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The Perfect Tuxedo or Smoking Jacket Nothing makes a man feel and look as impeccable as a tuxedo does. A tuxedo is a classic essential, for every man because…. If you’re looking to turn some heads and make a style statement, then sport a tuxedo at least once or twice a year during grand events! Since time immemorial, black has been the classic shade worn by men, but today the colour blue is making its way into the contemporary man’s wardrobe. Experimenting with fabric, like wool or velvet can also add variety and versatility to one’s appeal, by making him appear edgy. Should you have a more traditional sense of style, then a white tuxedo may be just right for you; for those who like to play with color, navy blue is always a good choice. Men who like to be adventurous with their look can play around and style their jacket by adding a pop of colour and adorning t with a lapel pin or pocket square. To stand out in the crowd, one can also move away from the classic two- button or notch lapel and instead try the one button/peak lapel or the shawl lapel. Some of the new trends that in fashion today include a patterned fabric for the tuxedo, whilst choosing a broader lapel but still in black satin. It doesn’t seem like the tuxedo has a conventional colour or fabric that one must stick to; it can be customized depending on each one’s taste and personality. At the end, however, a tuxedo is always a classic piece, irrespective of its fabric and every man with a sense of style looks forward to carrying it off for a gala evening. Apart from the tuxedo, the dress shirt and bow tie also play a big role in completing the ensemble. Many a times, people shy away from a classic look and want to come up with new ideas but there is no denying that the pleated and wing collared shirt, along with a tie-on butterfly bow tie, will always be in style. Some acceptable changes can be a white self-patterned shirt without any pleats or frills or a shirt with a regular collar instead of a winged one. A new trend that’s doing the rounds these days is a velvet bow or a diamond shaped bow tie and it totally works with the classic ensemble. To complete the look there are the metal studs and the concealed buttons, which add a further sense of formality to one’s appearance Many prefer metal studs to complete the look, while others go for the concealed shirt placket so that they can avoid losing the studs and have a hassle-free evening with style and panache.


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Barbuda – A paradise turned to hell


Robert de Niro – A personal pledge


Cherie Blair – Philanthropy’s first lady


Wyclef Jean – Rise and fall of a refugee

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Robin Sharma – Exponential productivity for leaders


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he world order seems more disturbed than ever. Elections and referendums have confounded establishment expectations. Destructive weather events have destroyed nations. Violence wracks entire regions, driving communities to flee in search of safety. People feel unsafe. In the midst of this we find ourselves talking about global citizenship. This is not, as some would have you believe, an abstract concept of global government and world peace. As I have discovered this year, travelling the world investigating global citizenship, a consensus is emerging. A global mindset is connecting real world problems with action and global solutions. Of course, more and more people can afford to travel. Thanks to good government and diplomacy more people are free to travel visa free and without restrictions. But just because somebody is denied that opportunity by accident of birth does not mean they should be denied meaningful connection with the world. Just because somebody is poor does not mean they should not participate actively in the global economy. Just because they suffer under bad government doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have their voices heard. Thinkers and do-ers from across politics and business recognise that the ‘Age of Uncertainty’ presents a class of global problems that demand careful thought and urgent global action. Political shocks, natural disasters, and economic changes must be examined in the context of the new normal. Populations connect in ways never imagined before. Technology is transforming our world. Citizen expectations are on the march, in every corner of our planet. We will address some big questions in Sveti Stefan, Montenegro, on 19 and 20 October. Thinkers, experts, professionals, and world leaders will come together in the spirit of free enquiry and reasonable debate. I invite you all to join us. Stand up, speak up, and be counted. This is the issue of our age.

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Emilia Koleva

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Emilia is a full-time contributor in PREMIUM Lifestyle magazine covering topics related to luxury watches, jewelry, automobiles, travel. She is also passionate about stories and analyses dedicated to children psychology. Emilia has been involved in the event management business line of the company organizing various corporate, business and lifestyle events.

Andrea is a journalist and the Deputy Editor-in-Chief for PREMIUM Lifestyle magazine. She has previously worked in television as the editor for international news as well as a radio morning show host. She gets easily excited by anything related to good food and wine, mixology, aviation and snooker as well as, of course, traveling.

Magdalena is a travel journalist with decades of international experience and nearly 90 countries under her belt. She describes herself to be as curious about life as a 3-year old who reaches for the hot stove and prefers to think of her work not as a job but as a way to invest in memories.

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Martina is a freelance writer, currently based between Singapore and London. She is covering a broad range of topics in the luxury segment, but her main passion and focus is on fashion, art, gourmet food, leisure and travel. Martina has been the Editor in Chief of PREMIUM Lifestyle magazine for couple of years and she continues writing articles both for the magazine and the web site

With over 15 years of journalistic experience, Ina is a published author, awarded with the National Hermes Literature Award for Debut Book, 2011. She is a leading author in PREMIUM Lifestyle magazine and a contributor to the web site Ina is passionate about automobiles, travel and technology innovations, searching curiously for new stories to wrap in words.

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After Istanbul, Amsterdam and Antwerp, the largest and most valuable collection of Banksy, the world’s most famous – or most notorious – street artist is now in Berlin. THE ART OF BANKSY exhibition consists of key artworks that mark the prolific street artist’s colorful climb to fame. Original canvasses, paintings, sculptures and interactive storytelling let you experience the poignant periods of Banksy’s career.

A bigger SIHH awaits visitors to the 28th edition, where 34 exhibitors will reveal the major trends in watchmaking for the year to come, showing the fabulous energy that continues to extend the boundaries of luxury and engage fans in a genuine dialogue. In keeping with this spirit, SIHH will again open its doors to the public for one day. From January 15th to 19th 2018, professionals, journalists and influencers, experienced and aspiring collectors will have their eyes riveted on Geneva, the beating heart of Fine Watchmaking, for what already promises to be an exciting, surprising and innovative event.

Strengthening Cooperation in a Fractured World The 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting aims to rededicate leaders from all walks of life to developing a shared narrative to improve the state of the world. By coming together at the start of the year, they try to shape the future by joining this unparalleled global effort in co-design, co-creation and collaboration. The programme’s depth and breadth make it a true summit of summits.

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The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, and commonly known as Pyeongchang 2018 will feature 102 events in 15 sports. Four new disciplines in existing sports will be introduced in Pyeongchang, including big air snowboarding (which will replace the parallel slalom), mixed doubles curling, mass start speed skating, and mixed team alpine skiing.

During the ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the Academy Awards in 24 categories. The ceremony will be televised in the United States by ABC, and produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel will host for a second consecutive year, making Kimmel the first person to host backto-back ceremonies since Billy Crystal in 1997 and 1998 respectively.

From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race. Featuring her much loved songs, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical is written by Olivier Awardwinning playwright Katori Hall and directed by the internationally acclaimed Phyllida Lloyd.


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BARBUDA – A PARADISE TURNED TO HELL Barbuda – Donors from all over the world come to the rescue after the devastation of Hurricane Irma, which demolished 95% of the island’s buildings. BY MAGDALENA GIGOVA

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he US National Hurricane Centre declared Irma to be the most violent storm to hit the Atlantic Ocean within the last 82 years. At its height, wind speeds reached 300 km/h. However, on the Caribbean island of Barbuda, winds raged at 406 km/h, according to prof. Ivan Todorov, honorary consul of Antigua and Barbuda in Bulgaria. The violent storm completely destroyed that little territory. 95% of its buildings, including some sturdy ancient fortresses and churches, were reduced to rubble. “It’s absolute devastation. The island is literally under water,” Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne told the BBC. “30% of the buildings were completely obliterated. Given these were English style structures of massive proportions, it is all the more shocking,” added Todorov. “Browne compared the devastation wrought on the island by Irma to the effects of a bomb. The entire infrastructure had been destroyed, including all public institutions, hospitals and schools. Serious damage was also sustained to the main airport, the port and most of the transport infrastructure. Telecommunication systems were completely broken. The entire island was under water or partially flooded, presenting a risk of fast-spreading diseases. The situation was made worse by floods caused by Hurricane Maria, although its impact wasn’t nearly as devastating. Despite all the obstacles, the Barbuda government managed to organize itself quickly, pulling together all its available resources and evacuating 28 | OCT / NOV 2017

almost the entire population of Barbuda, moving it to the larger island of Antigua.” “It’s an absolute devastation. The island is barely habitable. The entire population of 1800 people are homeless. It would cost $150 million to rebuild Barbuda. If we juxtapose these damages to the total population and then compare it with the GDP per person in the USA, it would be the same as America sustaining damages of $4.5 trillion!” Browne told the BBC. Browne is the fourth Prime Minister of this Commonwealth nation. Before becoming leader of the Antigua Labour party he was a successful businessman. “In the aftermath of the catastrophe people were in despair, worn out and fearful that they would not receive immediate help. Unfortunately, the neighboring island of Antigua was also affected, albeit to a far smaller degree. Browne was hopeful that Antigua and Barbuda would receive proper aid from the international community. He arrived on the island right after the hurricane had passed, to offer personal reassurance and moral support to his compatriots,” professor Todorov added. Two days after the calamity the first of three Amerijet Cargo planes, flying from Miami with 60 tons of relief supplies, landed in Antigua. The items were financed with funds secured by the government of Antigua and Barbuda and the contributions of Mr. Martin Franklyn and Coleman

in the United States. Browne discussed the most pressing needs of Barbuda’s citizens with Mark Green from USAID. In spite of the unprecedented natural destruction, it seems like God had spared the inhabitants because there was just one victim – a 2-year-old boy who died as his family were trying to escape their crumbling house. According to The Guardian, 12 hours after the hurricane hit Barbuda there was no connection whatsoever with anyone on the island, which measures 161 square kilometers in total size, so it was impossible to know whether there were any survivors. Browne later explained that one of the telecommunication towers had collapsed. Not spared by the destructive force of the winds was Paradise Found Nobu Resort, a luxurious resort undergoing renovation, owned by Hollywood star Robert De Niro and Australian businessman James Packer. The actor’s representatives said the complex was partially damaged. De Niro has promised to help to re-build the island. “We are beyond saddened to learn of the devastation in Barbuda and look forward to working with the entire Barbuda community to successfully rebuild what nature has taken away from us,” De Niro said. “The combination of the force of wind and torrential rain unfortunately resulted in the complete wreckage of an extraordinarily beautiful Caribbean island,” professor Ivan Todorov told Bloomberg TV. He warned that if the disasterstricken people were not given urgent assistance, there would be a high risk of disease spreading. People across the world have been sending aid. “The tourist industry is undoubtedly

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very hard hit and this happens to be the main source of income for the majority of the population,” the consul pointed out, adding that not only were 95% of the buildings destroyed, but also the entire infrastructure – the electrical, water supply and sewage systems. “It’s like a complete washout. It all has to be rebuilt from scratch.” Prof. Todorov announced that Bulgarians had raised more than € 50,000 which would be directly transferred to the Barbuda’s Foreign Ministry’s bank account. “I was very pleasantly surprised by quite a few well-known people who called me and offered to donate. The amounts are not important; every little help is welcome, because it is meant for people in distress,” declared the consul. In the run-up to Irma’s landfall, and during its actual impact, local broadcasters reported live from the streets, running the risk of sustaining injury from flying debris, while describing what was happening as something out of a horror movie. This piece of paradise was turning into hell. The neighboring islands are not left unscathed. Properties of famous personalities like Johnny Depp, Oprah Winfrey, Mick Jagger, Bruce Willis and Donald Trump, are also seriously damaged. Most severe is the damage sustained to billionaire Richard Branson’s estate. While Irma was raging outside he was in his wine cellar. “There are no leaves on the trees. One of the things we loved about Barbuda was that it was so green. There are no rivers or lakes on the island, only forests and its highest hill is Lindsey – 44 m above sea level. Now it’s all gone,” Laura Strickling, one of the inhabitants, told NBC. 30 | OCT / NOV 2017

Magnificent place with impressive history When Christopher Columbus set foot on its shores for the first time back in 1493, he was met by the local tribe called Arawak. In 1666 Barbuda became a British colony. 15 years later it was leased to the Codrington brothers who founded the main town of the same name. A great part of the Barbuda population lived in it, but now it has turned into a ghost town – evacuated and reduced to rubble. A government building, erected in 1694, has in recent years housed the Holy Trinity Primary School. The building was severely damaged by the hurricane back in 1995 and then slowly and gradually rebuilt, only to be completely ruined by Irma now. A former British colony, the islands of Antigua and Barbuda are part of the Commonwealth. So their head of state is Queen Elizabeth II who appoints a Governor General as her representative. The executive power lies in the hands of the country’s Prime Minister. Besides the traditional colonial architecture that Barbuda used to boast, the island also has a number of cave formations. There are no indications yet as to possible damage inflicted by the storm. Indian Cave is one of the most interesting prehistoric sites. Its entrance is not particularly conspicuous – just a rugged hole on the rocky ridge above the Two Foot Bay. The interior of the cave is full of stalactites, stalagmites and fossils. Its name comes from the unique petroglyphs (stone carvings) that could be seen on the walls. The scientists suppose that these were left by the Arawak and Ciboney tribes which inhabited these lands at the beginning of the new era.

Darby’s Cave, which is 5 km outside of Codrington, is a karst formation. In the past the spring inside was a source of drinking water for the indigenous population, while today biologists have discovered several rare crayfish species in it, including a unique blind prawn. Spanish Point lies in the extreme southeast of Barbuda Island. It is believed to have got its name following the events of 1695, when a Spanish galleon ship sunk nearby with 13,000 golden pesos on board – the salaries of the Spanish royal navy. From Spanish Point, all the way up to the capital Codrington, there are sprawling endless stunning beaches with shimmering, almost fluorescent sands washed by crystal clear turquoise waters. The Codrington Lagoon is a desired place for relaxation and recreation. The water is warm and just 2 metres deep. The lagoon is 6 metres-long and its main attraction is the fauna inhabiting the waters and the surrounding areas – turtles, exotic birds and all sorts of lizards. Prior to Irma’s devastation, tourists from all over the world came to marvel at the beauty of the white-pinkish sands and the coral reefs which protect its shores from the rough seas. Long Beach has a reputation as one of the most magnificent shores in the world. It is seen as an unspoiled piece of paradise by nature-lovers who don’t mind the absence of any “proper” beach infrastructure. Long Beach is also a favourite site for yachtsmen, ornithologists and divers. Watching the enormously diverse and colourful underwater world, populated by creatures like parrot-fish, sea angels, barracudas, dolphins and moustached sharks, leaves unforgettable memories.

