Club of Amsterdam
the Club of Amsterdam
The Club of
Amsterdam is an independent, international, future-oriented think tank
involved in channeling preferred futures. It involves those who
dare to think out of the box and those who don't just talk about the
future but actively participate in shaping outcomes.
We organize events, seminars and summits on relevant issues and publish
findings & proceedings through various off-line and online media channels.
Our goal is to become a global player and catalyst for innovation in
industries, science and society.
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Felix B Bopp,
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director, Club of Amsterdam
director, Club of Amsterdam
director, Club of Amsterdam
Felix B Bopp
founder & chairman,
Club of Amsterdam
Felix is founder and chairman of the Club of Amsterdam, an independent,
international think-tank that organises regular high-level discussions
on preferred futures. It involves those who are not just talking about
the future - but those who are active participants in shaping the outcome.
provides rich resources about more than 100 topics
from nanotechnology to philosophy.
He has an excellent reputation for putting together high-quality and
high-visibility events locally and internationally. He organised
more than 400 events, conferences and festivals.
Felix has been a voice promoting streaming media since its early days
in the mid 90s. He made himself a name as a high-profile trend watcher
on a global scale with a close eye on information and communication
technologies [ICT] and the music & entertainment industry. His wide
scope of interests leads him to develop a range of outstanding products
in multimedia & publishing.
His roots are in music and the music industry. He is an accomplished
composer of theatre, ballet and film music and also had a successful
career as a performer.
Universal Peace Ambassador in the Universal Ambassador Peace Circle,
Contact: felix at clubofamsterdam.com
director, Club of
CEO and Founder,
Crehan, Kusano & Associates
In 1996, after a career as a mathematical physicist in Europe and Japan,
Patrick Crehan left academia to work at the European Commission Directorate
General for Industry. Working in international collaboration on research
in Information and Communication Technologies, he traveled extensively
in countries of the Mediterranean basin, Latin America, Asia and Eastern
Europe using international research collaboration as a policy tool for
industrial and economic development. In 1998 he left the Commission
to work as an independent consultant in international RTD, industrial
and economic development policy. In 1999 he founded CKA - Crehan, Kusano
& Associates. CKA is inspired by the conviction that the most important
source of competitive advantage today is an ability to organize and
manage knowledge-intensive activities such as research, innovation,
learning & communication. CKA designs and manages processes that support
complex-creative tasks in industry, society and government administration.
It develops and adapts technologies to support these processes. It conducts
research on management-as-work, on technologies to support organization-and-management
tasks, as well as on the nature and organization of work in an age of
Contact: patrick at clubofamsterdam.com
director, Club of
Philosopher, Owner, Humberto Schwab Filosofia SL
Humberto Schwab studied physics and philosophy in the Netherlands. He
lives and works in Spain (in the surrealistic Alt Emporda) and in the
As a practical philosopher
he uses Socratic tools to execute deep dive transformations of business,
by strong collaborative thinking processes, dialogs think tanks and
design-labs. New strategies which includes new services, applications
and products can be the result, starting from a new generating idea.
He organized think tanks
for business (Electrabel, Rabobank) government (municipality of Paris)
and education (Rietveld art academy, Stockholm school of economics);
always bringing to light hidden knowledge and intelligence from within
director, Club of Amsterdam
Jan Sall is a communication and advertising expert, consultant with
a long experience in initiating and organization events on corporate
and consumer level. Successfully realized projects for TNT, LU-Biscuits
Contact: jan at clubofamsterdam.com
Board of Advisors
Founder, CommunityIntelligence Ltd.
Rao, Consultant and prolific writer
from Bangalore, Research Advisor, Asian Media Information and Communication
centre (AMIC), Singapore
Schloer Consulting Group
Stumpel, Result Strategy, Cellspace,
OpenBC, Ideabroker, LBI, GetMobile, TCS, Mendix, FON
C. van Gorsel
Owner, Ictinos Innovation
Simon Jones is an experienced higher education leader of international
standing. He is currently President of Abu Dhabi Men's College an 8200-student,
6-site Higher Education Institute in the UAE. He also owns Ictinos Innovation
which invests in select start-ups. Simon has a track record in going
from R&D to the launch of a company and is a Non-exec and governmental
advisor in ICT and New Media sector
In the Netherlands he led
large and successful Human-Computer Studies Laboratory as part of the
most prestigious Dutch University. He had full responsibility for education
and research activities and liaison with Industry.
