I am an African American who has lived in Switzerland through the years, and Geneva has been my base for a long time. About 15 years ago or so, I needed to go to Paris on business. Normally this was no big deal, but this happened to be during a period when France was hard hit by terrorist attacks, and the government had instituted a program called Vigi-Pirate which basically tightened internal security and also temporarily required that Americans coming to France would need to have a visa to enter the country.
I headed to the French consulate to apply…
What is an Anti-Racist / Anti-Sexist Company anyway?
An anti-racist / anti-sexist organization is one which has non-discrimination built into its organizational DNA; not just a mission statement, but a series of clear policies and procedures designed to discourage racism and sexism within the organization.
It begins with an overt recognition that racism and sexism are unfortunate realities in many of our societies, and therefore organizations need to take counter-measures to avoid perpetuating the status-quo.
As history has shown, it is often not enough to rely upon peoples’ good-will. In a society in which discrimination has been anchored for centuries…
Winds of Change in the World of the Family Office?
The impact of digital transformation is being felt in virtually every industry as companies seek to increasingly engage with customers, lower costs and improve efficiency across all operational spheres.
This is as true in the financial services industry as it is elsewhere. New players such as M-PESA, Revolut, Monzo and others have redefined the traditional relationship between financial service provider and customer. In the USA, Rocket Mortgage can now approve your mortgage online in a few minutes. Real-time, 24-hour transaction capability is no longer a dream, it’s now commonplace almost…
Ethnicity in Business
Ethnicity in Business: First of a Series
The Indian Presence in Africa: A snapshot
Since my early childhood I have been fascinated by the fact that in many countries of the world, specific industries, and indeed sometimes entire sectors of the economy, are often dominated by a specific ethnic group. In some cases, this domination was temporary, but in others, there is a long and ongoing history of this phenomenon. The Indian and Lebanese diaspora in Africa, the Chinese in Indonesia or American Jews in Hollywood are but some of the more obvious examples.
When I was…
Bill Carney is originally from New York City, but has spent a third of his life in each of Africa, Europe and the United States. He is a parent and professor.