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YPO’s annual EDGE conference makes global impact

Chief executives from more than 130 countries focus on worldwide innovation and disruption

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA – 7 March 2017 YPO, the premier chief executive leadership organization in the world, hosted more than 2,700 business leaders from more than 130 countries at its flagship event, YPO EDGE, in Vancouver this month, where they convened with world-renowned thought leaders to address key global issues in business, politics, philanthropy and humanities.

Industry disruptors and change agents from different fields shared innovative ideas, disruptive technologies and transformative new business models at the 2017 YPO EDGE.

From world leaders, humanitarians and technology pioneers, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; John Chambers, Executive Chairman of the Board of Cisco; Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Group; and YPO member Ziv Aviram, Co-founder and CEO of Mobileye, members heard stories of success and failure, high risk and great reward.

Other speakers, including Vicki Dobbs Beck, Executive in Charge, ILMxLAB; Dean Kamen, Founder, DEKA Research & Development Corporation; and Chip Conley, Former Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy at Airbnb, inspired YPO leaders to rekindle their imaginations and embrace change as they shared the latest in virtual reality, breakthrough inventions and disruption technologies.

“YPO EDGE is the world’s largest gathering of chief executives, and each year, the event encourage participants to push their boundaries, challenge their way of thinking and go beyond their imagination through dynamic lifelong learning and idea exchange,” said Scott Mordell, CEO of YPO.

The 2017 EDGE explored advances in medicine, cybersecurity, retail, hospitality, artificial intelligence and robotics amongst other important topics and how leaders can disrupt their business strategy and aspire to go even further.

The EDGE brought together visionaries, leaders, innovators and thinkers offering a wide range of expertise, including business and finance, technology, entertainment, human rights, politics and policy, health, wellness and more.

“The entire YPO EDGE conference is about how innovators and disruptors are changing the world. With the 2,700 global business leaders gathered at the EDGE, we have now begun a discussion about the fourth industrial revolution and what that means to business and to society by incorporating the best practices, inspiration, disruption or innovation that our speakers have shared,” said Larry Bond, 2017 YPO EDGE Chair.

Past EDGE events have been held in Dubai, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Istanbul, Singapore, Barcelona, Toronto, Cape Town, and other major cities and have featured prominent leaders. Former participants include His Majesty King Abdullah II, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Sir Richard Branson, founder and chairman of the Virgin Group; Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company; Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and general secretary of the National League for Democracy; and Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

The 2018 event is slated for Singapore.

About YPO
The premier leadership organization of chief executives in the world.

YPO is the global platform for chief executives to engage, learn and grow. YPO members harness the knowledge, influence and trust of the world’s most influential and innovative business leaders to inspire business, personal, family and community impact.

Today, YPO empowers more than 24,000 members in more than 130 countries, diversified among industries and types of businesses. Altogether, YPO member-run companies employ more than 15 million people and generate USD6 trillion in annual revenues.

Leadership. Learning. Lifelong. For more information, visit www.ypo.org.

Linda Fisk
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YPO and Techstars Launch Partnership to Support High Growth Entrepreneurship and Innovation

DALLAS – 7 March 2017 YPO, the premier chief executive leadership organization in the world, announced today that Techstars, a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, will be a YPO Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network global partner and the premier partner for YPO’s 2017 global Innovation Week event, 8-12 May.

The annual YPO Innovation Week connects a global community of chief executives in a weeklong series of more than 50 events and activities across 30 countries designed to accelerate innovation in companies and communities. Techstars partnership in the event will bring unique insights on activity across the global start-up ecosystem and enable collaboration across the Techstars and YPO member networks to support high-growth entrepreneurship and innovation around the world. Techstars Co-founder Brad Feld will share innovation insights in a unique two-way video cast held during 2017 YPO Innovation Week.

As a global partner with YPO’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network, Techstars will connect promising new enterprises emerging from the Techstars ecosystem with YPO resources globally. The partnership will include content sharing, event coordination and innovation-focused idea exchange. YPO will participate in Techstars’ Annual Founder Con, the largest start-up conference in the world, to help foster opportunities for YPO members and Techstars companies to exchange ideas, create connections and further accelerate innovation.

Techstars has embedded a corporation innovation program at Barclays, Target, Amazon Alexa and Cedars Sinai, incubating successful start-ups developed specifically to solve unique challenge and leverage significant opportunities at these companies. YPO will benefit from Techstars’ expertise in developing effective innovation programs within a larger corporate structure.

