Ms Miriam Fugfugosh is a freelance workshop designer and facilitator with nearly 20 years’ experience. She engages with professionals of diverse affiliations on topics of leadership, political analysis and advising, as well as on diversity and inclusion.
Miriam regularly contributes to the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) course offerings. She teaches in their leadership courses and designs and direct the Centre’s coursework for Political Advisors delivered several times each year. This includes modules specifically for the European Union Security and Defence College and for the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Miriam worked as a full-time staff member at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) for over eleven years in various capacities including as a Course Director and as Deputy Head of the Regional Development Programme. She also led the GCSP cluster of activities around gender for over two years and established the first course specifically for women in leadership at the Centre. During her time at the GCSP, Miriam contributed to a culture of experiential learning tailored to adult-learning needs; to the expansion of course offerings and dialogue events; and, to the increase of diversity among course participants and speakers.
Earlier in her career, Miriam worked at the grassroots level in community outreach and development projects in Bolivian townships, in inner-city California, and in rural South Africa – the latter in her capacity as a United States Peace Corps volunteer. These project beneficiaries included youth populations, educators, migrants, low-income families, homeless individuals, recovering addicts and former convicts.
Miriam holds a Master's degree in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California; and Bachelor's degree in History from the University of California, San Diego. She has completed certificates in ‘Conflict Transformation and Dialogue Facilitation’ with the Institute for Conflict Transformation in Bern, Switzerland; in ‘Leadership Development’ with the Centre for Creative Leadership in the United States. She is also certified in the ‘Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behaviour (FIRO-B)’ instrument that explores interpersonal needs and related behaviours and serves as a catalyst for positive behavioural change in individuals, teams and organisations.
Miriam is currently studying English Literature part-time at the University of Geneva. She is Swiss, Somali and American, a proud mother of two boys, and speaks English, French and Spanish.