I WOULD LIKE to write about global risk from a personal perspective. In 1979 my father was a chief engineer to the Shah of Iran. All of that changed in 1979 with the start of the Iranian revolution. When the Revolutionary Guards came to burn our houses, the people could walk out but the Monets, Manets and Picassos were destroyed. I remember losing all our family photographs and our collection of art and antiques. It was a defining moment for me. I realised that it would be more productive in life to collect interesting people, rather than interesting objects.

I ended up studying electronic engineering ...


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