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Ria Kamras – Women to women: J. K. Rowling

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2018-03-13

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Now it is not possible there is no single person who does not know the name of the author of the well-known Harry Potter books. Yet some years before her big success, she was living on state support and took her child to a café to get warm.

Joanne Rowling has been a huge fan of fairy tales even when she was a child herself; she has written her first story at the ages of 5-6. She studied French and Classical Philology at university, then she worked as a secretary at Amnesty International. The story of the young wizard came to mind during a train ride in 1990 – according to Rowling, she had already assembled the main storyline in her head. In the following years she was teaching English in Portugal, then she returned to England with her baby girl after a failed marriage and divorce. To avoid the cold, unheated flat she and her daughter spent the days in a nearby café – writing the story of a young boy who turned out to be a wizard… She was depressed, living on state support and she was inches away from being homeless with a baby.

But she finished writing the story of Harry Potter and started to look for publishers. She was turned down by no less than 12 publishers until one finally bought the rights. Joanne Rowling became a billionaire in a couple of years – first among the writers. But she never forgot where she came from: she is donating regularly and also created her own foundation (Lumos), which helps bringing together institutionalized children and their families.


Women to Women Part 3: Sheryl Sandberg


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Ria Kamras – Women to Women: Sheryl Sandberg

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2018-02-01

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Two years ago Sheryl Sandberg had been chosen as the seventh most influential woman in the world, but very few people know that she has been campaigning to have more women in leading positions around the world.
Sandberg, a 48-year-old graduate from Harvard University, worked at the World Bank and the US Treasury Department and then went to Silicon Valley in 2001 to try her luck. Sandberg worked as Google’s sales director until 2008 during which time she had not only increased the company’s earnings but also expanded the sales team. Sandberg joined the Facebook team as chief operating officer (COO) in 2008, and since then she became Mark Zuckerberg’s main confidant.
Sandberg appears to be out of line from the young, hipster people working at Facebook, but the results justify her: she has made the company profitable in only a few years, and today she oversees sales, marketing, business development, HR and communications. In 2012, she was also the first woman to get a seat at the board of directors of Facebook. At every workplace, she sought to ease the situtation of her female colleagues, creating nursery programs and parking spaces for pregnant mothers. Shee also wrote two books: Lean In – she also created a non-profit organization with the same name. Sandberg is a working mother with two children; she lost her husband in 2015. Her latest book, Option B, was published in 2017, in which she wrote about her husband’s unexpected death and mourning. Option B is a nonprofit organization with a similar purpose: to help those who struggle with difficulty in everyday life, but have no one to turn to for help.

Women to Women Part 2: Malala Yousafzai


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Ria Kamras – How to be health conscious in our everyday lives

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2017-12-18

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The fall-winter period (or the time of colds and flue) has arrived. I don’t like to be sick so I try to take care of my health throughout the whole year. Not only this time, but every month of the year I pay attention to what I eat, how much I sleep (I still need to improve it) and how much I exercise. I try to avoid taking pills, instead I believe in prevention and immune enhancement. The good news is: there are plenty of fruits and vegetables and also exercises to choose from in this season of the year, so we can care for our health quite easily.

What do YOU do for your health?

We should eat at least 3 portions of fruits and vegetables every day to cover our vitamin needs. Sadly, very few of us eat that much healthy food even though the end of the summer doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the fruit season. We can still buy many delicious and nutritious fruits and veggies (e.g. tangerine, apple, pear, grapes etc.). It is also important to consume foods rich in proteins and fibers, which not only strenghten our immune system but also protect our guts. Unfortunately, most nutrients cannot be found in normal foods, so dieatry supplements made from natural ingredients can be of great help. If we have the opportunity to strengthen our body (and fortunately we can now do it in countless ways) then we must place more emphasis on it. I don’t believe in pills. I believe in prevention and strenghtening our immune system.

Mental and soul maintenance is equally important

Ria KamrasIt is often said that illnesses occur because of psychological reasons, so it is very important to nurture and “maintain” our souls. It does not matter how busy you are, you should always make time for relaxing and charging. “I don’t have time for that” is not an excuse! We have time for those things we make time for – this is the case with people too. So make time for your family and friends! Go and talk with the people who are important in your life or grab a coffee with someone you haven’t seen in a long time. These things cherish our souls. If you feel that something weighs on you, find a person you can share your problem with. Occasionally we need an objective person in whom we can trust and who can hold a mirror in front of us and if necessary can move us away from a bad track.


