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If you work across time zones, cultures and borders, this is the show for you. Leo interviews experts from around the globe, across several industries. Engaging conversations to uncover their challenges and draw insights that can help you becoming better international business leaders. Follow the show on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-international-business-podcast
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On this episode co-host Audrey interviews Shan Saeed. He is a Chief Economist at IQI Global, a leading property, technology and investment company operating and advising clients in Kuala Lumpur, İstanbul, Singapore, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Shanghai, Makati, Toronto and Dubai. He has 21 years of solid financial market experience in the areas of private banking, risk /compliance management, commodity investments, global economy, brand and business strategy. Based in Kuaka Lumpur. Shan is a financial market commentator and cited in Al Jazeera TV, CNBC Arabia / Singapore, FT [Deutschland], Channel News Asia Singapore, International New York Times/Malaysian Reserve, The Edge Financial Daily, Uni of Chicago, Booth School of Business alumni magazine, The Gulf Today, Berita Harian, Khaleej Times, Smart Investor, Money Compass, Rotary Club USA, World Business Journal Singapore, Focus Malaysia, Oil/Gas magazine Malaysia, Business Today, Bernama TV, CNBC Indonesia, Vietnam News Agency and many more. He has been invited at World Bank / IMF annual meeting in October 2017 in Washington DC to participate in Belt and Road Initiative summit and shared his thoughts about the importance of infrastructure investment strategy for emerging economies.  Invited by SWF including EPF / PNB to share thoughts on global macro-economic outlook and Asia's growth landscape.Shan has graduated from one of the prestigious business schools in USA i.e. Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He got his first MBA from IBA Pakistan [in collaboration with the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania]. He is also trained in Alternative Banking/Strategies from the Harvard Business School, USA.Connect with Shan on LinkedInSelf-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game.Connect with the host Leonardo Marra on LinkedIn Follow the page on LinkedIn 
On this episode co-host Stefano interviews Daria Müller Velasquez. She is a Recruitment Marketing & Employer Branding Professional with experience across multiple industries, including financial, education, e-commerce, communication, and consumer goods. Daria has an expertise in 360° content marketing, digital & social media strategies, event management, and launching effective online campaigns across multiple channels and countries.Currently, she is a part of HelloFresh - the global meal kit company which is on a mission to change the way people eat, forever. Working closely with the Global/International Talent Acquisition team, Daria is responsible for shaping and sharing the company's authentic employer image in order to attract, engage and nurture the right talent across 17 countries.Connect with Daria on LinkedIn Company website  Self-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game.Connect with the host Leonardo Marra on LinkedIn Follow the page on LinkedIn 
On these “Select” episodes of the show, we’ll extract our favourite moments from previous episodes of The International Business Podcast.  08: Finding your career path in China With Francis Kremer45: Disciplined listening With Michael Reddington33: Innovation made easy With Chiara CovoneAfter a decade of international Sales experience in Europe, Francis Kremer relocated to China in 2017. Since then, he has been working in the interface of European and Chinese Automotive companies and their machine suppliers. The Automotive industry is one of the strongest industries in China, employing lots of foreign talent in different roles. Francis explains how you can relocate to China, find your place in one of the leading industries and grow your international working skills every day. He also explains if you need to speak Chinese in order to find work in China. ---Michael Reddington, CFI is an expert at moving people from resistance to commitment. As a Certified Forensic Interviewer, he achieved the highest professional designation available in the field of interview and interrogation and spent over a decade training investigator around the world on the successful application of non-confrontational interview. Michael arrived at two key realizations while expanding his observation and persuasive skill sets. First, the very best leaders and the very best interrogators capitalize on the same two core skills - vision and influence. Second, the cognitive processes that lead customers to commit to saying "I'll buy it", employees to commit to saying "I'll do it" and suspects to commit to truthfully saying "I did it" are all nearly identical. These realizations caused Michael to recognize he could teach executives how to reduce missed opportunities and increase commitments to action ---After the clock rang with 20 years climbing the corporate ladder in large multinational organisations, Chiara Covone knew she was ready to invest the next 20 years in a bigger professional purpose: help corporate professionals and entrepreneurs master their mind to achieve anything they want in their life.  