The Bree/Schilde Summit Or The Future Leadership Summit

FLI Bree Schilde Summit Students

Elected student leaders from all over Europe came to Bree and Schilde for the first ever Future Leadership Summit.

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  1. Organizing Committee
  2. Concept
  3. Organisation and concept
  4. Co-organizing Committee
  5. Logistics
  6. Billboard
  7. Description
  8. Goal of the Summit
  9. Inauguration of the FLI International Student Senate
  10. Goal of the FLI International Student Senate
  11. Pairing System
  12. Sponsor Program
  13. First edition
  14. Inquirere et Immutare
  15. Logo
  16. Program
  17. Language
  18. Contact
  19. How to Attend
  20. Hosts
    The Municipality of Bree, Belgium
    The Municipality of Schilde, Belgium
  21. Venues
    Bree, Town Hall
    Schilde, private castle of Mr. Axel Vervoordt
  22. List of attending CEO’s
  23. List of Speakers
  24. List of attending Student Leaders
  25. Bree/Schilde Summit Staff
  26. Press
    Social Media

1. Organizing Committee: The Future Leadership Institute*
(*Between 2007 and 2011 the Institute temporarily carried the name ‘The Wall Street Journal Future Leadership Institute’)

2. Concept:
The Institute* will organise the first Future Leadership Summit, or BREE/SCHILDE SUMMIT (the names of the two Belgian municipalities hosting this event – click here for information about these two venues) to research and explore topics crucial to the leaders of tomorrow. Core of the Summit is a group of 50 elected student leaders coming from top business schools and universities across Europe. We expect to welcome student leaders from Oxford University, Cambridge University, LBS-London Business School, LSE-London School of Economics, INSEAD, Said Business School, Judge Business School, K.U.Leuven-Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, RSM-Rotterdam School of Management, IESE-Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa, ESADE-Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas, Wharton University, TUDelft, IMD-International Institute for Management Development, La Salle Business School, Vlerick Business School, AMS-Antwerp Management School, Nyenrode Business School, UCL-Université catholique de Louvain, Solvay Business School and more.

3. Organisation and concept: Gert Van Mol

4. Co-organizing Committee:

  • The municipality of BREE, headed by Mayor Jaak Gabriels
  • The municipality of SCHILDE, headed by Mayor Yolande Avondroodt
  • Pratik Dalmia Group
  • Yannick Peeters
  • Ignace Bruynseraede
  • Nicolas de Potter d’Indoye
  • Kate Hajdu, WSJE

5. Logistics: TDO, Teun Depreeuw Organisation

6. Billboard: 

Bree Schilde Summit Poster

7. Description: The BREE/SCHILDE SUMMIT is a 3 day Summit, starting in the Belgian city Bree, followed by a closing session in the Belgian city Schilde. The Summit targets two groups of participants. On the one hand the Summit welcoms a group of democratically elected student leaders from top tier business schools and universities, from all over Europe. On the other hand the Summit welcoms a group of international CEO’s. During the Summit the student leaders and the CEO’s are presented a series of high level leadership sessions catered to their specific needs. At the last day of the the Summit the elected student leaders are then matched with the CEO’s.

8. Goal of the Summit: The goal of the Summit is to contribute in a tangible way to the development of skills in finance, economics and international business from a global perspective which will aid future leaders to succeed in their international careers. On top of the presented content the elected student leaders are ‘paired’ to a CEO. During a private session and a meal the CEO and his/her student leader(s) can come to know each other, discuss the content of the leadership sessions, and build a relationship that might last a lifetime.

The SUMMIT is not only a learning and networking moment for student leaders, The Future Leadership Institute* also expects to learn from the body of student leaders how our future world will look like once in the hands of this group of future leaders.

9. Inauguration of the FLI International Student Senate: All the participating elected student leaders automatically become member of The International Student Senate. The International Student Senate is a tool to unite all student leaders under 1 umbrella. This will give us the opportunity to bring all content and results together in the format of a white book at the end of the Summit, representing the voice of student leaders in Europe. For more information on the International Student Senate click here. For an overview of the members of the International Student Senate who became member during the BREE/SCHILDE Summit, click here.

10. Goal of the FLI International Student Senate: Goal of the International Student Senate is to identify and promote roads to stimulate and develop entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and innovation in our society leading to sustained economic growth and social protection.

11. Pairing System: The organizing committee aims to pair every student leader with a top executive from a multinational. The top executives are expected to act as coach or intellectual shadow to their student leader. We hope to grow the pairing system the coming years in such a way that every student leader will be paired to 1 international top executive.

