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Nurturing Joy in the Family Business

I am a fourth generation family member from Venezuela in a family with 17 first cousins. Since my family founded the business in 1911 in farming and cattle, we have undergone many transformations. In 1997, as a result of a generational transition we had our first Family Council Meeting. Today, […]

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Fighting for A Cause – Fundown Caribe

Interview with Claudia Ritzel, President Fundown Caribe, Colombia Claudia Ritzel was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia. She is an Industrial Engineer and has worked mainly in the administrative, financial and commercial areas, of one business unit of a 4th generation family business in Santa Marta, Colombia. Today, she is […]

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Being a Working Mother in the Family Business

Interview with Rawan Issa, Issa Holding, Lebanon  You have been with the family business for quite a while. How did you join the company and how has your career developed so far? I joined the family business in late 2006, in Dubai, and started by opening up a branch for […]

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People and Pencils – The Mission of Caran d’Ache

Interview with Carole Hübscher, Chairwoman of Caran d’Ache Established in 1915, Caran d’Ache is one of the leading writing instrument and luxury stationery suppliers in the world. For nearly a century, the family-owned business has been at the forefront of innovation in its industry and has uniquely offered its international customer base […]

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Philanthropy and the Family Business

Interview with Ana Maria Matallana-Boggio Ana Maria Matallana loves her country and lovingly spends half her time finding solutions to the social challenges faced by Colombians every day; even if she lives thousand of miles away. Aside from supporting her husband, involved in running a multi-generational family business, she is dedicated […]

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Mercedes Salazar – Jewellery with Love

Mercedes Salazar is one of those women that seem to make it all work with relative ease: Career, marriage, and children are radiantly healthy examples of how this remarkable woman coordinates her life. We interviewed Mercedes to find out how she balances work, life, and love and produces jewelry that […]

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Women Managing Family Governance

An Interview with Dania Besher What is your role in the Family Business? I am an Architect by profession and have always worked as a freelance Architect. This gave me the chance to take on many projects for the family. Since 2010, I have also been very focused on the Governance […]

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All The Things You Thought You Knew

Core Concepts in Family Enterprise It’s hard to believe that although family enterprises go back for forever, the field itself is less than 30 years old! And the related professions are even younger. Still…there’s been considerable knowledge created thanks to scholars, advisors, consultants and enterprise members around the world. And… […]

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On Family Business and Mentorship

Trinidad and Tobago brings to mind long beaches and clear, blue water. Patricia Ghany, CFO at Esau Oilfield Supply Company, and second-generation family business member, knows, however, that behind its natural beauty the island faces a range of challenges. More than a decade ago Patricia started observing that the role […]