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Month: April 2019

Ludvig Nobel Prize Ceremony and the City of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is a city that hosts record number of art work in the Guinness Book of Records at the Hermitage Museum. The world’s largest collection of paintings at the Hermitage Museum  is a state museum. It was founded in 1764 by  the Tsarina Catharina 2. also known as  Catharine the Great.The collection stayed for a  some time in the form of private collection of the palace so only few people could have visited. The collection was opened for the public in 1852, more than 88 years later and more than two generations have passed. During the siege of the city in the Second World War, in 1941, the art objects were moved to another city and reinstated again in 1945. The museum has about 3 million works of art. Works are starting from the stone age. Catherine the Great in addition to the museum she had built, she opened the first Russian Art…

IWF – International Women Forum Conference in Barcelona

I was in Barcelona on April 9 -12 for IWF Cornerstone Conference. Before the opening of the conference, there was another meeting held, which was IWF Presidents’ Council Meeting. After the opening speeches the topics included a new video made by IWF Global in order to present the value proposition of IWF. It will be sent around by the Global President Deborah Trudeau. I believe it is good news and it will need to be translated into Turkish. IWF Turkey’s Founding President Funda Sivrikaya appears in the video with a great look. If IWF Turkey’s past term President Aytül Erçil was also there, I couldn’t frankly catch while watching. It gives us one more great reason to watch.  The second topic was the Forum to Forum Connections, and it is a must for attracting new members and especially young members. We may establish forum to forum connections as IWF Turkey. There…

Handle the Economies with Care, Spring Meetings 2019, Washington DC

The Managing Director of IMF Christine Lagarde said that the “economies need to be handled with care.” Last year she had said to the Finance Ministers that “it is when the sun is shining you have to fix the roof” borrowing the sentence from the President John F. Kennedy.  In January, in Davos, the Managing Director had announced a further downward revision of the forecast. The world economy is growing more slowly than expected and risks are rising. At that time the goal was declared to make economies more resilient and more inclusive as well as the need to increasing collaboration were mentioned. From January to April there appears no sunshine in the economy. Now, only 70% of the global economy is expected to experience a slowdown in growth, while no recession is expected. While the 2019 Q4 may even bring better news, however it is now a delicate moment for the global economy. It was described as…