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Bezuijen, Abbuffatta, Organiser of the Leisure Evening
B Bopp, Director, Summit for the Future 2006
Bosma, Media Republic
Knowledge Stream Leader Trade
Butler, Chairman, Global Business Partnership Alliance
Canter, CEO and visionary, Broadband Mechanics
Crehan, Chairman, Summit for the Future 2006
De Bruijn, Chairman, Foundation, IMMF
de Groot, Lobbyist of the Club of Amsterdam
Dobos, Chair for Complementary and Integrative Medicine
M. Dorsey, foreign correspondent, The Wall Street Journal
Drouet Majlergaard, Founder & Managing Partner, Gugin
Edvinsson, CEO, Universal Networking Intellectual Capital
El Sheikh, Scenario Planning, The Pharmaceutical Strategist
Freelink, Founder, Centre for Holistic Inquiry
Gelink, Founder, Provice
Herzog, Philosopher, Brainworker's Online-Journal des Wissens
Hiemstra, Owner, Futurist.com
Hobson, Accredited Communication Practitioner, ABC
Hoogeweegen, Knowledge Stream Leader Healthcare
Jakobsen, Chief Transport Economist, Rambøll
Jones, Knowledge Stream Leader Life Sciences
Paul Judge, Chair, Royal Society of Arts
Kähkönen, CRS, Technical Research Centre of Finland
Karel Kleijn, Ideabroker
Klempner, Philosophy for Business
Kok, Chairman of the Board, AVRO
Lambert, Founder, Global Chairman, ICfCE
Lassus, Founder, Director, M Lassus Consulting Srl
Liao, Senior Partner & Director, openBC / CEO Finaxis AG
R. Luiks, CEO,
Asian Centre for Consulting Excellence
Marks, Knowledge Stream Leader Media & Entertainment
Merry, Evolutionary Change Facilitator
Minevich, Co-Chair, BTM Institute
J. Noorda, President of the Board, University of Amsterdam
D North, Media Fellow, The Institute of Economic Affairs
Thomas Olsen, Assistant Professor, Rushmore University
Pahlson-Moller, Managing Director, Evalueserve, Benelux
Peitersen, Founding Chairman, Kesera
Pór, Founder, CommunityIntelligence Ltd.
Rangaswami, Global CIO, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein
Rao, Consultant and prolific writer from Bangalore
Rao, Founder, Partner, Gatway 2 India
Retzbach, Director, Future-Institute International
Medical research journalist
Sahtouris, Evolution Biologist, Futurist, Living Systems
Sall, Marketing Director, Club of Amsterdam
Schwab, Philosopher, EuroLAB
H. Spigt, Counsellor, Royal Netherlands Embassy at Berlin
Stern, Knowledge Stream Leader Governance
Stuart, Chairman, IFCCC
Johan Sundberg, Investment Manager, Karolinska Investment
Taylor, UK Managing Director, Evalueserve
Ternier-David, International Forum for Social Innovation
DG Internal Market, EU Commission
van de Mortel, CAM Implants B.V.
van Es, Lecturer, Organisational Philosophy, University
van Gorsel, Director, Institute for Media and Information
K. van Kalken, Director, NDDO Research Foundation
van Zutphen, Philosopher, educator, artist and creator
Yates, Founder, LeaderValues Ltd.
Zwijnenburg, Coordinator Communicatie, HvA/HES
Business Developer, FISQ, Media Monks
Moderator, Coach, Speaker, Visiting Professor,
MBA teacher, Principal Consultant Business Strategy, Senior Manager
Business Development, Senior Manager Consultancy Development, Business
Modeler, New Media conceptualist, Blogger
Dr. Gerry Bakx studied sciences, medicine
and philosophy. He works as a coach and psychotherapist with a special
interest in evolutionary psychology, cognitive therapy, systems thinking,
chaos theory and creativity. He was invited as a speaker on international
symposiums and congresses on personal development, emotional management
and spirituality. He is invited as a key note speaker on the forthcoming
European Depression Day later this year and on the Happiness Day scheduled
for next year.
Abbuffatta, Organiser of the Leisure Evening
Abbuffata means eating till you're stuffed.
Our concept is simple: fresh, good quality ingredients, to be eaten
direct after preparation. Combined with 2 cook fanatics and the mediterian
We are Gerrie and Giovanni. The first was born in Amsterdam and has
a long experience in music business and is fond of good food and wine.
The second is born in Toscane and has 20 years experience as a international
Most important issue is that we enjoy our work. We love challenges and
we can make your craziest idea's com true. If you can't think of anything
we can do it for you. from a party or diner for 15 people at your house
or catering for hundreds of people on location?
Felix B Bopp
Director, Summit for the Future 2006
founder & ceo, Club of Amsterdam
Felix is founder and ceo 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. www.clubofamsterdam.com
provides rich resources about more than 25 topics from nanotechnology
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.
Business Manager, Media
Yme is currently working as Business Manager
Eccky at Amsterdam based Media Republic. Eccky is a ‘game’ developed
in cooperation with Microsoft that allows two MSN Messenger users to
create and raise a virtual baby together. Eccky was launched on October
Before joining Media Republic Yme worked as a strategy consultant at
Lost Boys, Europe’s leading web design agency. Further information on
Yme can be found at his various weblogs: www.yme.nl/thoughts,
Yme’s presentation will focus on Eccky as a first example of something
that will become very visible over the next few years: artificial and
Stream Leader Trade
Founder & Partner, Synmind bv
Oebele Bruinsma has a background in behavioural
biology. He has worked both in public, including science, and private
organisations. As an international consultant he is involved in industrial
innovation and the driving processes of decision making underlying it.
He draws his inspiration both from nature and music which he considers
both as ultimate expressions of knowledge management. He lives in the
Chairman, Global Business Partnership Alliance
David Butler was educated at Mill Hill
School and Keble College Oxford, where he won an open scholarship in
classics. He was Chairman of Butler Cox plc, and the originator of the
Butler Cox Foundation, the only major IT research programme ever founded
in Europe. He was also a director of Istel Ltd and of the United Bank
He is now Chairman of the Global Business Partnership Alliance, an organization
dedicated to developing and propagating practical skills in the area
of partnership. He is also a published author and lectures widely on
business topics as well as on Greek and English literature.
CEO and visionary, Broadband Mechanics
Marc Canter founded a company named MacroMind
in 1984 which became MacroMedia in 1991 (NASDAQ: MACR.) Canter led the
team that created the world's first multimedia player, the first cross-platform
authoring system and the world's leading multimedia platform (Director
- which became Flash.)
Marc Canter is currently involved in creating and promulgating open
standards for new kinds of micro-content and social networking; including
people (PeopleAggregator APIs), media (ourmedia.org
and Media RSS), reviews (OpenReviews) and events (OpenEvents.)
Canter's company - Broadband Mechanics designs and builds digital lifestyle
aggregators (DLAs) for customers like EMI (MyColdPlay), Visual Media
(VMFX.net), Ziff-Davis Media (1UP.com), the GoingOn Network, Avid, Cyworld
After leaving Macromedia in 1992, Canter started Canter Technology which
formed the MediaBand (an interactive music video ensemble), produced
the Marc Canter Show (and example of scalable content), and implemented
a cyber theme restaurant at his home on Potrero Hill in San Francisco.
Canter Technology helped Sony build the Metreon Center in SF and several
other projects, Fujitsu launch its CD ROM based PC, JVC and NEC with
their US strategies and also worked for Intel, HP, Apple and Time-Warner
on several key projects. Other clients from that era include On-Command,
SGI, nCube and Diva.
Canter then went on to build a flat panel system for SuperBowl XXXII
(1998), designed a digital city for Trieste, Italy (1998) and an interactive
TV authoring system for NOW/com (1999.) Subsequent clients have included
Reuters, AOL and the Ealing Digital Studios.
Canter is on the board of several startups and sits on many advisory
boards as well.
