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Sydney, Austrailia — Among the 1056 Australian CEOs participating in the St. Vincent de Paul Society 2012 ‘CEO Sleepout’ there will be one man who is willing to give away 12.8 tons of gold to help change the world. Having recently finished his 18th book in which he reflects what needs to be done to make our world a better place, Greg Nazvanov will be putting his own comfort aside to lead by example and experience firsthand what nearly half the 105,000 Australians who are homeless each and every night of the year endure on the streets.
Greg Nazvanov has been described as a ‘serial entrepreneur’ and is forever thinking of new ways to enrich the lives of the people he engages with, be it in the boardroom or on the street. He is a certified financial planner, an academic with a PhD and an MBA, and is already working on his next two publications.
The book ‘Unborn Leaders’ builds on his previous works, including the most recent ‘Working For Yourself’ that won Money Magazine’s ‘Book of the Month.’ ‘Unborn Leaders’ looks in depth at what leadership is, as well as ways individuals can lead themselves and others to more meaningful lives. Along the way, an education in just how the real world revolves is included, setting the stage for the stunning giveaway of 12.8 tons of gold.
Nazvanov is no stranger to leadership himself. He has been a leader in investing in art in Australia, especially indigenous art, for the past decade. He developed a proprietary art index which allows investors to track and predict the movements of Australian indigenous art. Nazvanov is considered an expert on the financial aspects of investing in Australian indigenous art and has written a book on the topic. He has presented the book to heads of state of several countries, including his former homeland, Russia; the then President Medvedev sending him a letter of thanks is just one testimonial to how well received the book was.
“This is not about me; it is never about me. It is about you and the world and I am a part of that world – we all are. Having those CEOs come down from their ivory towers and join together on the cold streets, even for just one night, is a start. It shows we do know what is going on, we do care and we are not disassociated.”
After a decade in private banking and wealth management with industry giants like Citi, Westpac and Credit Suisse, Nazvanov now consults to corporate and private clients and supports disadvantaged. In the past he has shaved his head for Leukemia, run marathons and arranged innovative charity events that attracted the world’s A-List and their largesse.
Image Courtesy of Greg Nazvanov