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

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

James Fergusson: author, journalist and expert speaker on Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and the geo-political consequences of water scarcity

I recently had lunch with James Fergusson, best-selling author and journalist and an expert commentator on AQ and terrorist networks from Afghanistan to Africa, and the geo-political consequences threat of water scarcity. James recently published The World’s Most Dangerous Place (2013), and has been advising companies and governments on their Somalia and sub Saharan African strategies.

Future of Energy: talking with Simon Wright

It was a pleasure to sip coffee and talk the future of energy with Simon Wright last week. Simon is Energy and Commodities correspondent for The Economist, and author of the paper’s recent Special Report on the impact of unconventional sources of natural gas. Our conversation ranged from shale gas in the US (looking good) and Eastern Europe (a political

HARDtalk interview: Post-Kyoto consensus for IPPC?

This great HARDtalk interview with Chair of the International Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri, is certainly worth a watch. Presenter and interviewer Stephen Sackur raised some difficult issues,  including questioning the IPPC’s credibility and the realism of shifting energy consumption towards renewable sources. Rajendra spoke of the importance of a post-Kyoto consensus on tackling

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