Gilbert on am774 Beijing Radio: Brazil, Belgium and football

July 16th, 2014

This time, “Mighty Bruce” wanted to know more about my Brazilian past. See here:

You can listen here (I won’t!):

The interview has really forced me to dig into my museum of pictures. The picture with my Ford Galaxie also shows my late wife Danielle, mother of my daughter Marianne who was born in Recife. See here others not used, showing how Brasilia, the capital of Brasilia, looked like in late 1979.

The pictures were taken in the center of the new capital and on the main boulevard, with the ministries lined up. It looks empty, quiet. Little vegetation. I cannot imagine how it looks like now! The pictures are scans from diapositives, with my new powerful scanner. Still a lot to learn how to improve the scanning.

The last seminar of the season: Yeshiva MBA from NYC

July 14th, 2014

It has been a busy season for seminars, mostly EMBA and MBA.
To close the first half of the year, a new group: Yeshiva University from New York City.
The Syms Executive MBA program curriculum was developed to challenge students to hone their business expertise in a way that prepares them to achieve their current and future professional goals. The general management Executive MBA is designed to help to learn how core analytical skills and management tools fit together, enabling to become more effective in the current career.
Students come from wide-ranging professional backgrounds in finance, marketing, nonprofit, sales and technology
During their program in China (Shanghai & Beijing), the 18 EMBAs/MBAs visited leading companies on the Chinese market to learn and understand the energy, complexity and dynamism of the Chinese economy, along with the challenges and opportunities for foreign business in China. The EMBAs visited manufacturing, supply-chain and marketing operations, industrial facilities.

The leading faculty members of the International Residency: Andrew Geller, Visiting Professor of Management, Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University and Aviad Peer, Associate Professor; Management and Global Business.
My 90 minutes talk: “China 2014: Policy risks, opportunities and challenges & The Chinese decision making process”.

The Third Beijing Environment and Sustainability Fair in the Hilton Hotel

July 14th, 2014

The Third Beijing Environment and Sustainability Fair took place on 28 June 2014 from 10:00 to 17:00 at the Hilton Beijing Hotel (Liangma Qiao). The First Beijing Environment and Sustainability Fair event was held on 15 June 2013 and was an overwhelming success. The Second Beijing Environment and Sustainability Fair event was held on 9 November 2013 and was even better than the first one.
There is a growing demand for green products in China and new companies are regularly being formed in order to serve the ever growing need of this market. The Environment and Sustainability Fair is a perfect occasion to promote environmentally friendly values and products.
Entrance was free for everyone.
The event was organized and promoted through the FCGroup and its sponsors.

I decided to participate too, for the fun, selling my book “Toxic Capitalism” and to promote Rotaract. It was also a nice way to meet friends who came by for a chat.
See also:
A busy day as the same evening I went to the concert of Akon… Another great and different experience.

Gilbert (again) on Beijing Radio am774: football and more

July 13th, 2014

See Gilbert’s feature on web. Done by our fearless Bruce! See here:
“Gilbert – Football, Belgium and Brazil”
Dated 11 July 2014.
Unfortunately the website is still running antique software, so the audio is only available on PC and not on MAC…

You can listen here:

With pictures provided by myself, about Belgium.

Gilbert on the seminar circuit

June 26th, 2014

We are now at the end of the seminar period, only one left, early July.
It has been a busy and rewarding experience talking to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and a range of (E)MBA delegations from several universities:
CASS (London, UK), Rutgers (USA), Groningen (The Netherlands), Rochester Institute of Technology (USA), Belmont (USA), Missouri (USA), and others as reported earlier.

See here some of the talks with the dates.
Topics have been pretty varied, the usual (very personal) China Introduction, Real Estate in China, How the Chinese Government works and takes decisions, the impact of the 3rd Plenum, the challenges China is facing in 2014 (and how the new government tries to deal with it), Quality & Durability (related to my book Toxic capitalism) and more.
It is always nice to receive feedback on the talks. In the pictures, see one card a group of students insisted on sending me. And:

“Thank you very much for addressing our CASS MBA group. Your presentation was excellent and after speaking to the students I know they were really impressed by the knowledge you put forward. We really appreciate your effort of talking to our group and being so open about your experiences and position in China. As usual you have provided some invaluable insights which the students much appreciate.” (By the organizer)
“Thank you for your presentation to Cass. I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt it gave us true insight into China.” (A student)

The seminars take typically 90 minutes including interactive sessions and Q&A.