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Last Modified: 31 May 2007 13:15 GMT
Riz Khan and Dalai Lama
One on One is more a conversation than a news interview, profiling celebrities and newsmakers from around the globe, with a focus on their personal histories, defining moments and goals in life.
 
The programme provides an intimate look into their philosophy of life and the events and people that influenced their careers.
The guests include a wide range of people who are known internationally or regionally for the work they have done.
These include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Bob Geldof, Richard Branson, CBS veteran journalist Mike Wallace, Canadian rock star Bryan Adams, Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat, former First Lady of Egypt Jehan Sedat and singer songwriter Angelique Kidjo, to name just a few.
 
Coming up this week on One on One:                                                                  
 
Amr Moussa
 
Time magazine describes Amr Moussa, the secretary-general of the Arab League as “perhaps the most adored public servant in the Arab world”; others claim he is the only official most Egyptians would elect as president if they had the chance.
 
It was his goal from day one; he wanted to become his country’s top diplomat.
 
After graduating from college, Amr Moussa entered the Egyptian Foreign Service, where he remained for more than 40 years.
 
In 2000 Egyptians were literally singing his praises, when a pop song declared, “I Hate Israel… I love Amr Moussa” rose to the top of the charts. 
 
It made Moussa popular across the country, but not so popular with President Hosni Mubarak who removed him from the post of Foreign Minister.
 
Since 2001 he has led the Arab League, the 22 Arab country organization often criticized as ineffective on the international arena.
 
The Palestinian cause has been at the top of his agenda, and he supports Israel’s integration into the Arab world, but criticizes US foreign policy in the region as one-sided.
 
In spite of reaching his 70s, Moussa shows little sign of slowing down.
 
 
Bob Geldof
 
Riz Khan and Bob Geldof
For more than twenty years Bob Geldof has led a global effort to bring relief to Africa’s starving millions; this Irish musician is known for putting his money where his often explicit mouth is.
 
He was riding Britain’s punk wave when he formed the chart-topping “Boomtown Rats”, a move that put him in the company of the rock star A-list throughout the 1970s and 80s.
 
What set Bob Geldof apart was his reaction to a news story on Ethiopia’s famine in November 1984. 
 
Geldof saw a television news report on the famine and vowed to do something; he rallied his musician friends to form Band Aid and create the legendary global Live Aid concert. 
 
It raised more than $100 million dollars for those starving in Africa and its success spawned the American spin-off hit singles Do they know it's Christmas and We are the World.
 
Following years of campaigning for African debt relief with his friend, Bono, of U2, Geldof revisited the fund-raising concept with Live 8 – on the twentieth anniversary of Live Aid.

For his relentless activism the Irish singer has received an honorary knighthood from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, but his rebellious nature shows no signs of abating.
 
 
Mallika Sherawat
 
Riz Khan and Mallika Sherawat
Mallika Sherawat has a knack for raising eyebrows wherever she goes.
 
She doesn’t mind pushing the limits and says she is only being honest in an industry that can be very hypocritical.
 
In a country where sexuality in movies has traditionally been taboo, she has successfully managed to break the mould.
 
In 2003 Mallika burst onto the scene with Kahwaish - a movie famous for its seventeen kisses; a year later she starred in India’s biggest box office hit of 2004, Murder, in which she played a neglected housewife who has an affair.
 
That sealed her reputation as an actress who believes in pushing the limits of the Bollywood film industry.
 
She also found herself in demand outside India’s borders, appearing in Jackie Chan’s The Myth, which led her to the red carpet at Cannes.
 
With her heart set on going global, Mallika Sherawat makes no apologies about using her sex appeal to get what she wants, though she insists that it still comes down to performing first and foremost as an actress.
 
Sir Richard Branson
Sir Richard Branson, is a British entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand, a banner that encompasses a variety of business organizations. It is estimated that Branson is worth over £3 billion (equivalent to more than US$5 billion) according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2006. On the 12th of October, 2006, he emphasized his stated plan is to invest $3 billion over 10 years to fight global warming.
 
The son of an air hostess and a lawyer, Richard Branson faced challenges from an early age… his parents set him tough physical tasks to make him strong and independent.
 
At fifteen, he dropped out of school to start a magazine with friends – and, soon after, launched the record label that would make him a household name.
 
Virgin has products ranging from air travel and  and beverages to mobile phones and even space tourism. Coming soon - environmentally-friendly fuel.

Branson’s hard work has netted him an estimated 5 billion dollars and growing.
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