Michaël Mounsaveng,
mover and shaker

Mobistar, the Belgian subsidiary of the Orange Group has the good luck Michael Mounsaveng is among its 1,500 Brussels based employees!

This electronics and telecoms engineer is endowed with unusual wisdom and maturity for a 30-year old. At the age of 26 he joined Mobistar as a product manager in marketing, where he manages and develops portfolios of Internet products for companies. “I love working in this area as we are constantly working on new developments in an International environment; I also get to speak foreign languages”. With his Laotian father and Chinese mother, Michael is fluent in French, English, Dutch and Mandarin, the official language of China, which he studied in Paris at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (Inalco).
However, it was in France that Michael received his engineering diploma from the École Française d’Électronique et d’Informatique (Éfrei) at age 23. After a year studying at the University of Beijing, he was hired by Mobistar in Brussels where he now lives.

His calm, deliberate way of speaking makes you want to listen to what he has to say.
“I spend my time with my marketing team looking for ways to consolidate the network and innovate but I never forget the human aspect”. From helping to find ways to build a better world, there was only one step to take. And he took it in 2011 when Mobistar launched an external challenge to raise employees’ awareness of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). “Straight away I thought about helping the homeless people I see at the main station in Brussels. I set up Mobicents to help the volunteers of Thermos Operation who for many years have been handing out meals. I was inspired by the French programme “Pièces Jaunes”, which collects money in spring to buy food for winter”.

"I never forget
the human element."

Since then, there has been a collection box in the company’s lobby. Result: the 1,080 Euros collected in 2011 (80 kilos of coins) were used to distribute – with the help of 90 Mobistar volunteers – a hot meal to 150 people for four days. The 2012 collection is still being counted; the 2013 box is already four-fifths full but Michael wants to go further. “I’m thinking about increasing the collection by placing boxes in all Mobistar shops in Brussels”.
More collection boxes, please!

portrait by Mouara Benaï

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