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Eu leaders must raise its anbitions and launch recovery bonds

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 aprile 2020

The agreement reached yesterday evening by the Eurogroup on a set of financial measures to support EU member states in the fight against COVID 19 and its immense economic and social impact – and particularly the agreement on a new “recovery Fund” to support European economy and cohesion among member states and citizens – marks a welcome turn in the response of the European Union to the crisis, after many weeks of dis-alignment among member states. We welcome that those member states most reluctant towards European solidarity tools have moved their position and made a deal possible.
Sandro GOZI, President of the Union of European Federalists and Member of the European Parliament, declared: “The framework of the deal is positive. I believe that the most important decision is the creation of the new “recovery Fund” to help European economy rebound from the economic impact of COVID as fast as possible, even if the key features of the Fund are still undefined. EU leaders next week can take a bold decision and make the Fund a really transformative instrument for the future of the European Union, if they decide that the Fund can finance itself in the market issuing “recovery bonds”, guaranteed by the European Union itself, if necessary together with member states. That said, the Eurogroup should have reached a deal much earlier and without the display of disunity of the past weeks, which was not positive for the European Union’s image among European citizens. It is just the last evidence of the flaws of the Eurogroup, an inefficient and intransparent body, with a great power that should be moved to the proper institutions of the European Union”.The “recovery Fund” complements a new European Re-Insurance Mechanism (SURE) to support national measures to face the raise of unemployment, the deployment of the European Investment Bank in support of businesses across Europe, and a limited but unconditional use of the European Stability Mechanism credit lines, for a total close to 600 billion Euros, which add to the already ongoing crucial actions by the European Central Bank supporting member states’ debt issuance to face the crisis.The European Federalists urge the European Parliament to support increasing the level of ambition of the deal reached by the Eurogroup with respect to the “recovery Fund” in its plenary debate next week in preparation of the European Council and urges the Heads of State and Government to finalise an ambitious deal that can become effective already in the coming weeks.

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70+ international faith leaders urge Adani to abandon his mega coal mine in Queensland, Australia

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 ottobre 2019

More than 70 religious leaders from fifteen countries have signed an open letter, calling on Adani Group chairman, Gautam Adani, to step away from the Carmichael Coal Project which threatens to destroy the lands of the Wangan and Jagalingou people, kill more of the Great Barrier Reef and further destabilise the climate.Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Christian, Muslim and Jewish signatories, including many high-ranking leaders, have urged the billionaire industrialist to build Adani into a force for good that provides affordable, and clean energy to people, and doesn’t increase their risk of being harmed by climate disasters. Thea Ormerod, Chair, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), said: “Renewable energy can power communities safely, while burning coal worsens climate change and exposes people to more severe droughts, cyclones, heatwaves, and infectious disease epidemics.”“There is just no moral case for digging up and burning coal when you could be investing in the bright future of renewables instead. And financial experts say there is no economic case for it either.“Adani’s Carmichael coal mine is a carbon bomb, and a moral failure that will contribute hundreds of tonnes of carbon pollution into the atmosphere and put millions of lives at risk. Walking away from the project is the only ethical course of action. It also happens to be financially sound,” said Ormerod. The letter, which is coordinated by ARRCC, tells Mr Adani that there is no “ethical balance sheet” for promoting renewable energy with one hand and coal with the other. Reverend Canon Dr Rachel Mash, Environmental Coordinator of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, said: “Worsening floods and droughts are hurting vulnerable communities across Southern Africa, and new coal projects like Adani’s Carmichael mine lock in further harm to people in Africa and around the world.” “Mr Adani’s mission to energise India can be achieved in harmony with a clean future and safe climate, or it can be done in a way that makes the world more dangerous and difficult for us all. The choice is his,” said Reverend Mash.

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Local leaders call for fresh start in communication on EU funds

