This time, as part of the Staff Spotlight series, we had the opportunity to sit down with Petrit Augustini—a Youth Empowerment Officer at the Lab—to learn more about him and what he does at the Lab!


Q: Could you start by telling us a little about yourself

A: I’m Petrit, and I like fun! A more serious version: I’m Petrit, I have studied psychology, and I like music, video games, weightlifting, and TV series. I’m also very picky and elaborate when it comes to choosing what I will spend my time on.


Q: What do you do at the UNICEF Innovations Lab?

A: I mostly do the tasks that my colleagues feel too lazy to do! Nah, on a serious note,  I’m a Youth Empowerment Platform Officer, which means I contribute to empowering adolescents and youth in reaching their full potential through several programmes designed by the Lab.


Q: When and how did you join the Lab and what was your best experience here?

A: I joined the Lab about 5 moths ago after a friend notified me there was a job opening. I applied, nailed the interview, and here I am! Best experience ever! Seriously though, I like the multidisciplinary nature of the team, and the synergy that is created from the contribution that comes from professionals of very different fields, such as computer science, psychology, sociology, economics, and communications.


Q: What does a typical day at the office look like for you?

A: A typical day at the office for me involves sitting in front of a computer, doing lots of phone calls and e-mails, having meetings here and there, doing fieldwork, having occasional laughs, and stressing over deadlines. An atypical day involves organizing workshops. Or the other way around. It depends on the season (and/or the budget :p).


Q: Favorite and least favorite part of your job?

A: Favorite: Acting in accordance with my principles. Least favorite: Acting in non-accordance with my principles.


Q: If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

A: Tales of a Lazy Perfectionist: Struggling to Reach the Unreachable (And Other Funny Stories)


Q: Tell us something that your colleagues don’t know about you.

A: I like thinking a lot.


Q: Teach us something we don’t know in a few sentences!

A: According to most honest neroscientists and philosophers, free will doesn’t exist. A pity.


Q: How would you sell someone a glass of water?

A: I’d send them to a desert.


Q: What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

 A: I wrote my phone number wrong in a mass e-mail.