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George Soros: A continued legacy of philanthropy

With donations exceeding $12 billion, George Soros is one of the world’s leading philanthropists. Funding organizations and individuals fighting internationally for responsible governments, freedom of expression, transparency, social justice and equality.

Soros was born in Hungary, which he later fled, and studied in the London School of Economics, paying for his schooling by working as a railway porter and waiter. This was before he began working at merchant bank, starting his career in finance. He then moved to New York, where he got his start in Wall Street and in 1969 established a $12 million hedge fund, later named Quantum Fund. Soros is considered an investment heavyweight, and manages his family office, the Soros Fund Management, which is worth $30 billion in assets. Read more on NYTimes.com

His philanthropic focus; on fighting against discrimination and for equality, stems from his own experiences in intolerance. He experienced the Nazi occupation in 1944-1945 in Hungary; his family survived the mass murders of Jews by concealing their identities and helping others do the same. To Soros, these actions during this difficult time highlight the importance of resisting evil, and helping others. It is in this spirit that George Soros created the Open Society Foundations (OSF), a network spanning more than 100 countries, which includes projects, partners, and foundations. Starting by providing scholarships to black South Africans under apartheid, and supported the exchange of ideas in the Communist Easter Bloc. He also created the Central European University, to provide a space for critical thinking. After the Cold War, he expanded his charitable activities to United States, Africa, and Asia. His efforts there focused on the creation of more democratic societies. His ideals mirror those of an open society.

Soros’s social efforts extend beyond his foundations, to support other organizations committed to similar causes, such as Global Witness, the International Crisis Group, the European Council on Foreign Relations, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Read his profile at Business Insider.

In his commitment to fighting oppression and supporting more open and just societies, with transparent governments, Soros used his wealth and connections to support political change in several countries around the world. This includes financially supporting movements and charters that are working towards recognition of human rights. One example is his support of the 1976 “Charter 77” which demanded the Czech government recognize some basic human rights. This spurred a growth of a political movement and ultimately the velvet revolution, bringing down Czechoslovakia’s Communist regime. According to him, this wealth allowed him the freedom to shape a path towards a more equitable and open world.

Even at 80, Soros continues to actively participate in the OSF’s activities, traveling the globe to promote its mission and advocating for positive policy changes.

Read more: http://www.cnbc.com/george-soros/

Sources:

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=977

https://www.forbes.com/profile/george-soros/

https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/people/george-soros

The Birth of the Dubai Residential Real Estate Industry

Hussain Sajwani, is the president and founder of DAMAC Properties, a residential real estate business running in Dubai and other nations across the world. Since 2002, Hussain Sajwani has played a big role in helping internationals own property in Dubai.

His business leveraged the government ruling that finally allow expats and foreigners to invest in Dubai’s real estate business.

His very first venture involved the purchase of property in a less populated section of Dubai where he set up a 38 floor residential unit. The impeccable design coupled with smooth sale skills saw him sell everything six months before the construction even began.

While he has a reputation as a glitzy real estate developer, his career began back in 1982 when he founded a catering venture. This was just after he graduated from the University of Washington and briefly working with GASCO where he served as the contract manager.

Hussain’s position as one of the leading property developers in Dubai was manifested when Donald Trump, the now US President, chose DAMAC Properties to handle the construction of a high luxury golf course in Dubai.

Such a high profile venture only goes to the very best in the region and the pressure to deliver is always palpable. Learn more about DAMAC owner: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kerryadolan/2016/03/01/the-donald-of-dubai-hussain-sajwani-interview/#1b049a722f15

The fact that Hussain Sajwani managed to rein in his team and create an impeccable international golf course is testimony to both his leadership skills and the company’s dedication to quality.

The partnership that began back in 2013 plans to create two branded golf courses and related residential units in Dubai by the end of 2018.

The progress so far is amazing and DAMAC Properties can once again do something that will cement its position as the leader in the region’s residential real estate business. Read more: DAMAC Chairman Relishes His Roots | The National

In order to give back to the society, DAMAC Properties is involved in a couple of philanthropic activities. The most notable is the AED 2 million donation to the clothe a million children campaign. Dubbed the Ramadan Initiative, the campaign is focused at alleviating the suffering of homeless and poor children in different regions of the world.

