Leena Barakat - Mother, California born Palestinian / Strategic Partnership Director, Tides.org
Robert Young Pelton - Migrant Expert, Best Selling Author, War Journalist & Filmmaker
What's This About? "30 Seconds from Istanbul..."
Robert Young Pelton
Author and filmmaker Robert Young Pelton is renown for overcoming extraordinary obstacles in his continued search for the truth.
Pelton’s career consists of bypassing media, border guards, and military groups with the purpose of getting to the heart of the story. In his travels to and through the world’s most dangerous places, Pelton shares risks with his hosts and is often the sole surviving witness to history-shaping events. His recent journeys have taken him inside the siege of Grozny in Chechnya and to the battle of Qala-I-Jangi in Afghanistan. He was present at the rebel campaign to take Monrovia in Liberia, and accompanied the CIA in the hunt for Bin Laden in Pakistan’s tribal areas. He kept company with insurgents during the war in Iraq, and spent four weeks with Blackwater, in the RPG Alley in Baghdad.
Pelton’s travels have not been without penalty. He has been kidnapped by right wing death squads in Colombia, survived both a plane crash in Indonesia and a head-on motorcycle accident in Peru, and gracefully endured numerous detainments and attacks. Want to know more about Robert Young Pelton?
Check out his autobiography, The Adventurist and website: Comebackalive.com
Guest Leena Barakat is Palestinian born and raised in southern California, now serving as Strategic Partnership Advisor for Bay Area based Tides Foundation.
Leena’s consulting clients include the Huffington Post and Berkeley Program for Entrepreneurism and Development and the Holt Prize.
Empowerment WORKS first met Leena in her role as Director of Operations and Business Development at fiscally sponsored project, Visualizing Impact, a creative social change meets data visualization enterprise based in US (via EW), Lebanon & Canada.
With a background in Human Rights, Social Enterprise, and a passion for social change, we’re grateful to hear Leena’s perspective on human security in the US.
Melanie St.James, MPA
Chief Inspiration Officer, Empowerment WORKS
Melanie has dedicated her life promoting collaborative solutions for a thriving world. Through sustainable development research in Senegal and Zimbabwe, she identified '7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS)' as a universal framework, and the genesis of Empowerment WORKS. Her thesis, "A New Population Theory: Human Security as a determinant of fertility rates" called for more cohesive, interdisciplinary policy making to support local self-determination.
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