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At the Front Lines of Humanitarian Leadership with Tom White | Episode 03

By August 9, 2023No Comments

In this episode of The Secret Life of Leaders, Tom White joins us to share his experience and knowledge in leading large-scale humanitarian programs in conflict zones. His interesting story of transforming lives and providing aid to vulnerable populations will definitely ignite a spark of inspiration. Join us as we unravel stories and secrets of impactful leadership in challenging environments. 


In this episode:

  • The story of how Tom landed his role as the Director of the United Nations Refugee Agency for Palestinian Refugees. 
  • Tom shares his passion about making an impact in the world, particularly in Gaza. 
  • The challenges of working in a complex environment. 
  • Encouraging signs of change in this environment and how their programs of work are helping people. 
  • How they maintain the balance of their long-term and short-term interventions. 
  • The biggest lessons Tom has learned working in this environment as an individual and a leader. 
  • The biggest wins across his career in humanitarian aid leadership over the last 20 years. 
  • Unhelpful assumptions that he would like to see addressed. 
  • How Tom stays passionate and inspired with leading an organization of 13,000 people. 
  • Advice for Emerging Humanitarian Leaders: Learn and Communicate Effectively 
  • Tips from Tom on how to keep your focus and improve self-leadership. 
  • Experiencing burnout in his role and how he overcame it. 
  • Reflecting on challenges in the world.