Gina P Nelson
Founder, Host and Creative Director
An artist, writer, and educator whose perspective on “the female experience” has been distinctly molded by her upbringing, Ms. Gina P. Nelson is the Founder and CEO of Bella and Bella Productions. As one of ten children (and one of two girls) born to Guyanese, South American parents, Gina understands the importance of building and nurturing strong communities of women. Gina is a champion of female empowerment and ultimately hopes that the Bella and Bella platform serves as the space where meaningful dialogue is exchanged, team collaboration is fostered, risk-taking is encouraged and dreams are nurtured.
Gina holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in Education from New York University. Her educational background spans the fields of grant writing, curriculum & assessment development, leadership capacity building, and school improvement planning. An accomplished writer and artist, her artwork has been featured in both group and solos shows in NY, NJ and Connecticut and her personal narrative writings were published in a Women’s Anthology titled “Our Voices: Our Stories: Advancing, Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color. Additionally, Gina is a contributing author to Flippin’ The Script: The Career Women’s Guide to Living and Loving Life Abroad which was published in July of 2022.
An avid traveler and purveyor of other cultures who has sojourned to 54 countries across five continents, Gina believes in the generative power of storytelling to connect people with each other and the world.
Gina has worked and lived in the UAE, where she founded The Diving for Pearls Podcast (DFP), a podcast about female thought leaders, innovators and visionaries making transformative inroads in the region. DFP is an internationally nominated podcast that recently secured a win in the 2023 American Writing Awards Ars category for Podcast of the Year.
DFP is found on Apple, Spotify, Amazon and wherever you listen to podcasts (Buzzsprout Link to the Diving for Pearls Podcast)
Gina served as a Deputy Cluster Manager for approximately 100 public schools in the Abu Dhabi region.. She returned to the UAE in October 2022 to serve as a Senior Consultant for Ejabat, a Management Consultancy firm in Abu Dhabi that specializes in strategic advisory and operational improvement for VVIP clients.