Baruk Jacob grew up in North East region of India. His mother is Mizo and father is Christian Syrian.
What led you to working at Healthy Families?
Prior to moving to Aotearoa, I worked in capability building capacities in the Telco and IT industries in South India. I was introduced to design-led thinking and doing while working with Auckland Libraries, and increasingly saw the value of this approach.
The opportunity came up to combine my experience in design and capability building, and apply that towards community wellbeing – I had to say yes!
An additional driver has been the fact that I am, personally, part of the negative health statistics we work with. I am on long term treatment for Depression and Diabetes. It is important to me that the systems change so that our people get the help they need to beat these illnesses, and to keep our young ones (particularly) from getting them.
Who inspires you and why?
My maternal grandfather, who did everything he could to give his family better opportunities than he had access to.
What is your current role?
Capability Lead – Auckland Co-Design Lab
What do you do in that role?
I help create the conditions for people to apply design-led approaches in their work with our communities.