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Making the World More Inclusive in 2017

This week, NamSor API reached a symbolic landmark. We’ve processed over 1bn names, since the API was launched.

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It’s a good opportunity to reflect on the good things we’ve done in the past year, re-affirm or core values and share our plans for 2017.

In 2016, among other projects, we’ve supported

Sadly, as we start 2017, I cannot say the World is not a ‘better place’ when it comes to inclusiveness.

So I would like to re-affirm our core values. The World is diverse and however you try to break-it down in neat little boxes, when it comes to People, there will always be a different way to look at countries, regions, cities, populations, social groups, individuals :

Human societies are fractal in their diversity – an onomastics proof

In 2017, we’ll be involved in several new exciting projects. Many of those, we don’t know yet. For what I know, we will

Let’s use 2017 to make the world more inclusive.

Launching soon (April 2017) :

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NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European vendor of sociolinguistics software (NamSor sorts names). NamSor mission is to help understand international flows of money, ideas and people.
Reach us at: contact@namsor.com

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FDI Magnet is NamSor™ offering for Investment Promotion. We use our unique data mining software to offer differentiated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) services.
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Using NationBuilder for Diaspora community outreach

 

NamSor is unique in its capability to map Diasporas, expatriate networks. We help provide an answer to the perennial question every country asks about its diaspora: who are they, where are they, what are they doing?

The business case for building efficient diaspora communities is strong :

  • Ireland has harnessed the goodwill of the significant Irish diaspora to assist in identifying FDI investment opportunities
  • France has received $24.6 billion in remittances, making it the 5th largest recipient of remittances after India, China, Philippines, Mexico (World Bank’s Migration and Remittances Factbook 2016)
  • Diasporas are major contributors to development, as discussed at a recent US AID conference in Washington, but also in Dublin and Bordeaux

We have integrated NamSor with NationBuilder, to help with:

  • advocating for a diaspora community
  • raising money for a cause, to “give back” at home
  • growing and mobilizing a diaspora network

What makes NationBuilder incredibly efficient for diaspora outreach is the integration within ONE system of four components : a content management system (CMS) to build the web site; a customer relationship management system (CRM) to manage people engagement; a mailing and social media outreach system to communicate with Diaspora members and influencers; the ability to integrate with PayPal and Stripe to manage payments, fundraising, club memberships etc.

What NamSor brings to NationBuilder is the ability to target community influencers for expatriate engagement with ethnic and gender data appends.

If you are already a NationBuilder admin, just sign-in and authorize NamSor on your Nation or register to use NamSor API, then follow the tutorial below:

As a result, your Nation CRM will have a finer-grained segmentation, so you will better target your communication, for example:

  • who among the Diaspora influencers is already following my Twitter account?
  • who are the best ‘ambassadors’ helping grow the network most?
  • who among Diaspora members can I reach via email, but is not following us on Twitter or Facebook?
  • is there a gender bias in the Diaspora community?
  • who are the Diaspora women with more that 1000 followers?

Image credits: UNCTAD WIF 2016 Diaspora Investing for Sustainability

About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European vendor of sociolinguistics software (NamSor sorts names). NamSor mission is to help understand international flows of money, ideas and people. Reach us at: contact@namsor.com

 

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#GlobalDiasporaDay – looking back at EMM4Dublin and JNDA2016

Today 23rd of June is #GlobalDiasporaDay.

If you follow the link above, you will reach a collection of 14 diaspora conversations, featuring our contribution at EMM4Dublin – the conference organized by ICMPD which took place in Dublin in May, in collaboration with the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DiasporaMatters. This is a short summary of our contribution (in English).

Just before, in Bordeaux, took place the Journées Nationales des Diasporas Africaines. This is a short video of our contribution at JNDA2016 (in French).

Both conferences were amazing events offering opportunities to share best practices on Diaspora engagement. In Bordeaux, as well as in Dublin, we could hear practical stories on the benefits of Diasporas for economic development of the home and host countries.

About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European vendor of Name Recognition Software (NamSor sorts names). NamSor mission is to help understand international flows of money, ideas and people.
Reach us at: contact@namsor.com

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FDI Magnet is NamSor™ offering for Investment Promotion. We use our unique data mining software to offer differentiated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) services.
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Mapping, attracting, engaging Scientific Diasporas

Last week, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada took place CSPC2015 – a  symposium to discuss the topic of diaspora scientists and their potential to strengthen international science and technology collaboration in Canada.

