Consultant • Coach • Social Designer • Facilitator
MPhil, Cantab • MBA, Fulbright
Nadia is a multidisciplinary consultant and the founder of Alphard. She is also a certified cross-cultural dialogue facilitator, and a certified emotional intelligence coach, based on Dr Daniel Goleman's research and the only coaching certification he released.
Nadia's specialties revolve around organizational culture and behavior, innovation, social entrepreneurship, wellbeing, emotional intelligence, and workshop facilitation. She is fascinated by interpersonal and cross-cultural dynamics, and has a passion for tackling people-centered problems in organizations and in society.
Her expertise lies at the intersection of business and the social sciences. Before founding Alphard, she worked as an organizational change consultant with SHM Productions in London. Prior to that, her experience included investment banking and business advisory roles at EY, Bank ABC, and as an independent consultant in Bahrain and London. She has worked with clients such as Olayan Kimberly-Clarke, The East India Company, Tamkeen, GEW, Aion Digital, The Best You and more.
Nadia completed her MBA as a Fulbright Scholar in the US specializing in Culture, Organizations and Social Innovation. She also holds an MPhil from the University of Cambridge.
Nadia is actively involved in Bahrain’s startup community as a mentor and trainer, and has launched or been a part of various community initiatives in her nonprofit work.
Me? I'm a failure
Professor Albert Sorel taught me the little I know
He said you want to be what?
Are you rich?
Can you legitimately add a famous name to your own surname?
Then forget diplomacy
But what'll I become?
That's not a profession, not yet
Travel, write, translate
Learn to live everywhere.
Begin at once!
The future belongs to the curious!
~ Jules et Jim, 1962
It’s always a challenge to label and explain what I do (or can do).
My curiosity, thirst for growth and my stubborn intuition have guided my career journey so far...
My expertise and interests lie at the intersection of business and the social sciences. Sometimes that means working on an organizational culture project in the corporate world, other times facilitating a design thinking workshop for social entrepreneurs. It might entail working 1:1 with someone as an emotional intelligence coach, or being part of a research team for a gender study.
I’m fascinated by interpersonal and cross-cultural dynamics, and have a passion for tackling people-centered problems in organizations and in society. Any project that falls within this realm, falls within the realm of my interest. It’s what I’m passionate and endlessly curious about.
Being Dutch-Bahraini, and having lived in the Netherlands, Bahrain, US and UK, my life and career have always entailed juggling a mixture of cultures, contexts, professions, languages, and ways of thinking. And throughout it all, always following a path of curiosity and driven by a genuine desire to be a contribution in building a better world for all.
I deeply believe it is in the in-betweens of things that the answers to our biggest questions can be found. These spaces in between is where my identity, my talents, my thoughts, and my physical being have always belonged and where they have found the most comfort. I find logic, insight, beauty, and innovation in synergy. There is a place for specialism in today’s world, and it is an important one. For me, it's in curiosity, synergy, and renaissance.
I’ve been exploring and refining my niche across business, social science, entrepreneurship, and human potential for over 15 years. And in doing so, always starting with myself. Experimenting with and working on projects that enable me to facilitate the same for others and support them on their own journeys.
I find myself constantly pushing my edges. It scares me yet I can’t seem to help it. I always want to be growing and pushing my comfort zones. I’m dedicated to lifelong learning and I believe the possibilities are endless. In growing to greater heights of external achievement and, internally, becoming the best version of myself that I can possibly be. A better person and a better professional.
Certified Cross-Cultural Dialogue Facilitator
Soliya | UNAOC
MBA | Culture, Orgs. + Social Innovation
MIIS | Fulbright
MPhil | International Development
University of Cambridge
“Nadia loves and appreciates knowledge and its utility, and is able to apply them in ways that aren’t as obvious to most others.”
“Nadia is always willing to change her mind, but will challenge everything first. She shows flexibility and sternness - together.”
“I love your multiculturalism and open-mindedness. I love that you have a corporate side and a full moon meditation side.”