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The Turkish initiative 2015, Focus on the Middle East & China

The Turkish initiative 2015, Focus on the Middle East & China

Most international observers were not surprised by the announcement that Turkey would be chairing the B20, the powerful business leaders forum which operates under the G20 umbrella, in 2015. They took it as something expected. However, just one small decade ago, such news would have would have raised more than an eyebrow or two. Things […]

Lazaros Papagaryfallou

Lazaros Papagaryfallou

For Greek bankers reflecting on their travails in recent years, the words of Odysseus – speaking to himself 28 centuries ago – may have provided fortitude: “Hold fast, my heart, you have endured worse suffering.” Given the highly public and drawn-out nature of the crisis in Greece’s financial sector starting in 2009, it is easy […]

Alexandros Sarrigeorgiou

Alexandros Sarrigeorgiou

Can you please tell us about the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC) and its aims? HAIC was founded in 1907, covering 107 of the more than 180 years of the Greek insurance industry. We represent the entire industry in Greece, with 67 companies as members. As an association, we are a non-profit organization. One […]

Josef Ackermann reflects on the lessons from Greece’s restructuring

Josef Ackermann reflects on the lessons from Greece’s restructuring

Earlier this year, Introducing Leaders sat down with former Chairman of the World Economic Forum Josef Ackermann. As chairman also of the Institute of International Finance (IIF), Ackermann was closely involved in the negotiations to restructure Greek’s debt. We asked him to reflect on that time and the key lessons learned by the international community: […]