Leonora O'Brien

A man goes into a pharmacy and tells the pharmacist, ‘I took this pill last night and now I’m feeling very ill.’ The pharmacist replies: ‘OK sir, I’m going to report this.’ This is no joke; this is a reality in the healthcare sector. One look at the headlines is proof enough. In June 2013, a laboratory in France withdrew a series of diuretic pills due to an unexplained error: a blister pack appeared to contain sleeping pills instead. The alert was raised by a pharmacist, who had reasonable cause for alarm when investigating a client reporting the believed mix-up.

Donatella Treu

Donatella Treu was born in Milan, where she actually lives. From her parents, Donatella inherited that perfect mix of tenacity, iron will and operativity that allowed her to reach the business summits.

Cécile Réal

There’s a chronic disease that concerns millions of people but receives relatively little attention and funding for research. It affects only women and causes great pain and frustration, for there is currently no known cure. Proper diagnosis involves a surgical intervention, which most patients and doctors seek to avoid, delaying diagnosis for years. Treatment is hormonal or surgical, with a 30 to 40% chance the disease will return. It remains a mystery to the medical profession, yet an agonising reality for women around the world. Its name is endometriosis.

Valentine Van Der Lande

They say that everyone has a novel inside them: now they have a new chance to get it published, by uploading it onto, a crowdfunding website for aspiring scribes. ‘All you do is post a minimum of 10 pages,’ says Valentine van der Lande, the bubbly young brains behind this new wave in writing. ‘If the public likes it, they buy shares in your manuscript; when enough have been bought, one of our publishers will publish the book.’

Michèle Boisdron-Celle

Michèle Boisdron-Celle is a biologist and pharmacologist whose scientific credentials speak for themselves: a doctor of pharmaceutical sciences, she has spent 16 years at the Paul Papin Cancer Institute in Angers, France, where she created an oncopharmacology unit to study anti-cancer drugs, and in 2006 founded the Tumours Biopathology Department, overseeing a team of 30 biologists, pharmacists and technicians.

Cara Sayer

Parents of newborns never seem to get enough sleep, but the average baby sleeps 15 to 18 hours a day, a quarter of which is naps. ‘Babies can be disturbed by the slightest change in temperature or light,’ says Cara Sayer, the 39 year-old founder of Really Simple Ideas Ltd., ‘then they wake up grumpy, and you can say goodbye to whatever you had been doing!’

Penina First

Imagine you wake up in the morning to heavy snowfall and your drive needs shovelling. Or you need someone to pick up shopping, mend a bicycle, take your cat to the vet or just about any other daily task you can think of... What do you do? You contact Swifto, and within minutes rest assured that somebody’s there to do it. The idea originated as GoWorkIt, a site dedicated as a way to find temporary workers in a flash.

Kresse Wesling

Kresse Wesling has a rather extraordinary passion: ‘I’ve been passionate about waste for years! I want to add value to waste and build a valuable product from it,’ she says. The result is a company she has co-founded to make luxury goods from waste.

Yes, that’s right: luxury from waste.

Agatha Ruiz De La Prada

In the early 80's she opens up a studio-shop in Marques de Riscal street, Madrid. She puts on her first fashion show in Barcelona and exhibits her own hand-painted dresses and drawings in several art galleries of the Spanish capital. As one of the main promoters of the "movida madrilena" (a social and cultural revolution where many artists appeared) she participates in many cultural events.

Danica Purg

Professor Danica Purg is the founding and current Dean and Director of the IEDC-BLED School of Management, Slovenia, and the founding President of the Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN), which has 170 members from 42 countries and whose aim is to enhance management development in Central and Eastern Europe. She is also chairperson and director of the European Leadership Centre (ELC), established with the aim of assessing and promoting European leadership through the organization of forums, workshops and research.


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