Leaders & Philanthropists

Our regular series interviewing top figures changing the game in luxury, culture and sustainability, including owners, CEOs, philanthropists, foundations and fund principals.

Ted Janulis of Investable Oceans on his hopes for COP28

Ted Janulis of Investable Oceans on his hopes for COP28

Amid much scepticism about whether the global climate summit COP28, taking place in Dubai over the next few weeks, will actually bear any positive results, there are rays of hope. Ted Janulis, investor, entrepreneur and founder of Investable Oceans, outlines the...

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Markus Müller on financing sustainable development

Markus Müller on financing sustainable development

There is a major issue with meeting our sustainability goals: the financial and structural support is, in many cases, just not there. Deutsche Bank’s Markus Müller explains to Darius Sanai what needs to happen to close the gap LUX: What is the sustainable...

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Karen Sack: Five Things That Need to Happen at COP 28

Karen Sack: Five Things That Need to Happen at COP 28

It is under three weeks until the start of one of the most important climate summits in history. At the end of November, world leaders gather in the UAE for COP 28, an ever-more urgent climate crisis looming amid growing geopolitical instability. Here, Karen Sack,...

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Mae Anderson on nurturing Singapore’s art community

Mae Anderson on nurturing Singapore’s art community

Mae Anderson, serves as the chairman of Art Outreach, a non-profit organisation committed to promoting art appreciation and nurturing the connections within Singapore’s art community. Mae’s contributions extend to her role as the Head of Philanthropy Services...

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Enric Sala on working to protect vital areas of the ocean

Enric Sala on working to protect vital areas of the ocean

After a number of years writing about ocean conservation as an academic, Enric Sala decided he wanted to take a more active role in protecting our seas. Here he tells Trudy Ross about his Pristine Seas project, which combines exploration and research to conserve the...

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Francis Sultana: The life of a leader in design

Francis Sultana: The life of a leader in design

World renowned interior designer Francis Sultana has been taking the world by a storm through his residential, hospitality and commercial projects. Here, he speaks to Samantha Welsh about how he went from designing his mother’s home in Malta to leading the...

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Carl Hansen & Søn’s CEO on pioneering Danish design

Carl Hansen & Søn’s CEO on pioneering Danish design

Carl Hansen & Søn began as a small furniture workshop in Odense in 1908. Today, it is a company stretching across continents. Knud Erik Hansen tells LUX about continuing his grandfather’s legacy as CEO of the Danish furniture brand LUX: Carl Hansen & Søn...

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Mike Scarola on his vision for a new kind of luxury travel

Mike Scarola on his vision for a new kind of luxury travel

Mike Scarola is the CEO of Butterfield & Robinson, a luxury travel company with the goal of making a positive impact. He speaks to LUX about connecting with local communities and travelling on two wheels instead of four LUX: What was the inspiration behind your...

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Ryder Cup’s Guy Kinnings On The Future Of Golf

Ryder Cup’s Guy Kinnings On The Future Of Golf

Guy Kinnings is the Deputy CEO, Ryder Cup Director & Chief Commercial Officer at European Tour Group & Ryder Cup. Ahead of the Ryder Cup in Rome this weekend, he speaks to Samantha Welsh about the growing enthusiasm for the sport from the next generation and...

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Pierre Barreau on the future of AI in the music industry

Pierre Barreau on the future of AI in the music industry

AIVA AI is an AI music composer which allows people to create their own personalised life  soundtracks. Here, LUX speaks to its founder, Pierre Barreau, about the future of AI and its impact on the music industry LUX: Can you give us some background about your company...

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Baroness Scotland on helping nations combat climate change

Baroness Scotland on helping nations combat climate change

As Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, a central pillar of Patricia Scotland’s diplomatic work is to help the group of 56 Commonwealth countries – many with historical links to the UK – adapt to the impacts of climate change. It is an issue she knows all...

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Ben Goldsmith on the joy of restoration

Ben Goldsmith on the joy of restoration

Financier, philanthropist and environmentalist Ben Goldsmith explains how environmental conservation became such an important aspect of his life and why it should be at the forefront of all philanthropists’ agendas I am lucky enough to be raising a family on a...

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Carolina Bucci on creating her own brand vision

Carolina Bucci on creating her own brand vision

She shot to success when Sarah Jessica Parker wore her brand’s Lucky bracelet in Sex and the City in 2002, and she has gone on to fuse playful designs with her family’s fine- jewellery tradition. Carolina Bucci talks to LUX’s Samantha Welsh about creating and...

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A tasting of Vérité wines with Hélène Seillan

A tasting of Vérité wines with Hélène Seillan

The French-American father-daughter team running Vérité make some of the world’s most sophisticated red wines, inspired by French classic styles, from vineyards in Sonoma, California. Darius Sanai catches up with Hélène Seillan to sip through a glorious...

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Cindy Chao on heritage and emotion in jewellery

Cindy Chao on heritage and emotion in jewellery

Cindy Chao is known for fusing art and jewellery to create unique collectibles. Here she speaks to LUX about the importance of her heritage, emotions and craftsmanship LUX: How has your upbringing shaped your career? Cindy Chao: Creating art jewels, for me, is a...

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Six Senses CEO Neil Jacobs On Residential Wellness

Six Senses CEO Neil Jacobs On Residential Wellness

Neil Jacobs is CEO of the iconic hotel and residencies group, Six Senses. Here, he speaks to Samantha Welsh about the brand’s wellness model LUX: How far are your wellness beliefs rooted in your personal values and lived experience? Neil Jacobs: It started after...

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Kelly Russell Catella on sustainable urban planning

Kelly Russell Catella on sustainable urban planning

For International Women’s Day we are spotlighting Kelly Russell Catella, Head of Sustainability and Communication at COIMA, a major Italian real estate fund manager. COIMA has total investments of 5.5 billion euros with a declared focus on large scale...

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Dr Oxana Mulholland On Women Leading Technology

Dr Oxana Mulholland On Women Leading Technology

Dr Oxana Mulholland is the Investment Director at the London Technology Club, a space for investors and tech professionals to network and exchange ideas within the industry. Here, Dr Mulholland speaks to LUX’s Leaders and Philanthropists Editor, Samantha Welsh...

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Philanthropist: Alice Audouin On Art And Sustainability

Philanthropist: Alice Audouin On Art And Sustainability

The Paris-based polymath has spent nearly 20 years enabling an ecosystem in which art and environmental concerns meet in meaningful and magical ways. Alice Audouin tells LUX about supporting a new generation of artists who invite us to consider nature via work of...

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Sakshi Chhabra Mittal on Food Science

Sakshi Chhabra Mittal on Food Science

Sakshi Chhabra Mittal is the founder and CEO of FoodHak, a startup revolutionising the food industry by combining science, tech and traditional Ayurvedic principles to make healthier meals more accessible to all. Here Sakshi, speaks to Samantha Welsh about starting an...

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Professor Connel Fullenkamp On The Value Of Nature

Professor Connel Fullenkamp On The Value Of Nature

Can we put a price tag on nature? Valuing the carbon services of plants and animals is essential to bridging the gap between finance and conservation, says Professor Connel Fullenkamp, the leading academic working at the intersection of science and economics. Here,...

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