MICHAEL PEEL - Peel, who wrote our piece on Nigeria, spent three years in Lagos. Unfazed by its reputation as a crime hotspot, he found the city more sociable than London. 'You can be buying a 7Up from a roadside cafe and the guy tells you what's wrong with the government. That wouldn't happen at your Tesco Metro.'

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JENNIFER HARRIS - Harris certainly identifies with the Semmelweiss Effect investigated in her 'Why business is like ...' column for Brainfood. When not penning articles for MT, she is engaged by the likes of Aviva and Universal Music to develop ideas and bring them to life: 'It's making things happen that is the real challenge.'

IAN WYLIE - Born in Ireland, educated in Scotland, trained in London and now living with his wife, three kids and dog in the north of England, Wylie - who compiled this month's regional report - has only Wales left to tick off his list. 'Mae lle da i ymddeol, efallai,' he reckons. (Translated: 'A good place to retire, perhaps.')

DAVID SMITH - Best-known as CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, Smith writes his first ever book review this month. Luckily, he was able to use skills learned elsewhere. 'It's a bit like writing a speech,' he says. 'First you pick out the key things coming through, then string them together in a logical way.' Easier said than done.

GERALD SCARFE - Working mostly alone, Scarfe rarely encounters rudeness from others during his time in work. However, the same isn't true in reverse. 'I spend all my life being rude to people in my drawings,' he admits. But it doesn't worry him at all, 'because most of my drawings are about "baddies",' he laughs.

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