Dr. Niousha Roshani

Building a Career at the Intersection of Tech & Social Impact, Insights from the Global South

At PCDN we were planning on launching a group career coaching option to help even more people advance careers of impact.

Then, COVID-19 happened. So here is the deal: We are opening four decades of  expertise and to help you. Once a week. For free.

Join us via every week via Zoom for a highly interactive session and come with any questions, your challenges,  or favorite tips on building a career of social impact. We will do our best to guide you in this time of crisis.

When: We will be online at Noon Eastern Standard time every Thursday for the foreseeable future as long as there interest from our community. You only need to register once to participate (see below for a full Questions & Answers on this initiative.)

Focus of the Sessions: Most weeks we will pick a theme based on the feedback from our community, but we will welcome a broad range of questions. Our next session on May 14, 2020  will focus on the How to Build a Career at the Intersection of Tech & Social Impact with strong guidance for those based in the Global South featuring leading social innovator, technologist, researcher, peacebuilding, youth development and educator Dr. Niousha Roshani.

Why is PCDN doing this?  Because we are dedicated to helping changemakers at all stages access the tools, resources and information to advance careers of impact. Plus, PCDN.global was created to help as many people as possible around the globe and we’re even more committed to service this trying period.

How do I sign up? Register here . Once your registration has been approved, you will receive information on how to participate.

How do I participate? Each week we will be on Zoom  Participants will receive information via email about how to login. You will either need to download Zoom on your computer, tablet/smartphone (we recommend using the app to be able to have a more engaging experience) or you can call in via phone via the numbers provided.

Is there any cost to participating? No, our goal to help as many people as possible , it is free.

Can I participate when I want? Yes, all you need to do is register. Then you can join in whenever you have time.

How can I ensure my questions are addressed? While we will make an effort to address as many questions as possible, we cannot guarantee we will be able to get to everyone. Questions can be posted at anytime in the Social Change Career Helping Line or free to drop us an email at info(at)pcdn.global

Bio for our expert guest:

Bio: Dr. Roshani is a visionary and creative leader with a global approach and citizenship, and a sense of service and purpose that have contributed to her optimism and passion for justice and human rights. She has acquired a diversity of skills in languages, research, policy and practice, management and hands-on experience working in more than 25 countries in directing organizations and programs, establishing strategic partnerships and working with innovators, CSOs, philanthropy, the private, public and third sector.

In her present and past roles, she has been advising governments on child rights, youth advancement, digital rights strategies and establishing global partnerships; guiding the private sector on diversity, equity and inclusion; designing and leading digital rights and entrepreneurship initiatives with young people (SSA, LAC and MENA); on tech + policy (LAC); on best practices for journalists to report on young women in digital media (Asia); and addressing misinformation online with journalists (Europe, Africa and LAC). She co-founded Black Women Disrupt together with Zakiya Carr Johnson, unlocking untapped talent and resources, and harnessing entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology to foster sustainable growth and inspire competitive standing for young Black women on a global scale. She is currently a fellow at the Portulans Institute researching AI in Africa and Latin America. She was a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, an IDB-ALARI Postdoctoral Fellow on Race and Public Policy in Latin America at the Afro-Latin American Research Institute and a research fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

For over a decade, she served as the Executive Director of the Nukanti Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging and empowering young people in LAC, Africa and Europe. Additionally, she has 20 years of public and private experience in managing and promoting human rights and development in racial justice, gender equality, citizen participation, micro-finance, capacity building, emergency relief, livelihood restoration, social impact and risk assessment, DDR, rehabilitation of IDPs, and agricultural development. She holds a PhD in Education from the University College London (UCL) and a Master’s degree in international development from Cornell University.

Where else can I go for help? PCDN offers a number of ways we help our community for free including

  • We highly recommend joining our free Social Change Career Helping Line. This is the world’s first free, peer and expert sourced space for building careers of impact. Members (to date we have 3500 members from over 140 countries) can get support and share their own insights 24/7.
  • We also produce the Social Change Career Podcast featuring some of the world’s leading changemakers & innovators who share their journeys to building a career of impact. We cover diverse sectors from peacebuilding, social entrepreneurship, tech and social change, impact investing, humanitarian relief, startups and more. Each episode includes in-depth actionable advice for changemakers.
  • Subscribe to our newsletters and get the world’s best curated content (including jobs, fellowships, funding, events, news & inspiration) connected to the SDGs and all things impact) in your inbox.
  • Read our Career Series We have hundreds of posts on building a Career of Impact that you can access for free (and we continue to add more content).
  • Check out our Opportunity Board Find jobs, fellowships, internships, funding, trainings, events and more in nearly every corner of the world.


What happens if I need more support in my career journey? We do offer very affordable career coaching that includes customized one-on-one coaching to help you get from passion to hired. We are uniquely qualified as we have over four decades of combined experience in the social sector, have conducted groundbreaking published research on building careers of impact, have built NGOs, social enterprises, worked & consulted at leading academic institutions, NGOs and conducted programming, evaluation and impact work in multiple sectors.  We’ve also hired many people, mentored hundreds of people around the globe, and also had successes and of course some real failures (quitting jobs, working for organizations that run out of funding and more). We have a 20% discount on our career services during the covid-19 epidemic. If you have questions get in touch or setup a free 15 minute exploratory chat.

Will sessions be recorded/viewable later?

We are recording many of the sessions to be viewable later (we will let people know prior to each session if it will be recorded).  If you have a sensitive question that you would like us to raise in the session anonymously drop us an email with your request at info(at)pcdn.global. If you do ask a question during the open discussion, it is important to be aware that if the session is recorded, your question/comments  will be included in the video recording.

What are you doing to help ensure the security/privacy of participants?

To help ensure security we are having people register and to be approved to participante in the session.  Only those who have registered can participate. If anyone enters a session and tries to post inappropriate content, the user will be banned immediately.



Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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