She is particularly proud having been instrumental for the development of what is today a multi-million-dollar business for Philip Morris International - IQOS. After PMI, she worked for Mondelez, in Strategic Marketing and Innovation roles.  She is now a successful executive and business coach, and lives in Sweden with her family. Self-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game.Connect with the host Leonardo Marra on LinkedIn Follow the page on LinkedIn 
On this episode co-host Stefano Santelmo interviews Stephan Thaerigen. He  is the Founder and CEO of GQC.io. leading third-party inspection company based in Shenzhen China, with operations covering main cities in China, focusing on consumer products Inspections (PSI & Du-Pro), Factory Audits, Factory Improvement, Technical Engineering and troubleshooting. He helps companies to improve their quality control and save cost and time.  LEARN MORE ABOUT QUALITY:  What is AQL?  What type of defects do we find the most/Defect Classifications!  Why do manufacturers in China fail quality inspection?  How to develop and improve suppliers?  Factory Audits  Why 3rd Party Inspection Services?  Connect with Stephan on LinkedIn Self-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game.Connect with the host Leonardo Marra on LinkedIn Follow the page on LinkedIn 
On these “Select” episodes of the show, we’ll extract our favourite moments from previous episodes of The International Business Podcast. You can find the links to the guests in the show notes. Enjoy. #89: Decoupling from China With Shaun Rein#46: Business mum With Christine Gouchault#49: Expat executives and brutal truths With Tom RobertsShaun Rein is the Founder and Managing Director of the China Market Research Group (CMR), the world's leading strategic market intelligence firm focused on China. He works with boards, billionaires, heads of states, CEOs and senior executives of Fortune 500 & leading Chinese companies, private equity firms, SMEs and long/ hedge funds to develop their China growth, political and investment strategies. Rein authored the international best-sellers "The War for China's Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order," "The End of Cheap China"​ & "The End of Copycat China."​--- Christine Gouchault is a mother of four and a very successful entrepreneur, sales enablement expert and international author. Time management and work-life balance at its best. Christine has had companies in Denmark and France and helped businesses build and grow international sales teams. Currently she is CCO at NewBanking, a Danish regtech scale-up. NewBanking provides a user identity platform that allows end-users to verify their identity easily and securely across businesses while at the same having control and ownership of their own data and identity online ---After over a decade abroad taking on 5 international assignments and guiding teams in 11 different countries, with country, unit, and regional P&L ownership, Tom Roberts has been through the ups and downs of leading abroad. The stakes are high for your career, your company’s objectives, and – perhaps most importantly – for your family.  After 30 years of diverse business experience, Tom founded Cranberry Leadership with the goal of making every expat assignment a success for the company, for the expat leader, for the host team, and for their families. No matter how much you prepare, it’s more complex than you think. Self-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game. Connect with the host Leonardo Marra on LinkedIn  Follow the page on LinkedIn 
On this episode Leo interviews Steven Yung. He brings extensive management insights from leading multinational and local companies in Asia and the U.S.A. With a proven track record throughout the value chain via leadership roles in Consumer, Brand Innovation, Media & Entertainment, Property, Manufacturing, Retail, FinTech industries, his experiences range from CEO of HKEx-listed Imagi International and took China’s #1 iconic IP to new heights via partnership with top global / Disney & local / Hauyi Brothers Movie & Licensing ventures ... led the successful IPO as Chairman of Clear Media / JV with NYSE-listed Clear Channel Worldwide ... General Manager / Office of the Chairman of HKEx-listed Sino Land Group ... President of NYSE-listed Nielsen Media International responsible for all operations outside of the U.S... Managing Director of Nielsen Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China ... Director of Jardine /DFI responsible for buying / merchandising / marketing of various retail brands 7-Eleven & Wellcome, etc.Based in the HQ of The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Steven was the first Asian to lead Global Marketing services in partnership with internal leaders