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If you are poetically inclined, you might like to read a couple of poems I wrote about what I love, and what I do.  If you are looking for a more formal biography, then please read on.  I hold a degree in Law and Economics from the University of Pantheon-Assas in Paris (1989), a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College (1991), and a MA and M.Phil. in Political Science from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University (1997).  I taught Columbia College’s core curriculum course on the history of Western thought (“Contemporary Civilization”) for several years while pursuing a Ph.D in Middle East Politics, which I did not complete.  After leaving academia in 2001, I co-founded a small consulting company that worked for several years with visionary leaders, organizations and networks like the Fetzer Foundation, the Solar Circle, and the Tipping Point Network.  I also carried out a two-year long research project about the emerging field of transformational philanthropy, with funding support from the Threshold Foundation and a New England philanthropist. In 2006, I co-founded a community organization in Cape Ann (New England) that focused on supporting collaboration amongst local leaders, innovators, and residents working on sustainability-related initiatives.  Since 2009, I have been living a nomadic life between Bali, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, writing and reciting poetry, exploring flow funding and grassroots philanthropy, meeting and connecting inspiring change-makers, and practicing whole body meditation with kindred spirits.