Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Inspiring Leaders: Leading with Purpose (meet Alpha Bah)

How do you lead people who are risking their lives to help others? How do you manage the conflicting needs of so many different stakeholders?

Alpha Bah, Deputy Country Director at the World Food Programme in Bangladesh shares his experiences and perspective on leading in very complex environments, helping people through wars and natural disasters, managing uncertainty and ambiguity, while keeping people motivated to bring out their best. This interview is brought to you by Myriam Callegarin, Executive Leadership Coach and founder of LAJ Global,

Happy wedding anniversary and happy birthday to a very special woman

Happy wedding anniversary (16th July) and happy birthday (21st July) to this special woman in my life. 

Thank you for making me whole, Mariama.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Eid Mubarak!


Eid Mubarak to you and your loved ones!

As we celebrate this special day (Eid ul-Fitri) with our loved ones, I pray for the oppressed around the world. May Allah ease their pain and suffering. I pray for the oppressor. May Allah touch their hearts to ease the pain of the oppressed, to treat them as fellow human beings who deserve dignity and respect. As humans, we all pursue a life of peace, joy and happiness. A life where we can coexist in dignity and respect for one another. I pray for these things.

If an alien should visit our planet, even if for a day, and observe the way that we are destroying each other, the way that we are destroying the Earth - the only habitat that we know today - it will be wondering "Hey, what's going on?"

May Allah bless us all.

Friday, December 11, 2020

The World Food Programme (WFP) officially received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 in Oslo, yesterday 10th December 2020

The World Food Programme (WFP) officially received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 in Oslo, yesterday 10th December 2020.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize to WFP "for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions. for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war."

This award is a tribute to the, close to, twenty thousand women and men who go to work every day and night to ensure that the most vulnerable don't go to bed on an empty stomach. This award is an acknowledgement of the support of our families and loved ones who are constantly encouraging us to keep going on. Above all, this award is also a recognition of the contribution of millions of people who are committed to the "good fight" in ending hunger and starvation. It is to those who are making "good trouble" (borrowing from the famous words of John Lewis) in advocating for the end to hunger and the use of hunger as a weapon of war. This is to all those who say "enough is enough and never again in my name". Thank you for standing up for what is right.

"We believe food is the pathway to peace" - David Beasley, WFP Executive Director

In his acceptance speech, the WFP Executive Director, David Beasley, reminded us that this is a "call to action". In this era of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 270 million people are marching to starvation. "We have to love our neighbour as ourselves. We have to love our neighbours as our equals". It is only through this love that we can help change the lives of our fellow human beings. Let's step up and contribute in any way we can. We all can do this!

I'll end by quoting one of my favourite heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr.