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Interview with Dr. Marie Charles

Dr. Marie Charles has a highly distinguished background in international business, finance and international relations and in the last 20 years, she has founded, grown and managed multinational companies and organizations in 40 different countries. She is seen as one of the most influential and successful entrepreneurs in the fields of healthcare, finance, energy and the environment. Read her interview and learn even more about her.

How did you know you didn’t want to be a “normal” medical doctor. How did you discover your purpose?

Growing up as the eldest of 6 children in Belgium, as a young girl I used to watch my father, who was one of the most famous Professors in Europe, travelling to, and working in, impossibly exotic and far away places at the time, such as MIT and Peking and I just knew that I wanted to live my life on the largest stage possible.

I also reasoned that as we only have about 600,000 hours in our very short lives, that I wanted to make mine count as much as possible, and I wanted to leave the planet a better place for having been here, by helping as many people as possible that could not help themselves.

A “normal” doctor treats patients one at the time; instead I wanted to treat entire nations.

 

You have achieved a lot in your career – what moment made you feel proudest?

When the CDC ordered myself and the medical volunteers who were working for me, to evacuate the epicentre of the SARS pandemic where we were deployed on the Vietnamese/Chinese border.

At the time SARS was considered 100% fatal.

We were the extremely “thin line” working in absolutely hyper-contagious conditions and the only thing standing between the local populace and total disaster.

I was able to tell the CDC representative that actually we were exactly where we were supposed to be and that not one of us would be leaving, no matter what the cost to us personally.

 

How did you begin your speaking career?

The largest banks and financial institutions, biggest corporations, most prestigious universities, most powerful international parastatals, most famous charities, etc etc have been requesting that I speak to them for over 20 years.

 

What is your biggest goal right now?

A disruptive investment in the Swiss private banking industry that will set new standards in terms of investment returns in the fields of healthcare, environment and energy investments.

 

Who or what inspires you most?

My husband. He is a real life superhero to me.

 

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