture. And that implementation of these hard skills also required soft skills. Apparently culture and other aspects play a major role in implementing technology.

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

International | Intercultural

Understanding that the successful implementation and adoption of technology required understanding culture and cultural differences, my next goal was to experience this myself. Born and raised in a Western culture in the Netherlands, and exposed to Eastern culture with Turkish parents, already gave me a valuable head start with a multicultural background. I had been context switching from birth :) Now it was time to add another dimension to give a more objective and neutral perspective! During my research, I discovered that Japan was global leader in high tech. At the same time, Japanese culture is highly traditional. I wanted to experience this apparent contradiction in person. Hence, my next destination was Tokyo, where I studied Japanese language and culture at Keio University. That year studying abroad as an exchange student has been a life changing and enriching experience :D

“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” - Ginni Rometty

Private | Business

Understanding that successful implementation of technology was prepared in research and applied in business, I decided to start my professional career in the private sector. As a student I worked as a top talent Extreme Blue intern at IBM, an American B2B tech company. As a young professional, I worked as a Management Trainee IT at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, a B2B and B2C company. The Air France KLM group consisted of 2 different companies, 2 languages, 2 cultures, 2 approaches, and the same goals. I have also worked for ABN AMRO, a Dutch B2B and B2C company. What I have learned from these experiences is that there are American, Dutch, French, B2B, B2C, tech, airline, and banking cultures. At the start and in the end, it’s about making profit and all the other goals are secondary. I felt that I had a higher purpose in life…

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person." - Mother Teresa

Public | Government

Understanding that I wanted to contribute not only to making profit, but primarily to higher purposes, I decided to continue my professional career in the public sector. In varying roles at various departments and working with many partners in the Netherlands and Europe. I found inspiring challenges at the local government at the City of Amsterdam. What have I learned from these experiences is that there are Dutch, Amsterdam, and government cultures. At the start and in the end, it’s not about making profit and all the other goals are primary. The challenge is that there is a mixture of many goals. And the government has a multitude of products and services for society. Technology has huge potential for improvement for the external products and services, the internal organisation, and the cooperation with other governments, businesses, education, citizens, and society…

“There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.” - Margaret Thatcher

Global Technology

Experiencing education, academics, and research; private and public; business and government; Amsterdam and Netherlands; Paris and France; Tokyo and Japan; Istanbul and Turkey; technology has the potential to connect everyone, everything, everywhere, every time in every way; technology is global and universal; we are already using technology to communicate, fly or make a payment from one city to another; we can also use technology to have access to clean air, water, sun, energy, and food in a sustainable way on a global scale; we can use technology for sustainable health, education, housing, transportation, you name it… These topics concern all of us and we need to co-operate and co-create by collaborating together using technology in a smart way ;)

"Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch." - Ivern Ball

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