Name: Aileen M. J. Marshall
Position title: Knowledge Management (KM)/Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Languages spoken: English, German, and a tiny bit of French and Spanish
When not working, favorite place to visit: Germany (that’s where I am from, and since my family is still there, it’s a no-brainer), but I would love to go back to Sydney one day. I also absolutely adore Belgium and the Netherlands.
Favorite type of cuisine: I love Mediterranean as well as Indian and Ethiopian and Lebanese cuisine. I am always open to trying new stuff though, as long as it’s not spicy or contains any of the gazillion things I am allergic to!
Last good book you read: Essential SharePoint 2013 … oh, wait, you mean not work-related? Does proof-reading my own “in the works” book count? If not, then I have to say it was Thief of Hope by our very own Cindy Young Turner, and prior to that The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian.
Where would we find you on a Saturday? Volunteering at the Alexandria Animal Shelter, being out and about with my AmStaff Dutch, at Tyson’s Corner or any Barnes & Noble in the area.
First time you worked with DHS survey data: September 2, 2014
What is on your desk (or bulletin board/wall) right now? Three books about KM, SharePoint and Global Health Indicators. Also a gigantic pink paperclip and an oversized silver fountain pen.
What is your favorite survey final report cover? 2013-14 Democratic Republic of the Congo DHS
Favorite chapter or indicator, and why? Chapter 12: Nutrition of Women and Children. I am pretty obsessed with nutrition in general (and my own intake), so reading about nutrition in other countries is always interesting and very eye-opening.
What’s your favorite way to access The DHS Program’s data? In general, I prefer online access, but being a librarian, I can’t resist looking at hard copies now and then!
What population or health issue are you most passionate about? Why? Access to health care and nutrition in general.
What are you most looking forward to about your new position? I look forward to working with so many different people from all over the world. I’ve always enjoyed working in global environments, so I feel right at home already. I also look forward to implementing a KM Strategy and teaching people about new ways to collaborate and work, and maybe traveling to different countries to implement KM activities on a local level, not just program-wide.
What has been your biggest surprise so far? That everybody brings back food from their trips, and the speed of which said food disappears from the kitchen again! I am also amazed that people are more than willing to share what they know, to help and to answer questions. Last but not least I greatly enjoy all the stories people have to tell when they return from their trips.
What do you look forward to bringing to The DHS Program (job-related or not!)? I am excited to share my enthusiasm for KM with my colleagues, and hopefully some fresh perspectives on how they can benefit from new activities. For the pet lovers among us, I have plenty of dog/cat/turtle stories to make you laugh, and I am hopeful that I will join the ranks of DHS fiction authors by publishing a SciFi novel (some light reading when you are not busy with reading data and reports).