His growing list of accomplishments is impressive on its own, but it’s his drive and forward-thinking that make the Berlin-based Keshin Govender stand out. His job as creative director, head of strategic initiatives at the German multinational conglomerate Siemens brings with it the unique ability and responsibility to shape the future — not through the ways technology is used, but also through the transformation of Siemens’ content from a global perspective.
Govender is among a growing number of South Africans working in markets overseas but in an age where a global perspective is paramount to business success, the unique worldview and experience offered by talent from Africa is becoming more valuable.
Early in his career he realised it’s difficult to make a positive contribution by maintaining the status quo or only speaking when spoken to:
“To reinvent my environment I needed to bring diversity of thought and action to the boardroom,” Govender says.
The lessons learned in a cutthroat office environment informed him of the things that needed changing, both about the world of business and his personal development. He believes that by avoiding the trap of seeking perfection or validation people give themselves continuous opportunities to learn. Govender suggests, “acknowledge that what you know today is not as much as what you will know tomorrow”.
Speaking of tomorrow and shaping the future, Govender grasps the responsibility he has in sowing the seeds for a better world in which his daughter can grow up. “My hope is that the South African spirit of collective wellbeing and inventiveness is unleashed for the world to learn from. We have more to offer the world than we realise.”