12. Sponsor Program: We are reaching out to multinationals to ‘sponsor’ 1 student leader each. We expect sponsors to also send a top executive to be paired to a student leader.

13. First edition: On 3, 4 and 5 November 2010 The Future Leadership Institute* organizes the first ever Future Leadership Summit or BREE/SCHILDE Summit.

14. Inquirere et Immutare: Baseline of the Future Leadership Institute as well as from the International Student Senate is “Inquirere et Immutare” or “To Study and Reform”

15. Logo: 

Bree Schilde Summit Logo

16. Program:
All the sessions are structured to bring together captains of industry and student leaders in forums where they can exchange their views and concerns on local and global issues, and find solutions together. Several of the topics chosen to be discussed are based on research conducted by Executive Learning Partnership (ELP), one of the partners of The Wall Street Journal Europe Future Leadership Institute*.

  • Wednesday 3 November 2010:
    Evening: Start Bree Summit: Dinner with participants
  • Thursday 4 November 2010: Bree Summit:
    Inaugural Future Leadership Summit: International Student Senate Conference
  • Friday 5 November 2010: Schilde Summit:
    Inaugural Future Leadership Summit: Speaker Sessions
    CEO Session: More than 20 CEOs will attend the Summit for a facilitated in-depth closed-door discussion on Future Leadership models based on contemporary research. After the session the CEOs will be brought together with the group of student leaders.

17. Language: English

18. Contact: Gert Van Mol, VIP Program Manager at The Wall Street Journal, gertvanmol (at) hotmail (dot) com, +32 478 882 506

19. How to Attend:
If you are an elected student leader, leading a student body in the academic year 2010-2011, you could be selected to attend the Summit. Send us your cv and tell us why we should invite you using the above contact details. For elected student leaders there is no cost involved to attend the Summit if you are coming from within Europe. If you are coming from outside Europe contact us to investigate different financial options that might help you attend the Summit. If you are not an elected student leader, but would be interested in attending the Summit as a guest, please send us an email explaining why we should invite you. Attending the Summit will be complimentary, but by invitation only.

20. Hosts:

1. The Municipality of Bree, Belgium

FLI Jaak GabrielsThe Mayor of Bree, Mr Jaak Gabriëls, generously offered to host part of the inaugural Future Leadership Summit in his municipality. Here is what he says about Bree: “Bree is a small Belgian city with a great history: in 2007 we celebrated our 1000th anniversary. Our historical and cultural strength is still visible in the well preserved historical buildings from the prosperous 17th century.

Bree is an important local city in the North East of the province of Limburg (one of the 11 provinces of Belgium) and centrally located in Europe, on the borders on The Netherlands and Germany. Our city has a lot to offer for tourists, shoppers and for sight seeing, especially in our natural park covering a green and silent area that even crosses the country border in Weert (Netherlands). Bree is mostly known as an active city in industry, small and medium companies, services and local shopping, café’s and restaurants.

Furthermore Bree is world famous thanks to Kim Clijsters, one of the best tennisplayers in the world in the WTA-circuit. Kim was born and raised in Bree, and still lives here. We are proud to welcome you in our historical and charming city and we hope that you will have a good time and make friends, to come back again!”

2. The Municipality of Schilde, Belgium

FLI Yolande AvontroodtThe Mayor of Schilde, Mrs Yolande Avontroodt, has kindly offered to host part of the inaugural Future Leadership Summit in her municipality. Schilde is located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality comprises the towns of Schilde proper and ‘s Gravenwezel and has a total population of about 20,000. It has one of the highest per capita income levels in Flanders.

21. Venues:

1. Bree, Town Hall

FLI Bree town hallThis Town house was a former Augustinian monastery (1659) which has been completely renovated and restored. It became a showcase of modern architecture, while at the same time the historical character of the building was retained. Old frescos were discovered and a beautiful piece of art was found in the mayor’s office and the aldermen’s room.
Address: Vrijthof 10, 3960 Bree, Belgium

