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Hello! My name is Douglas Johnson. On this blog, I highlight topics that circulate through our hallway discussions at Cranganore. My opinions are hammered by others’ wisdom.
Colleagues often ask me how I ended up spending so much time in the Middle East, when my academic background is Japanese studies. My reply: I thought that I was going to Kyoto, but I ended up in Kuwait. Maybe I should have paid more attention to the departure announcements at Singapore’s Changi Airport.
Over the years, I have pursued deals for issuers and investors in non-traditional markets. My career-long commitment to emerging markets in general and the Muslim world in particular has led me to focus heavily on the Islamic crescent, stretching from Casablanca to Jakarta.
My best investment decision? It must have been those so-called Chinese incense burners. Do I have a favorite city? Both Istanbul and Kolkata nurture my affection. And the most amazing coffee bean? I would rather not say because of the potential for surging demand. But here is one clue: Start at Lands End. With a skilled driver, the journey should take 17-to-20 hours. Conventional directions are imperfect.
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