FD in five minutes: Guy Kassongo

The head of finance at Career Ready, which prepares young people for the world of work, reveals his proudest moment

Guy Kassongo
Guy Kassongo

Q. Why did you move to the UK? I was born in Belgium, but I am from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I studied and worked in different African countries. The UK is a great country and very established in terms of all the big financial and economic theories: having studied them at university, I wanted to experience them here. It was very exciting.

Q. Do you enjoy travelling? Yes. It adds value to your experience. For example, French is my first language and I was taught at university under the French system. Coming here and doing everything in English has increased my confidence in my second language. And it is a very good story to tell in terms of motivating young people and immigrants.

Q. What is your proudest moment? Having come to this country with no English, to get an MSc in Charity Financial Management and become a head of finance is a great achievement. Compared with my previous job, this one is very challenging. I am more responsible for the work that we produce: it's a more senior position.

Q. What do you do in your free time? I do research on Africa, particularly Christianity's links to development. I also research the history of England and how Christianity influenced its development. I am also a trustee for some Christian charities.

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