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Submitted by Isabel on

Thanks Brian for reminding all of us of these lessons so eloquently. It strikes me that you didn’t forget any of the keys for success. It looks easy and intuitive but it isn’t. And culture changed a lot since those times ....
Since you ask, I have also an experience where our management didn’t feel confortable with us advising. It’s the Panama Pacifico SEZ, since we didn’t have a track record and there was a stigma associated with these projects, as many of them are based on low wages and dubious labor practices. Finally we did it, involved a lot of innovation, and many difficulties across 2 governments, impact of 9/11, etc. Today is a great success with thousands of high paid jobs created. I think this is only possible at IFC where management allows us to take risks and experiment making our lives worthy it