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Humans of SAPsv
Employees Tell Their Story

Perhaps you’ve heard of Humans of New York (HONY), the five-year-old vibrant photograph-blog-turned-#1-New-YorkTimes-best-selling-book run by a man named Brandon that provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of the people in New York City. Inspired by HONY, we decided to do our own spinoff and call it Humans of SAPsv. Each week, through the end of December, we’ll feature three employees complete with their picture, name, title, Twitter handle, and snippets of their passion for SAP, their commitment to their colleagues and community, and what inspires them both inside and outside of SAP.

If you’re interested in the chance to be featured in Humans of SAPsv, please email Magen Petit. Enjoy learning more about your colleagues and share your comments below!

See the Humans of SAPsv Weekly Series on SAPsv Jam.

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Savita Raina
Sr. Project Consultant, Marketing
@sraina03

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Sam Yen
Chief Design Officer, SAP, and MD of SAP Silicon Valley
@UXSamYen

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Geraldine Lim
Communications Specialist, HR LoB
@gerbearlove

What are you passionate about at SAP?
I am passionate about SAP’s work culture, the talented individuals I get to work with, its global nature, and most importantly, my work as a marketer for SAP. I get to work with the most innovative technology portfolio from SAP HANA to Analytics Solution Set to Cloud to S/4 HANA, which is very fulfilling.

What’s your favorite thing about working at SAP?
There are many–flexibility to work from home, employee-oriented events and activities, delicious, free food, and–best of all–volunteering at non-profits, such as the upcoming Month of Service, helping many of us fulfill our personal responsibility to our communities which may be hard to do otherwise.

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
I would go back to my childhood days in the late 80s to enjoy and re-live my childhood in my home in Kashmir, India where I was born, which I dearly miss. My family and I had to flee the area and never return due to terrorism. It has already been 25 years since I left my birthplace, yet not a day goes by where I don’t miss it–a place I once called home.

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
I would go for a deep underwater ocean expedition. I would love to explore the underwater life, explore the feeling of being part of this huge ecosystem, explore the idea of being vulnerable without much control over my environment, yet have this immense feeling to submerge into its vastness. I’m sure an experience like this would challenge my worst fears and add additional perspectives to life, which I may otherwise not explore.

What are you passionate about at SAP?
I’m passionate about helping SAP bring a human-centered approach to innovation so that we can be deliver useful, elegant, and exciting offerings to everyone we touch in our vast ecosystem. As a Bay Area native and a 10+ year SAP veteran, I am dedicated to elevating SAP’s brand awareness and collaboration with the local community. I look forward to working with everyone to channel the passion, energy, and impact of employees here in the Valley!

What’s your favorite thing about working at SAP?
They say that you join a company for a project, but stay for the people. This is definitely true of SAP. I have never been part of such a diverse group of talented colleagues and friends literally from all around the world. We’ve shared successes, failures, hard work, fun, and also moments of sadness. Life at SAP is exactly that–it is part of your life and I’ve had the honor of sharing these experiences with my extended SAP family.

What are your hidden talents?
I play the guitar, but you’ll have to go to tech-ed and watch the Mentors Jam Band to see for yourself!

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
San Francisco in the 60s. I’m an aerospace engineer by training, so the pioneering days of the space race would have been exciting to be part of. Also, I love the music.

What are you passionate about at SAP?
Building relationships with colleagues and helping companies of all sizes manage their employees with heart. I feel fortunate to be a member of the HR line of business, where our solutions optimize workforce strategies for companies around the world. We help people be the best employees, managers, and executives, and that has major benefits not only for those people, but for businesses and the world.

What’s your favorite thing about working at SAP?
The trust and flexibility to work from home is one of the best perks of working at SAP. Plus, my communications team is fantastic–hard-working, supportive, and fun!

If you could have one super power, what would it be?
The power to end world hunger, climate change, and war–indefinitely. That’s not too much to ask, right? In the U.S. alone, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, which is more than 20 pounds of food per person per month. Think about all the hungry people around the world that could benefit from better food production and consumption systems. That issue is linked to, and exacerbated by, both climate change and war, which are obviously two beasts themselves.

What’s one bucket list item?
Travelling overseas for at least six months, starting with India to complete yoga teacher training. I love to travel, but I’ve never been on a trip that has lasted more than two weeks. I’m sure it would be a challenge being away from home for that long, but it would be an adventure seeing new places and people I’ve never been exposed to before. Yoga is a passion of mine, and I’d love to be certified in India so I can come back and teach mindfulness at companies around the Bay Area.

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