The Residents The honorary consul of Antigua and Barbuda commented that the island’s residents were extremely charming, friendly and hospitable. These personal qualities, combined with their gorgeous almost snow-white sandy beaches and turquoise seas, have naturally turned most of Antigua and Barbuda’s economy to tourism, which makes up 60% of their GDP. Official statistics show that a total of 852 250 tourists visited Antigua and Barbuda in 2013. This is more than 8 times the total population of the two islands. Antigua also boasts a prestigious medical university as well as one of the best American hospitals, even when compared to those in the US. It certainly has a reputation for being the best in the Caribbean. The people of Antigua and Barbuda are well educated. The literacy rate is surprisingly high – 99% of the people above the age of 15. This is an incredible achievement – even when compared to some European countries! GDP per capita is also one of the highest in the Caribbean – for instance it is 50% higher than that of the neighbouring island of St. Lucia, which has a similar history. Foreigners have also expressed interest in applying for citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda because of the perceived high quality of life – good education, beautiful nature, friendly locals, high living standards, excellent healthcare and an English-type judicial system. The Prime Ministers of Barbuda and the elite of the country tend to graduate from the world’s most prestigious universities. That in itself, as it turns out, is quite a significant asset for a country,” concludes prof. Todorov. Barbuda’s climate is tropical, hot and relatively dry. And that is the only thing left for its residents to enjoy. For now. OCT / NOV 2017 | 31

A PERSONAL PLEDGE These days Robert De Niro is facing a new role, not related to big Hollywood productions – the role of a man fighting to rebuild what nature has taken away. BY TAHIRA YAQOOB



ne year ago the double Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro was promoting his latest venture: a $250 million resort he was developing with Australian billionaire James Packer on the site of an abandoned K-Club. The luxury 400-acre development would include a five-star eco-friendly Nobu resort hotel, Nobu restaurant, spa, and beach villas. “It will be elegant and simple – a place I would like to go to myself,” was saying De Niro. “The intention is to make a beautiful resort that is simple – not ostentatious, not over-indulgent, not tacky.” No one could have imagined that less than 12 months later the world’s most devastating hurricane would attack the place referred by De Niro as “an unspoiled beauty, a paradise found”. Irma demolished about 90 percent of the structures and vehicles on the small island of Barbuda, where the actor’s project, named Paradise Found Nobu Resort, is located. De Niro didn’t disguise his sadness from the catastrophe and he even spoke to the United Nations to appeal to all countries and organizations to help rebuild the devastated Caribbean island of Barbuda and ensure that the “paradise is not lost.” He participated in the hastily called meeting of top UN officials and government leaders from several hardhit Caribbean countries that came ahead of the annual global gathering of the world’s leaders at the UN General Assembly. “We must act together to help the most vulnerable,” De Niro said. “The recovery process will be a long, hard road. Barbudans must be a part of it […]. The immediate needs – power, water, food, medical care, animals sheltered – must be met.” De Niro spoke of all the “warm and friendly” people he has gotten to know on Barbuda who were “looking forward to a new resort and jobs and future for them and their children.” He is determined to put all efforts needed to help restore the life and beauty of this magnificent piece of land. The venture in Barbuda is not De Niro’s first foray into the world of investment. A savvy businessman, he was instrumental in persuading the chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa to forge a partnership with him. The pair founded Nobu restaurants, opening the first in New York in 1994 and going on to win accolades with branches across the globe. De Niro is playing an equally long game with his Barbuda project. He decided to build the resort after first visiting Antigua’s tiny sister island about 30 years ago. “I went to Barbuda for a day trip and I never forgot it,” he says. “I always thought it would be worth it if I could do a beautiful resort and maybe make it a Nobu beach club or another hotel – but really Nobu was what I was thinking of. Finally I found this property and we got in touch with the

owners. It was a long process but I did it because I love the place so much and the people are great. I like to do certain projects that take a commitment but it has to grab me.” A public vote in Barbuda backed De Niro and Packer’s proposal. Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, named De Niro a special economic envoy and said at the time: “It is my belief your celebrity status will attract more American celebrities to the Caribbean. We expect this project to be one of the most exciting [in the region].” De Niro, a regular at the Jumby Bay resort in Antigua, admits not all his decisions pan out but says: “You have to believe in what you are doing to put the time in, especially as you get older.” He adds with a chuckle: “When it comes out in five or 10 years, we can say it was 40 years in the making.” That is the thing with De Niro: for a man whose career stretches back more than four decades and who has been something of a chameleon in his roles – from the brooding intensity of Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II and Jake La Motta in Raging Bull to the light-hearted comedy of Meet the Parents and its sequels – longevity is key. He plays a long game, whether it is investing in a business project or in a role. Notorious for his method of acting, he gained 27 kilograms and learned how to box for his role as La Motta and worked as a cabbie for Taxi Driver. His Falling in Love co-star Meryl Streep says of him: “He is relentless in his desire to find just the right detail, the little things that tell you everything about a man. I had the privilege of watching his process in a wardrobe test. For three hours, he tried on 37 identical little boxy jackets – windbreakers – that to me looked identical but he was checking the cuff, the collar, the zip, until he found the right one. Details are important and Bob knows that. He changed everything for generations of actors.” De Niro simply shrugs as he says now: “I just like to do what I do. As an actor, you try to be as honest as you can with the material that’s given. I try to find out as much as I can about a character, the world around him and I use parts of myself – whatever I feel is relatable. With Jake La Motta and the deterioration of him physically, I thought it was interesting to actually do that to get the sensation. The first 15lbs were fun. After that, it was pure torture.” His iconic roles and 43-year acting legacy mean his fans are somewhat forgiving of some of his more recent film choices. His reputation can survive the odd knocks, such as the widely panned Dirty Grandpa, in which he starred with Zac Efron, described by the Rotten Tomatoes movie site as a “Werther’s Original dropped down a sewer drain”.

For three hours, he tried on 37 identical little boxy jackets — windbreakers — that to me looked identical but he was checking the cuff, the collar, the zip, until he found the right one. Details are important and Bob knows that.

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His recent projects are a melee of comedy, drama, television and even a musical, showing his extraordinarily diverse talents. In The War With Grandpa, starring alongside Christopher Walken, he takes on a comic role. “It’s more in the vein of Meet the Parents and is based on a nice book written by Robert Kimmel Smith that was actually required reading in certain schools in America. It is about the grandfather coming into his daughter’s home and his grandson is displaced in the attic. They have a kind of war, playing tricks on each other.” A father-of-six and grandfather-of-four, De Niro’s face cracks into a broad smile: “It’s great to act with little kids – they’re so cute.” One of the most exciting productions De Niro is working on is Martin Scorsese’s $100 million opus and a decade in the making, referred as a ‘Goodfellas’ reunion. The Irishmen movie has been long awaited by the fans of mafia stories, especially with a constellation including De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. “The people are also older in ‘The Irishman,’ it’s certainly more about looking back, a retrospective so to speak of a man’s life and the choices that he’s had to make,” said Scorsese about his project. The Irishman is slated to be released by Netflix in 2019. In The Comedian, directed by Taylor Hackford, De Niro plays a bitter, ageing comic alongside Danny DeVito, Leslie Mann and Patti LuPone. Sony Pictures Classics describes it as “De Niro at his very best”. Meanwhile in the boxing biopic Hands of Stone, screened at Cannes film festival in 2016, he played trainer Ray Arcel (having used his business nous to persuade the Panama government to offer filming tax breaks). He is also a co-director of a musical adaptation of A Bronx Tale with Tony award-winner Jerry Zaks, based on

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Chazz Palminteri’s autobiographical play-turned-film about the mob. “I like taking my kids to musicals but I don’t sing. I wish I could,” chuckles De Niro. “Jerry is really doing all the heavy lifting.” Not one to rest on his laurels, he is also appearing in the TV movie The Wizard of Lies, in which he plays Bernie Madoff, the disgraced banker behind a fraudulent Ponzi scheme, with Michelle Pfeiffer starring as his wife Ruth. De Niro is even linking up again with David O Russell, the director of Silver Linings Playbook and Joy, for a “long family-type saga” for the small screen. The move to TV might seem a surprising one but De Niro says: “The only real way you could do it is in television because you can take the time to tell all the little parts of the story that in a movie you have to cut down. As a director, you always hate to lose that stuff. When I was younger, I was never really interested in television. Most actors who took themselves – I don’t want to say serious about everything – but they would want to do a movie in a theatre. Now TV is so different. There is a five-hour version of Bertolucci’s 1900 that I have never seen and want to see and now they can talk about whether that could be”– he pauses searching for the right word –“binge-watched.” Then he admits: “This binge-watching that they do, which I did not even know about – I was talking about it to one of my kids the other day – apparently you don’t leave for something like 10 hours as you watch something. Me, I don’t have the time.” And just like that, De Niro – living legend, multiple award-winner, Oscar holder and the face of some of the all-time greatest movies – is right back into dad mode, the role he has been practicing a lifetime for.



PHILANTHROPY’S FIRST LADY In a rare interview, Britain’s former first lady Cherie Blair opens up about her women’s foundation and being persecuted by the British media BY ETAN SMALLMAN


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aving arrived to her husband's grand offices, a stone's throw from Oxford Street in London, Cherie Blair sits herself down in a button-back leather sofa. Britain's former first lady – an eminent barrister and Queen's Counsel – is giving a rare interview to Global Citizen to talk about the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, which was established in 2008, a year after husband Tony left Downing Street. It is part of what she describes as her “crusade”: promoting the economic empowerment of women, and “particularly how women entrepreneurs can be the drivers of development”. The three pillars of the charity are all personal. The first centres on enterprise; the 62-year-old says she sees herself as an entrepreneur, having set up several legal businesses.“I like to be an innovator,” she enthuses. Her Enterprise Development Programme aims to transform women's small businesses into thriving concerns by building what Blair calls the 'three Cs': capability, confidence and capital. The charity has so far reached 136,000 women across more than 90 countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Its Promoting

Women Entrepreneurs in the UAE project concluded at the end of 2016, having provided participants with training in enterprise development and financial literacy. Studies have found that Lebanese women helped by the foundation increased their business skills by an average of 93 per cent. Eighty per cent of Israeli women showed increased confidence, while 65 per cent of Indian women had gone on to access new business networks. A Palestinian project has helped In’am al-Khaidr, from Nablus, who in 2014 set up a company buying, raising and selling calves (an industry dominated by men). She was helped to craft a business plan – as well as diversify. Al-Khaidr now also produces milk and cheese so she does not have to wait eight months (the time it takes to fatten and sell a calf) before generating a profit. Two years ago she had three calves. Now she has 15. The foundation's second arm tries to harness technology, specifically mobile phones. “We found that there was a $13 billion opportunity if the industry could reach the 300 million women who could be connected to the mobile phone but

Cherie Blair with her husband, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair

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weren't,” says Blair, who describes herself as a tech addict foundation,” she says.) The statistics are impressive. Surveys and spent her maternity leave learning how to use the new show more than three quarters of mentees reported an increase office computers. The mobile programme has provided more in revenue, while a third were able to prevent their businesses than 100,000 women in Nigeria, Tanzania and Indonesia from failing thanks to advice garnered through the programme. with business training via SMS message, and a further 10,000 Blair excitedly reels off case studies: “You can – for example with classroom-based education. It has trained 2,500 female – have an Australian who works for DHL in Prague supporting entrepreneurs in Nigeria to become a woman in Kenya who has a motorcycle 'branchless banking agents', who will dispatch business. We had a woman who in turn offer mobile financial services has a slate quarry in Zambia. We had an “I think we try to practise to 75,000 rural residents. And 1,500 internet tarot reading service – apparently what we preach, which is it's a big thing in India. I had no idea!” saleswomen in India have been supported in managing their agricultural supply chain Blair, who recently became a that if we're fortunate in through their mobiles. Instead of spending grandmother for the first time – “so we've life, we try and make sure got an investment in the next generation up to seven hours a day travelling to order new stock, they can simply tap in their as well there” – describes herself as an that we share that, to help orders on an app – an innovation that has eternal optimist. She certainly needs to other people” boosted profits by as much as three-fold. be, campaigning for women's emancipation Finally, her Global Mentoring at a time of increasingly rabid misogyny. Programme, which started in 2010, Talking of Clinton, and of women's rights has paired more than 2,000 women across the world with globally, how must she have felt during a US presidential election experienced entrepreneurs – both female and male – on a riddled with sexism, and that ended with her friend's electoral dedicated online platform. (As far as mentors go, Blair lucked oblivion? “Well, obviously, personally I was disappointed,” out. She counts Hillary Clinton as one of her key champions – she says, adding “as a girl at 14, I wanted to be the first British female prime minister.” “a huge supporter and friend to me, and a big friend to our

Blair in Rwanda with a group of people that her foundation is sponsoring


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Images courtesy of Atul Loke

Images courtesy of Suzanne Lee

Images courtesy of Tom Gilks


Left: Gina Vun (pictured centre), founder of Exotic Borneo Treasures, an online jewellery boutique in Malaysia. Top right: Gloria Kamanzi Uwizera, CEO of Glo Creations textile and design printing company in Rwanda. Bottom right: Nina Patil, co-founder of Fresh Express Logistics, a grape-exporting company in India.

There is something refreshing about Blair – notoriously outspoken and described by her husband as his “bolshie Scouser” (in reference to her Liverpool origins). A workingclass girl brought up by a single mother, after her father walked out on the family when she was eight, she studied law (coming top of her year), established herself as one of the UK's leading barristers, brought up four children and stood shoulder-toshoulder with the country's prime minister – all while being the only PM's wife in history to work full-time. And yet, in Britain at least, she has endured 20 years of abuse, much of it inherently sexist. “Gobby and vulgarian”, “too scary, too feminist and too clever” and “the Wicked Witch who has settled for a pot of gold and a vast property empire” are just three of the barbs. Blair is both warm and chatty, though acutely media savvy. She rattles off a barrage of detailed statistics, delivered from memory (“give a development dollar to a woman, 90 cents of that will be spent on people other than herself. And it's only 30 to 40 cents to the dollar in relation to men” or “the cost of gender inequality in sub-Saharan Africa $95 billion per year”). She is aware of her perception among the public for being money hungry and she deftly counters it — Blair, who was once caught selling her husband's autograph on eBay for $12, has been dubbed by the press as,“The richest multi-property owning former occupants of Number 10 in history,” with her

and her family listed as owners or co-owners on 37 properties worth an estimated $33 million, including several in central London. However, Blair is quick to point out that, “You only have to look at some of our predecessors and where they live and where we live to realise that that's just not true.” “Everyone thinks I must have been born rich. I don't claim that I'm poor now, but I absolutely have all the instincts of someone who was born poor to make sure that I save and I invest for the rainy day that may or may not ever come. It's what you do with your money,” she says, before cataloguing both her and her husband's charitable endeavours. I point out that Donald Trump, a billionaire, does not seem to have bothered himself with any kind of [genuine] philanthropy. “Well, I don't want to compare Tony to Trump,” she says. “But he's given now £8million to set up his institute,” referring to her husband’s new organisation, announced in December, “designed to build a new policy agenda for the centre ground”, and seen by many as his re-entry into politics. “I think we try to practise what we preach, which is that if we're fortunate in life, we try and make sure that we share that, to help other people.” Before I go, Blair removes an earring etched with the foundation's logo to show me the jewellery crafted by one of her charity's mentees, shakes my hand, and I'm ushered out into the relative calm of central London rush hour.

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Play is an essential part of every child’s life and is vital to their development. Through play, children explore the world around them and develop skills to build a strong foundation for future success. 90% of brain development happens in the first five years of a child’s life, but 219 million children globally fail to meet their full developmental potential. The Amal Project was established in 2014 with the aim to fill that gap by investing in the development of children ages 2-5 who are disregarded by Global Initiatives.


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THE GAP IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT The Amal Project with the support of Global Citizen Foundation, started building Recreational Centres for traumatized children in Refugee camps. These centers provided the children with a safe place to play, develop and grow. Realizing the global need, we expanded our initiative to reach children beyond conflict zones and impact the lives of children in underdeveloped countries.


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Al Azraq Refugee Camp - Aug 2015 Al Zaatari Refugee Camp - Nov 2015


White Hands Villa School - Oct 2016



Ajabgarh School Rajahstan - Feb 2017 - Partnership with Aman Resorts INDIA


• UGANDA - Partnership with Global Citizen Foundation





The AMAL Project 2015 SEP / OCT



RISE AND FALL OF A REFUGEE Мeet Wyclef Jean, the three-time Grammy award winner, rapper, actor and producer and listen to his new album Carnival III, that he calls “Global Gumbo” BY IRENA KOMITOVA


assionate, utterly sincere and artistic - this is how I remember Wyclef Jean the first time I met him in 2015, at the Global Citizen Forum in Monaco. I was among the 350 delegates who listened (and laughed, sometimes to tears) to the story of his life. “Before I came here this morning my wife told me: “Wyclef, this is a serious forum, with many important people,

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famous businessmen and journalists. Don’t do getto, use the intellectual part of your brain”. Well, ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you about me. I was born on a small island, called Haiti. My father and all my family, we are all refugees, because we refused to live through the atrocities of the dictatorship regime of Papa Doc. In those years people were fleeing away from Haiti, and they were trying to reach Miami. What a relief and what an incredible chance that my dad was able to bring us there! If we had perished on the way, today you would have not known songs like “Maria, Maria” (Carlos Santana), “Hips don’t lie” (Shakira), neither would The Fugees (my hip-hop group) ever existed. “I remember that the first time we arrived in America, we lived in a far away small village, a village of Indians – like the ones you have seen in the movies. I was nine but I have never, ever seen a white man before that! One day a missionary came to this little village, and he brought us rice. So, this was the first time in my life that I met a white person. And this white person was bringing us food! So, I ask my grandmother: “Grandma, who is this man?”, and she says: “Son, this is Jesus Christ”. We ate the rice, and a year flew by. And then, according to a new law in the USA, all immigrants who had kids in the United States, received an American citizenship. This automatically made my father a US citizen.”

“So, here he comes, to pick us up, and we were going to fly in an airplane. We are going to the airfield. I am only 10, and this is the first time I see an airplane. I get into the plane, and – oh, my! – half of the people in the cabin of the airplane are … white people! And these white people they smile at you, and serve you food, and ask you what you would like to drink. My brother asks me: “Wyclef, who are these people?”, and I seriously and very knowingly say: “These are the cousins of Jesus Christ”. So, the moral of this story, my friends, is how difficult and strange it is when you make your first steps in a new life. Until you see it and until you live it through, you never even know that a thing exist. There should be someone to help you find it”. “Dig this: I beg you, when you move through time and space, when you grow old or grow rich, remember your ancestors, you grand-grand-grand-grand-parents. All of them, and all of us, we are all a product of migration. If they had been stopped,

“Refugees are people, just like you and me. Give them a chance”, said Wyclef Jean in 2015 from the stage of the Global Citizen Forum in Monaco we wouldn’t have been here, ever. So, let’s give a chance to the refugees, let’s take our responsibility for what we do to them”. “Yes, I am a rapper. And quite a famous one at that. Google Wyclef Jean, and you’ll see. But what makes me different from all other rappers is that I ran for President of Haiti. There is no more gangster than in politics, man! After the devastating earthquake I ran for President as I wanted to see a better Haiti, without corruption and poverty. They stopped me through an artificial law, as they were afraid that I would win”. Now, in the fall of 2017 we are all too eager to meet Wyclef Jean again in the days of the Global Citizen Forum in Sveti Stefan, Montenegro. It has been almost a decade since he released his last studio record. In an interview to Associated Press Jean says: "The best way to explain this album is, it seems like a tastemakers album right now. The buzz of it is building internally and in the underground. That's a beautiful thing. It's been like nine years, I think, since the last one. I think the theme of the entire album is, I call it global gumbo. The playlist is a playlist of unity and of culture. We could go from hip hop to gospel to salsa. I guess it's the thing that reminds us of unification through music. That's how I know that an album will be called Carnival and this will be the final chapter."

