Meet Amandine Roche

This awe-inspiring woman did it...

She looked a suicide terrorist in the eyes and smiled. Instead of being afraid of him and running away, she gave him love. He turned away and walked off.

We are very excited to welcome this powerful and encouraging French humanitarian Amandine Roche. She has worked in peacekeeping and conflict resolution around the world with organisations like the United Nations and the European Commission. 

Her story is fascinating. 

As a human rights lawyer for the United Nations, Amandine Roche worked for 15 years in conflict zones under challenging circumstances. These circumstances changed her life.

Amandine was burned-out, traumatised, stressed out and she started to develop a stomach issue. Her Ayurvedic healer thought her that the only way she could go back to Afghanistan was to learn a technique that would protect herself; yoga and meditation.

She learned from multiple great teachers amongst the holiness Dalai Lama and Matthieu Ricard and found inner peace herself. Now she wants to bring peace. Not, blah, blah, blah from the outside.

Nowadays Amandine teaches courses all around the world on Emotional Intelligence, Compassion, Altruism, Nutrition, Sleep, Mindfulness, Conscious Leadership, Resilience, Yoga and Meditation.

 

Read Amandine Roche's full bio:

Amandine is a Human Right lawyer. Her life changed after she met with the Dalai Lama at the age of 18. Following this meeting, Amandine studied human rights and wrote her political science thesis about the Panchen Lama, the youngest prisoner in the world kidnapped by the Chinese. The second life-changing event took place in September 2001 when Amandine was invited by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Afterwards, she decided to come back and commit herself to the country.

These experiences compelled her to pursue the path of peace building and conflict resolution. Till now, she has consulted with the United Nations Department of Peace keeping, European Commission, UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, UNWOMEN,  USAID, Reporter without Border, IOM and NDI in Asia (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, East Timor, India, Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal, Burma), Africa (Tunisia, Togo, Rwanda, Kenya, Angola, DRC), Europe (Armenia), and South America (Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Jamaica, Haiti). For the past 10 years, she has worked and lived on and off in Kabul.

Amandine holds an MD in International Relations and an LM in Political Science (France), an MA in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (Spain), and has also formally studied Media and International Development (Italy), Gender Mainstreaming (USA), Nonviolent communication (France), Peace Education (Costa Rica) and Leadership (USA).

Amandine’s current peace building efforts focus on democracy, election, human rights, freedom of expression, education, media awareness, gender equality, and youth empowerment as means for attaining non-violence.

Amandine is member and advisor of the Afghanistan International Human Rights Film Festival and board director in charge of humanitarian project of Better World Forum.

After focusing my life on trying to “solve the problems of the world” I fully embraced the Gandhi quote which said: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” I just need to focus on transforming myself—be an inspiration and the world will transform on its own. I also resonate in Einstein’s words: “Problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them.” These quotations are the foundation of my Foundation.

~ Amandine Roche

"When you found who you really are, you are not going to kill a neighbour because you are happy, because you found your mission; you found who you are."

~ Amandine Roche

Inner peacekeeping for global peacekeepers | TEDxBerkeley

"I want to bring peace in your mind, joy in your heart, health in your body and compassion in your actions."

- Amandine Roche. 

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