Leading Inside Out
Changing Pink are launching "Leading Inside Out" showcasing inspiring women leaders within our local community, with themes centered around self-leadership and leading others.
Nadine Bitar is the founder of PLACE making, an urban and landscape design consultancy with a focus on designing outdoor spaces, neighborhoods and districts that are healthy, prosperous, thriving, vibrant and animated and have their own unique sense of place. Prior to her founding role at PLACEmaking, Nadine was an Urban Planning Advisor at Abu Dhabi Municipality, Director of Planning for the Middle East at Mouchel plc., and Head of Planning & Zoning at Tatweer Real Estate. Nadine is also a writer and a blogger. Her writing pursuits include poetic expressions of her experiences and passions.
Nadine is married and has two children, Taline and Fadi. She currently lives and works in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Looking back at your childhood, what were some defining moments that shaped who you are today?
I was born and raised in Beirut in the midst of the Lebanese civil war. I remember being around five years old and asking my mother whether all countries in the world had to endure war the way we did.
What I mostly remember is what went through my mind when my mum explained that not all countries are battling with war. I remember thinking that other options exist and that things can change. This mindset of looking for alternatives and knowing that things can change would carry me through difficult moments in my life, and help me not only endure, but thrive as well.