"As societies build walls of separation between communities,
ICAAD works to remove each brick to illuminate our common humanity"

Asees Anand, MSc


Asees Anand is an independent consultant for various multi-national and political organizations in New York. Prior to living in NYC, Asees began her career in Brussels, Belgium where she worked as a public affairs consultant for GPlus Europe. Asees joined GPlus from the European Commission’s Trade department, where she coordinated the department’s engagement with the European Parliament, particularly with regards to the Doha Development Agenda and on-going Free Trade Agreements. In that context she was also responsible for drafting a report on future implications of the Lisbon Treaty on the relationship between the European Parliament and European Commission’s Directorate General of Trade.

Previously, Asees was with the World Federation of Advertisers, headquartered in Brussels, where she worked on international advertising and communication issues.  She also dealt with issues on brand management and sustainable development with regards to commercial communications within the European Union.


Asees holds a Masters Degree in Politics and Government of the EU from the London School of Economics & Political Science. She also graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University with a double concentration in International Politics and Conflict and Security. In addition, she has studied at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco and at Insitut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po) in Paris, France.

Personal Background & Passion:

Born in Kobe, Japan, Asees moved to the USA at the age of 5. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, North Africa and Asia and speaks fluent English and French, and has basic knowledge of Hindi, Punjabi and Japanese. Asees is also a trained singer in Musical Theatre/Opera, Pop, and Kirtan (Sikh hymns).

Asees currently resides in NYC with her husband, Harpreet Singh Anand, and their two children.


This Civil Rights and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’d like to challenge you to reflect on how fear may have influenced your opinions, especially of others, and to take a step towards the courage to overcome those fears. Why the focus on fear you might ask?

Famed marketer and author Simon Sinek in his book “Start with Why” outlines six typical manipulations used in sales and marketing, one of which is the use of fear. On fear, Sinek says, “When fear is being employed, facts are incidental. Deeply seated in our biological drive to survive, that emotion cannot be quickly wiped away with facts and figures.”

In the current political atmosphere, in the U.S. and around the globe, fear is often used by politicians and campaigners to polarize debates and to demonize marginalized communities, using them as scapegoats for the real economic, social, and political challenges that societies face.

Martin Luther King, Jr. understood how important fear is, so much so that he gave a sermon on it named “Antidotes for Fear.” It’s worth reading in its entirety, especially because it recognizes the importance, necessity, and creativity of fear (kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/draft-chapter-xiv-mastery-fear-or-antidotes-fear). However, particularly pertinent section was highlighted by King’s wife Coretta Scott King in her book “My life with Martin Luther King, Jr”:

“First Martin spoke of the many kinds of fear that troubled men and women in this period of change and "calamitous uncertainty"— fear of illness or economic disaster, fear of personal inadequacy in our highly competitive society. More terrible was the fear of death, even racial annihilation, in this atomic age, when the whole world teetered on "a balance of terror . . . fearful lest some diplomatic faux pas ignite a frightful holocaust."

"Some fears are normal and necessary," he said, like the fear of snakes in a jungle, but when they become neurotic and unchecked, they paralyze the will and reduce a man to apathy or despair. He quoted Emerson, who wrote, "He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear."

How, then, to overcome fear? First, Martin said, "We must un-flinchingly face our fears . . . this confrontation will, to some measure, grant us power. . . . "Second, we can master fear through one of the supreme virtues known to man— courage . . . courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.”"

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