Meet Our Team: Selma Haludilu
Hello from Hyphen
Our ‘Hello from Hyphen’ series is back for another interview, this time with Selma Haludilu.
Can you tell us about your role at Hyphen and what you do day to day?
I am Hyphen’s office manager, which sees me supporting company operations by ensuring the office – and team – runs smoothly and efficiently. I am responsible for many different management and administrative tasks: facilities management, accounting, human resources, payroll functions, travel arrangements, database management updates, meetings coordination, and responding to correspondence.
What was your first ever job?
I completed an internship program at a bank in Switzerland before securing a job as a portfolio administrator for an investment management firm in Windhoek. There after moving into the renewable energy space where my last role was as Finance and Administration Manager for one of Namibia’s leading independent power producers.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love being able to contribute to the various aspects of the project and the important work happening at Hyphen. I love completing tasks that I know will make someone else’s day a little bit easier. I’m proud to be someone who’s always willing to help, whether your request falls under my job description or not. I always strive to be this person.
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in renewable energy?
Renewable energy is the future. The industry is on the rise and there are many safe and exciting career opportunities across a variety of specialisms, not just engineering. Job opportunities can be found in production, IT, finance, law, and research, to name a few. There truly is something for everyone in this sector so don’t be afraid to jump in.
Can you share an interesting fact about yourself?
I’m a big fan of personal finance and have been managing my own finances since the age of 13. I’ve built several portfolios for myself over the years and I’m the go-to person for my friends and family on financial advice.
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do?
Traveling is fun. I’ve been to a few countries so far, and I’m not done yet! I love learning and adapting to new cultures and finding commonalities between people everywhere. When I’m not traveling, my family keeps me on my toes with our many outdoor activities on the weekends.
What are you most excited about for the future of the renewable industry in Namibia?
The promise of a greener, sustainable future for our children and their children.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given during your career?
‘Always have a teachable character’ – that came from my now late father just before I started my internship in Zurich many years ago.