About Dr Alf

Welcome to my blog! Let me introduce myself, I am Alf and widely known as Dr Alf! I am passionate about People, Networking, Politics and Travel.

In 2011, a number of important things happened to me. Firstly, in February I started blogging. Secondly I became rather angry withpolitical leaders and started sharing my views on political news. Thirdly I grew tired of my twenty year career as an independent consultant. So my fourth action was to draw the line and retire from mainstream professional life. This culminated in the fifth decision to leave the UK, base myself in Cyprus with my wife and to travel extensively for a number of years. My wife and I are now in the process of re-inventing ourselves, travelling and writing.

Here is a quick bio recap.

Expert in delivering strategic change – former clients included UNESCO, multi-nationals & government departments. Executive, Consultant, Coach, Researcher & Author. Retired mainstream but still happy to share expertise.

Prior to becoming independent, I had a successful board level career in financial & general management in major multi-nationals. Professionally, I am a Chartered Accountant and a Doctor of Business Administration. I have published two books, sold Worldwide and a number of journal articles.

The purpose of this blog is to share my views and perspectives on the subjects that are of  passionate interest to me. It is hoped that the blog will broadly encourage greater reflection and insight. The blog will use a mix of original and secondary material frequently just adding my two cents worth to a major news story.

In 2012, I introduced two specialized blogs: (1) Taking the Slow Road to Cyprus ; and (2) Discover the Orient.

I hope that you enjoy my blogs and would very much welcome  your feedback and suggestions for improvement


Dr Alf

Why China will not buy the world – Martin Wolf-FT.com


Looking back this is worth a read. It’s one of my most popular blogs.

Originally posted on Dr Alf's Blog:

This is an excellent MUST READ article by Martin Wolf in the FT, citing evidence in a new book by Peter Nolan, professor of Chinese development at Cambridge university.

via Why China will not buy the world – FT.com.

Apart from interesting insights into China the article provides an excellent summary of market power of today’s multi-national companies.

Any thoughts?

National emblem of the People's Republic of China

National emblem of the People’s Republic of China (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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