ABOUT ME

Passionate About Supporting Your Growth 

I am a leadership, career and life coach, with extensive experience working in the (humanitarian and development) aid sector. I grew up in Algeria and France, and since then have lived and worked in six countries. I am multilingual and coach in both English and French.

Prior to becoming a coach, I was an advisor and project manager in the aid sector, mainly with the United Nations system, including in developing and post-crisis countries (Egypt, Afghanistan, Sudan, Maldives). My areas of expertise and experience include strategic planning, change management, capacity building and program management. I also worked in the private sector in market research and branding.

Today, I partner with organizations and individual clients, mainly global executives and professionals in expat assignments, in several areas, including:

  • Leadership skills development

  • Resilience skills and stress management

  • Career and life transitions, especially those specific to aid workers and expats

  • Cross-cultural misunderstandings and challenges

  • Work/life priorities

  • Goals setting and planning

 

I have coached professionals working in organizations such as UNICEF, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and Planned Parenthood Global among others.

 

My coaching engagements are highly individualized and respond to each person's unique situation and goals. I am creative and playful and love to use my artistic side to think outside the box as I "dance in the moment" with my clients.

Certifications
Qualifications
  • I'm a Certified Professional Co-active Coach (CPCC).

  • I'm also a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). Professionally, I abide by the ICF code of ethics.

  • I'm a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Coaches Training Institute's (CTI).

  • I'm also trained in Organization & Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC).

Fun Facts
  • I'm an amateur jazz singer and occasionally sing in venues in New York City and Paris.

  • I'm a global nomad and do not have a fixed address. 

  • I have so far coached people native of more than 40 countries, the majority of whom live in countries different from their country of origin.

  • I'm on a personal quest to visit at least one new country each year (I've been to 70 so far and counting).

  • I'm a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.

  • I learned to drive in Cairo, Egypt. Meaning behind the wheel, I am capable of the best, and the worst. (No offense meant, Cairo and Cairenes, you know that I love you!)

  • I have a Master's degree (cum laude) in International Relations from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).

  • I have a nerdy side, holding two post-graduate degrees at the master's level, as well as a post-master’s French DEA (a doctoral program in Middle Eastern studies).

  • In the area of coaching and leadership development, in addition to my certifications, I have rigorous training in a number of modalities, including Non-Violent Communication, Mediation, Positive Psychology, Dale Carnegie's Leadership training, Meditation and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

  • I coach in French (native) and English and have a good command of German, Spanish and Arabic. I don't coach in these languages yet, but if you wish to swear in them or go on a rant, I will be there, listening and understanding you.

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