Meet our Team – Greta Lai
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at an NGO like PathFinders? In our new “Meet our Team” series we give you the chance to see what keeps our hardworking and dedicated team at PathFinders busy.
In today’s post, meet our Research and Policy Officer Greta Lai, who graduated from the London School of Economics with a master’s degree in International Migration and Public Policy.
1. WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT PATHFINDERS?
My role mainly concerns conducting research projects on issues surrounding migrant domestic worker pregnancy in Hong Kong, stewarding partnerships with universities and various international organisations, participating and influencing public dialogue on Migration and Development, and liaising with partners to identify practical policy solutions to assist employers of pregnant MDWs.
2. WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY AT PATHFINDERS LOOK LIKE IN YOUR ROLE?
It seems too much of a cliché to say “no two days are alike”, but it’s true! Sometimes I spend the whole day carrying out some background research preparing for a new project, sometimes I sit down trying to craft survey questions for our employers’ outreach programme, and sometimes I go out and meet our child rights partners to tap into potential collaboration opportunities.
3. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT YOUR JOB?
PathFinders is an incredibly inclusive and accepting organisation. Working at PathFinders has allowed me to contribute my part in humanitarian services and it has also built in me the empathy for minority groups. It is also great to see people who are passionate about the same cause come together, brainstorm new ideas and work towards the same goals. I really enjoy working with these bright minds!
4. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR ANYONE LOOKING TO WORK AT AN NGO?
There’s no time to waste. Apply now!
5. CAN YOU SHARE A STORY ABOUT HOW YOUR WORK DIRECTLY IMPACTS PATHFINDERS’ CLIENTS?
Our work is about helping the children of MDWs as much as it is about helping their employers, so they can be supportive of their workers when they get pregnant, planned or unplanned. One of the things I did in the past months is to study public policies that we might be able to influence and to start researching solutions that can help employers, so they are not forced into firing their workers/ violating the law because of their pregnancy.
6. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
I love watching dramas and learning languages. Since we are spending more time at home now, I have developed an interest in Korean podcasts. A lot of the topics are really fun!