FOLK HERO™ expands globally with push into Europe and the Middle East

New York, NY, Feb. 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FOLK HERO™, [INVNT GROUP]’s brand strategy firm, is expanding its global operations into Europe and the Middle East, growing its storytelling reach across the region.

FOLK HERO is a modern brand studio, brand consulting agency, and leading expert in global brand storytelling. The firm has led award-winning brand strategy campaigns for Loro Piana, Intimissimi, Sales Force, Tezenis, Walmart Media Group, Nurosene and more.

Ben Mainwaring has been appointed Chief Strategy Officer of FOLK HERO.

“As we continue to build on the strength of our global strategic offering, Ben brings great expertise in technology, purpose and innovation, that will help Folk Hero continue to successfully take brands into the future,” said Rob Klingensmith, CEO of FOLK HERO.

Mainwaring brings over 20 years of brand marketing strategy, new product development, and commercial strategy experience, specializing in automotive, emerging technology and systems innovation.

Mainwaring will be based in INVNT GROUP’s EMEA headquarters in London, supporting client work across the region.

“We’re thrilled to have this powerhouse resource on the ground in the EMEA region enhancing our capabilities for clients. Helping brands and organisations ensure that they are telling the best version of their brand story, and reaching the most relevant audiences is crucial,” said Claudia Stephenson, Managing Director of INVNT GROUP EMEA. 

Ben Mainwaring joins FOLK HERO after 8 years as Founder at Matter, delivering strategy and innovation to private sector and governments clients across the US, Middle East, and Africa.

“I have known INVNT GROUP’s leadership for over a decade and have been so impressed by how the business has grown, adapted, and innovated over the years. I am joining FOLK HERO at a pivotal time in the evolution of the GROUP – advancing the agency’s brand strategy and storytelling power. I can’t wait to make my own contribution to the agency’s challenger mantra and broaden our offering to new markets and world-class clients,” said Ben Mainwaring, Chief Strategy Officer of FOLK HERO.


Folk Hero, established by award-winning brand strategist Rob Klingensmith and part of [INVNT GROUP] The Global BrandStory Project™ specializes in bringing story strategies to the executive level, creating master brand narratives that act as brands’ operating and organizing principles. The firm helps its clients develop unusually compelling brand narratives, architecture, identity and tone-of-voice, all underpinned by a robust research methodology and deep understanding of contemporary consumer behaviors. For more information visit:



[INVNT GROUP]™ THE GLOBAL BRANDSTORY PROJECT was established as an evolution of the founding global live brand storytelling agency INVNT in 2008, with a vision to provide consistent, meaningful, well-articulated BrandStory across all platforms. With offices in New York, Sydney, London, Singapore, Dubai, San Francisco, Stockholm, Detroit, and Washington D.C.; headed by President and CEO, Scott Cullather, [INVNT GROUP] represents a growing portfolio of complementary disciplines designed to help forward-thinking organizations everywhere, impact the audiences that matter, anywhere. The GROUP consists of modern brand strategy firm, Folk Hero; creative-led culture consultancy, Meaning; production studio & creative agency, HEVĒ; events for colleges and universities, INVNT Higher Ed; digital innovation division, INVNT.ATOM; creative multimedia experience studio, Hypnogram; and the original live brand storytelling agency, INVNT. For more information visit:

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Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), a global organization that works alongside local partners in communities worldwide to strengthen democracies and build competitive markets, kicked off its 40th anniversary celebration today with the release of an online CIPE 40 Timeline. Plans for the anniversary include the release of a series of profiles recognizing the contributions of key collaborators and a multi-part podcast looking at CIPE’s impact over the past four decades.

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

Throughout the anniversary year, CIPE will celebrate its successes and partner achievements, show how its programs have informed new approaches, and address forward-looking challenges. On February 7, CIPE will host a virtual event  to unveil a new initiative and website dedicated to the future of democracy and technology. The event “Visions for a Technology-Enabled Democratic Future” will be held in conjunction with project co-producers, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and International Republican Institute (IRI), which along with CIPE are part of the core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Through the dedication of our team members and partners, CIPE has implemented programs and grants which are models for successful projects and have made a dramatic impact in more than 130 countries,” said CIPE Executive Director Andrew Wilson. “In these times of rising authoritarianism, as well as movements and uprisings, the connection between economic freedom and political freedom is clear. Democracy is at a critical inflection point making our work more important than ever.”

