Influencers Around the World

I travel the world meeting people with a vision and brands with a purpose. Here you can find the meeting stories.
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NAACP’s Roslyn Brock ’99: Lessons on Diversity- Roslyn M. Brock
NAACP’s Roslyn Brock ’99: Lessons on Diversity- Roslyn M. Brock
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In conversation with Julie Roehm
I believe that storytelling is one of a marketer’s best tools. I’ve always been passionate about storytelling and use it every day but especially at work, because stories are memorable, they are personal, and most importantly, they sell.
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Jay Millen - Blocking and Tackling
WHAT IS BLOCKCHAIN? As business leaders continue to grapple with the Technology Evolution and Revolution that has accelerated through mobile technology and the internet, yet another capability has come front and center: Blockchain Technology. Already there is significant misinformation and misunderstanding as to what blockchain is and is not. While it is an enabler of cryptocurrency and cryptocurrency transactions, it is not Bitcoin.
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Jay Millen - Blocking and Tackling
WHAT IS BLOCKCHAIN? As business leaders continue to grapple with the Technology Evolution and Revolution that has accelerated through mobile technology and the internet, yet another capability has come front and center: Blockchain Technology. Already there is significant misinformation and misunderstanding as to what blockchain is and is not. While it is an enabler of cryptocurrency and cryptocurrency transactions, it is not Bitcoin.
Annette Azan - "Through our imagination and dreams" Dreams, Believe, Imagination, Senses, Wonder, Create, Dream
Annette Azan - "Through our imagination and dreams"
Annette Azan - "Through our imagination and dreams"
Annette Azan   "Fashion has allowed me to take risks" Fashion, People, Study Style, The Creator, Interactive, Words, Take Risks
Annette Azan "Fashion has allowed me to take risks"
Annette Azan "Fashion has allowed me to take risks"
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Coverage by CFO Europe Magazine – Karyn Ovelmen
Coverage by CFO Europe Magazine - Karyn Ovelmen
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"Executive search is evolving" - Christine Hayward - IIC Partners
"Executive search is evolving" - Christine Hayward - IIC Partners
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Speaking in Warsaw at the IIC Partners global meeting - Janice Reals Ellig - CEO The Ellig Group
Speaking in Warsaw at the IIC Partners global meeting – Janice Reals Ellig | Janice Reals Ellig
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Joaquin Bacardi - "We're a family business, we take full responsibility for ‘people’ and the ‘planet’."
Meeting Joaquim Bacardi - “Welcome to Casa Bacardi,” Joaquin says as I enter his office. “Please take a seat,” while pointing at a large wooden table with leather chairs. He resembles Al Pacino in Brian De Palma’s ‘Carlito’s Way’, a distinguished look with an unmistakable Latino influence.
"Meeting Heela in New York" I arrive at New York’s Kennedy Airport around noon and get a cab into Manhattan. We’re here to meet  Heela Yang Tsuzuki, a successful entrepreneur who is making her way to the top in the global cosmetics industry.  “She has everything to be successful,” I say to myself. “She has financial experience after working at Goldman Sachs,” I read from my iPad screen. “She acquired marketing experience at L’Oreal and Clinique." Ipad, Manhattan, York, Kennedy Airport, Kennedy, Noon, Cosmetics Industry, New York
Meeting Heela in New York
"Meeting Heela in New York" I arrive at New York’s Kennedy Airport around noon and get a cab into Manhattan. We’re here to meet Heela Yang Tsuzuki, a successful entrepreneur who is making her way to the top in the global cosmetics industry. “She has everything to be successful,” I say to myself. “She has financial experience after working at Goldman Sachs,” I read from my iPad screen. “She acquired marketing experience at L’Oreal and Clinique."
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Meeting Jean-Baptiste Santoul at Amsterdam Airport
As I walk towards the newsstand I see somebody I know, browsing through the international newspapers. It’s Jean-Baptiste Santoul, Henkel Ben...
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Meeting Cynthia Chua in Singapore
Meeting Cynthia Chua in Singapore - We’re about to meet one of the most successful businesswomen in Singapore: serial entrepreneur Cynthia Chua. We’re sitting in one of her creations, Common Man Coffee Roasters, a coffee shop where they roast the coffee on the spot. We’ve both got our iPads out and are browsing the internet to learn more about Cynthia’s background, two steaming cups of blackest Robusta roast coffee in front of us.
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Meeting Jose Miguel Sokoloff in London
Meeting Jose Miguel Sokoloff - "We are talking to Jose Miguel Sokoloff, global CCO for Lowe and partner of Lowe-SSP3 Bogota. Jose has been using creativity to try and help solve the guerilla war that has been raging in his home country Colombia for decades."
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Meeting Stephen Lussier in London
Stephen Lussier by CoolBrands - Stephen, who had been working for De Beers from a US-based ad agency, seemed the guy for the job: young, educated and up for an adventure. He decided to take the challenge and move to the UK; for a year or two. Today, 30 years later, he’s still here. So our question was: what happened?
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Meeting Peter Fisk in London
Meeting Peter Fisk - “The world around us is changing,” he says. “Power is shifting from west to east, large companies to small ones, mass markets to niches, business to consumers. It’s time for business leaders to change their thinking. It’s time to press the reset button.” He pauses to let his words sink in.
