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Jun 24: Delighted to participate in the Vienna Business Agency’s festival of entrepreneurship and innovation: ViennaUP. Interesting bilaterals on the impact of AI and new technologies, such as digital twins, on the balance between green development and industrialization.

Jun 24: Supporting the NGO Rare in a major strategic instructional design project. I appreciate Rare’s focus on behavioral science in tackling climate change, protecting biodiversity, securing food systems, and driving capital toward better environmental outcomes.

Jun 24: Honored to join the panel of the Permanent
Mission of France to the UN’s ‘Combating Sexual
Exploitation in Armed Conflicts: A Whole-of-Society
Approach.’ I‘m seen here with French Ambassador
Benhabylès-Foeth, Austrian Parliamentarian Bayer,
and Austrian Ministry Director Spadinger.

May 24: In Barcelona for the Innovation in Politics Awards. Having served as a Juror, it was exciting to meet the creators of these projects in person and discuss possibly synergies.

May 24: From hundreds of innovative projects, 30 were chosen for competition in the Awards. Winners included projects for EdTech, climate protection, social cohesion, and more

May 24: Took a workshop in biodynamic farming. Learned principles of curating crops to the unique ecosystem of an area in a holistic way for health and sustainability.

Apr 24: Supporting the development of the African Survivor Leadership Academy. It will nurture emerging trafficking survivor leaders and train stakeholders in the public and private sectors.

Apr 24: What an honor to connect with these impactful human trafficking survivor leaders (Malaika Oringo, Laurent Ziegler, Sandra Norak). Inspiring to hear their insights and aims. Lived experience leads!

Apr 24: Impactful meeting at the United Nations Vienna re. the great educational outreach work of UNIS and UNHCR. Delighted to see friends from the Austrian Parliament’s educational programs there.

Apr 24: At the 24th Alliance Conference against Trafficking in Persons, with Dr. Kari Johnstone, OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator against Trafficking and survivor leader Malaika Oringo.

Apr 24: Visited the Austrian Parliament with Malaika Oringo, where we met with MP Steffi Krisper and discussed innovations for scaling solutions for human trafficking in Austria and the EU.

Apr 24: At Parliament, we also met with MP Gudrun Kugler and MP Faika El-Nagashi to explore synergies in outreach initiatives regarding human trafficking prevention, awareness, and mitigation.

Mar 24: Invited to the Austrian Parliament to meet
with MPs in the context of International Women’s
Day. Doaa Al Zamel shared her story and insights.

Mar 24: Enjoyed the intensive EU Fundamental Rights Forum. Captured synergies with impact makers from across the globe; many follow-up meetings planned.

Mar 24: After a Democracy Workshop at the Austrian Parliament. This innovative flagship supports youth  re. democratic awareness, media literacy, and more.

Feb 24: Delighted to support, on a pro bono basis, a mental health capacity-building project for East Africa. Emphasis is on developing holistic, scalable, social-healing interventions.

Feb 24: Participated in the Austrian Parliament’s Session on the Sustainable Development Goals. Especially interested in discussions on climate action innovation and DEI implementation.

Feb 24: The eLearning course I helped develop for the OSCE is now on edX – and in two languages. The topic is energy efficiency and transforming markets, with a focus on Central Asia.

Jan 24: Met with staff of UNHCR Austria at the United Nations in Vienna. We explored synergies for creating impactful means of promoting human rights in the current geopolitical context. Scaling impact is key.

Jan 24: Great discussion with Ms. Shams Asadi, the Human Rights Commissioner and Head of the Human Rights Office of the City of Vienna. Looking forward to collaborating on the EU Fundamental Rights Forum.

Jan 24: As a follow-up to the Q4 Mental Health Forum in LA, the FundaMental Change team and I are discussing some follow-up initiatives. Emphasis is on intergenerational capacity building.

Dec 23: Led a series of high-level workshops at the Austrian Parliament. What a treat to dive into issues around forward-thinking democracy, diversity, and inclusion in this historic setting.

Dec 23: Joined the opening session of the Vienna Human Rights Conference. Especially delighted to connect with the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute of Costa Rica.

Dec 23: Participated in meetings at the EU Parliament in Brussels. So many challenges for 2024 – and so many opportunities for innovation, transformation, and intergenerational collaboration.

Nov 23: Was honored to speak about trauma at the
2023 Mental Health Forum in Los Angeles. Held by
FundaMental Change  and Mission Community
Hospital, the Forum explored mental health and
public policy (credit: FundaMental Change).

Nov 23: Intersections between trauma, substance abuse, homelessness, and mental health issues were widely discussed at the Forum. Here I’m with Veronica Lewis, MPA, Director, HOPICS (Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System).

Nov 23:  ODIHR’s new eLearning course “Promoting the Participation of Persons with Disabilities: An  Interactive Tool for Parliaments and Political Parties”  was launched at the Irish Parliament! Happy to have supported this DEI project (credit: ODIHR).

Oct 23: Participated in the Warsaw Human Dimension Conference of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. Focus was on rule of law, non-discrimination, freedom, and humanitarian issues (credit: OSCE/Piotr Dziubak).

Oct 23: At the Warsaw Human Dimension Conference, moderated a panel on taking a trauma-informed approach re. the National Referral Mechanisms (NRMs), i.e. identifying, supporting and referring potential victims of human trafficking.

Oct 23: Working with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on an eLearning project aimed at increasing inclusion in political life for people with disabilities. Met with my OSCE partners re. the upcoming launch.

Sep 23: Honored to have moderated and supported in the organization of the Austrian Parliament’s annual Democracy Workshop aimed at building capacity and community among engaged actors in CEE and beyond (credit: Parlamentsdirektion-Zinner).

Sep 23: At the welcome breakfast with Susanne Janistyn-Novak, Deputy Secretary General of the Austrian Parliament, and Katharina Stourzh, Head of the Division for Parliamentary Cooperation (credit: Parlamentsdirektion-Zinner).

