We are delighted to promote the passionate and talented people that have benefited from our Personalised Career Coaching to find sustainable professional well-being. Here you can learn more about some of OrientaEuro’s clients’ stories, projects, and professional profiles:


Ronak Ahmadloo

Ronak Ahmadloo was born in Iran shortly after the Islamic revolution and emigrated to Belgium at a young age with her family. Even though she always dreamed of creativity and travel, her family culture encouraged her to follow a traditional study and career path. Her life was good, but for years, she couldn’t recognise herself anymore in her corporate day job- until she was ready to do something about it. Luckily, her husband and she were on the same page on that matter.

What is your project about and how does/could/will it add value to others?

“For us, ‘Doing something about it’ translated into quitting our day jobs and setting up our own company. My husband is a photographer, and I am a business engineer who likes to write - we didn’t yet know what we wanted to/could do together, but we knew it was going to be our own thing. Then we set off and travelled for a while to figure things out- slowly so that we could get to know each place and to learn from its people.

Our experiences during this time, as individuals and as a family, are definitively shaping us. For us, a defining element of travelling has been the people that we meet. So, we decided to document all of this, firstly for our son to see when he grows up, but also to share with anyone in the world who would be interested.

Documenting our encounters has translated into asking people we meet 3 simple, yet fundamental questions: What makes you happy? Angry? Sad? This process makes us all stop and think about the essentials in life, but it also teaches us about one another. We believe that showing the differences and similarities on these topics around the world can result in more awareness and empathy, which will ultimately make us all grow.”

How have your talents and passions informed your choice to pursue this project?

“I am not sure. A university friend of mine told me a while ago that it was certainly the skills and talents that I had learned and developed during my studies and my career that made me confident enough to take on such a project. School and work certainly sharpened some talents, but they also dimmed others. They gave me the tools to be able to travel the world: organisation, languages, money, etc. But it was really my passions about traveling and creating that finally nudged me over the edge and led me to pursue this project. I guess it really is a mix of both worlds.”

How do/will you obtain personal and/or professional well-being from this? How is it a good match between your talents, your passions and meaningful opportunities to add value to others?

“On a personal level, this project will allow me to know myself and my family better, to explore other ways of living, and define better how I/we want to lead our life.

On a professional level, many have told me that this would create a gap in my career. I disagree. This is a time that I am taking for creation and learning, in order to better align my passions and talents, and to find my purpose. If I ever do go back to the corporate world, I believe it will have added immensely to my drive and my sense of “thinking outside the box”. And if don’t, it will mean that I have been able to create another way of working sustainably.

I also believe that we are not alone in the reflexion we are going through about life in general. We hope that our personal experience can inspire others to pursue their own passions. We also hope that the questions we ask will make people think (both those who answer and those who watch), open up more to others, and maybe even relate to each other better.”

What are the 3 key benefits that you obtained from OrientaEuro’s coaching?

“1. Believing in myself and our project.
2. Shaping my project.
3. Accepting that success does not come in only one shape.”

In which ways does your professional well-being affect your general well-being?

“It is very much linked. I had always believed I could separate my personal and professional lives, but that is a complete illusion. All of the frustration and anger that I build up at work directly spill out into my marriage, my relationship with my son and with those close to me in general. What’s more, it creates a contradiction within me that puts me out of balance. This had been the case for many years and it was time to make a change.”

How would you define “success” on this project? At the moment, what are the biggest challenges/needs for your project to "succeed"?

“Our first goal when we started travelling was to get to know ourselves and define how we wanted to live better. But we also want to genuinely share our experience and inspire others to overcome their fear about projects outside the normal path and just give it a try.

Then, we definitively want to pass something on to our son about these travels (aside from the day to day adventure). So, creating a full documentary about the people we meet around the world and the 3 questions would be another success.

We also believe that this documentary would be beneficial for a larger audience to see. It makes you reflect on your own life, learn about others, and hopefully build up empathy and compassion for them too. We want to find a way to show it to as many people as possible.

One challenge, at the moment, is communication. In order to share our project with a large audience, we need to make people aware of it. For example, getting media coverage, in any form (but mainly digital) would of course help. The next challenge is skills: we are learning as we go forward about making videos, writing websites, blogging, etc. What we produce is not perfect, and we appreciate any feedback and suggestions. Of course, at some point, there will be a financial challenge. We won't be able to sustain ourselves forever without making any income (which we are not, at the moment – we are financing our travels with our savings). If there is enough interest in our project and we decide to go on for longer, we should consider sponsoring/crowdfunding campaigns.”

Is there any way people could support your project? (donations, ideas, contacts, press, whatever... just say, you never know!)

“We could definitively use help with communication: following and sharing our social media, media coverage, word of mouth.

Any help in the form of skills would also be more than welcome: feedback, suggestions, etc...

