Akbor Miah, ICT Manager
Akbor and his team are responsible for the smooth running of the network and business applications at Brooke's UK head office and our branches abroad.
What time does your alarm go off and how do you start your day?
The alarm goes off at 6:45am and I am up by 7am and in the shower. My daughter is getting ready for school at the same time so we have breakfast together. I leave the house just after 8am to get to work for 9am.
What are you responsible for in your role at Brooke?
As the ICT (Information Communication Technology) Manager I head up the infrastructure team. We are responsible for the smooth running of the network, business applications and end users systems both for the UK head office and our branches abroad.
What’s your typical day?
I start with responding to emails. Depending on what I’m working on, the days can vary. I might be working on an issue that was escalated to me; researching, designing or implementing a solution; planning upgrades/maintenance or writing documentation.
It can be very frustrating that things we take for granted in the UK, such as good internet connectivity, are extremely difficult to come by in some of the places we work
What’s your most memorable work moment?
In my first year I was lucky enough to visit the satellite offices in Ethiopia and see first-hand the work Brooke does. It was both humbling and eye-opening, and I am thankful for experiencing it.
What’s the worst part of your job?
It can be very frustrating that things we take for granted in the UK, such as good internet connectivity, are extremely difficult to come by in some of the places we work.
What’s the best part of your job?
I work with an amazing team, and the people at Brooke are very passionate about the work they do. Knowing our work makes such a difference to people’s lives gives me an added level of job satisfaction I did not get in the private sector.
What would be your Plan B? What would you be doing if you didn’t work at Brooke?
I would love to run my own business; a restaurant would be perfect.
What do you do after work?
I have a young son and daughter so usually I spend time with them and my wife.
What makes you Proud to be Brooke?
Knowing that I make a contribution to the work Brooke does to change the lives of working equines and their owners.
We reach over two million working horses, donkeys and mules across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Our staff include vets, animal welfare experts, and advocacy and development specialists