CIPE was established in 1983 at the United States Chamber of Commerce to support democratic and economic development abroad through programs with the private sector and think tanks. Efforts started in Latin America with initiatives to integrate thousands of unregistered small businesses into the “formal” economy, establish a regional business leadership training institute, and generate legislative advisories to inform policy. Over the past 40-years, CIPE has initiated more than 3,000 projects worldwide and is currently working on more than 300 programs and grants in over 80 countries.

About CIPE

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is a global organization that works to strengthen democracy and build competitive markets in many of the world’s most challenging environments. Working alongside local partners and tomorrow’s leaders, CIPE advances the voice of business in policy making, promotes opportunity, and develops resilient and inclusive economies. To learn more about CIPE, visit cipe.orgLinkedInFacebook, or Twitter.

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Press Release: Coalition for Digital Africa Announces Internet Exchange Point Initiative

ISTANBUL, Feb. 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Coalition for Digital Africa announced another major initiative aimed at strengthening the Internet infrastructure across the continent. This latest initiative will focus on enhancing five existing Internet exchange points (IXPs), to improve Internet access by making it faster and more affordable, thus positively impacting Internet users in the regions they are placed in.

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The Coalition for Digital Africa is an initiative created by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that aims to bring more Africans online by supporting the development of a robust and secure Internet infrastructure in Africa. IXPs enable the exchange of Internet traffic locally and are essential for any region aspiring to participate fully in the global Internet economy. The initiative is supported by a grant from ICANN and will be implemented by the Internet Society (ISOC).

Using an assessment tool developed by ISOC, five IXPs will be identified based on their potential to make a high impact on the respective local and sub-regional markets. The Internet Society will work to create a clear plan for growth and development, tailored to the regions’ interests to strengthen the Internet in Africa. A local manager will be identified and recruited for each IXP, to be responsible for implementing the action plan and achieving measurable project targets while receiving training and support from ISOC.

“Well-managed IXPs open new worlds of possibilities, with modest investment, by improving local Internet services and reducing their costs,” said Sally Costerton, Interim President and CEO of ICANN, which launched the Coalition for Digital Africa in December 2022.

Research from the Internet Society shows that IXPs improve the end-user experience through lowering the costs of Internet access and stimulating the development of local Internet ecosystems and cross-border interconnection.

“IXPs make Internet access cheaper and more reliable. They are a critical resource in making sure the Internet is for everyone,” said Andrew Sullivan, President and CEO of ISOC. “The Internet Society is grateful for this investment by ICANN that will help bring Internet access to more people throughout the continent.”

Details of the IXP project were announced during a webinar on 30 January. The initiative is another in a series of initiatives aimed at improving accessibility to the Internet under the auspices of the Coalition for Digital Africa.

The Coalition for Digital Africa comprises governments, regional and international organizations, and the local Internet community. Conceived by ICANN, the Coalition for Digital Africa is an alliance of like-minded organizations committed to building robust and secure Internet infrastructure to bring more Africans online. More information is available at


ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world.

About the Internet Society

Founded in 1992 by Internet pioneers, the Internet Society is a global non-profit organization working to ensure the Internet is for everyone. Through its community of members, special interest groups, and 130+ chapters around the world, the organization defends and promotes Internet policies, standards, and protocols that keep the Internet open, globally connected, and secure. For more information, please visit:



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Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group Anuncia a Expansão dos Serviços no Médio Oriente e Norte da África

TEMECULA, Califórnia, Jan. 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — O Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (Grupo), parte da Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japão), tem o orgulho de anunciar mais uma expansão da sua capacidade de fabricação e serviços no Oriente Médio e Norte da África. Com a expansão, o grupo passará a fornecer reparos pós-venda de bombas e turboexpansores de toda a sua linha, incluindo de bombas J.C. Carter. Seu novo centro de serviço de última geração permitirá que os reparos sejam feitos localmente, sem necessidade de enviar o equipamento para outro lugar.

A nova instalação, com sede na Zona Franca de Sharjah, foi criada para aumentar o apoio aos mercados do Oriente Médio e Norte da África. A instalação inclui suporte de serviço de campo e técnicos especialmente treinados para dar suporte a Bombas Marítimas JC Carter, Nikkiso Cryogenic (ACD e Nikkiso Cryo) e Turboexpansores. Além de reparos na oficina e no local do cliente, eles fornecerão serviço de reparos pós-venda.

