Ole Scheeren’s MahaNakhon is now Bangkok’s tallest skyscraper. CNN Style producer Stephy Chung interviews the German architect inside his ‘unfinished’ skyscraper, a pixelated 77-story building slated to open later this year.
In the Arab world, conflict and poverty often limits access to schooling. As a result thousands of youths are struggling to get the education they deserve. Meet Maysa Jalbout, the CEO of a billion dollar foundation vying to change all that, one student at a time.
As Wikipedia – the free, open content digital encyclopaedia created through the collaborative effort of a community of online users – celebrates its 15th anniversary, its co-founder, Jimmy Wales, says his dream is that every single person on the planet has free access to knowledge.
After hiring a new chief executive and more recently, launching a new halo model that resurrects the historic Continental nameplate, the Lincoln Motor Company, Ford’s luxury division, seems to be finding its way once again after decades of being lost in the automotive wilderness.
A seed was sown when a Paris-based tech company created by an entrepreneurial Lebanese data scientist turned down a lucrative US contract because they preferred to build useful technology in an ethical way. Now they’re on a quest to free us from our growing enslavement to the digital masters.
In a world where powerful women are still too often linked to powerful men, former Nigerian Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is refreshingly her own person. Having proven instrumental in developing reform programs to stabilise her country’s economy, improving governmental transparency and helping it attain its first-ever sovereign credit rating, she admits there are still plenty of challenges to overcome.
In terms of leadership, Samir Brikho is a phenomenon. He has a style that’s not solely driven by results – though it certainly produces them – rather his influence is rooted in the passion he has for his work and his ability to inspire those around him to reach ever-higher goals.
Though developers were initially champing at the bit to break ground with integrated resort towns in Oman, the landscape has changed with the onset of the global financial crisis as well as the emergence of the Arab Spring. Despite these setbacks, two of the most ambitious projects are plodding on.
Chopard is a family-run business in the midst of a generational handover. Despite this evolutionary yet also potentially disruptive transition, things are much the same with a steadfast commitment to a long-term vision rather than short-term gains. And with sales hitting an all-time high, it goes to show how slow and steady can win the race.
Over four decades, the influential World Economic Forum at Davos has developed into an annual meeting that brings together the world’s leading CEOs and politicians, elevating this little Alpine town to a whole new summit.