An interview with digitisation expert Ananthakrishnan Sankaranarayanan highlights the first steps towards identifying a company’s digitisation requirements and some of the common pitfalls along the way. French entrepreneur Antoine Leloup tells the story of his startup Dress in the City and paints a picture of what digital consumer demands look like. Arguably no other industry has been as severely disrupted as the Media and Publishing industry and Ahmed Essa Al Zadjali, CEO of Muscat Media Group provides a first-hand account of his family’s publishing firm and how they were early adopters of digital strategies. Also in this section, founder of Dutch startup Beamler, Willem-Jan van Loon, describes his quest in bringing digital manufacturing to all manufacturers in the world through cloud technologies and finally, Abdullah Obeikan, CEO of Obeikan Investment Group, shows the forces behind his family business’ drive for innovation and digitisation.
In our feature section, two wonderful stories from very different parts of the world meet: William Stormont is much like any other next gen family business member keen on carrying on his family’s legacy. But unlike other heirs, William faces the great task of carrying on as the 16th generation in charge of historic Scottish estate Scone Palace. All the way around the globe, on the paradisiac island of Madagascar, second-generation family business member Yanish Ismael experiences the challenges and opportunities of operating a large holding structure in a fast growing environment.
This quarter’s portrait is dedicated to the story of Faizal Kottikollon and Shabana Faizal, whose adventure led them to found what is today known as KEF Holdings and for our Strategy article we had a conversation with Riad Bsaibes, CEO of Amana Investments on how to grow a company and at the same time disrupt an industry.
Our entrepreneur features include the story of prominent jewellery brand Annamaria Cammilli from Florence and young fashion and arts pioneer May Barber, whose concept store The Cartel is starting to make a name around the world.
Finally, the Dutch Centre of Family Businesses explains the need for engaged scholarship in the family business field and what is on the minds of Dutch family businesses.
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