Chairman, Summit for the Future 2006
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 constant change.
Chris De Bruijn
Chairman, Foundation, International Molecular Medicine Forum - IMMF
Since 2000, Chris de Bruijn has been responsible
for Scientific Coordination at the European Institute of Molecular Medicine,
a private institute for molecular medicine, developing evidence-based
"personalised molecular medicine" and "personalised health management.
Chris works with an international consultancy in molecular medicine
& health technology. He also co-founded a biopharmaceutical R&D company
(NDT, Inc.) based in California. His current focus is on facilitating
know-how transfer between science-based and market-oriented organisations.
With expertise in genetics, molecular medicine, neurological diseases,
and cancer, he has lectured at the University of Nijmegen and Eindhoven;
he is a fellow at many prestigious institutions worldwide. He serves
as advisor to the Dutch government in the areas of biotechnology and
ICT in medicine.
Chris holds a Ph. D. in Medicine from the University of Nijmegen, did
post-doctoral studies at Nijmegen and the Institute Pasteur in Paris,
and he holds an MBA from the University of Nijenrode. He has over 120
publications in scientific/medical journals and authored books on biomedical
and biogenetic research.
Chris is married to Jutta Martin and is the father of one daughter,
Jay de Groot
Lobbyist of the Club of Amsterdam
Commercial Director, info.nl
Chair for Complementary and Integrative Medicine
University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Since 1999, Gustav Dobos has been Director
of the Clinic for Internal and Integrative Medicine (54 beds) at Kliniken
Essen-Mitte in Essen, the first model-institution for Integrative Medicine
of the county of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. Besides doing research
projects in classical naturopathy, Mind-Body Medicine and Traditional
Chinese Medicine he has treated more than 5000 patients according to
the principles of Integrative Medicine and is one of the most experienced
specialists in his field world-wide. In October 2004 Gustav Dobos was
selected as head of the first Chair for Complimentary and Integrative
Medicine at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.
With his expertise in Mainstream Medicine (he is an Internist, specialized
in nephrology and intensive care) and Complementary Medicine he is able
to speak both languages that are necessary for Integrative Medicine.
During medical school Gustav spent some time in Peking, China studying
TCM in 1983. His postdoctoral training he did at the Research Institute
of Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, USA and the University of California,
San Diego. He has over 100 publications in scientific/medical journals
and authored books on subjects of Complementary and Integrative Medicine.
Gustav is married to Karin von Kleist-Dobos, a trained Sinologist and
is father of two daughters, Aniko and Marika.
James M. Dorsey
Foreign correspondent, The Wall Street Journal
James M. Dorsey is a veteran foreign correspondent.
Currently based in Istanbul, Turkey for The Wall Street Journal, Mr.
Dorsey has served in the past 30 years as a correspondent in the Middle
East, Central Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and the United States
for The New York Times, the Financial Times, the Christian Science Monitor,
ABC News, NBC News. NPR and Dutch and Belgian radio. He has also worked
as managing editor of Interpress (IPS) and was largely responsible for
restructuring of the worldwide news agency in the early 1990s. Mr. Dorsey
has three times been nominated for a Pullitzer Prize. He has furthermore
served as a consultant to the World Economic Forum, playing a key role
in shaping the positions of the forum and the business communities at
the Middle East and North Africa summits in the 1990s. Mr. Dorsey has
garnered broad experience in training of government officials, business
executives and journalists. He is frequently invited to international
conferences to speak on international affairs. Over the years, Mr. Dorsey
has contributed to a number of books on the Middle East. Mr. Dorsey
is also chairman of Irish-based Quest Holding, an international media
Finn Drouet Majlergaard
Founder & Managing Partner, Gugin
Finn Drouet Majlergaard (41) is the founder
and managing partner of Gugin International Business Development operating
globally with offices in France and Denmark. He holds an MBA from Henley
Management College and is currently studying DBA at International School
of Management. He has worked internationally through his entire professional
life with companies like IBM, CSC, Arthur Andersen Business Consulting.
He is a regular guest professor at Bangkok University and Copenhagen
Business School but he spend most of his time helping companies around
the world to succeed internationally. He has an unorthodox way of thinking
and he likes to provoke in order to get his messages through.
CEO, Universal Networking Intellectual Capital
Professor Leif Edvinsson holds an MBA from
the University of California, Berkeley USA. He is the author of numerous
articles on the service industry and on Intellectual Capital. He is
a speaker at such organisations as the Conference Board, OECD, Harvard
Business School, Sorbonne, KM Forum in Japan, Learntec in Germany, the
American Productivity Centre etc. He is listed in Who's Who in the world.
In January 1998, Leif received the prestigious Brain Trust "Brain
of the Year" award.
In March 1997, together with Michael S. Malone, he launched one of the
very first books on Intellectual Capital "Realizing Your Company's
True Value by Finding Its Hidden Brainpower" describing the evolution
of IC in practice.
Leif's publication from 2000 "Corporate Longitude - Navigating the
Knowledge Economy" offers different ways of looking at the corporate
longitude problem. He believes that it is only through new perspectives
that we can gain new insights and it is only through new perspectives
that we will be able to chart the uncertain waters of our futures.
His recent publication 2005 together with professor A. Bounfour has
the title "Intellectual Capital for Communities, Nations, Regions
and Cities" as the critical external structural capital for the
human capital growth.
Leif is on the Board of Directors of several knowledge intensive enterprises
among others the Swedish Brain Research Foundation as well as the Center
for Molecular Medicine at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Since
2000 he has been the Honorary Chairman of the UK based Henley KM Forum.
Since 2000, he has been the world´s first Professor, adjunct at Lund
University on Intellectual Capital. He was formerly Vice President and
the world´s first Corporate Director of Intellectual Capital at Skandia
a global financial service enterprise. Professor Edvinsson was earlier
Senior Vice President for Training and Development of S-E Bank, and
President and Chairman of Consultus AB, a Stockholm-based consulting
company. In light of his work in both training and Intellectual Capital.
Professor Edvinsson has been a key contributor to the theory of IC and
has overseen the creation of the world's first corporate Intellectual
Capital Annual Report. During 1996 he was recognised with awards from
the American Productivity and Quality Centre, USA and Business Intelligence,
UK, for his pioneering work on IC.
Professor Edvinsson has been a special advisor on service trade to the
Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as Ministry of Industry,
a special advisor to the United Nations International Trade Centre and
is a co-founder of the Swedish Coalition of Service Industries. Recently
during 2004 he was one of the prime advisors for the German Ministry
of Economics on IC Reporting. He has participated in several European
Commission projects and is now also one of the High Level Experts working
for the European Commission on guidance for IC reporting to come 2005.
Ahmed El Sheikh
Scenario Planning, The Pharmaceutical Strategist
Ahmed is a senior partner at The Pharmaceutical
Strategist, a forward looking think tank focused on scenario building
for the life science industry.
Founder, Centre for Holistic Inquiry
Ralph holds a long interest in working
with chaos, complexity and evolutionary adaptation in systems. During
his academic career he has studied various disciplines (from economics
to philosophy) and attained an MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher
College, an international school for ecological studies. Since then
he has worked in environmental education and as a consultant to bring
his worldview into practise. In 2005 he founded the Centre for Holistic
Inquiry to explore new frontiers in leadership and community by creating
dynamic learning environments. He senses that facilitating transformative
change through process oriented approaches, employed within the complexity
of today's world, will form the solution to existing problems and enable
Erik-Jan Gelink is an entrepreneurial
manager with a creative and practical way of doing business. He studied
at Nyenrode University and has a masters degree in business economics
from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He has worked for several commercial
companies, been involved in the Dutch dot.com boom and has worked in the
Dutch media industry for two of the largest technical distribution platforms.
He is fascinated by what technology can do for people and is regularly
asked to give an opinion on whether a technology is really useful, or
simply a clever marketing campaign. He is the author of a book in Dutch
about the rise of the Dot.com boom in the Netherlands.