Sep 23: Leading the discussion on the imperative to democracy of promoting media literacy among many stakeholders. Obtaining resources, generating content and developing political will were also in focus (credit: Parlamentsdirektion-Zinner)

Aug 23: Impact from my ‘Bridging Climate Divides’ launch at the UN Vienna is still coming in… Multiple media stories on various elements, like this one on the trafficking angle. Looking forward to expanding
this inclusive climate action approach.

Aug 23: Recently finished the University of Toronto’s four-part course on ‘Gender Analytics: Gender Equity through Inclusive Design Specialization.’ After years of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work and decades of intergenerational innovations, I enjoyed the update.

Aug 23: Delighted to have been invited by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to transform material on renewable energy into a full eLearning course -> innovations in scaling climate information.

Jul 23: Our World Youth Skills Day event at the United Nations in Vienna was a major success! Packed room of stakeholders – topics ranging from criminal justice and rule of law to curriculum design for effective outreach. A lot of follow-up projects in the works…

Jul 23: Also launched Bridging Climate Divides at the UN. So inspiring to see policymakers, young activists, business leaders and civil society members collaborating to create shared and impactful climate solutions.

Jul 23: Our UN event featured a corresponding art exhibition. Laurent Ziegler displayed prints from »Die Erinnerung an meine Kindheit«, Ruchira Gupta shared art works, and Footprint to Freedom was showcased.

Jun 23: What a pleasure to meet Colonel Ann Wright at the Peace in Ukraine Summit. She co-launched the Global Campaign against Weaponized Drones, and we discussed approaches to dealing with extremism.

Jun 23: Participated in Vienna’s massive Impact
Days. Many discussions on artificial intelligence
(pro and con) along with applying eLearning to
business and activism projects.

Jun 23: Finalizing the upcoming UN launch of my
new project: Bridging Climate Divides. Bottom-up
solutions and collaborative development for
climate impact.

May 23: This interview segment I filmed with
Malaika Oringo in New York during the UNGA
is now broadcasting. We discuss trafficking,
climate change, and GBV. Many thanks to the
Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN).

May 23: Delighted to contribute to the new book
PARLIAMENT AUSTRIA: Architecture Interior Tour
covering the renovation of this ancient treasure
(© Parliamentary Administration /Stefan Olah).

May 23: At the United Nations for the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ). Here with Dr. Hyab Yohannes, Rania Ali, and Sylvie Jabbour at the “Safety net for victims of organized crime’ side event on bridging the justice gap.

Apr 23: Led a full-day workshop at the Austrian
Broadcasting Corporation for journalists from all
over the country. Emphasis was on human trafficking
awareness with related gender-based violence issues
and in that regard, we held live interviews with four
international survivor leaders.

Apr 23: Moderated the Parliament Working Group for
Space Policies European Interparliamentary Space
Conference (EISC) Workshop in Vienna. Leaders from
across the EU discussed intersections such as climate
change and migration (Photo: ©Parlamentsdirektion/
Thomas Topf).

Apr 23: Presented the virtual-learning modules I created for OSCE/ODIHR on the margins of the 23rd Conference of the Alliance against Trafficking in Persons. The program will be on EdX. Click here for the pptx and here for a note from ODIHR Director  Matteo Mecacci.

Mar 23: In New York for the CSW67: ‘the largest gathering of feminists, academics, government officials and policy makers to take stock of gender equality progress, renew their collective purpose, and chart a new roadmap forward.’

Mar 23: While in New York, I did a televised interview
with Ruchira Gupta, Emmy-winning journalist and
founder of the NGO Apne Aap. At the MNN studios,
we discussed her debut fiction novel, I Kick and I Fly,
and intergenerational trauma.

Mar 23: The CSW67 closing Session focused on ‘full and equal participation and leadership of women and girls in the design, transformation and integration of digital technologies and innovation processes.’ (credit: UN Women/Ryan Brown)

Feb 23: Progress on the Footprint to Climate
initiative in Uganda. This month, an entire village
participated in a tree-planting campaign to mitigate
climate change. What an honor to cooperate with
Footprint to Freedom on this impactful project.

Feb 23: We released the 2022 Impact Report for, IFOUND, and MESPERO: Impact
for Resilience
. Amazed that we have been able to
get so much accomplished so quickly. Humbled
and grateful.

Feb 23: Held a core team summit to identify key areas of focus for our various initiatives in the near future. We decided to emphasize migration issues, mental health, human trafficking, and climate change – intersectionalities and related innovations.

Jan 23: Consulting on upskilling and reskilling a global workforce, retaining talent, etc. With today’s challenges, HR and L&D are best positioned strategically – not just as service units.

Jan 23: Supported the launch of a new book dealing with GBV and trafficking (I Kick and I Fly). Created the book’s site (incl. eLearning) and provided strategy on a pro bono basis.

Jan 23: After five years of renovation (in alignment with green sustainability principles), the historic Austrian Parliament Building was reopened. Proud to have been on this multidisciplinary team.

Dec 22: Moderated the Austrian Parliament’s Democracy Workshop Forum again this year. L&D specialists, NGO reps and civil servants shared best practices in scaling sustainable results (credit: DemokratieWERKstatt).

Dec 22: Honored to hold a variety of trainings for the Austrian Parliamentary Administration. Here I am with Rania Ali, whom I invited to be a guest speaker on youth empowerment in one of the courses.

Dec 22: Led a ‘Chatham House’ style workshop on AI
implications for online violence against women and
people of a refugee background. Discussion covered
everything from deep fakes to preventive algorithms.

Dec 22: We held another Humanitarian Community Life psychological first aid virtual training for NGOs in Yemen. Many thanks to Layla Barakeh for her leadership of this initiative.

Dec 22: Designing a major L&D, virtual-learning project aimed at building capacity for survivors of human trafficking. A global security-oriented intergovernmental organization is the sponsor.

Dec 22: As a follow-up to COP27, Nour Barakeh completed this analysis of North-South relationsre. MENA in global environmental governance. It has been an honor to mentor this project.

