To start at the very beginning, I was made in Baghdad, born in London to an Iraqi Jewish father and a Lebanese Christian mother, and educated at an English public school.
Growing up with that challenging blend has given me a sensitive antenna for different perspectives, and a deep curiosity and understanding about people and what makes them tick.
I continue to bring that ‘outsider’s’ perspective to my work today, questioning the status quo to bring fresh perspectives to my clients.
So, working with me, you can expect a rich transformational journey – I am rigorous, caring and sometimes challenging, always with a good measure of compassion and lightness. You’ll learn more about who you are and how you got here, and explore how you can develop in new ways to open up greater possibilities for a more fulfilling and rewarding professional and personal life.
For more information about my coaching approach, you can read this short paper I’ve written about my style of coaching.
Almost all of my life, I’ve been working with people, first with a long career in the voluntary sector, and then getting involved in coaching in the mid-1990s.
Over the last twenty years, I’ve worked with thousands of people all over the world, both individually and in groups as a coach, trainer, mentor and facilitator.
I’ve had a leadership role within the coaching profession, first as founding co-President of the International Coach Federation’s UK chapter in 1998, and later as an ICF global board member. I’m accredited as a Professional Certified Coach by the ICF. I’m on the Editorial Board of Coaching at Work magazine. I’m also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Over the years, I’ve trained with a wide variety of coaching schools, most significantly with Newfield Network, where I was individually coached and trained by Julio Olalla, Newfield’s founder, eventually becoming one of Newfield’s senior trainers, leading transformational coaching programmes and seminars up to Master Coach level in Europe, Asia and Africa.
I remain a passionate learner committed to my on-going professional and personal development. I have long-standing Iyengar yoga and meditation practices. In my spare time, I walk and read a lot, as well as catching up on movies and plays in London. I’m also learning to play the piano.
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