I'm mixed heritage, from Jordan and the Philippines, so I have always existed in between cultures. I also completed my high school education in Italy at one of the United World Colleges, which exposed me to various nationalities, cultures and personalities. By the time I graduated from university in the US, I already have lived in 5 different countries. In total, I've lived in 8 different countries and speak 8 different languages, so my interest in international relations stems from how I came to understand the (increasingly global) world around me.
I’ve worked in various positions in international relations and development in the United Nations, World Bank, and the Jordanian Embassy in Washington DC. I joined Google in 2014 as a Public Policy and Government Relations Senior Associate, and functioned in an almost diplomatic role for the company. Our team built strategic relations and partnerships with key regional organisations that were involved in policy making for tech and the Internet, including the United Nations, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Through these experiences the strongest skill I have cultivated is my adaptable and open global mindset, making it natural for me to communicate and translate knowledge and skills - such as mindfulness - to a diverse range of people.
I started my own mindfulness journey over 8 years ago when I discovered yoga, which I found as a stressed young diplomat in Washington DC 10 years ago. The yoga students I saw in my gym looked so calm and relaxed that I wanted to experience what they had! Once I walked into the yoga studio things changed from that moment. Yoga helped me to be more grounded and centred, but I also attribute my yoga practice to realising my awareness for the first time. From there was an easy transition to mindfulness, but it wasn't until I joined Google that I experience first-hand (through my training in Google's renowned "Search Inside Yourself" corporate mindfulness program) how mindfulness can be applied to our day-to-day lives, specifically at work. I deepened my mindfulness practice through the teachings of Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield and Thich Nhat Hanh, and became an internal trainer for mindfulness at Google. After obtaining a certification with the mindfulness-based Asian Leadership Institute in late 2017, I decided to branch out and share these practices with a wider audience as a corporate-based mindfulness trainer based in Hong Kong and the wider Asia Pacific region, and the Head of Growth at Potential Project, which is a global leader in providing customised, organisational effectiveness programs based on mindfulness.
I've been coaching informally my whole life. I was usually the go-to person for friends and colleagues what were struggling with complex work/ life issues, and I'm still constantly coaching myself to deepen my happiness and health. More formally, I was introduced to coaching practices through Transcend International when I joined in 2018 as Head of Growth & Development, and started training with them to become a coach.
I left Google for yoga, mindfulness and a move towards the wellness industry. I choose to focus mostly on coaching because I believe in its power to change individuals. It's so rewarding for me to work one on one with people who are motivated to change and take things to the next level in their lives. I believe individual impact reverberates outwards - it's the foundation of large scale change.
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