Nov 22: Launched the SDG 13 HUB to build community and showcase innovative, grassroots climate change action projects. Intergenerational, cross-cultural, inclusive and multidisciplinary.

Nov 22: The SDG 13 HUB includes a Learning Zone. Having made most of these digital interactions, I am now training young people to create this multimedia for their own projects.

Nov 22: Farewell to COP27.  Our intergenerational team connected with impactful entities from across the world and built strong bridges from the grassroots to the highest levels.

Nov 22: Invited a youth delegation to the COP27 climate conference in Egypt. Here with delegate Ishaan Shah and Les Simm at the COP27 Culture Hub focused on innovative community building.

Nov 22: At COP27, we launched Footprint to
, a survivor-led, female-led, youth-
focused project aiming at preventing human
trafficking while mitigating climate change.

Nov 22: Malaika and I met with the Head of Principal Sustainability at Hugo Boss. We discussed the importance of emphasizing human rights when analyzing the fashion industry’s supply chain.

Oct 22: Proud to say that our Humanitarian Community Life project for building psychological first aid training in Yemen was featured in the media (Arabic language). Kudos to Layla Barakeh for her excellent work in this youth-led initiative.

Oct 22: Delighted to support the FORWARD UK Foundation and its partner in pro bono capacity-building training. FORWARD is the leading African women-led organization working to end violence against women and girls – including FGM.

Oct 22: Consolidated many of my recent human-trafficking awareness activities into this interactive showcase. Spotlight on youth and people with lived experience. Next steps: add more virtual-learning modules and a Teachers’ Manual.

Sep 22: In New York for the 77th session of the UN General Assembly: “Transformative Solutions to Interlocking Challenges.” Did media work and held bilaterals primarily on the private sector adopting sustainable and socially-responsible policies.

Sep 22: With Malaika Oringo and Ruchira Gupta at the OSCE’s ‘Addressing Sexual Violence and Human Trafficking in Armed Conflict’ event in New York. Focus was on prevention and the protection of identified victims.

Sep 22: At the request of young activists I met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NYC, I created this activism primer which uses L&D principles to develop sustainable strategies for driving social change.

Sep 22: Pleased to join Aigerim Seitenova in Vienna at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s ‘Perspectives 20-30 Academy’ closing event. Emphasis was on youth empowerment and inclusion.

Sep 22: Delighted to join Andreas Heckmann (Executive Vice President, Head of Customer Solution Support and Innovation, SAP Product Engineering) in this openSAP podcast on promoting mental health in the workplace.

Sep 22: Honored to mentor Humanitarian Community Life’s psychological first aid remote training in Yemen and to join its first session. Layla Barakeh has done a great job of establishing this initiative.

Aug 22: As part of my ongoing L&D consulting at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, I trained journalists on linguistic and cross-cultural elements of conducting media interviews in English.

Aug 22: Happy to welcome the human trafficking survivor leader Malaika Oringo and her family to Austria. Here we are at the United Nations in Vienna ringing the Peace Bell.

Aug 22: Leaving the United Nations Vienna, after having successful multilateral meetings on promoting cooperation, awareness, and impact regarding human trafficking.

Aug 22: Using L&D principles, I am leading a team creating multimedia offerings to capture and scale lessons learned from our human-trafficking awareness event in London. Examples include video segments, virtual learning and a policy brief.

Aug 22: Have been working hard on Phase 2 of a MESPERO project: Humanitarian Community Life (HCL). With Layla Barakeh as lead, we are developing an intensive remote training program (in Arabic) for psychological first aid.

Aug 22: This current HCL project is aimed specifically at benefiting humanitarian workers and youth in Yemen. Emphasis is on capacity building for disaster and recovery periods. Subsequent plans include scaling to other regions.

Jul 22: Delighted to participate in the UN’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. I accompanied a team of young global leaders through a design thinking workshop I had created for ‘Building strong and global partnerships.’

Jul 22: I initiated and coordinated two days of London-based activities marking the World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2022. They began with this Intergenerational Consultation aimed at impactful synergies.

Jul 22: We showcased a wonderfully eclectic group of speakers on topics ranging from human rights, public policy, mental health, foreign affairs and global activism. Subsequent discussions have led to concrete plans for shared projects.

Jun 22: Honored to hold a virtual workshop for graduate students at the Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques (INED) in Paris. We covered my SHE OR HE burnout model and how that applies to academic settings.

Jun 22: Visited London to see the venue (Goodenough College) and to do groundwork for our exhibition and event on human trafficking and modern slavery coming up next month. Tagline: Lived experience leads.

Jun 22: At the Digital Enterprise Show in Malaga, Spain. Held discussions on digital transformation and Learning and Development (L&D) including workplace tech. Key is mechanisms to ensure that AI is used ethically.

May 22: Gave an SDG innovation workshop at the Austrian Parliament in the framework of the Western Balkans Fellowship Programme. Reps from multiple countries devised policy.

May 22: Very happy to say that has been chosen to contribute to a major UN annual meeting on the SDGs: The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

May 22: Found my tribe at the Oslo Freedom Forum! What an incredible group of people and initiatives, all focused on human rights, journalistic freedom, etc.

Apr 22: The SDG 5 Hub Changemaker Challenge continued with individual workshops on ‘How to Build Back Better.’ Many thanks to Aigerim Seitenova, Ana Laura Velázquez Moreno and Afnan Khalid for sharing their wisdom.

Apr 22: Visited Amsterdam to meet with anti-human trafficking leader Malaika Oringo, CEO of the survivor-led Footprint to Freedom. Inspiring woman! We are setting up a multimedia project to be released in 2023.

Apr 22: More Changemaker Challenge workshops, this time with Fauziah Wanjiru and Nyadoi Philister of Footprint to Freedom. Greatly appreciated their lived-experience input on applying the SDGs to human trafficking.

Mar 22: And the SDG 5 Hub is live!  In celebration of International Women’s Day 2022, we invited 22 global activists for a design-thinking Changemaker Challenge focused on exploring synergies and creating innovations to build back better for SDG 5.

