Issue 36, November 2017 – 21st Century Leadership

Tharawat Magazine Issue 36

In times of fast-paced change, we look to our leaders for vision, values, and confidence. The beginning of this 21st century has undoubtedly brought radical change to our lives and we are experiencing one of the most thoroughly documented industrial revolutions in mankind’s history. To navigate this turbulent time, businesses need leaders with foresight and agility. But what defines good business leadership today? Are they the same qualities that brought names to fame in the past?

Also in this issue family business and entrepreneurship features from the Italy, South Africa, the Netherlands, Egypt, Algeria, and more.

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Articles

Global family business news from all around the world in the quarter ending on November 2017, from the Harvey Weinstein allegations to the Kobe Steel scandal. 01 United States – Harvey Weinstein forced out of own company American film producer and Hollywood...
Interview with Alessandro Barberis Canonico, CEO, Vitale Barberis Canonico, Italy Whoever suggested the secret of success is doing one thing and doing it well must have had Vitale Barberis Canonico in mind. For more than 350 years, this Italian family...
Interview with Abdelmadjid Fechkeur, CEO, RedMed Group, Algeria What can hard work, determination, and perseverance get you? For twin brothers Abdelmadjid and Riad Fechkeur, the answer is: nothing less than perhaps the most successful entrepreneurial venture in the recent history...
“If every tool, when ordered, or even of its own accord, could do the work that befits it... then there would be no need either of apprentices for the master workers or of slaves for the lords.” -Aristotle Illustrations by...
The pages of human history have been shaped by powerful leaders that rise above their peers to transform societies and establish dominion over the lands. And although the ways in which many leaders wield their power have not always...
Interview with Rodolfo De Benedetti, Chairman, CIR Group, Italy Rodolfo De Benedetti was a mere 30 years old when he became the CEO of Compagnie Industriali Riunite (CIR) Group, a business established by his father, Italian business tycoon, Carlo De...
Interview with Sibongile Gumbi, Founder of iVac Bio, South Africa South African biotech CEO Dr Sibongile Gumbi finds herself in the dual role of being a scientific leader and entrepreneurial pioneer in her field. And yet, when she started her...
Interview with Willem van der Leegte, President, VDL Groep, The Netherlands When Willem van der Leegte took over as President of the Netherlands-based VDL Groep at the age of 35 in November of 2016, he may have been considered by...
Interview with Omar Safeyeldine, Founder of EGIC, Egypt Omar Safeyeldine is living proof that business leadership in the 21st century extends far beyond the boardroom and the executive suite. As CEO of the Cairo-based EGIC, Safeyeldine oversees one of the most successful businesses in the region.  Established in 1991,...
Interview with Ladislav Brazdil, Executive, Elbee Mobility, Czech Republic Ask any budding entrepreneur what their greatest wish is, and undoubtedly they will say it's success in their business venture. But drill down beyond the obvious, and most would probably admit...
Interview with Lana Ojjeh Lette, Co-Founder at Ethos Philanthropies On Christmas in 2005, entrepreneur Mansour Akram Ojjeh and his wife, Kathy, had an idea. The holiday present to their four children would be different this year; Lana, Lia, Sara, and...
Interview with Prof. Kavil Ramachandran, Executive Director of the Centre Kavil Ramachandran was training for his dream job years before it had even been created. Today he is supporting family businesses throughout India in his role as Professor and Executive...
“This internet money system which involves neither banks nor government will do to finance what email did to the postal service and what the internet did to publishing. It will disrupt aging monopolies and open up new opportunities.” Dominic Frisby,...
Fearless. If you had to choose one word that described all great entrepreneurs, is there a better one than that? To eschew the steady paycheck and comfortable lifestyle in order to pursue a lifelong dream that will undoubtedly face countless...