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Research Forum 2019

The annual Research Forum is the flagship research-outreach event of EU Business School. Held annually in Geneva in the month of October, the Research Forum seeks to establish EU Business School as a platform for high level discussions and agenda-setting with a diverse range of actors from academia, business and industry, international and governmental organizations, NGOs, and States. The foci of the Forum are to discuss global issues, generate new ideas, and explore the potential for holistic solutions by connecting different players. The Forum helps us to discover new directions for research and collaboration and showcase our existing commitments and progress. The theme for the Forum is renewed every year which allows us to stay dynamic and cutting-edge.



Wednesday, October 16th 2019 

FER, rue de Saint-Jean 98, 1201 Geneva

The proposed 2019 edition of EU Business School’s annual Research Forum will build on the successes and outcomes of the inaugural edition of 2018.


Last year, we set the platform for public-private engagements in providing concrete solutions to complex global challenges. This year, we wish to engage experts and multiparty stakeholders to deliberate on the key determinant of successful transformation through partnerships – Trust.

The 2019 Forum will seek to focus on the essential human element of trust, and how it impacts every interaction. Although solutions can be created, it is only through trust that we can truly achieve them.


EU Business School places great importance and recognizes the need for global leadership through collaborations. While producing ethical leaders with a global mindset is imbibed in our spirit, it is only through building trust that allows leaders to succeed. In a world beset with complexity, and where challenges transcend all human-made borders and barriers, trust will be the most valuable asset we may be able to deploy.


This year we will engage with experts and strategic partners in delivering a world class event. This will help us to generate our research direction and identify how EU Business School can concretely contribute to outcomes recognised by the international community.

Research Forum 2019 Registration

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8:30 – 9:15

Registration & Welcome Coffee


9:15 – 9:30
Sustainable Development
Partnerships for Development


9:30 – 10.00
Keynote Address


10:00 – 11:00
The Increasing Role of Businesses in
Driving Innovation for Development
(Paper Presentations)


11:00 – 12:30
The Role of Public-Private
Collaborations in Sustainable
Development (Moderated Panel)


12:30 – 14:00
Lunch Break


14:00 – 15:30
Our Shared Future (Moderated Panel)


15:30 – 16:00
Closing Note


Network Cocktails

Adolf Ogi, Former President of the Swiss Confederation

Dirk Craen, President, EU Business School

Luc Craen, Managing Director &Vice-President, EU Business School

Suddha Chakravartti, Head of Research, EU Business School

Yves LetermeSecretary General, International IDEA & Former Prime Minister of Belgium

Ugo Ikpeazu, Development Consultant, EU Business School Research Associate

Nadine Reichenthal, Professor, UNIL-HEC

Diego Gilardoni, Business Consultant, Author, China Expert, TED Speaker

Li Zhang, Gavi Director Strategic Innovation and New Investors Hub

Hans Vemer, CEO, Concept Foundation

Giovanni Di Cola, Special Advisor, Office of Deputy Director General, International Labour Organization

Matthew Wilson, Chief Advisor & Chef de Cabinet, International Trade Center

Geoffrey Hamilton, Chief, Cooperation & Partnerships Section, UNECE

Nathaly Palma, Researcher

Adrian Hallmark, Chairman & CEO, Bentley Motors

H.E Ravesa Lleshi,Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Albania to the United Nations

Nidal Salim, Founder, Global Institute for Water, Environment & Health

Lisa Ventura, Head, CSO Communities and Societies, World Economic Forum

Dominique Tombeur, President, DT International

Patrick Gantes, Director, CRES

H.E Robert Salama,Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Malawi to the United Nations

H.E (Dr.) Francois Ngarambe, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations

H.E Léopold Ismael Salama, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Central African Republis to the United Nations

Alfred De Zayas, UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, Lawyer, Professor, Author, Human Rights Activist