Ourania Ekaterinari

December 2019

Interview with Ourania Ekaterinari, CEO, Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations (HCAP), Greece

"Our mission at HCAP is to attract and retain professional boards and good executive members within state-owned enterprises. As part of this mission, we have put in place policies and procedures to introduce more transparency and implement a culture of meritocracy. Proper corporate governance is indeed key to a better economy and a more efficient state, and it is equally important for creating sustainable businesses in the private sector."

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Haris Theoharis

November 2019

Interview with Mr. Haris Theoharis, Minister of Tourism, Greece

"Tourism constitutes the key industry of Greece. Our mission, since our first day at the ministry, is the implementation of a new national strategic plan for the next decade, aiming, among other things, for sustainable tourism development, the extension of the tourism season, an improvement in our competitiveness and an enrichment of our tourism product. From our point of view, tourism refers not only to numbers or statistical data but it concerns mostly the travelers, the local community and the authentic experience."

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Adonis Georgiadis

October 2019

Interview with Mr. Adonis Georgiadis, Minister of Development and Investments, Greece

"The global investor community is going to see real progress in 2019 and the launch of investments. All the common ministerial decisions — which have to be issued in order for the state to have the license and make it legally viable for investors to proceed — will be issued before the end of the year. At present, the stakeholders of the project are very happy because we have “fixed” all the problems that the Hellenikon project has suffered from in the past. The master plan is ready and the casino tender will be ready by the end of September. We are certain that the 2019 will be the year that the Hellenikon project takes off."

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Lino Guzzella

April 2019

Interview with Mr. Lino Guzzella, President, ETH Zurich

"Switzerland has been such an innovative force thanks to its favorable political and regulatory environment. Switzerland has no industry policy - something that Swiss government is very proud of and that I think is a very good idea. Switzerland believes in competition, Switzerland believes in markets, and Switzerland believes in a bottom-up approach."

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Urs Rohner

April 2019

Interview with Mr. Urs Rohner, Chairman Credit Suisse

"Banking has always been a highly skilled profession and we invest continuously in the best talents. Viewed overall, I would say there has been an increase in the quality of the professionals working in the industry. Swiss bankers, especially those in the high-networth client space, have a deep understanding of investment strategies and financial instruments and they can deal with the complex needs of clients and offer expert advice on wealth generation and other topics. "

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Andreas Schönenbergerr

April 2019

Interview with Mr. Andreas Schönenberger, Group CEO, SIGVARIS GROUP

"We develop our products in close collaboration with leading medical experts in the area of phlebology and lymphology, thus allowing us to combine medical competence with our technical knowledge. Quality and innovation are important to us as well as a superior customer service. We invest a lot of research on the yarns and their properties for the patients and consumers."

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Marcel Stalder

April 2019

Interview with Mr. Marcel Stalder, CEO, EY

"Switzerland is one of the significant financial places, and a market leader in innovation. The challenge that Switzerland faces is that it does not have a lot of venture capital; there is a lot of capital in the system, but it does not follow innovation. "

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Carl Elsener Jr.

April 2019

Interview with Mr. Carl Elsener Jr., CEO, VICTORINOX

"If you do everything with passion, and ensure that your employees work with motivation and dedication, if you make sure that your customers become fans of your products, if you do everything for the quality of your product to remain impeccable, if you continue to invest in your visibility and image, not much can go wrong."

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Angelo Gama, Net One

October 2018

Interview with Eng. Angelo Gama, CEO – Net One, Luanda, Angola

“We are complementing our business of communication with IT. We are investing in production of contents, web applications, mobile applications and so on. A major problem in Africa is the lack of African written software that is specialized to the specific needs of its people and there is also the fact that African countries are having to pay vast sums of license fees to foreign software developers for their use. Having an ERP system that has been developed here will slash the overheads and streamline the process of many businesses. Homemade solutions are the future and of huge benefit to us, keeping our intellectual property within our borders is also of our best interest."

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Tambwe Mukaz, CEO, Alassola

October 2018

Interview with Eng. Tambwe Mukaz, CEO, Alassola, S.A. - Angola

“With the recent change in law for foreign investment we are very interested in working with serious, honest businesses that have a long-term vision in working in Angola. We are open to whoever wants to look into the possibility of working with us. Angola is creating an environment where our young and brightest minds are staying within the country and we will endeavor to train our staff to the highest of levels to ensure that your investment in us is safe."

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Licínio de Freitas Vaz Contreiras

October 2018

Interview with Mr. Licínio de Freitas Vaz Contreiras, CEO, AIPEX - Agência de Investimento Privado e Promoção das Exportações de Angola (Agency for Private Investment and Promotion of Exports)

“We have great signs of our government focussing on private investment, establishing new laws to allow repatriation of capital or being able to obtain investment visas at ease. Angola is a unified country with no history of tribalism. The political stability that Angola can now boast should also entice investors to feel confident in approaching a new lucrative market full of potential."

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José António Neto

October 2018

Interview with Eng. José António Neto, CEO , PRODEL – E.P., Luanda, Angola

"We have been in talks with various entities and expressed interest in creating mixed companies to promote investments in the renewable energy area. Angola does not have much wind potential, however, the sun and biomass potential is great. Regarding the latter, we have great possibilities to install biomass centrals to produce electricity. To give an example, we have the BIOCOM project, which produces electricity from sugar cane, and is also the first project with private investment in the country. In PRODEL we are open to look at partnerships with private investors in order to work in renewable energies development.”

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Eduardo Sebastião, CEO, Angola Telecom

August 2018

Interview with Mr. Eduardo Sebastião, CEO, Angola Telecom, Luanda, Angola

“The market in Angola is very promising and interesting. The growth rate of the Angolan population is quite high, close to 3%. The companies that want to invest here have to have this aspect in mind. The second point is that Angola is still a virgin market, there is still a lot to be done, so there are enormous investment opportunities. Many areas are not developed yet; any investor coming here has great opportunities to benefit from this incredible potential the country has to offer.”

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Eng. Bráulio de Brito, CEO & Chairman, Tradinter, Luanda, Angola

July 2018

Interview with Eng. Bráulio de Brito, CEO & Chairman, Tradinter, Luanda, Angola

“As far as oil and gas business is concerned, Angola has been Africa’s second biggest producer for many years. During the “boom times” when the oil price was very high, we saw lots of investments and tremendous development of the Angolan oil and gas industry. We also saw the introduction of new technology; Angola was a test base for new technologies in oil and gas, so we as a country had a huge possibility to develop people. We had lots of joint ventures between Angolan and foreign entities, which brought improvement, technologies, innovation and know-how to the country. The oil and gas sector has been stable, investment has been strong, and all the major investors saw that Angola had huge potential.”

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July 2017

The man at the helm: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

"(...)We are now in a position to support our production, to attract investments, to encourage new forms of cooperation, to revitalize our industries, to boost our exports, and, all in all, create new jobs and significantly reduce unemployment at the height of the EU average, in the years to come. ...."

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