Wyclef Jean is an artist, rapper, producer and musician who, by way of his association with hip-hop supergroup the Fugees, helped transform pop, hip-hop and R&B. When the Fugees (Jean, cousin Pras Michel and Lauryn Hill) released album The Score in 1996, it became one of the biggest rap albums of all time by way of its fusion of hip-hop, soul and reggae influences. As a solo artist, Wyclef has managed to craft a sound that pulls together his love of Haitian music, reggae, rap and pop that helped influence a generation of artists.

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HALF A CENTURY OF MAGNIFICENT FAILURE Green dragons wear blue horn-rimmed glasses and prefer faeces to art directors BY ANDREA POUNTCHEVA


Catherine Deneuve, ‌, a piece of shit..." Here the world-famous photographer Oliviero Toscani pauses his rapid scroll through pictures he has taken over the last 50 years. "I have published a book with pictures like that. Now this is something we all do and it's probably the only thing that is always original, without copying anyone. In fact, it's probably the most creative thing we do in our lives." Andy Warhol and Oliviero Toscani

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All 350 PR experts sitting in the hall meters from Toscani have suddenly stopped their chatter and for a second the room goes dead-silent. An instant later: a roaring laughter. Oliviero Toscani is the man whose photographs gave Benetton an instantly recognizable identity, bringing it out from a long list of faceless Italian brands and, along the way, making it world famous. His campaigns dedicated to social awareness have now been immortalized in marketing and


media textbooks despite (or because of) the fact that they have broken every taboo. What does David Kirby dying of AIDS have to do with the colorful fabrics of a clothing brand? Nothing. It's because of him though that people accepted fashion for more than textile. Between 1983 and 2000 Toscani worked alongside Luciano Benetton. "I told him: "Why don't you make the best campaign you've ever done?" He said: "Why not?" I listened what the marketing specialists told me and I did exactly the opposite of that." Toscani is, to put it mildly, allergic to creative directors. "The PR companies are always looking for ideas... and this makes sense because if you don't have ideas, you have to look for them. Usually this means copying someone else. Truly creative people don't need to look for these ideas because they already have them." By his own estimate, 75-year old Toscani has more than 300 magazine covers, including Vogue and Elle, but the “art directors’ wet dream” is his work for Colors, which he cocreated in 1991. Imagine a green dragon. Yes, you, who are reading this sentence. Pay attention to it: is it light or dark green? Is it friendly or scary? Look at the tail, the texture of the skin, the location and even the position of the body. Each and every one of you will imagine a different creature and every image will be interesting in its own way. This is what Oliviero made us do. There was a moment when the entire room was full of people drawing green dragons in their minds. “We live in a dictatorship of the visual. TV will show us one dragon, usually there’s not enough budget, so some parts of it will be dragging on the floor of the production

studio. Being addicted to technology means you can’t set your imagination free: you follow, you imitate, you listen. You belong to the group of dependant people, staring at the monitor and waiting for inspiration to happen.” Toscani explains that he never knows ahead of time what he wants the final result of his photo-shoot to be. “I like to be in the moment. It drives my Japanese assistant crazy. She goes: “Toscani-san, what are we doing for the photo-shoot tomorrow?” “I don’t know. We’ll see tomorrow.” Supermodels? Oliviero is distanced on the topic. He describes them as the only case where, the more you use something, the more that drives the price up. It’s very strange

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because each picture takes a small piece of their soul and the more experienced models have a specific empty look, at least through the eye of the camera lens, Toscani feels. “The years would go by and I would notice that the women who walked through the door would become thinner and thinner, so slim, so unsexy.” He recalls 2007 when he declared war on anorexia, armed with nothing but his camera, the laughable budget of 2 pages in La Repubblica and 60 strategically placed billboards in Rome and Milan. What he did ignited a storm that left the borders of his home country. The photo of French model Isabelle Caro is talked about to this day in the media world – yet another proof that you need budget to advertise only if you are poor on ideas. So for the creative ones he has but one piece of advice, conveniently wrapped: “You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself.” In the summer of 2010 Caro dies of the repercussions of two decades of anorexia. Oliviero is to this day angry that the message was displaced as the focus of the campaign. The negative comments were directed at Caro herself while

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they should have been focused at the heart of the problem – the generation of graphic designers whose passion for the impossible Photoshop body has been shaping the fashion industry and killing women on the way. “What followed was unexpected, I didn’t want it. That’s why I’m sorry. Now I would leave the absolute same photo, only I would put a black circle on top of her head. The message should have been anonymous.” I manage to catch Oliviero alone for a bit. He’s looking at me from behind thick blue-rimmed spectacles, they carry his name, it is his own brand. They, combined with the orange suit jacket he is wearing today, attract the gazes even of those people who have no idea who he is. Can he be more Italian, I wonder. “You may write about the wine”, he waves generously. I don’t appreciate being told what I may or may not write about but he catches me off guard because among the hundreds of photos and short sound bites I’ve found about him, this may just be the one piece of information I didn’t manage to dig out. When in 2000 Oliviero discovered that


his real estate was on a very fruitful land he decided to start producing wine. It took 7 years before the wine was any good and now he makes a selection, slightly odd for an Italian, of French sorts Syrah and Cabernet Franc. There, Oliviero, I wrote about the wine. Truth be told, Toscani is in no mood for wine today and it’s my experience that people like him are hard enough to talk to on a good day. I start off with the obvious: given the privileged life he’s had, meeting the people who’ve shaped up the 20th and are shaping the 21st centuries, who would he consider to be icons? He scolds my lukewarm enthusiasm. “You wouldn’t know them. You may have a teacher who can change your life with one sentence. OK but you also have people like Muhammad Ali, Bob Dylan, Fellini, Le Corbusier. For me, though, that’s mostly people I’ve met and for whom I say “Wow, this guy is special!” Oliviero is himself an icon. Media will always chase ratings, calling him provocative but that is simply not true. Human emotions and perceptions are interesting to him, so he documents these. What makes more sense than a giant pink condom making its way – mysteriously – onto Place de la Concorde’s obelisk right on time for World AIDS day? The 23-meter monument is erected to look like a phallus anyway, even in the remaining 364 days of the year. But on that memorable 1st of December 1993 people were shocked. Not because they don’t see the resemblance but because their own limitations stop them to say out loud that they do, in fact, notice the similarities. Photography simply documents human life and, as mentioned, Toscani finds it a curious subject matter. “There’s no place for morality in art. Art is not here to be beautiful or to add layers. Quite the opposite, in fact: art should strip layers away. Let it be simple. Look for the atom, not the Christmas tree.” Every other sentence sounds like ready-to-be-published sound bite. Instructive, responsible towards himself and the others, with clear beliefs. I doubt it will be in any way surprizing to mention the fact that Toscani tried (albeit unsuccessfully) to become an MP in Italy. Back then he must have been still harbouring some illusions because now to my question whether he would consider politics again, he firmly shakes his head “no”. “If you’re in a party, you have to compromise. I want to be on the outside where the real revolution happens. But of course, you have to take an interest in society. Everything you do – be it a photo, a project, everything – must be politically engaged in some way.” From here on his desires are simple. “To be alive. I want to be healthy and for my work to continue as it has so far. I will take pictures until the end, just like I have been doing so for over 50 years.” Given the fact that Toscani describes his career as “half a century of magnificent failure”, this sounds weird until he explains the magical power that dissatisfaction brings for him. “Failure makes you keep going in life.”

On December 1st 1993, early in the morning reps of French media got a call from Oliviero Toscani. He warned them they had one hour to get to Place de la Concorde in paris if they wanted to see something spectacular. Meanwhile the photographer was trying to transport a giant pink condom, 8 m wide, to the square but the endeavour caused quite a traffic jam at the start of the workday. A large number of policemen, quite worried, came to help. They stopped the traffic and coordinated with the famous photographer the condom installation, while journalists - already there, were waiting to report on Toscani’s latest stunt. It turned out that media were here also to serve as an insurance since Oliviero didn’t have permission to do any of this… as police were about to find out. The numerous TV cameras made them a little shy to try and take down the installation. We’re sharing this story here as a reminder that December 1st is World AIDS day. The fight begins with one pink condom and ends with the acceptance of one another. OCT / NOV 2017 | 47


EXPONENTIAL PRODUCTIVITY FOR LEADERS Author and leadership expert Robin Sharma explains how to get more out of your day

e live in the age of dramatic distraction – many shiny toys to chase every waking moment yet so few of those pursuits create real value and grow a life brilliantly lived. Too many of us are overscheduled, overconnected and overstimulated by all the noise, interruptions and complexity of current society. The cost of this way of operating? You will arrive at the last hour of your final day and realise you spent your highest potential on your lowest leverage activities. Epic performers, A-players and world builders play a very different game. The Elon Musks, Mark Zuckerbergs, great artists and top scientists all run their days under completely different mindsets and rituals than those who get trapped in the groove of “being busy being busy”. Please remember: to have the results those at the top have, you must think and do only what that top percentile are willing to think and do. As a private coach to many of the most successful entrepreneurs on the planet and founder of the annual Titan Summit – which

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brings together ultra-performers from 43-plus nations for four days of elite training on productivity, business acceleration and lifestyle optimisation – I have observed firsthand how human beings who get more done in a week than most get done in a quarter achieve their results. I have also developed a complete methodology for exponential productivity that I teach participants at this event. Here are the game-changing elements of my approach: The 20/20/20 formula. The way you start your day powerfully shapes how productively you live it. Reserve the first 60 minutes for personal preparation. As the Spartan warriors said, “Sweat more in training and you will bleed less in war”. Spend your first 20 minutes in intense exercise. Sweating releases BDNF, a brain chemical that actually grows neural connections. Working out also releases dopamine (the neurotransmitter of motivation) and seratonin, which makes you feel happy. For the next 20 minutes, review your annual plan and reflect


The way you start your day powerfully shapes how productively you live it office is the start of showtime. They understand that developing a monomaniacal focus on their vital few priorities unleashes legendary results. The 60/10 method. Good research confirms what makes top athletes the best in the world was not what they did in their sport but how effectively they recovered. For example, it was the rituals that star tennis players did in between points that made them stars. What made the Russian weightlifters so undefeatable was their work-rest ratios. Set a timer for 60 minutes and during those intervals, turn off your technology, shut your door and dive – with massive intensity – into the project that matters. Then recover with a break like walking, listening to music or reading. Just try this protocol for a month and witness the gains.

deeply on your quarterly goals. Clarity precedes mastery and this practice will deepen your focus through the day. Invest the final 20 minutes of this morning routine on learning. Read autobiographies of great humans or listen to a leadership podcast or download the lessons of yesterday into your journal. The 90/90/1 rule. This habit alone has delivered vast value for my clients. Simply stated: for the next 90 days, dedicate the first 90 minutes of your work day to your single most important opportunity, the one thing that if you executed flawlessly would cause everything to rise. Average performers get to work and check emails or surf the net. For the true leader, reaching the

Find your circle of genius. Behavioural scientists have discovered the phenomenon of “emotional contagion”. This describes the fact that unconsciously, we adopt the beliefs, feelings and behaviours of the people we spend most of our time with. Want to get ultra-fit? One of the finest ways is to join a running group or make friends with athletes. Ready to be happier? Then remove the energy vampires and complainers from your life. Set to build a truly world-class company? Then start spending far more time with those who have been there and done it. Their mindsets and ways of being will automatically influence you over time. Associating with people whose lives you want to be living shows you what is possible. And once you know more, you can achieve more. Finally, please allow me to remind you about the shortness of life. Even the longest one is a relatively short ride. You owe it to the talent you were born into, the team you lead, the family you love and the world that longs for you to display your greatness to do whatever it takes to reach exponential productivity. Hopefully you will embrace the methodology I have shared to fulfil your leadership potential. Robin Sharma is one of the world’s top leadership experts and the founder of the Titan Summit. For more information visit

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Lionel Barber - Editor of Financial Times

LUXURY IS NOT ABOUT JUST LUXURY ANYMORE The concept of luxury is changing, accepting a new shape and vitality. Glamour alone is not sufficient anymore. The speakers at the annual FT Business of Luxury Summit in Lisbon reveal what else is needed. BY EMILIA KOLEVA

“ José Manuel Barroso

Luxury is about feeling comfortable. It’s about self-confidence, and not worrying what anybody else thinks. It is the freedom of mind to let go of always thinking ‘what should I do?’ The same applies to restaurants – new types of luxury restaurants are successful because they make people feel real,” said Marcia Kilgore pegged by Time Magazine as one of the new generation of young entrepreneurs after she sold her company to LMVH. Here we present three of the most interesting speakers during the conference in Lisbon and how they see the future of luxury. OCT / NOV 2017 | 51


Nuno Mendes Portuguese chef, executive chef at Chiltern Firehouse, London. The Executive Chef, who has dedicated his life to exploring and perfecting his cooking, is certain that the concept of luxury evolves and this is also true of food. In the restaurant sector, luxury used to be associated with impeccable, over-the-top stuffiness. It sought to attract the rich, wearing lavish gowns and precious stones. It was a refuge from change and it ignored the move towards greater equality. These temples of dining had little regard for the ethics or sustainability of food – it was all about status. This idea has undergone great change – luxury in food and other areas is now about the experience, artisans and sharing. A small barn in the wilds of Sweden, that seats only 16 guests, can now be the ultimate luxury dining experience. It is the journey that adds great value to a feeling that can only be enjoyed at one particular place and at one particular time. Chef 52 | OCT / NOV 2017

Mendes explains that luxury dining today is about a dialogue with the artisans involved and about the emotions that money cannot buy. Diners are now much more open and informed. They are not necessarily looking to be served by waiters in silver tuxedos and white gloves. There has also been a healthy change in the relationship between supplier and chef and the way they work together to create a once-in-a-lifetime gourmet dish. It’s about the story of how the humble ingredient reaches the plate. The emphasis now is often on foods of which only small amounts are produced and which are served at their place of origin. There is a much stronger emphasis on the value of the personal experience and stories that can be shared with friends. “Luxury will become more and more personal and intimate,” states Chef Mendes.

