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Olivier Mura, 2017 President Junior Chamber International Monaco
Olivier Mura, 2017 President JCI, for Monaco Life
ML: Tell us about your education and professional background in Monaco.
OM: My studies have been long and varied, as I did a professional baccalaureate in sales, a university degree in marketing, and then a Masters in Human Resource Management.
In 2010, when my father sold his car dealership company with 50 employees in Nice, I happened to see an ad in the local press for a sales manager at Auto Koncept Lotus in Monaco. I am very grateful for the trust that Pascale Ounnas, my director at that time, had in me, because he brought me into a quality company in the Principality.
I then left for British Motors/MyWay at the end of 2012, and I still work for MINI. Monaco was a personal choice because the market here was totally different, in a positive sense, from France. It was an opportunity and I do not regret one bit the choice that I made.
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ML: How would you describe Monaco's 18-to 40-year-old working community and what would surprise people to learn about the working culture in the Principality?
OM: The 18-40s are very active. They work in varied and diverse fields and are committed to their jobs. It’s much less stressful to work here than in neighbouring countries because of the quality of life offered here.
Many young people from outside Monaco believe that it is impossible for them to come to work in the Principality, as all they see are pictures of stars and sports cars. This image is gradually changing thanks to the efforts of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, and the government who are communicating about the investment being made towards energy transition and the vitality and dynamism of Monaco in all sectors.
Our actions are also helping to show the reality of the Principality where more than 52,000 people work daily compared to a resident population of 37,500; it’s exceptional.
ML: How did you get involved with Junior Chamber International Monaco (JCI Monaco)?
OM: When I arrived in the Principality in 2011, a friend, Jean-Nicolas Rousselot, who was a JCIM member and one of the initiators of the JCI Monaco's commission team, told me about the organisation. It was during the plenary assembly of January 2013 that I decided to go to meet the young members.
I was amazed by the projects in progress, especially the European Conference, and this is what motivated me to became fully involved. In JCI Monaco I discovered commitment, quality and an impeccable team spirit to carry out all the projects.
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ML: Tell us more about JCI Monaco.
OM: Created in 1963, JCI Monaco aims to bring together the enterprising young workers in the Principality with a mission to develop Monaco’s economic attractiveness.
Our vision is to be the number one organisation for leaders and entrepreneurs of the Principality and our goals include developing the skills of our members in business leadership or to be successful in their professional lives, to help the community and contribute to its progress, and to contribute to the positive image of Monaco abroad.
The JCI Monaco is about openness, commitment, teamwork and projects, and innovation – adapting to an ever-changing world
Volunteering: each member finds gratification by acting in their field, in the development of their personal leadership skills, and in the strength of the network.
As for training, the experience of action helps personal development – leading and managing teams, taking on responsibilities and public speaking skills.
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ML: What kinds of Entrepreneurship, Networking and Training events and conferences does JCI Monaco hold?
OM: Our actions are structured around three major themes: entrepreneurship, training and networking.
Our initiatives include the Business Plan Competition, Economic Directory, Startup Weekend, Employer’s Guide, Monaco Trade Survey, Get in the Ring, and Graine d’Entrepreneur, which is a collaboration with the Board of Education, Lycée Albert 1er, and 15 business owners who talk about their professional experience to high school seniors in order to create a virtual project.
Our big networking activities are Business Time evenings, and business breakfasts with topics related to the Monegasque economy.
We also do a TEAM sport tournament for Monegasque companies and administration, and offer after-work training from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, on various topics such as leadership, management, personal development, entrepreneurship, public speaking, etc.
ML: How is JCI Monaco involved in the community?
OM: It’s one of our missions, to develop the economic attractiveness of Monaco through our actions and events. We have Member of the Management committee of the Monaco Economic Board (MEB), a seat on the Economic and Social Committee (CES), a seat on the Strategic Council for Attractiveness (CSA), and a seat on the Observatory for Industry and the Observatory for Trade.
ML: How is it involved with the International Junior Chamber of Commerce (JCI)
OM:We work together with the International Junior Chamber, which includes 200,000 members from 112 countries, to provides young people with development opportunities to create positive change. And for the first time in Monaco’s history, JCI’s Executive Vice-President is a Monaco-resident, JCI Monaco member Kevin Hin.
ML: In your role as presidentbetween January 2017 and December 2017, what did you learn?
OM: I learned not to give in, to push myself and to exceed my limits, but also to be able to count on people. As an only child, I am quite individualistic in nature, and JCI Monaco has made me more open to teamwork, and for this, I thank my Board of Directors and my Committee Directors for their unfailing support.
I also learned to express myself in public, quite bizarre for a president I know, because it is an exercise that I appreciate very little. Professionally I learned to divide my tasks – to lead the JCI Monaco and to work as part of a team.
[caption id="attachment_27834" align="alignnone" width="640"] JCI 2018 President Olena Prykhodko with Olivier Mura, 2017 President. Photo: Flickr JCE Monaco[/caption]
ML: What advice would you give the 2018 President, Olena Prykhodko-Sullivan?OM: Our presidency is a unique experience, as we operate on several axes and must have an open mind and be responsive to meet the challenges of the current year and prepare for the next.
We are presidents of a movement that requires constant evolution while, at the same time, we carry on our shoulders the weight of the previous years and the exceptional work done before. Our mission is to create a network of young leaders and quality entrepreneurs to move forward and adapt to a changing world.
Olena is for me the person who best represents JCI Monaco today and I am proud to pass the torch to such a brilliant young woman.
ML: Who should join the Junior Chamber International Monaco, either as an associate member or active member?