Member of the Club of Amsterdam Round Table
Homme Heida is a generalist by heart, who
worked as a journalist for several mass media like Algemeen Dagblad,
Tros Aktua and publishing group VNU. After ten years he started his
own bureau Promedia: company journalism, which slowly changed into business
Homme Heida has a continuing interest in a more philosophical approach
of 'being there'. His views on the future are very much based on new
technologies. "Humans change only slowly by evolution. Technology will
speed it up", he argues. His credo is: 'living body and soul', which
means to him a sportive challenge as well as an intellectual one. From
the Amsterdam marathon till the Club of Amsterdam.
Philosopher, Brainworker's Online-Journal des Wissens
Swiss. 1955. Rheinfelden. 1980, straight
after exams (MS Forestry) Saudi Arabia (landscaping, Surveying)
1985-88 research project on genetic variability and resistance of silver
fir against air pollution and drought at the Federal Technical Institute
1988-94 forest ecologist with FAO, Jemen, establishing Directorate for
Natural Forest Management and Protection.
1994-96 Forestry Consultant in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somaliland, Tajikistan.
1996 - 2000: Studies on the Swiss job-market and Swiss salaries system.
> 2000: Training in journalism, editor, webmaster - Creation of www.brainworker.ch
- 2002 officially registered as individual enterprise.
Present activities: Internet-Journalism, Knowledge- and Town-Mapping
Glen Hiemstra has been listening professionally
and then sharing compelling lessons from the future for two decades.
The Founder of Futurist.com, Glen is a highly respected consultant and
speaker for business, government, and associations.
Those who hire him are looking for an engaging program on the long range
future for their business, conference, enterprise, or community. They
are seeking a program that has a lasting impact. They are seeking a
program that changes things for the better. They are seeking a response
like this one from an audience member in 2003…
"This is the most excited I have felt about the future since [I heard]
Gene Roddenbury way back in graduate school."
What kinds of clients have experienced impacts like this? Examples include
Microsoft, Adobe Systems, Attachmate, Boeing, Northern Telecom, Burlington
Northern, Weyerhaeuser, Hewlett Packard, Regence, Premera, U.S./Mexico
JWC, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle Sonics & Storm, Wonderware, Ernst
& Young, PaineWebber, APAX Partners, Costa Rica Hotel Association, and
Tulsa 2025. Television projects have included Technical Advisor to Steven
Bochco Productions for the development of a pilot set in the year 2069,
advising Universal Pictures on the new CBS series, Century City, set
in the year 2030, and Technical Advisor to 20th Century Fox Television
for the revival of the series, Lost in Space.
Glen is the co-author of Strategic Leadership: Achieving Your Preferred
Future, and is an expert in Preferred Future Planning. Prior to
going into business in 1987, Glen was an award-winning educator, selected
Most Influential Professor at Whitworth College. Glen is a Visiting
Scholar at the Human Interface Technology Lab at the University of Washington,
which works on virtual and augmented reality technology.
At Futurist.com, you can read Glen's newsletter, FuturistNews,
along with a wide variety of information about the future. Glen is often
cited as a resource for articles about the future, for example in Scenario
& Strategy Planning, The Futurist, the Wall Street Journal,
U.S. News and World Report, the Los Angeles Times,
and the Detroit Free Press.
The way it is...is not the way it will be. Glen's presentations offer
insight into surprising developments shaping the 21st Century, and then
go beyond that to the deeper challenge of understanding our new world
and creating our preferred future. The hallmark of Glen's speaking is
the dynamic connection he makes with his audience. His message is clear
and heartfelt. His style is crisp, warm and engaging. People feel hope
and begin to move in new directions, as a lasting impact is created
which goes far beyond the initial experience.
Glen was educated at Whitworth College, the University of Oregon, and
the University of Washington. Glen lives in Kirkland, Washington with
his wife Tracie. Three college age and adult kids drop in from time
to time. Tracie and Glen began a new entrepreneurial venture in late
2003, Bella Rose Fine Gifts & Furnishings, in Seattle's "Madison Valley"
Accredited Communication Practitioner, ABC
Neville Hobson, ABC, is a communicator,
blogger and podcaster, one of the leading European early adopters and
influencers in new-media communication for business. He blogs daily
at NevOn (www.nevon.net) with commentary and opinion on business communication
and technology, and co-presents For Immediate Release: The Hobson &
Holtz Report (www.forimmediaterelease.biz), a twice-weekly business
podcast at the intersection of online communication, business and technology.
He is a frequent speaker on the subject of new media communication channels
and their effective use in organizational communication.
directeur, e-strategist, lecturer
REALZAR, Virtueel Platform, MediaMonks, HES Postgraduate
Knowledge Stream Leader Healthcare
Executive Vice President, Medical Knowledge Institute
Hans Hoogeweegen has dedicated almost his
entire career to facilitating and enhancing access to medical education
and information. After finishing his medical study in 1986 he was involved
in the launch of the first computer and information network for physicians
in The Netherlands. Until the summer of 2004 he worked for different
companies (e.g. Elsevier Science and Nuvis) in the international market
and successfully developed, launched and implemented a number of new
services, like amongst others accredited CME programs, teleconferencing,
e-mail newsletters and medical databases. In summer of 2004, he decided
to dedicate himself to transformation in health care. Joining the Medical
Knowledge Institute was a natural choice.
formerly with EC, Directorate-General Trade
Chief Transport Economist, Rambøll
Soren Jakobsen recently joined Rambøll
- the largest Nordic consulting engineering company – and works here
as a transport economist. Previously he worked in the European Commission
as a trade negotiator on transportation matters; in the multilateral
talks held in the WTO - and in the numerous bilateral trade negotiations
between EU and its trading partners. In DG Trade, the branch of the
European Commission dealing with external commercial affairs, Soren
was also in charge of the EU-ASEAN relations regarding Trade in Services
and Investment. He has a long background in national and regional government
administrations. Soren is convinced that transport is a defining and
integrated part of any economic relationship between countries and regions.
Human-Computer Studies Laboratory, University of Amsterdam
Managing Director, M.I.T. Media Lab Europe
Simon Jones has been the Managing Director of M.I.T. Media Lab Europe.
With 20 years of success in generating and deploying innovative R&D,
Simon is a significant figure in the European Technology Landscape.
His technical expertise, vision, experience, contacts and team-building
skills marks him out as one of the few individuals able to drive innovative
research teams in an international context.
In the mid-1980's Simon was one of the first to emerge from UK universities
with research skills in Microelectronics Systems Design. Five years
after his PhD he was awarded a full Professorship at the UK's largest
Engineering Research Institution - Loughborough University, where he
held the ARM/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Embedded
Microelectronic Systems. He was also awarded at the age of 31 the British
Association for the Advancement of Science 'Brunel Prize' awarded to
'an outstanding academic in engineering under the age of 40'. Simon
is a fluent German speaker with a degree-level qualification in German
Language and Business. He was awarded in 1998 'The Siemens/German Research
Ministry Research Chair' at the Technical University of Dresden working
that year with Siemens to advance new computer systems for the consumer
electronic market and he continues to be well connected with European
A period as Dean of Engineering and Design at the University of Bath,
one of the top 5 universities in the UK, gave him valuable experience
in the leadership of complex organisations.
Sir Paul Judge
Chair, Royal Society of Arts
Sir Paul is currently Chairman of the Royal
Society of Arts, of Teachers’ TV, of the Schroder Income Growth Fund
plc, of the Businessdynamics Trust and of the British-North American
Committee, Deputy Chairman of the American Management Association and
President of the Association of MBAs. He is a Director of Standard Bank
Group Ltd of South Africa and of Tempur-Pedic International Inc of Kentucky.
Sir Paul was an Open Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge and a Thouron
Fellow at the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, where
he gained his MBA. He spent thirteen years with Cadbury Schweppes plc
and then led the buyout of their food companies to form Premier Brands
Ltd, which was successfully sold in 1989. He was subsequently a government-appointed
Member of the Milk Marketing Board, Chairman of Food from Britain, Director
General of the Conservative Party, a Ministerial Adviser at the UK Cabinet
Office, a Director of the Boddington Group plc and of WPP plc and the
key benefactor of the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.
