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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 […]

Josef Ackermann

Josef Ackermann

Excerpts from the Discussion with Josef Ackermann By Max Bleyleben, Contributing Editor March 2014 You were one of the first Western bankers who pointed out that the financial crisis would require regulatory reform and you were quite active in pushing for regulatory reform. It has been almost six years now that we have been watching […]

Munib Al Masri

Munib Al Masri

Munib Al Masri, Chairman, PADICO Holdings The Business of Peace: The World’s Richest Palestinian Wants to Break the Impasse By Maximilian Bleyleben April 7, 2014 For Munib al-Masri, time is running out. Better known as the “Palestinian Rothschild,” al-Masri built a billion-dollar business empire in the world’s most unpredictable economy. Though he no longer wants […]

Raouf Ghali

Raouf Ghali

Bridging Continents, Q&A with Raouf Ghali, Hill International. Founded in 1976, Hill International is today one of the top ten project and construction management firms in the world. Raouf Ghali, Hill’s Athens-based president of project management, speaks here on the company’s activities in the Middle East and Greece’s relations with the region. Hill has been […]

Harry Vafias

Harry Vafias

Harrys Vafias: The ambitious CEO of Brave Maritime Corp, Stealth Maritime Inc. & StealthGas Inc. July 2014 Tell us about your role as CEO? At the moment I am wearing four different ‘hats’ at the same time. I am the CEO of Brave Maritime, the oldest company in the Group, established in 1972. This is […]

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: […]