Yearly Archives: 2014

Yu Yongding, a Beijing insider and expert speaker on macroeconomic issues, examines China’s “repressed” SMEs

Nov 6, 2014

Writing for Project Syndicate, Yu Yongding, regarded by many as China’s pre-eminent monetary economist, reveals the underlying causes of high funding costs for Chinese businesses. Yu asserts that although the State Council, China’s cabinet, made lowering funding costs for businesses, especially small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), a top priority earlier this year, efforts to lower such costs have had

Elif Shafak, Turkey’s best-selling female author, launches her latest book “The Architect’s Apprentice” to widespread acclaim

Nov 6, 2014

It was wonderful to catch up with Elif Shafak, a globally acclaimed writer and activist, at the exclusive launch of her new book, “The Architect’s Apprentice” (Viking, 2014) this morning. The event was held at Soho House as part of the Books For Breakfast series, connecting business leaders with authors and their work. Elif is a distinctive (and

Nadine Dereza, a highly experienced moderator and presenter, shares tips on how to be a great public speaker

Nov 4, 2014

If the thought of speaking in public brings you out in a cold sweat, you’re not alone. Writing in The Guardian, Nadine Dereza, an award-winning finance and business journalist and presenter, shares a few simple tips to help you focus, beat those nerves and guides on how to be a great public speaker. Drawing from her recently published book, “Insider Secrets of

“We need to move to an axis of strategy” warns former NATO Secretary General Javier Solana

Oct 28, 2014

Writing for Project Syndicate, Javier Solana, the former EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Secretary-General of NATO, and Foreign Minister of Spain, has argued that in trying to create a multipolar world global leaders have focused on “shortsighted tactical concerns”, which in turn has created an increasingly unstable, unpredictable and tense international order. To counter this “obsession

Former Director of UK Special Forces Major General Jonathan Shaw publishes new book: “Britain in a Perilous World”

Oct 27, 2014

“Britain in a Perilous World: The Strategic Defence and Security Review We Need” by Jonathan Shaw (Haus Publishing, 2014). The British government periodically publishes a Strategic Defence and Security Review, an appraisal of the armed forces that seeks to understand and prepare for the defence challenges that lie ahead. This report is often controversial – the

Keyu Jin, the leading London-based economics speaker, outlines China’s “skewed” growth model

Oct 24, 2014

Writing in Project Syndicate, Keyu Jin, a professor of economics at the London School of Economics, makes the case that whilst economists have a reason to be worried about China’s economy, what many fail to recognise is that there is a single underlying problem: China’s “skewed” growth model. Keyu argues that the “model is, to some extent, a policy-induced construct,

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