in 200 countries worldwide and external partners such as Olympics, NBA, Disney, NFL, McDonald’s, and more.As Director of Marketing Operations, Steven led a transformative integrated marketing deal with the All-Business Airline of Donald Trump via “Minute Maid ~ Official Juice of Trump Shuttle” in New York, Boston & Washington DC. This success led to & inspired a nationwide multi-year cause-marketing campaign to raise money to support USA Olympic Hopefuls. This impactful pitch was launched via unprecedented roadblock simulcast in over 200 terrestrial, cable & satellite channels preceded with a public service announcement by President Bush to rally community support of Olympic Hopefuls! His significant accomplishments were recognized with a citation as “agent of change”Born in Shanghai, Steven grew up in the multicultural Hong Kong ~ Asia’s World City! To pay for his own college education with dual majors in Communication & Sociology, Steven started his career as a popular DJ / producer of Youth & Music Programs in the broadcasting industry. Highlight was his Producer role in Hong Kong’s ‘Woodstock Live’ Concert at the famous Rugby 7 Stadium. Leveraging his insightful knowledge in Youth & Music, Steven joined McCann Erickson International responsible for advertising & promotion of Coca- Cola and the successful launches of Sprite, Diet Coke, Hi-C, Bonaqua, and more throughout Asia. He was invited to join The Coca-Cola Company as Head of New Products onward to be the Chief Marketing Officer for the region ... before his promotion to Houston / Minute Maid HQ ... and upward to join / lead the Global Marketing of The Coca-Cola Company based in Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.As a firm believer to continuously give back to the community, Steven’s diverse philanthropic roles included Board Director of Heifer International, Little Rock, Arkansas, Chairman of Investment Committee of Youth Global Network & Tao Fong Shan Foundation, Chairman of Youth Foundation, Board Director of Alpha Asia Foundation, Breakthrough, Child Development Matching Fund, Quality Mentoring Network, etc.Connect with Steven on LinkedIn Self-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game.Connect with the host Leonardo Marra on LinkedIn Follow the page on LinkedIn 
On this episode co-host Audrey interviews Art Dicker. He is a senior lawyer at R&P China Lawyers, a full service PRC law firm advising international businesses in China. Art spent the last 15 years working in China to advise technology, manufacturing, and consumer companies on structuring their investments and managing legal risk in their operations here. Art began his legal career at the New York law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel working on private equity deals.  He has since been located in China since 2007 when he moved to the Beijing office of Morrison & Foerster, an international law firm with headquarters in San Francisco, to work predominantly on China and US venture capital financings and cross- border M&A.  He has also advised many US technology, manufacturing, and consumer companies on structuring their investments and operations in China.   In 2011, Art joined Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ: CDNS) to lead its Asia Pacific legal department. He was co-chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Legal Committee in Shanghai.  He is a frequent speaker in English and Chinese on cross-border investing at top tier Chinese universities and industry conferences, and has been an active angel investor and mentor at Chinaccelerator for many years. Art got his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, his JD from George Washington University, and his MBA from the University of Southern California (USC).  He is fluent in written and spoken Chinese.   Connect with Art on LinkedIn  Self-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game.Connect with the host  Leonardo Marra on LinkedIn  Follow the page on LinkedIn  ***This episode is sponsored by International Expansion Explained. Are you looking to expand internationally, but you're not sure where to start? Or you export already but would like to venture further overseas? Reach out to arrange an international clarity session and learn more about growth plans here International Expansion StrategyPartners SearchOngoing sales and branding supportIndividual one on one support
