Student Report – Thomas Stone on the Bree/Schilde Summit

FLI Bree Schilde Summit Students

Conference: WSJ Europe Future Leadership Summit

Date: 5 November 2010

Venue: The cities of Bree and Schilde in Belgium

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

Student Report

Last week forty student leaders from across Europe gathered in the picturesque Belgian towns of Bree and Schilde, to participate in the Wall Street Journal Europe Future Leadership Summit.

The summit brought together both student and industry leaders to exchange views and concerns on both local and global issues.  It also served as the inauguration of the first WSJE International Student Senate, which goal is:

“…to identify and promote roads for development of entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and innovation in our society leading to sustained economic growth and social protection.”

With students representing Oxford University, Cambridge University, INSEAD, London School of Economics and Political Science, University College London, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Vlerick, Rotterdam School of Management, IESE, London Business School and many more.  NACUE was well represented with Jordan Poulton (Oxford Entrepreneurs), Shen Wei (Cambridge University Entrepreneurs) and myself in attendance.

The three-day schedule was action packed including an opening dinner, leadership workshops, panel discussions, speakers and plenty of networking over the odd Belgium beer.

Some of the highlights included a panel discussion on leadership including Julie Meyer (Ariadne Capital, Nacue Senior Advisor); an excellent talk by Walter de Brouwer (One Laptop per Child Europe); one-on-one mentoring with CEOs from European companies (including Fortis, Microsoft Europe, Deloitte Belgium, Alcatel-Lucent Bell NV), which took place in a beautiful castle in Schilde (it even had a moat!).

I would personally like to say thank you to the organiser, Gert Van Mol (WSJ Europe) and his team, as well as the many sponsors, supporters and parties involved.  For those of you that can speak Dutch there is a video courtesy of TV Limburg.  I look forward to seeing the impact of the WSJE International Student Senate in the future.

by Thomas Stone

Thomas Stone is guest blogger for NACUE on various entrepreneurial events and conferences.  Thomas is currently studying at University College London, Chairman of UCL Enterprise Society and Co-Chair of Nacue’s London Network. He occasionally tweets and twitters

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