Miroslava Duma a Russian digital entrepreneur and investor in the world of international fashion Cited as a “force of the fashion industry” by the Financial Times and the “most connected digital entrepreneur in fashion” by Vogue, Miroslava Duma is the founder of digital company, Buro 24/7 and its fashion and lifestyle platform In just five years, Buro 24/7 has launched local versions in 11 countries including Russia, Middle East, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, Central Europe, Ukraine, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan with an additional 11 countries in the pipeline. To the question how she became a tech revolutionary at the age of 32, she answers simply: “By dreaming the impossible.” Thanks to her efforts her company has raised £50m to back 50 selected projects, such as: • A super-secret lab in San Francisco that is working on growing fur and leather from stem cells. • A lab that “grows” diamonds using carbon heat. There is only one machine in the world that can detect the difference between these and real diamonds. The capacities of the earth to yield more diamonds are forecast to end in about 2030, so big companies like DeBeers are looking at this alternative. Leonardo DiCaprio is a co-investor and he is pushing this idea for environmental reasons. • An Italian scientist who has been working for two years on developing textiles from orange peel. This project would be of huge environmental impact. The material she has produced feels just like silk. • A tech developer in Germany who is embedding silver fibers into materials. This has an anti-microbial effect and it means that garments do not absorb odors – even

Ferragamo’s print scarf made in collaboration with Orange Fiber, using silk-mix manufactured partly from recycled fruit

a t-shirt that a researcher wore for 15 days without washing remained completely odorless. A researcher from Sweden is doing the same by embedding peppermint in his garments – this has the advantage of being 100% sustainable, unlike the use of silver. • A lab that is working on using chemicals that make textiles completely liquid-reliant and stain-proof. This is a concept that can be applied to clothes, furniture, carpets and other products. • A project for micro implants in socks that can detect sugar levels in the blood and send messages to a phone to alert people, suffering from diabetes, when they have low blood sugar. Concerning the response of the fashion houses to those developments, Miroslava explains that “industries will inevitably become 100% renewable and they will use 100% natural resources. I was shocked when I discovered that the fashion industry is also very destructive in terms of the huge amount of garbage it produces. In the US alone, 10 million tons of clothes go into landfill sites every year. These problems are global and frightening”. Millennials and new generations of consumers care a lot whether the companies are socially and environmentally responsible. The reaction of the luxury industry so far has been very positive. Most of the brands have been receptive and supportive. There are two types of response: those who believe in the projects and want to co-invest and the ones who are embracing the trend from a marketing and public relations perspective. “We don’t care what their approach is as long as the big brands support these developments. They are the ones who set the trends and have the money to invest,” states Miroslava. OCT / NOV 2017 | 53


Federico Marchetti founder of YOOX and CEO of YOOX Net-a-Porter Group “When I started out in 1999, people would ask: how can you sell fashion online? You can’t touch the products, there’s no interaction, no luxury shop to visit. One headline about me read: ‘Are you crazy?’ But when I sold my first item online - a Versace mini dress – I knew that I was at the beginning of what would be a long journey. Now, 18 years later, we have just sold a €133,000 watch online,” explained Federico Marchetti, CEO of the world’s leading online luxury fashion retailer YOOX Net-a-Porter Group, at the beginning of his address. Mr. Marchetti elaborates on his experience on the way – and shares the three simple things that differentiate his company from the others. The first one is that the hard work has already been done and the luxury shopper is now online. Net-a-Porter has accumulated an incredible customer base of 3 million active registered users – those that have made a purchase during the past 12 months. However, what is more important is to have “quality” consumers: 2% of their customers bring in 40% of the sales. Some of them spend online more than €1 million a year, or €35,000 on a dress. Others buy 20 bespoke suits at a time. The second thing is realizing that the smartphone is the new luxury shopping center. “We have registered upwards of €1 billion sales on mobile phones out of €2 billion of total

sales. By 2020, most sales will be made on mobile devices,” says Mr. Marchetti. The third very important characteristics is that innovations need to benefit the customer. Net-a-Porter offers a new service called ‘You Try, We Wait’ which allows customers to try on the piece on delivery while the courier waits. It is also very, very important to know your customer and, to that end, the company has been collecting data for 17 years. This helps them to provide a better service and better shopping experience. In the first quarter of 2017 alone, Net-aPorter have registered 200 million visits. However, “super automation” cannot be something to rely on completely, since individual talent is still extremely important. “Over the next 5 years we will be investing €500 million in technology, including artificial intelligence and bots. It seems like an oxymoron to use artificial intelligence and technology to give our customers the most personal experience possible. But data helps us target the individual consumer. Targeting 3 million customers at once is wasting their time and artificial intelligence will ensure a more one-to-one relationship with the buyer. It is crucial to balance technology with human relationships. The watch we sold for €133,000 was sold through a personal shopper. Human nature is still stronger than technology,” explains the creator of luxury online shopping.

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A TROPHY WITH A MESSAGE A unique mechanical object designed by Roland Iten, is to be presented as The 2017 Global Citizen Award


lobal Citizen is a community of professionals who share knowledge and take action on the world’s biggest challenges such as extreme poverty, inequality and sustainability. Based on community and connectivity, Global Citizen Foundation chooses each year one outstanding member to receive the Global Citizen Award. For 2017 it is being presented to Akon, in honour of his numerous humanitarian initiatives, among which is the one that seeks to provide a response to Africa’s energy crisis and lay the foundations for future development. His initiative aims to develop an innovative solar-powered solution that will provide African villages with access to a clean and affordable source of electricity. The American-Senegalese singer, songwriter, businessman, record producer and actor, is a great humanitarian

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who has brought electricity to over 600 million households in Africa through his “Akon Lighting Africa” initiative. Our publication has the privilege to get access to the process of creating the unique mechanically rotating object to be presented to Akon at the October 2017 Sveti Stefan Global Citizen Forum in Montenegro. The trophy is designed by Swiss creator and inventor Roland Iten, who has a passion for mechanical objects and a captivating aptitude for mechanics. Roland is most known for creating and manufacturing “Seriously Playful” objects of mechanical functionality with unique fitness for purpose. For this reason, the trophy for the 2017 Global Citizen Forum encompasses the mission of Global Citizen (making the world a better place) combined with the philosophy of Roland Iten (the object must tackle an

unmet need and solve it with an elegant mechanical solution), and dedicated to the altruistic endeavours of its recipient – the humanitarian Akon. To begin the design process, Roland started with the word “Global”, which means world. And what makes the world turn is magnetism. Magnets are a never ending and an infinite source. This fact fascinates Roland and his quest was to use the polarized energy of magnets to create something beautiful and powerful, but also useful and practical for the world’s communities— channelling the opposing energies to create positive growth — which is linked to the word Citizen. The manufacture of the 2017 Global Citizen Trophy was realised by Rebellion Timepieces at their manufacturing facilities located on the banks of Lake Geneva in Switzerland.

The independent Swiss watchmaker has brought the Roland Iten creation to life using the same technology that it has developed to produce its unique ‘garde-temps’. Comprised of super magnets, rotating balls and axes, as well as a flywheel the 2017 Global Citizen trophy is a kinetic, mechanically rotating device, which is capable to power an energy source. The first application of its concept is PLAYFUL. The Global Citizen “Invention Piece” trophy, however, a future development of the concept in collaboration with Arton Capital, UAE, the Heig Institute and Rebellion Timepieces of Switzerland is SERIOUS: the quest to create an inexpensive and natural energy source capable to power anything from a mobile phone to an entire household and beyond.

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LEANING IN GC meets Irina Bokova, the first woman and first Eastern European to lead the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)


uring her almost decade-long tenure, 65-yearold Irina Bokova has streamlined UNESCO’s bureaucracy and simplified its mandate. The Bulgarian native is passionate about women’s rights and has combatted the financing of terrorism through illicit trafficking in cultural goods as part of her role as director-general of UNESCO, a position she has held since 2009. As her tenure nears its end, Bokova gives a rare interview and reflects on the role that has been the pinnacle of her career, which she built as an international diplomat while bringing up two children and sitting in Bulgaria’s parliament, where she helped draft the country’s constitution.

UNESCO has a broad mandate, from addressing gender inequality and climate change to training journalists. Did you shape that mandate? I do not think UNESCO’s mandate is very broad. On the contrary, it is very clear, specific and unique. UNESCO is the “soft power” agency of the United Nations. We build peace and foster mutual understanding, as well as moral and intellectual solidarity to prevent mistrust, hatred and conflict. When violent extremists today target cultural heritage, schools and libraries, places of worship and knowledge, they seek to destroy what makes us human beings, and this is exactly what UNESCO has been created to defend. My mandate is to make UNESCO more relevant and visible. We review structures and programmes, organise them more effectively on a more focused basis and allocate resources for the largest impact. The results are effective across the board, with UNESCO taking a lead position at the heart of the United Nations system.

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Irina Bokova (in the middle) with Arman Arton at the GC Forum Monaco 2015

UNESCO’s efforts to preserve and protect World Heritage sites in Iraq and Syria failed. What more could have been done to prevent these from being destroyed? State parties are responsible for the protection of the World Heritage sites on their territories. UNESCO does not intervene through military action on the ground. UNESCO cannot stop a rocket targeted towards a monument. What we can and have been doing in Syria and Iraq is to mobilise partners to document and assess damages, and protect and shelter cultural objects. Hundreds of thousands of cultural objects from Iraq and Syria have been put in safe places. UNESCO has brought together member states to put the protection of culture at the heart of all efforts to build peace. This has been done, successfully, in Mali for instance, where the mausoleums have been rebuilt and a war criminal sentenced to nine years in prison. It is only recently that there has been a radical shift in the way people understand the social importance of heritage, and UNESCO has been instrumental in fostering this change.


It’s known that ISIS is using precious artefacts to finance terrorism. What measures has UNESCO put in place to make it more difficult for terrorists to sell these on the black market? UNESCO adopted the most influential and important international convention against illicit trafficking in 1970. We work continuously for the universal ratification and full implementation of this international legal framework, together with the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention. This normative basis has recently been strengthened, with a more effective monitoring mechanism, and with the adoption in 2015 of Resolution 2199 of the Security Council, which adopts an international ban on cultural trade originating from Syria and Iraq, and recognises illicit trade of cultural property as a source of terrorism financing. In order to implement these instruments, I have brought together relevant international organisations, including INTERPOL, UNODC, WCO, UNIDROIT, the UN Sanctions Monitoring Team and ICOM, to enhance information sharing and coordination in order to disrupt the ability of terrorist groups to benefit from the smuggling of cultural property. Additionally, UNESCO works regularly with professionals from the public and private sectors (art market, judiciary, museums, academics) on emergency situations where cultural heritage is targeted (armed conflict and natural disaster). Have you considered delisting these sites in Iraq and Syria? If not, how will you work with these countries to build the sites back up? The World Heritage Convention is an instrument of international cooperation and not of sanction. Today, it is too early to consider the potential delisting of World Heritage sites that have suffered from intentional or collateral destruction. However, during the recovery phase, once a full assessment of the situation is made, it is likely that there will be a need to revise the statements of Outstanding Universal Value for these sites, and possibly their boundaries. How has UNESCO closed the gap on gender inequality in developed economies? Education and gender equality are two sides of the same coin. UNESCO works to break prejudice and stereotypes through its work in all its domains, such as education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. We highlight the accomplishments of women scientists, journalists and politicians, and acknowledge their invaluable contributions through our high-level conferences and programmes, such as the Joint Programme on Empowering Adolescent Girls and Women through Education, the Global Partnership for Girls’ Education and the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education. Participants and beneficiaries of all these programmes come from all corners of the world. The representation of women in decision-making levels has steadily improved in the last decade – from nine per cent in 2004 to 46 per cent in December 2016.

What practical steps has UNESCO taken under your leadership to ensure that girls reach second and even third level education in developing countries? By leveraging strategic partnerships we have mobilised close to $30 million from public and private partners. It has been invested in programmes promoting girls’ and women’s education. In Senegal for example, close to 40,000 girls and women were reached using a combination of e-learning materials, educational TV programmes and mobile-based training. In Nepal, I met with rural women following literacy classes in community learning centres run by UNESCO, who shared their determination to improve their livelihoods and ensure that their daughters go to school. In Pakistan, we have launched programmes in some of the most remote districts and provinces to improve educational access and quality for girls. In Afghanistan, we run the country’s largest literacy programme, benefitting over 600,000 youth and adults, more than half of them women. Here, women beneficiaries told me how the programmes had helped them improve their children’s health, deal with shopkeepers at the market and manage money. Their request was for more classes and skills training. We are also stepping up action on combatting school-related gender-based violence, which is increasingly recognised as a major obstacle to fulfilling the right to education. UNESCO is woefully under-funded. What have you done to ensure that its programmes can secure the necessary funds? In spite of constant calls for special voluntary contributions to fill the gap created by severe budget cuts since late 2011, the financial shortfall has been a hindrance for all UNESCO’s programmes. This situation has also prompted a search for private sector funding. For instance the World Heritage Marine Programme has benefitted from funds from Jaeger-LeCoultre. We will continue to lobby for more funding and build new partnerships with the private sector going forward. What is next for you after UNESCO? This is an open question. There is an adage that UNESCO never leaves you. What I can assure you is that I shall continue to pursue causes that are among the gravest threats to peace today: youth radicalisation, violent extremism, cultural cleansing and the destruction of our cultural heritage. It takes a societal movement to change the narrative, combat impunity and unite around human rights and shared values. My personal and professional journey has always been motivated by the conviction that diplomacy and dialogue can overcome divides and promote mutual understanding. It may take patience and perseverance, but this is the only route to empowering young generations to take on the future as global citizens.

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THE PRESIDENT WHO CHANGED BULGARIA’S DIRECTION Petar Stoyanov is the Bulgarian head of state who retired with dignity from national politics and gained international recognition. BY MAGDALENA GIGOVA


etar Stoyanov was elected president of Bulgaria with 60% of the vote. Few could believe that, just 7 years after the fall of communism, the son of a man formerly persecuted by the communist regime, turned successful civil suits’ lawyer, could climb to the highest position in the land. His term in office between 1997 and 2002 was marked by the most significant events in the post-communist development of the country, ones that determined its future. During this period Bulgaria officially became a candidate for NATO membership, started active negotiations to join the European Union, ratified the Framework Convention of the Council of Europe for national minorities and became a non-permanent member of the Security Council of the United Nations. Another memorable historic event during Stoyanov’s term was the first ever visit by an American president to the former Soviet satellite country. Bill Clinton’s two-day visit to Bulgaria gave a real impetus to the country’s aspiration for Euro-Atlantic

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integration and became an important factor in its acceptance in the EU and NATO. The synchronicity of the two presidents’ visions evolved into a personal friendship. The 42nd president of the USA invited his Bulgarian counterpart, along with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and the president of the European commission Romano Prodi, to speak in front of the academic community of New York University about pressing global challenges. In his speech, which was broadcast by the biggest television channels in the country, the Bulgarian head of state spoke about his country’s new civilisation choice which meant breaking with its communist past and embracing western liberal values and the free market economy. In 2002 Petar Stoyanov lost the presidential election to Georgi Parvanov, then leader of the Bulgarian socialist party. Since then he has been welcomed into an array of international organisations.


He became a member of the executive bureau of the Trilateral Commission and served a full 10- year term there. He also served a decade as a member of Clinton’s Global Initiative, Bill Clinton’s foundation which improves millions of people’s lives worldwide. Petar Stoyanov is also an honorary co-chair of the World Justice Project based in Washington. Evidence of Stoyanov’s international reputation was the high level of the meetings held by the Centre for Global Dialogue and Cooperation, founded in Vienna, and chaired by him between 2012 and 2014. One of the speakers at its inauguration was Bill Clinton. The meetings of the forum were attended by most heads of state in Eastern Europe, past and present, as well as the EU commission president José Manuel Durão Barroso and Cherie Blair. Although the focus of the Vienna meetings mainly tended to be developments in the Balkans, Petar Stoyanov pointed out that free elections are a core democratic principle, however, the majority of people do not necessarily make the right choice. “I am afraid that very soon we shall see leaders being elected not because of their courage, intelligence or inspiring personality, but thanks to a glossy packaging created by a high-budget PR agency.” In 2016 Petar Stoyanov was invited to become a member of the board of trustees of one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world – the library of Alexandria.

Stoyanov’s most recent participation at an international forum is the round table discussion on the topic “The Free World and the New World Order”, organized by the renowned Concordia foundation. There he stated: “The present world order, built upon the principles of the Peace of Westphalia of 1648 and enhanced with the principles of the Enlightenment and the liberal ideas of the 20th century, is today facing its most significant crisis. The duty of today’s political leaders is to open their eyes to certain truths and seek new solutions, because technological advancement, globalization and unprecedented migration levels are changing our world dramatically.” International recognition has not gone to Stoyanov’s head. Avid mountain hikers often bump into him along the steep pathways leading to Vitosha’s highest peak. In order to mark the 20th anniversary of his accession to power, all the famous pop and rock musicians who had been photographed on his election campaign poster in 1996, re-united to perform in his honor. Stoyanov’s wife, Antonina, has a doctorate in international law from Leipzig University and is an expert on copyright protection. His son, Stefan, having graduated from the London School of Economics, returned to Bulgaria and started a business. His daughter, Teofana, has a Bachelor’s in international affairs and a Master’s in law, sociology and anthropology from the same university.

