Over the years, I’ve helped hundreds of people from 134 countries around the world understand and aim for what they’re truly capable of and dreaming about doing, living and working abroad, from Asia to Africa to New York City, and experience the joy of travel, discovering new cultures and countries, and finding fulfilling relationships at work and on a personal level.

Hearing from happy, successful students is a favourite part of my day.

Malaika Neri testimonial

My articles on balancing your commitment to an international career and a lifestyle of travel have been featured in several online publications.

Featured in several publications

Jacinta Harford from Australia

“Basically, what was helpful is being told to be more serious and concentrate on the most important things. I am feeling way more confident and I have devised some bullet points with everything I am about. Thank you so much!”

– Jacinta Harford, Australia

Karen Woodin Rodriguez from Mexico

“Thanks for the advice. I am loving every moment of my new job. The travel, the learning, the partners I meet and my colleagues….my colleagues are just amazing as are the peeps they’ve introduced me to. I feel very fortunate and grateful to have such amazing people in my life and to get to build those relationships.”

– Karen Woodin Rodriguez, Mexico


Courtney Jallo from the USAThis was so helpful! Thanks for your advice Malaika, I appreciate the honest feedback and clear set of goals you’ve set before me!

– Courtney Jallo, USA

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Malaika’s approach was honest, pragmatic and straight to the point and I appreciated her candor in sharing personal stories to drive the point. It was also reassuring to understand what I could achieve or aspire to.

Jihan Mercier, Haiti



Malaika’s coaching was excellent. I now have the confidence and knowledge to approach my goals ! –  Karen Wickersham, USA



She speaks with so much confidence and conviction and is great motivator; you begin to see things in a different light. I liked her attitude: driven, passionate and unapologetically confident –Margaret Thatcher type – I liked that a lot.  I would recommend anyone in international development to Malaika. She leaves you feeling like a brand new person. There is always something new to learn from her.

– Nontokozo Aileen Ncube, Zimbabwe



“I am very grateful to you for your constructive messages and precious advice. ”

Diana Derzhavets, Russia




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First of all, a heartfelt thank you for addressing the burnout syndrome, which is a real risk in a fast-paced environment where we are so eager to help others that we forget to take care of ourselves. Most people avoid speaking about burnout, or mention it really quick as if it were a contagious disease…

You are probably the last person I would suspect had gone through it, but the fact that you have, and that you are open about it, makes me respect you even more.

Thank you again for the work you do! You are a true source of inspiration


– Susanna Grinsvall, Sweden.

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“Malaika, I want to thank you for your advice and at the same time for  encouraging me.” – Diola Sokoli, Albania.

I’ve been a loyal subscriber and reader of your email and the wonderfully-written stories. Your emails give me encouragement.. I hope you continue your excellent work. Your emails and advice are highly appreciated.

Trupti Kulkarni, India