Self-Regulation Against Money Laundering in Art

PUBLISHED BY BILAN IN FRENCH IN JUNE 2017. Read here. Original English Version Below: SWISS ART MARKET FIGHTS MONEY LAUNDERING TAINT WITH A PUSH FOR SELF REGULATION Priti Patnaik, February 2017 One can easily overlook a discreet corner of Geneva Palexpo, a convention centre in the outskirts of this small city, especially on a chilly…

Coworking Rules!

How I became a coworker and why I love it. My recent story published by Swissinfo.ch (By the way, it is ‘coworking’ and not ‘co-working’ as I learned the hard way, after I got trolled by some of my coworkers!!) — Nearly half of the Swiss workforce are no longer be bound by location due to…

Regulation on financial speculation in agricultural commodities

First published in French in Bilan ahead of the vote. Banning financial speculation on agricultural commodities in Switzerland – the only way to address food prices? Priti Patnaik, 26 February To weed out good speculation from bad speculation, is a good principle, but difficult to implement. The initiative to ban financial speculation of foodstuffs in Switzerland may or may…

Art & Money Laundering in Switzerland

French version, published in Bilan: Marché de l’art: l’opacité se dissipe NEW MEASURES MIGHT SHED LIGHT ON THE OPAQUE ART MARKET IN SWITZERLAND Priti Patnaik, November 2015 Bilan, Geneva A slew of changes in the legal and regulatory environment in Switzerland aim to tighten the noose around suspicious investors, who launder money by buying art and possibly,…

Going Solo

A friend describes it as “manic confidence”. But most people use unsure euphemisms such as “brave”. A few months ago, I ‘renounced’ a fairly well-paid UN gig in Geneva. There were several reasons, but none more powerful than the need to take complete control of my time and my life. I was unabashed in my…

Sports and Money Laundering

The legal and fiscal status of FIFA might come under the scanner once again (Read French version here.) Priti Patnaik, Geneva Bilan, June 5, 2014 The clean-up at FIFA has begun, fuelled by forces far away from the city of Zurich where it is hosted. The resignation of President Sepp Blatter is a sign of things…

A full circle?

Its been about a year or more, since I began working in public health. This post is to consolidate what I have gathered during this period. To continue in the direction of my master’s research project on which I have blogged before, I was hoping to do more work in the area of natural resource…

Gray, black, MONEY

Cannot believe that I have not posted since over a year. It also goes to show how exciting life has been in some ways during this period, in addition to my undisciplined blogging! Let me pick up from where I left. Or at least try to. It is almost as if I have to write…

Publications in French

BILAN Self-regulation against money laundering in art in Switzerland. Art and money laundering in Switzerland More regulation better than banning food speculation FIFA’s legal and fiscal status in Switzerland

Indian Economy & Politics

FOR THE ECONOMIC TIMES People’s movements and democratic processes: The Economic Times, July 2009 Right of way – Fighting for cab drivers in NYC: Profile – Biju Mathew. NYU Assignment, March 2009 Cityscapes: modern ruin & devastation: The Economic Times. June 2008 What will increased investments in the news business lead to? Published byThe Economic Times, March 2008…

Intuition and isolation in writing

I spent a better part of this year reporting, doing research and writing a paper on mining in Eastern India. The process of research is alienating and tiring, but at the same time exhilarating. At first it felt like I was in a vast desert. After much walking and thinking, getting lost, I eventually found myself…

Banking & Insurance

BANKING & MONETARY POLICY Effect of the eurozone crisis on commodity trade finance: Bilan, Switzerland, February 1, 2012 Swiss banks could levy charges on deposits: Financial Express, August 2011 Demystifying Swiss Banking: Financial Express, June 2011 Small lenders beat big crisis: Financial Express, July 2009 Will RBI take Fed & ECB route on road to inflation salvation? The…