While at MIT he ran MIT
Media Lab (Europe), reporting to Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of
the "$100 Laptop", this was a 150-strong private not for profit
Research and Innovation Laboratory where he was responsible for Scientific
Direction, MIT/Government liaision, raising of funds and exploitation
of IP. In addition he was a Visiting senior Research Fellow Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
In the UK he was previously
Dean of Engineering and Design at the University of Bath and ARM/Royal
Academy of Engineering Chair in Embedded Microelectronic Systems.
Founder, CommunityIntelligence Ltd.
Former Senior Research Fellow at INSEAD
and moving the edge of innovation in business, society, media and technology
I am an evolutionary thinker-activist
and a strategic learning partner to visionary leaders in business, government
and civil society, in matters of culture change and sustaining the next
level, innovation and resilience, and social media strategies.
Ive been tracking
the edge of innovation in electronic and social technologies for the
last 30 years, and contributing to it, in the areas of collective intelligence,
knowledge ecology, communities of practice, and personal mastery. I
co-authored several books on related subjects and held Research Fellow
positions at INSEAD and London School of Economics.
I am the founder of CommunityIntelligence,
serving as Research Fellow in the Business School of Universiteit van
Amsterdam, and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Knowledge Management.
My clients include or included:
AT&T, British Petroleum, Bull S.A., Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce,
CanWest, Dow Chemical, EDS, Elf Aquitaine, Ericsson, European Commission,
European Foundation for Management Development, Dutch government, European
Investment Bank, Flemish government, Ford Motor Co., Greenpeace International,
Hewlett Packard, INSEAD, Intel, Procter & Gamble, Prudential, Siemens,
Solvay, Sun Microsystems, Swiss Re, Unilever, and the World Business
Academy. I can be reached at george(at)Community-Intelligence(dot)com.
Consultant and prolific writer from Bangalore,
Research Advisor, Asian Media Information and Communication centre (AMIC),
Rao, a consultant and author from Bangalore, is research
advisor at the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC).
is the editor of three book series: The Asia Pacific Internet Handbook,
The Knowledge Management Chronicles and AfricaDotEdu. He is the research
director of Mobile Monday, a global network of mobile and wireless
communication professionals, and the Bangalore K-Community, a network
knowledge management professionals. He is editor-at-large of
DestinationKM, world music editor for Rave magazine, RJ for world music
WorldSpace Radio, editor-at-large for Wireless World magazine, and
contributor to the Poynter Institute blog on new media trends.
Madan was formerly the
communications director at the United Nations Inter
Press Service bureau in New York, and vice president at IndiaWorld
Communications in Bombay. He graduated from the Indian Institute of
Technology at Bombay and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst,
an M.S. in computer science and a Ph.D. in communications.
Madan is a frequent speaker
on the international conference circuit, and
has given talks and lectures in over 60 countries around the world.
worked with online services in the U.S., Brazil, and India. His articles
have appeared in DestinationKM, The Economic Times, Electronic Markets
magazine, Economic and Political Weekly, and the Bangkok Post. Madan
on the board of directors/advisors of numerous content and wireless
services firms in Asia. He also participates in consultations at UNESCO,
IDRC, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) foundation.
Madan was on the nominating
committee of ICANN (International Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers), which designs and manages the
infrastructure of the global Internet, and was on the board of directors
of CPSR (Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility). He is on
board of editors of the journal Electronic Markets and the Journal of
Community Informatics, and was on the board of the journal Convergence.
Madan was also on the international editorial board of the recently
published book, Transforming e-Knowledge.
Madan is adjunct faculty
at the International School of Information
Management in Mysore, India, where he teaches KM courses at the
master's level. He is also adjunct faculty at the Indian Institute
of Information Technology in Bangalore, for whom he coordinates exchange
programmes with Malmo University in southern Sweden. Every summer, Madan
conducts workshops on enterprise workspace design, knowledge work and
usability for students and professionals, hosted by Malmo University.
