Yearly Archives: 2014

Visionary female speakers on equality, diversity and opportunity

Nov 28, 2014

Each year, on the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we are reminded how every day women and girls experience violence. Globally, 1 in 3 women will experience physical or sexual violence at some point in her life. 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered

Highlights from Stockholm’s Internetdagarna conference; thought leaders who shape the Internet

Nov 28, 2014

Hailed as Europe’s answer to Silicon Valley, we’ve been regular visitors to Stockholm this autumn, scouring the city’s vibrant – and underrated – tech scene for fresh speaking talent. According to WIRED, Sweden has “the most digitally connected economy in the world”, and its forward-thinking culture is a hot-bed for innovation. With this in mind, I had

“The whole world needs feminism, but the Middle East needs it acutely” alerts award-winning novelist Elif Shafak

Nov 20, 2014

Writing in the Financial Times, Elif Shafak, Turkey’s best-selling female author, stresses that Middle Eastern women should not have to rely on authoritarian male leaders to advance their rights. Despite the notion that female bodies are a battleground in the Middle East, both ideologically and physically, Elif notes that female adulation of male autocrats is widespread throughout the region. She believes that

Corporate philosopher Roger Steare publishes “The MoralDNA of Performance”

Nov 20, 2014

Roger Steare, known as the “corporate philosopher”, recently wrote and published a report through the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), titled “The MoralDNA of Performance”. This report explores the space in which people work, to see how well it serves them, their customers and society itself. Roger believes that anyone who takes the time to reflect on human

Curtis S. Chin, an expert speaker on the rise of Asia, explains why Southeast Asia matters to US businesses

Nov 19, 2014

Writing for Fortune Magazine, Curtis S. Chin, former US Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank, explains why Southeast Asia matters to US businesses. While all eyes were on the APEC Summit last week, Curtis believes attention should have also be paid to the annual East Asia Summit in Myanmar. Curtis argues that this gathering is important to the

Former Washington DC insider John Hulsman explores the “conspiracy” behind Saudi Arabia’s oil war

Nov 18, 2014

Writing for London’s City A.M., prolific foreign affairs commentator John Hulsman explores the supposed “conspiracy” behind Saudi Arabia’s oil war. John posits that it seems increasingly likely that the US and the Saudis have struck a secret deal to keep pumping and push down the price of oil. Firstly, he notes that the Saudis are behaving decidedly oddly: the petro-kingdom has done

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