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Tammy Kassiou explains why global worker mobilisation will help countries achieve growth through and beyond COVID



With COVID affecting communities, industries and economies across the globe, Tammy Kassiou believes the only way for countries to drive growth during and beyond the pandemic is for the world to work together to share and mobilise workers where they are needed.

Themelina Kassiou, affectionately known as Tammy Kassiou, is a global entrepreneur, respected philanthropist and founder and chairperson of multiple multinational companies.  Living in Timor-Leste and heading up the delivery of world leading training and development, employment and job mobilisation programs across multiple countries, Tammy Kassiou understands the challenges and opportunities facing industries and countries across the world as economies grapple with the difficulties of closed borders and reduced workforce numbers.

According to Tammy Kassiou, if the world is going to rebound from the pandemic, countries must start working together to forge a global strategic plan and multilateral partnerships to mobilise workers to industries and countries where they are needed.  There are also benefits for countries working together to share resources and mobilise workers as different industries peak and trough.

In a globalised world, the crises we face affect every nation to a greater or lesser extent. In addition to the pandemic, wealth disparity, resource wars, climate change and gender inequality are just a handful of the catastrophises impacting the world today.

We live highly interdependent lives with global systems of communication, trade and finance interconnected between every country. As different industries and national economies peak and trough, the reality is that enormous discrepancies that exist in levels of affluence will arise between rich and poor nations. Economic activity is consistently skewed in favour of high-income countries.

A trough refers to the stage in the business cycle where activity and prices are at their lowest before a rise. Traditionally, an economic trough is characterised by higher levels of unemployment, layoffs, declining business sales and earnings, and lower credit availability. Alternatively, a peak is the highest point of the business cycle.

Development is the growth of a country; primarily based on economic advancement. To achieve growth, countries must work together in harmony. Sharing resources and mobilising workers as different industries peak and trough has immeasurable benefits for all countries involved and especially so given that the pandemic has forced borders shut and reduced the available workforce for many countries.  Quite literally, many industries such as Australia’s horticultural industry, are on their knees because they do not have enough workers to undertake the work.  Some of the key benefits of countries working together include:

Increase the pace of development

When countries work cohesively towards a common goal, attaining the target is more often than not achieved faster, and to a higher standard, than when a country is working individually. Sharing resources and mobilising workers is required for projects that need to be completed in a short period or require a specific skillset that local workers do not acquire.

Countries can develop faster by working together and pulling resources together. Countries that do not have the financial or skilled worker capability to work towards a development plan, can source resources and borrow money from each other. Mobilising skilled workers and loaning resources will help both countries to reach their targets faster and the projects will help more people.

Advance the careers of women

According to the International Finance Corporation, nearly half of women’s productive potential globally is under-utilised, or simply unutilised completely. Their statistics indicate that 865 million women worldwide are not enabled to participate in the global economy – 93 percent of which are based in developing countries.

Investing in women’s employment is not only the right thing to do, it is also critical to the long term success of a company and nation. By tapping into a wider talent pool, enhancing productivity and improving staff retention, corporations that invest in employing women and mobilising female workers achieve a considerable competitive advantage in the market. Addressing the gender gaps in employment and the persistent barriers that women face in gaining employment, the economic outcomes are unparalleled – driving productivity, competitiveness and innovation.

Skill sharing

Without qualified and skilled workers, development projects around the world suffer. The advantage associated with having skilled workers should not be underestimated. Mobilising qualified staff to countries where joblessness and lack of skills is prominent, mutually benefits both countries involved. The home country has the opportunity to capitalise on the foreign skilled staff members to complete projects and train their local workers, while the local country of the skilled workers benefits from making jobs available to people who may be jobless. Mobilising workers between countries is crucial in international development.

Protect socio-economic rights

Sharing resources and mobilising workers as different industries peak and trough on an international level helps governments to achieve their commitment to protect the socio-economic rights of our global brothers and sisters. Access to essential goods and services is a basic human right that countries aligned to the United Nations are bound to protect and foster.

