Nexight Group is happy to welcome Gabriel Henderson to the team as a new Associate. Gabriel received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in the history of science and technology. We sat down with Gabriel to ask him a few questions about himself, his views, and his new role at Nexight.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I have an interest in the identification and management of systemic and large-scale risks in modern society. Risks are in themselves curious; they are nowhere, and yet everywhere. Like a cartographer that tracks the physical location of mountains, streams, or valleys, my work allows me to explore how diverse stakeholders conceive of and identify contemporary risks, how they track them, and how they utilize sophisticated technologies to manage the costs and impacts. At Nexight, I have an opportunity to collaborate with industry leaders and government officials as they develop the tools and practices necessary to constantly map and respond to risks as they evolve and mature over time.
I am originally from Oberlin, OH, and had the opportunity to live Denmark for two years as a postdoctoral researcher. I enjoy backpacking, traveling, and spending time with my wife and dog.
Q: Why did you decide to join Nexight Group?
A: I was drawn to Nexight because of its leadership and their commitment to building a collaborative atmosphere comprised of diverse perspectives and backgrounds. This atmosphere of collegiality promotes a lively exchange of ideas, and I wanted to be a part of an organization that understands how to marshal the talents of their employees to understand and solve real problems. In its most potent form, this culture of professionalism and openness strikes me as both unique and motivating.
Q: Why did you pursue a career in professional consulting?
A: I never thought of myself as a consultant, per se. And, yet, consulting provided a way for me to put into practice the customary tools of academic life to meet the needs of clients—critical thinking, writing, and clear communication. My rationale is that the complexities of modern society mandate consistent engagement between intelligent and creative people in diverse professional environments, and consulting at Nexight struck me as a potentially rewarding and exciting arena in which to apply my knowledge and skills.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about your new role at Nexight?
A: I am most looking forward to learning from creative and talented individuals committed to surpassing the expectations of stakeholders and clients in government and industry.