Mar 22: We also curated an SDG 5 Hub Projects page and had thousands of visitors to its digital open house promoting activism on International Women’s Day. Pictured are two of the featured Projects: FRIDA and Akina Mama Wa Afrika.

Mar 22: Consulting a capacity-building project focused on human trafficking prevention and mitigation for refugees from Ukraine – emphasis is on women and children. Aim is to consolidate resources and provide necessities.

Feb 22: Joined Aigerim Seitenova in conducting field research for a major multimedia project being developed on the nuclear-climate nexus. SDGs always in focus.

Feb 22: Created an innovative, L&D, virtual-learning path dedicated to the Global Compact, which is based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles.

Feb 22: Setting up an SDG 5 Hub to launch next month. The Hub will engage with impactful individuals and initiatives while showcasing related projects.

Jan 22: At the EXPO in Dubai for the Sustainable Development Goals week. Loved the Women’s Pavilion – but measurable results in empowering changemakers is key.

Jan 22: Very productive meetings at the EXPO United Nations Hub – exploring possible synergies for a variety of upcoming projects. Also participated in the SDG Media Hub.

Jan 22: Held a training on burnout prevention and mitigation with Global Citizen Mentorship Program members focused on implementing SDG 3 Micro-Projects internationally.

Dec 21:  Wrapping up a busy year of public speaking, event moderating, multimedia creating, and workshop leading on a global basis. Grateful to make a positive and large-scale impact in these pandemic times.

Dec 21:  I developed a new project (Micromedia Modular Database) which will provide a digital library of evidence-based material that can be shared via mobile channels and scaled through SMS/USSD distribution.

Dec 21: In May 2018, I spoke at No Home for Hate
re. social media’s effects on the perception of
females in society and strategies for dealing with
related attacks in digital spaces. Delighted to meet
with the still-engaged youth leaders.

Nov 21: Very much enjoyed participating in Green Zone activities at COP26. Connected with Indigenous Peoples, grass roots community members, youth activists, business people and many more focused on making positive environmental impact.

Nov 21: Loved joining the Ubuntu National School Meeting and IPAV in Lisbon – over 1,000 participants with an energized, rock-concert vibe. Wonderful catching up with Doaa Al Zamel, who provided an inspirational speech on resilience.

Nov 21: Discussed synergies between aims of MESPERO and with members of Ubuntu and IPAV: i.e. empowering youth as agents of change, promoting peace and justice education, and contributing to developing more inclusive and resilient societies.

Nov 21: Our Nuclear Climate Change side event held during the COP26 Climate Summit had this focus:  ‘Using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a roadmap, we mark an important milestone in promoting intergenerational, apolitical, and constructive dialogue aimed at contextualizing climate change while mitigating the existential threat of nuclear warfare and its resulting environmental impact.’

Nov 21: The Youth Council for our COP26 side event represented six nations, multiple disciplines and various universities. These talented individuals supported with organizing the event, conducting the related media, and planning subsequent activities. In a Central European University article, Youth Council Head Madalina Bot said that the event brought ‘novel angles to reflect and act upon.’

Nov 21: I initiated and moderated this COP26 side event panel in Scotland: ‘Existential Threats and Interconnected Solutions’. Lydia Omuko-Jung discussed climate change litigation, Sahil Shah provided the link to nuclear-weapon agreements, Aigerim Seitenova outlined nuclear-weapon testing at Semipalatinsk, and Hyab Yohannes discussed contemporary refugee issues. The panel then explored synergies for positive global change.

Nov 21: Ran a design thinking challenge for delegates to the Austrian Parliament’s Western Balkans program in cooperation with the European Fund for the Balkans. The aim was to support the European Commission with the Green New Deal.

Nov 21: Very proud of Kendall Alaimo and Malaika Oringo for addressing the UN General Assembly on the appraisal of the UN Global Plan of Action to combat trafficking. Both travelled to NYC and spoke about the necessity for survivor-led solutions.

Nov 21: Supported the Austrian Parliament’s Democracy Workshop Forum again this year. The event built capacity for various EU countries re. expanding concepts behind democracy, parliamentary life, media competence and the European Union.

Oct 21: Consulting educational institutions on the mental health challenges they are experiencing in returning students and educators. This global issue must be dealt with systemically -> DMHC.

Oct 21: As Director of Development for the International Forum for Understanding, I am co-organizing a Side Event for COP26: Nuclear Climate Change.

Oct 21: As a unique digital event for COP26, I am also releasing original or curated multimedia activities on climate change or showcasing a related youth-led initiative every day for 26 days.

Sep 21: Delighted to join a panel and hold a workshop in Moscow at the 4th Forum of Social Innovations of the Regions. My area of focus: workplace resilience in light of the pandemic.

Sep 21: My interactive ‘Burnout Management’ L&D workshop in Moscow was a major success. Hundreds of participants had come from all over Russia to optimize their workforce processes.

Sep 21: Participating in Moscow’s 4th Forum of Social Innovations was part of SDG2030’s September initiative focused on SDG 8:  Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Aug 21: Supporting a global entity to develop a burnout prevention and mitigation strategy for its employees. Workplace culture is directly connected to burnout occurrence and staff retention.

Aug 21: At European Forum Alpbach, I moderated this panel: ‘The Great European Transformation – A Digital and Sustainable Economy.’ Focus was on successfully mitigating the pandemic’s economic and social impact.

Aug 21: Panelists included Austrian Federal Minister Margarete Schramböck, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess, EU Commissioner Mairead McGuinness, and electromobility CEO Martin Klässner. Vibrant discussion!

Jul 21:  Marking the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, I initiated and coordinated a unique event and exhibition live-streamed globally; the aim was to highlight those with lived experience.

Jul 21: Sponsored by the International Forum for Understanding (for which I am the Director of Development), the broadcast also featured contributions from ODIHR, ISTAC, UNODC, and the Anti-Slavery Collective and various universities.

Jul 21: The related exhibition showcased the artistic autobiographical analysis of traumatic experiences of childhood trafficking of Laurent Ziegler along with digital contributions from Kendall Alaimo and Apne Aap.

Jul 21: Keynoted at #WGC, a high-level, online HR conference with 500 senior decision-makers in attendance. The topic: “Emotional wellbeing, mental health and resilience in the workplace.”

Jul 21: This is a cool graphic #WGC made about my speech – which applied a major transition management model to dealing with the implications of the pandemic on HR globally.

Jul 21: Developed a concept for creating scalable psycho-education and self-help digital tools to build immediate capacity for individuals and systems while iterating a scalable business model.

June 21: Given the success of last month’s eLearning initiative, now focuses on creating interactive learning material for SDG 14: Life below Water. With that aim, we have cooperated with classrooms globally to create digital games for different age groups.

June 2021: Supported the UN Vienna’s workshops for dealing with racism, hatred and misinformation online. Strategies for handling those areas and related reporting mechanisms were covered in this virtual initiative for educators

June 21: Doing a lot of virtual conference speaking this month about pandemic-related HR issues and concrete actions corporations can take right now to mitigate the expected challenges in Q3 and Q4 2021. Keeping the ‘human touch’ in the midst of digital transformation is key.

May 21: MESPERO is happy to add Humanitarian Community Life to its project roster. The focus is on building capacity for mental health and psychosocial support volunteers in Syria and Yemen.

May 21: A lot of progress re. my SHE OR HE Burnout Model. My article ‘A new model for dealing with pandemic-related burnout’ was featured by United for Global Mental Health, and SHE OR HE became a MESPERO project.

May 21: This month, created a 28-minute television and social media segment dedicated to ‘SDG 15: Life on Land’. We also featured original virtual learning modules and a project challenge for SDG 15.

Apr 21: Having taught internationally for decades, I’m very concerned about the mental health tinderbox awaiting schools globally next year. I’m often asked to join panels to discuss these topics, but eager to do much more on a systemic level.

Apr 21: For’s April initiative, I developed six health-related projects, ranging from equine-assisted therapy to an MHPSS initiative for Syria. Half of the projects have already received support, and we are pursuing contacts for the others.

Apr 21: I also set up a virtual art gallery called ‘SDG 3 as Art’ featuring photographers, painters and sculptors globally. As in-person galleries remain closed, it was inspiring to create this digital alternative showcasing health-related pieces.

Mar 21: As SDG 2030’s first initiative, we created a 75-minute interactive, online event for International Women’s Day 2021. Social Hackathon, Dynamic Storytelling, Special Guests… and so much more for SDG 5.

Mar 21: Thrilled to announce a co-operation with the NYC-based Manhattan Neighborhood Network to broadcast the SDG 5 event on its television channels. Many thanks to Co-Producer Gloria Messer.

Mar 21: Delighted to moderate an online workshop for the Austrian Parliament aimed at scaling its Democracy Workshop program to other countries. (photo: © Parlamentsdirektion / Thomas Topf)

Feb 21: Had the honor of interviewing Dr. Nora Sveass, dr. psychol. who is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Oslo and Chair of Health and Human Rights Info.

Feb 21: Chaired a panel on ‘Interfaith Cooperation as a Basis for Social Cohesion’ for the UN’s Interfaith Harmony Week

Feb 21: Founded SDG 2030 which will hold monthly interactive campaigns for SDG implementation.

Jan 21: Wonderful to speak at the Momentum 2021 event connected to Medium. I presented on strategies for handling burnout and introduced my new ‘SHE OR HE’ model for recovery and balance.

Jan 21: Due to the great response at Momentum 2021, I have decided to develop my ‘SHE OR HE’ model of burnout recovery and balance. Coming soon!

Jan 21: Enjoyed being a full-hour guest on the award-winning Shrink Rap Radio. We discussed everything from the pandemic’s collective trauma to global HR’s paradigm shift towards augmented analytics.

Dec 20: MESPERO has joined The International Forum for Understanding, which is based in Cambridge and promotes constructive dialogue for impactful solutions.

Dec 20: It’s official! MESPERO’s 2021 project ‘Scalable MHPSS Multimedia Tools for Low-Resource and Conflict Areas’ will focus on target groups in Syria and Kenya.

Dec 20: The Council of Europe is dedicated to human rights, democracy and rule of law. This month, I supported a project in relation to the prevention of torture and violent extremism.

Nov 20: Participated in Qatar’s World Innovation Summit for Health 2020. Really enjoyed engaging in discussions about The Digital Mental Health Revolution: Transforming Care Through Innovation And Scale-Up (credit: WISH).

Nov 20: Very honored to have received a letter from the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake in support of my TEDx Talk ‘helping to put the urgency of protecting mental health under the spotlight.’

Nov 20: The Paris Peace Forum was held virtually this year. Connected with many other attendees, especially regarding the urgency of Supporting vulnerable populations during pandemics (credit: Paris Peace Forum).

Oct 20: Loved giving the TEDx Talk entitled Protecting Mental Health in Crazy Times: A To-Do List. How do we promote healing for ourselves and for our societies? A checklist for building mental health and resilience.

Oct 20: Participated in the G20 Interfaith Forum with over 1,000 policymakers, religious leaders, experts and others. Especially interested in the panel on Refugees and Migrants with Focus on Women and Youth.

Oct 20: Spoke in various conferences focused on reinventing the workforce to build resilience and ensure organizational stability. Health crisis leads to financial crisis leads to social crisis – we need to be ready.

Sep 20: Delighted to report that MESPERO was among the winners of the Wonder Women Tech Hack for Humanity this month.

Sep 20: I’ve been invited to give a TEDx Talk next month on the theme of paradigm-shifting ideas for contemporary society. I will talk about mental health.

Sep 20: Took part in some of the United Nations General Assembly events again this year. I especially appreciated the “Women Rise for All” spotlight on female leadership guided by the SDGs.

Aug 20: The International Leadership Conference will be virtual this year and feature thousands of participants. I’m honored to chair the Africa-EU session dedicated to ‘Opportunity and Hope at a Time of Global Crisis.’