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 10 ottobre 2019

With 60% of Europeans not aware of EU-funded projects in their regions, raising awareness about the EU’s commitment to local communities is a key priority when it comes to relaunching the European project. The Committee demands stable funding, better coordination of actors, messages and strategies, as well as more attention being paid to citizens’ engagement.According to a Eurobarometer survey presented during the European Week of Regions and Cities, only 40% of Europeans are aware of EU-funded projects in their regions. Even though this share rises to 60% in nine countries (with Poland reaching 82%), there is clearly a need to increase the visibility of the European Structural Investment (ESI) funds and contribute, in this way, to strengthening citizens’ confidence in the European project. This is why the European Committee of the Regions decided to draw up an opinion on Better Communication for Cohesion Policy, led by Adrian Ovidiu Teban (RO/EPP), mayor of Cugir.While cohesion policy is Europe’s most powerful investment tool, accounting for one third of the EU budget, communication about it is still poor and the sources of information are not sufficiently diversified to reach citizens in their everyday lives.According to the Committee, better communication requires greater clarity on funding and requirements. The 2021-2027 regulation, which will be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in the next few months, should therefore introduce a specific financial framework for communication within the technical assistance budget line and increase the number of mandatory publicity and information requirements for cohesion policy projects.The new rules should also require effective cooperation between EU, national and local authorities. The managing authorities of operational programmes for ESI funds play a key role in communicating goals, funding opportunities and the results of supported projects, linking them to the specific local agenda and stakeholders.
Local leaders also want cohesion policy communication to be more diversified, with clear strategies for the different targets, ranging from wider audiences to sectoral stakeholders. With this in mind, the Committee asks the European Commission to involve political representatives from regions and cities in the newly established network of managing authorities’ communicators, in order to test new forms of communication. Local and regional authorities, as well as beneficiaries, constitute the most effective and closest interlocutors for citizens.In this context, building on the experience developed with the #CohesionAlliance and the campaign on the Future of Europe, local leaders propose permanent dialogues with citizens and local stakeholders to better involve them in decision-making related to EU funds. This would ensure stronger accountability and legitimacy for the implementation of investment plans.”Better communication of cohesion policy is a shared responsibility following multilevel governance. Consequently, we, mayors and local governments, should play a fundamental role in implementing cohesion policy and in ensuring the visibility of the projects funded by this policy. The European institutions alone cannot be the only driving force behind this challenge”, concluded the rapporteur, Mr Teban.

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Discover Ready to Hire the Next Generation of Women Technology Leaders

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 settembre 2019

When the world’s largest gathering of women technologists kicks off next month in Orlando, Fla., Discover, one of the largest direct banks in the U.S. and a global payments network with a history of industry-leading technology innovations, will be making job offers to help fill more than 300 roles across technology and data science.Discover is building on their commitment to supporting women in technology through its Diamond-level sponsorship of’s 2019 Grace Hopper Celebration and Community Hall sponsorship this October 1-4. Discover will be bringing more than 70 employees across technology and data science to connect with the 25,000 attendees from around the world expected to attend this year’s event.Since 1994, Grace Hopper Celebration, named in honor of one of the most highly decorated female U.S. naval officers and computer programming pioneer Grace Murray Hopper, has been bringing together the best minds in computing to highlight the contributions of women to the field.
Discover’s continued success in direct banking and payments has led to an increasing need for top technology talent. It is consistently ranked as a best place to work for IT professionals, with 2019 marking the 16th year that Discover was selected by Computerworld as one of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT. At Grace Hopper Celebration, Discover will be looking for individuals who want a career working in data science, development or engineering in the Chicago area.Attendees who visit Discover’s booth can talk to leaders across the organization with more than 15 vice presidents and three executive committee members attending. Visitors also can play Discover’s Make a Match game to match with open roles at Discover and to see how strong a fit Discover is with their long-term career goals.The event is co-sponsored by and the Association of Computing Machinery. Discover experts presenting at the celebration include Kim Holmes, a Discover leader with more than 20 years of experience in technology and helping to lead Discover’s diversity and inclusion hiring. She will be on the panel titled Women, Technologists: Trajectory of Wealth, Oct. 2, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

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US Business Leaders Look to Invest in Customer Experience to Propel Future Growth

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 giugno 2019

US businesses believe prioritizing investment in the customer experience is the number one requirement for future success, according to new findings from HSBC’s ‘Navigator: Made for the Future,’ a survey of over 2,500 companies in 14 countries and territories. In fact, 57% of US businesses plan to increase investment in customer experience in the next 1-2 years compared to 52% of firms outside the US. Of those businesses, 78% said they will increase investment in customer experience by more than 5%. “Customers’ expectations are evolving and the urgency to meet and exceed those expectations is rising,” said EJ Achtner, US Head of Digital Banking and Strategic Change at HSBC Commercial Banking. “US businesses are more focused than ever on delivering a better customer experience and plan to leverage innovative technologies and digital platforms to improve ease of doing business and open the door to new opportunities.”Survey data also show that sentiment from US businesses is still positive. More than three quarters (77%) of US businesses expect to grow in the next two years and two-thirds (65%) are more optimistic about their growth prospects than they were a year ago.

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LinQuest Welcomes Four Executive Leaders

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 giugno 2019

LinQuest Corporation, a leading provider of space and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) and cyber solutions to the U.S. military, federal government, and commercial entities formally announces four new executives to the senior leadership team.
Silvia Van Dusen is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Van Dusen oversees Human Resources strategy development, culture building, career development, and high-level benefits and compensation. Before joining LinQuest, she was a Human Capital Consultant and has significant experience in the aerospace industry. She was Vice President, Human Resources with LISI Aerospace, a division of the LISI Group where she was responsible for human resources, communications, risk, health, safety, and environmental practices for the LISI Group’s U.S. companies. Van Dusen is located at the Los Angeles, CA Corporate office.
Matt Klein is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for accounting, government contracting and mergers and acquisitions.
Douglas Manya is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary. In this role, he advises management and the Board of Directors on a broad range of corporate governance and operational matters including government contracts, ethics and compliance, employment, and mergers and acquisitions. Before joining LinQuest, Manya was Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at LGS Innovations, a C4ISR and cybersecurity-focused company composed of the former federal division of Bells Labs.
Rich Martin is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Martin has more than 25 years of progressive technical and executive experience in a global IT environment.

