Courtland Walker

Building Opportunity for the Majority: Quotes (Day One)

microcassette recorder“I compare vaccines to water. I compare vaccines to education.” –Jean R. Stephenne, President, Biologicals, GlaxoSmithKline, Belgium

“When you request 100-200 million units, you’re able to influence corporate strategy.”
Professor Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman, One Laptop per Child, USA

“Knowledge is more important than aesthetics, more important than policy.”
John Restrepo, Executive Director, Parquesoft, Colombia

“What people want is for the telephone to be answered, quickly.”
Enrique Ca?as, General Manager, Banco Uno, El Salvador
[on understanding the needs of financial services customers at the BOP]

“The aspiration for quality does not vary with income.”
Craig Fiebig, General Manager for Emerging Markets, Microsoft, USA

“The cost/benefit ratio is looked at very closely by those who have very little.”
Alejandro Espinosa, Grupo Nueva, Chile

“(Outsourcing to India) took 25 years to get to $20M, now they earn $20M every day and a half.”
Gabriel Rozman, President, Tata Consultancy Services Iberoamerica, Uruguay

“The problem is not information, but political will.”
Nancy Barry, President and CEO, Women’s World Banking