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Meeting Nazish Munchenbach in Rio de Janeiro
Meeting Nazish Munchenbach - As we wander through the collection, Nazish tells us a bit about her background: born to Indian parents, lived in Pakistan, the States, Germany and France. “And then I landed in Rio thirteen years ago,” she says with a smile.“You know, until I came here I always felt different, I never felt I belonged. But then I came to Brazil and here everyone is different, and so it meant I finally felt at home.”
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Meeting Rodrigo Aquim in Rio de Janeiro
Rodrigo Aquim by 'CoolBrands Influencers' - Rodrigo laughs but then turns serious. “You know, people don’t really know the taste of real chocolate,” he says. “Q is about discovering chocolate. We use no additives – no sugar, no milk, no artificial sweeteners… People think that by using only the cacao beans, chocolate will be too bitter. But this isn’t true, it’s about selecting the best beans and using only the cacao near the kernel of the bean – that’s the taste of real chocolate!”
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Meeting Benjamin Cano in Rio de Janeiro
Meeting Benjamin Cano - Inside, the hotel is a mixture of vintage chic and modern furnishings, with a series of airy terraces and courtyards linking the different rooms and suites to the dining and lounge area. As we settle on the terrace and admire the view of the lights on Cantagalo in the early evening and Pão d’Açucar in the distance, Benjamin appears.
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Meeting Ana Couto in Rio de Janeiro
Meeting Ana Couto - “Well here in Brazil that’s not the case,” Ana says. “We’re in a different phase. Advertising is big business; the CEOs of agencies are signing autographs in supermarkets,” she jokes. Ana Couto Branding
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Meeting Jim Seuss in London
Meeting Jim Seuss in London - We’re meeting Jim Seuss, who has just started as the new CEO of Hunter Boot. He’s asked us to come to the Hunter Boot offices, which looks more like a design workshop: the air is heavy with a smell of rubber and everywhere we look, there are boots in various stages of design, but also bags and other accessories.
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Meeting Mark Terry-Lush in Gloucestershire, UK
Meeting Marc Terry-Lush - We are somewhere in the English countryside, in rural Gloucestershire to be more precise and if you ask me, it’s quite an unusual place to meet our UK curator Mark Terry-Lush. “He mentioned something about a basement,” I tell Anouk. “Apparently, he converted it into a photography studio and a place to chill and organize parties every now and then…” Meeting Mark Terry-Lush
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Meeting Phil Thomas in Cannes
Meeting Philip Thomas, CEO Cannes Lions - Phil considers the question for a moment. “Well there’s lots of things of course, the festival is constantly growing, every year we attract more delegates, and every year we see that among the delegates there are more CMOs and CEOs. That’s a fairly new development.
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Meeting Stephanie Hancock in Singapore
“I’ve been around,” says Stephanie with a smile, “I guess I am curious by nature. I love seeking out the new and I’m fascinated by people, brands, food, fashion, movies, books and anything new really… Even though I’ve been settled in Singapore for several years now, I think I’ve retained my global – or at least regional – curiosity.”
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Meeting Pete Favat in Cannes
“I used to hate advertising,” Pete says. “The idea that you’re using your power of persuasion, only to sell stuff to consumers.” “Interesting comment from an advertising expert and speaker at the world’s most important advertising festival,” I say. “What changed?” Maarten Schäfer (CoolBrands) and Pete Favat - Arnold Worldwide
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Lou Reed – “Take a walk on the wild side”
Lou Reed - "Take a walk on the wild side" At that point a door to the left of the stage opens and Lou Reed comes walking on, followed by two man. He walks straight to the chairs with the microphone and sits down. The room is echoes with the sound of shutters clicking and camera flashes. “This feels strange,” Reed starts, “it feels like I’m in the enemy camp. Advertising has always been the polar opposite of rock and poetry. And here I am, at an advertising festival!
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My meeting Chad Smith - by Anouk Pappers We all look at the man and woman sitting at the table eating a salad. “Chad who?” I ask. “Chad… You know Chad the drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers,” Anouk replies, “I’ve been a huge fan of their music since I was 16. I’m sure it’s him!” “Well go say hello,” I say.
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Brazil, an international lifestyle icon
Marc Capra - CoolBrands Brazil “Recent history has seen a tremendous rise in affluence and luxury brands. More consumers with more disposable income are entering the luxury market and reshaping the profile of the luxury consumer. Due to the vast geographic and demographic shifts in wealth, the old rules of luxury marketing no longer apply.
Meeting Jacques Graf von Polier in Moscow  The next stop in our trip around the world in 80 brands is Russia and in the run-up to our trip we are talking to a number of visionaries and brand owners to get a feel for what’s happening in this country that remains a mystery to most of us. Moscow, Vons, Trip, Owners
Meeting Jacques Graf von Polier in Moskow
Meeting Jacques Graf von Polier in Moscow The next stop in our trip around the world in 80 brands is Russia and in the run-up to our trip we are talking to a number of visionaries and brand owners to get a feel for what’s happening in this country that remains a mystery to most of us.
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Meeting Alpesh Patel in Cape Town
Alpesh Patel in Cape Town. Alpesh Patel told me to meet him at Raleigh’s Cigar Bar at the Westin in Cape Town. I’m excited and kind of psyched I pulled it off: it’s almost impossible to pin down this busy pan-African entrepreneur, the man who has taken the continent’s market by storm with the first African mobile phone brand.