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Wells Fargo Names Industry Leaders to Technology Organization

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 Maggio 2019

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) named Gary Owen as chief information security officer and head of Information Security, and Steve Hagerman as head of Consumer Lending Technology. Both will join the company’s Technology organization reporting directly to Saul Van Beurden, head of Technology. “Gary and Steve bring a wealth of technology experience to our organization,” said Van Beurden. “Their leadership will be critical as we continue to provide innovative and secure banking technology to our customers.”As chief information security officer, Owen will be responsible for maintaining and continuing to enhance Wells Fargo’s comprehensive risk and information security framework. He will lead information security strategy and governance, identity and access management, security engineering, line-of-business engagement and cyber defense and monitoring. Owen has nearly 30 years of experience working in risk and technology roles. Most recently, he was chief information security officer at WarnerMedia, formerly Time Warner, where he was responsible for global information security strategy, technology risk management, information protection and compliance. Previously, he developed and led the Cybersecurity and Technology Risk Practice at Promontory Financial Group and held executive roles in information security with Goldman Sachs & Co. and Citigroup, where he led global threat management, incident response and cyber intelligence. Owen is a previous chairman and vice chairman of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and is active with the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), Real Estate Cyber Consortium and Media Information Security Sharing Forum. In coordination with industry peers, he also works regularly with U.S. agencies on issues such as critical infrastructure protection and information sharing in coordination with industry peers. He begins his new role on May 31 and will be based in New York City.Previously, Hagerman held positions at Bank One, Vobix Corp. and Lexis-Nexis. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years. He will assume his role in early August and be based in Charlotte, N.C.

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Diligent Invests in Future Leaders Through Florida Atlantic University Entrepreneurial Assistance Project

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 gennaio 2019

Diligent, a technology-driven company, optimizing the construction industry, recently completed a partnership with Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business. The Entrepreneurial Assistance Project teams undergraduate students with organizations selected by the college’s professor. Together the students used the Trust Index® Survey from Great Place to Work® to research the culture and build solutions for a great employee experience.
Diligent was selected for the company’s commitment to continually improve the work experience for every employee. During the 15-week semester, Diligent’s Vice President Hu Montague and Vice President of Operations Hugo Carbajal along with the students worked together to set goals for the project and steps to achieve those goals. The students then worked on completing the project during the semester and delivered a report and presentation on their findings as well as recommendations on creating a culture consistent with the Innovation for All approach as defined by the Great Place to Work Institute.“Diligent was a natural company to select because I know they are dedicated to improving the way they do business and also committed to working with FAU as a local partner in our outreach and engagement activities,” said Roland Kidwell, FAU Department of Management Chair. Both Diligent and the students benefited greatly from this experience.”The partnership was mutually beneficial. It provided the students with experience in an organization focused on attracting, developing, retaining and delighting employees. Diligent was able to work closely with some of the best students in the Business School, while sharing the company’s time and best practices with the next generation of leaders.

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Leaders, Parliamentarians Praise UAE’s Commitment to International Security, Stability

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 gennaio 2019

Organized by the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) in cooperation with the EU-UAE Parliamentary Friendship Group at the European Parliament and the Emirates Red Crescent, the event took place at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels. Speaking at the seminar, Her Excellency Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, Speaker of FNC, said: “Helping those in need is deeply rooted in our culture, and we feel responsible for underprivileged and vulnerable groups. Instability provides fertile ground for terrorism and extremism, therefore our commitment to development involves a commitment to stability – a priority that we share with the EU.” Highlighting the efforts of the Emirates Red Crescent in saving lives and supporting stability in crises and disaster zones around the world, she added: “The UAE houses some 45 humanitarian organizations that are active internationally. Between April 2015 and December 2018, the country disbursed US$4.91 billion in aid to Yemen, and has provided a safe haven for more than 127,000 Syrians since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis.” His Excellency Antonio López-Istúriz White, Member of the European Parliament, stressed the importance of the EU and the UAE unifying efforts in the economic and investment domains as well as in the fight against terrorism, humanitarian aid and risk control. He commended the UAE for its unwavering dedication to achieving security and stability in the world, and praised the role of the Emirates Red Crescent and other humanitarian organizations in the country.His Excellency Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said: “Increasing global challenges require sustained humanitarian efforts. We thank the UAE, a global model of humanitarian commitment, for demonstrating steadfast solidarity, significantly contributing to crisis resolution, playing an influential role in development cooperation and actively supporting international aid organizations.” His Excellency Denis Haveaux, Director of the Red Cross EU Office, confirmed that the Red Cross and the Red Crescent are partners in providing humanitarian aid, and stressed the importance of safe access to services, particularly for victims of forgotten crises.

