Our Team


Dr. Anastasia Kamanos

Director of DevelopmentEducation Consultant

Dr. Anastasia Kamanos obtained her Ph.D. (with Distinction) in Educational Studies from McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. Her research in the areas of gender, creativity, identity and empowerment were rewarded with a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Montréal’s Center for Ethnic Studies.

A passionate artist and inspirational educator, Anastasia has taught at universities in Canada, the United States and the Middle East. She has developed and collaborated on numerous Oral History and legacy projects in a variety of environments. Anastasia has also worked as an educational consultant for school boards, teachers, non-profit organizations and government agencies to help identify, promote and support authentic and innovative training for leaders and educators that is impactful and mindful.

As an artist and academic, she leverages her 20 years of experience in the classroom and her sincere compassion, to teach people how to authentically live creative and extraordinary lives. She is committed to helping people overcome challenges that thwart their creativity and to create goals and strategies for living a life that is genuinely meaningful and purposeful while simultaneously furthering the success of their organizations, and serving the aims of their families and communities.

A compelling speaker, Dr. Kamanos has presented at many international conferences and brings a blend of personal and professional experience to her presentations that allow her to connect with her audience, inspiring and energizing them to take their confidence and success to the next level.

Vocation doesn’t come from a voice ‘out there’ calling me to be something that I’m not. It comes from a voice ‘in here’ calling me to be the person I was born to be. — Parker J. Palmer

Personal Vision. The above is a version of the condensed bio that I usually submit in response to an editor’s request for a “200 words or less” introduction. It’s concise, clean and to the point, uncluttered with the messy details of everyday life. In fact, it reads more like a “sprinter’s” version of life, than the version of life as a “marathon” that I espouse. Yet, as an academic, writer, mother, caregiver, and coach, what I know for sure is that the most meaningful and purposeful parts of our lives are often left uncharted. It is through my research as an Oral Historian that I learned how the “telling” of our ‘uncharted’ stories, can be a powerfully transformative experience for individuals, organizations and communities. In my work, I draw on key concepts from Oral History and self-study to bridge understandings across generations, cultures and organizations.

Indeed, by bringing elements of awareness and memory together in greater tension, we identify how the transitions, twists and turns, halts and spurts of daily life give shape, texture and depth to our inner and outer lives. We begin to understand how everyday life inside homes, classrooms and organizations can influence performance, productivity and motivation.

Services offered: Enrichment of Interpersonal Skills, Personal Power and Self-Esteem, Pedagogy and Learning Support, Mentoring Program Set-up


Telephone: +971 (0)4 391 4073
Email: anastasia@hissahec.com


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