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From challenges to opportunities

2012

In the course of our research for the GLOBAL TOPICS initiative we have encountered many extraordinary personalities. In this issue we talk to five of them about perspectives on what will come.

Katrin Jakobsdóttir, Iceland’s minister of education, science and culture, tells us how her country is overcoming Europe’s first serious political and economic crisis. Robert Collymore, CEO of Safaricom, explains how one company can accelerate the pace of change in an entire region of Africa. Ellana Lee, vice president and managing editor at CNN International Asia Pacific, lists the major issues that affected Asia in 2012, and describes how these are likely to develop in 2013. Kurt Bock, chairman of the board of executive directors at BASF SE, tells us how his company’s innovations are helping to provide a growing global population with food and energy. Bill Richardson is one of the few US politicians with Latin American roots. He, more than most, is aware that today’s minorities are tomorrow’s majorities. As a former governor of New Mexico, US ambassador to the United Nations, and energy secretary under Bill Clinton, he is widely tipped as a presidential candidate for the 2016 elections.

For the near future our interviews indicate: while there will be fewer elections in 2013, there will be just as much change. In the words of Barack Obama, the best is yet to come.

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