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Leadership in unprecedented times

CJBS Perspectives.

Launched in April 2020 in response to the tumult of the global pandemic, CJBS Perspectives: Leadership in Unprecedented Times is a video series featuring globally prominent business leaders, discussing timely and interesting business topics and themes, as well as a view on how they, and their organisations have coped, and even thrived, in the face of the pandemic.

Our speakers have shared inspiring stories of entrepreneurship and innovation, problem-solving and adaptability during crisis. Covering a wide range of subject, from biofuel and building a sustainable future, to workplace occupational health and wellbeing. From the Beirut port explosion in Lebanon, to inclusive leadership, to the importance of equality and diversity. And from the wonders of fusion energy, to digital transformation in business, to reflecting on 30 years since the establishment of the Stock Exchanges in China. CJBS Perspectives presents crucial insights and unique perspectives on the risks, strategies, and opportunities in a diversity of fields.

View all of the videos in the series

The second series

Sir Mene Pangalos.

What’s been exceptional about the pandemic, is the collaboration and partnership between so many different groups, says Sir Mene Pangalos.

Sir Mene Pangalos of AstraZeneca, in a Cambridge Judge interview, urges continuation of the ‘exceptional’ collaboration between industry, academia, government and regulators that led to rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines.

Watch the interview with Sir Mene Pangalos

Professor Muhammad Yunis speaking during a video interview.

Professor Muhammad Yunus, who won a Nobel Prize for pioneering microcredit in Bangladesh, tells the CJBS Perspectives video series on leadership about how he was inspired to provide financial services to the excluded.

Professor Muhammad Yunus, says he was motivated by a belief that traditional banks were doing everything backwards – including lending money only to people who already had money – so he decided to pursue an alternative path.

Watch the interview with Professor Muhammad Yunus

Robin L. Washington.

The pandemic has created greater empathy and understanding among business leaders to tackle society’s big challenges, says Robin L. Washington.

People traditionally had strict walls separating their work and home lives, but seeing the meshing of these worlds through computer screens (including children and pets in the background) has created a “level of vulnerability” and illustrated how much everyone has in common.

Watch the interview with Robin L. Washington

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Christoph Loch.

Leaders facing tough times can draw on a three-step plan, says Dean Christoph Loch.

Leaders of organisations facing big challenges such as the coronavirus crisis can follow a three-step route to stabilise, examine and move their organisations forward.

Watch the interview with Christoph Loch

Lord John Browne.

As an act of nature, coronavirus may make people change climate change behaviour, says Lord Browne.

The fact that the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic stems from nature may prompt people to put more emphasis on changing behaviour to tackle climate change.

Watch the interview with John Browne

Professor Dame Carol Black talking about wellbeing at work.

The coronavirus crisis provides ‘unique opportunity’ to develop a broader focus on health and wellbeing in the workplace, says Professor Dame Carol Black.

The Working for a Healthier Tomorrow report was an important step in acknowledging that stress, anxiety and depression are “very powerful” factors in not only absenteeism but the inability to work to one’s full capacity.

Watch the interview with Carol Black

Lord Karan Bilimoria.

Universities will propel the country forward after the pandemic, says Lord Karan Bilimoria.

The innovation and creativity of the United Kingdom as reflected in its universities will propel the country forward despite the current coronavirus pandemic.

Watch the interview with Karan Bilimoria

Karl Feilder.

There’s a need for a better bridge between academia and the industry, says Karl W. Feilder.

People like to go in their silos and stay there. We need the synergy and synthesis of having all the disciplines in one room to come up with real brilliance.

Watch the interview with Karl W. Fielder

Wang Boming.

Stock exchanges have contributed to a transformation of the Chinese economy, says Wang Boming.

State-owned enterprises comprised 90 per cent of Chinese businesses in the 1980s but that has changed dramatically in the past three decades.

Watch the interview with Wang Boming

Hanneke Smits talking about diversity and fund management.

Diversity in the asset management industry improves perspective and decision making  says Hanneke Smits.

Progress is already being made to diversify the fund management industry, but it will take some time for women recruited into the pipeline to rise to the very top levels.

Watch the interview with Hanneke Smits

Gavin Patterson.

Companies need to accelerate digital transformation in emerging from pandemic crisis, says Gavin Patterson.

Digital transformation is accelerating during this period, and companies that don’t have a digital transformation strategy will find themselves at a disadvantage.

Watch the interview with Gavin Patterson

Nasser Saidi.

Protests will continue and accelerate until we get big changes. This is a moment of transformation, says Dr Nasser Saidi.

What Lebanon needs is a deep political, economic, fiscal, and monetary reform, and a new government to rebuild the country. We need to have reforms now, otherwise we’ll have a failed state.

Watch the interview with Nasser Saidi

David Kingham.

Dr David Kingham believes that fusion energy can contribute to the world’s energy supply while helping to decarbonise the planet.

The scale-up challenge to make a real difference is very great, but if we get our development technology right it’s a very attractive technology for the future.

Watch the interview with David Kingham