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International News from Stanford University - 2014

News Item UT Bank Ghana CEO on Entrepreneurial Passion and His Biggest Firing Mistake

Prince Kofi Amoabeng co-founded lending company UT Financial Services in 1997, helped oversee its conversion into a bank about 10 years later, and is now CEO of UT Bank Ghana and president of UT Holdings.

His path to banking was a winding one that went from service in Ghana’s military to diverse industries.

News Item Software Solution Balances Impacts of Development Projects

Globally, road and rail networks are expected to increase 60 percent by 2050. Increasingly, countries and funders are requiring such projects to account for and mitigate environmental damage. Mitigation projects, however, sometimes fail to benefit the communities most affected by new development.

News Item Using Science to Open Way to "Blue Economy"

Today, scientists at the Natural Capital Project share new science and open source software that can calculate risk to coastal and marine ecosystems. These novel tools, described in the journal Environmental Research Letters, were used to design the first integrated coastal zone management plan for the Caribbean country of Belize.