Ria Kamras – Women to women: Rosalyn Yalow


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Ria Kamras – Women to Women: Malala Yousafzai

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2017-11-28

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Although Malala Yousafzai is only 20 years old, she has been campaigning for girls’ rights to study in Pakistan since her 11th birthday. Malala was born in 1997 in Mingora, Pakistan’s Swat District. His father, who was a poet and a teacher, tried to give her the same opportunities that the boys got in Pakistan. The Taliban annexed the Swat District in 2008 and they introduced harsh penalties – one of which prohibited girls from going to school. The 11-year old Malala wrote blog posts about the terrible regime of the Taliban which were then published regularly by BBC and The New York Times.

After the Taliban had been successfully crowded out from the Swat District, Malala could return to school again. Malala continued to advocate and speak about girls’ rights to study. She became a target of the Taliban who tried to do everything to keep her silent. In 2012, Taliban armed forces stopped the school bus with Malala on it and called the then 15-year-old Malala by name. Although her classmates tried to defend her, the gunmen recognized Malala and shot her in the head, the neck and the shoulders. Malala was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Her final treatment was completed in England where she has been living since.

Malala Yousafzai has since become an international figure, has spoken in the UN and has met with many leaders in the world. She wrote a book and set up a foundation which aim is to give every girl the opportunity to be educated. She has been travelling the world over the last few years to give voice to those who cannot speak up. She has received numerous international awards for her work. She was also awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, making her the youngest Nobel Prize winner of all time.


Women to Women Part 1: Rosalyn Yalow


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Ria Kamras – Women to Women: Rosalyn Yalow

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2017-10-26

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Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921-2011) was an American physicist who has gained immense merit in medical science, including the diagnosis of thyroid disorders. Yalow was a co-winner of the 1977 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. She became interested in atomic physics in college, but around that time it was unlikely for a woman to have a Master’s degree. So she became a teaching assistant at the University of Illinois thus becoming the only female worker at the university’s engineering department. Yalow has graduated from university and also earned her PhD becoming the second woman to have a doctorate in Physics.

After graduating from university, she returned to New York where she dedicated all her time to research. She collaborated with Solomon A. Bergson in the study of radioactive isotopes and iodine metabolism, and the diagnosis of thyroid disorders. They found that there is little insulin in the body in the case of Type 2 diabetes because the liver brakes it down too fast. To demonstrate the hypothesis they developed a procedure called radioimmunassay, which was later used to detect hormones, drugs, vitamins and viruses. She was the first woman recipient of the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research (1976), followed by the Nobel Prize.


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What can sports teach us?

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2017-08-04

Ria Kamras – It was amazing. I was rooting as a child for the Hungarian athletes in the last 2-3 weeks during the 17th FINA World Championships.

Although I couldn’t be there in person I was still amazed by the amount of fans cheering for the national team every single day of the World Championships. These couple of days connected us – the last time I saw something like this was in 2016 during European Championship in France. Both of my sons played waterpolo so watching the matches was a compulsory programme for the whole family. Unfortunately the women waterpolo team couldn’t make it until the finals but they still showed the whole world how to get up off the floor after a home defeat. And we also had the chance to watch our men’s waterpolo team fight for their dreams in the final. The opponents were a bit better this time, but the silver medal still shines just as beautiful as anything.

Sports teach us perseverance

Sometimes we didn’t see it but sports bring everyone – countries and nationalities – together. It may seem that supporting different teams, athletes and countries divides us. On the contrary, the love and respect of it bring neighbours, family members, friends and colleagues closer together. As a mother I saw how it shaped my sons. They learned that even the most desperate situations have a way-out if you are willing to fight for it.


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Ria Kamras – See the world in its colours

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2017-07-26

~ Be as colourful as I am ~

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Ria Kamras: I love colours and cheerfulness in my clothing too

Everyone knows how much I love colours and colourful things. I don’t go anywhere without my coloured pens – one can find always them in my bag or on my table. My colleagues already know that they need to highlight their Excel charts with colours for me. I am a very visual person so I love these kinds of methods than analyzing numbers. Fifteen years ago I was at a manager training where they asked us what was the only thing we always had in our bags. Well, I had a highlighter in my bag and that was 15 years ago! The funny thing is: if you look into my bag right now, you could see many (mostly coloured) pens in it.

I remember when I moved into my flat. Everything was so white, I couldn’t stand it for long. I don’t like monochrome, sterile things. I also love colourful clothes – that must come from my personality too. I think we should see the world and the people in it in “colours” rather than in black and white. We are full of colours, full of different traits – everyone has a warm, positive, harmonic side and a cold, negative streak too. Colours inspire and stimulate me not only in my work but in my everyday life too.


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Ria Kamras – Together for a better future!

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2017-07-20

My team has visited many places and organized many community planting events in the country. But visiting the local kindergarten in Nyáregyháza was really special for us.