He is the Immediate Past President of the Chartered Management Institute
and Immediate Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Marketors.
Chief Research Scientist, Technical Research Centre of Finland, (VTT)
based Risk Management.
Dr. Kalle Kähkönen works as a chief research
scientist at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. He holds
degrees from two universities: MSc (Civil Engineering) from the Helsinki
University of Technology and Ph.D. from the University of Reading (UK).
Dr. Kähkönen has been an active influential member of the project management
society by his research and development for many years. He has been
the chairman of Project Management Association Finland in 1998-2000.
Kalle Kähkönen has published over 100 papers both in Finnish and English.
Jan Karel Kleijn
Youi, Result Strategy, Ideabroker, FON, Caliber Media, Food and Friends,
Creating, implementing and roll-out of
business concepts, ideas and creative solutions is my forte. Serial
entrepreneur, innovator, international start-up experience. Business
consulting, strategy consulting, growth consulting, speaking. Highly
networked, Hands on, No nonsense. Believes that good social software
tools will result in more and better understanding between people and
therefore in more and better business.
Motto: Love it or leave it.
Philosophy for Business
Geoffrey Klempner gained a BA (1st) in
Philosophy from London University in 1976 and a D.Phil in Philosophy
from Oxford University in 1982.
His book 'Naive Metaphysics' was published by Avebury in 1994.
In 1995 he launched the Pathways to Philosophy distance learning program
which has since attracted students from over 50 countries.
In 2002 he founded the International Society for Philosophers.
He is the founder and editor of the electronic journals Philosophy Pathways
(2001) and Philosophy for Business (2003).
His most recent articles are 'The Business Arena' (2004), 'Ethics and
Advertising' (2004) and 'Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical
Chairman of the Board, AVRO
Chairman Executive Committee, Olymba
Born in 1957 on the Island of Curacao in
the Antilles, Tom Kok spend the main part of his youth in this subtropical
part of The Netherlands. He has a strong bond with Curacao. The island
is the origin of his preference for the unusual.
Kok's family moved to The Netherlands in 1968. His father was a school
director, his mother officer in the air force. In 1976 Kok finished
Gymnasium and went to study International Law in the city of Leiden.
During his studies Kok was treasurer of the International Student and
Youth Movement for the United Nations (ISMUN) in Geneva. A boardmembership
that gave him new insights in contrast and harmony amongst peoples and
organisations. Also Kok earned his lifehood during his studies by working
in a bar for six years, which kept him with both feet on the ground.
He graduated in 1982 in International Law.
Kok's professional life started with a two years term in the army as
an officer in the marine, teaching international law to cadets at the
Royal Naval Institute. Specially his colleges on the Conventions of
Geneva (human rights and ethics) and sense and nonsense of Peacekeeping
forces caused intense discussions amongst the students.
After military service Kok started a career in finances. At Abnamro
Bank (then Amro) he got a full scholing as banker. Het became secretary
of the Dutch Board of Amro in 1985, director of the creditcompany FinataBank
in 1987 and director of Creditcard company LeCard in 1990. In 1992 Kok
moved to insurances, when he became ceo of FBTO Insurances (550 employees).
Here Kok stayed for six years and built up the company. In 1998 Kok
was promoted to director of strategy of the Achmea insurance group,
the second biggest insurance group in The Netherlands.
During the time of his career in finances, Kok also became active in
politics within the political party D66, a party mostly referred to
as The Democrats. This party has strong visions on the renewal of democracy,
non discrimination, environment and international coöperation and is
mostly considered to be left of the middle in the political spectrum.
Since 1966 the democrats have been part of the Cabinet for 16 years,
mainly under the leadership of Hans van Mierlo. From 1984 till 1988
Kok was treasurer of the national board. In 1996 he was elected chairman
of the party, which position he held till 1999. As a person Kok is highly
motivated in the fields of excellent education, disarmament and international
In 1999 Kok's term in D66 ended and at the same time he left his job
at Achmea Group, to start his own companies Krite in Sneek and CoolCapital
in Amsterdam. Krite manages projects in the field of public-private
cooperation. CoolCapital specialises in change management with the use
of new media. Kok frequently acts as chairman and speaker in conferences.
As a speaker he mostly adresses topics on politics and new media.
The Dutch broadcasting foundation AVRO is a public broadcaster.
New inspiration, new visions and new principles of leadership are emerging
as people from different cultures are meeting and exchanging views with
a higher frequency and intensity than ever before. In the lead-up to
the 2008 Beijing Olympics, this has inspired an exciting Executive Masters
in Public and Business Administration: Olymba.
Partner, Cross Content
Richard Kranendonk (1967) has been working
with VDA in Hilversum, the broadcasting centre for the Netherlands,
from 1996, as a technology consultant and project manager. He worked
with several broadcasters, publishers and other media companies, researching
the digitization and disclosure of video archives. In 2003 he established
himself as an independent consultant / project manager.
Founder, Global Chairman, International Centre for Consulting Excellence
Advisory Board, Club of Amsterdam
Known to the American business press as
the "world's friendliest guru" Professor Tom Lambert is an international
author, broadcaster, consultant, trainer, conference speaker, businessman
and business journalist. In Europe, America, S.E. Asia and Southern
Africa his books and seminars have led him to be known to the quality
business press as "the consultant's consultant".
Tom is Founder and global Chairman of the International Centre for
Consulting Excellence (ICfCE) a professional body launched by leading
academics and businesspeople in the UK, USA and Australia with links
to S.E. Asia, the Middle East and the EU. The ICfCE is an organisation
that works with business and academia to ensure the highest standards
of consulting and interim management - and fee income that makes those
standards essential - are sustained in a highly volatile and competitive
Tom is a member of the Advisory Group of the Global Business Partnership
Alliance and a director of a major international investment organisation.
Recently a list of "The Obvious Experts" in the field of consulting,
training and conference speaking was published in the United States.
Tom Lambert was the sole European listed which speaks volumes for his
Founder, Director, M Lassus Consulting Srl
Dr. Lassus received her doctoral degree
from the University of Uruguay, where she was a Faculty member in the
department of Internal Medicine. She performed post graduate studies
in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology in the United States and was
a member of the Department of Medical Oncology of the Mount Sinai Hospital
in NYC and of the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program at the National
Cancer Institute, Bethesda Md. She has been head of oncology clinical
development in Farmitalia CarloErba and Pharmacia, (Milan, Italy) and
in Ciba (Basel, Switzerland). In that capacity she was involved with
the development and/or approval of the aromatase inhibitors Letrozole
and Exemestane and the cytotoxic epirubicin, which are among the current
major agents for the management of breast cancer. She is currently founder
and director of MLC, an Italian based consulting firm for development
of new oncology therapies in collaboration with academic groups and
industry. MLC is also involved in the organization of educational programs
addressed to pharmaceutical industry personnel and practicing oncologists.
Dr. Lassus is the Director of the MKI Oncology Program.
Senior Partner & Director openBC
/ CEO Finaxis AG
Bill is a Chinese Australian who was brought
up to speak English and Chinese. Bill began his international career
working for Canon and here he gained experience with the Japanese language
He has been an entrepreneur since late 1980´s and has founded several
successful businesses. The largest being Davnet Limited where Bill was
co-founder and served on the board as director of operations. Bill moved
to Switzerland to work with several investment and hedge funds and to
explore opportunities for business co-operation between Asia and Europe.
Peter R. Luiks
CEO, Asian Centre for Consulting Excellence
Peter has over 25 years of on the ground
success in building multi-billion-dollar enterprises in China and throughout
the Far East.
