Author: Real Leaders

Jeff Skoll on Social Enterprise

The first president of eBay explains why he believes both social enterprise and impact investing provide the best model to deal with global challenges. You are clearly a man with a vision – what makes you tick? My vision was something that started when I was a kid. I used to read a lot, and by the time I was a young teenager, I started to realize that the world of the future might be a pretty scary and unsustainable place and even back then fears of new weapons, wars and diseases were top of mind for me. So...

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Rebel With A Cause

Sung-Joo Kim, the Chief Visionary Officer of MCM Group, one of the world’s largest luxury houses and one of Korea’s most powerful women, gives her view on fashion and how it can influence consumers for the better. Originally seen as a rebel by her family for not simply settling for marriage, she was struck off the family registry and left to fend for herself. The family business was left to her brothers, as per cultural norms, while she was expected to marry into another rich family and prepare for the lifelong role of docile housewife. Sung-Joo rebelled and started her...

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Why the Corporation is Failing Us and How to Restore Trust in It

Trust and confidence in our economic and financial institutions has collapsed. The last few years alone have witnessed accounting, banking and corporate tax scandals; environmental disasters; financial crises, fraud and money laundering at unprecedented levels. The pace and scale of the failures is intensifying and look set to increase in the future. Colin Mayer, Professor of Finance at Saїd Business School, University of Oxford, has published an outspoken book Firm Commitment on the breakdown of trust – its causes, consequences and what we should do to fix it. He places the corporation at the centre of this failure of trust and...

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Mobile’s sleeping giant

With no costly infrastructure to overhaul, Africa has leapt ahead in mobile communications and m-banking. Third World mobile banking systems are piquing the attention of international operators and international banking organizations. The result – if all goes well – could be a fresh influx of investment and technological know-how poured into an arena where Third World countries are the innovators. Hopefully, the interest being shown by regulators will also create legislation that encourages innovation and allows more players to enter the fray. The fear, of course, is that new legislation may stifle these developments if banking organizations regard them as unwelcome incursions into their hallowed territory. Europe and the U.S. have made slow progress with mobile banking because...

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