What You Ought to Know About Duda Melzer Mary and his Grand Accomplishments

Over and over again, Brazil has been recognized for producing the best world soccer legends and the best place to spend a vacation for the beach lovers. However, much is yet to be put in limelight about the fast growing economy of Brazil and the welcoming environment for new investors.

On the streets of Brazil, the name Duda Melzer Mary is so prominent that can never go unmentioned when listing the most successful business people based in Brazil. Often, experts raise an idea that a family background plays a significant role in determining the success of an individual regarding his or her career. Although many seem to disagree, I often find it accurate.

According to Acaert, Duda Melzer Mary is among the few successful business persons who see me agreeing with expert’s idea of individual’s background and success. Melzer Mary, popularly known as Duda was born and raised in an entrepreneurial family. Duda is the grandson of Mauricio Sirotsky, founder of RBS Group, a company that Duda has been serving as the Chairman since 2012.

Having grown in an entrepreneur environment, Duda acquired broad leadership skills from a tender age. Also, being in involved in his family’s business over a long time, Duda has been in a position to understand all its operations whether small or big. As a result, today being RBS’s President, Duda has been in a position to maintain the long-time respected company’s tradition of offering the best.

Not long ago Duda launched e.Bricks Digital. As a subsidiary of RBS, e.Bricks specializes in investments related to the digital business sector both in Brazil and the US. Duda Melza schooled in the Pontifical Catholic University where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. Later on, he joined the Harvard Business School where he earned his MBA.

Besides serving in his family’s entity, Duda is also the director of Mercosul Biennial. Mercosul is an internationally recognized art show. Duda’s senior leadership career dates back in 2002 when he joined Delphi as a Senior Financial Analyst. On leaving Delphi, the successful entrepreneur joined Box Media as the Director General before leaving for Family communication Network. More details can be found on Crunchbase.

Visit his website eduardosirotskymelzer.com

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A Look At Brain Bonar’s Successful Career

Brian Bonar is known for his investment in the IT sector. In addition, the shrewd entrepreneur has invested in the food industry by starting his restaurant known as the Bellamy’s. It is located in Escondido. This is one of the few places in America where people can enjoy food from a Master Chef of France.

The chef, Patrick Ponsaty, has made a name for himself in the industry owing to his exceptional cooking skills. His presence at the Bellamy’s has raised the restaurant’s standings in the region. Brian Bonar hopes to build a restaurant mini-empire that will offer a variety of cuisines from different regions.

Besides having experienced chefs, Brian Bonar has also handpicked the rest of the staff. Most of the employees have been sourced from the investor’s favorite restaurants. The first in the list is the front-of-the-house man, Trevor Da Costa. Previously, Costa worked for Rancho Bernardo Inn.

A young cook, Mike Reidy, is also one of Bellamy’s executive chefs. The trio makes the core of the restaurant’s staff. Bellamy’s has a grassy 144-acre ranch nearby. The Ranch at Bandy Canyon will be part of the restaurant as the businessman seeks to turn it into a four-star event space.

By virtue of having a serene environment, Bellamy will continue to be the leading destination for most people that seek to have an outdoor experience in San Diego. This information was originally published on San Diego Magazine as explicated in this link http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/August-2013/Grand-Cuisine-at-Bellamys/

Brian Bonar is a renowned executive and investor. The businessman is the chief executive officer of a successful company, Trucept. Under his leadership, the corporation has been on a growth trajectory. Bonar has also worked for Dalrada Financial Group.

At the institution, he played a pivotal role in enhancing its success in the competitive financial industry. In 2010, he won the Executive of the Year Award in finance and his name was featured on the Cambridge’s Who’s Who list. Bonar is an accomplished scholar. He pursued his undergraduate studies at Glasgow’s University of Strathclyde.