On these “Select” episodes of the show, we’ll extract our favourite moments from previous episodes of The International Business Podcast. You can find the links to the guests in the show notes. Enjoy.#88: Competitive advantage in a globalised economy With Patrick Daly#83: Measure digital success With Adrian Kingwell#85: Taking Cleantech companies global With Kathrin BussmannPatrick Daly is the Managing Director of Alba Consulting since 2005 and works with many of the top Fortune 500 companies in manufacturing, distribution and logistics services in Europe, Asia and the Americas helping them to achieve dramatic improvements in their supply chain capabilities and performance through supply chain excellence.---- Adrian Kingwell is a digital entrepreneur, founder of Mezzo Labs, a leading British digital analytics consultancy, and of Uplifter, an analytics SaaS platform. Adrian worked for 10 years in software sales and marketing for companies like Oracle and GE, before deciding to start his own business. In 2006, he created Mezzo Labs, working from his kitchen table in Southeast London. After 10 years of building a successful UK business, he decided to open an office in Hong Kong and push into the Asian market - little realising that pro-democracy riots and world’s most extreme lockdowns were just around the corner. His story is a great lesson for anyone who has dreams of global domination.---- Kathrin Bussmann is the Head of Verbaccino Inc., an independent marketing consultancy that helps Cleantech companies go global. Working at the intersection of global business, international marketing, and localization, Kathrin's focus is on developing digital content strategies that drive international expansion, and on facilitating their implementation by qualified practitioners. Self-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game.Connect with the host Leonardo Marra on LinkedIn Follow the page on LinkedIn 
On this episode Leo interviews Andrew Weiler. He is passionate about empowering English language learners… not just through speaking English in ways so they won’t feel held back in their lives and careers, but also to see themselves as powerful learners, confident and able to see challenges as opportunities to grow themselves.His work with English language learners has extended to working with adults from over 70 countries ranging in ability from being world acclaimed practitioners in their own fields of expertise to illiterate tribes people from the mountains of south east Asia.…and everyone in between. He has also trained English language teachers from many countries, trying to get them to see that language teaching to be effective has to get away from seeing language as knowledge.   More recently he has focussed in working with professionals who recognize that their chances of career advancement are being held back by some aspect of their spoken skills.  Clients include individuals from Virgin Australia, Airstream Tasker, CGI, UNSW, Microsoft, BR Wellington Pty Ltd, SBS, Momentum Energy, Australia Post.Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn Self-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game.Connect with the host Leonardo Marra on LinkedIn Follow the page on LinkedIn 
On these “Select” episodes of the show, we’ll extract our favourite moments from previous episodes of The International Business Podcast. You can find the links to the guests in the show notes. Enjoy. #25: Global people skills aren’t optional anymore With Gabor Holch#39: International Direct Sales With Richard Zeissig#47: Fashion Business after COVID-19 With Nicola Giuggioli and Sennait GhebreabGabor Holch is an intercultural leadership coach, consultant, speaker and author specialised in East-West leadership. He supports corporate executives and public-sector leaders in succeeding across national and cultural boundaries instead of getting lost in translation. They’ll talk about the importance of possessing global people skills to succeed in the globalized world. An expat since age 4, Gabor moved to China and transitioned from diplomacy to consulting in 2002. In 2005, he founded his Shanghai-based business, Campanile Management Consulting. Since then, he has advised, coached and trained 100+ clients in 25+ countries, spoken at conferences and corporate events and lectured at business programmes.- Richard Zeissig has been establishing, managing and optimizing international sales channels in the medical devices sales market for over 25 years. Driving sales and applying global marketing strategies locally. Specialties: Orthopedic Implants (Hip and Knee Joint Replacement, Reconstruction), Surgical Endoscopy.-An expert in fashion brand development and buying, Sennait Ghebreab has been the Programme Leader for the BA courses in Fashion Business at Istituto Marangoni School of Fashion London since 2015. As a Fashion Business Lecturer, she has taught Business at Istituto Marangoni London. Former guest speaker at London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London) and Westminster University. Sennait is passionate about sustainable fashion and accelerating the integration of sustainability teaching in fashion schools, particularly in the UK and Italian higher education sectors where she operates. Beyond her academic endeavours and based on her extensive experience in wholesale and luxury goods, Sennait provides consultancy services to luxury retailers in Europe and the Middle East.-Subscribe to The International Business Podcast on your favourite platform. The show is listened in 120  countries. Weekly episodes are released every Monday. Self-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game.Connect with the host Leonardo Marra on LinkedIn Follow the page on LinkedIn 
