Montenegro: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Why Montenegro currently boasts the best new citizenship by investment program on the market I first wrote to the Government of Montenegro about eight years ago – a copy of the letter is still in my archives – suggesting that a citizenship-by-investment program would be a favourable way to bring foreign direct investments into the…

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Kofi Annan: The Legacy Remains

When Kofi Annan agreed to be the keynote speaker at the Global Citizen Forum in Monaco in 2015, it was a pivotal moment that fuelled my philanthropic journey. It is known, that many of one’s heroes tend to disappoint when you finally meet them in person. This was not the case with Kofi Annan. The…

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Citizenship and Passports: Globalization and Mobility

The Crans-Montana Forum is one of my favourite events of the year. Less flashy than Davos, perhaps, but one that always brings together a group of interesting people and serious discussions. This week’s gathering in Brussels was no different. The session on Citizenship & Passports: Globalization and Mobility was chaired by Sam Bayat of the…

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Citizenship: Token of Appreciation?

The world was left in awe this week when footage emerged of a Malian migrant who climbed four stories to save a child hanging from a balcony. Videos show Mamoudou Gassama pulling himself up a building in the north of Paris to save the 4-year-old boy, who had been left on his own in the…

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The World of Debate Talks Global Citizenship

It’s the first week of March, and over 400 people around London crowded into the Emmanuel Centre, in the heart of Westminster, to listen to a panel discussion on a subject close to my heart: global citizenship. When Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, announced about a year ago that “if you believe you are…

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The United States of Africa?

As Europe looks inwards, Africa is issuing a Pan-African passport. I’m in Addis Ababa where the 30th annual meeting of the African Union is taking place. For once all the talk is a subject after my own heart: passports. Soon, in less than two years, every African citizen will be eligible to apply for a…

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Global Leadership

Ask anyone from Europe or the States to name the Emirates that make up the UAE, and most people will get stuck at the two most powerful – Dubai (the subject of my recent blog), and Abu Dhabi – both of which tend to take the lead, internationally. But there are five more, smaller ones,…

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Paradise Rebuilt

There is a saying in Tibetan: “Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength”. No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful an experience is, if we lose our hope, that is the real disaster. At times though it can be easy to give in to despair. For the first time in 300 years,…

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72nd United Nations General Assembly

I was in Manhattan last month for the 72nd UN General Assembly. It’s an extraordinary time to be in the city – leaders from the worlds of global politics, diplomacy, and development are all there. It’s a rallying point for citizens of the world, and an opportunity to lead change on a global scale. Former…

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