“Nesta instalação, poderemos responder mais rapidamente às necessidades dos nossos clientes, com a expansão do suporte e soluções individuais. O Nikkiso CE&IG passará a oferecer mais serviço e suporte aos nossos clientes com a nossa presença local”, disse Jim Estes, Presidente da Nikkiso Cryogenic Services.

Esta expansão é um exemplo do compromisso e do apoio do grupo ao crescimento do mercado no Oriente Médio e no Norte da África.


A Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (agora parte da Nikkiso Co., Ltd.) fabrica e presta serviços para equipamentos de processamento de gás criogênico projetados (bombas, turboexpansores, trocadores de calor, etc.) e plantas de processo para Gases Industriais, Liquefação de Gás Natural (GNL), Liquefação de Hidrogênio (LH2) e Ciclo Rankine Orgânico para Recuperação de Calor de Resíduos. Fundada há mais de 50 anos, a Cryogenic Industries é a empresa controladora da ACD, Nikkiso Cryo, Nikkiso Integrated Cryogenic Solutions, Cosmodyne e Cryoquip, e de um grupo comumente controlado de 20 entidades operacionais.

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Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group annonce l’expansion de son service au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord

TEMECULA, Californie, 01 févr. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (le « Groupe »), qui fait partie du groupe d’entreprises Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japon), est fier d’annoncer une nouvelle expansion de ses capacités de fabrication et de service pour les marchés du Moyen-Orient et de l’Afrique du Nord. Grâce à cette expansion, le groupe assurera les réparations après-vente de pompes et de turbodétendeurs de sa gamme complète, y compris les pompes J.C. Carter. Son nouveau centre de services ultramoderne permettra de réaliser les réparations des équipements localement et évitera ainsi de devoir les expédier ailleurs.

Basé dans la zone franche de Sharjah, il a été créé pour offrir un soutien élargi aux marchés du Moyen-Orient et de l’Afrique du Nord. Il propose en plus un service d’assistance sur le terrain et des techniciens d’atelier spécialement formés pour assurer le fonctionnement des pompes cryogéniques (J.C Carter, ACD et Nikkiso Cryo) et des turbodétendeurs pour les applications marines. Les techniciens assureront les services après-vente en plus des réparations en atelier et sur site.

Selon Jim Estes, président de Nikkiso Cryogenic Services « Ce centre va nous permettre de répondre plus vite aux besoins de nos clients en offrant une assistance personnalisée et un plus grand nombre de solutions. Grâce à notre présence locale, Nikkiso CE&IG va désormais pouvoir offrir un meilleur service et une meilleure assistance à nos clients ».

Cette expansion reflète l’engagement du groupe et son soutien au développement des marchés du Moyen-Orient et de l’Afrique du Nord.

Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (aujourd’hui membre de Nikkiso Co., Ltd.) et ses entreprises membres fabriquent et entretiennent des équipements de traitement du gaz cryogénique (pompes, turbodétendeurs, échangeurs thermiques, etc.), et des usines de traitement pour les gaz industriels, la liquéfaction du gaz naturel (GNL), la liquéfaction de l’hydrogène (LH2) et le cycle organique de Rankine pour la récupération de la chaleur perdue. Fondée il y a plus de 50 ans, Cryogenic Industries est la société-mère d’ACD, de Nikkiso Cryo, de Nikkiso Integrated Cryogenic Solutions, de Cosmodyne et de Cryoquip, et d’un groupe administré en commun comptant une vingtaine d’entités opérationnelles.

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Police in Kuruman needs assistance with a person of interest

NORTHERN CAPE – The Kuruman Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit needs assistance with a person of interest in a rape case.

The two adult females alleges that on 03 December 2022 at 00:10 they were walking home in Seoding Village when they got a lift from an unknown man in a white Ford double cab Ranger bakkie.

The suspect dropped off one of the females at her house and then proceeded with the other female (the victim) to an unknown shack where he allegedly forcefully raped her.

The suspect locked the victim inside but she later managed to escape through a window.

The unknown male suspect speaks Setswana, could be 1.6m tall, aged between 35 and 38 years old, dark in complexion and was wearing a red and white Manchester United Nike t-shirt.

Anyone with information can contact the investigating officer, W/O Babeile on 0824923920 or 0537129800. Information can also be shared via MySAPS App. The investigation continues.

Source: South African Police Service