2. Schilde, private castle of Mr. Axel Vervoordt

FLI Axel Vervoordt CastleSurrounded by a moat and set within 62 acres of parkland, Kasteel van ’s-Gravenwezel (Castle of ‘s Gravenwezel) has withstood wars and feuds, and survived often misguided architectural alterations and downright neglect. When Axel Vervoordt and his wife, May, bought it in 1984, Vervoordt immediately embarked on a four-year restoration programme to ‘cleanse’ it of its unnecessary additions.
Axel Vervoordt is a Belgian antiques dealer, collector and interior designer who over the past four decades has come to be regarded as one of the most original and influential figures in art and design.
Under the Vervoordts’ tenure the castle has once again taken on a sense of magic and wonder, with a new energy provided by its owners’ ever-evolving collection of art and furniture, as well as their individual approach to interior design. Artworks range from archaeological Egyptian stone vessels and Chinese Sung dynasty Buddhas to Renaissance bronzes and contemporary paintings by the world’s most sought-after artists. The castle has more than 50 rooms, each decorated in its own style to display exquisite pieces of antique furniture and priceless paintings and artefacts. In the all-white dining-room is a display of antique Chinese ceramics recovered from the Geldermalsen, a Dutch East Indiaman that sank off Jakarta around 1751.

22: List of attending CEO’s:

Company Name Title
1 Mercuri Urval Belux Anders Berge CEO
2 Bonnier Business Press International Anders Eriksson CEO
3 The Flying Group Bernard van Milders CEO
4 JA-YE Europe Caroline Jenner CEO
5 UBA, United Belgium Advertisers Chris Van Roey Chairman
6 The Seedfactory Edouard Cambier CEO
7 Fedustria Fa Quix Chairman
8 European Buddhist Union Frans Goetghebeur Chairman
9 Ekonomika Alumni, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Freddy Nurski Chairman
10 EU Representative Yangzhou Province Guy Hallet Chairman
11 Aliaxis, SA Henri Thijssen Non-Executive Director
12 Healthcare Belgium Herwig Fleerackers CEO
13 Microsoft Europe Jan Muehlfeit Chairman
14 COMCO Jean Lagaune CEO
15 AdventiPro John Thompson CEO
16 Boek.Be Karel De Boeck Chairman
17 Acerta Karel Plasman CEO
18 Alcatel-Lucent Bell NV Luc Defieuw CEO
19 Microsoft Worldwide Licensing & Pricing Luc Schryvers Sr Licensing Executive France & EU
20 European Business Summit Maggy Peeters General Manager
21 World Climate Summit Michael Mathres CEO
22 Tour & Taxis Michel Debièvre CEO
23 Banking & Finance, The Netherlands Michel Klompmaker CEO
24 Premier Cercle Patrice Cros CEO
25 Noaber Paul Baan CEO
26 Montenegrin Investment Promotion Agency Petar Ivanovic CEO, Chief Econ. Adv. Prime Minister
28 Optimal Parking Control Peter Lamens CEO
29 Brink’s The Netherlands & Belgium Ran Ancho Managing Director
30 Veolia Environnement Benelux Richard Dujardin CEO
31 Executive Learning Partnership Rien Van Lent CEO
32 Deloitte Belgium Rik Vanpeteghem CEO
33 JetImport Stefaan Bettens CEO
34 Pouring Pounds Swati Dhawan Bhargava CEO & Co-Founder
35 Europe Unlimited William Stevens CEO

23. List of Speakers:

Name Title Company
Anand Pillai Sr Vice President & Head Talent Transformation HCL Technologies
Annette Wassenaar Associate Partner Executive Learning Partnership – ELP
Araz Najarian Programma Manager Executive Learning Partnership – ELP
Bart Verboven Atlantic Rowing Expedition
Berend-Jan Hilberts Associate Partner Executive Learning Partnership – ELP
Boris Cizelj President European Regional Economic Forum
Charles Ruffolo CEO The NetworKing
Christophe Sepot Atlantic Rowing Expedition
Frans Goetghebeur Chairman European Buddhist Union
Gunnar Riebs Consul Slowak Republic
Hugo Pereira President AIESEC International
Jaak Gabriels Minister of State, Mayor Bree Municipality of Bree
Jan-Willem Kirpestein Associate Partner Executive Learning Partnership – ELP
Julie Meyer CEO Ariadne Capital
Karel De Boeck Chairman Boek.Be
Karel De Boeck Former CEO Fortis
Mandeep Rai Harvard Business School MBA Oath
Mark O. Schissler Major General US Air Forces Headquarters, Europe
Martin Hinoul Professor Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Michele Trickey President AIESEC United States
Soumitra Dutta Academic Director INSEAD
Thomas Konst Vice President European Regional Economic Forum Network
Walter de Brouwer CEO One Laptop Per Child – OLPC Europe
Yolande Avontroodt Mayor Schilde Municipality of Schilde