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Waymo CEO to Keynote CES 2019 Leaders in Technology Dinner

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 novembre 2018

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM today announced that Waymo Chief Executive Officer, John Krafcik, will keynote at the CES® 2019 Leaders in Technology (LIT) Dinner, an invitation-only event bringing together more than 600 policymakers, top technologists and entrepreneurs. Krafcik will join FOX Business Network’s Liz Claman in a fireside chat to discuss the latest self-driving applications and the future of mobility on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Owned and produced by CTA, CES 2019 will run January 8-11, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. “John is revolutionizing the transportation industry through innovative solutions in self-driving that bring greater reliability and safety to our cars, roads and cities,” said Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, CTA. “John and his team are committed to providing affordable and sustainable transportation to citizens around the world, increasing greater access to schools and jobs and improving lives. We’re thrilled to have him join us at this year’s Leaders in Technology Dinner and look forward to hearing his vision for the future of our roads.” John Krafcik is the CEO of Waymo, the self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy to move people and things around. Under John’s leadership, Google’s self-driving car project became Waymo, an independent Alphabet Inc. company. Since then, Waymo has test-driven the world’s first fleet of self-driving vehicles on public roads without a driver at the wheel, completed 10 million autonomous miles, and struck up partnerships with Jaguar Land Rover, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Lyft, Avis, AutoNation and more. Waymo has tested its technology in over 25 U.S. cities and is developing an autonomous ride-hailing network in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to Waymo, John was president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, and the chief engineer for the Ford Expedition.The invite only Leaders in Technology Program at CES allows high-level public policymakers and technologists to learn from CES’ 4,500 exhibitors and see thousands of new products that contribute to the $377 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. The program also provides information and insight to assist officials in evaluating federal policies that affect the consumer technology industry. For more information on the Leaders in Technology Program, please contact Laura Hudson at or 703-907-7604. Krafcik follows other influential technology leaders that have keynoted at the LIT Dinner, including John Zimmer, co-founder and president of Lyft; James Park, CEO and co-founder of Fitbit; and Nick Woodman, founder and CEO of GoPro. CES 2019, the world’s largest and most influential technology event, will showcase life-changing technology across every major industry, featuring 4,500 exhibitors across 2.75 million net square feet of exhibit space. CES provides access to the very latest transformative tech, such as 5G connectivity, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, smart home, smart cities, sports tech, machine learning and more. For the latest CES news and to register for the show, visit

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Sport at the Service of Humanity Launches Young Leaders Mentoring Program

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 ottobre 2018

Buenos Aires: Sport at the Service of Humanity launched its Young Leaders Mentoring Program, which aims to prepare athletes and young leaders in sport to “Win in Life” and inspire their communities through the power of their example. The program, launched with the support of ISPS Handa, will see four young leaders from South Sudan, Canada, Philippines and Israel embark on a transformational one-year journey under the mentorship of four distinguished sport and business champions. The four young leaders taking part in the first year’s program are: • Anjelina Nadai – A 23-year-old track runner from the Kakuma Refugee Camp in South Sudan. She was a member of the Refugee Olympic Team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. • Chantal Sathi – A Canadian of Sri Lankan Heritage; she is a kick boxer, a personal trainer and a community youth leader and has a degree in Kinesiology and a Masters in Theology in Urban and International Development • John Paul Masubay – A 24-year-old football player, coach, mentor and youth leader from Tacloban, Philippines. • Shahid Bishara – A 15-year-old female squash player who lives with her family in an Arab town in Israel. She got involved in squash at age 10 as part of a special project that that aimed to help bridge gaps between Jewish and Arab cultures in Israel.
These mentees will have the privilege of being mentored by the following four mentors: • HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein – IOC Member, President of Jordan Olympic Committee, Founder/Chairman of Generations for Peace • Victor Montagliani – FIFA Vice President, President CONCACAF • Renata Simril – President and CEO of LA84 Foundation • Jon Tibbs OBE – Founder/Chairman of JTA
The mentees and mentors met for the first time earlier today during an interaction session, in which the mentors shared their experience, stories and vision of how they see the mentorship relationship unfolding. Tomorrow, the mentees will meet with IOC President Thomas Bach who has regularly shown his support for the Sport at the Service of Humanity, most notably at its first Global Conference on Faith & Sport in 2016 where he was one of the featured speakers.
The first cohort of mentees will become the inaugural Sport at the Service of Humanity Global Youth Ambassadors – the faith of the movement at home and internationally. Every year, new athletes and young leaders in sport will be selected as mentees and carry the Sport at the Service of Humanity message to new parts of the world.