Peter is a global authority on Knowledge Brokering and works at the
core of the world’s vast globalizational change aspects focussed on
the current economic equilibrium shift to Asia. His leading networks
of international experts work within High Impact Teams on earned value
programmes and creating sustained market presences in new rapidly emerging
As one of world’s most pragmatic 'cut the chase' consultants he has
a global reputation in business strategy and business flow architectures
as well as change in integrated business alignment projects.
Knowledge Stream Leader Media & Entertainment
Director, Critical Distance BV
Jonathan Marks (46) was born in the UK,
but has spent most of his working life "abroad", 23 of those years in
The Netherlands. After working in Austria and Britain, Marks settled
in Hilversum, Holland's centre for broadcasting. There he quickly built
new audiences for Radio Netherlands' English language service by producing
science and technology programmes. Marks held several functions at Radio
Netherlands, including eight years as Programme Director.
"I was originally hired to turn a media programme into a science show.
But I ended up developing both concepts into long-running radio series
that brought in excellent reactions from all over the world. Since then,
setting up satellite television and new media projects in Latin America
and Africa have been the most challenging work."
Since leaving Radio Netherlands in September 2003, Marks has set up
his own business, Critical Distance. "As a media detective, I know that
some of the best ideas for reaching people are coming out of the developing
world. I enjoy acting as a catalyst, giving leadership to ensure new
projects really happen. My new company gives me more time to pursue
projects with a purpose. Right now, using mass media to reach hearts
and minds has never been more important" says Jonathan. For many years
he has been a frequent and impassioned speaker at media conferences,
notably gatherings of the Asian Broadcasting Union, PRIX EUROPA and
the European Broadcasting Union as well as London based Commonwealth
Reading, astronomy and being father to three kids fill in the gaps between
Jonathan's media assignments.
Evolutionary Change Facilitator
Partner, Engage! InterAct
Co-Director, Center for Human Emergence (Netherlands)
Peter Merry is an evolutionary change facilitator.
He is a founding partner of Engage! InterAct (www.engage.nu/interact)
whose Core Purpose it to be a partner in life-affirming and resilient
leadership. He is also Co-Director of the Center for Human Emergence
He works in many different sectors. Current projects include facilitating
an Integral change process in a multinational technology corporation,
and advising on the development of a global problem-solving framework
with key global stakeholders. He is a recognised expert in the field
of evolutionary systems dynamics and Spiral Dynamics Integral in particular.
He has just had his first book published in Dutch Evolutionair Leiderschap.
His passion is to help us connect to our current condition and organise
ourselves to take the necessary action. He also has strong roots in
theatre and music.
Co-Chair, BTM Institute
Chief Strategy Officer, Enamics, Inc.
“Global Mark,” as friends know him,
could be described as a global change agent and visionary with one of
the most influential international leadership networks. Mark is a Co-Chair
of the BTM Institute - the Michael Nobel Harriet Fulbright Institute of
BTM, and Chief Strategy Officer at Enamics, Inc. The Institute is the
first international nonprofit organization of its kind that brings together
cross-disciplinary global communities as a think tank to address the long-standing
need to manage business and technology together. The BTM Global Leadership
Council consists of a “who’s who” of senior corporate executives, thought
leaders, former government officials, and members of the investment community
who specialize in Business Technology Management. In Enamics and the BTM
Institute, Mark utilizes his domain expertise in the area of globalization
and outsourcing strategy for research, publications, and strategic customer
engagements. Mark is a sought-after public speaker, globally recognized
technology visionary, leading analyst on globalization, and author of
The CTO Handbook: The Indispensable Technology Leadership Resource
(Aspatore Books). Mark is also a contributing author of Winning 3-Legged
Race: When Business and Technology Run Together (Prentice Hall). Previously,
he was an IBM executive, CTO and senior strategist of the IBM Next Generation
Group, where, among his many accomplishments, he formulated the strategy
for IBM’s Venture Capital, Incubator Innovation and Going Global programs.
Minevich is a former CTO of USWEB, and has advised the U.S. government
on innovation as well as bilateral relationships with emerging economies
such as Russia. Mark serves on various boards of directors and/or advisory
boards across the world addressing issues related to globalization and
outsourcing, as well as serving as a Chair for International Leadership
Missions and Events with Chief Executives. Mark is a recipient of the
prestigious Albert Einstein Award for outstanding achievement. Mark just
co-authored the reference in globalization and outsourcing: Six Billion
Sijbolt J. Noorda
President of the Board, University of Amsterdam
Chairman, Content Advisory Board
Since 1 January 2003, Dr S.J.Noorda (1945)
has been President of the Board of the Universiteit van Amsterdam and
the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. Before that he was President of the Universiteit
Dr Noorda served and serves on various boards and committees in the
cultural and social domain.
He was chairman of IKON, board member of the NOS, chairman of Film en
Wetenschap (Movies and Science) and two colleges.
Currently he is chairman of the KennisKring Amsterdam, chairman of the
Supervisory Board of the AMC-UvA and the Supervisory Board of the Digital
University, and the Holland Festival.
Richard D North
Media Fellow, The Institute of Economic Affairs
I am a pretty ordinary 57 year-old Englishman
of my generation and background. I was brought up in the 50s and 60s
liking my public school, and the suburban version of the national life
(see "Britain's identity", here). I was and remain proud of the British
tradition, and more particularly the English one. I believed I owed
a debt to the generation, which fought a war for freedom, whose sacrifice
and values were worth bearing in mind.
I was thrilled by the American blues, and by soul music, and preferred
the Rolling Stones to the Beatles. I may, in the early 60s, have been
the first person to wear a poncho in Surbiton, where we were living
(in the road in which the young Isaiah Berlin, the most important Enlightenment
thinker of our time, found himself on arrival here in the 20s).
Between ages 17 and 25, I "dropped out", working in shops and then adopting
a more or less working class way of life as ferry boat, van and security
Well into my 30s, I have worked as a peasant and a rural labourer, and
fixed bikes in London's inner city. I have lived in rural Suffolk (my
20s) and Hereford (my late 40s), and in London (as a child, in my late
teens, my 20s, 30s and 50s).
I have been "idle rich" and dirt poor - and most things in between.
I have only had a "middle class" job or employment for four years (The
Independent, 1986-90) and arguably for a further two (enjoying a Sunday
Times contract (1990-2). Otherwise, I have had low wages or have freelanced.
I am now starting a business (MM3 and www.livingissues.com).
I now do occasional consultancy for industry - the majority of which
results in writing in which I always mention any sponsorship.
A book by Richard North: Risk: The Human
Adventure (ESEF, 2001) The merits of risk-taking and a challenge to
the Anxiety Industry
Leif Thomas Olsen
Assistant Professor International Relations, Rushmore University
Leif Thomas Olsen, nowadays Assistant Professor
International Relations at Rushmore University, worked for over 20-years
as a Management Consultant, Manager-for-hire and Management Training
Consultant, across Europe and Asia. Among many other assignments he
worked for Swedish Sida in Eastern Europe in the immediate aftermath
of the Soviet break-up, and was appointed one of two project managers
in the World Bank's first ever development project in post-war Vietnam.
His first book, "Traffic - A Book About Culture", is just released,
arguing that poor cultural sensitivity not only causes poor results,
but also casts serious doubts over the true ambition of the world's
multilateral institutions, whose agendas often serve narrow policy interests,
rather than broader societal ones.
A native Swede, with mixed European ancestry, and a former resident
of Sweden, Japan, USA, Vietnam, Malaysia and the UK, he is nowadays
based in Thailand.
Managing Director, Evalueserve, Benelux
Hedda Pahlson-Moller is Managing Director
of the Outsourcing/Offshoring consultancy, Omnisource International,
and serves as the Benelux Client Executive for Evalueserve - a global
knowledge services company providing customized, multi-lingual Business
Intelligence (Business Research, Market Research, Investment Research
and Data Analytics) and Intellectual Property research services to leading
edge clients worldwide. Evalueserve has a team of 850+ professional
researchers based in its operations centers in Gurgaon, India and Shanghai,
Hedda has a B.A. from Brown University (USA), a Masters in Political
Science from Lund University, and is completing an executive MBA program
from Copenhagen Business School. As a dual Canadian/Swedish citizen,
Hedda has lived around the globe and worked for the Swedish Embassy
and the Japan Development Bank in Tokyo, the US Chamber of Commerce
in Berlin, the Centre for Science and Environment in India and spent
4 years at Hewlett-Packard in Brussels and Grenoble.
