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Networking ESSAY - CHEVENING
When I was a product developer in the X, I was responsible for creating new products or improving existing products. I have been involved in several projects, and each project involved many stakeholders, both internal and external. Therefore, I continue to maintain good professional relationships with colleagues from various departments and business partners.
In 2016, I had the idea to develop and introduce ways to use NFC for payments, but I don't know where to start because this was entirely new in here. So, I contacted all of my colleagues from other divisions to get feedback through the social media group that I have created.
Luckily, I got a lot of feedback and help from my colleagues about this project, and one of them invited me to a seminar that held by XX in May 2016. She introduced me to the account manager of XX, and we discussed a lot about my idea. After several meetings, she invited me to a workshop that held by XX which focused on digital payment development in my country. I met with the XX Business Development manager who explained SOAP (name of a system) to me, and I also met some professionals who had backgrounds in fin-tech. SOAP is a digital service to support transactions using NFC by storing customer information data on cloud servers. From this point, I got new perspectives and put my ideas into a concept. I was interested in SOAP, and I invited him to make a presentation to my manager and Dept Head in my Division to explore the possibilities of collaboration.
Days later, the management board agreed to collaborate with XX, and I immediately prepared the Business Requirement Design (BRD) and the feasibility study. Then I invited other related divisions to participate in this project from planning, development to launch. Unfortunately, based on our calculation, this project took approximately 1 year to develop, and they advised me to look for other alternatives. and the words of my acquaintance from the XX division advised me to assess the possibility of opening a partnership with SamsungPay.
In short, I met with the service and content manager of Samsung and invited him to discuss the possibility of collaborating with SamsungPay. In 2016, SamsungPay had not been launched in my country, so there was no SamsungPay representative in here. So, I asked him to invite SamsungPay representatives from Korea, and I arranged a meeting with the Vice President of my company. After meetings and workshops were held, I completed all the BRD for the projects and proposed it to the management. Finally, the board of management agreed and made it a "2017 Strategic Initiative".
If I am chosen as a Chevening Awardee, I will use the opportunity given to broadening my network with people from various backgrounds and use my professional expertise to improve the collaboration with the Chevening alumni, its scholars and or on a broader scope to support cooperation between the UK and my country.