Negar is the co-founder and Director of the Global Whole Being Fund (GWBF), an international fund supporting the humanitarian and long-term needs of people on the move (forcibly displaced people). The GWBF identifies and invests in effective and innovative organizations, especially those led by impacted communities. Through its partners, the GWBF serves more than 1.5 million people across key migration routes through frontline organizations.
From 2009 to 2015, Negar worked on 20 international development projects in nine countries with UN agencies, governments, bilateral donors, and NGOs. Negar also runs her coaching practice ‘Resonance Coaching,’ supporting individuals and teams.
IN WHAT WAY DOES NATURE INSPIRE OR INFORM YOUR WORK?
My work breathes and lives through nature! On a philosophical and value-level, my work is inspired by ecology. Within a vibrant ecosystem, every element plays a vital role and depends on another. I see my work centering and supporting impacted communities through philanthropy through the lens of ecology. On a more practical level, I seek out inspiration through the Redwood forest on a daily basis. Spending solo time underneath the Redwoods revitalizes me and gives wings to my ideas.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PART OF A THRIVING ECOSYSTEM?
Rather than competing with one another, I believe that we can build and nurture a vibrant and resilient ecosystem. Such an ecosystem allows each element (actors) to complement each other and support one another through that process. A thriving ecosystem allows for reciprocity and collective growth.