Film and theater actor Boman Irani was introduced to cinema at a very young age. But he took a meandering path to becoming an actor. His first job was working as a waiter. He then sold burritos at the family store, and later became a photographer. Getting into acting was almost an accident. Today, with more than 60 films under his belt including hits such as Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. and 3 Idiots, Irani has also forayed into television. The problem with Indian cinema, he notes in this interview with Wharton professor Kartik Hosanagar, is that there is a lack of good scripts.
Published: May 14, 2013 Hanan Abdel Meguid: Choosing Personal Happiness and Career Success
When Hanan Abdel Meguid started her latest tech venture, she chose to create an environment that would attract talented employees, despite competition from international companies. Another choice was to forgo comfort, hold the line on spending and focus on building the company. But her biggest choice, Meguid tells Arabic Knowledge@Wharton, was deciding what aspects of her personal life she would protect as she pursued her career. "We need to have balance and appreciation both at home and at work, and for that you need to live a good life," she says.
Published: April 30, 2013 Through Perseverance and Frugality, a Path to Leadership in Egypt's High-Tech Industry
She started out as a computer science major fascinated with technology. Today, Hanan Abdel Meguid oversees one of Cairo's better-known online and mobile technology companies. Noting that the company now has offices around the world, Meguid tells Arabic Knowledge@Wharton how she bounced back from failure, how she approaches management, and what advice she would offer to would-be entrepreneurs. "Focus on what you really need to build," she says.
Published: April 16, 2013 Molded by Civil War, a Leading Lebanese Surgeon's Advice: Never Stop Trying, Never Be Afraid
Becoming a transplant surgeon is enough of an accomplishment in its own right. But Nadey Hakim's dedication to surgery has made him a pioneering global leader in the field. The Lebanese-born Hakim has countless other accomplishments to his name, including a number of breakthrough medical procedures performed across the Middle East. He tells Arabic Knowledge@Wharton about the work ethic and drive that has helped him reach his level of success.
Published: April 02, 2013 Latin American Countries Contemplate Oil in a Post-Chavez Era
Ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is beloved in neighboring Latin American countries, thanks in part to his generosity with Venezuela's most valuable natural resource: petroleum. The country has the world's largest proven reserves. Each year, Chavez sends billions of dollars worth of oil to neighboring countries. Now, as Venezuelans wonder how much longer their president will live, neighboring Latin Americans wonder when the oil might dry up.
Published: March 05, 2013