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MetLife Names New Leaders for Asia

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 agosto 2018

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) announced that Kishore Ponnavolu has been named President of the company’s Asia region effective Sept. 1, 2018. He will become a member of the company’s Executive Group, report to Chairman, President and CEO Steven A. Kandarian, and be based in Hong Kong.In addition, MetLife announced that Rebecca Tadikonda has been named Head of Strategic Growth Markets, Asia, also effective Sept. 1, 2018. She will report to Ponnavolu and be based in Singapore.Ponnavolu will directly oversee Japan, Korea, Australia and LumenLab, MetLife Asia’s innovation hub. The markets for which Tadikonda will have responsibility are Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Nepal and Vietnam.Ponnavolu is currently head of MetLife’s Auto & Home business in the United States, and Tadikonda is MetLife’s Chief Strategy Officer.“Kishore has a proven track record of transformational leadership that engages customers, motivates employees, and drives profitable growth,” Kandarian said. “These highly transferable skills make him the right leader for our large and growing Asia business, and I have every confidence that he will take it to even higher levels of success.” Kandarian added, “Rebecca is a world-class strategist who has helped MetLife chart a course toward greater customer centricity, efficient capital allocation, and a more attractive portfolio of businesses. With her background advising a range of companies in markets across the globe, including Asia, she was the natural choice to accelerate value creation in the region.”
Prior to serving as head of Auto & Home, Ponnavolu was MetLife’s Chief Strategy Officer from 2011-2013. Before joining MetLife, he held senior positions with American Express, GE Money, McKinsey and Company, and A.T. Kearney Inc. Ponnavolu earned his doctorate in business administration from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India.Tadikonda joined MetLife as Chief Strategy Officer in 2014. Previously, she was a Partner at Bain & Company and has also held roles in marketing at DHL Worldwide Express and VeriSign. Tadikonda earned her master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University and her bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth University.In addition to her new duties, Tadikonda will remain as Chief Strategy Officer until a replacement is named.Within Auto & Home, Senior Vice President of Product Management Mick Noland and Vice President of Claims Darla Finchum will serve as Interim Co-Heads of the business while MetLife conducts a search for Ponnavolu’s replacement.

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Next Generation of Innovators and Future World Leaders

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 agosto 2018

FIRST® Global, a not-for-profit organization established to promote science and technology leadership and innovation in young people from all nations through the sport of robotics, brought together students from more than 160 nations last week at Arena Ciudad de Mexico for the FIRST Global Challenge, a high-profile, international robotics competition convening high-school-aged participants who work together to solve global challenges.Ricardo Salinas, chairman of Grupo Salinas, founding member of FIRST Global, and chairman and host of the 2018 FIRST Global Challenge in Mexico City, recognized the passion of the young competitors in creating and driving robots. “This is the best demonstration that this world can become a better world if we all work together,” he said.The focus of the 2018 FIRST Global Challenge was “Energy Impact,” in which shifting alliances of three nations competed to fuel power plants, initiate renewable energy plans and build a resilient transmission network in a simulated exercise using robots. The event highlighted the importance of various energy sources and making them more sustainable, excited students to learn and discover STEM through robotics, and inspired students and adults alike on the importance of collaborating across places of origin, creeds, religions, and races to build a better tomorrow.
This competition inspires not only those who participate, but also many more from the teams’ home countries. The inaugural FIRST Global Challenge was held last year with 157 nations. It’s based on the principles of FIRST, a K-12 STEM education nonprofit founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989.“I’ve learned through FIRST that if we teach the world’s young people the common language of STEM, they’ll learn how to work together across cultural and religious differences,” said Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research & Development and founder of FIRST and FIRST Global. “Through the excitement of an Olympic-style sporting event, the FIRST Global Challenge is uniting students around the world to solve the greatest problems we face as a global community.”
Official sponsors of the 2018 FIRST Global Challenge include: Bezos Family Foundation, TE Connectivity Foundation, Qualcomm Incorporated, Royalty Pharma/Alianzia AMZA, DeKa Foundation, Intel, Shell, Baker Hughes GE, FedEx, Tec de Monterrey, and MexiChem.

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Journalists Religious leaders call for UN to offer brighter future to migrants and refugees