“YPO is the premier leadership organization for chief executives in the world. The promising start-up founders we work with at Techstars aspire to achieve those same heights.” said David Cohen, Founder and Co-CEO of Techstars. “We source and support the world’s most promising start-up founders and help them achieve liftoff through initial investment, business development and mentoring. Those that soar are not only excellent potential business partners for YPO members, but also can be the future of YPO’s membership.”

“Our global network of young chief executives are interested in, and actively involved with, innovative and high-growth start-ups that can positively impact their businesses, and Techstars provides curated and high quality opportunities to connect with promising start-ups,” said Scott Mordell, CEO of YPO. “Techstars has proven that it consistently sources many of the world’s most promising high growth start-ups and we’re excited that YPO members will be able to know and connect with that potential.”

About YPO

The premier leadership organization of chief executives in the world.

YPO is the global platform for chief executives to engage, learn and grow. YPO members harness the knowledge, influence and trust of the world’s most influential and innovative business leaders to inspire business, personal, family and community impact.

Today, YPO empowers more than 24,000 members in more than 130 countries, diversified among industries and types of businesses. Altogether, YPO member-run companies employ more than 15 million people and generate USD6 trillion in annual revenues.

Leadership. Learning. Lifelong. For more information, visit www.ypo.org.

About Techstars

Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of start-up programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and Do More Faster TM. Techstars supports every stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from early stage grassroots community development to more formal opportunities that provide education, experience, acceleration, funding, and beyond. For more information, visit www.techstars.com.

Linda Fisk

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Arts and Culture on media accreditation for 2017 Human Rights Day commemoration

Media accreditation and site inspection for the 2017 Human Rights Day commemoration

Members of the media are advised that the process of applying for accreditation for the 2017 Human Rights Day Commemoration is closing at 12h00, on Thursday 9th of March 2017.

Source: Government of South Africa

Russian Officials Cautious on How to Mark 1917 Revolution Centenary

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA � Russia this year is marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution ended the country’s monarchy, an event that led to the creation of the Soviet Union, a communist regime that for much of the 20th century ruled an empire.

Despite the significant anniversary, Russian authorities have been cautious about how to observe it, apparently fearful of inciting divisions, especially in the wake of a revolution in neighboring Ukraine.

The Russian Revolution changed the course of history as the monarchy was replaced by a communist government � the world’s first.

“These are the greatest events � both February and October [revolutions],” said Boris Rivkin, with the historical cultural museum complex in Razliv. “One should not idealize them. But it was a turning point, a change of the state system, a change in the state of minds and social relations.”

Hiding place

Russia’s communist revolutionary leader, Vladimir Lenin, hid near the museum’s countryside location for a few days in July-August 1917 in a shed, as well as a shelter made out of hay.

A giant cement bust of Lenin sits near the woods outside the museum, which tells the story of Russia’s Bolshevik leaders and has a small exhibit of modern art paintings of Lenin.

Despite the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, its global influence continues to be felt, from former Soviet republics to other communist movements it inspired, and from Asia to Africa to South America.

“It is impossible not to mark the revolution at all. This is a global event, and it affected the entire history of Russia and the whole world,” said the State Museum of Political History’s Sergey Spiridonov.

“But it is quite unclear, both for the authorities and many other people, whose side to choose in this revolution,” said Spiridonov. “We do not seem to support Bolsheviks anymore; we try to avoid this situation, to keep a distance from the Bolshevik ideology. But nevertheless, we realize that the present Russia is a successor of the Soviet Union.”

In contrast to the Soviet era, however, the Russian Revolution’s centenary observances are being played down by Russian authorities, who instead are urging reconciliation and unity.

“It is clear now that it is no holiday! Though this is quite a grand, significant and commemorative event for our country,” said Spiridonov. “The president [Vladimir Putin] was probably right to some extent when he called for a certain national reconciliation in connection with this date, because we have not yet survived through the situation of the revolution to the very end.”

Spiridonov said a democratic Russia would probably be expected to honor the Provisional Government, which came to power immediately after the popular uprising against the monarchy but was then overthrown by Lenin and other communist leaders.

“There is no split in society in relation to these events, but authorities are concerned about that,” said the Saint Petersburg Institute of History’s Igor Lukoianov. “And, they try by all means to be quite cautious in assessing those events, so as not to cause again an antagonism in society.”

