Are you a resilient nomad?
Nicole de Paula
Welcome! I am Nicole de Paula, founder of Resilient Nomads and Executive Director of Global Health Asia Institute (GHAI), a think tank based in Bangkok, Thailand. Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, and resilient, my goal is to act as a social architect bringing a diverse group of people together to research and inform the linkages of health and well-being with sustainable development, environmental conservation, and social equity. I am convinced that improving sustainability communication is urgent and for that reason I decided to make Resilient Nomads a reality while I voluntarily joined the Commission for Education and Communication (CEC) of the IUCN-The International Union for Conservation of Nature- for the period 2017-2020.
As a background, I hold a Ph.D. in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and, for the last decade, I have been myself a “resilient nomad” traveling and working in more than 50 countries to understand and explain the main advancements in sustainability happening around the world.
I attended multiple United Nations negotiations on the most relevant international agreements to date, such as those related to climate change, biodiversity, chemicals, financial and urban affairs. My mission is to inspire people to not only travel for pleasure but also for a cause. In my opinion, getting to know other countries and cultures is the best way to overcome prejudice, instigate a sense of globalism and stimulate the view that there’s no human health in a sick planet! I am originally from Brazil, but have lived in France, the US, the UK, and Thailand. I’m truly glad to see that Resilient Nomads has the potential to bring a community of like-minded citizens who care about the well-being of both humans and the planet.