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High Potentials from across the globe are ascending on Pretoria, South Africa and Bangalore, India this weekend as they embark on a once in a lifetime experience: The SAP Social Sabbatical.

 

The SAP Social Sabbatical is an innovative learning opportunity for select SAP high potential employees to contribute their time and talent to working with entrepreneurs and small businesses in an emerging market, a primary area of focus for SAP’s social investments.

 

The cross-functional teams bring their specific expertise – in areas such as strategy, marketing, IT, finance, consulting, development or legal – to non-profit organizations, government agencies or educational institutions to solve a pressing business or organizational challenge.

 

Since being selected, participants  have virtually prepared for their assignment, taking part in pre-work sessions that focus on local culture and business practices, consulting and getting acclimated to their clients and their needs so that they can hit the ground running upon arrival.  

 

Assignments range from developing a measurement framework to map the progress of job creation activities at one of India’s largest NGOs supporting entrepreneurship to creating strategic action and marketing plans for clients in South Africa.

 

Join me as the SAP Social Sabbatical journey continues over the next month following Team Benda Kaalu and Team Jacaranda's experiences while on assignment via Twitter (handles below) and check out blog posts regularly in SAP’s Community Network - Sustainability.

 

India – Team Benda Kaalu  #BendaKaalu 

Michaela Degbeon - @MDegbeon
Barbara Trentini - @latrentini
Nace Sapundziev - @sapunce
Jody LeBlanc - @jodyanneleblanc
Kathrin Hettel - @kathtl
Erica Lailhacar - @ericalailhacar 
Christopf Zeidler - @1zei3

Julian Jimenez - @julianestebanj 

 

South Africa – Team Jacaranda #sapjacarandas

Julie Scanlon-Young - @JulieScanlon2
Amarnath Jayaraman - @jamarnath
Vatsala Kakroo - @vatsalakakroo
Frank Kochendoerfer - @fkochend
Philipp Koenig - @KoenigPhil
Saswato Das - @sdasSAP
Alexander Prus - @prusalex
Emily Gyory - @egyory
Suresh Ramanathan - @sapsuresh
Nathalie Magnier - @mag_nath
Jan Teichmann - @JanTeichmann1

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