On this 100-year anniversary, the Soviet Union’s many victims are remembered as much as its achievements. The Russian Civil War, Stalin’s Red Terror and Russia’s involvement in World War II cost the lives of countless millions.

The 2014 Ukrainian Revolution reinforced Russia’s wariness of movements and radical political change at home.

Russian officials called the popular uprising against Ukraine’s former Moscow-leaning President Viktor Yanukovych a “coup” backed by Western governments. Yanukovych fled to Russia, which annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and launched military support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.

‘October Coup’

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russians increasingly refer to the “Bolshevik Revolution” as the “October Coup.”

“There is a difference between a coup d’etat and a revolution with masses [of people] involved,” said Lukoianov. “I shall not take a risk to answer that it is the last one, but it might not be a surprise to me that power might be changed and possibly by a nonconstitutional method.”

A century later, the 1917 revolution that shook Russia and the world is no longer a cause for celebration, but a time for contemplation.

Source: Voice of America

President Jacob Zuma: Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Rim Association

President Jacob Zuma: Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Rim Association

Remarks by President Zuma to the Leaders’ Summit in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), at the IORA Leaders’ Summit, Jakarta, Indonesia

Your Excellency, President Joko Widodo of Indonesia,

Your Excellency, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull of Australia

Your Excellencies, Heads of State and Government

Honourable Ministers and Heads of Delegations

The Secretary-General of IORA,

Distinguished delegations,

Let me convey my sincere appreciation to our gracious host and Chair, President Joko Widodo, for hosting the first Leaders’ Summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association, marking the 20th anniversary of IORA.

The occasion has a special significance for South Africa because our President Nelson Mandela was one of the pioneers of the Indian Ocean Rim Association. He saw value in bringing us together for the socio-economic development of the people of our region.

The Association remains significant because it is the foremost entity that brings together Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia, through the Indian Ocean.

The vision of President Mandela and other founding leaders still remains valid and relevant to the goals we face, of building inclusive economies, ensuring peace and stability in the region and advancing the socio-economic development of our peoples.

Your Excellencies,

We are bound together by a strategic resource, the Indian Ocean. It possesses a variety of natural resources that are vital for the wellbeing of our peoples, safe trade and environmental stability.

Half of the world’s trade travels through this region.

The IORA’s vast coastline also holds two thirds of the world’s oil reserves, carries half of the world’s container ships and one third of the bulk cargo traffic.

The region also produces goods and services worth over one trillion US dollars, with intra-trade amounting to some seven hundred and seventy seven US billion US dollars. This is a highly significant grouping indeed.

Given that we have the Ocean as a strategic resource, it is only natural that we should invest in the Ocean Economy.

It will help us to diversify our economies from heavy reliance on mineral production and consumption.

Gender empowerment is a key priority for the Association. We must therefore ensure that our programmes and interactions also empower women, especially through the fledgling small and medium ocean economy enterprises.

The position of the IORA in supporting the ocean economy is in line with that of the African Union.

The AU has declared 2015 to 2025 as the Decade of African Seas and Oceans, and the blue economy is now officially referred to as the new frontier of Africa’s Renaissance. It is an essential part of Africa’s 50-year industrialisation and development plan, Agenda 2063.

In South Africa, we have also embraced the Ocean Economy, because it has the potential to contribute more than thirteen billion US Dollars to our economy, and create approximately one million jobs by 2033.

Our Operation Phakisa Ocean Economy programme, modelled on Malaysia’s Big Fast Results economic implementation programme, is already bearing fruit.

It is unlocking the potential of the oceans and creating jobs, generating investment, developing our infrastructure, and protecting our ocean space.

We look forward to cooperating with partners in IORA in harnessing benefits from the ocean economy programme.


We are pleased with the success of the IORA Business Summit that took place yesterday. We look forward to integrating the recommendations into IORA’s work programme and the Concord’s Action Plan.

Your Excellencies

Acts of terrorism, contested maritime spaces, piracy, drug trafficking and human trafficking, among others, remain issues of concern in the region.

Let us commit ourselves to making the Indian Ocean Rim a zone of peace and stability.

We should also not lose sight of the need to continue the fight against global inequality and economic exclusion, which also pose serious threats to peace and stability in IORA.

Your Excellencies,

South Africa takes over the Chair from Indonesia later this year, and we are committed to work closely with member states and our Dialogue and other Partners, to take the IORA forward.

We will be building on a firm foundation laid by President Widodo and other IORA leaders.

I thank you.

Source: Government of South Africa