Madan is conference chair
or on the conference committee for the following
Worlds (Asia, Arabia, Latin America, Africa), Mobile
Monday Global Summit 2008, Mobile
Monday India (Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad),
Wireless India, RFID India, AMIC
annual summit (Asian Media Information and Communication
He has spoken at KM World
in California, KM Asia in Singapore, KM
Challenge Australia in Sydney, and InfoVision/KM India in Bangalore.
on the conference committee for the annual India Infovision Summit and
National Seminar on KM for the Public Sector, in India. Madan is also
regular at APQC's annual KM Summit and the Braintrust KM
conferences. His KM consulting engagements have included Fortune 500
companies such as Perot Systems and Philips, and Indian IT services
pioneers such as HCL Technologies. His clients in mobile and wireless
space include Wolff Solutions, IndiaCom and AMIC.
Owner, Schloer Consulting Group
Hardy F. Schloer is a strong team builder, entrepreneur, accomplished
scientist and visionary theoretical thinker with extensive people and
public relation skills.
For three decades now Schloer
has built successful global technology solutions and practical problem-solving
infrastructures for clients and partners in the Americas, Europe and
Asia. Schloer has extensive hands-on experience in the design and the
conceptualization of successful solutions and complex technology architectures
on global scale. His strong ability to view problems through their complex
layers of context has enabled him to become a highly effective analyst
and 'out-of-the-box' thinking problem solver.
Schloer is founder and
former CEO of RavenPack AG in Germany and RavenPack International in
Spain, a world leader in computational linguistics and real-time financial
applications. Schloer is also the inventor of numerous Information and
Communication Technology patents and of the Quantum Relation Theory,
a breakthrough concept in Artificial Intelligence. The Quantum Relation
Theory has been academically reviewed and discussed (see Reviews on
QRT). (Read more about the Quantum Relation Technology)
In 2001 Schloer received
the award of One of 25 Best Technologies of the Future from
NetInvestor in Germany for the invention of his Quantum Relation-based
technology platform, 'RavenSpace'.
Schloer made also important
intellectual contributions to the field of healthcare with his groundbreaking
concept AlphaMedic, a global approach to modern healthcare
that envisions globally standardized, centralized and AI managed patients
record keeping, combined with computer assisted real-time medical diagnostics
and automated clinical trials in a global 24/7 processing approach.
Schloers AlphaMedic concept to healthcare problems has received
a European Grant and has been published and discussed in the press and
online healthcare publications
Schloer has developed a
strong transdisciplinary and intercultural approach to problem-solving
consultancy that is now leading in its field. He is an internationally
acclaimed speaker and is frequently invited to international conferences,
public discussion panels and other global Think Tank events.
Stumpel started his first career as a researcher of and teacher in Dutch
mediaeval literature. The contours of his role as an expert in the TIME
industry took shape when he co-founded and managed 2 subsequent advertising
agencies. In '94 he also founded interactive agency CLIC.
As an advisor, Bob worked for many large and mid cap companies, like
KPN, VNU, Sanoma, Grupo Clarín, Irdeto, RTL, and many automotive
and retail brands. As an interim manager, Bob worked for numerous TIME
companies, a.o. Xing, LinkedIn, CaliberMedia, Ikki, and Bidster. He
has helped several Dutch companies to roll-out internationally. Bob
is or has been involved in many new media companies, a.o. Overloaded,
Infocaster, Mendix, IRL Connect, and Peers. He holds or held board positions
at these same companies. He is part of the management team of Result.
LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/bobstumpel
Xing profile: www.xing.com/profile/Bob_Stumpel
Peter C. van Gorsel
Peter Charles van Gorsel
was born on 23rd September 1948 in Rotterdam. He has lived in Amsterdam
for the last 30 years. He spent part of his youth in Africa and has
lived in Utrecht, Leiden and London. He is a fluent speaker and writer
in English and German with a passive knowledge of French. His education
is varied to say the least, running form a Dutch High School, Graphic
Design and Art school via the Publishing School and Stanford Master
of Publishing. He has a degree in marketing and communication. He thinks
of himself as always curious, an independent thinker, driven and a goal
orientated strategist and a team player; communicative and innovative
with a broad orientation in media, IT, arts and urban development; interested
in issues dealing with talent development and leadership. After resigning
from his post as Dean of the Faculty of Media, Creation and Information
at the University of Applied Science of Amsterdam in 2012 he went on
as an independent consultant and adviser. Before he became a dean he
has worked in national and international publishing in various positions:
sales, marketing, publishing and business development. He has been on
the board of several organisations and is at present on the board of
the Dutch Public Broadcasting AVRO.