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Mr. Prime Minister, what are the main features of your Government’s political program? The Government was formed ten months ago in a situation when Montenegro emerged from a long election campaign and from parliamentary elections as well in which we had the most direct interference by one great force aimed to prevent the integration of Montenegro into the Western structures, primarily in NATO. In spite of the great pre-election tension, and even the attempted terrorism, for which the trial of some citizens of Montenegro and of some other countries is in progress, the elections were characterized by almost a record turnout of 73.3 percent, and according to the estimates from the reports of the OSCE/ODIHR and the Council of Europe Observation Mission, those were the best prepared and conducted elections in Montenegro. Half a year earlier, wanting to give additional legitimacy to the upcoming elections, we even ceded to the opposition the most important government ministries and two vice-presidential positions. However, the gain on the political agenda was paid in the economic agenda. The consequence of such a government is that I found a state of extremely high public debt and a budget deficit. In my exposé, I stated the following three priorities on the economic plan: 1: strengthening macroeconomic stability; 2: the continuous development of quality infrastructure and the planned long-term valorization of natural resources, through the implementation of development projects, especially in sectors where Montenegro has comparative advantages: tourism, agriculture, energy and manufacturing; and 3: improving the competitiveness of the economy, which implies an immediate continuation and a successful epilogue of structural reforms, as well as the continuous improvement of the business environment. Today, ten months later, I can say with satisfaction that in all three economic priorities we succeeded beyond my expectations,

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Images courtesy of GOV.ME / S. Matic

Says Duško Marković, Prime Minister of Montenegro


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With Jens Stoltenberg – Secretary General of the NATO

which were not small. We are among the top five countries with the highest economic growth in Europe. With 5.1% in the second quarter, there are only four European countries ahead of us. During the mandate of this Government we advanced for five places on the Doing Business World Bank list. The International Monetary Fund, which was skeptical when I became the Prime Minister of this Government, estimated last month in its Report that the economy is well-managed by the Government. And finally, a week ago, one of the three leading global rating agencies improved our B1 negative to B1 stable rating. We have launched significant infrastructure projects - the first highway in Montenegro is being built - the biggest infrastructure project in my country’s history, a modern road that will connect the more developed South with the North of Montenegro rich in resources, through probably one of the most difficult terrains for construction in Europe and will further connect us with a network of highways in the neighborhood. The construction of an undersea energy cable, which will connect the Balkans and Italy, or the European electricity network, through Montenegro is far ahead. Several large tourist complexes are being built, among which Portonovi - the biggest tourist project under construction in the Mediterranean. Renowned investors from

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leading Western countries and from other parts of the world are interested in investing in our tourism. This interest is particularly visible since we became a full member of NATO at the beginning of June, which investors recognize as a confirmation of security. Net inflow of foreign direct investments in the period JanuaryJune 2017 amounted to € 220.0 million, which is an increase of 41.7% compared to the same period last year. On the foreign policy plan, we entered NATO, and we are the leading country in the process of integration into the European Union, and we expect soon to be the next member. Montenegro is the only country in the region which has continuously – in the past period which is a synonym of insecurity - had good and quality relations with all its neighbors. And the only one whose internal organization is civil, multiethnic and multi-confessional, and not national as it is in our environment. We are particularly proud of this characteristic, of this achievement that Montenegrin society has inherited, and we keep it essential. All these are only some of the reasons why two months ago the biggest political gathering in this region was held in Montenegro, attended by the US Vice President Mike Pence who acknowledged that Montenegro plays a leading role in defending the stability of the Western Balkans. We are glad


to receive such flattering comments, and we are convinced that they are not given groundlessly or without consideration. Therefore, macroeconomic stability, infrastructure development and development projects, maintaining the leading position in integration into Western structures, good neighborly relations are the key to my political agenda. Of course, we should not forget the internal reforms that should enable us to reach the Western standards even faster, that is, to try to make up for the long-term backlogs of this region. In this regard, we have launched the most comprehensive reforms ever undertaken in this country in the field of education and space management, and similar steps are planned in other areas. However, the conclusion I can draw is that the most important result of such a political agenda of my government is that we have managed to bring some new optimism to Montenegro. We work hard and we work a lot, but when we see very respectable results then everything gets easier. How does Montenegro overcome its own past? The Balkans is a region where every visitor immediately gets stuffed with historical myths. Churchill once said that the Balkans produces more history than they can consume. We try to make sure that our history, which we are proud of, does not block us. We are oriented towards the future - towards investments, towards raising citizens’ standards, towards achieving Western values, towards positioning Montenegro to the place where it belongs as an old European country. And by that we are specific in the region. I mentioned that we are the country of a multiethnic and multi-confessional harmony, but also the only state in the region, which in the nineties of the last century did not have war on its territory. This shows that we even then realized that we should not obey the myths but turn to the future. In 2006, we conducted a referendum in accordance with the highest world With Theresa May – Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

With Mike Pence – Vice President of the United States.

standards and we are the only post-Yugoslav state that became independent by force of the pen, not the rifle. Although we only restored our independence since Montenegro was recognized by the world powers as an independent state in 1878. Perhaps one of the explanations of our attitude and focus on specific goals lies in the fact that in former Yugoslavia we were the least developed republic. All others were richer than us. And today we are the leaders, as it can be seen not only in the economic growth and integration process, but also in other parameters. We have long since decided to take the future and progress of the society into our own hands, we have outlined the key priorities on the internal and foreign policy plan: membership in the European Union and NATO. Domestically, it is a strong economic growth based on the principles of market economy and the improvement of the living standard of every individual and every family. These were the goals and priorities of all our governments in the previous decade, including this one. And we made no compromise in this regard. The fact that we walked straight along the way we planned, without flirting with populist themes, proved to be an excellent choice. And a good recipe recognized and acknowledged outside of Montenegro.

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What is the greatest challenge for Montenegro at this moment and how do you face such a challenge? For years Montenegro has been entirely sharing the western system of values. As a member of NATO and the leading country in EU integration, we share all challenges of developed Western Europe. We are equally preoccupied with global challenges – climate change, safety challenges, immigration waves from the Middle East and African countries, the rise of populist politics, etc. We face these challenges as part of the family we belong to. When we talk about Montenegro specificities – about the greatest challenges faced not only by my country, but also by the entire region, I see an economic discrepancy between us and the average of the European Union, particularly highly developed countries of the European continent, and secondly, a lack of knowledge to overcome this discrepancy. These are not only challenges of the Western Balkans. For years, we have been witnesses to emigrations of experts, the so-called brain drain from the countries of East Europe to western member countries. Nobody has provided an answer to this yet. But these challenges are even more prominent in the Balkans. Today, the standard of living in our region is at the level of 33% of the EU average, in gross domestic product per capita. This level is a little higher in Montenegro – 42%, but it is still lower than half of the EU average. As far as achieving of the economic level of Europe is concerned, I have already talked about what we do and how we try to compensate the centuries’ holdup. As far as knowledge is concerned, having in mind the significance and role of science, research and education, Montenegro has initiated a proposal for founding the International Institute for development of sustainable technologies with the mission “Science for Peace”. I believe that our cooperation in these areas, particularly in recognising talented young people, and then encouraging their education in cooperation with the world’s leading science centres we help in the best possible manner to overcome the challenges and create a new outlook for our future generations. Having this goal in mind, last summer I visited CERN and our initiative got support from one of the most prestigious science institutions in the world. We find that investment in knowledge is the best investment. As the 29th member of NATO, what future do you see in NATO and other multilateral institutions? NATO membership is a roundup of our first foreign policy priority. Hence, the decision on the membership is not the result of a current or hasty attitude, nor is it our daily-political option. We marked it as a strategic choice over ten years ago when we said that we want the renewal of independence so that we integrate into western structures faster and also to achieve all western standards faster. Montenegro is ready to fulfil all undertaken obligations in numerous multilateral organisations where it acts as a responsible member. Our attitude is that NATO is the best framework for a country’s security and stability, as well as e.g. the European Council is an optimum framework for protection and promotion of human rights, the rule of law and democracy. In the same manner we strive to take advantage of memberships in other multilateral institutions.

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As a small country, Montenegro gives a special significance to multilateral organisations and initiatives, because we are aware that as a small country we have to be focused on using every resource and opportunity as efficiently as possible. The multilateral dimension of cooperation is the best opportunity for small countries to participate in solving global challenges to the extent possible. Given that technology is changing global economy and the way people get interconnected, do you believe that the concepts of citizenship and national identity will change as well? When it comes to the concept of national state and citizenship, our certain membership in the European Union requires policy compatibility. Nevertheless, in such a present and future environment we recognize the concept of the so-called economic citizenship as a chance to improve our economy. Our legislation stipulates that the citizenship of Montenegro can exceptionally be acquired by a person of special importance for the national, scientific, economic, cultural, sports and other interests of Montenegro. We are carefully studying the concepts of various countries, some of which are members of the European Union that have such solutions. Afterwards, we will define the criteria and methodology to enable the person to invest capital, or to donate funds to Montenegro through a special investment program and thus acquire Montenegrin citizenship. Montenegro has already been recognized as a prestigious investment destination. We think that in this way we will make it easier for investors to stay and attract additional funds. How do you see the economy of your country in 30 years’ time? It is impossible to give such predictions at this time of rapid technology development and intensive changes at global level. This is particularly impossible in the era of acceleration of the creation of new technologies with the distance between technological generations of a product becoming shorter and shorter. Remember that less than 30 years ago the world was divided into two opposing blocs - the Eastern and the Western Bloc - and that at present some of the valuable technologies, activities and companies did not exist. Yet I can say with great certainty what Montenegro will surely look like in 10 years’ time. It will be one of the most prestigious tourist, investment and business destinations in Europe, a society with far higher population standards than it is today and certainly a country of peace and stability that will essentially, and not only geographically belong to the group of the most developed countries. On what grounds do I create this kind of conviction? On the fact that in the years immediately following the restoration of independence, that is after 2006, Montenegro experienced a record GDP growth in Europe and one of the highest in the world. The global crisis has interrupted this progress, but, as I explained at the beginning, a new takeoff phase started this year. Fifty years ago, the biggest stars of the world’s jet set


were coming to Montenegro on vacation - Richard Burton, Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida... They were greeted by the former Yugoslav President Tito, who had a summer residence here which is preserved in its original ambience today. We are restoring the old glory to Montenegro and we are enriching it with new contents. Over the past ten years of independence, we have created a recognized and prestigious destination from the former country of typical socialist resorts. Now that we have completed major state projects - the restoration of independence and NATO membership, when it is certain that Montenegro will be the next member of the EU - we shall turn to the development and internal reforms that will launch us into the world elite. Montenegro is the country in this region with the biggest changes occurred over the past decades. We shall continue at the same pace. Are you optimistic that the world our children will inherit will be better than today’s? I believe so. And I am trying to work with that goal in mind within the framework available to a Prime Minister of a small but successful state. I consider our ability to timely recognize the greatest global challenges and our readiness to respond to such challenges of key importance. On the other hand, the pace and intensity of change indicate that we shall be more efficient in recognizing and addressing challenges. If we manage to preserve nature - we will succeed.

When you do not work on state management how do you relax? Unfortunately, I cannot answer this question because I simply have no free time. The price of success I mentioned at the beginning of this conversation means an inconceivable intensity of work. In such situations, naturally we first sacrifice free time, hobbies, socializing with friends. Yet I believe that we surely lead Montenegro to a situation where the system functions in an optimal way, much more similar to regulated developed societies. In such a system in which the Prime Minister would have little time for himself, I would be happy to turn to those aspects of relaxation I remember from my youth. I come from the north of Montenegro, from the area of a woody national park and the deepest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon of Colorado. I’m passionate about fishing and I have equipment for a long stay in nature. My choice for relaxation in such case is my country, my environment from childhood and youth, my river from which one can drink water. So, I choose to return to untouched nature. Obviously with no internet and no mobile phone. What’s the last book you read? “The Buried Mirror”, glittering reflections on Spain and America by Carlos Fuentes. This book, which deals with Spain from historical, religious and philosophical aspects, helped me to expand my knowledge and understand some of the current events in this country in a better way...

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With its sun-drenched pink and white sandy beaches and dazzling turquoise waters, Antigua and Barbuda has all the charms of the archetypal Caribbean islands. Its balmy year-round temperatures of between 25 and 30 degrees tempered by soft sea breezes have long had holidaymakers returning for repeat holidays on its sand-fringed beaches, swimming in lagoons teeming with turtles and exotic fish and enjoying its mix of water sports and its fine sailing traditions. And now, for individuals enamored by the easy island way of life, Antigua offers a rare chance to turn a holiday destination into a home. Nestled in a sheltered cove twenty minutes from the airport, Callaloo Cay, a stunning thirty acre beach front resort development, is made up of a five star hotel, private villas, world-class spa, beach club and a series of waterside and hotel-based restaurants. The developer of Callaloo Cay, Al Caribi Antigua Development Ltd., has signed a management agreement with Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton's iconic luxury hotel brand. Under such agreement, Callaloo Cay will become the Waldorf Astoria Antigua, the brands first new-build resort in the Caribbean. Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of 26 iconic properties located in the worlds most sought-after destinations. Unified by their inspirational environments and True Waldorf Service, Waldorf Astoria hotels and resorts provide guests and residents with unparalleled bespoke service, inspirational environments, and authentic moments. Aside from unparalleled bespoke service and world renowned Waldorf hospitality, Callaloo Cay allows investors the unique opportunity to gain island citizenship and an Antiguan passport through its Citizenship by Investment (CIP) program, in partnership with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. The nation’s CIP has been ranked as the number one program in the Caribbean and fourth in the world by major industry players such as Arton Capital. The Antiguan passport offers its holders visa-free travel to more than 125 countries including Singapore, Hong Kong, the UK, and Schengan States and is ranked as the 25th most powerful passport in the world. For those interested in laying down permanent roots, Callaloo Cay is set to be finished in 2020 and provides a series of lucrative investment options, ranging from redeemable shares or fractional ownership to the purchase of private villas.

Resident owners will have the option of participating in a voluntary rental Programme managed by the Luxury hotel operator while simultaneously enjoying Diamond or equivalent status in Hilton Honors, the award winning guest loyalty program for Hiltons 14 distinct brands around the globe. The fast-track application process takes between 3-4 months and is overseen by a lawyer at both the sale and closing stage. Dual citizenship is allowed and family members (dependents under 26 and over 65) can be included in the application. All resort contractors are certified and insured and the recent reduction in processing fees makes the proposition even more competitive.

Montenegro, October 19-20, 2017 CURATED BY ARTON CAPITAL



THE FORUM The Global Citizen Forum is an annual gathering of the community of global leaders, visionaries, philanthropists and global citizens to engage, exchange and empower the future of Global Citizenship.

The 2017 Global Citizen Forum will take place in Sveti Stefan, Montenegro. The forum is a non-profit gathering that empowers discussions on what it means to be a citizen of the world. Global investor migration is a growing economic sector that has attracted an estimated €50 billion of foreign direct investments to countries.

social and economic responses to migration; inspire change and uncover solutions to global causes; and explore new ways that global citizens can contribute to society. It provides delegates with the opportunity to interact with visionaries, politicians and public figures, and enjoy worldclass entertainment at the Gala Dinner for the benefit of the Global Citizen Foundation.

Considered the Davos of the industry, the Global Citizen Forum seeks to inspire change, provoke innovation, encourage engagement and empower future generations during two days of debates and idea sharing. The event aims to foster dialogue with policymakers as they seek to evolve political,




THE FORMAT This year the Forum will span two days and will feature dynamic presentations, panel discussions and breakout sessions involving world-class speakers, panelists, moderators, government representatives and business leaders from different backgrounds.



Notable speakers, respected panelists, government representatives and industry professionals from different countries will address delegates on the latest issues and trends in global citizenship, seen from different angles.

Day 1 of the Forum will end with the Global Citizen Gala – a bespoke celebration of Global Citizenship. The black-tie cocktail dinner will feature unique magical performances by musicians and other artist as well as a live auction to raise funds to help rebuild Antigua & Barbuda.



Being a platform for exchange, the Forum will provide a series of breakout sessions, which will encourage discussions, live Q&A sessions and overall dialogue between panelists and delegates. It will be a great opportunity to express opinions, share visions and have your voice heard.

The Forum will wrap up with a closing celebration like no other. Presented by Gumball 3000 and Rowdy, guests will be invited to unwind, relax and celebrate another successful Forum. Expect some very special performances on the night.




The islet of Sveti Stefan offers a trip back in time to a historic setting of cobblestoned streets, stone-walled buildings and dream-like courtyards. The fortified village dates back to the 15th century and transports visitors to a different age. Its pink-sand beaches, turquoise waters and orange rooftops complete the stunning setting.