Founding Chairman, Kesera
Nicolai Peitersen (b. 1970) is Founding
Director of Actics Limited and Founding Chairman of Kesera.
Previously, Peitersen worked at J.P. Morgan in London, the central bank
of Denmark, Danmarks Nationalbank, and the University of Copenhagen,
and he is the author of numerous articles, booklets and research notes.
Founder, CommunityIntelligence Ltd.
Former Senior Research Fellow at INSEAD
George is an executive coach/mentor and
facilitator of transformation in human and organisational capabilities
to evolve. A sociologist by education and master learner by passion,
he has been designing and guiding virtual communities in business for
more than 20 years. During that time, he has been discovering and inventing
many ways to accelerate the emergence of collective intelligence in
groups and organizations. He is a learning partner to leaders in business
and government in matters of innovation, change management and value-creation
with communities of practice and knowledge networks.
George's signature projects include: the launch of the first online
course on communities of practice, co-taught with Etienne Wenger in
1998; the web-based Knowledge Ecology Fair where 400 knowledge managers
from around the world participated in virtual workshops and online café
conversations exploring organic and grassroots alternatives to KM. After
serving as Senior Research Fellow at INSEAD (2001-2002), he moved to
the Complexity Research Group at London School of Economics. George
is Chairman and Founder of CommunityIntelligence Ltd. He is the author
of "Liberating the Innovation Value of Communities of Practice" in the
forthcoming textbook on "Knowledge Economics: Emerging Principles, Practices
His past clients include: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, EDS, European
Foundation for Management Development, Gulf Canada, Hewlett Packard,
INSEAD, Intel, Procter & Gamble, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, Swiss Re,
Global Chief Information Officer, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein
JP Rangaswami has been Global CIO at Dresdner
Kleinwort Wasserstein since early 2001. He read Economics and Statistics
at St Xavier's College, University of Calcutta, specialising in developmental
economics. Originally a financial journalist, he has worked with technology
in finance since 1980 with a number of large multinationals before joining
DrKW in 1997.
He was originally responsible for managing the Euro, Minimum Requirements
and Year 2000 programmes globally, and was later appointed CEO of the
in-house technology incubator. Three such ventures were spun off in
2001, and he continues to chair Yolus (a risk management infrastructure
play) and openadaptor (the DrKW-sponsored contribution to the opensource
community), amongst others.
He is an Advisory Board member of CAL-IT and a Charter Member of TiE
UK, along with memberships of the IoD, the ACM and the IEEE. He is a
regular speaker at industry events, particularly on innovation and opensource.
He was named CIO of the Year by Waters Magazine in 2003, and CIO Innovator
of the Year by the European Technology Forum in 2004. He works closely
with start-ups and early-stage companies, seeking to use technology
as a key differentiator in capital markets.
He is passionate about his family (he has a wife and three children)
; active and committed to his local church; is hopelessly mired in late
60s-early 70s music; and reads/collects books like they are going out
Consultant and prolific writer from Bangalore, Research Director, Asian
Media Information and Communication centre (AMIC), Singapore.
Dr Rao has edited three book series: “The
Asia Pacific Internet Handbook”, “The Knowledge Management Chronicles”
and “AfricaDotEdu” (McGraw Hill). He is also editor-at-large of DestinationKM.com
and contributor to the Poynter Institute blog on new media trends. Madan
was on the international editorial board of the recently published book,
“Transforming e-Knowledge" and "Asia Unplugged". Madan has been 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 USA, with an M.S. in computer
science and a Ph.D. in communications. He is currently the director
of the InfoComm Observatory at the Indian Institute of Information Technology,
Bangalore. Madan is a frequent speaker at international conferences,
having given talks and lectures in over 60 countries around the world.
He has worked with online services in the U.S., Brazil, and India. His
articles have appeared in DestinationKM.com, The Economic Times, Electronic
Markets magazine, Economic and Political Weekly, and the Bangkok Post.
Founder, Partner, Gatway 2 India, G2i
French and Indian dual nationality
Founder of Gateway 2 India
- Helping European Decision makers to
leverage the real Indian advantage (growth and innovation) while minimizing
the business and cultural risk
- Supporting companies through Advisory
services, Partnerships (JV, M&A) and Execution of Projects in India
- Based in India with European presence
in Paris, Milan and Benelux
3 year strategic experience with Boston
Consulting Group in Paris (2001 – 2004)
9 year operational experience with Alstom in lndia, UK and France
- Business development
- International project management (TOT,
R&D Set up, Multinational projects)
Insead MBA with an Electronics/Telecom
degree from India
Joop Remmé has a background in both academic
teaching and consultancy, often bridging the two worlds.
The common characteristic between the two would be to assist people
into growing towards new realities, be they the next phase of their
formal education, the changes their organizations is going through or
realities of a yet unknown nature (as within the context of sustainability).
He typically does not have the ideal answers to the many questions around
those changes, but he does offer ideas and other forms of guidance.
He has also learned over the years that it is not even interesting to
have answers, as it is perhaps better to have good questions and appreciate
a variety of answers, solutions, approaches and attitudes.
While in academic teaching, he contributes to formal programs. In business,
he especially appreciates the contacts and meetings that spark creativity
in dealing with concrete challenges.
Some of his clients are: · ABN AMRO · Shell · Rabo · CSM · Achmea ·
Author, Getting to the Better Future: A Matter of Conscious Choosing
John Renesch is a San Francisco-based writer
and keynote speaker on topics that integrate the subjects of work, human
consciousness and possible scenarios for the future of humanity. He
has been a scholar of human consciousness studies and systems dynamics
theory for over twenty five years. An international keynote speaker,
he also lectures to MBA students at Stanford, University of San Francisco
and other campuses on topics that include "conscious leadership" and
systems change. He has authored or compiled twelve books. He is a member
of the faculty for the Center for Leadership Studies' masters program
for organizational leaders and serves on the Board of Advisors of the
Best Practices Institute.
Director, responsible in Europe, Future-Institute International
International futurist and futurologist
since over 15 years. Author of many books & studies as "Future Life",
"Megatrends & Future Scenarios", "Future- & Trend-Dictionary", Trend-Report",
"Consumer-Report"…and speaker in America, Europe and Asia.
Dick Rijken has a background in psychology,
electronic music, computer science and interaction design. He coordinated
several design curricula, was CEO of TBWA/e-Company and strategy director
for the TBWA Company Group. Currently he is part-time 'lector' in 'Information
Technology and Society' at the 'The Hague University for Professional
Education'. His primary interest is e-culture, where he looks at information
systems as cultural products and investigates how traditional cultural
players such as broadcasters and museums can redefine their role in
society. He is also an independent consultant in this field, working
for governments, museums, broadcasters, libraries, archives, and other
organisations. Most of his projects deal with the organisation of self-organisation.
Member of the Club of Amsterdam Round Table
Job is an artist pursing the line between
art and practicality. As he is an idea generator, he's setting up a
structure to enable him to live of his ideas.
Medical research journalist
Evolution Biologist, Futurist, Living Systems Design
Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris is an internationally
known evolution biologist, futurist, author, professor and business
consultant. She teaches in the Bainbridge Graduate Institute's MBA program
on sustainable business and is a fellow of the World Business Academy.
