European Business Summit (EBS)

7th European Business Summit (EBS): “Dare and Care: sustaining Europe’s ambitions: Financing, Staffing and Greening”

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7th European Business Summit (EBS)
Topic: “Dare and Care: sustaining Europe’s ambitions: Financing, Staffing and Greening”
Organizing committee: Voka Belgium
Media Partner: The Future Leadership Institute*
(*Between 2007 and 2011 The Institute carried temporarily the name “The Wall Street Journal Future Leadership Institute”)
26 March 2009 | Networking Table | Tour&Taxis, Brussels
Thursday 26 March 2009
Thursday 26 March 09 – 09:30 am to 10:45 am – Protectionism: an increasing concern?
Theme: Financing
Moderator: Dr. Adrian van den Hoven, Director, International Relations, BUSINESSEUROPE
Speakers :
  • Anders Dahlvig, CEO, IKEA
  • Baroness Ashton, EU Commissioner for Trade
  • Ferdinando Beccalli – Falco, President and CEO, GE International
  • Pascal Lamy, Director-General, WTO
  • Prof. Jagdish N. Bhagwati, Columbia University, Economics Department
Thursday 26 March 09 – 09:30 am to 10:45 am – Sustainable production & consumption: greening the supply chain?
Theme: Greening
Moderator: Elaine Cruikshanks, CEO Brussels, Hill&Knowlton
  • Dominique Reiniche, President, Coca-Cola Europe
  • Gianni Ciserani, President, Procter & Gamble, WE
  • Jean-François van Boxmeer, CEO, Heineken
  • Meglena Kuneva, EU Commissioner for Consumer Affairs
  • Monique Goyens, Director General, BEUC
Thursday 26 March 09 – 09:30 am to 10:45 am – Ageing and health: pay for the grey?
Theme: Staffing
Moderator: Lisbeth Kirk, Editor in Chief, Founder, EU Observer
  • Androulla Vassiliou, EU Commissioner for Health
  • Brian Ager, Director General EFPIA
  • Dr. Elizabeth Mestheneos, President, European Older People’s Network
  • Dr. Roch Doliveux, CEO, UCB
  • Gerard Kleisterlee, CEO, Philips
  • H.E. Nobutake Odano, Ambassador of Japan to the EU
Thursday 26 March 09 – 10:45 am to 11:15 am – Coffee Break
Thursday 26 March 09 – 11:15 am to 12:30 pm – Opening Plenary: Is Europe really daring and caring?
Theme: Plenary sessions
Moderator: Frank Brown, Dean, INSEAD
Speakers :
  • Günter Verheugen, Vice President, EU Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry
  • Herman Van Rompuy, Prime Minister of Belgium
  • Lucas D. Papademos, Vice President, European Central Bank
  • Prof. Jagdish N. Bhagwati, Columbia University, Economics Department
  • Rudi Thomaes, CEO, FEB
Thursday 26 March 09 – 12:30 pm to 02:00 pm – Lunch
Thursday 26 March 09 – 02:00 pm to 03:15 pm – Sustainable finance: from credit crisis to better banking?
Theme: Financing
Moderator: Guy Johnson, Anchor, CNBC
  • Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Belgium
  • Jacques de Vaucleroy, Member of the Executive Board, ING
  • Prof. Dr. Alexandre Lamfalussy, Professor, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
  • William J. Mills, CEO EMEA, Citigroup
Thursday 26 March 09 – 02:00 pm to 03:15 pm – Eco-innovation: sustainable solutions?
Theme: Greening – – – –
Moderator: Willy De Backer, Journalist
  • Chris Dedicoat, President, European Markets, Cisco Systems
  • Dr. Janez Potočnik, EU Commissioner for Science and Research
  • Feike Sijbema, Chairman of the Board, DSM – Paolo Carmassi, President EMEA, Honeywell Aerospace
  • Patricia Ceysens, Minister of Economy, Enterprise, Science, Innovation and Foreign Trade of Flanders
  • Sir Stephen Gomersall, Chief Executive for Europe, Hitachi
Thursday 26 March 09 – 02:00 pm to 03:15 pm – Universities and companies: getting brains in business
Theme: Staffing
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Soumitra Dutta, Dean, External Relations, INSEAD
  • Dr. Martin Schuurmans, Chairman of the Governing Board, EIT – Ján Figel’, EU Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth
  • Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft International, European Commission Ambassador for the Year of Creativity and Innovation
  • Paul Depuydt, CEO Alcatel-Lucent Bell, Vice President Benelux Alcatel-Lucent
  • Prof. Barbara Kudrycka, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland
Thursday 26 March 09 – 03:15 pm to 03:45 pm – Coffee Break
Thursday 26 March 09 – 03:45 pm to 05:00 pm – Private equity and hedge funds: is there a future?
Theme: Financing
Moderator: Anne Glémarec, Journalist, Euronews
  • Dr. H. Onno Ruding, Member of the High Level Expert Group on EU financial supervision
  • Idar Kreutzer, CEO, Storebrand – Richard Wilson, Hedge Fund Group
  • Tayfun Bayazıt, CEO, Yepi Kredi Bank
Thursday 26 March 09 – 03:45 pm to 05:00 pm – The last energy crisis?
Theme: Greening
Moderator: Joshua Chaffin , EU Correspondent, Financial Times
  • Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Energy
  • Dr. Erkut Yücaoğlu, Chairman & CEO Map AS and former President of TUSIAD
  • Dr. Rilwanu Lukman, Nigerian Petroleum Minister
  • Jaroslav Míl, President, SPCR
  • Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director, IEA
  • Robert S. Franklin, Vice President Production, ExxonMobil
  • Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, President of Nigeria (TBC)
  • Vagit Alekperov , President, Lukoil
Thursday 26 March 09 – 03:45 pm to 05:00 pm – Economic migration: brain drain or brain gain?
Theme: Staffing
Moderator: Dana Spinant, Editor in Chief, European Voice
  • Ben Noteboom, CEO, Randstad
  • Dr. Latifa Akharbach, Secretary of State, Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Morocco
  • Juan Cajiao, President, AIESEC
  • Prof. Dr. Maria João Rodrigues, Special EU Adviser on the Lisbon Agenda
  • Tobias Billström, Minister for Migration and Asylum of Sweden
Thursday 26 March 09 – 05:15 pm to 06:45 pm – Plenary: Presidents’ Debate
Theme: Plenary sessions
  • Ernest-Antoine Seillière, President, BUSINESSEUROPE
  • José Manuel Durão Barroso, President, European Commission
  • Mirek Topolánek, Prime Minister, Czech Republic
Thursday 26 March 09 – 06:30 pm to 06:45 pm – Keynote speech: Guest of Honour Mr. Abdullah Gül, President of Turkey
Theme: Plenary sessions
Speakers: Abdullah Gül, President of Turkey
Thursday 26 March 09 – 06:45 pm to 08:00 pm – Networking Cocktail
Thursday 26 March 09 – 08:00 pm to 11:00 pm – Gala Dinner
Friday 27 March 2009
Friday 27 March 09 – 09:00 am to 10:15 am – SMEs in times of crisis: red tape or red carpet?
Theme: Financing
Moderator: Christophe Leclercq, Founder, Publisher, EurActiv
  • Arndt G. Kirchhoff, CEO, Kirchhoff Automotive, Chair, SME Committee, BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Françoise Le Bail, Deputy Director General & SME Envoy, DG Enterprise, European Commisson
  • Godert van Hardenbroek, Managing Director, Formula Zero
  • Luuk Borg, Director, EUREKA Secretariat
  • Valia Chilova, Managing Partner, Marketor
Friday 27 March 09 – 09:00 am to 10:15 am – Commodities: between Boom and Bust
Theme: Greening
Moderator: Nicolas Barré, Deputy Editor, Les Echos
  • Frank van Lierde, Executive Vice President Cargill Foods Ingredients and Systems
  • Ian Hudson, President, DuPont EMEA
  • Louis Michel, EU Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid
  • Susan Burns, Managing Director, Global Footprint Network
Friday 27 March 09 – 09:00 am to 10:15 am – From job security to sustainable employment
Theme: Staffing
Moderator: Nick Boulter, Global Managing Director, HayGroup
  • Dr. Vladimir Špidla, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities
  • John Monks, Secretary General, ETUC – Josefine van Zanten, Global Head Diversity and Inclusion, Shell International
  • Prof. Dr. Ton Wilthagen, Professor Social Law & Social Politics, University of Tilburg
  • Will Hutton, CEO, The Work Foundation
Friday 27 March 09 – 10:15 am to 10:45 am – Coffee Break
Friday 27 March 09 – 10:45 am to 12:00 pm – Venture capital and clean tech: is Europe missing out?
Theme: Financing
Moderator: Paul Adamson, Chair, the Centre
  • Bart Diels, Investment Director, GIMV
  • Christian Morales, Vice President, EMEA, Intel
  • Dr. Frédéric Luizi, R&D Director, Nanocyl
  • Jean-Noël Durvy, Director for Innovation Policy, DG Enterprise & Industry, European Commission
  • Joëlle Chassard, Manager, Carbon Finance Unit, The World Bank
Friday 27 March 09 – 10:45 am to 12:15 pm – Climate change: the road to Copenhagen
Theme: Greening
Moderator: Frédéric Simon, Editor,
  • Dr. Werner Schnappauf, Director General, BDI
  • Joan MacNaughton, Senior Vice President, Power and Environmental Policies, Alstom
  • Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director, EEA – Rudolph P. Huber, President, Alcoa European Region, Vice President, Alcoa, Vice-Chair, AmCham EU Executive
  • Stavros Dimas, EU Commissioner for Environment
  • Stephan Singer, Director Global Energy Policy, WWF
Friday 27 March 09 – 10:45 am to 12:00 pm – Skills and innovation: fostering EU human capital
Theme: Staffing
Moderator: Dr. Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director, eLab – INSEAD
  • Caroline Jenner, CEO, JA-YE Europe
  • Hans van der Loo, Head European Union Liaison, Shell
  • Mikael Hagström, Executive Vice President, EMEA and Asia Pacific, SAS Institute
  • Odile Quintin, Director General, Directorte-General Education & Culture, European Commission
  • Ondřej Liška, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Czech Republic
  • Prof. Dr. Nadine Lemaître, President, Suez University, Professor, Solvay Business School
Friday 27 March 09 – 12:30 pm to 01:45 pm – Closing Plenary: How to sustain Europe’s ambitions?
Theme: Plenary sessions
Moderator: John Defterios, Vice-President, Host, CNN’s Marketplace Middle East, President, FBC Media
  • Björn Stigson, President, World Business Council Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Dr. Alexandr Vondra, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Czech Republic
  • Mark Spelman, Global Head of Strategy, Accenture & Chair, Executive Council of AmCham EU
  • Philippe de Buck, Director General, BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Thomas Leysen, President, FEB, Chairman, Umicore
Friday 27 March 09 – 01:45 pm to 03:15 pm – Lunch

