A HR Specialist Helping Build a Better World

Via his M.A.in International Human Resource Management at IUBH, Joseph Raj channelled a passion for NGOs and humanitarian activism into practical action.


NGOs have always been part of my life; my father had an NGO when I was growing up, and seeing the way he influenced, encouraged and lead the organisation sparked my initial drive to study Human Resources. Given this, it made sense that I would pursue HR when it was time for me to consider my postgraduate studies.

An International Environment & Industry Experts

As for my choice of university, there was a variety of factors that attracted me to IUBH: for one, their Master programmes are offered entirely through English, and I loved their commitment to small-group teaching, the practice-oriented ethos, and the internationality of the campus environment. It was also a big advantage that during our third semester in particular, all our lectures were taught by industry experts, which really helped me understand how the skills I was learning would help me in an actual HR role.

Recruiting for a Better Future

My interest in HR and my enthusiasm for NGOs dovetailed during my thesis period, when I began working with the Global Talent Acquisition team of the UN World Food Programme in Rome. My focus there was on employer branding and acquiring new talents for various permanent positions around the world. This role helped inspire me to centre my thesis around the factors necessary to foster trust between recruiters and candidates in virtual recruitment scenarios.

“I’m thrilled that IUBH helped get me where I am today”

Today, I work with the non-profit ProVeg. This is an organisation designed to inspire and motivate people to start living a more plant-based lifestyle by providing practical information on how they can transition to animal-free alternatives. Our mission is to reduce the global consumption of animals by 50% by 2040. My role there is as a Recruiting Specialist, managing all recruitments and acquiring talents, from Intern/Volunteer level all the way up to Executive Director/Country Director level. Given that this is a global initiative, I find myself frequently drawing upon my experiences at IUBH of meeting and studying with people from a wide range of international backgrounds. All in all, I’m thrilled that IUBH helped get me where I am today as I continue to contribute my skills and knowledge to the task of creating a better world.


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