Podcast OnPurpose with Diego Osorio

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“You really need to get this job done. Because fellow human beings suffer, die, are violated. And you really need to do something about it.”
Diego Osorio

Diego Osorio has been getting this job done for almost 20 years. He is an international advisor and consultant with experience in fragile states, public administration, and conflict and peace operations spanning the UN, NATO, the World Bank, and Canadian diplomacy.

Diego usually goes to hotspots most people would shy away from: Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Haiti, Colombia, and many other conflict regions. Why? “Unfairness is something I have very little tolerance for,” he says.

Raised in Venezuela, Diego moved to Canada as a teenager to study and ultimately connect with the wider world. And to connect the dots. For him, this is some kind of an obsessive need. So is changing the world for the better. Even if it comes with a high price. “Things could be much simpler, comfortable, secure, and safe if you don’t engage in this kind of change.”

Merits, Medals, and More

Diego is an advisor to the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue. He also is an associate fellow of both the Raoul-Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. In addition, he lectures on humanitarian action, reconciliation/mediation, post-conflict recovery, and urban conflict at universities in Canada and abroad.

Diego Osorio is a member of the Global Diplomacy Lab and the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network.

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