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July 17, 2015

The Edhec Business School in France has launched the first global executive-MBA (EMBA) programme in Europe aimed at improving the core skills of future family business leaders. CampdenFB talks to two next gen participants about their experience thus far. 

In February, EDHEC Business School in France launched its first global executive (GEMBA) programme in Europe aimed at improving the core skills of future family business leaders.

The 15-month modular programme, which will conclude in May 2017, is spread across six different locations, including sessions at EDHEC’s five fully integrated campuses (Paris, London, Lille, Singapore and Nice).

July 8, 2015

When Riaz Currimjee, a member of one of the oldest and largest industrial family conglomerates in Mauritius, returned home for Christmas wearing a t-shirt with “Africa is the Future” emblazoned across the chest, many of his family thought he’d lost the plot. So when the 42-year-old announced he was going to focus his new private equity firm Surya Capital on the birthplace of mankind he got more than a few odd looks. 

It’s actually a little difficult to describe Surya Capital because in many ways my partners and I are trying to do something innovative and different, more akin to the 19th-century merchant bank, but in east Africa. Surya is a deal-by-deal principal investment firm, backed by a group of family offices and institutions. It is focused on high-growth markets in east Africa, including Ethiopia.

July 3, 2015

Like many next-generation entrepreneurs, the idea for Jan Olszewski’s new business came from seeing a gap in the market.

Like many next-generation entrepreneurs, the idea for Jan Olszewski’s new business came from seeing a gap in the market.

June 3, 2015

The profile and needs of the next generation of family wealth holders are changing rapidly, with technology playing a major part. Casper de Nooijer, of ABN AMRO, explains how tomorrow’s leaders’ outward focus is impacting single family offices.

The next generation inspires an upgrade and reinvention of roles and responsibilities
A rapidly changing, increasingly interconnected world and evermore mobile lifestyles are altering ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) business and banking needs. As a result, single-family offices (SFOs) are confronting change, particularly as the next generation assumes responsibility for family enterprises and assets.

April 30, 2015

The digital revolution is changing the way family businesses operate, but tensions can develop when younger executives rush to enter the virtual frontier against the wishes of their more tentative elders. How can companies manage these differences to avoid disputes in the boardroom – or over the dinner table?

When John Winning wanted to start selling washing machines, refrigerators and other whiteware online, his father, who oversaw the family’s Winning Appliances retail operation in Australia, was less than enthusiastic.

The elder Winning “didn’t believe in online”, according to his son, a fourth-generation member of the family business.

April 20, 2015

A flash of inspiration during a conference on entrepreneurship led second-generation Rasha Khawaja, daughter of Syrian businessman and philanthropist Wafic Saïd, to her first venture. Toucan is an online portal where creatives can safely pitch their ideas and gain advice from industry professionals

A flash of inspiration during a conference on entrepreneurship led second-generation Rasha Khawaja, daughter of Syrian businessman and philanthropist Wafic Saïd, to her first venture. Toucan is an online portal where creatives can safely pitch their ideas and gain advice from industry professionals.

November 5, 2014

As the average life expectancy increases, the concept of an executive heading a family business well into their octogenarian years or even beyond is becoming more plausible and more common. So how does a young next-gen convince someone who has built up a family business empire that it is his or her chance to shine?

The world of family businesses is full of stories of the next generation struggling to deal with domineering parents and trying to find the courage to speak out. There’s the very public and long-running spat within Australia’s Rinehart family, which saw Gina Rinehart’s children trying to remove her as trustee of their multi-billion-dollar family trust.

May 23, 2014

A top European business school has announced a new MBA programme aimed at improving the core skills of future family business leaders. 

A top European business school has announced a new MBA programme aimed at improving the core skills of future family business leaders.

The Edhec Business School in France will launch its first family business global executive MBA in February 2015, having seen an unfilled niche for such programmes on the continent.

February 7, 2014

When Linda Farrow founded her eponymous sunglasses brand in 1970 she quickly became one of the hippest names in fashion. Farrow shelved her business in the mid-1980s but since 2003 her son and daughter-in-law have been taking the resurrected label to fabulous new heights. CampdenFB talks to Simon Jablon 

In their early 20s young couple Simon Jablon (left) and Tracy Sedino had the extraordinary good luck of stumbling across a hoard of vintage glasses – a mixture of Linda Farrow, Jablon’s mother’s former label, and other designer stock. Trainee fashion designer Sedino ditched her plans for further study so she and Jablon could bring the Linda Farrow brand back to life.

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