Monthly Archives: May 2013

Herta von Stiegel: speaker on clean energy in Africa, global business and leadership

May 2, 2013

Great to catch up with Herta von Stiegel yesterday in London. Herta is a successful investment banker turned entrepreneur, philanthropist and author. In 2008 Herta established Ariya Capital to focus on Africa as the next major opportunity for sustainable venture and private equity investments. By then she had 25 years of experience in international finance with

Simon Kuper: “Professional sport finally enters the 21st century”

May 1, 2013

Enjoyed reading expert on the business of football, Simon Kuper’s article “Professional sport finally enters the 21st century” in today’s FT. When American basketball player Jason Collins recently came out as gay “it was an even bigger step for sport.” Simon discusses the tensions that have existed between homosexuality and sport, calling for sporting authorities to help change attitudes and

Bob Geldof at The Times CEO Africa summit yesterday

May 1, 2013

Bob Geldof spoke passionately at The Times CEO Africa Summit yesterday, calling for ‘enlightened investment’ in the the continent. Geldof addressed senior figures from the worlds of business, finance and politics who gathered to  discuss tapping into Africa’s emerging middle classes. Claiming “the first mistake is to call it the ‘dark continent’” he suggested that

William Hague, Harriet Harman and Simon Hughes talk tomorrow’s local elections

May 1, 2013

Interesting to hear current Foreign Secretary and former leader of the Conservative party, William Hague, deputy leader of the Labour party, Harriet Harman, and deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes interviewed this morning on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme, ahead of tomorrow’s local elections. Click here to follow Twitter reactions and comments on the BBC website.

Good to catch up with conference moderator and former CNN anchor Todd Benjamin

May 1, 2013

Todd Benjamin is a former CNN anchor and financial editor turned professional conference moderator and presenter. Few do it better.  Todd has interviewed everyone from Mikhail Gorbachev to Alan Greenspan, Bill Clinton to Tony Blair. He has also interviewed many of the world’s leading CEOs including Jack Welch, Lou Gerstner, and Carlos Ghosn in his

Greg Williams and Harper Reed in discussion

May 1, 2013

Successful evening at the Royal Automobile Club last night (30th April). Greg Williams, Executive Editor of WIRED UK,  moderated while Harper Reed, CTO Obama 2012, discussed the use of technology to win the Obama 2012 presidential campaign and the legacy this success has for the future. The room was packed and there was a lively Q & A after.

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