The right to food, adequate housing and education is breached every day for millions of men, women and children in developing countries. The disparity between the rights enjoyed by the wealthiest countries compared to the nations that are unable to provide these basic rights is appalling. As global citizens, it is the obligation of wealthy countries to invest in protecting the socio-economic rights of every human, which can be achieved by mobilising their qualified people to train overseas workers and sharing resources.

Addressing the climate emergency

The world we live in today is significantly resource constrained. The process of sharing resources as different industries peak and trough can play a key role in addressing the climate emergency and reducing conflict over vital resources. Managing the interests and needs of all countries involves ensuring that all nations can access resources equitably. Resources are limited, so developing a platform to share and collaborate is the most sustainable step forward.

Overcoming the challenges of a worldwide pandemic

In addition to the above issues, the pandemic has imposed increased challenges for countries already struggling to achieve growth milestones.  In Australia, due to the closing of borders, backpackers who once helped to keep vital industries afloat are no longer able to enter the country.  Farmers who once relied on temporary workers are watching their fruit drop and rot.  A global alliance of countries dedicated to worker mobilisation with comprehensive COVID safety plans in place will enable countries to refocus on driving growth and salvaging and building crippled industries.  Ultimately consumers pay the price for these issues – a price many can not afford to pay.

Currently located in Dili, Timor-Leste, Themelina Kassiou (Tammy Kassiou), leads and manages her companies across multiple countries and also provides mentoring for many emerging leaders in her industry. 

Tammy Kassiou is the founder and chairperson of Philotimo Group, a global business which overarches a number of complementary businesses that provide leadership, expertise and services across the training and job placement sector to a broad range of industries in multiple countries including: Timor-Leste, Vanuatu and Pacific Islands, Philippines, Mozambique, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Greece and Europe.

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Two Tips From Credit Repair Nation Founder And CEO Glen Arisukwu On How To Be Successful In The Credit Repair Industry



Originally from Nigeria, Glen Arisukwu came to the United States in 2014 to find his fortune. Since then, he has been working his way up until he started his career in the credit repair industry. 

“My career started when I couldn’t get approved for an apartment a few years back because of my credit. I didn’t realize how big of an impact credit made in different life milestones such as buying your first apartment or car,” Glen said. 

As a result, he started his credit repair journey. During that time, he said to himself that he didn’t want anyone else to go through the pressure he went through and being unable to achieve his goals. 

He then founded his company, Credit Repair Nation, which focuses on helping clients repair their credit reports by removing any derogatory items through legal methods that Glen himself used and learned when he fixed his credit report.  

Glen’s company isn’t the first and only credit repair company in the industry. There have been numerous ones before him and there will be more after him. 

To those who aspire to start their career in the credit repair industry, Glen offers two tips: 

Build A Good Team

A successful company that takes on numerous clients at a time needs to have an efficient team composed of people who share the same mindset and goals. 

That’s why Glen encourages those who want to start their brand in the credit repair industry to invest in the right people who can help propel their company to high levels of success. 

Having the right people in a team can get the work done faster and increase productivity because they can use their different strengths and talents for the benefit of the company. 

Become A Good Leader

According to Glen, before anyone in the credit repair industry can build a good team that could bring their company to success, they need to start with themselves and learn how to be a good leader. 

“One of the strong values that I learned along the way is leadership and having a great mentor who can show and guide you to be successful in the business you’re trying to get into,” he said. 

Since he’s keen on helping others fix their credit reports, Glen invested in himself and with his employees so that he can become a strong leader to a good team that’s working towards the same goals as him. 

Learn more about Glen Arisukwu through his Instagram account

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How Being Different Is The Secret Behind Magician And Motivational Speaker John Kippen’s Success



“Being different is your superpower.” That’s the motto that fuels magician and motivational speaker John Kippen. 

