“I am from Yemen, a country of rich culture and history. One thing in particular is the architecture. There are many sites such as the Old City of Sanaa, Dar al Hajar, and the city of Shibam, that are all very famous of their old buildings built of mud bricks. The buildings have survived hundreds of years and many people still live in these buildings today!
There are many delicious dishes in the Yemeni cuisine, among them all there is one called ‘Bent AlSahn’ which translates to ‘The Daughter of the Plate’. Also, have you ever wondered where the name ‘Mocha coffee’ comes from? In fact, the coffee beans can be found in a port city in Yemen and the name of that city is ‘Mocha’.
Having lived in different countries, I have also come across many interesting cultures. The best part of meeting different people and learning about their life is that I find so many similarities between us. There are a lot more beautiful things we share in common than we may have thought.”
“I work on remote participation in conferences. At the moment we are the only organization in the U.N that provides multilingual interpreted remote participation that is accepted by interpreters. While working with them, I was very surprised to find out that interpreters have to listen, think and speak at the same time and it is mentally damaging if not limited to short bursts.”
“At school there was one straight way to achieve success and everyone followed it: the best went faster and scored better than the rest. Working for the UN has shown me that there are multiple ways of reaching a goal: it is possible to take a different path and still get there. I used to be dismissive of what I considered suboptimal approaches, but not anymore.”
“I was born in Barcelona, Spain, then lived in Geneva, Switzerland, London, England and Sydney, Australia, then back to Barcelona and now Geneva again, so I have almost gone full circle. I have three nationalities, yet I don’t quite miss a thing from any place as I feel that I am a citizen of the world. One thing that has happened that has touched me? Being a father to my two daughters… every day.”
“I have always wanted to work for the United Nations. A dream came true and I feel that this experience has made me more open to new ideas and different mentalities. I am able to, at least, understand more clearly, why people react in a certain way and I have become less prejudiced.
I come from Livadeia, a small town in central Greece, where the sunlight is so special that I find it the best way to start a day. I miss it along with my family and my friends.”