Nassim is now based in Seattle after 5 years abroad in Afghanistan, Cuba, and Turkey. She has just co-produced the audiobook for Aria (click here for a sample and here to buy it) with a very talented cast of actors and singers, including Susan Soriano and Ziba Shirazi. She hopes to have a publication date for her second novel, Say I Am You, very soon, and is currently experimenting with a third book--a sassy memoir.
Nassim is proud to have a chapter in Tremors, an anthology of new fiction by Iranian-American authors, edited by the amazing Anita Amirrezvani and Persis Karim.
She continues to be very active in the TED Community, attending 3 conferences this year (including TEDMED for the first time) and doing some behind-the-scenes curation and speaker coaching. She is thrilled to be guest-curating and guest-hosting a session at TEDGlobal this June with Gabriella Gomez-Mont, with a focus on the Middle East and Latin America. The legacy of TEDxRainier lives on (November 9-10, 2013 will be its fourth year!) thanks to the tireless work of Phil Klein, and she had the pleasure of emceeing one of the sessions last November. Together with the visionary John Cary and Courtney Martin, she will be launching a Speakers' Bureau of fresh, emerging, and diverse voices (with a focus on TEDFellows).
Doctoring takes many forms these days--from human rights work domestically and globally to tech consulting and even a medical counsel possibility. She plans to return to the Country Doctor Community Health Clinics at the end of a year-long maternity leave.
Nassim's long-term dream is to start a Peace Center based in Beirut that focuses on Middle Eastern women, soft power, and reconciliation across national borders, languages, ethnicities, and religions. To that end, she is returning to Lebanon this May to run in the first, annual, women and girl's race there (running in the Beirut Marathon as part of a multinational peace team in 2011 while visibly pregnant apparently caused quite a stir).
Watch this space for more news, or you can always follow Nassim's latest thoughts and discoveries on her twitter page.