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Nimal Perera meets Bill Clinton in NY
Top fund manager and corporate executive Nimal Perera has had the rare privilege of a personal encounter with former US President Bill Clinton in New York last week and have a one-on-one exchange of views.

Nimal who was in New York attending the World Business Forum had met with Clinton at the Sheraton where the former US President was participating at an event called Clinton Global Initiative.

Top fund manager and corporate executive Nimal Perera (right) shakes hands with former US President Bill Clinton at the Sheraton New York last week. Mr. Perera was attending the World Business Forum while Mr. Clinton was chairing a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, at the same hotel. Mr. Clinton a special UN envoy for tsunami relief is personally supporting relief for Sri Lanka, where he visited early this year.

During his meeting with Nimal, Clinton said that during his presentation Mr. Clinton has spoken about Sri Lanka, which is one of the recipient countries for his Global initiative. As a UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery Clinton was in Colombo early this year to personally see the tsunami devastation. He also sent a special congratulatory message when TAFREN launched the Development Assistance Database. Nimal, who acts as the investment and financial advisor to Dhammika Perera and serves on the Boards of several of his listed companies, told the Daily FT from New York that Clinton Global Initiative has committed US$ 1.5 million to Sri Lanka through the World Bicycle Relief Organisation together with the World Vision International to provide 25,000 bicycles to tsunami hit families as transport and livelihood support.

This year the World business Forum held from September 13 to 14 in New York focused on the different ways leaders can transform themselves and their organizations to thrive in the increasingly complex global business environment.

Attended by over 4,000 global CEOs and senior executives (including 16 from Sri Lanka), the World Business Forum featured Colin Powell on “Global security,” Jack Welch on “Strategy and execution,” Richard Branson on “Unconventional management”, Tom Peters on “Reinvention”, Rudy Giuliani on “Crisis management,” Dennis Nally on “Corporate vision”, Dr./ Craig Venter on “Bio strategy”, Andrea Jung on “Women and Leadership,” Terry Semel on “The future of media” and C.K. Prahalad on “Competition.”

Business Today, Sri Lanka’s premier magazine for the corporate world, was the official partner in Sri Lanka for the World Business Forum 2005.

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