Greg Secker on Philanthropy and Business

In a recent interview with Inspirey, British entrepreneur and philanthropist Greg Secker talked about the demanding life of being a father, focusing on investing, and the need to give back to those in need.

Having started out like anyone else at Thomas Cook Financial, Secker eventually gained enough experience and industry recognition to become Vice President of Mellon Financial Corporation, a prominent investment bank in the US. Despite succeeding in the world of big banks and corporate boards, Secker went on to start his own ventures. These experiments in investing required disciplined budgeting and patience, but Virtual Trading Desk eventually grew into a profitable investment platform that helps anyone access Forex trading without a broker.

But Secker admits that the success he’s had as an entrepreneur wouldn’t be possible without the support system he’s found in family, friends, and reliable partners in business. This had led tot he development of successful ideas, like his speaking tours where he’s met many promising businesspersons looking for the tools to success, tools he could offer to others.

The convergence of these can perhaps be found in the development of Knowledge to Action. It’s one of Secker’s ventures which helps people experiencing hard times have a chance to get their lives on track. The ability to help others get an opportunity to get things right after failing the first time around continues to remind Secker the importance of making attempts even when the outcome is not entirely certain.

About Greg Secker:

Greg Secker is a British entrepreneur and philanthropist from Norfolk, England. His career in investment began at Thomas Cook Financial, which soon transitioned to an international focus with his business Virtual Trading Desk, an online Forex trading service. A passion for investing and a desire to help others succeed led to the creation of Learn to Trade, a series of seminars and workshops on the basics of trading in stocks and currency markets.

Secker’s passion for giving back has led to his involvement in several charitable causes like the Tusk and Child Bereavement Trust. Eventually Secker set up his own foundation that focuses on less fortunate youth, helping them develop basic life skills and leadership qualities.

 

Daniel Taub Fights Divisiveness With Diplomacy in the UK

Having grown up in the United Kingdom Danel Taub studied at both Oxford and Harvard universities, and in 1989 he decided to move to Israel and serve as a medic for the Israel Defense Forces. After establishing himself within military circles Taub was able to secure a position as a speechwriter for the president and was brought into the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 1991.

As an expert in international law his talents brought him to serve in many diplomatic, political, and legal posts, and by 2011 Taub was appointed Ambassador to the Court of St. James. With such strong roots in the UK, Daniel felt privileged to be in a position of diplomacy between two countries that have both served as home. Read more: Daniel Taub | About and  Daniel Taub | LinkedIn

With resolute solidarity he vowed to strengthen the ties between the two regions, and deepen the relationship of cooperation for the future. However, a small minority still exists in Britain that would choose exclusionary policies over the diplomacy Daniel envisions.

In open defiance of Bradford MP George Galloway’s hate filled rhetoric, Daniel Taub paid a visit to the “Israel free zone” in response to the inflammatory comments Galloway had made.

In a speech that is currently being investigated by British police Galloway supported that his constituency should remain an “Israel free zone”, and called for the exclusion of any Israeli contributions to the Commonwealth.

Barring goods, services, academic contributions, and even tourists from Israel, Galloway indiscriminately condemned the entire populace of what he deems an “illegal, barbarous, savage state.”

The public outcry resulted in the extension of formal invitations from within the community to Ambassador Taub and served to clearly rebuke the bigoted sentiment Galloway portrayed.

In an effort to inclusively co-operate, meetings were scheduled between David Taub and prominent religious leaders, counselors, and members of the faith to model the importance of setting aside religious differences for the sake of diplomacy.

Although the visit was short-lived Taub was still able to gain the overwhelming sense that the real views shared by the English people were not a reflection of Galloway’s exclusionary vision, and that the issue goes far beyond the ongoing Sunni and Shia conflict. Finding the path to the future is an issue of recognizing the past for what it is, leaving it there, and reconnecting with others to build a future free from its regressive ideologies.

Daniel Taub’s extensive experience with peaceful negotiations will no doubt prove to serve the region better than divisive rhetoric, but that experience has already served in agreements like those between Israel and Palestine during the Culture of Peace negotiations.

He also served in negotiations between Israel and Syria, and it is this type of dedication to peace that is necessary to bring humanity to a future of progress through unity.