International Business Challenges

Why professionalism and business ethics count

Interview with Nadiia Ratke

We meet with the Nadiia Ratke, who is the brainchild behind the International Organisation of Social Justice. We met Nadia first when she was the Advisor to the Head of the All-Ukrainian Union Batkivshchyna, Yulia Tymoshenko who is also the Ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine and more recently in her capacity as an International Business Development professional linking businesses to opportunities between Europe, Middle East, Latin America and the USA.

Tell us about your challenges as a Business Development professional between different countries?

During my career I met with people from many different cultures and while some did business ethically, many did not and often went back on their word or looked for way that would give them gain and put others at a disadvantage. In business there has to be mutual respect and a win win situation. I feel there is a general lack of attention to morality in the world of leadership today and that is the biggest challenge we face. The definition of morality needs to more aligned amongst business professionals globally.

Tell us about your education?

I graduated with a Masters (M.A.) in Chernihiv National Pedagogical University named Taras Shevchenko and my PhD in Philosophy is from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) / Germany.

How did your journey in the business world begin?

My career started with me working for various global charity organisations and the EU Parliament as part of the team for Human rights, Immigration, Justice, home affairs and Asylum policies.  Following that I became an adviser to the Head of the Political Party Batkivshchyna Yulia Tymoshenko. Now I focus my time on Business Development and the International Organisation of Social Justice.

What is your educational background?

I am a graduate of the International School of Management, Hamburg/ Germany focussing on International Management for my B.Sc. Psychology & Management, I went to the European Business School in Dublin, Ireland and completed an M.A. in Social Management from the “Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany. I also studied Chernihiv National Pedagogical University.

Tell us about your current role in Business Development?

I was always connecting businesses and people who have similar synergies throughout my career so now I bring my expertise of what I learnt before to the table and use that to propose interesting and unique ideas to potential investors or business partners.

Are you working on any new projects now?

Personally, I am finalising my PhD in philosophy, which I believe will help me in my future career. Professionally my aim is to introduce the best of Europe to the Middle East region and also to advise businesses on potential areas of collaboration across continents.

Tell us about your CSR activities?

With the International Organisation of Social Justice we hope to use lessons from the past to help solve social problems, fill the gaps and raise awareness. We cooperate with international organisations in different countries and the UN to implement strategies to improve on the social problems in the more disadvantaged communities.

How do you see your professional life developing?

My aim is to help make changes to the society for the better with my CSR work and advocate better business practices with my Business Development work. I strongly believe in acting honorably and leading with high character and hope to business with like-minded professionals who make ethical decisions and have a moral compass.

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First hybrid cinema and family entertainment centre comes to Wafi City

By Natasha Dury

We recently ventured to Wafi City to enjoy an encompassing entertainment experience at VOX Cinemas and Magic Planet that comes with mouth-watering F&B options, state-of-the-art 15-screen multiplex and Magic Planet, the regionally award-winning family entertainment centre.

A concept by Majid Al Futtaim, the state-of-the-art entertainment hub spans two floors. We visited twice, first to watch Boss Baby Two and later to watch Luca. VOX Cinemas Wafi City certainly offers moviegoers an exceptional cinematic experience and boasts the first Samsung Onyx screen in the UAE. Backed by brilliant LED picture quality and an infinite contrast ratio, Samsung Onyx delivers a powerful, captivating and memorable experience through HDR (High Dynamic Range) graphics and clear sounds.

The 15-screen multiplex also features cutting-edge audio-visual technology and a variety of VOX Cinemas’ signature concepts including KIDS, a colourful and dedicated auditorium for young movie lovers, MAX, an auditorium with a mega screen and Dolby Atmos surround sound technology as well as a reimagined VIP experience with luxury seating and in-seat dining.

Families and fun seekers of all ages can also enjoy a wide variety of the latest video games, amusement rides, attractions and redemption games at Magic Planet, which features the ever-popular Bumper Cars, thrilling Drop ‘N Twist and Highway 66, the ultimate mini-bowling experience.

The all-encompassing entertainment destination also features an array of F&B outlets to complement the experience including new concepts Candy Corner, where guests can indulge in a wide variety of sweet treats, and The Spotlight at Wafi City, which serves gourmet cuisine directly to guests’ seats.

The layout is welcoming and the décor in the thoughtfully appointed new culinary offering is imaginative and intriguing. It truly immerses discerning film fans in a unique atmosphere that redefines luxury and the cinematic experience.  

When we arrived, we were assured that VOX Cinemas and Magic Planet at Wafi City have opened in compliance with government guidelines and have implemented an all-encompassing sanitisation and physical distancing plan to ensure that guests can have an exceptional experience with added comfort and peace of mind.

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