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Lessons from a Swearing Chef

For many years, we have watched Top Chef Gordon Ramsay on TV. Most of the time, he comes to the rescue of ailing restaurants. He is infamous for his constant swearing, but in almost all of the episodes he is very outspoken about just one thing “Use fresh ingredients, not those f****ng canned or processed stuff!”.

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Lessons from a Swearing Chef
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Message from the ISI Director

Last week I attended the Associations World Congress 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. The attendees were directors of associations like ISI, mostly from Europe, and suppliers such as professional congress organizers, and country or city representatives.

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Message from the ISI Director
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Message from the new ISI Director

On July 1 I officially started as the new director at the ISI. It was almost vacation and we were in the middle of the exams of my children and sweet 16 of my youngest daughter. Before my official starting date I already participated in parts of the ISI Executive Committee meeting in May.

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Message from the new ISI Director
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What does the Executive Committee get up to? 

Many people ask me this . . . well, actually not that many, but maybe they should, as it’s your ISI, and the EC is leading it forward on your behalf.  But I thought it would be helpful to give you some feedback on the EC meeting we had in The Hague last month.

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What does the Executive Committee get up to? 
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Goodbye from Ada van Krimpen

Here it is, my last column before my retirement on 1 July. The last couple of weeks have been filled with goodbye moments and many pleasant surprises.

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Goodbye from Ada van Krimpen
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Message from the President

Let me begin by giving a warm welcome to Conchita Kleijweg, who takes over from Ada as Director of the ISI on 1 July.  We wish Conchita every success and will do all we can to effect a smooth transition. 

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Message from the President
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Life’s journey

I was pleased a few weeks ago to write a few words to help celebrate the special birthday of one long standing statistician friend, and the impending retirement of another.  A young couple we know have just had a baby; we have new neighbours moved in to the house next door to us; and our daughter has told us of her promotion at work.  Births, birthdays, house moves, promotions and retirements are some of the events that mark out our lives, which we often choose to celebrate.

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Life’s journey
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A message from the ISI Director

It feels unreal: here in the Netherlands spring has started with hyacinths and tulips in bloom, while in Ukraine people are fighting for their lives. Many initiatives have been taken to help Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees.

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A message from the ISI Director
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Ukraine

The question as to whether to issue a statement on the invasion of Ukraine, and if so what it should say, has been the most challenging issue to face me in my Presidency to date. 

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The ISI is deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine

This month is dominated by the news on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. What we did not think would be possible has happened. Day by day we are confronted with the horrifying  images of devastation, military and civilian victims, as well as hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the country. The first groups of refugees have already arrived here in the Netherlands and are telling their heart-rending stories.

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The ISI is deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine