In October, Nassim joined the leadership team of MEDICC as its executive director. MEDICC promotes US-Cuba health collaboration and highlights Cuba's public health approaches to inform the quest for health equity worldwide. After 25 years of studying global health systems--starting with a year of family planning research with the Ministry of Health in Iran in 1991--and fighting for health as a basic human right, Nassim is thrilled and honored to work with MEDICC, an organization she has admired for more than a decade that is at the leading edge of showing the world that health for all is possible, even on a low budget. You can learn more about Nassim's new work here.
Her new life chapter follows four wonderful years at TEDMED (three of which included directing stage curation and speaker performance) and a 3 month creative sabbatical, during which time she launched a new podcast with Debra Jarvis called The Art of Risk (available on podcast platforms everywhere starting early 2017), and spent a lot of time in nature unplugged from her devices. Nassim had fun being on the other side of the mic in a long-form interview by Ryan Ross of the Fierce Focus show.
In her seventh year as a TED Fellow, Nassim continues to be very active in the TED Community. She recently hosted a concert at TEDSummit, took part in a live conversation about refugees with UNHCR Chief Spokesperson Melissa Fleming, and published a TEDEd lesson with Dr. Brian Levine on the science of artificial babymaking. TEDxRainier lives on, now as TEDxSeattle, and is in its 7th year.
Doctoring takes many forms these days--from human rights work to tech consulting to being a drop-in primary care doctor at her beloved Country Doctor Community Health Clinics.
Nassim's latest literary publications are a chapter in Tremors, an anthology of new fiction by Iranian-American authors, edited by Anita Amirrezvani and Persis Karim. She also has an entry in Hedgebrook's cookbook.
One of Nassim's long-term dreams is 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 has had great fun participating in various races of the Beirut Marathon and curating a TED talk by the amazing May el Khalil about it (Running in the Beirut Marathon as part of a multinational peace team in 2011 while very pregnant 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.