Aug 20: Delighted to participate in European Forum Alpbach for its 75th anniversary dedicated to ‘Fundamentals.’ For years, have appreciated the strong cooperation on topics such as media literacy and youth empowerment (© EFA).

Aug 20: In its new hybrid format, European Forum Alpbach has featured over 50 digital events curated by young people. I supported the Forum Alpbach Network in two such panels on critical contemporary topics. (©EFA, ‘Skills in a Connected World’)

Jul 20: In Colombia, one in five mothers is a teenager, and related mental health challenges are common. Worked with Colombian affiliates to devise an Impact Tech pilot addressing this marginalized demographic with digital self-care focused on promoting resilience and mental health. (credit: Unsplash)

Jul 20:  Happy to support the Regional Academy on the United Nations in mentoring young academics researching the role of partnership and cooperation in and beyond the UN system; our focus was on creating a sustainable and peaceful future for all via collective action for youth. #UN75 (credit: RAUN)

Jul 20: Consulting a university with increasing rates of depression and substance abuse among its now-remote students. Design-based and iterative solutions are key. Accordingly, UN SG Gutterres recently called for mental health solutions in which youth are empowered to ‘design and deliver the change’.

Jun 20: Enjoying the University of California Berkeley’s certification course on positive psychology and the sciencebased principles of happiness.

Jun 20: Have moderated and participated in meetings and global conference calls on Future of Work and Future of Education trends post-COVID.

Jun 20: Conducting an informal, exploratory (and fascinating) survey on preferences in mental health apps with the aim of optimizing the eventual design of MESPERO.

May 20: Doing a lot of organizational development consulting this month – companies everywhere are wondering how to come back stronger after the pandemic….

May 20: Taking an intensive online training course for building apps! UI, UX, coding, and wireframes – getting ready to cooperate with pros in building MESPERO.

May 20: Also working on certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Very rewarding to enhance my advanced degree in Clinical Psychology with new strategies for improving therapeutic outcomes.

Apr 20: Enjoyed serving as an incentive speaker on another Women’s Empowerment Program conference call for the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. The participants discussed their SDG MicroProjects. (credit: Viola Christian)

Apr 20: Here is my latest article published on Medium: Building Resilience during Crises, From a war zone to COVID19: Interview with Syrian playwright and artist Nour Barakeh. (credit: © UNHCR/ Stefanie Steindl)

Apr 20: I’m creating MESPERO, a digital self-care solution focused on emotional wellbeing and mental health. The aim is to build capacity with underserved groups by sharing evidence-based methods and support.

Mar 20: I’ve enjoyed getting back into writing during this lockdown. One of the articles published on Medium (Better Humans) is: ‘How to Thrive in Your New Home Office – Increasing productivity and avoiding burnout during the COVID-19 shutdown.’

Mar 20: Here’s another article published on Medium this month: Ten Tips for Leading Remotely – How to manage your team virtually during the coronavirus crisis. This article originated from ongoing coaching sessions I’m having with managers of multinationals.

Mar 20: More progress on my project which aims at enabling refugees in a Jordanian camp to have improved access to information on mental health while being empowered to advocate for their rights within a gender-equal context.

Feb 20: Made this website for Rania Ali. She has been nominated for the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award! We will travel to the UAE for the related ceremony. Good luck Rania!

Feb 20: And Rania Ali won the Tolerance Award in the Aesthetic Arts category! Very proud of Rania for this well-deserved honor and looking forward to witnessing her next steps (credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News).

Feb 20: Moderated an event in Rome linking
societal cohesion with tackling discrimination
along with xenophobia, misogyny and hatred
towards minorities.

Jan 20: Conducted SDG 5 Thrive workshops on digital storytelling for social change. Wonderful to reunite this amazing group again!

Jan 20: The digital projects I have been developing have taken shape and found interesting cooperation partners. The project emphasis is on young people, mental health, telemedicine, Early Childhood Development, public policy and the SDGs.

Jan 20: Honored to be given access to the World Health Organization’s QualityRights Initiative e-learning material, focused on building capacity for mental health services. A wealth of information to research for these next steps.

Dec 19: Served as an incentive speaker for the
Women’s Empowerment Program of the Ban
Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. Motivated
group of participants (credit: BKMC).

Dec 19: Consulting an NGO on strat coms for
advocacy outreach. The aim is to impact both
policy dialogue and awareness raising on GBV
and related issues.

Jan 20: Chaired a session at the United Nations in Vienna: ‘Interfaith Peacebuilding and Crime Prevention.’ Multiple entities converged to share findings.

Nov 19: Honored to moderate a two-day conference of data specialists connected to the EU Parliament (credit: Parlamentsdirektion-Jantzen)

Nov 19: ‘Throwback Thursday’ photo with Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz and Anya Schiffrin at EFA with the self-organizing group.

Nov 19: Discussing the connection between women’s security and the threat of various weapons systems (SDG Target 16.4) at an international conference.

Oct 19: Participated in two ‘Chatham House Rule’ events debating the future impact of Artificial Intelligence – both on the labor market and in the humanitarian field. Leveraging big data for social good is tricky, to say the least.

Oct 19: Did quite a few media interviews this month on topics ranging from the Austrian political landscape to the impact of US withdrawal from Northern Syria on the refugee crisis.

Oct 19: Developing a digital storytelling project enabling global youth to design eLearning modules. Emphasis is on youth of a refugee background and on preventing extremism.

Sept 19: A pleasure to speak about the humanitarian implications of Artificial Intelligence at an OSCE conference focused on HR topics.

Sept 19: Participated in the interactive data lab for the launch of the Women Count Data Hub, which provides public access to gender data that can be used to monitor SDG progress (credit: UN Women).

Sept 19: Delighted to participate in the Mental Health for All Evening Reception. HM Queen Mathilde of Belgium and President Maada of Sierra Leone keynoted (credit: SDG Action Zone).

