Impact for Resilience


  • Capacity building for the disadvantaged
  • Business services for sustainable growth

MESPERO reflects the spirit of Sustainable Development Goal 17.

We create multi-stakeholder partnerships to mobilize knowledge and resources.

In humanitarian settings, we innovate locally-based and sustainable solutions promoting resilience.

MESPERO itself is sustainable through external project funding combined with revenue from our business services.


We consult corporate groups, educational institutions and other entities in areas such as:

  • establishing a culture of psychological safety and supporting corresponding leadership development
  • accelerating change processes and handling related cultural challenges
  • using the dynamic business environment to create a more agile operational model
  • ensuring best practices in workplace diversity and inclusion
  • optimizing your employee assistance program (EAP) to promote performance and productivity
  • handling M&A issues including cultural due diligence for talent management and employee integration
  • deploying Emotional Intelligence as a driver of success

Pandemic HR

Due to the pandemic, mental health challenges are impacting the work force globally including:

Meanwhile, workplace change-management and employee-engagement initiatives are being hampered by strict cost-cutting measures.

MESPERO’s professional team of experienced international consultants provides impactful and tailored solutions focused on prevention.

Our innovative approach to workplace resilience and emotional wellbeing is cost-effective, easily integrated and highly sustainable.


Hundreds of millions of people across the world have little or no access to the mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) they urgently require.

Those living in poverty, conflict and violence are at heightened risk; the pandemic has made matters worse.

Yet there is no cost-effective, integrated and tailored solution for promoting resilience while preventing and treating MHPSS issues on a mass scale.

As part of its capacity-building work, MESPERO aims to fill that void by empowering local populations to adapt their lessons learned from lived experience into scalable, multimedia self-care solutions.

Our mission is to close treatment gaps, increase mental-health literacy, reduce stigmatization and mitigate trauma.

Capacity Building

Our integrated multimedia and Impact Tech approach actively engages those with lived experience. We aim to enhance mental health and psychosocial support while addressing individual and collective trauma in humanitarian settings, via:

Innovative workshops

With diversity and inclusion, on a digital and in-person basis

Human-centered design

Creative, multilingual design process empowering those with lived experience

Multimedia learning

Designing mobile, digital and other interactions with impacted groups

Reaching last-mile

Transformative methods of delivering life-saving information and support


Heather Wokusch, Executive Director of MESPERO, heads this team of multidisciplinary, international and intergenerational mental health advocates. Presented alphabetically; click a box to learn more.

Rania Ali

Syrian journalist and human-rights activist focused on refugee issues and female empowerment

Mohamed Hosam
Quality Control

Khadija Mohamed
Rule of Law

Based in Kenya, Somali legal advocate and radio show host focused on female empowerment and ending GBV.

Doaa Al Zamel

Syrian educator, public speaker, designer and advocate for the rights of refugees

Mamo Issa

Dr. Suad Mohamed
Public Health

Somali pharmacist and linguist focused on improving healthcare systems in developing countries

Layla Barakeh
Field Training

Syrian disaster management specialist, MHPSS and livelihood trainer working in
humanitarian settings

Jamal Mataan

Les Simm

Ex-British Army officer working in the business sector and Executive Director of The International Forum for Understanding

Nour Barakeh
Public Policy

Syrian pharmacist and artist conducting policy analysis related to migration and conflict

Abdibasid Ali Mohamed
Behavioral Analysis

Somali psychotherapist experienced in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, NLP and Psychological First Aid

Dr. Gundi Vater
Group Dynamics

Austrian psychotherapist and consultant for change management, leadership, and team development

Focus on Youth

On an intergenerational basis, MESPERO develops youth-empowerment and mentoring programs. Enhancing female rights and decreasing gender-based violence are also in scope.

We promote an inclusive approach to self-care which mitigates negative impacts of war, forced migration, the pandemic and other major challenges. We engage youth from disadvantaged demographics and in last-mile settings.

Those with lived experience and service users are actively incorporated into designing our solutions. Unique Impact Tech approaches, such as immersive digital offerings written and performed by youth, are in progress.


Please click the boxes below to see samples of our multimedia work during the pandemic.

MESPERO’s MHPSS Tools Project Proposal

Scalable MHPSS Multimedia Tools for Low-Resource and Conflict Areas

Gamified-learning sample

Intake Procedures for Mental Health

Letter from the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake praised our putting 'the urgency of protecting mental health under the spotlight.'

TEDx Talk

"Protecting Mental Health in Crazy Times: A To-Do List" aired in October 2020

Gamified-learning sample

Empathy Training (PTSD - Emotional Numbness)

Online article

Building Resilience during Crises From a war zone to COVID-19: Interview with Syrian playwright and artist Nour Barakeh

App prototype mock up

We created this prototype mock up during the recent Wonder Women Tech Hackathon and placed among the winners

Virtual-learning sample

Handling Insomnia
(and the connection to trauma)


Heather Wokusch, M.A. founded MESPERO and serves as its Executive Director.

Heather’s international career in human resources, education, cross-culture, and media has spanned five continents and multiple fields. A firm believer in Impact Tech and the democratization of knowledge, she is an expert in virtual learning.

Heather designs training programs for corporations, educational institutions, governments and other entities while consulting on intercultural communication and organizational development (including digital transformation, leadership development, employee engagement, change management, strategy, and globalization).

MESPERO is proud to be affiliated with the International Forum for Understanding. Its Executive Director, Les Simm, is a highly-valued partner.

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