I Run

I run – well, more like slide – my way down a steep vine-covered slope. I snuck through an old gate on an abandoned property on one of Nairobi’s most exclusive streets, and now I’m in a forest that seems to just go on forever. Only a 20-minute run, but with one turn, I’m at a…

A Running Robbery at 2:42pm

(15.03.17) 2:42pm. A thick arm wraps around my neck – I get yanked to the ground, somewhere in Johannesburg’s inner city. 1:07pm. I sit at a café in the center of South Africa’s hipster haven. A reclaimed neighborhood in Joburg’s heart, I’ve landed in Southern Africa for the first time. And just looking around, at…

Asylum & Eye Contact in a Time of Division

(25.01.17) A night like this, I need to write, to walk, to be. And apologies if this one is a little too stream-of-consciousness, but it’s me. What is real? The conversation I have at a networking event, yes, it feels good, but that business card I hand over, crumbled and a little discoloured from a…

2017: A Business Born?

365 days of trying to pull it off. That’s how I view 2017. This is the year where hard work could impact thousands of children. Or I can fail. Sure, there are in-betweens. But honestly, I think it’s pretty binary. We are going for it, making it harder in so many ways because if it…

2016: The Year of Temporary Homes

2016 was my first year as a real life adult. That’s not to say I have mastered the art of diligently flossing, or fully understand the global health insurance package I bought – I have a long way to go. But this year, I worked, lived, travelled, and adventured like a relatively functioning adult human…

3 Reasons We Must Go Beyond “F**k 2016”

“F**k 2016!” It’s a statement on repeat. The headlines, the water cooler conversations, and in our very psyche as a society. Fear has become an everyday reality for millions, negativity has become the norm. Trump. ISIS. Brexit. Syria. The list goes on. I too, sat in a daze staring at incredulous election results in the…

5 Lessons, from a 365-Day Relationship with Liberia

This is the first of a series of posts through December looking back on my last year as the: Entrepreneurship Lab Architect; Just School Director; Liberia Country Director; Emerging Markets Product Platform Lead; and now Emerging Markets Director for Hampton Creek. I want to share 5 pieces of advice to my almost 23-year-old self just…

#ZeroHunger? The Dignity Model

A model to solve global food security based on dignity, not charity? What would it take? And most importantly, would it ever work? Or is it just some crazy idea discussed at universities and in the cafes of DC, Geneva, and London. Sure, nice thought, but really? That’s just not how international development works. The…

Coming Out of Autopilot

Do you know that feeling when you switch gears on a bike to make it harder to pedal, and you can go way faster? I feel like I have been on that easy gear for the last two months, leisurely pedaling away and making slow progress, but not learning or growing the way I do…

Holey Socks, Stability, and Other Such Things

Stability comes with it the opportunity to set up a life, to make a home someplace, to buy decent quality possessions. Yet, hear I am on the plane, my old surf t-shirt, $20 dress shoes with holes in the soles, and speaking of holes, you don’t want to know about my current sock and underwear…

A Liberian beating, in the name of LEC.

July 2nd. 12pm. The Matadi riverside community of Monrovia. A crowd. A white man with tattoos, an orange t-shirt, and a mop of graying hair. Two men handcuffed together. A set of burly Liberia National Police (LNP) officers. The burly officer smashes his baton into the back of the handcuffed man wearing a bright green…

My Community of Contrasts

The waves are my iPod, the setting sun my waypoint, the contrast of crumbling slums failing into the sea next to the expat apartment buildings secured behind barbed wire, my backdrop. Tonight, I feel back at home. Down the beach past where the eye can see, ocean waves crashing into my legs with each step….