The Last Word is a series of columns, originally published on the Emerging Europe website. I cover a wide range of topics: leadership, sustainability, technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, geopolitics, site selection and global business services.

December 3, 2023
The last word: Showcasing Uzbekistan’s IT potential

An event in London brings the potential of Uzbekistan’s IT sector to the attention of the UK’s buyers and investors.

November 26, 2023
The last word: Reinvention for the many, innovation for the few

According to the theory of diffusion of innovation, only 2.5 per cent of the general population are innovators. The rest of us simply follow. But reinvention—those little steps that you can take right now to improve your business—is something everyone is able to do. 

November 12, 2023
the Last word: Only by empowering women can we develop truly transformative, disruptive innovations

Increasing the number of female entrepreneurs and innovators will not alone solve the problem of gender imbalance. It is essential to transform institutions to make them free from all forms of discrimination.

November 5, 2023
the Last word: Grasping the chance to lead

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine thrust emerging Europe into the spotlight. The region was ready to respond with courage, unity, and leadership, confirmation that the continent’s centre of power is indeed shifting eastwards. Now it is time for the region to grasp this opportunity and lead.  

October 29, 2023
the Last Word: How Uzbekistan can become a regional tech hub

Not being aware of developments or opportunities does not mean they do not exist.

October 22, 2023
Last word: Future-proofing democracy

Polish voters have led the way in demonstrating that high turnout can bring about change. Now they need to hold their newly-elected leaders to account.

October 15, 2023
Last word: Lessons from Klaipėda

People and organisations working at sea understand the importance of collaboration.

October 8, 2023
the Last word: Discovering emerging Europe

The only way to truly discover what emerging Europe has to offer is to visit.

October 1, 2023
the Last word: Throughout CEE, misperceptions often begin at home

If emerging Europe wants others to view the region in a different light, it would do well to take a look at the way it views itself.

September 25, 2023
the Last word: Five tips from five emerging Europe entrepreneurs

Learning from someone else’s mistakes and proven success saves time.

September 10, 2023
the Last word: Celebrating good people

Director Agnieszka Holland’s latest film, The Green Border, is not to the liking of Poland’s ruling party.

September 3, 2023
the Last word: Selling a region to the world

A lack of awareness about a specific location can be a real obstacle to investment, and for the firms already located there, to international growth.