Dr. Sahtouris has been a UN consultant on indigenous peoples, is a co-founder
of the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network and has authored a scientific
model of a living cosmos (see www.via-visioninaction.org
under Articles). She lived extensively in Greece and the Peruvian Andes,
discovering solutions to our big social and economic problems in Earth's
ecosystems and indigenous sciences. Her venues have included The World
Bank, EPA, Boeing, Siemens, Hewlett-Packard, Tokyo Dome Stadium, Australian
National Govt, Sao Paulo's leading business schools, State of the World
Forums (NY & San Francisco) and World Parliament of Religion, South
Africa. Her books include EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution,
A Walk Through Time: from Stardust to Us and Biology Revisioned
(with Willis Harman).
Marketing 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 etc.
Huib Schwab was born 1953 in Surabaya (Indonesia).
He now lives in Amsterdam and in Spain (province Girona).
Huib Schwab studied physics and philosophy at the University of Amsterdam,
he worked at the Montessori Lyceum Amsterdam, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie
and at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam.
He designed a philosophy method for high and higher education and published
on several aspects of education.
He was the driving force behind parliaments approval in 1998, of the
introduction of philosophy in the Dutch high school system.
An innovative training course for teachers was designed and executed
by Huib Schwab at the University of Amsterdam.
He developed several philosophy techniques like the value brainstorm,
concept analysis, differential analysis, assumption analysis and think
tank teaching method. He adjusted the Socratic discourse for educational
He co-designed the philosophy curriculum for the Dutch high school system.
He trained several organisations in reflection on mission and ethics,
and advised governmental and other organisations on cultural affairs.
In the annual festival of philosophy he acts as "stand up philosopher".
He is chair of the Kalos society, which aims to improve the presence
of intellectual youngsters in the public domain.
Huib Schwab has developed the EuroLAB method, in which the Socratic
discourse and the future scenario method are synthesized in a training
format in which participants reflect on their position here and now
by looking into a designed future. The participants combine all their
knowledge to make different, challenging scenarios.
The EuroLAB is also a learning method in which students from different
countries participate to brainstorm on urgent European matters. They
produce an advice for the European government on the chosen subject
(migration, water politics, media etc.). They learn by producing. Also
they acquire international experience. In the Pyrenean area in Girona
(Spain) the EuroLAb is developing steadily into a real virtual laboratory.
Learning in an urgent context, and innovate educational systems is his
main target now.
Matthijs H. Spigt
Science and Technology Counsellor, Royal Netherlands Embassy at Berlin
Thijs Spigt (1965) holds a PhD in business
administration from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He got his MSc
in neurobiology at the University of Amsterdam.
He started his professional career in 1994 at the Licensing Department
of Organon. Then he returned to the Erasmus University, faculty of Business
Administration, where he --next to providing tutorials-- worked on a
research-project called "management of R&D in pharmaceutical companies".
Furthermore, he is the co-author of a book on managed care initiatives
at insurance companies in The Netherlands ('Innovaties in Zorg verzekerd?').
After several positions in sales and marketing at Abbott, he went to
Rhein Biotech to build up the European sales network.
Since 2003 he is Science and Technology Counsellor to the Royal Netherlands
Embassy at Berlin, Germany.
Knowledge Stream Leader Governance
Utrecht School of Governance
Erika Stern, organisational consultant
and leadership adviser, currently is course leader of psychoanalytically-based
Executive Masters Programmes at the Utrecht School of Governance; and
Associate of the Tavistock Consultancy Service.
After studying psychology, education and psychodynamic counselling (Universities
of Birmingham and London, U.K.) and being a UKCP registered psychotherapist,
she helped develop counselling studies and organisational dynamics at
She consults with leaders in the public sphere, including government,
which she sees as a vital part of the democratic process, and is interested
to develop our thinking about interpretative ways of working, especially
at points where this process is most under pressure, or where people
would not normally have access to it.
She was the first President of Group Relations Nederland, and is a member
of the International Forum for Social Innovation (Paris). She was on
the committee of IFSI, The Grubb Institute and the Bristol Business
School which explored the use of art materials in group relations, including
a try-out conference on Imagining Europe. She contributes to Leading
Consultation, the advanced consultancy programme of IFSI together with
the Hull Business School. She has group relations staff experience in
Belgium, France, India, Ireland and Peru and has recently directed a
series of international working conferences on 'Leadership, Engagement
and Accountability at work in an uncertain world' in The Netherlands.
She consults with leaders in the public sphere, including government,
which she sees as a vital part of the democratic process, and is interested
to develop our thinking about interpretative ways of working, especially
at points where this process is most under pressure, or where people
would not normally have access to it.
She is on the International Board of Editors of The International Journal
of Mental health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed
Conflict and on the internatinonal advisory committee of the Journal
of Social and Organizational Dynamics.
My talent lies in creative and strategic
thinking and concept development, which allows me to untangle and explain
even the most complicated concepts or identity systems (quantum entanglement,
the study of consciousness, international corporate organizations).
I also teach this at the graduate level in courses that I have developed
from my core thinking - about transferring the knowledge behind quantum
mechanics and pattern relationships to the business world - something
I call Applied Connective Dynamics (eg. Brand, Identity & Concepts:
their Human Organization, Creativity & Communication). I also train
and coach others how to do this.
My favorite roles in my business life have been those where I lead creative
processes and creative people. As an artist and a writer, I appreciate
the talent and understand the drivers. As a business person, I understand
that sometimes it requires a great deal of negotiation through a political
landscape to land the creative work with clients and other more linear
thinkers in an organization. This has always been a charming challenge
Result Strategy, Cellspace, OpenBC, Ideabroker, LBI, GetMobile, TCS,
(in business since 1978)
Bob started his career as a copywriter and concept maker, later developing
into a business strategist and consultant. He built two advertising
agency groups in The Netherlands, developing both to a level of ‘biggest
independent agency in the Benelux’, and then merging them into international
agency networks. He is a long time pioneer in helping marketers to use
or integrate new technologies, new media and new channels to enhance
or revive more traditional marketing and communication routines.
Bob is a co-founder and board member of Result, an international growth
consultancy, and a co-founder and managing partner at Cellspace, a radical
marketing communications agency. Bob works or worked for clients like
Nivea, Kimberly Clark, Courvoisier, Balantine’s, Mazda, Toyota, Lexus,
Lotus, Robeco, Rodamco, Cisco, LogicaCMG, Microsoft, KPN, Sonera, Mindport,
Irdeto, Compuserve, Sony, Philips, Cannon Films, Cannon Movie Theaters,
UIP, Universal, Sony Music & Entertainment, VNU, Sanoma, RTL, several
governemental bodies, and many NGO's.
He’s a co-founder and board member of DDMA, the Dutch DMA. He recently
launched Cellspace, his third marcom agency adventure. As an international
account co-ordinator he is presently responsible for the roll-out of
the successful social software provider Open Business Club (OpenBC.com)
in 6 countries, taking the role of country manager for OpenBC in The
Carl Johan Sundberg
Associate Professor in Physiology, University Lecturer in Bioentrepreneurship
Investment Manager, Karolinska Investment Fund
Carl Sundberg's research group is
focused on molecular mechanisms of angiogenesis and mitochondrial biogenesis
in human skeletal muscle. He is part-time project leader at Centre for
Medical Innovations, responsible for the BioEntrepreneurship educational
and research activities. Carl Johan works part-time as investment manager
at Karolinska Investment Fund, a 65 M€ biomedical VC-firm. His role there
is to find, assess, invest and develop early stage companies. He is also
the Course Director for three highly acclaimed industry training programs:
Science Based Companies, Medicine for Journalists and Medicine/Drug Discovery
for the Financial Industry. These courses have built on the experience
Carl Johan gained from founding and managing his own medical education
company. He has extensive experience from science communication having
designed several medical exhibitions at science centres and worked in
the medical units of Swedish and American media. Carl Johan Sundberg has
received the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Teaching Excellence (1998),
a Certificate of Commendation for Communication in the Life Sciences from
the European Molecular Biology Organization (2003) and Ångpanneföreningen’s
Prize for Research Communication (2005). He is a nominee for the European
Commission´s Descartes Prize for Science Communication TBD December 2005.
