In March, Ford completed its exit from the luxury car market by selling Volvo to China's Geely Automobile for $1.6 billion. Although the sale represents a sharp loss - the company paid $6 billion for the Swedish automaker eleven years ago - Ford posted an annual profit of $2.7 billion in 2009, its first profitable year since 2005. Assisted by the 'Cash for Clunkers' program (not to mention Toyota's accelerator woes), Ford recaptured its position as the nation's largest carmaker in February. Which is why Ford's CEO Alan Mulally can now look abroad, including big markets like India, where it recently introduced the compact Figo.
Jackie Chan, a kung fu star and a member of the CPPCC National Committee, raised his experiences about smoking bans in China and Singapore as an example. During a business trip, his colleagues still smoked after a warning from a security guard in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, but they didn't dare smoke when they arrived in Singapore because "it was strict about smoking there".
And while many Bond girls fade into acting obscurity or fall into second-class flicks after making a 007 splash, Marlohe and her agents at ICM Partners are making sure the actress surrounds herself with top-flight talent as she uses the Bond movie as a launching pad for an international career.
Addressing the environment is Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, CEU Professor and Director of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy, along with Luis Gómez-Echeverri, Senior Research Scholar at IIASA. Taking on the economic angle is CEU Visiting Professor Dora Piroska and Matthias Thiemann from Sciences Po.
This discussion will be moderated by Andrew Solomon, former head of natural history and history at ORF, and editor of UNIVERSUM.
Since February 2019, CEU’s Borderless Knowledge series features CEU professors, leading Hungarian experts and well-known public figures discussing recent scientific findings and their direct impact on contemporary life. Previous talks from the series have covered topics of the pandemic’s preventability, imminent financial crisis, archeological mysteries, global warming, networks and research on childhood cognitive development.