We were invited to share some ideas on how to map, attract and engage Diaspora scientists. You’ll find our presentation below.

About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European vendor of Name Recognition Software (NamSor sorts names). NamSor mission is to help understand international flows of money, ideas and people.

Reach us at: contact@namsor.com

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International Financial Places gathered at Europlace2015 in Paris

Last week, about 1700 people attended Paris Europlace International Financial Forum. We’ve used NamSor API to figure out the attendants’ likely international profiles and found the audience to be very diverse.

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Several good reasons for that,

  • The European Focus of the agenda, essential at a time when the Greek deal was still in negotiation. For example, integration in the Capital Markets was extensively discussed during ‘European Capital Markets Union (CMU), How to Foster Economic Growth?’,
  • The participation of several International Financial Centers and Investment Promotion Agencies (in the dedicated roundtable ‘International Financial Centers: Boosting New Financing Channels’, but also in the audience),
  • Diverse panels invited by the organisers to reflect the international orientation of the Paris Financial Center (although there is still a gender gap: ~25% women speakers) but also to pave the way for COP21, one the largest high-profile international conference to take place in Paris in December 2015.

To be noted: very few attendants / speakers from Greece or Iran, both countries that made the headlines in the following days.

Greece (and the Greeks) were also absent of the OECD Forum earlier this year, as if the World had given up on Greek economists/politicians/business people taking control of their country’s destiny – and having failed to engage the Greek Diaspora too.

As for Iran, yesterday’s historic deal means – if it goes all the way to getting the sanctions lifted- that we’re likely to see more Persian names in international forums that will be organized in 2016. Who is curious to discover who are the top Iranian economists today, the names you’re likely to see on panels of economic conferences tomorrow?

Join our web conference on “who’s who in the world’s top economists” and how they can help attract FDIs to YOUR country, taking place next week, Wednesday 22nd, 5PM (Paris Time). [registration]

About FDIMagnet,

FDI Magnet is NamSor™ offering for Investment Promotion. We use our unique data mining software to offer differentiated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) services:

–   Diaspora Direct Investments (DDI)
–   Smart Investors Targeting & CRM
–   FDI Targeted Communication

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Feeling inspired by InspireFest2015

Two weeks ago, Elena Rossini and I have been invited by SiliconRepublic to present our brand new study on the ‘Gender Gap in Science‘ at InspireFest in Dublin. It was a new, inspiring event about Science, Tech and Innovation – with about 70% women speakers. I was part of the 30% men speakers and I deeply enjoyed the conference content, so I want to share some of my takeaways with you.

1. Some leaders are born women

Please, pause and reflect one second on this title.

It summarizes, I think, why both men and women should care about gender equality.

We all seek freedom and social justice: the right to apply our skills and use our full potential for the benefit of ourselves and others.

We share a common interest in having the best leader in charge: in a project team, a company, a city or a country, the performance of the leader impacts all of us.

Shelly Porges shared the lessons she learned about leadership from the former US first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton. If you are a man and you lead, be a great leader: have a vision; take risks; adapt; elevate others. If you are a woman and you lead, be a great leader: have a vision; take risks; adapt; elevate others.

Watch the video
https://youtu.be/pP3rSvyUUas

2. Human talent cannot be confined

Women of Iran have found ways to express their talent despite many obstacles put in their way: through digital gateways, virtually crossing the artificial boundaries of a country’s border; or physically crossing those borders through emigration, expressing their skills in Diaspora.

In the ‘Gender Gap in Science‘ study we mention Maryam Mirzakhani, a Professor at Stanford University who was born and raised in Iran and was the first woman mathematician to be awarded with a Fields Medal (a mathematician’s “Nobel Prize”).

Dr Nina Ansary used a powerful video to introduce the amazing profiles of other high achieving Iranian women.

Watch the video
https://youtu.be/14Rt09PA5_U

Many of these women form a part of what Kingsley Aikins, an Irish expert on Diaspora matters, calls: ‘Diaspora Capital’. But many countries fail to engage their Diaspora – as the first condition is to establish trust. It will take time before these immensely talented women, as many ‘jewels’ shining in Diaspora or in the digitally connected world can effectively participate to the economic, cultural and scientific development of their country of origin.

