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We now talk to Marie Pierré, the current secretary of BEST Alumni Network (BAN). Marie is a trainer and instructional designer.

In this interview, you will learn about her role as a secretary. You will learn about how to keep a strategic and global vision. A big takeaway is the key role of action, observation, and reflection and how to apply it in practice. Stay tuned for part II of our conversation with Marie. SUPPORT US! Become a member of BAN. Join until 22/March to vote and participate in the ongoing General Assembly and help define the future of the organisation. OUTLINE:

00:00 – Introduction

04:50 – Role as Secretary

08:30 – Balance between action and reflection

11:00 – Working online in an international team

12:30 – Fostering connection between members

20:30 – Strategic view

25:00 – Future of BAN

32:00 – Message for a future Secretary

36:00 – Ongoing General Assembly

About the author

Aleks Vladimriov is a Senior Software Developer, recognized Project Manager and Soft-skilled trainer and a coach.

Aleks Vladimirov

Solution Engineering Manager at Thales | Senior IT Professional | Startup Mentor and Product Manager

Aleks is experienced Product Manager with an engineer background and over 10 years of experience as a software developer. He works with different governments and is responsible for negotiation features and requirements, understanding the customers' needs and supporting the senior management with regular reports and analysis. He held various positions starting as a software developer, moving to a team leader and software architect.

He strives in waterfall and agile environment alike. He is certified Scrum Master and Prince2 Practitioner and he knows how to design business processes and help teams optimize their work.
During his tenure, he had to wear many hats, prioritizing business requirements, delegating work and mentoring team members, creating mockups with Balsamiq, providing MS Project plan to the senior management.

He had worked in many international teams, located in the same city or distributed in different countries and continents. He had been a team leader of cross functional international team of 8 people.

In his current position, he is very much client focused. He has excellent presentation skills.
He delivers training sessions on presentation skills and leadership and he had helped hundred of people to improve their presentation skills.

He is also interested in creating more positive changes in the workplace by using entrepreneurship skills.
He had won startup competition where his team had validated and develop a business idea from scratch.

In his free time, he writes in his blog about effective product development.