He knows what it is like to come from a place that is different from the rest of the world. But this didn’t stop him from achieving success and helping others do the same. 

“My story comes from my experiences and my heart. Overcoming the adversity of brain tumor removal and subsequent facial paralysis gives me a unique perspective on how to turn a difference into a superpower,” he said. 

Accepting His Difference 

How did performing magic become John’s superpower? When he was going through the trauma of a brain tumor removal which left his face partially paralyzed, he had to find something that would keep him going. That’s where magic came in. 

Through performing magic, John was able to build up his self-confidence. He said that the more he performed, the more he was able to stop hiding from the world and accept his facial difference.

Eventually, he came to terms that his difference didn’t define who he was and what he’s capable of achieving. 

John didn’t want to keep this revelation to himself. He knew that if it could help him get back out in the world, then maybe it can help others as well. And sometimes before walking down a better path, people just need the right push from another person who knows how it feels to be in their situation. 

So to make sure that he had the audience’s attention, John added magic to his repertoire, making the experience more fulfilling to those who have seen his shows. 

His Magic Touch 

Presently, John hopes to get his message of motivation across to adults from the age of 16 to 90, anyone who has dealt with adversity in their lives and finds themselves hiding from life. 

During the past six years, John has performed over 6,000 shows for anywhere from three to 700 people. In each performance, audiences leave not only entertained but inspired to change or except what they donʼt like about themselves.

“I find that my actions speak as loudly as I do which immediately gives me authenticity. I take interest in my audience and make the magic about them and I am just the conduit,” John said. 

John also spends a few hours managing his bi-coastal service company. But most of the time, he’s dedicated to developing new magic tricks to help him get his message across better. 

His current goal is to get on as many stages as possible and publish his book which will allow him to reach more people and relay his message of inspiration. 

To see his recent critically acclaimed short  film about his journey visit

For more information on how to book John to speak and inspire  your group, visit

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How Language Coach Mikel Telleria Helps Entrepreneurs And Professionals Learn A New Language Efficiently



Learning a new language isn’t always as easy as it seems. Although there are dozens of apps available to make the process easier, some people find it difficult to progress and adapt to a new system of speaking a different language. 

Mikel Telleria, a language coach from Basque Country, Spain, recognizes the problem behind the existing system which is why he offers his services for a more efficient approach to learning new languages. 

“With my language learning system, you can become fluent in a foreign language in three months,” he said. 

Teaching Entrepreneurs And Professionals 

Presently, Mikel helps busy entrepreneurs and professionals learn foreign languages quickly and efficiently. He has been teaching and coaching business professionals, entrepreneurs, and professional athletes since 2016.

He is fluent in  Basque, Spanish, French, English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Russian.

When teaching his clients a new language, Mikel uses a personalized plan based on input, habit building, and a focus on developing practical skills. He does this by determining his clients’ schedules and goals so he can prepare a personalized learning plan as well as guiding them in implementing these lessons step-by-step. 

“For me, language learning is enjoyable and relatively easy, because I do it the right way. I see so many people getting frustrated and not getting the results they want because they do it the wrong way. It’s not their fault, that’s what the school system taught them to do. But I want to change that,” he said. 

Over the years, he has helped dozens of clients learn new languages that provide them a benefit in their respective careers. 

Encouraged To Make It His Career 

“I had many friends who were struggling with their English and asking me what my secret was, especially after I learned Romanian in a few months, so I started helping them prepare learning plans that made sense for them. At some point, someone told me I should start charging people for it, and I realized it made sense,” Mikel shared. 

So after getting his MA in Professional Translation, he began his career by translating content for tech giants such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook, and working in embassies and chambers of commerce in various European countries.

Later on, he decided to become a full-time language coach so he can have more control of his time, effort, and profits. 

“I have been learning languages and experimenting with different methods for years, always looking to become more efficient at it. This is what I’m best at,” he said. 

Learn more about Mikel Telleria through his Instagram account (@mikeltelleria89). 

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