SDG Simulation Hubs: Generating Knowledge for Change

Indigenous Peoples - UN - Higher Education - NGOs - Business - Media Advocacy Actors

SDG simulation-based learning for Earth protection actions

Building human capacities, preparedness and resilience with indigenous wisdoms

Motivating change and supporting Earth protection

The SDG Simulation Hubs are experiential, interdisciplinary and world-connected learning environments in which participants weave talents and creativity into far-reaching action plans for a people-planet paradigm change worldwide. They take ownership of the SDG language, immerse into today´s most pressing environmental challenges, and become agents of change.

Indigenous knowledge on the sacredness of the people-planet-cosmos-axis and on Earth protection informs simulation-based activities, team challenges, interactive research labs and individual tasks. Brainstorming and design thinking tools are used to stimulate group work and knowledge generation. As a World Explorer, I develop content and materials that bring world civilisations, the environmental teachings of indigenous peoples, and life stories to the Hubs´ learning environments.

Focus areas: Climate change, health, sustainable water management, deforestation, ecosystem preservation, food security

Soft skills: Inclusive leadership, negotiation, team management, change management, partnership building, multi-stakeholder engagement, project development and implementation, creation and innovation processes, resilience

Hybrid sessions: From 2 hours to 1 week of experiential learning with on-site and on-line activities (other formats will be discussed)

`I thought it was very interesting and definitely learnt a lot´

`Thank you for your excellent negotiation session, I really enjoyed the process´

`The sessions were thoroughly enjoyable and very informative´

`I really enjoyed your positive attitude and the insights you gave us on your career but also life in general. Your optimistic yet realistic mindset was very pleasant and helpful´


`Ms. Artal has a really good way to teach and this is partly due to her great personality´

´Intensive and interesting simulations in a pleasant atmosphere´

`We went beyond our comfort zones, applied new paradigms and reflected on our behaviours´

`I rarely participated in a course that was so encouraging and with such a broad view on the world´

I design and facilitate the SDG Simulation Hubs from my work experiences in sustainable development with the United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand, and from my engagements in experiential learning in higher education in Europe and North America. 

“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


> March 2020-Ongoing - Céline Artal, Founder of Nexus Humani, launches an international and multi-disciplinary field research project, Roadmap for a Life-sustaining People-Planet Paradigm. The project focuses on the contributions of ancient and indigenous knowledge in addressing today´s environmental challenges. Ultimately, it is about creating a positive people-planet interface for sustainable living.

The project focuses on civilisations such as the Blackfoot and Navajo First Nations, the Moors of Al-Andalus and the Megalithic peoples. It informs the SDG Simulation Hubs with thought-provoking insights

> April 2020 - The SDG Simulation Hubs go virtual at Leuphana University (Germany) and engage students into lively simulations, group work and presentations

> March 2018  -  The SDG Simulation Hubs are featured in the Learning Opportunities section of the AshokaU Newsletter!



> Lyon, France - November 2019 - Céline Artal will speak at the introductory round table of the INSA´s Campus Durable event. Céline will also facilitate the SDG Simulation Hubs for professors, staff members and students - Focus: Water and Climate Change: Catalising Forces and Motivating Actions for Sustainable Living

> Shanghai, China - April 2019 - Session of the SDG Simulation Hubs at the Foundation for Environmental Education (Young Reporters for the Environment) - Global Meeting - Focus: Water




> 2018-2020 - Complementary Studies Programme

> November 2017 - eBiNK: SDGs, Sustainable Consumption and Contemplative Practices

> 28 Feb.-2 March 2018 - Conference Week on Sustainability



> April 2016-2019 - The Third Sector and the SDGs - B.A.



> March 2018 - Global Environmental Change and Policy  -  Focus on Negotiation



> April-June 2017 - Climate Change in the Pacific Islands - B.A.

> September 2017 - Climate change justice - Ethics and Compliance - Executive MBA



> 2018/2019 - Céline Artal, Nexus Humani, engages in the Frauen in Bewegung project by Trinidad Martínez, Entre lineas. The project focuses on health, movement (dance, meditation, Aikido) and integration among refugee women in Hamburg, Germany. SDGs 3, 5 and 12