Interviews

Conversations with women about their multiple roles in the family business.

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The cARTel: Future of Retail Fashion

UAE-based, award-winning architect May Barber is passionate about creating beautiful things regardless of their material or scale. Her creative curiosity took her into fashion design followed by fashion buying and writing. Coupling her aesthetic eye with her entrepreneurial drive, May founded The cARTel, a fashion concept store that features wearable […]

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The Art of Fine Jewelry – A Story of The Jewel Teller

Jewelry has always been in Susana Martins’ blood. Born and raised in northern Portugal in an area with a rich goldsmithing history, she trained as a goldsmith and stone-setter before pursuing a post-graduate diploma in design alongside gemology and diamond grading qualifications. Fast forward a few years, and today her […]

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The Beginning in the End – The Story of T. Saveker and Sons

Interview with Dani Saveker, Founder, Families in Business T. Saveker and Sons was founded in 1903 in Birmingham, England. A manufacturing company for shop fittings, the family-owned business faced many highs and lows over its hundred-year history. The Saveker family members, one generation at a time worked dutifully on their […]

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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 […]