By @SimonCocking, great interview with Nanning Jacobs 

What is your background?

Next to my professional duties as the COO of IT Talent Sourcer True Legends, I’m active as COO and co-founder of Tuk Tuk Cartel.

My most important asset is to carefully control project and event execution, engage and instruct our team members and support our overall Tuk Tuk Cartel vision. In previous professional experiences at, e.g. Unilever, I have acquired and mastered the skills that are required in my Tuk Tuk Cartel role.

In addition I have been several times to distinctive developing countries, over the last few years, to contribute personally to local projects. For example via the organisation Join for Joy, through which I organized a 4 week summer-camp for 150 primary school children in Naivasha, Kenya.

Is it a logical progression to what you do now?

The experience of the impact we had in Kenya with the primary school children in Naivasha has great overlap with the first project Tuk Tuk Cartel is supporting in Malindi which is also taking place in Kenya. In other words; in terms of project preparation, execution and local impact, we will be able to incorporate previous best practices.

1 min pitch for what you do now?

Next to organizing Tuk Tuk Cartel Events, I am in the lead to install a new HR organisation structure. One in which each individual in a team has ownership on a discipline within a pillar or a project. This will allow our volunteers to be creative within their own project, set their own deadlines and engage within their own team. For each project I’m currently setting up a project group that consists of someone responsible for marketing, finance and events. Our current focus on Kenya already has a project group and we are now extending the team for Colombia and South Africa.

What will you be looking to achieve at Dublin Tech Summit?

Even-tough our NGO is supported by the products of our technology partners like Hubspot, Salesforce, Google and Slack, we still need to invest in operational costs to achieve our long term goals, for this we are looking for partners. We team up with companies who are interested to partner with us for their Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy.

What are your plans for 2017?

Next to our first great project in Kenya, impacting the live of 550 school children and indirectly impacting 1500 people in the community we have a new great project coming up in Colombia where we will set up a sustainable solar energy farm to generate energy as part of our innovative and sustainable Tuk Tuk Cartel pillars

How was 2016, what worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

As we started second half of 2016 we have been in a 6 month rush to contribute in three explicit ways

– Collected 1100 winter jackets worth EUR 50.000,- for refugees in Syria
– Donated 880 Banbao Educational toys as a Christmas present for children in Kenya


– Fundraise events, project preparation for a €100.000 project impacting directly 550 children in Kenya through the construction of the first green primary school

We started of with great enthusiasm to get attention for the cartel and attract donations for the greater good and to support our mission and vision. However, the amount of work and especially the administrative follow up really opened our eyes to invest in automation and operational budget. E.g. an event ticket tool, finance tool to make up the balances, a step by step volunteer action guide, online community for ambassadors, wireless payment option during events instead of cash and many more are a must to incorporate in the daily operational processes in order to scale up the project agenda and thereby the net impact of local lives in developing countries.

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

They are more than welcome to follow us on Facebook and our website

Anything else you’d like to add?

If you are attending the Dublin Tech Summit we would love you to bring along a book that has inspired you in some way…a book that has helped change your perspective, inspired an idea, got you through a hard time or even changed your life!We will collect these books and send them to a school we support and visited in Kigali and Rwanda.

We hope this will help to promote reading, expand the base of books available to young people in Kigali and Rwanda. We also would love you to pop your email address and a note in the book, this way we are also providing a platform to share ideas and spark innovation!


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