3. Do social good, but make a ####load of money too!

Last but not least, Cindy Gallop gave the audience very practical advice to all of us, social entrepreneurs. Make a difference in the world, but make money in the way.

Cindy Gallop is a woman in advertising, founder and former chair of the US branch of advertising firm Bartle Bogle Hegarty, and founder of the IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn, a ‘pro-sex, pro-porn and pro-knowing the difference’ entrepreneurial venture.

Watch the video
https://youtu.be/AY6SRS-Wr7c

Thank you!

Thank you, dear Ann O’Dea for inviting us to Dublin, after a single meeting in Paris. Thank you, fellow InspireFest speakers for sharing your wisdom. Thank you, dear reader for spending a few minutes reading about InspireFest and perhaps considering participating to the 2016 edition.

You will find the full study ‘Gender Gap in Science’ below
http://gendergapgrader.com/studies/gender-gap-in-science/

The #GenderDataRevolution is launched, there is no stopping it.

@ElianCARSENAT, founder @NamSor_com, co-founder @GenderGapGrader

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The World’s Top Economists – who are they, what can they do for your country?

The OECD Forum is an amazing event taking in place in Paris on 2nd and 3rd of June, it “brings together all sectors of society to share policies and ideas around 45 sessions and will enrich the Ministerial Meeting, where government leaders and ministers will discuss similar issues.” We hope to see you there, if you would like arrange a meeting, please contact us.

Will the Greek crisis be the elephant in the living room at the upcoming OECD Forum 2015?

The OECD Forum has no dedicated session about the Greek Crisis, nor any speaker representing Greece. Has the world given up on Greece? If that is so, we’d like to bring in fresh ideas.

2015_FDIMagnet_GreekCrisis_Teaser_vFWhen countries are in economic trouble or have the ambition to succeed even better, Diasporas can help. Not just with the usual mean of transferring money to family and friends (remittances) but also: with foreign direct investments, expertise and thought leadership… The Diaspora is a huge pool of talents. We’ve had the opportunity to say so during the World Lithuanian Economic Forum [view PDF].

Greek economists in Diaspora have the cultural bond to genuinely care about the country and they can ‘think outside the box’ to examine the situation more objectively. Plus, they have a network abroad: they can convince fellow economists that their action plan will work and restore foreign investor confidence.

We’ve looked at RePEc, a reference database in economic research. ‘RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) is a collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 84 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in Economics and related sciences. The heart of the project is a decentralized bibliographic database of working papers, journal articles, books, books chapters and software components, all maintained by volunteers. The collected data is then used in various services that serve the collected metadata to users or enhance it. So far, over 1,750 archives from 84 countries have contributed about 1.7 million research pieces from 2,100 journals and 4,000 working paper series.’

We’ve found that of 45k RePEc authors, about a thousand of the world’s top economists have Greek names, which could indicate that they are Greek, or have Greek heritage or some connection with Greece.

You can find the list of top economists in our open data catalogue of useful dataset for Investment Promotion. You’ll find many of them following @FDIMagnet on twitter.

What about European integration in business?

Using our unique sociolinguistics technology, we’ve analyzed the gender and diversity of origin of over .5 million company directors of the largest companies in Europe.

2015_EuropeanCompanyDirectors_MilleFeuilleWhat can we conclude from this colorful ‘mille-feuille’? Although Europe is integrated in the sense that every major European company operates in every other European country, European businesses often are still nationalistic. That may explain some of the European tension over the Greek Crisis. Companies in Greece have Greek company directors; companies in Germany have German company directors etc. with the exception of a few European countries, more open to attracting talents from all over Europe (Great-Britain…) If nothing changes, Greece’s management talents will keep flowing to those countries – and that’s not helping restore the Greek economy.

