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Introducing myself and my journal: Whale Sharks, Women, and Maldives

About Me:
I am from Anchorage, Alaska but live on Mandhoo Island in South Ari Atoll, Maldives. The great outdoors is my safe place. Whether it's in the mountains of my hometown, the quiet serenity of a snow-filled forest, or the calm seas of Maldives, this is where I feel at peace. My graduate and professional work has brought me to Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, and now Maldives.

Women have a way of making eye contact that tells a thousand stories. It has been those moments of eye contact that gives me goose bumps and keeps me inspired. In my current work, it is my main mantra to ensure that women's voices are included, that women have the opportunity to connect with their natural environment, and that women can find joy in this process.

I hope to learn from this community and look forward to the amazing stories and though-provoking discussions here.

My Passions:
Skiing, free diving, hiking, yoga, cross-cultural connections

My Challenges:
Maldivian chilies, seeing trash collect day after day on the beaches and in the currents of Maldives' waters

My Vision for the Future:
Where all people have the right to self-determine the life they believe in living

My Areas of Expertise:
Women's empowerment, gender and conservation, sustainable development, policy advocacy and analysis, communications and outreach, program development, fundraising/grantsmanship, electronic communication


mrbeckbeck's picture


Hello and welcome to our online community, Alissa! Here you can connect with women and men from over 190 countries and territories to help transform our world.

It sounds like you're doing incredible work. I share a passion for the outdoors too... it is my "church" of sorts. Here in the Pacific Northwest the moss-covered-trees and bubbling-winding-rivers bring me such joy.

If you would like some tips on navigating the platform here, I suggest you take a look at our Getting Started Guide ( and our Frequently Asked Questions/Site Help page (

I look forward to hearing about your work and seeing you online. Thanks for being with us!

Kind regards,

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Volunteer

alissanagel's picture

Warm welcome

Hey Scott,

Thanks for the welcome - really appreciate it.

I really miss the PNW - went to school for undergrad at the U of O in Eugene actually and was in Portland this past summer for a couple of weeks visiting friends and getting outdoors.

Anyways, hope you're enjoying fall and I look forward to the online community here.


Saharam's picture

Welcome Alissa!

Hi Alissa,

Welcome to the community! It is so exciting to have such experienced women like you here! I am looking forward to read more about your experiences of visiting women from different countries!

In solidarity,

alissanagel's picture

Thank you!

Thank you for the warm welcome. I am so excited to be connecting with wonderful women all over the world. I look forward to all the great stories, articles, ideas, thoughts and more, to be shared in this forum.

Be in touch,


Bienvenue chère Alissa;

Bienvenue sur World Pulse Online Community. C'est un plaisir de vous avoir parmi nous. C'est merveilleux que vous ayez rejoint notre communauté de femmes qui viennent de tous les coins du monde. World Pulse est l’endroit parfait pour partager nos histoires et aider les autres à trouver des solutions aux problèmes les plus pressants dont nos communautés font face. C’est également un excellent endroit pour rencontrer des gens qui partageant les mêmes idées et qui ont pour but de faire de ce monde un endroit plus sûr pour les femmes. Vous rencontrerez ici, beaucoup d'autres personnes qui se sont engagés à créer un monde meilleur. Merci de nous rejoindre

Encore une fois, bienvenue! Et j’espère vous lire bientôt!"


Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

\Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!


alissanagel's picture


Hi Fatima,

Thanks for your welcome.

Looking forward to getting to know this dynamic community.


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