Monthly Archives: January 2015

“Disruption” expert Harper Reed says people matter more than technology

Jan 15, 2015

In an interview following his commended speech at UBS’s annual China conference in Shanghai this week, Harper Reed, a key player in Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012, says a fundamental lesson learned as the campaign’s chief technology officer was that people matter more than technology. Harper is of the generation of business leaders at the forefront of digital “disruption”,

Leading German economist Peter Bofinger discusses what’s in store for 2015

Jan 14, 2015

Listen to Leo von Bülow-Quirk, Chartwell’s Managing Director for Europe, in conversation with the influential German economist Peter Bofinger – a member of the elite German Council of Economic Experts (“die 5 Wirtschaftsweisen”) and a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. He is also Professor for Monetary Policy and International Economics at

“Stop giving Palestinians a pass” asserts Ambassador Dennis Ross, one of America’s foremost foreign policy experts on the Middle East

Jan 14, 2015

In an op-ed for the New York Times, Ambassador Dennis Ross, one of America’s foremost foreign policy experts on the Middle East, has argued that the Palestinian Authority’s application to the International Criminal Court is only the latest example of its preference for political symbols over true negotiation with Israel that would require concessions. He calls on European

James Crabtree outlines the significance of Maithripala Sirisena’s surprise election win in Sri Lanka

Jan 12, 2015

James Crabtree, Mumbai Bureau Chief of the Financial Times, has commented on the significance of Maithripala Sirisena’s surprise election win in Sri Lanka, warning that the new president faces the daunting task of repairing Sri Lanka’s image. After being sworn into office last Friday, Mr Sirisena has vowed to curtail the powers amassed by his predecessor, who was swept aside

Influential economist Jim O’Neill predicts the price of oil in 2015

Jan 8, 2015

Writing for Project Syndicate, Jim O’Neill attempts to predict the price of oil in 2015, and explains why the four-year decline may end this year. Jim comments that “over the past 33 years, I have had plenty of opportunity to study both oil prices and foreign exchange rates…to determine whether there is such a thing as an equilibrium

Innovation guru Vivek Wadhwa highlights 7 admirable start-ups that are driving social change

Jan 7, 2015

Writing for the Washington Post, innovation guru Vivek Wadhwa highlights 7 admirable start-ups that are driving social change. Vivek comments that the tech industry surely deserves the criticism it receives for thinking small and focusing on silly apps – just look at the industry’s heavy hitters and venture capitalists who provided $1.5 million to seed a useless

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