On these “Select” episodes of the show, we’ll extract our favourite moments from previous episodes of The International Business Podcast. You can find the links to the guests in the show notes. Enjoy. #86: Unmuted, how to show up and speak up With Heather Hansen #66: Aviation and sustainability With Julien Moll#55: International expansion explained With Kathryn Read- Heather Hansen helps top global leaders show up, speak up, and inspire action in a changing world. She focuses on fostering unmuted communication cultures where every voice is heard, resulting in greater inclusion, innovation and efficiency across remote and global teams.  - Julien Moll has been working in the aviation industry since 2005, from Stress Engineer all the way to General Manager. Julien provides strategy to develop the Aerospace and Fuel Cell Electrical Vehicles markets footprint in China.  He is also passionate about the Green Revolution. China’s energy and climate policy is to become carbon neutral by 2060. What are Julien’s thoughts?  And Could China leapfrog to lead eventually the technology innovation race?  - Kathryn Read is an international sales and marketing consultant with over 20 years’ experience developing niche products in emerging markets, helping small and medium companies to break through international barriers, creating successful entrepreneurs and a thriving global marketplace. Self-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game. Connect with the host Leonardo Marra on LinkedIn  Follow the page on LinkedIn 
On this episode Leo interviews Dr. Chaz Austin. He created and teaches three courses for LinkedIn Learning: "Creating a Career Plan" "Succeeding in a New Job" "Transitioning Out of Your Job". Over 500’000 people from all over the world have been learning from him.He is a recognized authority in the field of career packaging and marketing. He trains his clients to self-market, a mandatory skill in today’s workplace. Dr. Chaz also conducts workshops and leads courses for people in a broad range of industries and at any stage of their careers—from those who have recently graduated from school to people who have been in the workforce for decades and are re-careering.Dr. Chaz holds an EdD in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. He has authored two books about self-marketing and how to treat yourself like a business. His most recent book is 101 Ways to Find Work … and Keep Finding Work for the Rest of Your Career! In academia, Dr. Chaz has served as director of career development for the Musicians Institute; career resource specialist for business students and alumni at Woodbury University; MBA career development & employer relations manager at Pepperdine University’s School of Business and Management; and director of placement for Video Symphony.He was also a college professor teaching a wide range of courses in business and communication, specializing in career training, and has presented papers to the National Association of Women MBAs, the Association for Business Communication, the National Council for Workforce Education, the Society of Educators and Scholars, the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, the California Placement Association, and the Global Leadership and Management Conference. Connect with Dr. Chaz on LinkedIn Self-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game.Connect with the host Leonardo Marra on LinkedIn Follow the page on LinkedIn *** This episode is sponsored by International Expansion Explained. Are you looking to expand internationally, but you're not sure where to start? Or you export already but would like to venture further overseas? Reach out to arrange an international clarity session and learn more about growth plans here International Expansion StrategyPartners SearchOngoing sales and branding supportIndividual one on one support
On this episode Leo interviews Danay Lea. He is the Advisor to the MD & CEO of Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. With more than 15 years of financial leadership experience across emerging markets he is applying the lessons learned to the outdoor sports industry. What is the connection between Finance and snowboarding?What impact does climate change have on Outdoor sports and what founders are doing to improve sustainability and our environment?How were Outdoor Sports affected by Covid and the recent disruption to global logistics? Connect with Danay on LinkedIn Self-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game.Connect with the host Leonardo Marra on LinkedIn Follow the page on LinkedIn ***This episode is sponsored by International Expansion Explained. Are you looking to expand internationally, but you're not sure where to start? Or you export already but would like to venture further overseas? Reach out to arrange an international clarity session and learn more about growth plans here International Expansion StrategyPartners SearchOngoing sales and branding supportIndividual one on one support