Ria Kamras – Oxytree and ÖkoviFalu

The head of the kindergarten believes in the importance of teaching the children how to protect our environment. I always thought that we need to learn how to be eco-conscious from a very early age. Children build the future so it is crucial to have people and ideas that can make this future a green and sustainable one.

Soon a miniature “world” will open its gates in the yard of the kindergarten where kids can learn about environmental protection and sustainable development. This magical place will be called ÖkoviFalu where everything is made out of recycled material. There will be small houses, windmills and even Tesla electronic cars so the kids can learn the basic rules of the road. A couple of weeks ago we visited the kindergarten which is in full swing for the official opening in August.

Ria Kamras – Practical knowledge for the children

ria kamrasThe kindergarten not only believes in eco-consciousness but also does many things in order to achieve its goals. They offset their carbon footprint by supporting Thera II Wind Power Project so the whole institution became carbon neutral. Réka Patakfalvi, our Environmental Specialist presented them with their own ZeroCO2 certification. We also took 15 Oxytree seedlings so the kids can soon drive their Tesla cars under the Oxytree’s lush foliage.

I am really happy that Oxytree Europe Zrt. and Carbon Solutions Global are a part of this amazing project. By taking care of the trees the kids can learn about the importance of environmental protection and also gain practical knowledge about the trees. Being part of this project as a mother and former teacher is even more gratifying. Me and my colleagues work hard every day in order to leave a better, greener, more sustainable future to our children and grandchildren.

A couple of weeks ago we visited Petőfi Sándor Elementary School in Újbuda to talk about eco-consciousness and environmental protection. If you missed my post about it, you can read it HERE.

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Ria Kamras – Inspirational people in my life – Part 1

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2017-07-06

Our Györgyi

I always wanted to leave a mark on people, to motivate and inspire them. It is a wonderful thing when the same happens to me, when I can say that someone inspired me as well.

This story is about a very special person. About a year ago I was looking for an alternative solution for my son. He had been coping with some health issues and I was looking for the reasons behind it in our life and past. I like to see the connections between things, and I believe that we shouldn’t just emphasize one thing, but instead we need a complex analysis. For this I needed an outsider because I felt I was too close and too biased – being biased with our kids and ourselves as a parent is sometimes inevitable. So one my friends suggested to visit this lady who is a kinesiotherapist. Well, I have met several people who was involved in kinesiology, but she turned out to be something special, something more. A real HUMAN with capital letters.

Ria Kamras – Sometimes we need another person to hold a mirror for us

ria kamrasSo I took my 14 year-old teenager “I hate everyone and everything, please stop dragging me to all these places” son to her. I really tried to uplift his spirits and finally he agreed to go and meet Györgyi. The way my son was sitting and not keeping eye-contact signaled how he felt about it all. And then Györgyi started to ask questions and she was amazing! She told him that she understands how he felt and he was right, it really was a drag. But she also said that not every child has options like this and he should be really thankful to have such an insistent mother. From this point on it was his decision to take these things in or not. And she told everything on his level – not in a degrading way, but with clear and direct communication. The change I noticed after 35-40 minutes was awe-inspiring: my son was shifting his posture, he kept eye-contact and he started to react in his own way. And what was the most shocking in all of this: after an hour my son stood up and hugged Györgyi. She must have opened up many things in him that led to a reaction like this.

So Györgyi was one of those few people who made me speechless. She had such a huge impact on my son’s and also my life. She was not only doing her job, but she gave me so much more. We all owe her a lot. I always say that sometimes we need a detached, objective person whom you can trust and who can hold a mirror for you or even tip you out of a bad path. For me it is Györgyi who made me re-think some of my ideas and opinions about issues by giving me small moments and asking many questions.

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Ria Kamras – You can be an everyday hero too!

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2017-06-28

Did you know that this year the European Sustainable Development Week took place from 30 May until 5 June? The aim of this initiative is to bring environmental protection closer to both children and adults with the help of conferences, school activities and different family events across Europe.

Little streams make great rivers

This year Carbon Solutions Global Ltd. visited Petőfi Sándor Elementary School in Újbuda to talk about eco-consciousness and environmental protection. The main message of our environmental specialist, Réka Patakfalvi’s presentation was simple: if we think global and act local, everyone can protect our beloved Earth. Kids can be everyday heroes by doing “small” things like not running the water while brushing their teeth or turning off all electrical devices.

The sooner, the better

As a mother and former teacher I find it especially important to familiarize children with the concept of eco-consciousness from a very early age.

We created our “Garden of Fame” community planting program to give the children a practical guide for caring their own trees and also protecting our environment. They can experience the growth and the blooming of the trees and study those properties that make Oxytrees so special. We started our environmental presentations with the same goal: to raise the kids’ awareness and explain all these issues in a way that even children can understand.

Watch our video HERE and flip through the pictures below.

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