Global Citizen Forum 2017 October 19th 2017, Montenegro

DAY 1 09:00

WELCOME ADDRESS • Hon. Duško Marković, Prime Minister of Montenegro


INTRODUCTION: Global Citizenship in 2017 • Armand Arton, Founder, Global Citizen Forum President, Arton Capital


SPEECH: Being human in the age of uncertainty • Cherie Blair, CBE QC, Founder, Cherie Blair Women’s Foundation


PRESENTATION: Citizen Leaders • Robin Sharma, Lawyer, Best Selling Author, Leadership Speaker




PANEL: Citizens of Everywhere: Leadership in the age of uncertainty • Cherie Blair, CBE QC, Founder, Cherie Blair Women’s Foundation • Matthew Goodwin, Senior Fellow, Chatham House • Dr. Steven O’Brien, Secretary General G20 Foundation • Dr. Patrick Basham, Democracy Institute Moderator: Nabila Ramdani, broadcaster


KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Global Citizen Action: Rebuilding Shattered Communities • Hon. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister, Antigua & Barbuda


Spotlight on international law, diplomacy and representation • Prof. Craig Barker, Dean, London South Bank University




PANEL: Security: Keeping safe in the age of uncertainty • Gen. Wesley Clark, Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe • Mr. Veselin Veljović, Secretary of the National Security Council, Montenegro • Emile Hokkayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, International Institute for Strategic Studies • Anthony Monckton, ViennEast Moderator: Tim Robinson CBE, Partner, Schillings International LLP


VIDEO ADDRESS: Investing with Purpose: Global perspectives • Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank




PANEL: Empowering Global Citizens: Harnessing the talents of all • David Evangelista, President and Managing Director, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia • Clare Twelvetrees, Director of Strategy, Knowledge & Learning, Cherie Blair Women’s Foundation • Noella Coursaris Musunka, Model, Activist, Founder of the charity Malaika and Ambassador for the Global Fund • H.E. Sara Al Madani, Board Member at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Moderator: Elizabeth Fillippouli, Founder & CEO, Global Thinkers Forum


KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Unity and Reconciliation • H.E. Jeannette Kagame, First Lady of Rwanda


KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Lighting Africa Akon, Grammy-nominated, Multi-platinum Selling Artist, Co-Founder, Akon Lighting Africa


CLOSING REMARKS Patrick Granfield, Journalist and Strategist and Nabila Ramdani, Award-winning Journalist and Broadcaster






GALA DINNER Host: Dallas Austin Performance: Wyclef Jean Fundraiser: Charity Auction by Phillips Award Ceremony: Global Citizen Award presentation to Akon



Global Citizen Forum 2017 October 20th 2017, Montenegro

DAY 2 09:00

WELCOME ADDRESS: Children of the world Wyclef Jean, Grammy Award-Winning Musician, Record Producer, Actor and Philanthropist


VIDEO ADDRESS: Global challenges. Local responses. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO


KEYNOTE: Capital and people Nouriel Roubini, American Economist, Chairman and CEO of Roubini Macro Associates, LLC




PLENARY SESSION: National Identities: The changing nature of citizenship in Europe • Julia Onslow-Cole, Head of Global Immigration, PWC • Valerie Wolff, Migration and Development, International Centre for Migration Policy Development • Kim Marsh, Vice Chairman, ICV, Exiger • Pavle Radulović, Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Montenegro Moderator: Patrick Granfield, media commentator


PLENARY SESSION: Investing for Impact and PPPs: Infrastructure, healthcare, education and their potential to provoke change and inspire innovation • Hon Gaston Browne, PM Antigua and Barbuda • Octavian Calmâc, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Infrastructure, Moldova • Tigran Khachatryan, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Investments, Armenia • Prince Randy Koussou Alam-Sogan, Chairman & President, Black Lion Holdings Group Moderator: Matthew Swift, Co-Founder & Chairman, Concordia




PANEL: Universal Creativity: A borderless world of ideas • Hamish Hamilton, British Director of the Oscars, Olympics, Super Bowl • Oliviero Toscani, Razza Humana • Maximillion Cooper, Gumball 3000 • Roland Iten, Founder, Roland Iten Moderator: Nabila Ramdani, Broadcaster


PANEL: Spotlight on Balkans: Present and future in the current geopolitical context • Petar Stoyanov, Former President of Bulgaria • HRH Prince Michael of Yugoslavia • Anthony Monckton, ViennEast • Dr. Patrick Basham, Democracy Institute Moderator: Patrick Granfield, media commentator


KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Uncertainties in the European Union: The future of migration and mobility • José Manuel Barroso, Non-Executive Chairman, Goldman Sachs International




KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Global Citizen Action: A Caribbean of the future • Robert De Niro, award-winning actor and philanthropist GLOBAL TALKS : The Reality of Climate Change • Robert De Niro, award-winning actor and philanthropist • Hon. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda • Armand Arton, Founder, Global Citizen Forum






GRAND FINALE: Rowdy & Gumball 3000 Music: EVE DJ’s: Dallas Austin & Afrojack

WHAT PEOPLE SAID A few of the comments we received from delegates and sponsors

“ Really, really well planned and executed event, which was beyond my expectations. I was happy to be a part of it and share my experience and vision as a Global Citizen.” JOSEPH GHOSSOUB, CEO, MENACOM GROUP

“I think it’s exciting. I think the angle that Arton Capital has taken with this forum is different. A lot of times it’s a very heavy industry specific type of program and this one seems to be a far more open forum with genuine discussion taking place of what it means to be a Global Citizen.” VAL KEMPADOO, FOUNDER, KITTITIAN HILL


“The movement has started. Well done, team Arton.” NASEEM JAVED, AUTHOR AND FOUNDER OF ABC NAMEBANK

“Armand, in you we trust to make this world a better one! See you next year!” PATRICK LIOTARD-VOGT, CHAIRMAN, ASMALLWORLD



JOIN THE DISCUSSION, EMPOWER OUR FUTURE It is challenging to quantify emotion or experience, but by joining us, you will:



Turn promising contacts into promising opportunities. Learn something new by sharing something you are expert in. Join discussions and further your reach.

You will have a chance to meet and exchange with a variety of experienced professionals, wealth and estate managers, due diligence providers, banking and finance sector specialists, immigration and citizenship planning consultants, and many more.


Participate in and contribute to discussions on global issues concerning residency and citizenship and help shape future policies and best practices.




Learn about global migration trends, government policies, second residence and citizenship planning strategies, and how to better serve high net worth individuals.

The Global Citizen Forum will be of extreme interest to: Heads of State, Members of Royal Families and of the Nobility, Ambassadors and Excellencies, Diplomats and Honorary Consuls, Designers and Artists, Philanthropists, Bankers and Business Leaders and those with an interest in the benefits and opportunities of globalisation.


Discover new products and services that can enrich your current portfolio and increase new client engagement and longer client retention.


Discover sustainable practices and how you can make a difference by being the difference.



HON. DUŠKO MARKOVIĆ Prime Minister, Montenegro Hon. Duško Marković is the prime minister of Montenegro. His political career began in the municipal government of Mojkovac, where he served as the secretary of the municipal assembly. He was later elected secretary general of the government of Montenegro and served as assistant minister of the interior. In 2010 he became deputy prime minister for the political system, foreign and interior policy, and the minister of justice. In 2016 he was elected prime minister.

HON. GASTON BROWNE Prime Minister, Antigua and Barbuda Hon. Gaston Browne is the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda. He began his career at the Swiss American Banking Group, where he served as commercial banking manager. His political career began as a parliamentary representative for the constituency of St. John’s City West. As a member of parliament he served as minister of planning, trade, industry, commerce and public service affairs. Browne was elected prime minister in 2014.

MR. ROBERT DE NIRO Actor, Producer, Director Mr. De Niro is a renowned American actor, considered one of the best of his generation. He has earned numerous awards for his highly acclaimed roles, including Academy Awards for Best Actor in Raging Bull and The Godfather: Part II. He is an outspoken political activist and proponent of the Global Citizen movement.



MS. IRINA BOKOVA Director-General of UNESCO (via video) Ms. Bokova is the first woman and the first Eastern European to lead UNESCO. As Director-General of UNESCO, she is actively engaged in international efforts to advance gender equality, quality education for all, and combat terrorist financing. Irina Bokova was Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador of Bulgaria to France, Monaco and UNESCO and Personal Representative of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria to the “Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie” (OIF).

MR. ARMAND ARTON Founder, Global Citizen Forum President, Arton Capital Mr. Arton is a visionary entrepreneur, philanthropist and a global citizen. He is the founder of Arton Capital, a leading global financial advisory firm specializing in investor programs for residence and citizenship. Arton plays a critical role in advising governments on the design and implementation of programs to attract foreign direct investment. Arton is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, a patron of Concordia, and board member of Endeavor.

AKON Grammy-nominated, Multi-platinum Selling Artist, Co-Founder, Akon Lighting Africa Akon is an American-Senegalese singer and producer. Brought up in a family of musicians, he spent his early childhood in Senegal before leaving at the age of seven to live in the USA. A Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling artist, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, he is one of the world most influential voices in music today. In addition to having two multi-platinum albums, 27 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 he is the first artist to accomplish the feat of holding both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.

EVE Grammy Award winning multi-platinum artist Eve is an American rapper and actress from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002, for the song "Let Me Blow Ya Mind", with American singer Gwen Stefani. Eve was number 48 on VH1's "50 Greatest Women of the Video Era" list. As an actress, Eve is known for her roles as Terri Jones in the films Barbershop, Barbershop 2: Back in Business and Barbershop: The Next Cut, as well as Shelley Williams on the UPN television sitcom Eve. Furthermore, she is a Goodwill Ambassador of Malaika and in 2016 she has inaugurated an e-library in DRC.



H.E. SARA AL MADANI Board member at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Her Excellency Sara Al Madani is a well-known fashion designer, restaurant owner and entrepreneur. In 2014, she was selected by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi as a board member at Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, making her the youngest on the board. Following her success as a young entrepreneur and business woman, Sara was selected to inspire women in the UAE to be more active and self-confident in order to achieve business success. Sara is an honoured speaker in many universities, colleges and institutes.

MR. DALLAS AUSTIN Grammy award winning producer Mr. Austin is one of the most sought after producers in the entertainment business. His creativity and innovative style have shaped the sound of today's Pop and R&B music worldwide, and in recent years have created a presence for Dallas in the film industry. Mr. Austin has produced more than 50 hit singles which have debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 list with 17 songs spending numerous weeks in the Top 10 list. He has had the joy of working with the legendary "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin, the "King of Pop," Michael Jackson and one of the biggest selling female artists in history, Madonna.

PROF. CRAIG BARKER International Lawyer Mr. Barker is a dean of the School of Law and Social Sciences at London South Bank University as well as a member of the London Centre of International Law Practice. He is a leading expert on issues relating to diplomatic law and diplomatic immunity. Barker is a generalist public international lawyer with specific interests in jurisdiction and immunities, international criminal law, international responsibility and the relationship between international law and international relations.

MR. JOSÉ MANUEL BARROSO Non-Executive Chairman, Goldman Sachs International Former Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-2004), Mr. Barroso was elected President of the PSD political party, which won enough seats to form a coalition government in 2002. In 2004, following his nomination by the European People's Party, José Manuel Barroso became the 11th President of the European Commission, and was re-elected again for a second 5-year mandate in 2009.



DR. PATRICK BASHAM Founding Director, Democracy Institute Dr. Basham was the only public pollster to predict both Brexit and Donald Trump’s electoral college victory. He directs the Democracy Institute, a politically independent think tank based in Washington DC and London. A best-selling author, political commentator, and lecturer, Basham was previously a Cato Institute senior fellow; prior to Cato, he led the Fraser Institute’s anti-nanny state research program. He is a global consultant on corporate strategy, branding, social media, economic regulation and advertising.

MS. CHERIE BLAIR CBE, QC Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Ms. Blair is a leading barrister specializing in arbitration, mediation, public law, human rights, employment law and European Community law. She has appeared in a number of leading cases and is a noted speaker on human rights as well as a staunch supporter of women's rights. Blair also serves as the chair of Omnia Strategy, a pioneering, international law firm that provides strategic counsel to governments, corporate and private clients. In 2008 she founded the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.

MR. OCTAVIAN CALMÂC Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Infrastructure, Moldova Mr. Calmâc is the current Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Infrastructure of Moldova. His past roles include deputy negotiator of the Association Agreement between RM and EU, main negotiator of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with EU, representative of Moldova to the WTO and CEFTA and others. Mr. Calmâc has worked on forecasts of macroeconomic indicators and statistical studies, and is the author of different national strategies, road maps and action plans, in particular the Road Map on increasing the competitiveness of Moldova's economy.

GEN. WESLEY K. CLARK, (RET.) Former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, NATO Gen. Clark has served 34 years in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of four-star general and was named director for strategic plans and policy of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is the recipient of numerous U.S. and foreign military awards, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. In August 2000, Clark was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.




MR. MAXIMILLION COOPER Founder, Gumball 3000 and Serial Entrepreneur Mr. Cooper is the founder and CEO of The Gumball 3000 Group. Led by his creative direction and audacious approach to business, the company was recently valued at over US$300 million and includes entertainment, apparel and licensing divisions, retailing products in over 20,000 retail stores. Mr. Cooper has acted as guest Creative Director for several brands within the automotive and fashion sectors including Puma, adidas Originals, the Morgan Motor Company and Fiat Abarth. In 2013, Cooper created The Gumball 3000 Foundation, established to utilize the wealth and influence of the Gumball alumni members to support youth based projects in low income communities, giving underprivileged youth opportunities in life.

MS. NOELLA COURSARIS MUSUNKA Model, Activist, Founder of the charity Malaika and Ambassador for The Global Fund Ms. Musunka is an international model and philanthropist. In 2007, she founded Malaika, a NPO that aims to empower Congolese girls through education and health programs. Noella is also an Ambassador for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. She uses her platform to raise awareness of the need for more investments in education and health. Noella's work with Malaika and The Global Fund has made her a sought-after speaker, presenting at countless venues as far-ranging as UNICEF and Cambridge University, and alongside Princess Caroline of Hanover and President Clinton.

MR. DAVID EVANGELISTA President, Managing Director of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Mr. Evangelista is President and Managing Director of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia. He is responsible for overseeing the growth and development of Special Olympics across 58 countries in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Mr. Evangelista has served a variety of strategic and programmatic capacities with Special Olympics International, most recently serving as Vice President of Global Development and Government Relations, where he was instrumental in forging new and sustained relationships between Special Olympics and the international development community.

MS. ELIZABETH FILIPPOULI Founder & CEO, Global Thinkers Forum Ms. Filippouli is a serial entrepreneur. She is the Founder & CEO of Global Thinkers Forum (GTF), an international organisation that works as an agent for positive change by connecting international thought leaders and promoting values-based leadership, collaboration and cross-cultural understanding. GTF is a London-based social-purpose organisation with presence in 6 countries: UK, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, UAE, Saudi Arabia and a fast growth rate. In 2016, Elizabeth was named among Oxford University’s Said Business School’s 42 top graduate entrepreneurs.

MR. MATTHEW GOODWIN Senior Fellow, Chatham House Mr. Goodwin is a professor of politics at the University of Kent. He has written extensively on the subjects of European politics, extremism and immigration. In 2015 he won the Paddy Power Political Book of the Year award for Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain, and since 2008 has coedited a book series on democracy and extremism. Goodwin has also participated in the UK government’s working group on anti-Muslim hatred.



MR. PATRICK GRANFIELD Journalist and Strategist Mr. Granfield has served as a foreign policy strategist, speechwriter, journalist and at the highest levels of the U.S. State and Defense Departments. In 2007, Patrick helped launch The National Newspaper in Abu Dhabi. In 2011, he returned to the US, helping to launch a new Mayor of Chicago and supporting Rahm Emanuel's efforts to put Chicago back on the map as a global city. During Barack Obama's second term Patrick was a national security appointee, where he served on Secretary of State John Kerry's policy planning and speechwriting teams, as a special advisor to General John Allen, and later, as senior speechwriter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and director of strategic communications at U.S. Army headquarters.

MR. HAMISH HAMILTON British Director of The Oscars, The Olympics, The Super Bowl Halftime, MTV VMA’s, U2, Beyoncé and others Mr. Hamilton has an illustrious career as one of the most influential creative luminaries in the world. Having directed the Oscars 2010, 2014 and 2015 as well as the opening and closing of the Olympic Games, Mr. Hamilton most recently directed the 8th Super Bowl Half Time Show featuring Lady Gaga, smashing all-time ratings records to become the most-watched musical event of all time across all platforms and the mostwatched Super Bowl halftime performance in history. He is a global authority on live events and a cultural influencer of the highest caliber having achieved major acclaim and industry recognition with numerous awards, Grammy and Emmy nominations.

MR. EMILE HOKAYEM Senior Fellow for Middle East Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies Mr. Hokayem is the Senior Fellow for Middle East Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, based out of its headquarters in London. He specialises in political and conflict analysis, including the wars in Syria, Iraq and Yemen; relations between Iran and its Arab neighbours; the rise of non-state actors and jihadi groups; national security and defense policy in the Arab states; the interests and involvement of external actors in the Middle East. He has lived and traveled throughout the Middle East.

MR. ROLAND ITEN Inventor and creator of Mechanical Luxury Mr. Roland Iten is the founder of the Roland Iten line of mechanical luxury accessories for men. His passion for mechanics and precision engineering has led him to produce exceptional creations. Iten transforms everyday items into mechanically functioning objects.

MR. WYCLEF JEAN Grammy Award-Winning Musician, Record Producer, Actor and Philanthropist A three-time Grammy Award winner, Wyclef Jean has sold more than 30 million albums throughout his career. He moved with his family from Haiti to Brooklyn, New York when he was nine but has been active supporter of his native country. As a Goodwill Ambassador Wyclef Jean has worked with UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon and former U.S. President Bill Clinton in an effort to bring worldwide awareness to Haiti. He was actively involved with the US government-funded Clean Streets project, which also saw support from the Jolie-Pitt foundation to clean the streets of the Port-au-Prince area, create jobs and generate a more stable environment in the process.



H.E. JEANNETTE KAGAME First Lady of Rwanda H.E. Jeannette Kagame became the First Lady of Rwanda when her husband Paul Kagame took office as President in 2000. Mrs. Kagame is the Founder and Chairman of Imbuto Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the development of a healthy, educated and prosperous society.