On this episode Leo interviews Shaun Rein. He is the Founder and Managing Director of the China Market Research Group (CMR), the world's leading strategic market intelligence firm focused on China. He works with boards, billionaires, heads of states, CEOs and senior executives of Fortune 500 & leading Chinese companies, private equity firms, SMEs and long/ hedge funds to develop their China growth, political and investment strategies. Rein authored the international best-sellers "The War for China's Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order," "The End of Cheap China"​ & "The End of Copycat China."​ Publishers Weekly named "Cheap"​ a "Top 10 business book for 2012." The Financial Times called "Copycat"​ "Intriguing" and said of Wallet: “Mr. Rein’s insider tales of what it takes to work in contemporary China are insightful...a toolbox for those who want to work with Chinese companies make it a worthwhile read.”Rein is regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times. He frequently appears on CBS, CNN, BBC, CNBC, PBS and MSNBC. Rein formerly taught executive education classes for London Business School and was a weekly columnist for CNBC and Forbes. He also wrote a column for Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Rein is one of the most sought out keynote speakers focused on innovation, consumer trends and the economy in China.He serves on the Board of Trustees for St. Paul's School and is a member of the Investment Committee.CMR combines unparalleled local knowledge of China with global expertise: our team is comprised of the finest business minds, who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.Clients include Apple, Yum! Brands, Crocs, Fidelity, UGG, Warburg Pincus, Richemont, DuPont, AXA Insurance, Electronic Arts, Hugo Boss, SAS Institute (Analytics), Ecco Shoes, LG Electronics, Samsung, SK Group, P&G, LinkedIn, Cofidis, MCM, Bumble Bee, Unitas Capital, CLSA, China Capital Today, Hutchison Whampoa, Aramark, Lane Crawford, Chloe, Juilliard, Duke University, Shanghai American School, Kamet, Esselte, The Math Works (Matlab), Shanghai Tang, Hard Rock International.Connect with Shaun on LinkedIn Self-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game.Connect with the host Leonardo Marra on LinkedIn Follow the page on LinkedIn 
On this episode Leo interviews Patrick Daly. He is the Managing Director of Alba Consulting since 2005 and works with many of the top Fortune 500 companies in manufacturing, distribution and logistics services in Europe, Asia and the Americas helping them to achieve dramatic improvements in their supply chain capabilities and performance through supply chain excellence. In his consultancy assignments, Patrick has worked with clients all over the world in countries such as China, India, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Egypt, UAE, US, UK, Spain, Croatia and others, clients include Pfizer, Abbott Vascular, Stryker, Braun, GSK, Merck Millipore, Actavis, Astellas, Pepsi Worldwide Flavours, Glanbia and Ornua among others. Patricks hosts Interlinks, a weekly radio programme broadcast on Dublin South FM that explores relayed to international business, supply chain and logistics around the world through the medium of interviews with business people from around the world and he is the author of the book International Supply Chain Relationships: Creating Competitive Advantage in a Globalized Economy published by Kogan Page in London and New York in 2019. He has also the author of the booklet Warehouse Strategy, Design, and Operation in 2017 and co-author of the recently published e-book Thriving in the New Business Environment: Why the Strategic Supply Chain Matters.Patrick in an active member of the National Logistics Forum in Ireland set up by the Department of Transport, Trade and Tourism in April 2020 to advise the Irish government on keeping supply lines open during and after the COVID19 pandemic.Patrick holds a BSc Hons degree in Technology and worked in manufacturing industry in engineering design, R&D, product development and international commercial technical roles in the storage equipment industry in both Spain and Ireland prior to establishing his consultancy business. Connect with Patrick on LinkedIn Alba Consulting websiteInterlinks podcast Self-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game.Connect with the host Leonardo Marra on LinkedIn Follow the page on LinkedIn **This episode is sponsored by International Expansion Explained. Are you looking to expand internationally, but you're not sure where to start? Or you export already but would like to venture further overseas? Reach out to arrange an international clarity session and learn more about growth plans here International Expansion StrategyPartners SearchOngoing sales and branding supportIndividual one on one support
