Episode 6:
Holding onto the Mangroves: Marinel Ubaldo on Climate Justice After Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded, robbed Marinel Ubaldo of her childhood and took away her family’s means to live. Marinel struggled to finish high school because her father, a fisherman, could no longer provide for his family. Marinel’s vulnerability, however, became her greatest strength. She found her voice in global climate activism. Now in her 20s, Marinel shares her story of resilience and even got involved in the world’s first human rights investigation into corporate responsibility for climate change.
with Marinel Ubaldo, Shyla Raghav and May Boeve.

In this episode, we talk about key concepts and the impact of climate change on natural disasters, the responsibility of fossil fuel companies and what each of us can do to save our planet.

In this episode:
  • Marinel Ubaldo Founder, Youth Leaders for Environmental Action Federation
Expert voices:
  • Shyla Raghav Vice President of Climate Change and Global Strategy at Conservation International
  • May Boeve Executive Director of 350.org

Key themes: Climate Change, Youth Activism, Climate Action.

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Episode 5: (Special edition episode with The Elders)
Existential Threats: Former Presidents on COVID-19, Justice, War and the Climate Crisis
Over 70 million people in the world today are forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, violence, human rights violations, or climate disaster. The injustices of conflict and the climate crisis hit the most vulnerable hardest - and COVID19 could make such catastrophes even worse.
with Mary Robinson, Juan Manuel Santos and Hazami Barmada

In this episode, two former presidents discuss conflict, climate, and the search for justice in the time of coronavirus. We will unpack ethics in times of war, the role of women in peace building, and what can be done to ensure vulnerable populations are not disproportionately impacted by disasters.

In this episode:
  • Mary Robinson Former President of Ireland; Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Chair of The Elders
  • Juan Manuel Santos Former President of Colombia; Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Hazami Barmada Founder & CEO, Humanity Lab Foundation

Key themes: Ethics and war, the role of women in peace building, how to ensure vulnerable populations are not disproportionately impacted by disasters and covid-19.

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Episode 4:
Always a Girl: Abby Stein on Gender Identity and Belonging Inside Brooklyn's Hasidic Community
Until she was about 20 years old, Abby Stein didn't know the term "transgender", let alone know that other transgender people existed. In this episode, we dive in the life of Abby Stein, a transgender author, activist and former rabbi. Abby takes listeners into her home in a conservative Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, New York. Engaged by the age of 18 to a woman she barely knew, Abby's raw and impassioned account helps us understand the complexity of living as one's authentic self.
with Abby Stein, Idit Klein and Zhan Chiam

In this episode we discuss LGBTQ+ advocacy, human rights abuses and violations based on sexual orientation, and the importance of asking questions and creating spaces to discuss diversity and inclusion.

In this episode:
  • Abby Stein Award-winning transgender rabbi, activist, speaker, and author
Expert voices:
  • Idit Klein President & CEO, Keshet, a national organization for LGBTQ equality in Jewish life
  • Zhan Chiam Coordinator of the Gender Identity and Gender Expression Programme At at ILGA World (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

Key themes: The episode dives into topics including LGBTQI rights, human rights, gender quality, hate crimes

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Episode 3: (Special edition episode with The Elders)
Leaving No One Behind: Former UN High Commissioners For Human Rights Discuss Shared Humanity, Ethics and COVID-19
COVID-19 has unearthed a global recognition that "we must do things differently." The uncertainty has called into question our shared vulnerabilities and shared humanity. What progress have we made on global human rights? What lessons can history teach us about our failure to prioritize human rights in moments of crisis?
with Mary Robinson, Prince Zeid Raad Al Hussein and Hazami Barmada

In this episode, we'll discuss justice, intersectionality and the COVID-19 response with two leaders at the forefront of defending human rights. We explore our responsibility toward the world's most vulnerable populations and how to ensure the COVID-19 response does not set back human rights trends globally.

In this episode:
  • Mary Robinson Former President of Ireland; former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Chair of The Elders
  • Prince Zeid Raad Al Hussein Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Hazami Barmada Founder & CEO, Humanity Lab Foundation

Key themes: The episode dives into topics including Human Rights, Ethical Leadership & COVID 19.

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Episode 2:
Life of a Child Soldier: Loung Ung on Turning Trauma into Activism After Cambodia's Genocide
There's one day that is remembered across Cambodia — a tragedy that continues to haunt people like Loung Ung. The genocide that began on April 17, 1975, in the city of Phnom Penh, left agonizing wounds that the promise of a new life couldn't fully heal.
with Loung Ung, Ben Kiernan and Brad Adams

We follow the story of Loung Ung, a human rights activist and author of the best-selling book "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers," which decades later was turned into a film by actor and filmmaker Angelina Jolie.

In this episode, Loung recounts her harrowing escape from terror and political instability as a child soldier, and how ultimately turned her trauma into activism.