MR. TIGRAN KHACHATRYAN Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Investments, Armenia Mr. Khachatryan is the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Investments at the Ministry of Economic Development and Investments which elaborates the economic development policies of the government of the Republic of Armenia.

PRINCE RANDY KOUSSOU ALAM-SOGAN Chairman & President, Black Lion Holdings Group Prince Randy Koussou Alam-Sogan is an entrepreneur, business owner and philanthropist, founder and President of Black Lion Rising Investments and Black Lion Holdings. Black Lion's principal activity is to introduce sources of investment capital to African Markets. Black Lion explores and strengthens partnerships on various levels and is active in 22 African countries.

MR. KIM MARSH Vice President, ICV, Exiger Kim is the Vice Chairman of Exiger’s Immigration, Citizenship and Visa (ICV) practice. He has a distinguished record of over 40 years of achievement in the areas of compliance, international financial crime and antimoney laundering. Kim joined Exiger from IPSA International, where he was the President until its integration with Exiger in 2017. His expertise includes due diligence, bribery, multi-jurisdictional corruption and antimoney laundering investigations. Prior to joining IPSA, Kim completed 25 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, retiring as Commander of an international organised crime investigation unit where he was responsible for large-scale covert operations in Europe, Asia and North America.

MR. ANTHONY MONCKTON Founding Director, ViennEast Ltd Mr. Monckton is a founding director of ViennEast Ltd, a political risk and corporate investigations consultancy and an international partner of Moot Hill, a negotiation and dispute resolution partnership. Anthony spent 36 years in British Government service first in the Army and then as a diplomat specialising in national security issues. He served in Germany and Belize in the Army, and his diplomatic postings took him to Geneva, Zagreb, Banja Luka, Belgrade and Vienna. His areas of expertise are Counter Terrorism, Central and SouthEastern Europe, and leadership development.



DR. STEVEN O’BRIEN Secretary General G20 Foundation Dr. O’Brien is an academic, journalist, novelist, and cultural diplomat. He is Secretary General of the G20 Foundation, Advisor to the Vatican’s Institute of Human Dignity and a Peace Ambassador for Iraq. He is also the editor of The London Magazine, Britain’s oldest journal of the arts and literature. For some years he has been active in international affairs with regard to areas of conflict such as the Middle East and Ukraine. Steven is a senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and a Visiting Fellow of Writing at University College Chichester.

MS. JULIA ONSLOW-COLE Partner, Head of Global Immigration at PwC Ms. Onslow-Cole is a Partner, Legal Markets Leader and Head of Global Immigration at PwC. In Mach 2017 Julia was appointed to the Global Leadership Team for PwC's worldwide legal practice covering all lines of service. Julia is responsible for clients and markets within the legal network and leads the largest global immigration network of its kind, with more than 1500 experts in PwC offices in over 171 countries.

MR. PAVLE RADULOVIĆ Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Montenegro Mr. Radulović is an economist born in Podgorica in 1975. A lover of sports and music and plays the guitar. He graduated from the University in Belgrade, and started his professional career in Podgorica, working in several international organisations on projects funded by international institutions. He was the Manager of the Capital city of Podgorica and he was also Advisor to the Executive Director and the Commercial Director at AD Jugopetrol, Hellenic Petroleum Group.He managed many development and infrastructure projects.

MS. NABILA RAMDANI Award-winning Journalist and Broadcaster Ms. Ramdani is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and academic who has studied and taught at the universities of Oxford, Paris VII, Michigan and the London School of Economics. She writes for a wide-range of publications, from the Guardian and Independent to the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times. Nabila is also a regular on numerous major TV and radio outlets, including the BBC, Al Jazeera and Sky News. She started her career covering the 2007 French presidential election in her home city of Paris, and recent assignments have included interviewing the country’s current head of state, Emmanuel Macron.

MR. TIM ROBINSON Partner, Schillings International LLP Mr. Robinson is a partner at Schillings International LLP, based in London. Schillings protects successful people, companies and governments from reputational attack and privacy breaches.Tim joined Schillings after a 25-year career in the British Army, which he concluded as a major general with responsibility for all the Army’s fighting units. He served extensively in conflict areas around the world, including two combat tours in Iraq. He also worked at the highest levels of government, with allies and intelligence agencies. Tim holds an MBA from Cranfield University, a law degree and a masters in international relations. He was the author of the Army’s operational doctrine and in 2015 designed the most fundamental reforms of the Army’s high command for decades.



DR. NOURIEL ROUBINI American Economist, Chairman and CEO of Roubini Macro Associates, LLC Mr. Roubini is the Chairman and CEO of Roubini Macro Associates, LLC, a global macroeconomic consultancy firm. Dr. Roubini has extensive policy experience as well as broad academic credentials. From 1998 to 2000, he served as the senior economist for international affairs on the White House Council of Economic Advisors and then the senior advisor to the undersecretary for international affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department, helping to resolve the Asian and global financial crises, among other issues. The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and numerous other prominent public and private institutions have drawn upon his consulting expertise.

MR. ROBIN SHARMA Lawyer, Best Selling Author, Leadership Speaker Mr. Sharma is the celebrated author of 15 international bestselling books on leadership, including The Leader Who Had No Title. He serves as CEO of Sharma Leadership International Inc., a leadership development firm that has helped over 4 million people in 50 countries, along with clients such as Nike, FedEx, IBM, GM, Microsoft and Panasonic as well as organizations such as NASA and YPO. Sharma is a former litigation lawyer who holds two law degrees, including a Master of Laws.

MR. KADHIM SHUBBER Reporter at Financial Times Mr. Shubber is a reporter for The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

MR. PETAR STOYANOV President of the Republic of Bulgaria, 1997-2002 Mr. Stoyanov served as President of the Republic of Bulgaria (1997-2002). He was the first presidential candidate who placed Bulgaria’s NATO and EU membership in the focus of his election campaign. In 2002, he founded the Petar Stoyanov Center for Political Dialogue in Bulgaria. He is member of the Clinton’s Global Initiative, the Board of Global Fairness Initiative, the Judging Committee of the European Business Awards, the International Advisory Board of the American Bar Association and the European Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission and an honorary co-chair of the World Justice Project.

MR. MATTHEW SWIFT Co-founder, Chairman & CEO, Concordia Mr. Swift is the Co-Founder, Chairman, & CEO of Concordia. Since Concordia’s inception in 2011, Matthew and his business partner Nicholas Logothetis have grown Concordia into a reputable and impactful nonpartisan organization providing thought leadership to bridge the private, public and nonprofit sectors.



MR. OLIVIERO TOSCANI Photographer Mr. Toscani is a photographer best known for his provocative ads for the Italian brand Benetton. His photographs have appeared in the magazines Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar, among many others. His current project, Razza Umana, is a sociopolitical, cultural and anthropological study of the human race that seeks to observe our peculiarities and our characteristics, and to understand our differences.

MS. CLARE TWELVETREES Interim CEO, Cherie Blair Women's Foundation Ms. Twelvetrees is the interim CEO of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, which focuses on empowering women’s businesses in the developing world. She previously served as head of strategic planning of the Fairtrade Foundation, a nonprofit focused on empowering producers in developing countries through fair trade. She has over 10 years of experience in the area of international development, strategy and management.

MR. VESELIN VELJOVIĆ Secretary of the National Security Council, Montenegro In 2014, Mr. Veljovic was appointed the Secretary of the National Security Council by the Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic. Prior to that he has been a Defense and Security Adviser and the Director of the Police Administration of Montenegro.

MS. VALERIE WOLFF Migration and Development, International Centre for Migration Policy Development Ms. Wolff is an economist specialized in the area of migrant entrepreneurship and diaspora direct investments. As part of ICMPD’s Policy, Research and Strategy Directorate, she advises and oversees projects in her field of expertise. She worked as a researcher with the UN Development Group and managed projects, including with the UN Kosovo Team, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights and the OSCE. Ms. Wolff started as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras working on SME development. As she is passionate about making good and impactful business ideas grow, she has been advising and supporting SMEs in Honduras, USA and Austria.

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LIFESTYLE EFOIL Most men would envy those young “fellas” riding with kite surf on hydrofoil. It is exhausting and quite dangerous at the same time and probably inadvisable if you are not in prime condition. Now there is a high tech solution to this – eFoil. A surfboard on hydrofoil powered not by a kite, but by an electric motor. From published videos it appears just fantastic., $12,000

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MONTAGUE BIKES Most people love biking but taking your bike with you is usually a problem if you don’t have special racks to hang them on your car. Transportation and storage problems are now solved with the Montague Paratrooper Elite mountain bike. With 30 gears and 27.5-inch wheels that allow the bike to roll over the toughest tracks, the bike lives up to its military-tested pedigree. Based on the same frame-construction concept as full-suspension downhill bikes, its quick-folding design and integration of the world’s first tool-free handlebar-height adjustment system make it a great choice for those seeking convenience and aggression., from $635

THE MULTITOOL 3D PRINTER FROM ZMORPH They say that the future belongs to 3d printing and probably they are right. But you cannot print everything. Sometimes you need to cut, mill or extrude. Here comes the multi-tool printer that prints, mills, cuts, engraves and even extrudes 3d custom designed chocolate cake., from $2,799

AMPLIFIER/S FROM ANALOG DOMAIN Probably few people, if anyone, have heard of this small company producing what they claim is the “ultimate sound machine”. Their products reflect their personal values: “Everything worth doing is worth doing well, and only the best is good enough. We build equipment to extreme specifications, yet are very conservative in our design. Ultimate performance and unconditional reliability are the two invariable features of all our products.” Those amplifiers are aimed at true connoisseurs of music – those with the means to afford them. OCT / NOV 2017 | 103


THE FUTURE IS TODAY WITH Do you know what S stands for in the flagman model of Mercedes? Special. BY INA GERDJIKOVA


e live in a world of spectacular technological innovations and it is exciting to know that some of them will be marked in history as milestones. I expected nothing less when leaving for the press première of the new Mercedes S-Class models 2018. This summer, the premium German automaker invited journalists from around the world to Zurich, Switzerland, to present the novelties of the flagship S-Class. For 2 days we were privileged to be the first to see the new S-Class. We were able to experience it on the road and scrutinize its innovations, participate in numerous tests and also talk personally to experts who created this extraordinary vehicle. To truly experience the new S-Class, our hosts from Mercedes invited us to test drive the new automobile along the beautiful curvy road of Schwartzvald to reach Neuhausen ob Eck Airport, Germany, where we could explore more innovations through many trials. S for Superior performance Three new engines make their debut in the new S-Class: diesel and petrol variants of 6-cylinder in-line engines and a new V8 biturbo petrol engine. In addition, Mercedes-Benz plans a plug-in hybrid with an electric range of about 50 kilometres. At the same time,

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ground-breaking technologies, such as the 48 volt Integrated Starter Generator and the electric booster compressor, celebrate their world première. All models are fitted with a new radiator grille. In combination with MULTIBEAM LED headlamps, the S Class has three prominent light torches as an exclusive design feature. ROAD SURFACE SCAN for advance recognition of road bumps and the curve inclination function are further highlights of the new S-Class. S for Spectacular comfort Energizing Comfort Control is another amazing world first, launched on to the market from September 2017. Mercedes has realized that we spend long periods in our automobiles, so they have focused on innovative comfort upgrades to provide a ride of perfection. The system offers various onboard features such as climate control, ambience lighting, massage and fragrance functions that merge to create a specific wellness set-up. The seven programmes are combined with suitable music to put you in the right mood – you can select Freshness, Warmth, Vitality, Joy, Comfort, Relaxation, Training (muscle relaxation, muscle activation and balance). In addition, the ambience lighting creates emotionally appealing contrasts and structures the interior into levels. S for Safety innovation Mercedes-Benz has traditionally introduced its innovations in active, passive and holistic safety in the S-Class. A great part of their focus is on those moments that require a quick reaction to an unexpected event, and how the automobile can assist you with crucial decisions. The tests included scenarios involving unexpected oncoming vehicles and pedestrians. Active Braking


2018 MERCEDES-BENZ S-CLASS Assist with cross-traffic function is able to help the driver avoid impending collisions with vehicles ahead, stationary or crossing vehicles and with people if the driver fails to take any action to defuse the dangerous situation. Evasive Steering Assist can support the driver in taking evasive action, at the driver’s behest, when pedestrians are detected in the danger zone in front of the vehicle. The system then applies additional steering torque in the direction in which the driver is performing an evasive manoeuvre. This helps the driver to steer clear of the pedestrian in a controlled manner and to stabilize the vehicle on its evasive course. S for Self-driving Autonomous driving now seems closer than ever, and the S-Class is once again amongst the pioneers in this field. Intelligent Drive takes another step towards the future of automobiles. Active Distance Control DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist provide comfortable support for the driver to keep a safe distance and

steer. The speed is adjusted automatically ahead of bends or junctions. This is complemented by a considerably improved Active Lane Changing Assist and additional functions of the Active Emergency Stop Assist. Active Parking Assist with reversing camera supports the driver in searching for a parking space and when entering or leaving parallel or end-on parking spaces. In the case of end-on parking spaces it is active in both forward and reverse direction. It manoeuvres the vehicle into the selected parking space and out again. In addition to operating the accelerator and brake, changing gear is also effected automatically. In the case of Active Parking Assist with 360° camera, all-round vision is made possible by the reversing camera and three additional cameras. In addition, Remote Parking Assist enables the driver to manoeuvre the vehicle into tight parking spaces or garages by smartphone, so as to facilitate entering and alighting from the vehicle. Experiencing the new S-Class made me feel like the future is today and a little bit curious for what is coming next.

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SHAPING FASHION Cristóbal Balenciaga was the most revered fashion designer of the 20th century BY MARTINA ZAHARIEVA


houghtful expression. Focus on details. Impeccable touch. A pinch of obsession. This is what I see. The photo of Cristóbal Balenciaga at work in his atelier in Paris in 1968 welcomes me at the entrance. I am rushing to get into Gallery 40 of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London before the crowds, so I can meet the Master through his more than 100 garments and 20 hats, many of which have never been on public display before. His creative world of exquisite silhouettes, sculptural designs, skillful manipulation of fabrics, and dramatic use of colors and textures is about to completely sweep me off my feet. I know about his huge influence on fashion but what I discover here goes way beyond that. The legacy of his unique approach truly lives today in the collections of numerous contemporary designers. “He laid the foundations of modernity... entirely”, said Emanuel Ungaro. Cassie Davies-Strodder, V&A exhibition curator, has skillfully captured Balenciaga’s influence by presenting the most creative part of his long career – that of the 1950s and 1960s. There are three main sections: “Front of House”, including Balenciaga’s salons, behind the scenes in Balenciaga’s “Workrooms” and “Balenciaga’s Legacy”. “Cristóbal Balenciaga was one of the most influential fashion designers of the 20th century. Revered by his contemporaries, including Coco Chanel and Hubert de Givenchy, his exquisite craftsmanship, pioneering use of fabric and innovative cutting set the tone for the modernity of the late 20th century fashion. This exhibition shows his lasting impact on fashion through the work of those who trained with him and through recent garments by contemporary designers who reflect the legacy of his vision today”, she explains. Walking through the exhibition, I see in every model how the Spanish Master revolutionized the female silhouette, originating distinctive shapes that continue to resonate today. It will not be difficult to take an inspiring model of any autumn/winter 2017/18

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Cristóbal Balenciaga at work, Paris, 1968. Photograph Henri Cartier-Bresson © Henri Cartier-Bresson, Magnum Photos

Dovima with Sacha, cloche and suit by Balenciaga, Café des Deux Magots, Paris, 1955. Photograph by Richard Avedon © The Richard Avedon Foundation Elise Daniels with street performers, suit by Balenciaga, Le Marais, Paris, 1948. Photograph by Richard Avedon © The Richard Avedon Foundation Evening dress, silk taffeta, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1954 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

‘Baby doll’ cocktail dress, crêpe de chine, lace and satin, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1958 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Alberta Tiburzi in ‘envelope’ dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Harper’s Bazaar, June 1967 © Hiro 1967 (left) haute couture collections and revert to an element that was designed and developed by Balenciaga. “I don’t think even the Bible has taught me as much as Balenciaga”, said his disciple for more than 10 years Hubert de Givenchy. Cristóbal was born in 1895 in Getaria, a fishing village in the Basque region. His mother, who was a seamstress, introduced the young boy to fashion. He was only 12 when he started an apprenticeship at a tailor’s in the neighboring fashionable resort of San Sebastian. Think of continuous training, of skills at every stage of the creation of a garment, of hard work and, definitely, of an innate passion and talent. All these elements led to the opening of his first dressmaking workshop in 1917 in northern Spain. Later, in 1937, the Spanish Civil War made him move to Paris where he established his couture house on Avenue George V. This was the address he remained at for the rest of his fifty-year career. Fifty incredible years of design, cutting, tailoring and dressmaking. “Balenciaga alone is a couturier in the truest sense of the word. Only he is capable of cutting material, assembling a creation and sewing it by hand, the others are simply fashion designers’, said his close friend Coco Chanel. The House of Balenciaga was the most exclusive and expensive couture establishment in Paris, where twice a year the new collections were shown to a very

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selected circle of admirers. Concerned to protect his designs, Balenciaga barred even the press from his initial showings. He was also keeping his private life away from media. Balenciaga gave his first and only interview to the Times in 1971. Luckily for us, some of his most iconic works are on display at this special exhibition and the doors of the V&A will remain open until 18 February 2018. Stop by and discover numerous emblematic models, fabrics, cuts, and styles, presented in an innovative way. Immerse yourself into archive sketches, patterns, photographs, samples and catwalk footage. Marvel at Balenciaga’s uncompromising creativity. You will be amazed to see how, for the first time, the V&A use x-ray technology to let you discover the hidden details inside Cristóbal Balenciaga’s garments. The patterns from some of his most iconic models have been digitized and animated to show how these elements come together to form the finished piece. 1954. Do you recognize this evening dress of silk taffeta? Yes, Balenciaga began experimenting with the balloon hem and this model with superior fabric draping became his signature. Dramatic effect, enhanced further by quirky hidden ties which knot just above the knee. You can see that the great swathes of fabric supported by hoops were drawn from the center front seam to form the bustle-like back.