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 29 aprile 2018

Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders will be calling on countries to ensure safe and legal pathways for migrants and refugees as well as inclusive societies and the right to remain at home. They will also be describing how organizations flowing from their faith traditions serve those in their places of origin, in transit, and destination.The conference featuring interfaith leaders will be held at the United Nations in New York on May 3 in the run up to intergovernmental talks later in May on improving the way the world assists migrants and refugees.The Sharing the Journey of Migrants and Refugees: An Interfaith Perspective on the Global Compacts event includes the Venerable Gijun Sugitani, Rabbi David Rosen, Sheikh Mohamad Abou Zeid, Metropolitan Emmanuel Adamakis and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and will be chaired by Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations.The panel is aimed at ensuring the UN Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants respect the rights of all migrants and enshrine a shared responsibility for refugee reception.Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Tagle said in anticipation of the conference, “Faith leaders are urging governments to improve their response to the mass movements of people and reduce the suffering of millions. Our different religions share a universal message of ‘love thy neighbour.’ The Global Compacts offer a once-in-a-generation chance to challenge the rising tide of xenophobia.”Lebanon’s Sheikh Mohamad Abou Zeid said, “Ibrahim, Moses, and Jesus were great religious leaders who lived part of their lives ‎away from their homeland as immigrants.‎ Islam talks about migration as a justified choice for those who are under threat, or being ‎persecuted, or oppressed.”
Caritas is concerned by the wide gap between what the Compacts say and the current policies and practises on the ground. Greater consistency between the two Compacts is also needed. They must ensure that no one is left behind, by creating legal pathways not just for asylum seekers, but for migrants in general. Shared responsibility in supporting refugees fleeing conflict, climate change and poverty must also be achieved.On child migration, Caritas believes, the best interest of the child should always come first. For this reason, the practice of detaining children on the basis of their or their parent’s migration status should be abolished.Caritas urges countries to address human trafficking, slavery, and labour and sexual exploitation, in particular of women and children. The Global Compacts must similarly address the exploitation of migrants who are deprived of their rights.Pope Francis launched Caritas’ Share the Journey campaign in September 2017 to create opportunities for encounters between migrants and local communities around the world. Caritas believes that encounters not only contribute to changing the debate around migration, but also successfully break down fear and racism.
The May 3 Sharing the Journey of Migrants and Refugees: An Interfaith Perspective on the Global Compacts panel is co-sponsored by Caritas Internationalis and the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York.

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Goldfinch Bio to Present at BioCentury’s Future Leaders in Biotech Industry Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 marzo 2018

Goldfinch Bio, a company singularly focused on discovering and developing precision therapies to treat patients with kidney disease, today announced that Anthony Johnson, M.D., president and chief executive officer, will present a corporate overview at BioCentury’s 25th Annual Future Leaders in the Biotech Industry Conference on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 11:30 am Eastern Time. The conference is being held at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City.
Goldfinch Bio is a biotechnology company committed to discover and develop precision medicines for patients with kidney disease. Just as the goldfinch has long been a symbol of healing and renewal and was a prominent figure of the Renaissance, Goldfinch Bio is leading a new age of therapeutic discovery to transform the treatment paradigm for people with kidney disease. Goldfinch was launched in 2016 by Third Rock Ventures, and is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. For more information, please visit

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Two Engility leaders named 2017 Women Worth Watching by Profiles in Diversity Journal

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 agosto 2017

Lynn DugleEngility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EGL) CEO Lynn Dugle and Vice President of Technical Solutions Group Gay Porter have been recognized as 2017 Women Worth Watching by the Profiles in Diversity Journal. This annual awards program celebrates high performing, purpose-driven female leaders who serve as strong mentors and role models for other women while creating value for the companies, organizations and agencies they support.“It is a great honor to be recognized alongside my colleague Gay and so many other accomplished leaders who have contributed to the advancement of women in business,” said Lynn Dugle, CEO of Engility. “As the CEO of Engility, I lead a team that makes valuing people a priority, and I am privileged with many opportunities to encourage, empower and grow our employees.”Gay Porter, vice president of Engility’s Technical Solutions Group, said, “I’ve been very fortunate in the work I’ve done and the opportunities I’ve encountered. This honor inspires me to pay that forward and share some of my lessons learned with others who may be just starting their careers.” Dugle’s career spans more than three decades and includes leadership experience in the defense, intelligence and telecommunication sectors. With a passion for activities and causes that support women leadership, science and education, Dugle was named one of the Top 100 Women in STEM by STEMconnector in 2012. Other recent awards include being named to the Wash100 2017 List of Most Influential Voices in Government Contracting. Earlier this year, she participated in the 2017 Fortune/U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership to further improve the status of women in business. This is Dugle’s second award from Diversity Journal; she was recognized as one of the Women Worth Watching in 2009.Porter is a recognized federal technology industry leader with more than 30 years’ experience growing and leading successful businesses dedicated to government service. At Engility she plays a critical role in leading a group of subject matter experts specializing in Engility’s primary capability areas – high performance computing, cyber, enterprise modernization, and systems engineering and integration. Porter balances technical expertise and strong management talent and places great value on building teams that are founded on strategy, diversity and accountability. (photo: Lynn Dugle)

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Angela Merkel, the G-Zero chancellor