In this episode:
  • Loung Ung Author, Activist, Spokeswoman for the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World
Expert voices:
  • Ben Kiernan Founding Director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale
  • Brad Adams Executive Director of Humans Rights Watch Asia Division

Key themes: The episode dives into topics including forced displacement, war in Vietnam, crimes against humanity, and activism.

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Episode 1:
Path to Peace: Victor Ochen on Facing the Lord's Resistance Army and Rebuilding Lives Post-Conflict
A childhood shaped by one of the most cruel rebel groups in history. Rape, killings and an abducted brother who was never found. If these defined decades of your life, the last thing you would want to talk about is peace — unless you are Victor Ochen.
with Victor Ochen, Kristof Titeca and Sasha Lezhnev

Our first episode takes us to Uganda, which has been plagued by civil unrest and rebellion since the 1980s. We dive into Victor's life, a young man, wise beyond his years, who refused to be enlisted as a child soldier. Growing up in between refugee camps, Victor was forced to confront his inner demons for survival, and won. Victor was hailed a hero for peace in his country, becoming the youngest ever African nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2015.

The episode dives into topics including genocide, mass atrocities, child soldiers, peace and reconciliation.

In this episode:
  • Victor Ochen Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Founder and Executive Director for African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET), UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Justice
Expert voices:
  • Kristof Titeca PhD Professor of International Development at the University of Antwerp
  • Sasha Lezhnev Deputy Director of Policy at Enough Project, a nonprofit organization aimed at countering genocide and crimes against humanity

Key themes: The episode dives into topics including genocide, mass atrocities, child soldiers, peace and reconciliation.

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The Podcast

Through real-life stories of courage and purpose, Finding Humanity takes listeners into the heart of the most complex social and political issues facing our world. By bringing you voices from the front lines of war and injustice, host Hazami Barmada peels back the layers that surround today's massive challenges.

Each episode puts a human face on a global topic that is overwhelming and difficult to grasp— be it the refugee crisis, climate change, or LGBTQ discrimination. While set in unfamiliar places, Finding Humanity tackles recognizable themes: love of family, finding hope, and overcoming personal struggles. Our podcast weaves insights from human rights and development experts at the United Nations and leading institutions, while providing listeners with tangible steps to make a difference.

Finding Humanity is a joint production of the Humanity Lab Foundation and Hueman Group Media. Our inaugural season is made possible in part by our collaborating partner, The Elders.

Finding Humanity inspires the activist in each of us, to create a better tomorrow, today.

About us

Humanity Lab Foundation
About Humanity Lab Foundation

The Humanity Lab Foundation is an innovative non-profit movement-building organization that harnesses the power of empathy and people to drive social change. The Humanity Lab works to realize the untapped capacity and passion of every-day people to be partners in solving complex global issues. Through the 3 pillars of it's work (creative, education, engagement), the Humanity Lab aims to disrupt the status quo in global development to catalyze sustainable change.

By leveraging technology, in partnership with the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the Office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly, the Humanity Lab hosted the first ever virtual Summit during the United Nations General Assembly (Global People's Summit) with the mission of "democratizing access to convesations that shape the world".


Hueman Group Media
About Hueman Group Media

Hueman Group Media ("HGM") is an award-winning podcast company for social change. HGM produces impactful and high-caliber podcasts for leading nonprofit organizations, purpose-driven companies and thought leaders, amplifying conversations around today's most important causes and issues — including gender inequality, climate change and mental health. HGM podcasts cater to diverse, socially conscious and deeply curious audiences. With the power of storytelling and riveting conversations, HGM activates listeners to take action and make a positive impact in their communities.


The Elders
About The Elders

Founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, The Elders are an independent group of global leaders working together for peace, justice and human rights. Currently chaired by Mary Robinson, a former President of Ireland and UN Human Rights Commissioner, their vision is of a world where people live in peace, conscious of their common humanity and their shared responsibilities for each other, for the planet and for future generations.

They work both publicly and through private diplomacy to engage with global leaders and civil society at all levels to resolve conflict and address its root causes, to challenge injustice, and to promote ethical leadership and good governance. Their key areas of work include Climate Change, Nuclear Non-Proliferation & Disarmament, Conflict, Universal Health Coverage, Access to Justice and Refugee & Migration.


Hazami Barmada
About Host

Hazami Barmada is a thought-leader, seasoned global strategy consultant, social innovator, and international public speaker. Hazami advises governments, businesses and organizations on design and implement effective social impact strategy, public-private partnerships, public affairs strategy. Prior to founding the Humanity Lab Foundation, she held several positions at the United Nations, including the Coordinator for the United Nations Secretary General's World Humanitarian Summit, global engagement and communications head for the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, and innovation advisor to United Nations Human Settlements Programme. Hazami has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University where she was also a Fellow in Public Policy and Management at The Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is a Presidential Leadership Scholar and was described in Forbes as an "inspirational change agent".

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