Aug 19: What an honor to interview former UN SG Ban Ki-moon, a truly inspiring world leader. Many thanks to the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens for having facilitated this opportunity (credit: EFA – Matteo Vegetti).

Aug 19: I accompanied the self-organizing group of Scholarship Holders for part of their journey. Here they are developing a storyboard for the video  we did  together (credit: EFA – Bogdan Baraghin).

Sept 19: Attended the United Nations  General Assembly and corresponding SDG Action Zone activities in New York. Had some talks about a series of new digital projects I am developing.

Aug 19: Our first interview at European Forum Alpbach this year was with Pascal Lamy, former DG of the World Trade Organization, current President of the Paris Peace Forum (credit: EFA – Matteo Vegetti).

Aug 19: Nour Barakeh, Suad Mohamed and I interviewed H.E. Ban on everything from defunding war to promoting the SDGs. Stefan Yazzie Herbert was the videographer (credit: EFA – Matteo Vegetti).

Aug 19: With Jeffrey and Sonia Sachs at the pitch of the Telemedicine team at EFA. Suad Mohamed is part of this team with a medical background and a compelling digital project.

Jun 19: Participated in the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty SnT 2019 conference. Wonderful to see Marjeanne Nour at this important event.

Jul 19: Spent the weekend in Stockholm with the SDG 5 Thrive Founders. We consolidated plans for some exciting new projects focused on education and integration…

Jul 19: What an honor to co-interview former Austrian President Dr. Heinz Fischer at the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (credit: WVPU).

May 19: Honored to chair a panel at the Diplomatic Academy with OSCE and UNIDO. Focus on creating
employment opportunities for young women.

Jun 19: It was my pleasure to support Suad Mohamed in preparing for her great speech for World Refugee Day 2019. (credit: KAICIID)

Jun 19: I wrote an op-ed which questioned how a recent political decision will impact capacity building regarding integration. (credit: KAICIID)

Apr 19: I’m stateside again for a week doing organizational development consulting and holding related workshops. I’ve missed the cherry blossoms in D.C.!

May 19: Participated in the Mayor’s reception celebrating the ‘40th Anniversary of the Vienna International Centre’ in the stunning City Hall. Most Vienna-based UN organizations were there in promotion of multidisciplinary cooperation.

May 19: UNHCR and others have partnered with Yo-Yo Ma on the Bach project to promote positive social activism. Delighted to meet UN SDG Guterres again at this event (credit: Caritas).

Mar 19: Had a great visit to the office of Austrian Parliamentarian Dr. Alma Zadić. Creative cooperation between government and civil society is crucial in reaching the SDGs.

Mar 19: Working in Madrid quite a bit this month due to an organizational development project. Wonderful city and great team!

Apr 19: Spoke at a UN event exploring capacity building in the Global South. Innovative and collaborative approaches for reaching the SDGs are critical.

Feb 19: Woman power at the United Nations in Vienna! Suad Mohamed (to my right) and I both joined panels at the “Migration and Interreligious Understanding in the Age of Globalization” conference.

Feb 19: In Seoul, South Korea for a series of conferences. At the Sunhak Peace Prize ceremony, Waris Dirie won for her anti-FGM work, and Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group, won for his efforts to eradicate poverty through agricultural innovation.

Feb 19: So nice to see former UN SG Ban Ki-moon again at the Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development in Seoul. Former Austrian President Heinz Fischer was also in attendance (credit: BKMC).

Nov 18: Honored to speak at the ‘RELX Group SDG Inspiration Day Amsterdam’ which explored the power of partnerships. RELX Group has been at the forefront of innovation in related areas. (photo credit: Minji Kwag)

Jan 19: Honored to have made this website for Doaa Al Zamel – A Syrian refugee, she is one of 11 survivors of the 2014 Malta migrant shipwreck that killed approximately 500.

Jan 19: At the United Nations Vienna to meet the young researchers of the study I reviewed: ‘Electoral reform in Haiti: Ensuring increased women’s participation.’ SDG implementation. Congratulations to RAUN for a great conference!

Oct 18: The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) segment that we shot last month on refugee topics in Austria aired. Many thanks to ORF and to the Austrian Parliamentary team supporting this program.

Oct 18: Did some organizational development consulting focused on learning architecture in Sicily this month; great project. Also took a few days to see the incredible sites in Taormina and Catania. Mt. Etna awaits…

Nov 18: Foreign Policy in Focus ran an article of mine discussing Assange and press freedom issues

Sept 18: Filming an Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) television segment covering various elements of my initiative to impact the narrative on refugee topics in Austria. Shown are: Doaa Al zamel, Suad Mohamed and Nour Barakeh.

Sept 18: I co-moderated the ICDO event at the Vienna City Hall and was very happy to see Rania Ali again. A journalist, her “Escape from Syria: Rania’s Odyssey” has been viewed over 9 million times (credit: Abdulla Abood).

Sept 18: For the International Day of Peace, I initiated a refugee-related event at The World Museum. Many thanks to Second President of the Austrian National Council Doris Bures for hosting, to Doaa Al Zamel, Rania Ali and Nour Barakeh for their keynotes, and to Suad Mohamed for her contribution.

Aug 18: Held ‘Be the Media’ workshops at European
Forum Alpbach. I emphasized media literacy in the
context of societal cohesion, violence prevention,
and user-generated content.

Aug 18: At European Forum Alpbach, I have held
seminars and talks on topics ranging from capacity
building for human rights to peer-learning methods
(Photo credit: © Laurent Ziegler / Forum Alpbach).

Aug 18: Pure joy after our theater piece premiere.
The topic was preventing violent extremism in
youth in post-war settings. Honored to have
former UNSG Ban Ki-moon in the audience.

Apr 18: Co-hosted a two-hour event at the massive Wiener Stadthalle event center. 10,000 participants in the audience and far more via live stream. The event aimed at promoting dialogue and action around
human rights.

May 18: Spoke on a panel at the No Home for Hate
event re. social media’s effects on the perception
of women and girls in society and strategies for
dealing with hate speech and attacks on females
in digital spaces.