Impressions from the European Business Summit in Brussels 2009
By Espen Dusik Sjaavik
Student European Business School London (2009)

Espen Dusik Sjaavik won a seat at The WSJE Future Leadership Institute Networking Table at the European Business Summit 2009.

One day in February, the WSJ Future Leadership Institute offered students and professionals an opportunity to win a ticket to the EBS 2009 in a lottery. One month after applying for it, an e-mail arrived, confirming that I had won an entry pass to the summit. With this confirmation followed a list of speakers, many of whom were world leaders: top-level CEOs, government officials, prime ministers and even Presidents were on the guestlist. I was very exited to go, and prepared myself by reading up on the main topics beforehand.

Daring & Caring in Europe was the main headline; subheaded by Financing, Greening and Staffing. Since the headings were covering several extensive areas, the workshops were varied and very interesting: discussing challenges such as energy supply, clean tech and youth entrepreneurship. I felt extremely privileged to be amongst the first people in the world to know what thoughts the speakers were expressing on these topics. The EBS is a great opportunity for a student to meet professionals and get an insight in the world of business and politics. I only saw a very limited number of other students at the EBS, and I owe great thanks to The Future Leadership Institute for providing me the opportunity to go. The professional, yet easygoing, atmosphere at the EBS allows for interaction between everybody present, no matter if student, professional or Head of State.

Between the workshops all guests were socializing in the networking area where many of the sponsors had their stands. Never have I had such an opportunity for efficient networking: I spoke to several managers, a number of entrepreneurs, head of departments, government officials and even a couple of CEO’s. The openmindedness of everybody present encouraged me to put forward and discuss a few of my own ideas, amongst them a business proposal for which I would need an advisor, or more desirable: a mentor. My newly obtained contacts from the EBS 2009 gave me valuable feedback and also a few new perspectives on my ideas and, in addition to gaining acceptance for my thoughts, I now have a number of professionals to turn to for advise in the future, something that I believe will turn out to be of great value to me.

I met WSJ’s Gert Van Mol, the head of The Future Leadership Institute, in the afternoon of the first day of the summit and he introduced me to his contacts that we were going to share the gala dinner table with. Once at the dinner, my impression of the EBS as a brilliant opportunity for networking was reinforced, as the table was shared with people from all over the world, ranging from students to business owners.

In short, the European Business Summit 2009 and the Wall Street Journal Future Leadership Insitute gave me a great opportunity to see for myself how the different members of Europe’s top business-elite interact with each other, also providing a brilliant setting for networking and having interesting discussions on anything from current affairs and business to education and experience. The Future Leadership Institute gave me a magnificent opportunity to mingle with the people that I am aiming to become equal with in the future: the leaders of business in Europe.

Short bio – Espen Dusik Sjaavik
London-based half Norwegian/half German business student currently pursuing a bachelors degree BA (Hons) in International Business with Spanish and French at the European Business School in London. Graduating in December 2011 after two semesters of exchange: UQÁM (Montreal, Canada) and DiTella (Buenos Aires, Argentina).
Work experience mainly from sales in Norway (2006-2008), where B2B sales-company Sjaavik Salg is based. Interest in building and maintaining client relations. Work and study experiences also from Germany (2005) and Argentina (2006).

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