Meet Justine

Justine Hardy: Inspirational Speaker, Journalist, Author

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Justine Hardy is a journalist and commentator with many years experience of South Asia. She is also a trauma therapist, specializing in conflict trauma. Justine speaks and lectures regularly across a spectrum of venues and audiences, ranging from prestigious univerisites, international companies to The Oslo Freedom Forum.

Justine is the author of six books ranging in subject from war to Hindi film, and several books, including Scoop-Wallah and The Valley of Mist have been serialised on BBC Radio 4.

‘You made me smell and taste Kashmir again after so long – a thousand thanks…’

Joanna Lumley

Justine is available for speaking engagements worldwide and she tailors each presentation following a telephone briefing call to suit the client’s event and audience.  Recent talks have included events at The Oslo Freedom Forum, The NHS Confederation in the UK, New York University (Gallatin School), The Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University (where Justine has been appointed an Inspire Fellow) and SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, London).  Justine gave a keynote talk alongside Aung San Suu Kii at a forum in San Francisco during Aung San Suu Kii’s first visit to the USA in 2012: a real honour.

 ‘Her sessions here are a tour de force - intellectual and accessible.’
Institute of Global Leadership, Tufts University, Boston

 

'I just wanted to thank you for your speech for the EY Mental Health Group.  Judging by the significant numbr of questions you had, you clearly hit the right note with the group and gave a very candid speech.  Thanks for your support driving greater awareness of mental health.'

Ernst & Young LLP

Justine is a director of the NGO in India that she wrote about in her book Goat. Development Research and Action Group sets up schools in slum areas of Delhi have been over-looked by the bigger international agencies, usually because of the problems of slum politics. After the earthquake in Kashmir in October 2005 Justine worked with a local NGO in Kashmir rebuilding homes, schools, and medical centres in some of the worst effected areas, as well as moving into conflict mediation.

Having completed her training in conflict trauma therapy across a fifteen year period, Justine founded Healing Kashmir in 2008, an integrated mental health project addressing the debilitating mental health situation in the region. This project is now expanding rapidly, with a main health centre, outreach programmes, a suicide helpline, and a leadership programme. While training in mental health Justine worked with New Bridge in the UK for twenty-two years, a foundation working on the rehabilitation of life sentence prisoners before release.

Justine has been studying Eastern philosophy, yoga, and conflict trauma all through her adult life. She teaches yoga and philosophy in the UK and in India.