Power with Purpose

Five women who are really changing the world. Through their action, they are tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems. Through their attitudes and words, they are illuminating the path for others.

Devex, the media platform for the global development community, has announced yesterday the names of the five women leading their 2016 Power with Purpose list, a leadership recognition for the most influential women.

I would like to present them here, each of them through some of their inspiring words :

Purpose is to have a guiding star, a very clear North, that brings together everything that you do in life. Never work unless you’re passionate about it, do not compromise your passion.

Christiana Figueres, a Costa Rican diplomat, is the woman behind the Paris Climate Conference agreement.


Embracing the gentleness that comes with being a woman is actually even more powerful.

Eleni Gabre-Madhin, an Ethiopian economist, created the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX), a tool that allows Ethiopian farmers to be linked to the global economy and get a fair price for their crops.


Brace for change, and when change comes, grab it ! It is an opportunity, even if it is a little scary. Go with it !

Kristalina Georgieva is a Bulgarian economist who is now European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, who has dedicated her life to tackle humanitarian crisis trough the world.


You need to have focus to to whatever it is you want to do, and to have clarity.

Fayeeza Naqvi is a Pakistani philanthropist, co-founder of the Aman Foundation, who launched the AmanAmbulance Service in Karachi, to ensure timely and high quality ambulance services in a city where fifteen percent of severely injured children used to die en route to medical facilities.


Keep trying to make a difference ! Whatever happens to you, you know you went down fighting !

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is Nigerian economist who fought corruption and poverty as Nigeria’s finance minister, and now fights for the 19 millions children still in need of vaccines.



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Thank you Mandela

“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
― Nelson Mandela

Historic day

Historic day

Today’s post is dedicated to Egyptian people, civilians and miltary people, that have given a great example to the world with their courage, strenght and no-violence.

A few tweets there to remember this moving day, that opens a new era for Egypt, Arabic world, and probably the whole world. Winds or 1989.

These tweets are full of hope, proud and also humor:

Uninstalling dictator… 100% complete
████████████████████████████ #Egypt #Jan25 #Tahrir #Mubarak
installing now: egypt 2.0: █░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░…

Ordinary people making history. V proud moment.

I am optimistic. The military will be for the people. The new government will experience birth pains This is the nature of growth.

We don’t need any more proof that young people and collective action can change the world.

Joke : “After ‘Victory Friday’ in Tunisia & ‘Liberation Friday’ in Egypt Gaddafi has decided to abolish all Fridays”.

People from all over the world are tweeting: Dear Egypt, don’t worry about the tourism money you lost over the last 17 days. We’re coming!

Sending love and light to #Egypt! You people are an inspiration & the world has learned so much from your tenacity and spirit for change!

“I was born the week Mubarak assumed power – in all my life I have never seen the streets of Egypt erupt like this”

A Historic Day #Feb 11 – Nelson Mandela walked free from Victor Verster prison on this day, in 1990. #Egypt #Africa

Thank you People of #Egypt for what you have shown us all about democracy, youth, hope, dignity & peace.

Paulo Coelho
The world only gets better because people risk something to make it better. Congrats Egypt.