“This is a pivotal moment for leaders as organizations stretch for more sustainable operating models post-pandemic. They must move from crisis mode to ensuring that they leverage the knowledge they’ve gained from their experiences of the past couple of years. The most successful leaders will make 2022 a year of renewed, purposeful commitment to investing in people and to making an inclusive workforce a reality.” – Bert Miller, President & CEO, MRINetwork
Tegus, a leading provider of primary business and market intelligence for key decision makers, has announced plans for the establishment of its EMEA HQ in Waterford City, Ireland, which will lead to the creation of up to 100 jobs over the next two years. Headquartered in Chicago since 2018, Tegus now serves more than 1,000 customers worldwide, including investment firms, corporations, and consultancies. The EMEA team will enable Tegus to further build out its global content and data sets by supporting more local customers and covering a growing number of international companies on its platform.
The Tegus product has already seen high demand from customers internationally and having a committed EMEA HQ will provide an even stronger customer experience and attract foreign direct investment as the business grows. Tegus has already begun hiring for roles across the areas of Business Development, Customer Success, Operations, Sales, and People Management.
Global expatriate networking group InterNations recently released the latest edition of its Expat City Ranking, which surveyed a total of 12,420 expats representing 174 nationalities living in 186 countries across the globe. The Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur (KL), has been crowned the best city in the world to live in for expats, dethroning Singapore and shedding new light on expat perspectives of Southeast Asia’s major cities. The survey asked respondents to provide ratings for various factors, including Quality of Urban Living, Getting Settled, Urban Work Life, and Finance & Housing. Ranking first in the Getting Settled index, KL is a great place to make new connections, and expats living in KL find it easy to make new friends in the city. Another draw for expats is the fact that most people can get around with daily life without having to speak the local language since the majority of people speak English. KL also dominates the Finance & Housing index for its affordable and easily available expat housing. It’s important to note, however, that the Malaysian capital only ranks 41st in the Quality of Urban Living index. And when it comes to micro-factors such as political stability, personal safety, public transport, and the urban environment, Kuala Lumpur actually ranks below the global average.
The full survey results can be accessed at Kuala Lumpur is crowned the world’s best city to live in for expats | Mashable SE Asia.
One of the biggest challenges standing in the way of achieving a 100% renewable energy transition is the fact that key sources of renewable power including wind and solar don’t supply a steady flow of energy production because they are dependent on external factors such as weather, daylight hours, and seasons. One approach to solving this issue of variability is a new strategy being developed between Chile and China that is based on importing energy from the opposite side of the globe and building a solar empire so vast that the sun never sets. The two governments are currently planning to build a submarine cable running along the bottom of the ocean to export photovoltaic energy from South America to East Asia, according to the Chilean solar energy association (ACESOL). The cable will be 15,000 km long and is projected to cost about US$2 billion.
The so-called Antípodas project will be based on the enormous solar energy potential of Chile’s Atacama Desert, the driest non-polar desert in the world. The almost entirely cloudless desert is the region in the world with the highest rates of solar radiation, making it a prime location for a solar farm. Getting all that solar energy to Chinese markets, however, may be tricky. On top of the hefty price tag of the cable itself, China will have to seriously invest in building out its solar plant infrastructure to make way for Chile’s 3,106 MW of already-installed photovoltaic capacity. It will also require a lot of geopolitical deal-making between Chile, China, and other Asian economies.