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 luglio 2017

g20IT WAS a tableau to sum up an age. Leaders of the world’s 20 main industrial powers, plus a dusting of international institutions and secondary powers, posed for a photo at the Hamburg Congress Centre. In the middle, among the testosteroid ranks of Putins and Trumps, Erdogans and Xis, was Angela Merkel; calm and composed, her fingers bridged in their distinctive rhombus. Look back over the past years of global turmoil—terror, wars, financial crises, political upheavals—and that rhombus is one of the few constants. A sturdy pinnacle in an uncertain age; a bridge in more senses than one.Surveying the scene it was tempting to conclude that a unilateralist America, a withdrawing Britain, a still-recovering France, a revisionist Russia and a not-yet-dominant China make Mrs Merkel not just the chair of this particular summit, but something more: the new leader of the free world. Recent pieces in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, the Independent, USA Today and Politico have all floated or even endorsed the designation. When Barack Obama paid a final presidential visit to Berlin in November, it was said that he was unofficially anointing Mrs Merkel his successor as guardian of the global order.
My piece in this week’s issue of The Economist challenges the label, for which Berlin has neither the appetite nor the means. For one thing, even booming Germany lacks America’s economic weight. That its welcome “Marshall Plan for Africa” is so modest compared with both the scale of the task and the original Marshall Plan makes that much clear. Moreover, the country is still hamstrung by its history. As Jan Techau of the American Academy in Berlin puts it to me: the Nazi past still causes Germans to “lack faith in their own good intentions”. Partly for this reason, the country remains relatively allergic to military force; it spends just 1.2% of it GDP on defence (as Mr Trump likes to complain) and so cannot undergird its diplomatic positions with hard power.
The G20 summit dramatises these realities. The final statement is likely to be vague. It may carry asterisks exempting America from environmental passages. There is even a chance that Mr Trump will not sign it at all. Whether other rich countries will commit meaningfully to Mrs Merkel’s plan for Africa is still uncertain. Unlike the chancellor, most still see turbulence on that continent primarily as a security rather than a development issue.
Most significant will be the bilateral meetings. Will Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping find common ground on their border disputes and China’s contentious “One Belt One Road” trade plan? Will Turkey and Saudi Arabia make any progress on Syria? Will Theresa May reach new understandings with her EU counterparts on Brexit? Will Mr Trump’s first meeting with Mr Putin prompt a deal on Ukraine? Progress on such questions—unlikely to feature among the concluding annoucements here in Hamburg tomorrow—matters so much because we are in what the political scientist Ian Bremmer calls a “G-Zero” world; one in which no country or bloc can shape or direct global events. The era of the cacophony is upon us.
This, not some overblown and oversimplified notion of nascent dominance, explains why Germany is now so relevant. As a top exporter embedded in the Eurasian continent and thus without the geographic buffers of Britain, America or Australia, it is perhaps uniquely invested in the architecture of globalisation. Environmental, trade and regulatory disruptions hurt it more than most. Its historically-rooted scepticism about hard power (slowly waning, as the country’s deployments in Mali, Afghanistan and Lithuania and rising defence spending show) prompt it to build other sorts of defences: geopolitical alliances, diplomatic compromises, long-term development investments. The result is a country whose power flows not from dominance but from a dense, finally balanced and endlessly recalculated web of economic, cultural and diplomatic links. It convenes. All of which is on show in Hamburg, if you know where to look. Mrs Merkel is the leader who led Western defiance to Mr Putin, yet also the one who can engage him in frank conversation (whether they were talking Russian or German earlier is not clear). She has moved closer to China in response to America’s recent political turn, but has kept her options open. She is constructively ambiguous. Even her now-famous comments in a Munich beer tent in May, rebuking Mr Trump, were cryptic: “the times in which we can rely entirely on others are somewhat over.” She speaks the emphemeral language of a G-Zero world. But she can move fast and surgically when international events demand it; flipping positions on nuclear power in 2011, on refugees in 2015 and last month rewriting her position on EU treaty-change in support of Mr Macron (albeit without making any firm commitments).To Mrs Merkel’s critics this can look like so much game-playing: the values-free manoeuvring of a country doing nicely out of a lopsided European order facilitating the sale of cars and machinery to imperfect democracies in the developing world. But to take in the international landscape is also to witness the merits of this approach. Germany makes no pretence of self-sufficiency. It accepts its own vulnerability, its own lack of a reliable protector, its own inextricability from mutually compromising alliances and sub-alliances. It is what Ulrich Speck, a leading expert on German foreign policy, calls a “postmodern” power.Who knows what the next years will bring? Perhaps China will start taking the lead. Perhaps America will suddenly abandon Trumpism in favour of old-school, Rooseveltian internationalism. Perhaps Europe will get its act together and start acting as one on the world stage. Perhaps some new coalition of Asian dragons will emerge as a new locus of power. But in the absence of such developments, G-Zero is here to stay. Journalists looking for a new superpower will still cast around for examples, including Germany, which will continue to fall short of the excitable billing. But for better or worse, others may increasingly emulate Berlin’s distinctive blend of idealistic multilateralism and case-by-case pragmatism. Germany is less a leader than a foretaste. (by The Economist) (photo: G20)

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Leaders of Arab and African Nations Celebrate Inaugural Awards Ceremony of Al-Sumait Prize For African Development For Health And Food Security