About FDIMagnet,

FDIMagnet is NamSor™ offering for Investment Promotion. We use our unique data mining software to offer differentiated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) services:

–   Diaspora Direct Investments (DDI)

–   Smart Investors Targeting & CRM

–   FDI Targeted Communication

Follow @FDIMagnet, join the LinkedIn group or email us at contact@fdimagnet.com

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Kenya #DiasporaConference2015 to discuss Diaspora in business and investment

Today, Diaspora in Business and Investment will be at the very center of Kenyan #DiasporaConference2015 – gathering ~600 participants in Nairobi Windsor Golf Club, Kenya.

So what’s the potential? Let’s look at innovation for example. We used NamSor technology, to recognize in AngelList or CrunchBase -the two reference databases on the global startup ecosystem- the full potential of Kenyan Diaspora to boost the startup ecosystem in Kenya. Please RT if you like our infographics

This potential is not just in the #digital world, its in specific sectors too such as the Health sector. In one US state alone, there are about 25k registered health professionals of the Kenyan Diaspora : Nurses, Medical Doctors, Pharmacists – but also experts in various fields. Read our full presentation on the potential of HomeComing for Africa, Kenya specifics start slide 6:

One major question is how to redirect some of the 1.43bn remitted by the Kenyan Diaspora in 2014 to job-creating Foreign Direct Investments, Innovation incubators and start-ups.

We think we can help 🙂 we’ve done it, it works! We wish the best success to this conference today. On twitter follow ‏@CapitalFM_kenya for a live stream.

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About FDIMagnet,

FDIMagnet is NamSor™ offering for Investment Promotion. We use our unique data mining software to offer differentiated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) services:

–   Diaspora Direct Investments (DDI)

–   Smart Investors Targeting & CRM

–   FDI Targeted Communication

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Diasporas, a region’s best ambassadors for FDI, Innovation, Tourism

Richard Bruton, Ireland ‎Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, is in Paris today to meet with Emmanuel Macron, France Minister for Economy, Industry and Digital to discuss the jobs market.

In today’s French Newspaper LeMonde.fr, you’ll find two articles discussing Ireland’s restored growth, the first one co-written by NamSor inventor Elian Carsenat,

No doubt, Mr Macron will be curious of Ireland’s success in attracting so many US corporates and startups to Dublin, as well as so many talents (including from France). It’s not just the fundamentals : networking with the Irish Diaspora abroad and with foreigners in Ireland play a critical part. Digital networking (using LinkedIn, Twitter and the likes) is also taken seriously. You’ll find Ireland’s freshly released Diaspora strategy document below.

Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy is available online in English and Irish. Global Irish is the first clear statement of Government policy on the diaspora.  It defines the Government’s role to both drive and foster diaspora engagement and sets out a number of actions to achieve our vision of a vibrant, diverse global Irish community, connected to Ireland and to each other. You may also wish to have a look at the new Global Irish website

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The #FrenchTech is at its best at #SXSW

StartupBRICS, the blog tank of innovation in the emerging market, gave a talk in Austin on their amazing experience #TECHAfrique, Innovation & Startup Tour in Africa and announced live on SXSW Interactive stage the launch of diasruption.co

About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European designer of name recognition software. NamSor is committed to promote diversity and equal opportunity. NamSor launched NamSor Gender API, a free API to extract gender from personal names and NamSor Origin API. We believe NamSor API Key can help unlock the value of diversity worldwide. http://www.namsor.com

About FDIMagnet,

FDIMagnet is NamSor™ offering for Investment Promotion. We use our unique data mining software to offer differentiated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) services:

–   Diaspora Direct Investments (DDI)

–   Smart Investors Targeting & CRM

–   FDI Targeted Communication

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What’s in a scientist name? Applying onomastics in scientometrics: the case of Cancer Research

The IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence is an international institutional non-profit association of ranking organizations, universities and other bodies interested in university rankings and academic excellence.

Our friend Tania Vichnevskaia of the French National Institute for Health (INSERM) presented the following paper ‘Applying onomastics to scientometrics’ on Monday at IREG International symposium organised by University of Maribor and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Download PDF 20150119_IREG2015_INSERM_NamSor_vF.pdf

On this same topic:

About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European vendor of Name Recognition Software (NamSor sorts names). NamSor mission is to help understand international flows of money, ideas and people.

NamSor launched FDI Magnet,  a consulting offering to help Investment Promotion Agencies and High-Tech Clusters leverage a Diaspora to connect with business and scientific communities abroad.

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