Céline Artal

Pragmatic idealism into action… My motivations are to create meaningful pathways and intersections between civilisations, to connect the dots between institutional mandates, communities and people, and to build dynamic environments for knowledge generation and action on sustainable development and the SDGs.

Journeying into the world and learning from-listening to-interacting with diverse environments and populations, I have come to understand that today´s biggest challenge is to redefine humanity´s contours. Human transformation is now key to sustainable living on Earth.

I work at the intersection of human-planet-system dynamics and actualises sustainability concepts with a focus on human development. From my engagements in UN sustainable development programmes in Asia and in higher education in Europe and North America, I have created Nexus Humani and its flagship project, the SDG Simulation Hubs: Generating Knowledge for Change. The Hubs are experiential environments where human transformation takes place.

As an Aikido practitioner and mandala designer-painter, I search for and develop ways to densify human experiences through contemplation and mindfulness.

My passion? To see individuals unfolding their potentials and talents in front of my eyes for heightened versions of themselves and for far-reaching actions.

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More on the story behind Nexus Humani… It is at the peak of UN work and life-changing expeditions and encounters in the densely populated and remote areas of Southeast Asia and North America that Nexus Humani was born in 2009. The richness and complexities of civilisations unfolding before my eyes brought me to ask: How to make sense of humanity´s heritage, common threads and strengths in today´s demand for a sustainable paradigm change?  As a project-enterprise, Nexus Humani weaves and impulses human-planet-system dynamics from ideation to action.


“The human development, experiential and solution-oriented perspectives of Céline Artal’s ´SDG Simulation Hubs´ prepare our students to become actors of change in sustainability, to apply their knowledge to real-life situations and to craft strategic plans for concerted actions.”

Prof. Dr. Maik Adomßent Prof. Dr. Maik Adomßent, Complementary Studies Programme, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany

´Céline ran two informed, intelligent, fun, stimulating, interactive and successful days of negotiations. She created an energetic and enthusiastic environment. She presented new content, highlighting real-life challenges and helped our Master´s students in developing their thinking, logic and reasoning skills.´

Karen E. Makuch, Lecturer in Environmental Law, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, Great Britain

“I am convinced that Ms Céline Artal ́s SDG Simulation Hubs and approaches provide the education sector – and beyond – with the tools, methods and synergies to ultimately deliver sustainable development.”

Prof. Dr. Sarah Jastram Dr. Jürgen Chair of International Business Ethics and Sustainability, Dept. Strategy and Leadership, Hamburg School of Business Administration, Germany

“My students and I at HEC Montreal thoroughly enjoyed your presentations on the Human Development Index and the work of “PNUD”. Not only were the presentations very informative and thought provoking but the delivery was very well done as well. We hope to have you again as a guest speaker in our International Affairs Program.”


Dr. Marìa Morfìn-Gutiérrez Maître d'enseignement en affaires internationales, HEC Montréal, Québec

“Céline is an extraordinary professional with extraordinary dedication and warm heart. Her contributions to the Women and Wealth Project have been beyond anybody’s expectations, leading to the continuous engagement of a world-class volunteer foundation and the subsequent empowerment of women living with HIV. Without doubt, Céline will be a tremendous asset to any institution seeking a highly-qualified professional who brings genuine values.”

Mr. Uji Kazuyuki HIV/AIDS Practice Team, UNDP, Regional Centre in Bangkok, Thailand

“Ms Céline Artal´s Third Sector Seminar and SDG Simulations have received the highest rating among all other lectures of our programme. She has excellent empathy for the specific needs of the students and has provided us with valuable and constructive feedback for the future development of our curriculum.”

Prof. Dr. Friederike Edel HTW University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany