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EU research head optimistic on post-Brexit future

EU research head optimistic on post-Brexit future

Science
An EU research head says that he is "optimistic" that there will continue to be close scientific collaboration with the UK after Brexit.Prof Mauro Ferrari said that science bodies on both sides of the Channel want close existing links to continue.Prof Ferrari is the new president of the European Research Council, which funds EU science and tech research.He made his comments at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting in Seattle."I am very optimistic," he said. "The stakes are so high. It is in everybody's interest that a solution that is as good as the current one or better is found."Although there is near universal agreement that Britain's current close relationship with the ERC should continue, there is ...

Brazil prosecutors seek to suspend head of indigenous body

World
The Brazilian federal prosecutor's office is seeking to suspend the appointment of a former missionary as head of a government body responsible for protecting uncontacted and recently contacted indigenous groupsByThe Associated PressFebruary 11, 2020, 10:17 PM2 min readRIO DE JANEIRO -- The Brazilian federal prosecutor's office filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to suspend the appointment of a former missionary as head of the government body responsible for protecting uncontacted and recently contacted indigenous groups. The suit asks for the suspension of Ricardo Lopez Dias' naming to the post, citing an “evident conflict of interest” and a possible reversal in Brazil's long-established no-contact policy with such indigenous communities. The lawsuit also alleges a threat of “genocide and et
Punit Sood appointed new country head of RBS India

Punit Sood appointed new country head of RBS India

Finance
Punit Sood has been appointed the new country head of RBS India, the technology and operations hub of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), effective today. He succeeds Pankaj Phatarphod. For Sood, this will be his second innings at RBS, where he is returning to lead India operations after a nearly two-year gap. In his new role, he will build the organisation’s strategic capabilities, supporting the bank to achieve its goals. An IIT-Roorkee, IIM Ahmedabad graduate, Sood was previously head of technology, India at RBS, a role he was appointed to in 2016 and held till February 2018, when he quit for personal reasons. He has since been an advisor to the Cornerstone Venture Partners Fund, a technology-focused global VC fund. Let's block ads! (Why?) Banking/Finance-Industry-Economic Times
Standard Chartered appoints Samrat Khosla as Head – Wealth Management, India

Standard Chartered appoints Samrat Khosla as Head – Wealth Management, India

Finance
KOLKATA: Standard Chartered Bank, India has announced the appointment of Samrat Khosla as its new Head of Wealth Management (WM) effective February 1, 2020. Khosla will take over from Nitin Singh, who has decided to leave the Bank to pursue other opportunities. Samrat Khosla, who will relocate to India, brings to the role a wide experience gained over his career in distribution, products and wealth management. He joined the Bank in 2003 and worked in various roles across Retail Banking and WM before relocating to Singapore to join the Bank’s Group WM team in 2010. Most recently, as Head of Life Insurance, he has been instrumental in leading the exclusive strategic partnership with Prudential. He has played a pivotal role in transforming the strategic life insurance product agenda. In his n
New Year Honours: Former Ofcom head Sharon White becomes dame

New Year Honours: Former Ofcom head Sharon White becomes dame

Technology
Sharon White, the former head of the UK telecoms regulator Ofcom, has been recognised on the New Year Honours list.Ms White was chief executive of Ofcom for four years, during which she oversaw the regulator taking on more responsibilities.She was made a Dame for her "public service" at Ofcom.Ms White said she was "very grateful" for the award and paid tribute to her former colleagues."This is really a recognition of the hard work and dedication of my colleagues at Ofcom," she said, in a short statement.Ofcom is the UK's telecoms regulator, overseeing telephone and broadband services, mobile networks, and television and radio broadcasts.Olivia Newton-John and England cricketers head honours listDuring Ms White's time in charge, Ofcom became the first exte...