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Marianne Abib-Pech

Founder of Lead the Future: Writer, Catalyst, Connector

Marianne Abib-Pech is a citizen of the world. She has spent 40% of her life abroad, and wouldn’t trade it for anything. Originally from France, she is now splitting her time between Hong- Kong and London.

She is a 'pure product' of Corporate America and led a highly successful international finance career. Former CFO of Shell Aviation and a product of corporate America, she trained with Arthur Andersen, worked for Motorola and spent the largest part of her career with General Electric. (Keep it quiet, but she still has a soft spot for The company!)

Yet, she decided to join the entrepreneur’s world to have impact.
She defines herself as a catalyst of business, ideas and people and is determined to make this world a better place. To be true to her purpose she founded Lead the Future (www.leadthefuture.biz) a brand that includes financial advising company specialized in the Energy and Alternative Investment sectors (business), and a leadership consulting company (people).

Marianne is the Author of the Financial Times Guide ''Leadership – How to lead effectively and get results'’.
Her column for The Independent (UK) explores how to make the switch from corporate life to entrepreneurship. She is also the creator of a monthly Alternative Investment column for Global Corporate Venturing publication.

In addition to being a writer and a freelance columnist, Marianne serves on the boards of several venture capital funds and start ups in Europe and Asia. For her current projects and whatever’s making her tick today. Check out her blog : "http://www.marianne.hk"

Passionate about people, innovation and entrepreneurship, Marianne is constantly looking for new business ideas, interesting people to meet and new perspectives on life. She believes firmly that these are the best of possible times to be alive.

For relaxation, she loves fine food, finer wine, and exercise.

Recruit Millennial Oomph

November is a time to think and convince. It is a time to have an impact. It is a time to be bold and audacious. It is a time to inject some oomph into your business.
21/11/2013 11:26 GMT

The Female Paradigm

Wise leaders, that I hope you are, this is a wake-up call. If you want to compete in the talent war, if you want proactively to address the regulatory pressure on your own terms, invest in nurturing your next generation of women leaders.
05/09/2013 11:15 BST

The Mama Shelter - A Different Take on Leadership

This is a new dimension in recruitment and leadership. Find people with this profound desire to serve others and they will take pride in making people feel good and suggest changes in pursuit of excellence.
26/02/2013 16:31 GMT

This is Time Well Spent!

Singapore-based Melvyn Teillol-Foo, founder of PuristSPro, a reference website for watch lovers in Asia, collects with and for his wife and speaks fondly of the first double purchase they ever made - the Omega Constella-tion 5125.
14/11/2012 11:31 GMT

Waters for New Leaders

Leadership is about actions, not just words, so you need to show commitment in behaviour that is related to your value statement.
25/10/2012 11:55 BST

Marilyn or James Bond- Is Memorabilia the New Investment Craze?

For Nicholas, the buyer of the famous Kate Middleton see-through dress that allegedly caught Prince William's eye, his take on memorabilia appears to be more finance orientated. "I thought that by acquiring the uber-sexy, rather risque dress of the future Queen of England one cannot go wrong."
23/10/2012 17:10 BST

Serial Networking or Pushing Cognitive Diversity?

I am starting to wonder, if I am turning into a serial networker? Or if I am embracing what I am preaching: to develop your innovation skills you have to push yourself out of your cognitive comfort zone?
10/10/2012 11:42 BST

Lifestyle Investment - The Other Alternative for Savvy Investors?

It was just a month ago that the movers and shakers of the wine world got back from their very first taste of Bordeaux 2011. The results of the tasting were mixed and, with the financial crisis still roaring, the question of wine as an attractive alternative investment continues to be debated.
05/06/2012 19:48 BST

Advice for Graduates Looking for a Future

How do you help your job seeking daughter? Go back in time and guide her, influence her taste, expose her to cultural difference, enroll her in music classes, literary salons, open her brain and build her knowledge. Think about the concept of the Renaissance man. When the time comes, help her make the right choice over and over again.
21/11/2011 12:10 GMT

Entrepreneurs – Catalysts For a Better World?

Maybe the true call for change is to move away from a process and money-oriented world towards a purpose-driven world, one with human values and more social equality. Could entrepreneurship act as a catalyst? A vast question yet to be explored.
11/11/2011 12:50 GMT