For network go to: www.linkedin.com
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Club of Amsterdam Expert Group by
B. Chowdhury, Founder,
Founder and creative director, Etikstudio
El Sheikh, Scenario Planning, The
Leonhard, Music Futurist, former
He is a former entrepreneur, management
consultant and engineer. He has 12 years of experience in the space
and telecom industry. He has earned an MBA from the Rotterdam School
of Management, a degree at the International Space University and a
Master's in Engineering from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées
Yves is a French
national and lives in Leiden with his wife and two children.
Arnab B. Chowdhury
Arnab Bishnu Chowdhury
is an explorer of music and consciousness in the form of composer -
musician - teacher as a third generation from a family of Indian Classical
Along with Indian Classical music, he has also delved into Western classical,
electronic and world music. He has composed music for films, theatre
and multimedia on spiritual evolution, therapy and healing, social reform,
environmental education, community building among other forward-looking
themes that raise consciousness.
In the late 90s, he worked at Extended Csound Lab, a part of MIT Media
Lab's 'Music, Mind and Machine Group' as computer music composer where
he explored composition, perception and sound design with computer music
synthesis programming language called Csound, the parent technology
to MPEG 4 Structured Audio. He was a member of Taito Karaoke on Demand
project, considered the world's first AI-based Karaoke machine. Both,
Taito Karaoke on Demand and MPEG Structured Audio were considered among
MIT Media Lab's top 25 inventions when it completed 25 years. (http://newsroom.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/12/the-big-i-mit-media-lab-turns-25/
Arnab is the founder of 'Know Your Rhythm' (KYR) - a training programme
that helps participants discover their musicality and their own sense
of rhythm - in life and work. Through immersive exercises in a spirit
of self-culture and joy, KYR creates 'conditions' for participants to
experience Aha! Moments, raising cognition and productivity.
He has presented KYR at several international seminars worldwide including
14th World Congress for Music Therapy (Vienna, 2014) empowering university
professors, govt. officials, youth and students, development practitioners,
managers, policy makers, neuro scientists, anthropologists, social scientists,
teachers, special educators, therapists, patients, medical practitioners,
healthcare researchers, and seekers from all walks of life! :-)
Arnab grew up and studied at Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education,
To get a feel of his musical explorations, please tune in to:
Thomas Ugo Ermacora
Founder and creative
Founder and creative director for
Etikstudio, Ermacora works with a variety of companies to develop sustainable
concepts, products and services. Along with a series of entrepreneurial
activities in Media and lifestyle as well as technological start-ups,
Thomas curates events with the intent of bringing a "debate with
outcomes". Amongst those he exhibited "dreams on wheels"
on cycling cities in the national design centre of Denmark in 2004.
Prior to this he worked as a telecom strategy consultant on the digital
divide for Tactis. He holds a degree in Urban Design from the Sorbonne
and a bachelor of International Affairs from Northwestern University.
Ahmed El Sheikh
Scenario Planning, The Pharmaceutical Strategist
- Middle East & North Africa
Ahmed is a senior
partner at The Pharmaceutical Strategist, a forward looking think tank
focused on scenario building for the life science industry.
Founder, CMP Cientifica
Tim Harper is the founder of CMP Cientifica, Europe's
largest nanotechnology information company, the Executive Director of
the European NanoBusiness Association and an advisor to the US NanoBusiness
Before founding CMP Cientifica, Tim was an engineer at the European
Space Agency's research and development centre in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
He managed the micro and nanoscale characterisation facility, and has
published extensively on analytical techniques and characterization
of advanced materials.
Tim lives in Madrid, Spain, with his family, after working in the UK,
US, Germany, and the Netherlands. Originally from the UK, he also speaks
French, Spanish, and Dutch.
COP - Communities of Practice
Fernanda is a consultant with a wide expertise
in Computer-mediated-communication strategies and technologies, web
publishing systems, Internet-mediated communities of practice (design,
implementation and facilitation) and Online Learning systems. She has
a broad knowledge on psychology of the cyberculture, consciousness studies,
change methodologies and complex system theories.
Her major interest lies in the cultural and social development through
the use of Information and Communication Technologies. Issues like Digital
and cultural divide in between modern, premodern and postmodern worldviews
are part of her menu. She is aligned to the vision of enhancing more
participative ways of organising as a mechanism to allow each individual
to connect with their sources of creativity and to being able to participate
in the key decisions that affects one future.