And finally, if you are interested in our project and would like to help us keep going financially, don't hesitate to get in touch.”

If potential partners / clients / suppliers want to know more about you and your project, where could they read more or get in contact with you?

Here is our email address: YouKanRok@gmail.com

See our presentation video here: https://youtu.be/2lnEo0n4E_I

See our latest video on the 3 questions: https://youtu.be/2lnEo0n4E_I

Any other comments that you’d like to add?

“Deciding to leave our regular life behind, at least for a while, was a very scary decision, but it was an inevitable one for us. Starting to travel, and letting go of our old habits was, and still is, very hard – we had to cheer ourselves on so that we didn’t quit during the first weeks. Thankfully we didn’t, we pulled through, and now the experience that we are living, discovering people and different ways of living is priceless. This is the biggest treasure that we get from our travels. And when we see/hear that others are touched by it, it means the world to us.”


Simon Van Dorpe

Simon Van Dorpe was born and raised in Flanders. He studied law in Wallonia and ended up as a journalist in Brussels. He is married to Lena and very recently became the proud father of Maïa. He likes sports, reading, and traveling.

What are your main strengths?

“Integrity, curiosity, creativity, strategic thinking and language skills. I think journalism is the profession where I can best combine these.”

Do you have other talents that are not a passion for you?

“Some tendencies are conflicting – I have recently considered working in the political or corporate sphere, but in my view that would have implied giving up on the independence (and perhaps also integrity) that comes with the journalism. I believe these priorities can change, but always keep in mind that the grass may seem greener on the other side.”

Do you have any other passions that are not talents?

“I try and develop those skills for which I believe I have at least some talent. That is why I never played a musical instrument. But I enjoy listening.”

Which industries do you have experience in?

“I don’t know if journalism counts as an industry – it is a great way of getting to know many different spheres of society. I have specialised in business and political journalism and more recently in legal journalism. I would like to end up in a more general role.”

Please describe an ideal working day.

“Bump into a source who gives me a worldwide scoop, finally finish off that article I have spent a lot of time and effort on.”

Please describe a nightmare working day.

“Find out that an article I just published contains (very) wrong information, have people threatening to take an article offline, nobody answering my calls or emails.”

How do you obtain well-being from your professional life?

“I continuously learn and structure my thoughts, often speak to interesting people and have the impression that I help the world a bit by providing it with correct information.”

How does your professional well-being affect your general well-being?

“Very much so. We are one and indivisible.”

What are the biggest challenges for your professional well-being?

“Finding good sources.”

What made you come to OrientaEuro?

“I was in a period where I needed a professional change and met Roger (OrientaEuro's director) at the right moment.”

What are the key benefits that you obtained from OrientaEuro’s coaching?

I have two very important ones:
“1. It helped me to define exactly what direction I wanted to take by combining my aspirations and my skills.
2. It helped me to take action to achieve those goals.”

Any other comments that you’d like to add?

“Thanks! I am recommending OrientaEuro's coaching to everybody.”

What is your LinkedIn public profile?

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/simonvandorpe


Laura SullivanLaura Sullivan is a passionate social activist with 15 years experience in NGOs and the EU institutions. She started working for ActionAid International ten years ago and she has been the Director for Europe and the Americas these last couple of years. She is about to leave her job soon, but she will stay on as Vice President to the Board of Concord, the Confederation of Development and Relief NGOs in Europe, acting as their main EU spokesperson.

Concretely, she specialises in campaigning and in rethinking NGO organisational strategies to effect change globally. Beyond that, she is a big fan of language and all things musical!

What are your main strengths?

“Public speaking; political strategising; facilitation; leadership skills: I've been using most all of them in my more recent roles with ActionAid and hope to keep that up. Public speaking and strategising have been pretty constant over the last 12 years or so. Leadership skills and facilitation are newer.”

Do you have other talents that are not a passion for you?

“Yes, writing. I was tempted to focus on writing and go into print journalism but ultimately decided against it because I'm not good with tight deadlines and felt that I may not get enough space to write about social justice, as I would want to. So I basically chose an alternative route going into NGO communications!”

Do you have any other passions that are not talents?

“Local politics and community organisation (I keep them as a hobby to be developed).”

Which industries do you have experience in?

“I have experience in NGOs and state/public institutions, but I would also be interested in working with foundations.”

Which positions/roles do you have experience in?

“NGO leadership: I would like to pursue this further as I'm only getting started.”

Please describe an ideal working day.

“Preparing and delivering a speech for an event with high potential to influence decision makers.
Lunch meetings with colleagues on designing/delivering a strategy.
Speaking to journalists about what we are trying to do, a particular justice campaign.
Speaking to a class of university students about the same.
Writing a blog to tell a story of change.”

Please describe a nightmare working day.

“Dealing with a conflict driven by egos and power games!
Working on a detailed log-frame or spreadsheet for a donor funded project.
Attending meetings that are poorly facilitated and prepared/do not have clear objectives or outcomes.
Facilitating a 3-hour plus Skype call for 20 colleagues across 4 continents and dealing with technical problems that disturb the flow and ability of people to participate.”

How do you obtain well-being from your professional life?

“I put in place barriers to ensure that I find the right work-life balance (that sometimes work!)
I write and agree clear plans with my boss that focus on my talents, passions and what needs to be done, drawing from the 80-20 principle: 80% of it motivates me, 20% is what I just need to do to get the job done!”

What are the key benefits that you obtained from OrientaEuro’s coaching?

“1. Very practical support to deal with leadership and management related dilemmas that are occupying a lot of my time and head space.
2. Pushing me to look beyond me as the organisation to me as a person, who also has objectives and development needs!
3. Really simple and creative tools to help me think about the next steps, that turned out to be extremely useful (particularly as a major restructure was announced 6 months after I did the course!)”

How does your professional well-being affect your general well-being?

“I take great pride in my professional work and put a lot of emphasis on my professional well being so they bleed over to a great extent.”

What are the biggest challenges for your professional well-being?

“Finding the next role that will maximise on my talents, passions and contributions to the world!”

Any other comments that you’d like to add?

“Simply that I have been recommending OrientaEuro's coaching to people for the last year, since I did the course, and I will continue to do so!”

What is your LinkedIn public profile?

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/laura-sullivan-39714355/


Vicky Martinez DorrVicky Martinez Dorr is the leader of a concept that aims to help people develop their inner talents and make them shine. "A fruitful merging of coaching + branding; bringing together a tangible mix of tools to help those who need to add assertiveness to their entrepreneurial ideas and consequently put them out into the real world."

Vicky has a background in public relations in Buenos Aires, marketing & advertising in Brussels, and coaching with NLP & Time Line Therapy® in London. All of this is reflected in 13 years of work experience in corporate sales, marketing & communications around the world.

Stuck, frustrated and lacking in motivation were the words that most resonated with Vicky at the time when she created her own concept; a concept that encompasses guidance on self-assertiveness and creative branding (for people or businesses). It is especially useful for those who have decided to jump into the entrepreneur and freelancing world.

What is your business/project and how does/will it add value to others?

“Making People Shine is a concept that I had in my head for a long time. I use Coaching with NLP and TimeLine Therapy® to help people rewire their brains and change their mindset towards becoming an improved version of themselves. If that is all they need, we stop there. Otherwise I can go a step further and help them develop their own (business) idea including strategy, goals and branding. The purpose here is to bring out the inner talent the person has, that for some reason has been silenced until now.”

How have your talents and passions informed your choice to pursue this business/project?

“My talents and passions were trying to make me aware of my potential for a long time, but I was too busy in the corporate world to pay attention to my own world. I had a kind of -unconscious- detachment caused by fear and uncertainty. Nevertheless, I am a strong believer that the universe always conspires to bring you what you want, even if that means a sudden life change event. So, one day, I invited myself for a coffee and had a serious talk about my future. After 3 hours of an honest and raw conversation, I hired myself and put a plan together to Make People Shine…”

How do/will you obtain professional well-being from this? How is this a good match between your talents, your passions and meaningful opportunities to add value to others?

“How will I obtain professional well-being from this? Simple. By being myself and doing what is closest to my core. To my essence. Nothing is more rewarding than being in a position of wholeness between what your passions are and how you transmit that into tangible experiences for others. It’s not work, it’s part of your daily life. It’s not an effort, it just flows.”

What are the 3 key benefits you obtained from OrientaEuro’s coaching?

“OrientaEuro’s entrepreneurs coaching gave me the final push I needed to make my project happen and If I had to summarise it in three main benefits, those were: a very straightforward reality check filled with professionalism, a touch of encouragement, and a different business perspective.”

In which ways does your professional well-being affect your general well-being?

“In every single way. Choosing my professional well-being came as the result of first setting my general well-being standards. Call it lifestyle, time spend, goals, priorities and so forth. I chose the professional well-being that better suited the life I wanted for myself. And I adapt it accordingly.”

At the moment, what are the biggest challenges/needs for your business/project and/or for yourself as an entrepreneur?

“As an entrepreneur I know that this world is quite complicated, nevertheless it is a wonderful world. From my end, the engines of “making people shine” are on, and challenges are popping up on a daily basis, however, I would like to point out a kind of “general need”, not only for myself but also for other entrepreneurs, which is the creation of a common space where we could gather and help each other, share experiences, shorten paths, and share best practice. Like an association that we could all benefit from.”

If potential partners / clients / suppliers want to know more about you and your business/project, where could they read more or get in contact with you?

Website: www.vickymartinezdorr.com
Email: shine@vickymartinezdorr.com


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