Orianne Aymard (Ph.D.) is currently a Research Associate at the Center for South Asian Studies (CERIAS), in Canada. She was previously a Visiting Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, and is the author of When a Goddess Dies (Oxford University Press, New York). In addition, she worked for several years for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Policy Planning Staff and Crisis Center) on religious issues, violent extremism and human rights, as well as for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), especially in Africa and in Haiti in the midst of the post-earthquake emergency. She also climbed some of the highest mountains in the world, such as Lhotse (8,516m) in 2019, and is currently in the process of publishing a book about her ascent of Lhotse. Based on her experience, she gives conferences on learning to surpass oneself and facing crisis situations, but also to strengthen one's capacity for resilience and one's leadership.
Dr Orianne Aymard
Research Associate, Center for South Asian Studies (CERIAS), Canada
4 March 2021