Mikhaïl NEFEDOV | President of the association

Before we speak about myself, I would like to start by paying homage to my ancestors. I am very proud of my roots and family heritage, as well as its achievements over the past. My parents, both doctors, volunteered for numerous humanitarian missions, particularly in Africa, which unfortunately cost them their lives. In spite of this, I know they would do it again even if they'd know how it would end up. We can all learn a lot from studying their past activities. The impact of such families on today's society must not be forgotten, given that they shaped who we are today by their culture, intellect and bravery. Therefore, I am very enthusiastic about preserving and promoting their values and traditions, which became mine, in order to keep their names alive for the benefit of all.

First of all, I would like to stress that personally, I have over 25 years of global business experience, managing and leading business operations across diverse, mainly financial industries and environments, between Asia and Europe. I also acquired a broad knowledge of Governments, Banking, Religion, Philosophy, People and Spiritualism. Thus, I have the following views on life and the universe:

Religion: I am Orthodox Christian. The original and authentic Christianity.

Philosophy: The Human race has always needed belief, guidance and structure to help describe their existence and purpose, their reality. I believe in the pyramid of human needs, the Maslow pyramid from 1954. God law provides all of these things./p>

Politics: We always talk about right or left instead of right or wrong.

Finance and banking: As Henry Ford once said, “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

Economics and environment: The engine of the growth of our economy is our environment. Only by assessing our world globally and managing Earth’s natural resources reasonably can we achieve sustainable development and growth of economies in Asia and Europe. Asia being an important region for Europe as a target for direct investment. Could I sum it up any better than this quote by the French writer Albert Camus, who said in the speech he delivered when receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957, “Each generation doubtless feels called upon to reform the world. Mine knows that it will not reform it but its task is perhaps even greater. It consists in preventing the world from destroying itself. These words are still relevant today as mankind is facing great challenges". It’s true, indeed. People need to be good judges of character, able to gather and analyse imperfection and will, and to come up with their own ideas while having the leadership skills and charisma to attract other people. AI can perform simple standard tasks related to monotonous operations. Robots will be integrated to perform all mechanical work, but who will be able to solve high uncertainty challenges and creative tasks? Only humans can make the choice. We have all the opportunities to develop a huge territory to conquer and many creative skills to master. However, we shouldn’t forget about the supreme value of information and experience as well, as they keep our society alive and provide movement of every system. All our systems are interconnected and we have to learn to master it.

 

I strongly believe that we can all help to improve our lives and of those around us. For me, the key to such improvement is education and knowledge. We all, however, have the duty and responsibility to share knowledge and to help our fellow citizens and our habitat. With the correct knowledge, and good intentions, all can be improved.

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