Where Emotional Intelligence meets Cybersecurity. Secure workspaces. Stronger human-tech bonds.


I guide leaders to harness emotional intelligence for robust business, cyber, and workforce resilience against today's digital threats.

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Linda McDermott, Conference Director PMI Ireland


We had the privilege of Nadja delivering a thought-provoking interactive session at our annual National Conference in Dublin on May 24th 2023. Nadja, a thought leader in cyber resilience and emotional firewalls, possesses a remarkable ability to connect with the audience—250 people, no less—and deliver powerful insights on communication, problem solving, and resilience in today's ever-changing digital landscape.  She artfully pulled everyone together toward a vision of emotional resilience and strength in the face of cyber challenges, building emotional firewalls that help us maintain our well-being in an interconnected world. If you are looking for a speaker who can educate, inspire, and empower your audience, Nadja will deliver not only that but more. With a rich understanding of cyber resilience and the ability to fortify emotional firewalls, she can instil the necessary skills and confidence in your audience to thrive in today's ever changing world.

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“The biggest change for me is that I now totally accept it can happen. And that doesn't sound like much but trust me, there is a fundamental difference in approach between organisations that accept it could happen and those that think they can repel it. Because if you think you can repel it, you do what we did before the attack, which is you have no adequate plans in place as to what you're going to do."


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European Cyber Security Organization (ECSO)

Arnaud de Vibraye


"On 29  June, ECSO's European HR community came together for the workshop "Attracting Cyber Talent: Bridging the Gap in Cybersecurity with Emotional Intelligence', where ECSO had the honour of welcoming Nadja El Fertasi, founder of Thrive with EQ, to share her expertise. With her rich understanding of cyber resilience and building emotional firewalls, Nadja provided the attendees with the knowledge and techniques to enhance their recruitment and retention strategies for cybersecurity roles using the EQ toolkit. With the help of the workshop, HR professionals can work towards a stronger cyber-resilient culture within their organisations."


of small and medium-sized enterprises shut down after cyberattacks. Can your business withstand this digital tempest?


is the average ransom paid to cybercriminals, twice the 2022 figure. Add to this $1.82M average in recovery costs. Are you ready to safeguard your assets?


of private sector companies have seen lost opportunities/revenue from ransomware. Don't let cyber threats chip away at your success.

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High Preparedness

Craft a unified response to disruptions. It's more than luck—it's about strategic planning, synchronized action, and steadfast policies. With these in place, your business is poised to handle unexpected trials effectively.


High Resiliency

Resilience is your business's anchor in a turbulent digital sea. It's the ability to grow and excel despite stress and change. It's the strength that endures, bending but never breaking.


High Readiness

Readiness is your business's roadmap. It's the mastery of foresight, adaptation, and opportunity recognition. A finely tuned machine ready to transform threats into stepping stones


Denis Mercier

Deputy General Manager FIVES Group, former Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, NATO (2015 – 2018)


"Nadja’s global vision and leadership in driving change is an inspiration for all who work with her. Through her excellent verbal and written communication skills, she has an innate ability to present complex strategic issues in an effective and concise manner. I highly recommend Nadja to any organization struggling with the challenges of workforce development."

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With keen self-awareness, leaders can build tailored cyber resilience, strong in the face of digital adversity.


Clear communication of cyber strategies builds trust and reinforces cyber resilience across the organization.


Effective interaction strengthens overall cyber resilience by fostering collaboration and unity.


Adapt to ever-changing digital threats with agile decision-making, crafting flexible strategies that evolve with your business.

Stress Management

Turn digital challenges into growth opportunities with stress management, a vital part of business resilience.

Benedetta Berti, PhD

Head, Policy Planning, Office of the Secretary General at NATO

"I have known Nadja for several years now, and she continues to impress me with her creativity and leadership. I highly recommend her to any organization seeking to build a thriving and successful workforce to meet the challenges of the 21st Century."

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Build Your Emotional Firewalls

Master the Fusion of Emotional Intelligence and Cybersecurity

Emotional Firewalls Training Against Cyber Crime

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For Leadership & Teams

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Elite Programs for Transformative Leadership

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Kristel Ba

Former Program Director for Leadership Development Program at GMF


"Nadja has designed and facilitated two cyber crisis simulation exercises for our Inclusive Leadership Hub, the German Marshall Fund of the United States Office in Paris.  Nadja designed the personality types for a generationally diverse team across cultures, sectors, and backgrounds. What made the crisis simulation innovative and unique is the use of emotional intelligence curveballs so the participants could practice their human resilience. The creative and innovative workshops addressed some of the critical challenges of the workforce in an era of digital transformation and disruptive security challenges. Participants found the workshop a great success! I highly recommend Nadja to any organization who is looking to build human resilience for the 21st Century!"

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Over nearly two decades of experience in crisis management and security with the world's largest organization, NATO, I've honed my leadership skills to be razor-sharp. I've grappled with uncertainty, maintained effective communication under pressure, and creatively solved complex problems. During these challenging times, a leader's influence over mindset, dialogue, and behavior is paramount. My diverse experience across the civil-military sector, working with individuals from over 40 countries, uniquely positions me to guide my clients in building high-performing teams in the STEM industry. I'm equipped to help you steer through turbulent times and lead you towards success.

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