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Name: Arnold Komola
Residence: Harare, Zimbabwe
Occupation: Head of Internal Affairs, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Zimbabwe

Arnold Komola `07, `09 said his job as head of Internal Affairs at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe is a lot about problem solving.

“It’s very different from the accounting jobs and internships that I have had,” said Komola, a native of Zimbabwe, who worked for a year as a Snyder’s-Lance Inc. accountant in Charlotte, N.C. after he received his M.B.A.

“No day is ever the same and you always get something new. It keeps me on my toes.”

He is responsible for running the embassy’s operations and front office and overseeing the residence, chancery and four official houses. “The management of these buildings is time-consuming, is a big burden for this mission and requires a high degree of initiative, flexibility, stress resistance and quality control,” he said. Good management and guidance of 10 staff members also is required.

Tact, diplomacy and collegiality are frequent tools in Komola’s job, as well as a positive, assertive attitude and a focus on networking and contacts.

He loves being back in Zimbabwe, and spends time with his family and two dogs. “I didn’t know how much I missed it until now,” he said.The southeastern African country is known as a tourist destination with its national parks, wildlife and beautiful scenery such as Victoria Falls.

Komola learned about Winthrop when his family moved to Columbia, S.C., in 1997 for his father to work for a gold mining company. They stayed for three years before returning to Kadoma, Zimbabwe. He then attended boarding school to finish high school and selected Winthrop for college.

He fondly remembers his time at Winthrop, particularly his work with the International Center staff and students.

As a graduate assistant, Komola juggled different projects for the center. He helped coordinate the Taste of the World dinner and fashion show, worked on the International Center’s web site and fact book, and helped run Orientation sessions for incoming international students.

He also worked multiple jobs around campus and learned the importance of customer service.

“The International students at Winthrop made the experience amazing. Spring breaks and summer breaks were never a dull occasion,” he added.

Last updated: 5/31/13

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