I recently moved to Brussels, Belgium. I started my career in the field of negotiation in 2002 working with Vantage Partners, a consulting firm in Boston, MA spun out of the Harvard Negotiation Project. With Vantage, I’ve helped companies institutionalize interest-based methods of negotiation, joint problem-solving, and conflict management in their organizations. Over fifteen years, I’ve developed and facilitated training workshops for a variety of industry-leading companies, including Deloitte, TIAA/CREF, Johnson & Johnson, Applied Materials, and Kraft Foods. Seven years ago I began working in the world of education to introduce interest-based negotiation and creative problem solving as life skills taught at educational institutions, from secondary schools to universities. I’ve had the privilege of working with dozens of schools and teachers, and thousands of students across continents, and with leading associations like Fulbright, Teach for All, the Young Presidents Organization. I’ve also applied my experience in creative, principled negotiation as the Producer of several documentary films, and was honored to be a Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow. I completed my bachelor’s degree at Princeton University in Psychology and my M.A. in Non-Profit Management and Leadership at the International School of Hebrew University.
I was born and raised in Brussels. I hold a Master degree in Political sciences and a Master degree in Development and cooperation. After my studies, I started working in a Belgium association in the field of discrimination and racism, before moving to work in education. I taught French and communication in a secondary school in Brussels. Teaching was for me really exciting and challenging as my students were facing strong learning problems in addition to their difficult socioeconomic background. I then turned a new page of my career by entering the European Parliament as a Political Counsellor. Over 4 years, I had the pleasure to work in an international environment and to explore in depth a wide range of political, economic, social and cultural questions. In 2014, I started working abroad in an international organisation doing advocacy and project implementation and program development. After I gave birth, I decided to go back to Belgium, and met Avi who was starting this wonderful project of gathering students to learn practical negotiation skills for a positive impact on their daily lives. These students come together to meet with students from different socioeconomic backgrounds and Communes, about which they often know nothing or a little. Working with youth in education is a way for me to make a positive contribution and to fight inequalities.