OM: Anyone who wants to develop his or her business network, create new business opportunities, improve leadership skills, and contribute to the success of Monaco.
For more, see the Junior Chamber International Monaco's website. Article first published March 11, 2018.
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The Grimaldi Forum Monaco will host the Maria by Callas exhibition in the spring on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the death of the Greek American soprano, based on an original idea by Tom Volf.
The Maria by Callas exhibition will be presented in various facets, particularly relating to the time that she spent in the Principality, from 1960 to 1967, when the New York-born singer was living away from the limelight. During this time, she shared a great love with the Greek ship owner Aristote Onassis and attended many Monegasque parties.
Callas died of a heart attack in Paris, age 53, in 1977.
Photographs, archival footage and unpublished films will be offered, notably from the collections of Monaco cultural organisations such as the Opera, the Société des Bains de Mer, the Audio-Visual Archives of Monaco, and the Prince's Palace.
Tom Volf, director of the film Maria By Callas, released in cinemas on December 13, and author of two reference books on the singer – Maria by Callas and Callas Confidential – will be present to help visitors rediscover her history.
The exhibit runs from April 11 to 15 at Espace Indigo. Admission is free.
[caption id="attachment_29355" align="alignnone" width="640"] Mungo Park, Chairman of Innovator Capital, presents Prince Albert with a special 2018 CleanEquity Monaco Award, designed by American conceptual artist Darren Bader.. Photo: CleanEquity Monaco[/caption]
Prince Albert revealed the new Award for Sustainability with the Nobel Sustainability Trust and a Global Green Investment Bank, at the CleanEquity Monaco conference last Friday at the Fairmont Monte Carlo.
Referring to CleanEquity Monaco, which he co-founded with Mungo Park, Chairman of Innovator Capital, in 2007, the Sovereign Prince said he was proud that “the conference has become an important part of the sustainability landscape. Over the years, some 300 companies have presented their plans to over 1600 attendees.
“These companies have gone on to raise nearly $2 billion, friendships have been forged, and greater strides have been made towards a cleaner, safer and more sustainable future.”
The Prince then announced “a new initiative that has origins in the multidisciplinary nature of CleanEquity Monaco, the creation of a new Global Award for Sustainability and a Global Green Investment Bank.”
As HSH stated, the Nobel Prizes continue to be recognised as some of the world’s greatest accolades. “Sustainability was a key concept for the three Nobel brothers Alfred, Ludwig and Robert. It has now become a vital part of our modern lives; but the concept was not included in Alfred’s will. So, because the Nobel Foundation cannot add to its portfolio of prizes, four Nobel family members, in agreement with the Foundation, formed the Nobel Sustainability Trust to promote sustainability in modern life.
"The trust’s mission is to sustain quality of life in the face of threats – pollution, climate change – and to create the Award for Sustainability.”
Monaco will host the Sustainability Award Ceremony in 2020 or 2021.
Back in 2012, the Nobel Sustainability Trust co-hosted CleanEquity Monaco and engaged Innovator Capital to develop the Nobel Sustainability Fund, the world’s first multi-phase, multi-technology, multi-geography sustainable technology fund. It was launched in June 2016, by Earth Capital Partners and was seeded by the Monaco Reserve Fund.
[caption id="attachment_29260" align="alignnone" width="640"] HSH Prince Albert at the 2018 CleanEquity Monaco Awards Ceremony. Photo: Monaco Life[/caption]
Mungo Park added, “We are creating a multi-sovereign backed Global Green Investment Bank and other nations are waiting to participate as soon as the corporate structure is in place.”
Mr Park explained that the investment bank “will provide a service to technology companies and specifically, will not compete with the investment community”.
“Quite the opposite,” he assured. “In fact, its model will be to help companies become investor-ready, bridge financing at a fair and reasonable margin above the investment bank’s cost of money, and will enable companies to strengthen their boards, their management teams, their documentation and their intellectual property portfolios.”
Chairman of the Nobel Sustainability Trust, Professor Michael Nobel, commented, “The official recognition of the award and the Nobel Sustainability Trust foundation expressed during this CleanEquity Monaco conference is of outmost importance, both to the organisation and myself. The tremendous value of such a recognition being confirmed by a world-renown expert in the field like HSH Prince Albert in a plenary session of a meeting of this type cannot be underestimated."
Professor Nobel went on to say, "The issue of sustainability has in recent years become vitally important for mankind's wellbeing and even chances of long term survival. It goes far beyond what was thought necessary or important in earlier times. This is also why it has become so important that all of humanity, and not only special interest groups, recognises that sustainability policies needs to become and remain an integral part of our activities in order for us to prosper. Actions and words by recognised world leaders in the field, like Prince Albert, help create and reinforce such beliefs."
Following the groundbreaking announcements, Prince Albert, who will celebrate his 60th birthday on Wednesday March, 14, presented the three CleanEquity Awards, designed this year by American conceptual artist Darren Bader.
The awards winners were: Superdielectrics for Excellence in the Field of Environmental Technology Research; NanoSpun for Excellence in the Field of Environmental Technology Development; and BBOXX for Excellence in the Field of Environmental Technology Commercialisation.
Over the two days, twenty-seven companies presented at the 11th edition of the invitation-only CleanEquity Monaco.
“It’s the people assembled in this room that help turn science fiction into science fact,” said Prince Albert and their clean technologies are testament to his long-standing commitment for the Principality to be a model green country, which respects the natural environment and subscribes to be carbon neutral by 2050.
Article first published on March 13, 2018.
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