EY emphasises value of Literary Festival in promoting excellence in learning


EY held a dinner, Wednesday 11 November, to celebrate their sponsorship of the Gibraltar International Literary Festival. The theme of the evening was a celebration of the Festival’s impact in promoting learning and excellence in education. JJ Pisharello, Managing Partner EY, welcomed guests to the dinner, including XX Minister for XX, by noting that the Festival had truly become an international event thanks to the calibre of speakers.

Mr Pisharello said: ‘Learning and education lie at the heart of society, enriching its people and developing strong values. Gibraltar’s biggest asset is its people. Be it in financial services, shipping, tourism or gaming, the development of these sectors is dependent on the quality and excellence of our people. I believe that the Festival, in combination with the many other cultural and learning opportunities that we enjoy in Gibraltar, play a crucial part in our development. In particular I welcome the extended program for children which expands their horizons from their iPads and mobiles to explore the world around us in all its diversity and opportunities.

‘There is an element of self-interest in our support of the Literary Festival. We know that the best people are those who have been exposed to all the learning and cultural opportunities that Gibraltar has to offer. They bring innovation, clarity of thought and a passion for learning. They also have a desire to live the values that we in EY strongly espouse such as technical excellence, integrity and respect.

The dinner was part of a wider involvement by EY in the Festival. Working with the organisers of this year’s Literary Festival, EY also supported a talk by renowned journalist James Harkin, Friday 13 November 4:00pm. Speaking on the topic of Niche: Why Business Needs to Specialise to Survive, James espoused the value and long-term security that can be delivered by businesses which take a focused approach to expertise.

James Harkin is a freelance journalist who has written and spoken extensively about Syria for a wide range of publications including Vanity FairHarper’sNewsweek and The Guardian. His new book, Hunting Season, traces the Islamic State’s kidnapping campaign of foreign hostages, which ended with a number of high profile murders.

Festival Director – Sally Dunsmore said: ‘We are very grateful to EY for enabling us to bring James Harkin to this year’s Gibraltar Festival.  An outstanding journalist, James reported from Homs and Damascus in 2011, reports which were taken up by newspapers, magazines and radio stations around the world.  His new book ‘Hunting Season’ describes the fate of kidnapped American journalist James Foley and twenty three other foreign Isis hostages’.