Adesina Haastrup [twelvesprings]
What is your profession? What is your title printed on your business card?
I am a Social Entrepreneur. I am the CEO/ Head of Programmes at Twelvesprings Foundation.
What did you study and why did you choose to study that field?
I studied International Affairs and Film Studies, specialising in Third World Issues. I chose that field of studies because I needed an insight and some background knowledge to effectively address challenges relating to development in the Third World. I also believed (and I still do) in the persuasive power of the communication media.
What is expected of you in your job, and how do you accomplish it?
A well defined sense of direction. I am the source of inspiration and motivation for the others. I accomplish my role by building a relationship with my "team", "employees", "volunteers", etc, based on mutual respect, trust, defined moral values, and passionate aspiration for excellence, and I have to be a consistent living example of all these values. I give them a sense of ownership, responsibility and self-worth through the culture I have established and sustain in Twelvesprings Foundation
I also ensure that proper infra-structures are put in place. No cutting corners, no wishy-washy decision making. Always ready to put the brakes on when pressure is piled on me to move forward before due diligence is applied.
What links do you have on the Internet: website, blog, social networks?
Are you satisfied with the education that you received?
Yes. However, it is ongoing.
In which areas have you thought of building upon your education?
Micro-finance and social entrepreneurship
In which tasks are you good at, and in which could you better yourself?
I am good at building, motivating and directing teams to achieve project objectives, but I need to improve in the area of public speaking and fund-raising
Do you usually attended seminars or coursework to advance your professional work or would you consider yourself a more self-taught person?
I am a self-taught person
When did you realise that your work was being considered important and that it could possibly take you places?
I have always thought of my work as being very important. This is usually confirmed by emails and compliments I receive from those who get to know what Twelvesprings Foundation does.
Who have been the most influential people in your career?
Chief Obafemi Awolowo
Dr Muhammad Yunus
Dr Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien
With which types of persons do you feel you work well with as a team?
Committed professionals who are excellent team players. Diligent people with world class standards
Which languages do you speak, and how have you learned them?
English, Yoruba and French.
I was raised speaking the first two, and learnt French in the secondary school, and through visits to francophone countries, including France.
Besides your current profession, what other things would you have liked to have been?
An Actor, playing a university lecturer, or an ambassador, or a philosopher, or a religious guru.
How do you handle customer complaints?
I address customer complaints with serious intentions to resolve the issue fairly.
What do you do to manage stress?
Put things in perspective, stay calm by meditating and appreciating the beauty of life.
What is your specialty? Production, direction, something else?
I am a Producer and Director
Is there a link to a site where we can see references to your work?
Name three contemporary directors or producers that you admire.