Season 4 of The Social Change Career Podcast

Who says engineers can’t change the world?” Radwa Rostom’s Career

 A women engineer from the global south revolutionizing housing and poverty crisis in her native Egypt. Radwa Rostom, is also an Ashoka Fellow, a Climate Fellow from Echoingreen; nominated most influential Arab women under 40 among other distinctions. Episode 1 of Season 4 (click on the link for the show notes and more info on her work) tells the story of Radwa’s creation of her award-winning social enterprise Hand Over that utilizes sustainable construction for the sake of community development. 

“The Lit. Review Method for becoming a successful impact professional” by Dr. Christopher Zambakari

After spending 10 years in refugee camps in Central Africa, Christopher Zambakari and his family arrived to the U.S. No war or any other obstacle -like not getting a job immediately after graduation- stopped him to becoming a successful academic, practitioner and business owner with degrees in Law, MBA and a PhD. Learn about “The Lit Review Method” for changing the world and becoming a successful social change professional in Episode 2 of Season 4 (click on the link for the show notes and more info on his work)

“Certifications, Fellowships, and winning resumes for the Future of Social Change Work” by Bri Riggio

PCDN contributor and career advisory council member as well as PCDN friend, Bri Riggio is an NCDA certified Career Advisor with years of experience advising hundreds of students from top universities in social change careers. In Episode 3 of Season 4 you will hear from Bri’s earlier years and struggles that led her to become an extraordinary professional. From why certifications work great; the in and out of Fellowships and tips for winning resumes. No social change professional can’t miss this episode.


Like the series Friends, the days of having “Northern Experts” working in the Global South are so 1990s. Now, not only do we have Netflix but also it is possible to find a Congolese peace activist and researcher that live and work in Bogotá, Colombia. Yes. This episode is dedicated to exploring the life and career of Christian Cito Cirhigiri. With eight years experience supporting youth participation in peace building processes in Eastern Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Colombia.  Christian is the founder of Peacemaker 360, a global campaign that connects young peace building professionals through storytelling. He currently is leading a countrywide study funded by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. In Episode 4 of Season 4 you will hear how Christian Cito is NOT afraid of using his passport and changing the world. Today in Bogotá…. And next? Stay tuned.

Episode 4 of Season 4 is brought to you by The Rotary Peace Fellowship and the Graduate Program in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence at the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University.


You made it in life when it is impossible to fit your accomplishments in one go.  But when you remain a good human, it’s even better.  It is a tremendous honor to have as a guest Dr. Mary Fitzduff who is one of the leading academics of contemporary conflict resolution and coexistence policy. Irish-born activist, educator, writer and academic, and more importantly, a very good human being. In Episode 5 of Season 4 you will hear from D. Fitzduff earlier years, her involvement in conflict and post-conflict Northern Irish policy development; her tenure at the Heller School for Social Policy and interests in Neuroscience; Followership and her most recent book on Donald Trump.

While originally from Medellin, Colombia, Federico has worked all over the world developing partnerships and is an organizational management expert focused on youth and leadership development. As a child, de wasn’t learning Chinese and practicing for standardized tests, in fact he played a LOT of video games growing up, traded college for adventures with pink dolphins and now co-directs the newly Impact Hub in Medellin. In Episode 6 of Season 4 he talks about his passion for global youth engagement at the largest scale, the Sustainable Development Goals and how he one of the key figures behind the biggest most interesting social innovation labs in South America.

A kid from the 1980’s who rode his bicycle without a helmet and benefited from an outdoor childhood grew up to develop a very successful career on sustainability as it intersects with business. In Episode 7 of Season 4 you will learn how Kevin grew to become one of the world’s pre-eminent business consultants and teachers in the field of sustainability. He is the CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, a consulting firm focused on demonstrating the bottom-line business benefits of sustainability and then leading companies through successful implementation.



Growing up in a civil war is –unfortunately- no that uncommon for many of us. But raising someone to break the cycle of vengeance and hate in the midst of war is remarkable. This was the childhood of today’s guest. Born and raised in the midst of Beirut’s 15-year cruel civil war, Hamadi Mehdi, learned from her parents the value of education and on-the-ground peace and reconciliation. In Episode 8 of Season 4 hear about her experience in the Graduate Program at the Heller School for Social Policy & Management and what she is doing now to bring about positive social change through her work at the International Committee of the Red Cross.


Juliana Gutiérrez closes Season 4.  In Episode 9 of Season 4 hear about Juliana’s earlier years playing with rural kids while her parents worked in remote areas; being totally lost after high school and applying for everything under the sun.  Learn the fascinating journey of how Juliana has become a nationally and internationally recognized climate change professional and entrepreneur.     



Season 4 is brought to you by The Rotary Peace Fellowship and the Graduate Program in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence at the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University.

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