24. List of attending Student Leaders:

1 Henley Business School Alexander Slater President Student Union
2 University Hasselt Alexandra Boogers Class Representative Faculty of Medicin
3 Instituto de Empresa (IE) Aneek Choudhury President IE Technology and Innovation Club
4 London Business School Artour Samsonov President LBS Football Club
5 HEC Benoît Gavillet Président Comité des Etudiants HEC (Université de Lausanne)
6 University College GroepT Cele Van den Haute Teamleader CQS Group T Racing Team
7 University College London Chester Sinclare President Events
8 Solvay Brussels School of Econ. and Mgmt. Christian Montag Vice-President MBA Solvay Student Government
9 ESMT Daniel Kohn Class President MBA2010
10 University of Warwick Daniel Stevens President Student Union
11 Cambridge University David Osborne Chief Editor of the Schumpeter Magazine
12 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Dennis De Roover Chair Student Body Council KULeuven
13 Instituto de Empresa (IE) Francesco Marani President of IE Finance Club & Director of IE Sailing Club
14 Stockholm School of Economics Hannes Palm President Student Association
15 AIESEC International Hugo Pereira President
16 Cambridge University James Counsell President Cambridge Union Society
17 Rotterdam School of Management Jasperina de Vries Chairman Star Board 2010-2011
18 Cambridge University Jennifer Mills Co-Editor In Chief The Cambridge Student Michaelmas
19 Vlerick Business School Joerg Kohlbacher Student Representative MBA Class
20 University Ghent Joeri Deryckere Member of the Ghent University Board of Governors
21 Coventry University John Bancroft Representative Coventry University
22 Antwerp Management School Jorn Janssens Representative AMS
23 University College GroepT Koen Huybrechts Teamleader CQS Group T Racing Team
24 La Salle Lav Mehta President BES Student Council
25 Cambridge University LiangShen Wei President Cambridge University Entrepreneurs
26 Solvay Brussels School of Econ. and Mgmt. Luc Smets President MBA Solvay Student Government
27 University Hasselt Maarten W.J. ter Bogt Class Representative Traffic Engineers
28 University UDG – Montenegro Majda Savicevic Class Representative Faculty of Int. Economics Fin. and Bus.
29 Doba Business School Matej Cvetek Representative Doba Business School
30 London School of Economics Michal Kaczor President Polish Business Society
31 University of Windsor Moon Fatema Jerin Founder Women Engineering Club
32 IMD – Int. Institute for Mgmt. Development Naama Lilach Representative MBA Class2010
33 Instituto de Empresa (IE) Paul Shanley Student Body Representative
34 London School of Economics Przemyslaw Gotfryd Co-President Alternative Investments Conference
35 London Business School Ram Krishnan Co-President Finance Club
36 Bonn-Rhine-Sieg Uni. of Applied Sciences Richard Kayser Class Representative Faculty of Economics and Bus. Adm.
37 INSEAD Rizk Saade Student Council President at INSEAD
38 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Ruben Hamilius Praeses Ekonomika
39 AIESEC International Ruthie Garelik Director of Sales and Marketing
40 City University London Scott Doughty President Economics Society
41 Solvay Brussels School of Econ. and Mgmt. Stéphane Jeegers Class Delegate / Aiesec Local Committee President
42 WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management Sven Lackinger President IdeaLab!2010
43 ESADE Tee Pruitt President MBA Student Association
44 University College London Thomas Stone President Enterprise Society
45 University Antwerp Yannick Dillen Elected PHD Student Voka Chamber of Commerce Antwerp
46 BPP University College, Law School Yasser Mahmood Student Director Inner Temple

25. Bree/Schilde Summit Staff: 

Gert Van Mol Organizing Committee
Pratik Dalmia Organizing Committee
Yannik Peeters Organizing Committee
Karen Winslow Logistics
Marijke den Hollander Logistics
Philip Sarens Logistics
Kate Hajdu Dow Jones Enterprise – Buy Side Division
Ignace Bruynseraede Co-Organizing Committee
Teun Depreeuw Organizing Committee
Nicolas de Potter d’Indoye Board Member Future Leadership Institute
Stefan Goclon Co-Organizing Committee
Fien Symons Co-Organizing Committee
Steven Wydhooge Camera Team
Lieven Depoorter Camera Team
Eva Bes Co-Organizing Committee
Hilde De Ridder Co-Organizing Committee

26. Press:




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