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HUMANS OF ST. GALLEN

HUMANS OF SG – Over 1,000 people gathered at this year’s St. Gallen Symposium. Here are five of their stories. NATASHA R. SILVA & GERMÁN R. PÁEZ (TEXT), LUKAS RAPP & DANIEL KINDSTRAND (PHOTOS)

RIZ KHAN, 54 INTERNATIONAL JOURNALIST “Starting when I was six years old, I wanted to be a doctor. I grew up studying everything possible about the human body. By the time I was 8, I could name the major bones of the body. I got my degree in medical physiology, but I couldn’t get a grant to do the clinical years. I had to do something to raise money to go back into medicine and suddenly found myself in journalism. I never went back to medicine and ended up doing international TV shows. Years ago, I did an interview with an educator called Ken Robinson, who wrote a book called “The Element”. He talked about people finding their element: there are people who say they want to be engineers or lawyers or doctors, and that may not be really what they are best suited to. So if a person finds their element that is kind of a blessing in a way. And I think by accident I found mine.”

HANNA JAFF, 29 FOUNDER OF THE JAFF FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION “I grew up between three cultures: Kurdish, on my dad’s side; Mexican, on my mother’s; and American, from the United States, where I was born and raised. Because of that my identity, the idea of who I was, always depended on who I was talking to. If I was talking to an American, then I was American. If I was talking to a Mexican, I was Mexican. In the Middle East, I was Kurdish. I was a very confused child. In addition to that, I went to the Middle East with my father’s family every year. When I went there with my dad, I helped in refugee camps. I got to see many things, travelling from a country that was prosperous and peaceful to a region suffering from wars, insecurity, and injustice to women. That kind of cultural shock is very difficult to see, especially when you're young. I think those blows have made me the woman I am today. I accepted who I was. I decided to grab the best of those three cultures and I became proud of who I am.”

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