1957. Who would think that the semi-fit wool dress would become one of Balenciaga’s most popular and most imitated looks? The design was pioneering - fitted at the front but loose at the back. “Balenciaga is the only designer who dares to do what he wants”, stated Elsa Schiaparelli, an Italian fashion designer. 1958. The “baby-doll” cocktail dress, another signature garment with innovative design was born. Balenciaga made it with opaque fabric in order to completely conceal the shape of the body. And he combined it with translucent Chantilly lace, hanging loosely over the tightly fitted inner sheath. 1962. An amazing flamenco-style evening dress, made of silk gazar, a typical fabric for Balenciaga. The traditional bata de cola hugs the dancer’s upper body, while the skirt’s many flounces accentuate her movements. Spanish heritage was important to Cristóbal and he frequently introduced it into his designs. I admire an evening silk velvet jacket from 1947, with glass-paste beading, based on the short chaquetillas worn as part of the bullfighter’s suits. Revolutionizing the concepts, the Master redesigned a traditionally masculine garment to be worn by women over a full-length evening gown. 1967. An evening dress and cape in silk, a particularly virtuoso example of pattern-cutting. The main body of the dress is cut from a single piece of fabric, joined at the center back. There are no side seams! It looks simple, doesn’t it? But this simplicity and impressive abstraction in Balenciaga’s work is related to his deep knowledge of fabrics. The dress is a perfect sculpture created by a Master of tailoring who understands how materials shape the form. Imagine yourself dressed in an envelope. That’s right, the iconic “Envelope” dress from 1967 can be the best outfit in silk gazar for the next cocktail you attend. Yet, not the most practical one: a brave woman who bought it found it impossible to go to the bathroom in it and returned it to the fashion house. Still, the model was popular with the fashion press and inspired many designers throughout the 20th century and today to follow this legacy in the abstract forms. “Balenciaga worked like an architect...He was really cutting new forms”, stated Oscar de la Renta. Don’t miss the ‘Legacy’ section of the exhibition as it reveals the work of over 30 designers from the last 50 years tracing the influence of Cristóbal Balenciaga. His minimalist aesthetic is reflected in the work of his former apprentices André Courrèges and Emanuel Ungaro. Balenciaga’s perfectionism and attention to detail are reflected in the work of Hubert de Givenchy and Erdem. The structural silhouettes inspired designers such as Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons, Hussein Chalayan and Iris van Herpen. The pattern cutting and explorations of volume can be seen in the work of Molly Goddard and Demna Gvasalia, while the creative use of new materials is referenced in the work of former Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquière. “His vision was so modern. There is a beautiful oddness and femininity to his clothes, which is timeless”, said Erdem Moralioglu. Leaving the V&A impressed and inspired, I am sure the symphony of fabrics, cuts and innovative styles will continue through the centuries. As Christian Dior said: “Haute couture is like an orchestra whose conductor is Balenciaga. We, other couturiers, are the musicians and we follow the direction he gives.”

Flamenco-style evening dress, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1961. Photograph by Cecil Beaton, 1971 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s

Bolero jacket, Cristóbal Balenciaga, EISA, Spain, 1947 © Museo Cristóbal Balenciaga

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AMAN SVETI STEFAN, MONTENEGRO Connecting people to the spirit of a place

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driatic pirates once held sway over Sveti Stefan and its fortified 15th century fishing village; these days, the islet provides a haven. Days are spent unwinding on a trio of pink sand beaches, in one of three dramatic pools, or in fragrant gardens, where herbs, citrus, figs and pomegranate grow in wild abundance. Separated from the mainland by a narrow isthmus, Aman Sveti Stefan’s Suites and Cottages are housed in meticulously restored dwellings, protected by thick stone walls and 600-year-old terracotta roofs. Cool, beamed interiors feature hand rendered stucco, stone and Slovakian oak furniture, honouring the village’s rustic roots. A network of stone staircases and pathways mimics the island’s contours, connecting rooms to shady courtyards and a convivial central piazza.

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The forested estate stretches to the mainland, where Villa Miločer – once the summer residence of Queen Marija Karađorđević; now fit for private parties – houses eight Suites on 80-acre grounds, with an expansive stretch of beach. Montenegro’s tradition of wild harvesting is celebrated in the restful Aman Spa and six Spa Cottages, and native medicinal herbs are used in the treatments. Spread across the estate from shoreline to rocky precipice, Aman Sveti Stefan’s many intimate restaurants celebrate the country’s culinary heritage. Try sea bass, octopus or pasture-fed beef from the north of Montenegro, and then toast this unique destination with a traditional rakija – Baltic brandy – in a piazza redolent of history. Tear yourself away and charter a yacht to discover hidden coves; the ancient town of Budva and the Unesco-protected Bay of Kotor are also within easy reach. Contact your preferred travel professional, or visit to find out more and to reserve your stay.

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“The secret of my food’s magic is, it comes from the heart,” explains chef Mitsuo Takebayashi, the man behind Nobu’s Silk Road’s success, a Japanese restaurant on board Crystal Symphony cruise ship.


itsuo Takebayashi devoted an hour of his break to give us an exclusive interview about the magic of the Japanese culinary art. Since June 2008 he has been the chef of Nobu’s Silk Road, the exceptional sushi restaurant on board six-star cruise liner Crystal Symphony. This position has proved challenging. The hardest task during long-haul voyages across the oceans is ironically finding a good choice of fresh fish, despite the regular stopovers that the ship makes.

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How did you come to work here? I started working as a cook at the age of 18. I worked for various restaurants and hotels around Japan, including an airline catering company. I believe that good cooking comes from the heart. My goal is to make the customer truly happy. How did you meet Nobu Matsuhisa? I have always believed that you only live once. So I truly wanted to do something special with my life. I went to Nobu’s restaurant in Tokyo and that is where we met. As soon as I shook his big hand I felt inspired. That moment I knew I wanted to work for him, in his restaurants. I said that to him straight out and he asked me to become part of his team. In Tokyo I worked for 3 years and before that I trained to cook in the new way. After Tokyo I was posted to Aspen, Colorado for a period of 4 years. For me, as a Japanese person, it was very difficult to adapt to a new culture and new requirements; at times I felt under quite a bit of stress. My dream was to work in Matsuhisa’s restaurant in Beverly Hills. And it came true! How many Nobu restaurants are there around the world? Maybe around 36. Matsuhisa (in partnership with Robert De Niro and Drew Nieporent) keeps opening new restaurants. Interestingly, at the beginning of his career, he struggled quite a bit and even went bankrupt. In Milan, Matsuhisa now welcomes his guests in Via Manzoni, in Hong Kong the venue is the InterContinental Hotel, whilst in London there are 3 Nobu restaurants. Nobu Beverly Hills is a favourite dining haunt for movie stars. What is so special about it? First, it is the ambiance. Second – the incredibly meticulous training that goes into preparing every single dish. Third - the unique recipes and presentation styles, which can be inspired by the famous guests themselves. What is special about the cruise ship sushi bar is that the chef is in constant interaction with

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the guests. In Beverly Hills I got to serve Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Robert De Niro and Drew Barrymore. Hollywood celebrities appreciate our cuisine. Some of them would come and request a more secluded table to enjoy some peace and privacy. The ones that I just mentioned, however, enjoyed sitting down at the bar where they encouraged me to experiment with dishes and suggest things that were not on the menu. They all love Nobu and they are all lovely people. What sets the Nobu restaurants apart from the others? We use non-traditional recipes. The sauces and the garnishes that go with the fish are unique, because we change the ingredients and the presentation all the time. The clients lead the way in having a say in how they want their dishes to be prepared, so we oblige. Every day you get different flavours in the sauces. Nobu teaches us not to be afraid of the guests, but to try to always surprise them with dishes that they can’t even imagine exist. That’s why I am always happy when I succeed in impressing our guests with something new. Why is Nobu so successful? The training here is of a very high level. The chefs are usually Japanese, but we have cooks from many different nationalities and they also undergo an extensive and meticulous training in the art of the new sashimi style. Everyone who works hard can learn, the important thing for cooking is it should come from the heart. Here on board our team consists of me and two Filipinos. They admit to having tough moments, but they manage to overcome them. Some people like raw fish, but in Europe and America the diners tend to prefer cooked or smoked fish. Therefore we have altered the recipes accordingly, while delicately suggesting to our customers to experiment.



Are Nobu restaurants expensive? Yes, they are. Especially the one in Beverly Hills. Nigiri Sushi Sea urchin costs $19, but the total price of a dinner for one, not including the drinks, varies between $300 and $350. Here on board ship I tell my guests not to worry about the price as their meals are included, but that does not mean that they should overindulge! It doesn’t matter if they can consume $300 worth of food in one evening. What matters to me is them telling me what they like, what would surprise them and so I would try to prepare it for them. And when I see their smiles and glowing faces, I know I have succeeded. As Nobu teaches us – it should all come from the heart! Then dishes can be different every time and bring joy and surprise to the guests.

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Which of the dishes that you have prepared especially for us, are not on the menu? That’s Toro Rosa – this is a specially marinated piece of raw fish, wrapped in green-pink lettuce, garnered with fine vermicelli and soaked in exquisite sauce. You eat it with your hands, because the salad wrapping must be kept around the fish to maintain the perfect harmony of the ingredients. I also prepared for you King crab new style, as well as Yellowtail jalapeno (fish with sauce and minuscule pieces of green chili pepper). What would I surprise you with next time? I don’t know. You have to drop by and tell me how you feel, then I’ll come up with something! Gozaimasu.



Porto Montenegro Known as “The St Tropez of Montenegro” this is the Mediterranean’s leading luxury yacht homeport and marina village. Located in the beautiful UNESCO Bay of Kotor, Porto Montenegro is a spectacular yachting destination. The exceptional marina is complemented by spacious waterside residences and 5* Regent Hotel. Guests are offered a full homeport solution amidst one of the world’s most spectacular cruising grounds. The marina’s extensive range of services and amenities have been awarded the 5 Gold Anchor Award by The Yacht Harbour Association To book a berth call: +382 32 661 067

A bird eye view of the picturesque coast of Montenegro will make your experience unforgettable. Scenic tours either by Cessna 172 or Helicopter EC120 are an exclusive option to spend up to 2 hours in the sky above the beauty of this boutique destination. To request your tour contact: + 382 67 251002

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The center of entertainment in summer months - La Perla Beach Club encompasses a beautiful beach, infinity pool, 220 sun lounges and VIP areas, and a restaurant. A renowned mixologist is in charge of the extensive cocktail list while the menu consists of a selection of pizzas, burgers, light salads and snacks. Day restaurant on the terrace adjacent to the Beach Club offers a seated lunch experience in a more formal setting. Inspired by world famous beach clubs, the management is working on a rich calendar of events and parties and is set to secure its spot as one of the top venues for summer entertainment. International DJs, concerts and themed parties are all in store during peak season. Kaludjerovina 85320, Tivat, Montenegro Reservations number: +382 67 319 19

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In 2016 the famous Japanese brand restaurant was opened in Milocer Park on a location known as the Queen’s Chair - one of the most stunning viewpoints in Montenegro. Nobu cuisine is recognized for its specific blend of traditional Japanese cuisine enriched with innovations, and characteristics of culinary specialties typical for the place the restaurant is located at. Therefore, certain dishes containing Montenegrin cuisine characteristics can be found in restaurant Nobu Montenegro. Location: Queens Chair, Sveti Stefan, Budva Municipality 85315, Montenegro; +382 69 133 158

A temple to wellbeing on the mainland’s 32-hectare estate, the spa of Aman Sveti Stefan draws from Montenegro’s more than 650 recognized medical species of herbs and a centuries-old tradition of wild harvesting. Treatments in the 1,600-squaremetre spa – which also includes a gym and studios for Pilates and yoga – follow a holistic personalized approach, incorporating movement, relaxation, therapies and nutrition. Calming and rebalancing, the Adriatic rejuvenation involves an oat milk rehydration soak and aromatic massage to relax body and mind. Joining the property’s two pools, the spa’s three hydrotherapy suites include steam rooms, saunas and plunge pools. The spa specializes in creating personalized journeys that rebalance body, mind and spirit. For special requests contact: +382 33 420 000 or

De Gustibus This restaurant is a place for persons, looking for a truly unique, authentic, and memorable experience. Freshly caught seafood in combination with a gorgeous sunset and an upscale but laid back elegant atmosphere are the perfect ingredients for an exceptional dinner. Location: Porto Montenegro, Phone: +382 69 333 010

Stari Mlini In the 1700’s, Stari Mlini was a family operated flour mill for the locals of the quaint medieval town of Kotor, Montenegro. 300 years later, another family preserved the mill in the form of a fairytale restaurant of remarkable charm. For 4 decades, Stari Mlini Restaurant has been offering exclusive yet casual fine dining experience of superb quality. As its evolution continues, Stari Mlini now welcomes guests arriving by the sea with yacht and boat docking in the restaurant marina. Location: Ljuta BB, Dobrota, Kotor 85330, Montenegro; +382 32 333 555

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ebellion Timepieces, a Swiss watchmaker of unique timepieces inspired by motorsport, recently released two new watches during 2017 Baselworld: The Weap-One and the Twenty-One. The Weap-One is a unique piece inspired by race car suspension. It features a never-before-seen tourbillon movement with a non-stationary horizontal axis and is housed in a detachable, sapphire glass tube. In contrast, the Twenty-One is a classic-car inspired piece which features a Rebellion’s first in-house GMT movement, a two-spoke steering-wheel design and a price tag set to target a new customer segment.

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TWENTY-ONE Also launched during Baselworld 2017 was the Twenty-One, a timepiece inspired by the steering-wheels of classic cars like the Packard One-Twenty. Rebellion’s first automatic, in-house GMT movement comes in a classic cushion case and features a twospoke steering-wheel design with Rebellion-logoed horn shroud. Equipped with a GMT indicator, balance wheel, hour disc, minute hand and seconds subdial, the Twenty-One’s complex construction remains in constant motion. Like the dashboard of a classic car, the Twenty-One’s dial peeks out from behind its steering-wheel design and stays in constant motion. From the balance wheel at 12 o’clock to the seconds subdial with propeller hand at 4 o’clock. The hour and GMT hands are static, leaving all the work to their rotating discs which move the correct time smoothly into place. The minutes are indicated by a traditional, rotating hand. The bracelet is fastened by a clasp featuring millimetric adjustment. It has a power reserve of 42 hours and is priced to catch a new set of customers.

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WEAP-ONE The new Weap-One (pronounced similar to weapon) features a never-beforeseen, asymmetrical, 60-second flying tourbillon movement. Suspended between the hour and minute rollers, the tourbillon is attached to two plates. Each plate rotates at a different speed, resulting in a non-stationary horizontal axis – the first of its kind. Designed by Fabrice Gonet and made in collaboration with Concepto, the movement is housed in a detachable sapphire crystal tube which offers maximum viewing and countless mounting options. Integrated into the Weap-One are several pieces of racing technology. Like the wheels of a race car, the rollers and tourbillon-mounted plates rotate at varying speeds. To compensate for this difference in speeds, the movement was developed with two differentials modeled after those found in race car suspensions. Ten ball bearings have replaced jewels in this piece for additional reduction in rotational friction as well as radial and axil loads. Two rollers read the time- hours on the left and minutes on the right. The numbers and indexes are treated with Super-LumiNova® to ensure ease of readability day or night. Finishing the piece is a dual crown system - mounted on either side of the movement and fashioned after wheel nuts – the left sets the time while the right winds the 50-hour power reserve.

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