She has produced a large number of online learning events and meetings
(Synchronous and asynchronous) in Asia, US and Mexico. She currently
mentors in the 'Communities of Practice Foundation workshop' which is
leaded by Etienne Wenger and is a consultant for the Instituto Mexicano
de Contadores Públicos (IMCP) which is a Federation of 61 Associations,
in the development of their Social Learning System called SAL, which
includes their Knowledge Managment and Informational Strategy. Their
Online Learning System will launch its first 200 hours certification
course in March 2005.
Music Futurist, former CEO, www.licensemusic.com
Music & Entertainment
Gerd Leonhard (42), is a
musician and producer, writer, strategic adviser and music business
entrepreneur. Originally from Germany, Gerd spend almost 20 years in
the U.S., working in the music industry, and now resides in Basel, Switzerland.
1996-2002, during the heydays of the Digital Music and dot-com years,
Gerd was the founder and President & CEO of LicenseMusic.com, a company
that revolutionized the B2B music-licensing space by inventing a web-based
software product (and online marketplace) that reduced the average transaction
time for music licenses from 6 weeks to 2 hours. LicenseMusic counted
thousands of clients in the Film, TV, Advertising and New Media industries,
worldwide, including Disney, McCann-Erickson, Paramount Pictures, Saatchi
& Saatchi, and Fox TV.
As a musician and composer (guitar), Gerd won the highly acclaimed Quincy
Jones Jazz Masters Award which allowed him to attend Boston's Berklee
College of Music and, in 1987, graduate with a diploma in Jazz Performance.
Gerd has appeared on many recordings, concert bills and instructional
videos, and has toured internationally, including some opening engagements
for major acts such as Miles Davis. As an event producer, Gerd served
as the Executive Producer of the pan-European talent event EuroPopDays,
in Freiburg / Germany , which featured over 200 showcases with new bands
and unsigned artist, sponsored by the European Commission and covered
by MTV Europe.
Gerd served as an Expert Adviser to the European Commission in Brussels,
Belgium, in 1993-1996, as Senior Adviser to the London-based Rightscom
Ltd, currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Music Business Management
Division of Westminster University (London), and has consulted dozens
of start-ups and SMEs in the music and technology sectors, both in Europe
and the U.S. Gerd also works with venture capitalists and financial
services companies in discovering interesting investment opportunities
in the media-technology business.
Gerd is a very active writer (look for a new book to be published in
early 2004), speaker and strategic adviser, and has been quoted in Billboard,
Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, the San Francisco Chronicle, Business2.0,
the WSJ and Wired. He publishes his music business visions at www.thefutureof.net,
a think-tank site that has been syndicated to hundreds of websites around
the globe. Gerd is also the Founder of www.musicentrepreneurs.com, a
network platform for entrepreneurs in the music business.
Gerd has spoken, moderated and presented at dozens of music industry
events, including Webnoize, MIDEM, MILIA, Gartner Conferences, Streaming
Media and the Content Summits; and has lectured at Berklee College of
Music, UC Berkeley, University of Miami, City University London, University
of Colorado, and many others.
Gerd speaks German, English, and French, and, on a good day, a little
bit of Spanish and Italian.
of Amsterdam Round Table
Current Members are:
Felix B Bopp,
chairman, Club of Amsterdam
Systems Thinker, Digital Knowledge
Alvin Toffler -
one of the world's most reputable and influential futurists:
"There is a slightly
odd notion in business today that things are moving so fast that strategy
becomes an obsolete idea. That all you need is to be flexible or adaptable.
Or as the current vocabulary puts it, 'agile'. This is a mistake.
You cannot substitute agility for strategy. If you do not develop
a strategy of your own, you become a part of someone else's strategy.
You, in fact, become reactive to external circumstances. The absence
of strategy is fine, if you don't care where you're going."
Futurist and Director of Program Planning for the design and manufacture
of the Apollo Spacecraft Project:
"If humankind could spend
just a fraction of the countless millions of dollars and millions
of hours we spend trying to predict the future, instead on imagining
preferred future options together, we'd be living in a different world."
winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921:
"We can't solve
problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created
political and ideological leader of India during the Indian independence
"The future depends
on what we do in the present."
Ray Bradbury, American
fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer:
"People ask me to
predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet,
build it. Predicting the future is much too easy, anyway. You look
at the people around you, the street you stand on, the visible air
you breathe, and predict more of the same. To hell with more. I want
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