On these “Select” episodes of the show, we’ll extract our favourite moments from previous episodes of The International Business Podcast. You can find the links to the guests in the show notes. Enjoy.#76: Solar energy and supply chain traceability With Andy Klump #40: Is Education digitally strong? With Melissa Palleschi#35: Sustainable innovation With Stefano Giusti-Andy Klump is a renewable energy executive with 20 years of solar energy, storage, and technology experience with 18 years’ operating in China. He is the founder, owner, and CEO of Clean Energy Associates, a solar energy and storage technical due diligence and engineering services firm with a presence in 13 countries with over 170 professionals and completed solar energy and storage projects in 60+ countries.-Melissa Palleschi, Sales and Marketing Director at The PIE - independent media, recruitment and events company connecting a global community of professionals working in international education. A native New Yorker, Mel has lived in London for 11 years. She studied European Mass Communication and Art History at the American University of Rome and graduated from the University at Buffalo in New York with a BA in Communication. She moved abroad to Italy after graduating UB to teach English. In 2009, she made the move to London where she started working as an English teacher, Social Programme Organiser and eventually the Sales and marketing executive at Tti School of English in Camden Town. Her role as the sales and marketing executive at Tti and at The PIE has enabled her to travel around the globe creating new partnerships and deepening her understanding of the value of international education. - Stefano Giusti is the Vice President of Global Packaging at AFC Materials Group and General Manager at Policarta. His family has been working with paper-based products for over six generations. He now manages the global division of the American company AFC, focusing on the research and manufacturing of sustainable packaging products. Are plastics the real enemy? And is paper the only solution? AFC made its mark as a global provider of high temperature and non-stick solutions. And since 1988, they have remained focused on partnering with end users, distributors, and OEMs to solve their greatest production challenges. To better serve their customers, AFC Materials Group has developed internal business units designed for flexibility and speed of service.   As a turnkey manufacturer, their capabilities include coating, converting, and fabrication of composite materials engineered for the most demanding applications. AFC is based in Lake in the Hills, Illinois, with locations in Vermont, Mexico, and Italy. Subscribe to The International Business Podcast on your favourite platform. The show is listened in 115 countries. Weekly episodes are released every Monday. Connect with the host Leonardo Marra on LinkedIn Follow the page on LinkedIn 
On this episode Leo interviews Heather. She helps top global leaders show up, speak up, and inspire action in a changing world. She focuses on fostering unmuted communication cultures where every voice is heard, resulting in greater inclusion, innovation and efficiency across remote and global teams.Her book “Unmuted – how to show up, speak up and inspire action” is coming out on 17.03.22 via Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.Link to order directly from the publisher in the UK Link to register for the Unmuted Experience launch event Website Heather is also an External Industry Expert for NUS Business School's Executive Education programs where she runs modules on communication, presentation, and storytelling skills.IN THE NEWSHeather is an outspoken advocate for global voices and her views on global communication have been featured in NPR (USA), ABC Radio National (Australia), Quartz (QZ.com) and multiple print and radio outlets in Singapore, including The Straits Times and CNA938. TEDxHer 2018 TEDx talk "2 Billion Voices: How to speak bad English perfectly" has over 100,000 views GLOBAL CLIENTSChevron, MasterCard, Bayer, Novartis, Amazon Web Services, BD, L'Oreal, Singtel, BNP Paribas, Lundbeck, Kuehne + Nagel, Singapore Airlines, Scoot, Kelly Services, INSEAD, Zain and many others across SE Asia, MENA, Europe and the US.Connect with Heather on LinkedIn Self-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game.Connect with the host Leonardo Marra on LinkedIn Follow the page on LinkedIn ***This episode is sponsored by International Expansion Explained. Are you looking to expand internationally, but you're not sure where to start? Or you export already but would like to venture further overseas? Reach out to arrange an international clarity session and learn more about growth plans here International Expansion StrategyPartners SearchOngoing sales and branding supportIndividual one on one support
On this episode co-host Audrey interviews Kathrin Bussmann. She is the Head of Verbaccino Inc., an independent marketing consultancy that helps Cleantech companies go global. Working at the intersection of global business, international marketing, and localization, Kathrin's focus is on developing digital content strategies that drive international expansion, and on facilitating their implementation by qualified practitioners. As German-Canadian dual citizen born in the province of Québec, Kathrin grew up equally fluent in German, French, and English. She obtained degrees in Communication Studies and Linguistics, and launched her own consultancy in 2014. Now, as a parent, she is increasingly concerned about the future of our planet. She believes that the climate crisis requires globally