Novak Djokovic Foundation’s Global CEO Rings the Nasdaq Opening Bell
The Novak Djokovic Foundation has visited the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square (NYC), and in honor of that occasion, our Global CEO, Alberto Lidji, rang the opening bell, marking the start of the trading day.
This was a wonderful opportunity to proudly present our mission and our projects to a global audience. Talking about our work so far, our Global CEO pointed out:
Ten years ago Novak and Jelena founded our Foundation. 2017 marks the tenth anniversary and we are extremely proud of that. Our work focuses on early childhood education and early childhood development, because early years truly do matter. The 0 to 5 age bracket is critically important and highly consequential to how the child will develop in later years. And it is precisely for this reason that we have some very interesting projects. We build preschools, we deliver high quality teacher training, we provide solid parenting skills. And at every stage we focus on disadvantaged, marginalized and at risk children.
Our work wouldn’t be nearly as impactful if there weren’t for our dedicated partners.
Globally, we’ve established some truly amazing partnerships – we work very closely with UNICEF, and with Novak through the Goodwill Ambassador program, we work extremely closely with the World Bank and we look at country-wide interventions, and we have a beautiful relationship with Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child, where we’ve recently launched the Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship. This is truly very exciting.
We are at our strongest when we collaborate with others
This was also a perfect opportunity to extol the importance of joining forces with our community and to invite others to join us.
Over the past ten years, we’ve learned a lot. One of the key lessons we’ve learned is that we are at our strongest when we collaborate with others. And it is precisely this point that I’d like to appeal to you in the audience today. We are looking for corporate partners. And if early years matter to you, we’d love you to send us an email, pick up the phone and get in touch, and we’d like to start that conversation. As we look at the next ten years, we know that they are full of promise. But we cannot realize this promise with hard work and dedication alone. We actually need a great deal of collaboration and we look forward to hearing from you.
Take a look at the whole Opening Bell ceremony and Alberto’s address: