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Full of innocence and a naive desire to help, Sally Becker went to Bosnia in 1993 to help the innocent victims of war by delivering humanitarian aid to the region. ‘The Angel of Mostar’ rescued wounded children and their families from the besieged city and is credited with saving hundreds of lives.

Continuing with a steely bravery even when Milosevic ordered his troops into Kosovo and the conflict escalated, Sally remained undeterred. As other aid agencies began to pull out and the borders were closed, Sally became more determined. She crossed the mountains on foot to bring medicine to a besieged hospital, and was captured by Serb paramilitaries and shot by masked gunmen. Still Sally did not abandon her task.

Sally’s rescue work has been recognised with many awards, including the Unsung Heroes Award, The Ross McWhirter Award for Bravery, The Variety Club Award and Woman of the Year, Blue Drop Group Sicily. In May 1998, Sally was invited to Windsor Castle where she was introduced to HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Sally is a Goodwill Ambassador to "Children of Peace", a multi-faith charity dedicated to building friendship, trust and reconciliation between Israeli and Palestinian children.

In July 2012, she was one of eight people chosen to carry the Olympic Flag at the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

Sally has recently published her memoirs, Sunflowers and Snipers.

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Interview with Sally Becker

Question:

How did the corporate speaking begin?

Answer:

I first began speaking to audiences in 1993 when I was trying to raise funds for innocent victims of war.

Question:

Which event has been your favorite and why?

Answer:

In December 1993 I arranged to bring a convoy of humanitarian aid to Bosnia. Amongst the 270 volunteers were men and women from the fire and rescue services, doctors, nurses, former soldiers, office workers and truck drivers. The day before leaving Britain, I had to brief them on the forthcoming mission and I did this by delivering a lecture about Bosnia and what our mission would entail. That particular talk was probably the most challenging because while it was important to stress the dangers of the mission, at the same time I needed to keep them focused on what we were hoping to achieve.

Question:

If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?

Answer:

I would like to take part in an International Conference for Peace.

Question:

Who would you most like to share a platform with?

Answer:

Barak Obama

Question:

What are your most frequently requested speaking topics?

Answer:

Corporate: Rescuing wounded children during the war in Bosnia and Kosovo. Jewish Groups: The Jewish community who were living on Mostar’s front line and how through them, I ended up rescuing wounded children from the besieged side of the city. I also talk about my work on Israel’s border during the Israel/Lebanon conflict in 2006. Womens Organizations I tell them about my adventures in Kosovo when I was asked to help a group of sick and wounded children and their mothers escape across the mountains. Schools and Colleges: I talk about saving Selma, a 10 year old girl who was severely wounded when she and her younger brother ventured into their back yard during an offensive. I end the story with our reunion at her wedding.

Question:

What do you do to ensure your presentation has a lasting impact?

Answer:

I tend to adapt my presentation according to my audience, whether it be Corporate, Womens’ Organizations, Jewish Groups or Colleges and Schools and I have a large selection of photographs to illustrate each of my stories. Although war is the backdrop to my presentation, some of my stories are humorous as well as moving and I always try and end my talk with something memorable, like carrying the Olympic flag with Mohammed Ali.

Question:

What can a typical corporate audience learn from your experiences?

Answer:

By telling the audience about my own experiences I am able to show them that it is possible to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in order to achieve one’s goal.

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