scalable solutions, and that green technologies need to be promoted and implemented successfully across languages, cultures and borders. That's why, in 2021, she re-positioned her consultancy to serve the Cleantech sector.In addition to her consulting practice, Kathrin produces & hosts The Worldly Marketer Podcast, an award-winning show that explores what it takes to grow a global brand in today’s digital, social, multilingual marketplace. To date, she has interviewed over 220 thought leaders in the areas of global business, global marketing and localization.Kathrin is a proud member of the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), of The Global Chamber, and of Women and Cleantech and Sustainability, and she is a co-founder of Women in Localization Eastern Canada (WLEC). She is based in Toronto, Canada.Connect with Kathrin on LinkedIn The Worldly Marketer Podcast Verbaccino Inc.  Self-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game.Connect with the host  Leonardo Marra on LinkedIn Follow the page on LinkedIn *This episode is sponsored by International Expansion Explained. Are you looking to expand internationally, but you're not sure where to start? Or you export already but would like to venture further overseas? Reach out to arrange an international clarity session and learn more about growth plans here International Expansion StrategyPartners SearchOngoing sales and branding supportIndividual one on one support
On this episode Leo interviews Simon Severino helps business owners in SaaS and Services run their company more effectively which results in sales that soar. Trusted by Google, Roche, Consilience Ventures, Amgen, AbbVie. He created the Strategy Sprints™ Method that doubles revenue in 90 days by getting owners out of the weeds. Simon is the CEO and founder of Strategy Sprints, a global team of Certified Strategy Sprints™ Coaches that help clients gain market share in weekly sprints which results in fast execution. TEDx speaker, Contributor to Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazine, member of the SVBS Silicon Valley Blockchain Society. Connect with Simon on LinkedIn Company websiteSelf-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game.Connect with the host Leonardo Marra on LinkedInFollow the page on LinkedIn ***This episode is sponsored by International Expansion Explained. Are you looking to expand internationally, but you're not sure where to start? Or you export already but would like to venture further overseas? Reach out to arrange an international clarity session and learn more about growth plans here https://kathrynread.comInternational Expansion StrategyPartners SearchOngoing sales and branding supportIndividual one on one support
On this episode Co-host Stefano interviews Adrian Kingwell. He is a digital entrepreneur, founder of Mezzo Labs, a leading British digital analytics consultancy, and of Uplifter, an analytics SaaS platform.Adrian worked for 10 years in software sales and marketing for companies like Oracle and GE, before deciding to start his own business. In 2006, he created Mezzo Labs, working from his kitchen table in Southeast London. After 10 years of building a successful UK business, he decided to open an office in Hong Kong and push into the Asian market - little realising that pro-democracy riots and world’s most extreme lockdowns were just around the corner. His story is a great lesson for anyone who has dreams of global domination. Mezzo Labs turns digital data into customer-winning experiences. We help you think faster, act smarter and sell more online. Our Uplifter platform turns marketing data into actionable insight and helps you decide what is working - and not working - in your digital channels. Our Services accelerate digital maturity, winning you extra customers, without increasing marketing budgets or headcount. With offices in London, Hong Kong and Singapore, we have a team of talented data experts in data strategy, data architecture, web analytics, CX analytics, insights generation, data science, Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO) and personalisation. Our consultants are certified in Google Analytics, Adobe Analytics and Tealium. We work with leading brands in financial services, travel, retail, telco and media. Whether you’ve just started your digital transformation, or are striving to reach “digital utopia”, we can help you achieve your goals. Connect with Adrian on LinkedIn Mezzo Labs website Self-learning is of paramount importance in the business world, listen to your international peers and step up your game.Connect with the host Leonardo Marra on LinkedInFollow the page on LinkedIn ***This episode is sponsored by International Expansion Explained. Are you looking to expand internationally, but you're not sure where to start? Or you export already but would like to venture further overseas? Reach out to arrange an international clarity session and learn more about growth plans here International Expansion StrategyPartners SearchOngoing sales and branding supportIndividual one on one support
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