Jun 18: Had the pleasure of meeting Ambassador
Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel of Afghanistan at the
Women in International Security Vienna event at
the Diplomatic Academy. We discussed gender-
driven violence and mitigation factors.

Feb-Mar 18: Participated in the Opening Session at Elevate, an interdisciplinary festival uniquely combining critical political discourse and contemporary music and art.’ This year’s event focused on Risk and Courage. (photo credit: Elevate)

Feb-Mar 18: At Elevate, I gave a 45-minute talk on the Psychology of Risk and Courage. ‘How can the natural urge for personal growth impact life’s adversities?’ Is there a shared psychological denominator in courageous people?’

Feb/Mar 18: Met with some of the most impactful whistleblowers of our time: Thomas Drake, Matthew Hoh, Cian Westmoreland, Jesselyn Radack and others. Humbled by those who sacrificed so much for the greater public awareness.

Jan 18: Doaa Al Zamel has been described as ‘the refugee boat hero who saved a child and stirred a continent.’ This amazing young Syrian woman spoke eloquently at our UN SDG 5 event (photo credit: UNIS Vienna).

Jan 18: In the Opening Session of the ACUNS Vienna 2018 Conference, Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization keynoted on the importance of empowering women in achieving peace. (photo credit: UNIS Vienna)

Jan 18: Closing shot of the wonderful team of volunteers who carried out our three-day United Nations event dedicated to exploring SDG 5 within the context of refugee issues. Honored to have been the Conference Coordinator.

Dec 17: Poster for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) event I initiated and will help moderate. Two of UNODA’s Global South graduates will join, along with Doaa Al Zamel. We will discuss disarmament, inspiring young people… Side Event live-streamed to viewers on four continents.

Dec 17: Final planning stages for the three-day conference I am organizing to take place at the UN Vienna in a few weeks. Massive volunteer effort but will be worth it. Heavy media involvement, live-streamed interaction with universities, etc.

Jan 18: The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation’s Klaus Unterberger (Public Value) and Andreas Pfeifer (Intl. News) on stage. Karuna Parajuli discussed the role of women in post-armed-conflict, peace-building efforts. (photo credit: Webster Vienna Private University)

Sept 17: At the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, I moderated an event which joined stakeholders in aviation security to reduce human trafficking. Here with Airline Ambassadors Intl. President.

Sep 17: Moderated another event at the UN Vienna. This one focused on issues around human rights and the importance of promoting tolerance among at- risk communities.

Oct 17: Delighted to participate in “Agenda 2030: Global Goals for Business” at the UN Vienna. We discussed market potential for the private sector among other topics (photo: UN Vienna).

May 17: Airing in the USA of my televised interview with Dr. Alex Wellerstein, a historian of science who specializes in nuclear weapons and nuclear secrecy. Wellerstein discusses innovative tools such as NUKEMAP.

Aug 17: For the third year in a row, I have helped organize Genbaku No Hi, a United Nations event which honors those who died at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and calls for nuclear disarmament.

Sept 17: I moderated the panel on ‘Perspectives for the 21st Century – Migration, Refugee Crisis, European Identity’ at a Peace Day event at the United Nations in Vienna.

Mar 17: Spent the afternoon at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) filming a news segment about contemporary challenges re. racism, xenophobia, and human rights.

Apr 17: Supported a workshop at the United Nations in Vienna for educators to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals and related human rights factors such as regarding refugee issues.

Apr 17: Airing in the USA of my televised interview with Dr. Robert Jervis, Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University. We discussed human rights and non-proliferation.

Jan 17: Spoke at Act.Now’s International Mayors’ Conference focused on refugee ‘Children under
the Radar.’ Emphasized human-centered and
trauma-informed approaches.

Feb 17: Wonderful to see Ela Gandhi again and to take her for a private tour of the Parliament. As a Parliamentarian in South Africa, she was integral in developing the country’s Constitution.

Feb 17: Inside the ornate Federal Assembly Chamber of the Austrian Parliament, Ela Gandhi reminisced about her grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, and her time with Nelson Mandela.

Dec 16: At the Czech Republic Foreign Ministry, took part in a global forum for disarmament and human rights. Warsaw Pact signed in this room.

Jan 17: Took part in the event at the UN in Vienna for the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.

Jan 17: I supported the coordination of the ACUNS  conference at the UN Vienna on implementation of the 2030 Agenda for the SDGs.

Sep 16: I co-organized an International Day of Peace  conference at the UN Vienna. This ACUNS/UNODC event looked at the importance of intercultural understanding and disarmament for sustainable development.

Nov 16: “Femicide Watch” event with UNODC, OSCE and others aimed at systematizing data collection and analysis on gender-based violence. I arranged TV coverage from the Austrian Broadcasting Corp.

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Nov 16: Part of the multidisciplinary team promoting “Femicide Watch” to reduce violence against women and girls. This digital initiative, aiming at prevention, will curate, categorize and contextualize global data.

Aug 16: Invited to Kazakhstan participate in a global conference of government representatives, religious
leaders, and disarmament experts: Building a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World.

Aug 16: A military person accompanying us to Ground Zero of the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan – measuring radiation levels with a handheld Geiger counter.

Aug 16: Lunch at the Semipalatinsk Test Site. To my left is Ela Ghandi, the former parliamentarian, peace activist, and granddaughter of Mahatma Ghandi. What a beautiful and inspiring soul.

May 16: My Letter to the Editor of the New York Times was published. Denuclearization Must Be Global argues for multilateral nuclear disarmament and a halt to the current related spending expansion.

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May 16: Attended Geneva’s Open-ended Working Group of the UN General Assembly on nuclear weapons. A significant working paper was submitted by 126 states which had endorsed the pledge originating at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in 2014.

Mar 2016: Supported in the UN Vienna screening of “Burden of Peace”, a documentary about the pursuit of justice and the importance of empowering women as agents of change. The film looks at the first female Attorney General of Guatemala, Claudia Paz y Paz, who tackled genocide and fought impunity.