The [not so] Glamorous Life of Wives of Diplomats


This TED Talk was specially selected to support lessons from Chapter 2 "Fitting a Global Profession" of the Diplomatic Planner, as part of supplementary learning and development for your international career fit. 

Nicole Nasr

Nicole Nasr


Psychologist Nicole Nasr explores the real experience of being the Wife of a Diplomat across diplomatic assignments. In her talk, she raises awareness on the different roles wives of diplomats occupy when assisting their husbands and their centrality in regards to the profession. In an attempt to help the audience think about these women, she asks a series of questions focusing on the impact of being a 21st century women in diplomatic assignments and the effects of these multiple relocations.


Nicole Nasr is conducting her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at City, University of London. She is currently working with clients both at UCLH and Altum Health Clinic, and finishing her degree as a third year trainee. Nicole decided to focus her doctoral thesis on Wives of Diplomats and decided to explore how their experience shapes how they feel about themselves and their relationships across diplomatic assignments. Nicole is very interested in feminist issues that tend to put women in a background position. She has been inspired throughout her life by strong women who have had an impact on her life, both as an individual and a professional. Also, coming from Lebanese parents and having lived in Montreal, Beirut and London, Nicole is very interested in understanding how short-term and long-term immigration impacts people’s lives.