UBS CEO Ralph Hamers: Understated Efficiency in Minding the Bottom Line

On Monday, 2 November, Ralph Hamers (53) will take the exclusive side entrance of UBS Group’s imposing head office on Zürich’s Paradeplatz to enter a world that quietly exudes wealth, privilege, and power. The Dutchman, recently whisked to the uppermost

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Rishi Sunak: The Safest Pair of Hands for Mission Impossible

The Tory chancellor who’s splashing the cash, Rishi Sunak, is widely regarded as the man for the moment. But how far will he go, and can he pull off the Herculean feat of leading the UK to prosperity in the

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UBS Group CEO Sergio Ermotti: The Man to Call in Troubled Times

Named the most successful manager of a publicly traded Swiss company, parting UBS Group CEO Sergio Ermotti (60) deftly steered the country’s largest banking institution for nine choppy years. His was a ride that included the aftermath of a rogue

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World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia: Interview with Anna Bjerde

Congratulations with your Mayday promotion as World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia. Are you excited to lead the World Bank’s strategic, analytical, operational and knowledge work in the region? Thank you! I am delighted to be returning

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Pandemic Gives Boost to Illicit Trade

A corrosive agent in many guises that threatens public health, depresses growth, undermines good governance, and degrades the environment, illicit trade permeates global society and stunts development. It now represents an estimated 3.3 percent of the world economy. Though that

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Responsible Investment: What it Says on the Tin, with Added Punch and Attention to Detail

The rise of responsible investment (RI) as a crucial part of the financial industry has been one of the defining themes of the past two decades. Matt Christensen has been at the heart of it for most of those 20

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Edible Protein from Thin Air: Dyson Knows a Bargain When She Sees One

Lisa Dyson looked to nature for inspiration on how to combat climate change; now she runs a biotech company that spins edible protein from the air that we breathe. Say the word “carbon” and most people’s minds turn to the

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OECD: Key Takeaways From the Third OECD Conference on Private Finance to Realise the SDGs

The third annual OECD conference on private finance for sustainable development brought together more than 600 public and private actors to determine the steps ahead. There is an urgency for the private sector to shift more resources to sustainable development.

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Innovate to Overcome: Financing Health Systems Against NCDs

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for a growing global health burden — and 41 million mortalities each year. Low- to middle-income countries (LMICs) are disproportionately affected by NCDs. An estimated 97m people (or 1.4 percent of the world’s population) fell below

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Vibrant Manchester Outshining London as the Best Business City

Manchester’s ability to adapt and reinvent itself has replaced an industrial past with digital, creative and service industries. Now, regeneration and redevelopment have brought new vibrancy. During the Industrial Revolution, Manchester became the first industrialised city in the world. After

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