Currently, he is basic science editor at the Swedish Medical Journal.
He has been vice-president of Euroscience (a pan-European Association
for the promotion of Science & Technology) and was the founder of and
Chairman of Euroscience Open Forum 2004, a large international meeting
on the role of science in society, business, politics and the media. He
is also Chairman of Venture Cup, a business-plan competition. Carl Johan
is a board member of NsGene A/S and TFS AB.
UK Managing Director, Evalueserve
Mike Taylor joined Evalueserve three years
ago and is the UK managing director. His responsibilities include account
management, recruitment and training in the UK and Europe.
At Evalueserve Mike has led a wide range of projects, from full time
teams working for Investment Banks to survey projects in the retail
industry and writing patents for telecom startups. He has spoken to
MBA classes, industry conferences and government advisory panels on
the subject of outsourcing high value-add services.
Mike joined Evalueserve from Marconi where he was sales manager responsible
for outsourcing and managed services. Pre Marconi he was head of design
and sales for a small, high-tech engineering company in Cambridge. His
background is engineering, with a degree in thermodynamics and fluid
mechanics from Durham University.
International Forum for Social Innovation
Created in 1976, the Forum International
de l'Innovation Sociale (the Forum) is an international non-profit association
whose aim is to promote social innovation in private and public institutions.
"Social innovation" means the ability to innovate in terms of social
behaviors, whether personal or professional. The term also implies the
capacity to envision options other than repetition and reproduction
of past behavior. The term focuses on the ability to transform roles
and, thereby, on the ability to contribute to the transformation of
DG Internal Market, EU Commission
Corinna Ullrich is a laywer by training
and currently administrator in the Commission, DG Internal Market. She
is in charge of the proposal for a directive on the exercise of shareholders'
voting rights, the modification of the 2nd Company Law Directive on
capital maintenance and alteration and of the works on a study on proportionality
between ownership and control in listed EU companies. Sie is furthermore
working on the consultation on future priorities for the Action Plan
on the Modernisation of Company Law and Corporate Governance and supporting
the European Corporate Governance Forum in its work. Before taking up
her current job in DG Internal Market in late 2004, Corinna worked as
an assistant to the General Director for Personnel and Administration.
Prior to her work in the Commission, between 1997 and 2000, Corinna
worked for the German Ministry of Justice in the field of European Law
and Private Law and for the German Permanent Representation during the
German Presidency in 1999.
Nol van de Mortel
CAM Implants B.V.
Nol van de Mortel, studied economics, was
a UN platoonscommander in his military services, worked for 20 years
in advertising where he worked as a Strategy Director for clients as
British American Tabaco, Mars, Sara Lee and Eli Lilly. Nol recently
joined his former client CAM Implants to develop and market their latest
new business initiatives. Nol considers work spare time, his passions
are surfing, traveling; He hitchiked thru South East Asia, Crossed the
African Jungle by Canoe and cycled with his wife from La Paz Bolivcia
to the most southern tip of the South American continent and his family.
Rob van Es
Lecturer, Organisational Philosophy, University of Amsterdam
Consultant, Organisational Ethics and Cultural Differences
Dr. Rob(ert) van Es is lecturer in Organizational
Philosophy at the Department of Political Science of the University
of Amsterdam. His expertise is on the human side of organisational change:
Culture, Ethics, Esthetics and Politics.
As a consultant he uses the same focus in developing and evaluating
projects, in multiperspective organisational analyses and in coaching
professionals to integrate their life and work. He published several
articles and books on the intersection of organizational ethics, social
responsibility, cultural differences, the philosophy of change, media
He also is lecturer of the course Film & Science at the Institute for
Interdisciplinairy Studies of the University of Amsterdam. In that course
students and alumni are trained in film science while looking at films
representing scientists and sciences.
Peter van Gorsel
Director, Institute for Media and Information Management, Hogeschool
Peter van Gorsel spent many years
in publishing before becoming Director of the Institute for Media and
Information Management at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam.
Coenraad K. van Kalken
Director, NDDO Research Foundation
Director, NDDO Institute for Prevention and Early Diagnostics (NIPED)
Mathijs van Zutphen
Philosopher, educator, artist and creator of VISH
VISH is the front end of a private
research effort dedicated to gaining a better understanding of reality
and our various relations to it through a systems approach. VISH wants
to make sense, educate, and function as an online knowledge base. Our
knowledge-driven modern society is an informational climate rich in
media and communication technology yet poor in meaning and understanding.
Understanding arises from meaningful connections between ideas and knowledge
domains. Innovation and technology drive complexity, requiring specialization
as a way of managing this growing complexity, but specialization entails
fragmentation of knowledge. Philosophy, rather than being an academic
specialism, can be the antidote to this fragmentation, and has an important
role as integrator of disciplines.
Van Zutphen is currently involved in promoting and creating a new and
alternative vision on education.
After studies in the US, at the University of Pennsylvania, and at the
University of Edinburgh's Department of Cognitive Science, van Zutphen
finished his degree in Philosophy at the university of Amsterdam. A
passionate scholar of Philosophy of Science, he studied Thermodynamics,
Logic, Logical Semantics and Philosophy of Language.
Working as a researcher and lecturer at different Universities in Hungary,
he focused on developing educational tools and methods while exploring
the complexities of intercultural communication.
He gained indepth knowledge and experience as a web application developer,
and helped create a succesful Business to Consumer internet company.
More recently he was involved in setting up a business intelligence
desk at a consulting firm in the Netherlands (Pentascope).
Mathijs is an artist (www.malandroart.com)
and musician (saxophone), and lives in Amsterdam.
Founder, LeaderValues Ltd.
Mick Yates is the founder of LeaderValues,
which helps create innovative leadership and business development strategies,
advising and mentoring CEO's and their top management teams on multinational
deployment. The LeaderValues website is also one the net's most visited
leadership development resources.
He is a globally experienced CEO, having spent almost 30 years working
in Europe, the USA and across Asia Pacific. Until mid 2001, Mick was
Company Group Chairman of Johnson & Johnson's Consumer business in Asia-Pacific,
based in Singapore. He was a J&J Corporate Officer and a member of the
Global Operating Committee. Prior to this, Mick spent 22 years at Procter
& Gamble, latterly as Regional Vice President based in Hong Kong and
then in Japan. In all, he spent 11 years as a Regional CEO of Asian
Mick is Executive Chairman of Living Cell Technologies, a leading
cell therapy Company just successfully listed on the Australian Stock
Exchange. The firm has operations in Australia, the USA and New Zealand,
with partners in Europe.
In the non-profit arena, Mick is a member of the Board of Trustees of
Save the Children (USA), a past member of the Board of Save the
Children Korea, and a Chief Advisor to the Save the Children International
Alliance. End 1999, the Yates family started a Cambodian school
development program, in a remote ex-Khmer Rouge "reconciliation area".
Details can be found on yatesweb at Cambodia.
Mick is a member of the Change Leaders, a global community of
practice dedicated to helping organizations positively address the human
side of change. This was created by the participants in the 2004 Oxford
/ HEC "Consulting and Coaching for Change" program, where he also completed
Coordinator Communicatie, HvA & HES School of Economics and Business
If you pull a plug at the result is a chain
of effects. In our interconnected world you cannot change without disturbing
a lot more equilibria than the ones you intend to change. With a background
in communications and law and some psychology my main interest is in
group dynamics and the ability to adjust, learn and prevent a conflict
of interest to explode.
I have worked with passion for the mobility-industry-association (RAI)
and both for corporations and agencies in The Netherlands. Realising
(each time more) that effective communication can only be preformed
in a context that is receptive and willing to be involved. Since three
years I have the privilege to play a role in the education of youngsters
who's ambition it is to perform in the communication-field to help organisations
'to talk' with a little bit more understanding of the intended and created
effects. I have been co-writer in a book about sustainable entrepreneurship
and communication another field in which restoration of equilibria has