He holds a master’s degree and a PhD from the renowned Stafford University. According to Bloomberg, in 1992, Brian Bonar worked as a director of technology sales. His exemplary performance resulted in his promotion to serve as Dalrada’s vice president two years later. Bonar has also worked as the chief operating officer, CEO, and chairman of the company’s board.

The Scottish financial expert has also worked for Amanda Company Inc. as the CFO and acting CEO. He has also been a treasurer and secretary of the firm. At Benzier Systems, he was the VP in charge of worldwide sales and marketing.

In addition, Bonar has worked for Allegiant Professional Business Services, The Solvis Group, QMS, Rastek Corporation, and Adaptec. Frequently, Brian shares his expertise and financial opinions through interviews and different journals.

He interacts with his followers through his Facebook and Twitter pages. This information was originally mentioned on SFAS as explained in the following link http://sfas.us/the-triumphs-of-brian-bonar-in-the-financial-world/

Bruce Levenson’s Philanthropy Takes A New Turn

Bruce Levenson has been mentioned several times on Forbes.com over the last two years such as when he sold the Atlanta Hawks in 2015 for a hefty sum of $850 million, and then the following year when he and several other owners filed a lawsuit against AIG insurance for their failure to honor a policy. In that particular case Levenson and his fellow owners sought damage relief regarding settling a contract dispute with former GM Danny Ferry. But there has been positive news as well with Levenson’s new Do Good Institute. Levenson is helping young people change their view of philanthropy and find creative ways to run a non-profit organization like a startup business. https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/03/9165680/university-of-marylands-non-profit-initiative-is-changing-higher-education

Bruce Levenson’s business career started back in 1977 while attending law school at American University. He and his friend Ed Peskowitz had decided to go into newsletter publishing and they had the printing equipment in their apartment, so they began publishing papers on the oil industry and other businesses. Their success led to the start of United Communications Group (UCG), a company that covers news in finance, healthcare, education and energy. Levenson also joined the board at BIA Digital Partners and led the spinoff of TechTarget. He and Peskowitz entered the NBA ownership circle in 2004 when they made their bid to purchase the majority of the Atlanta Hawks’ shares. Levenson owned the team until early 2015.

Bruce Levenson‘s philanthropy has been largely based in Washington D.C. where he grew up and has spent much of his time at. Charities he’s been involved in include the Community Foundation and Hoop Dreams, a basketball tournament for teenagers. He’s also been a board member of the Holocaust Memorial Museum where he’s started a program for teaching young people how to tell their friends about the event. Levenson also supports Jewish organizations such as SEED, BBYO and Birthright Israel.

Prison Officials Speak About Crime Prevention Using Securus Technologies

The prison system is wrought with unique problems for officials tasked with creating a safe environment to rehabilitate those who have been convicted of crimes. No easy tasks in and of itself but the difficulties of maintaining order are compounded by the ingenuity of criminals determined to continue committing crimes despite being incarcerated. As officials battle against incarcerated criminals, they also must contend with those that are within their own ranks as well as it is not an all too uncommon to hear stories of corrupt guards and administrators.

 

Securus Technologies Gives the Prison System a New Tool to Help Prevent Crime

 

Though prison administrators have a new tool at their disposal that is actively helping them not only solve crimes but prevent them from every occurring within their facilities. The inmate communications solutions provided to facilities by Securus Technologies has been used by administrators to help break up contraband rings and find convictions for violent crimes.

 

The stories of the many ways Securus Technologies communication solutions have been used to prevent crime come directly from the facilities who employ many of Securus’s solutions. Now those stories have been published for everyone to see. Throughout all of the many posted comments from prison officials and employees one fact becomes increasingly clear, Securus Technologies has been at the forefront of helping keep the prison system safer with their technologies.

 

Securus Technologies Commitment to Creating a Crime Free Prison System

 

Securus Technologies has taken noticed of the many ways its services have been utilized and actively supports prison officials in their pursuit to create a safer prison system through crime reduction and prevention.

 

If you would like to learn more about the many ways Securus Technologies is helping create a crime free prison system, please visit PRNewswire.com.