Rawia was born in Accra, Ghana, to a Lebanese father and a Ghanaian mother. She grew up in The Lebanon where she mastered the Arabic language and gained an understanding of Arabic culture. Some of her teenage years were spent in Ghana, providing her with a taste of the African way of life.

Following her graduation as a pharmacist from Liverpool School of Pharmacy, she worked as a hospital pharmacist at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London. Five years later, she left her job as a manageress in the outpatients department to accompany her husband on his various international postings around the world.

During a short stay in The Hague, she worked briefly at Apotheek Haagse Ziekenhuizen. In Aberdeen (Scotland) she provided holiday cover for the local pharmacy. As a locum pharmacist in Muscat (Oman) she modernized the inventory system in order to reduce errors and make it more accessible to doctors during out of hour duties.

On her return to The Hague – The Netherlands, she took some time away from pharmacy to devote time to her two daughters. This period was also spent studying Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Since obtaining her Master certification in NLP, Time Line Therapy and Hypnosis, she has offered personal coaching and counselling as well as initiating a work group with peers in the psychosocial field. In the same period, she also worked as a learning support assistant with special needs children at the British School in The Hague.

Following that, she worked part-time for 4 years at the International Health Centre, The Hague as their in-house pharmacist.

At Recipes4Change, she assists clients in achieving the positive changes they want in their lives, personally and professionally. The recipes she has on offer will deal with various issues: getting rid of fears or anxieties; raising self-esteem and confidence; achieving goals; getting rid of limiting beliefs; improving relationships; improving parenting skills or generally adapting better to change and having a positive outlook on life.

“I consider the years spent working and socializing with people of different cultural backgrounds an enrichment of my life. Moreover, it has helped me gain invaluable insight into the challenges that face mobile families. What I have learnt and experienced has had a huge positive impact on my life and I am passionate about sharing all this with others in the hope that it will also impact their lives in the same way. I find it particularly appealing to work with expatriates because I can relate to the specific needs of the International community.”