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 25 novembre 2016

the-winners-of-kuwaits-%e2%80%8bal-sumait-prizesMalabo. The winners of Kuwait’s Al-Sumait Prize for African Development for 2015 and 2016 in the fields of health and food security today received their awards at a special gala ceremony held during the fourth Africa-Arab summit in Equatorial Guinea.
The Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah and President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Mbasosgo awarded the prizes, which comprise of one million dollars each and a gold medal to the three winners.
The 2015 Al-Sumait Health category award went to Professor Kevin Marsh of the University of Oxford and African Academy of Sciences, Kenya, for his sustained efforts to control and eradicate malaria, which affects the health of tens of millions of African children. He said, “I feel tremendously honored by this award that will be used to continue to support the development of science in the continent, particularly through supporting emerging young African research leaders”.The 2016 Al-Sumait Food Security category award went to two joint winners, the Sweetpotato for Nutrition Team at the International Potato Centre (CIP), Lima, Peru and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria.Speaking on behalf of CIP, Dr Barbara Wells Director General CIP said, “We are very honored that this work on bio fortified sweet potato has been recognised and awarded the Al-Sumait Prize for food security.”
Dr A Namanga Ngongi, representative of IITA, commented, “We are proud of this award and thank the Al-Sumait Prize for recognizing the efforts of IITA and our partners in helping African farmers and communities improve their livelihoods and enhance food and nutrition security through research and development on major food staples.”
Initiated in 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah, the Al-Sumait Prize for African Development is designed to reward innovative and inspiring initiatives and research by individuals and organizations that address the challenges facing the African continent. The award recognizes and honors individuals or institutions who help advance economic and social development, human resources development and infrastructure in Africa.Dr Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), which administers Kuwait’s Al-Sumait Prize for African Development, told the audience that together all the recipients have implemented ground-breaking approaches to tackle and eradicate the scourges of malaria and under-nourishment. Dr Adnan also announced that the invitations for prize nominations for the Education field would open December 2016.
“All Al-Sumait nominees demonstrated a melange of disciplines and academic and real-life research that showed a deep passion to address the challenges facing the great continent of Africa in profound ways,” Dr. Shihab-Eldin said.The Al-Sumait Board of Trustees, which comprises prominent international personalities in the field of development in Africa and world-renowned philanthropists. The Board is chaired by H.E. Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait.Other trustees include Mr. Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, Former President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Kwaku Aning, Former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Mr. Abdulatif Al-Hamad, Director General and Chairman of the Board of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development. (photo: The winners of Kuwait’s Al-Sumait Prize’s health and food security categories together with the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah (third from left) and President Mbasosgo of Equatorial Guinea, (fifth from left).

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The European Business Awards

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 settembre 2015

European UnionIt’s sponsored by RSM, Europe’s largest and most significant business recognition programme, has today named 678 companies from 33 countries across Europe as ‘National Champions’ in the first stage of the 2015-16 competition. A panel of independent judges, including business leaders and senior academics, selected the National Champions after the European Business Awards engaged with over 32,000 companies this year, a 33% increase for the competition now in its ninth year. Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: “Congratulations to the companies that have been selected to represent their country as National Champions, they play an important part in creating a stronger business community.” Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM, the leading global audit, tax and advisory network, said: “The vast range of businesses that have been named as National Champions – from entrepreneurial start-ups to large international corporations – displays the increasing reach of the programme and the abundance of quality businesses across the continent. I would like to congratulate them all and wish them luck in the coming rounds.” The next round requires the National Champions to make a presentation video, telling their unique story and explaining their business success. The judges will view all of the National Champions’ videos, and award the best of this group the coveted ‘Ruban d’Honneur’ status. Ruban d’Honneur recipients will then go on to be part of the grand final in 2016.
Separately, the National Champion videos will be made public on the European Business Awards website as part of a two stage public vote, which will decide the ‘National Public Champions’ for each country. Last year over 170,000 votes were cast as companies from across Europe were publicly supported by their clients, staff and peers, as well as the general public.Supported since their inception by lead sponsor and promoter RSM, the seventh largest audit, tax and advisory network worldwide with a major presence across Europe, the European Business Awards was created to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. Additional sponsors and partners of the Awards include ELITE, the UKTI and PR Newswire. In the 2014/15 competition, all EU member markets were represented plus Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia, Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Their combined revenue exceeded €1.5 trillion, and together they generated profits of over 60 billion Euros and employ over 2.5 million people.

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Offshore Energy 2016

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 agosto 2015

amsterdam13/14 ottobre 2015. Even though we are still in the middle of making this year’s Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference a great success, we are pleased to announce that next year’s Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) will be held on 25 & 26 October 2016 at Amsterdam RAI. Save the dates and join tens of thousands international professionals again at one of the leading events on all facets of offshore energy. As a leading comprehensive offshore energy event , OEEC covers not only both the exploration as production of conventional oil & gas energy resources, but also the renewable part of the energy mix such as wind and marine energy. A fascinating group of business leaders, buyers, investors, engineers, and other interested parties within the offshore energy sector will get the opportunity to meet each other in four large halls of the Amsterdam RAI, totaling an area of approximately 23,000 m².

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