Delegate Digest: Fred Smith on Trade, Tata Group and Gates, and Dangote’s Push for Women

Delegate Digest:

A weekly roundup of news stories highlighting the global delegates of the Bloomberg New Economy Community and their actions taken to address the world’s most significant changes and challenges.

During his speech accepting the Distinguished Business Leadership Award from The Atlantic Council, Frederick W. Smith took the time to discuss the current state of global trade. Along with saying, “the deep and sacred ties between America and Europe transcend the here and now, dollars and cents, and the news of the day,” the Chairman and CEO of FedEx also reminded the crowd how unfortunate President Trump’s policies have been in regards to trade. Christine Lagarde received the Distinguished International Leadership Award that night as well.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have hired a senior executive from Tata Group to head their policy division in its India office. Sanjay Ubale was previously the head of infrastructure and urban solutions for Tata Sons and will now focus on Bihar, India’s most densely-populated state.

Halima Dangote, as part of the Women Corporate Directors’ Forum in Lagos, reiterated the importance of having women on boards. The Dangote Group has made it a mission of theirs to have at least 50% women on all of their boards and are taking it upon themselves to encourage other corporations to do the same. Halima also noted that her father, Aliko Dangote, has always pushed her to break down the stereotypes women face and rise above social limitations.


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